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HERCULES, GIRL TALK
If he hadn’t already, surely opera genius Peter Sellars would snag a MacArthur nod for his world-premiere take on Handel’s Hercules at Lyric (March 4–21). Instead, may we suggest DJ Gregg Gillis, who, as Girl Talk, performs the miraculous: getting hipsters to dance (March 4–5)?
March 4–21 Sellars, one of opera’s most inventive directors, transports the 18th century score to the present day, with our war hero returning home from Iraq. The bass-baritone Eric Owens and the mezzo-soprano Alice Coote star. $33–$217. Civic Opera House, Madison and Wacker. lyricopera.org.
March 4–5 Girl Talk turns the whole of pop history into ecstatic dance music, setting snippets of songs by everyone from the Ramones to Jay-Z to propulsive beats. At 7, $30. 2135 N Milwaukee. congresschicago.com.
Photograph: Dove Shore