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Coda

January 2008

9 years
ago

 

Fashionistas: A Casting Call

Yet another reality show taping. Yawn.

Still, there are those of you out there who might be interested in this: a behind-the-scenes-of-the-fashion-industry reality show. They’re coming to Chicago to tape on February 2.

The CW network apparently is launching some sort of show that blends elements of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. They are looking for stylists, publicity people, and anyone who works in the fashion business side…

9 years
ago

 

I Geek Out on Dance V. 692

I hear there are still a few spaces open to the public for the Hubbard Street-IIT show this weekend at Crown Hall. (For tickets, call 312-850-9744.) It’s a noteworthy pairing—and not just because Hubbard Street is the city’s leading contemporary company.

Over the past few years writing about culture, I’ve interviewed a number of dancers and choreographers who talk about the influence of architecture on their art. The first time someone mentioned it—it might have been the Chicago-born (New York-based) choreographer Lar Lubovich—I remember thinking how incongruent it sounded. I mean, a building is a fixed thing; a dancer is anything but…

9 years
ago

 

Hey Girl, This is Freaky

Before I get into the goo, let me just say: I’m usually a fan of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s performance series as curated by Peter Taub. It’s challenging stuff, often culled from performance groups abroad. Whether it’s music, theatre, or dance—the one commonality is that there is generally a strong visual art element. Sometimes I think you could snap a picture mid-scene and create an image worth hanging in the art galleries upstairs…

9 years
ago

 

Guest Blog: It’s Da Bomb

“The audience in Oedipus Rex knew what was coming,” said Doctor Atomic librettist and director Peter Sellars in his pre-concert lecture at Lyric Opera last night. He was drawing a comparison between Greek drama, when the stories being staged were traditional tales already known to the theatergoers, and Doctor Atomic, which is based on the real-life testing of the first atomic bomb, in 1945. The second half of Sellars’s talk took listeners through the opera scene by scene, describing what would happen, what he thought was great about it, and his anti–nuclear weapons politics…

9 years
ago

 

Something Sketchy

I’ve been wrestling with the whooping cough, so Coda has been silent. (No one, I’m sure, wanted to read my musings on Ellen reruns and French existentialist writers–my main activities when I was bedridden.) Fortunately for you, Web editor Esther Kang and her pal, local writer Jackie Ostrowski, hit the annual Sketchfest in my absence and came up with a must-see: a local group called Bri-Ko. Read the review, view the photo gallery, and catch Bri-Ko again this Friday, January 11th, at 11 p.m…

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