OUR TOWN My Kind of Town, a play by the journalist John Conroy (pictured), is
based on Conroy’s reporting about Chicago police officer brutality. It premieres 5/11
at TimeLine Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 5.9.12 through Tue 5.15.12:
dance DanceWorks Chicago/Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
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: Joan Gray, the former dancer and long-time president of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary year with a first-time collaboration with DanceWorks Chicago. This weekend, you’ll find both dance companies—and Gray—at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (for performance times, see above).
Friday at noon, DanceWorks Chicago and Muntu Dance Theatre will have a one-hour performance [at the North Shore Center] with an audience talk-back, which I will attend. After that, I’m having a light supper at my house in South Shore for a group of good girlfriends. We’ve known each other since high school in Hyde Park—I won’t say how old we are, but we remember the ’60s and ’70s well. After dinner, we’re going to head out to see [the producer] Steve Harvey’s new movie, Think Like A Man. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard wonderful things.
On Saturday afternoon, my daughter is graduating from Loyola University with a master’s degree in strategic human resources. To celebrate her, we’ll go to dinner after—possibly to Grand Lux Cafe, which is one of her favorites. Then the family will go to North Shore Center together to see Muntu and DanceWorks premiere See(in) Me, a new work by the choreographer Monique Haley. To see the two companies come together is so exciting, and I can’t wait for the premiere. Between Muntu and DanceWorks, 45 years of artistic excellence will be on the stage. It’s going to be absolutely off the chain—I guess the kids still say that.
For Mother’s Day on Sunday, my family is going to my twin sister’s house for a barbecue and potluck. I have a son and a daughter, and I’m a grandmother now. It doesn’t take much for us to get together—we don’t need a holiday. It will be my day to cool out after the hectic weekend.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
The recent partnership of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Drake Hotel—forged to promote local up-and-coming talent—is new, but the concept has been part of the JIC’s JazzCity program for years. This JIC-only installment heads to the South Side, with a triple bill featuring groups led by the guitarist Larry Brown, the saxophonist Josh Johnson, and the vibraphonist Justin Thomas (otherwise known as Justefan).
GO: 5/11 at 7. Foster Park, 1440 W 84th. jazzinchicago.org
Photography: (CONROY) CARLOS JAVIER ORTIZ; (GRAY) COURTESY MUNTU DANCE THEATRE OF CHICAGO