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The Blip - January 2008

Bright spots on the month’s cultural radar

Jan 11 at 7; Jan 12 at 1
Some folks may have forgotten the iconic b-ball skills crew got its start in Chicago in 1926. The current roster includes Jermaine Brown, brother of the three-time NBA-champion and former Bull Randy. $21-$126. Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd, Rosemont. 312-559-1212.

Jan 13, 14
The USASA runs four events open to all ages: halfpipe, boardercross, big air, and slopestyle. Don’t want to compete? Show up and watch for free. Registration at 8:30; winners announced 4-5 both days. $25 for one event, $40 for two or more. Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, 19 N 475 Rte 31, Algonquin. 847-836-7243.

Jan 23 at 6
The Chicagoan–turned–New Yorker discusses his new novel, Ellington Boulevard. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State. chipublib.org.

Jan 20 at 2:30; Jan 21 at 7:30
The Dream Lives On celebrates the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, featuring violinists Christina Castelli and Melissa White, the Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in a program including Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Hailstork’s Celebration, Saint-George’s Symphonie Concertante Op 13, and gospel selections to be announced from the stage. Paul Freeman conducts. Sun: $26-$96. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. Mon: $26-$40. Lund Auditorium, Dominican U, 7900 W Division St, River Forest. 312-236-3881.  

Jan 24­Mar 2
Live Bait remounts Mary Scruggs’s one-woman show, a hit from the theatre’s Fillet of Solo festival earlier this year, about her cross-country motorcycle trip with Vietnam vets. Thu-Sat at 8; Sun at 3. $15-$20. 3914 N Clark. 773-871-1212.

Jan 26 at 7:30 and 11:30
DJ Greg Gillis, otherwise known as Girl Talk, assembles mash-up dance tracks with clever use of samples from across the pop decades. Fellow dance-music fave Dan Deacon opens. $16. Metro, 3730 N Clark. 773-549-0203.

Jan 31 at 7:30
The brothers play, with friends, as part of the ongoing Segovia Classical Guitar Series. $25, D. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern U, 50 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

Jan 30-Feb 9
Experimental director Peter Brook’s performance piece based on works by Samuel Beckett. Tue-Fri at 7:30; Sat, Sun at 2 and 7:30. $56, D. Upstairs Studio, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand. 312-595-5600.


Photography: (McQueen model) Alain-Gil Gonzalez/abacapress.com, (blueberries) Elanaphoto/Stockxpert, (Brown) David S. Holloway/Getty Images, (snowboard) Vladimir Piskunov/istockphoto.com, (spoon) © Vincent Giordano/istockphoto.com, (King) AP photo, (motorcycle) © Jon Patton/istockphoto.com


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