DANCING AROUND THE ISSUE Stupormarket, the Seldoms’ new dance work on
the state of the economy, debuts this week at Stage 773.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 02.16.11 through Tue 02.22.11:
opera Joyce DiDonato
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Reginald Robinson, the pianist, composer, former MacArthur fellow, foremost ragtime scholar, and dad, who plays three gigs—two for adults, one for pint-size fans—this weekend.
“When I’m not performing, I’ll be at home, writing music. That’s what I normally do: Stay home, write my music. What do I do when I’m writing? I do exactly what I want to do. I take breaks, I go into the kitchen, but I rarely look at the TV. Who watches TV anymore? Everything I need is online: I like to find out things, research. But for the most part, I’m writing my music down. I transfer my notes to paper then put it into music software so I can actually listen to it. I can hear it differently that way than when I’m just sitting at the piano, playing. That’s enjoyable right there.”
GO: Robinson accompanies Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre 2/18 at 11 (sold out) and 2/19 at 8. $15–$35. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. cerquarivera.org. Also: Kidjazz! 2/19 at 10 am. $12. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
sports/rec Chicago Winter Dance
Like the city’s perennial favorite, Summerdance, except without the balmy temps or suntans. This second-annual festival in Millennium Park includes dance and ice-skating lessons, plus opportunities to hoof it on the Pritzker Pavilion stage, but we’re especially intrigued by the late-night ice danceathons. This weekend’s soundtrack: Lady Gaga. (Due to weather, not to mention the law, pants recommended.)
GO: Ice-dance parties: 2/18–19 from 7 to 11. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington. Full schedule: explorechicago.org
Photograph: (Stupormarket) William Frederking