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Go Go Holiday Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a holiday music show with go-go dancers from the school's dance classes. The show starts at 8:30pm in Szold Hall, located in the school's newest building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call for more info: (773) 728-6000.

Swan Lake @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffery Ballet performs the classic love story. Catch a matinee today at 2pm at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Purchase tickets online or at the box office. Starting at $32.

The Art of Falling

Hubbard Street Dance collaborated with the Second City for The Art of Falling, bringing dance and sketch comedy together. Performances at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets start at $25.

The Fall Ball @ Logan Square Auditorium

Empty Bottle Presents and Jane Beachy present The Fall Ball at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., featuring Outer Minds with special guest vocalists, Impala Sound with Fred Schneider of the B-52s, Erin Kilmurray & Her Dancers, and Swaguerrilla. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20. 21+

American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Today's performance is at 2pm. Tickets are $34-129.

American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. There are two performances today, at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $34-129. Buy an adult ticket to the matinee and bring a kid under 12 free.

American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium

The American Ballet Theatre performs Oct. 3-5 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tonight's performance is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $34-129.

Dance Crash KTF @ Mayne Stage

Dance Crash: KTF (Keeper of the Floor) returns to Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., tonight at 9:30pm for the final competition of the year. Watch dance crews battle it out for supremacy. Tickets are $15, or $25 for reserve seating. 18+

Queerpocalypse @ Mayne Stage

Ties & Tassles presents Queerpocalypse tonight at Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave. See drag, camp, burlesque, circus, song and dance performances by an international cast. Tickets are $23. Doors are at 9pm, show's at 10pm. 18+

Chicago Dancing Festival

The eighth annual Chicago Dancing Festival runs Aug. 20-23 at the Harris Theater, Pritzker Pavilion and Museum of Contemporary Art. Tonight's performance is at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., at 7:30pm and features After School Matters, the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rennie Harris Puremovement, and Mack and Maki Onuki of the Washington Ballet Brooklyn. Free.

Chicago Dancing Festival

The eighth annual Chicago Dancing Festival runs Aug. 20-23 at the Harris Theater, Pritzker Pavilion and Museum of Contemporary Art. Tonight's performance is at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., at 7:30pm, and includes duets by Adam Barruch and Chelsea Bonosky, Barruch and Pam Tanowitz, soloists from the Joffrey Ballet, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Nexus Project.. Tickets for both the 6pm and 8pm performances are sold out; see the waitlist procedure here.

Chicago Dancing Festival

The eighth annual Chicago Dancing Festival runs Aug. 20-23 at the Harris Theater, Pritzker Pavilion and Museum of Contemporary Art. Tonight's performance is at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., at 7:30pm, and includes performances by The Juilliard School, Martha Graham Dance Company, and "Stars of American Ballet," featuring dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a live simulcast in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., for free. Read our preview of Hubbard Street's premiere of Kyle Abraham's "Counterpoint."

The Fat Babies @ Pleasant Home

Today from 3:30 to 6pm, the Pleasant Home Foundation will be hosting a swing dance concert with the ever-so-talented "The Fat Babies". There will be an all afternoon art show, sun tea and fruit infused water for guests. There will also be guided tours of the Pleasant Home upon request. The Pleasant Home is located at 217 Home Ave. in Oak Park. The art show is free and the concert is $25 ($20 for members).

Albany Park World Fest @ Lawrence & Kimball

The Albany Park neighborhood represents a very diverse area in the city, so what better event to host than World Fest at its doorstep! The entertainment starts Saturday at 12:30pm with Tsukasa Taiko (Asian drumming) and continues with many other acts through the evening Saturday and Sunday.

Bowie Ball @ Berlin

Timed to coincide with the launch of ticket sales for David Bowie Is at the MCA, the Bowie Ball is back at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., from 10pm to 4am. The evening features live performances by Chris Connelly and Robert Byrne as David Bowie, Bowiesque DJ sets by Heaven Malone, Greg Corner and X[P], and androgynous Bowie fashion looks by Sissy Spastik, Miss Tosh, Jojo Baby and Queerella Fistalot. Get yourself glittered and glammed up in the makeover booth and hit the A/S/L photo booth. RSVP on Do312 for $5 cover before 11pm. 21+

Chicago Summerdance: Chicago House Party! @ Spirit of Music Garden

If you missed this year's Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, jack your body with your fellow house heads at Chicago House Party! in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden. Chosen Few DJ Alan King gets things going at 6:00pm with a 90 minute set, followed by DJ Gene Hunt spinning until 9:00pm. The Spirit of Music Garden is located at 601 S. Michigan Avenue. This event is free.

The Mapping Sessions Finale @ Mana Contemporary

A must-see event is happening at Mana Contemporary tonight on the fourth floor featuring the Honey Pot Performance. An interactive, DJ hosting, dance party will be occurring from 7:30-11 PM. Mana Contemporary is a studio space for artists located in Pilsen at 2233 S. Throop St. The event is free and open to the public, however, it is suggested that you RSVP.

Dance Crash KTF @ Mayne Stage

Chicago Dance Crash presents Keeper of the Floor, or KTF, at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., tonight at 9:30pm. Watch as dancers show off their best moves in a battle to own the stage, with the theme of "here comes Hollywood." Tickets are $15. 18+

Solaire @ Federal Plaza

Fire-dance troupe Solaire performs a free show from noon to 1pm today in Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St., as part of The Living Loop performing arts festival.

CHIFORK @ Berlin

Young Girl Party and Stardust present CHIFORK, an unofficial Pitchfork Music Festival pre-fest dance party, tonight from 10pm to 2am. The evening features The-Drum performing live, along with DJ sets by STV SLV of the Hood Internet, Charlie Glitch of Ghetto Division, Zebo, Teen Witch Fan Club and Miss Alex White of White Mystery. A/S/L Media will shoot party photos. No cover with RSVP on Do312. 21+

Free Flamenco Class @ Clinard Dance Theatre

In conjunction with 2nd Fridays, Clinard Dance Theatre hosts two free flamenco dance classes at 7:30pm and 8pm. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at Clinard Dance's latest original work, Chicago's Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography. Clinard Dance Theatre, 1747 S. Halsted St, Rear House.

EEProm

Catalyze Chicago and Polymathic present EEProm, a "do-over prom" for techies and computer geeks, tonight at 6pm at Catalyze's space at 650 W. Lake St., Ste 220. Dress up, party down and dance the night away. Tickets are $15 for individuals, $25 for couples; t-shirts are available for $15 each. 21+

Nocturna @ Metro

DJ Scary Lady Sarah hosts Nocturna's 26th anniversary party tonight at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. In addition to a mix of goth, industrial, post-punk, shoegaze, etc., there will be a fashion show by Hogan McLaughlin & Jody Krevins. Tickets are ,a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1820394&cobrand=metrochicago">$10 online or at the door. Doors open at 11:30pm. 18+

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The Windy City Burlesque Fest runs June 18-21 this year, with six performances featuring dozens of dancers at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features pop culture parodies and tributes by 20 performers, with comedian Adam Burke as emcee, and the 10pm show is "anything goes," showcasing a variety of styles and genres. At midnight, there's a special "naughty" show, featuring performances by Jeez Loueez, Kitten DeVille, Redrum and more. Tickets are $25, or get a festival pass for $125. All shows are 21+

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The Windy City Burlesque Fest runs June 18-21 this year, with six performances featuring dozens of dancers at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features classic burlesque by 20 performers, and the 10pm show is "anything goes," showcasing a variety of styles and genres. Tickets are $25, or get a festival pass for $125. All shows are 21+

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The Windy City Burlesque Fest runs June 18-21 this year, with six performances featuring dozens of dancers at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight at 8pm is the "anything goes show," featuring a mix of styles and genres from 20 perfomers. Marz Timms hosts. Tickets are $18, or get a festival pass for $125. All shows are 21+

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The Windy City Burlesque Fest runs June 18-21 this year. Tonight's opening party at the Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N Lincoln Ave., features performances by more than a dozen dancers, hosted by Jenna Delgety. Admission is free, doors open at 8pm. 21+

Tribute to Frankie Knuckles @ Millennium Park

There's a tribute to Frankie Knuckles tonight on the Chase Central Promenade in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., starting at 6pm with opening words from Robert Williams and Alan King, followed by DJ sets by Elbert Phillips, Craig Loftis, Greg GrayMike Winston and Mike Winston. The show is over at 9pm. Free.

National Tap Day celebration

The Old Town School of Folk Music celebrates National Tap Day 2014 with an evening of tapping, hosted by the school's own Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin. The performance starts at 7:30pm in the Maurer Concert Hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Full details and advance tickets available at the school's Website, or call the front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships

The Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships run Saturday and today at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St. Read our preview in Tailgate. Today's competition will begin at 7:45am and run until 5:30pm. Tickets are $30 online or at the door.

Soul Summit @ Double Door

The Soul Summit DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata and Duke Grip welcome special guest DJs THE BUMP & HUSTLE STL (DJs Hal Greens & DJ MAKossa of St. Louis) tonight at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Doors open at 9pm. Free, 21+

Windy City Soul Club @ Empty Bottle

The Windy City Soul Club spins rare soul at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., tonight at 9pm. $5 cover, 21+

Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships

The Pole Sport Organization's Central Championships run today and Sunday at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St. Read our preview in Tailgate. Today's competition will begin on Saturday at 7:15am and run until 9:30pm. Tickets are $30 online or at the door.

Y2K Dance Party @ Beauty Bar Chicago

Dance to turn of the century/millennium tunes at Beauty Bar Chicago! RSVP for no cover and Old Style Light hosted bar (from 9pm-10pm).

Cinco de Mayo @ Dusek's & Punch House

Dusek's and Punch House in Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th St., host Cinco de Mayo parties tonight. At Dusek's, there's an oyster happy hour from 5 to 7pm, with oysters going for a buck apiece and beers on special; downstairs at Punch House, the Monday Margarita Punch is $5 and at 9pm Potencia, Pilsen's queer dance party, gets started with Audio Jack spinning. No cover, 21+

Randolph St. Market Festival

Today, May 24th and tomorrow, May 25th, the Randolph Street Market Festival will be occurring on 350 Block West Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street. The festival is an urban antique market which features fashion, art, treasures, as well as food, drinks and music. General admission is $8, $10 at the gate.

Cajun Dance Party @ Empty Bottle

The Cajun French Music Association hosts a dance party today, featuring the Cajun Vagabonds, at 2pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

RAW Chi Town @ Bottom Lounge

The local "chapter" of RAW:natural born artists helps kickstart spring at Bottom Lounge this Thursday with RAW Chi Town Presents: MOSAIC. The celebration will feature over 40 local artists, as well as a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist.

Hosted by Victoria Messina, with music by Deejay Saccs. Event is 18+. Cocktail attire encouraged. $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door. You can get tickets here.

Kokorokoko 5th Anniversary Party

Wicker Park boutique Kokorokoko celebrates its fifth anniversary today with a party in the store, 1323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Then tonight at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., dance to the Boogie Munsters and Night Moves DJs from 9pm to 2am. Dress in your favorite styles and get photographed by fashion bloggers Chicago Looks and Tres Awesome. PBR hosted bar from 9 to 10.

I Heart Core! @ Matilda's

Interested in live music, dancing and visual art? The Core Project is an arts company which focuses on the art of storytelling. The event is tonight from 7:30 to 10:30, at 3101 N Sheffield Ave. Light snacks and drinks are provided. Prepay for $8 or pay $10 at the door tonight!

Shermer High School '80s Winter Dance @ Debonair

Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts the Shermer High School '80s Winter Dance, featuring the Shermer High School Band (members of Kill Hannah, Local H, Makeshift Prodigy, Gemini Club, The Lovehammers, Scott Lucas and The Married Men, Comasoft, Perfect Kiss and Streets on Fire) playing hits from John Hughes movies. Eighties attire encouraged. RSVP for no cover before 11pm, $5 after. 21+

Motown on Mondays @ Chop Shop

Motown on Mondays is launching a new weekly party at Chop Shop, 2033 West Avenue. Doors open at 9 p.m. The launch party is free and will feature DJ Chop. Must be 21+.

St.Timothy's Day Dance @ Hideout

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave, plays host to the 23rd annual St. Timothy's Day Dance, featuring Cheer-Accident performing rock and soul tunes, tonight at 8pm. $10 at the door or online. 21+

International Salsa Congress @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts a "global dance party" tonight at 8:30pm as a teaser for the 13th annual Chicago International Salsa Congress, which happens Feb. 13-16. Tickets are $10.

Chinese New Year Celebration @ Daley Center

Kickoff celebration for Chinese New Year, featuring food, dance and more. Happening at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington. Beginning at 12 pm.

STePz @ Harris Theater for Music and Dance

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., presents Tony Award-winner Savion Glover's STePz, tonight at 7:30pm. The dance concert, starring Glover, will also feature performances by Marshall Davis and dance trio 3CW (3 Controversial Women). Tickets are $30-$55 and are on sale online or by phone, 312-334-7777. For more information on STePz , read the entire interview with Savion Glover in A/C.

Global Dance Party @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music present an evening of go-go music and dancing tonight in their new school building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Free lessons, dance performances, and an amateur dancing contest are on the schedule for the evening. Full details at the Old Town School Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

The first annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival runs Jan. 9-12 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., and Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. (workshops and master classes begin Jan. 7). The festival features shows by seven local and international circus troupes; see the schedule for details and tickets. Tonight's first performance is at 1pm.

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

The first annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival runs Jan. 9-12 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., and Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. (workshops and master classes begin Jan. 7). The festival features shows by seven local and international circus troupes; see the schedule for details and tickets. Tonight's first performance is at 5pm.

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

The first annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival runs Jan. 9-12 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., and Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. (workshops and master classes begin Jan. 7). The festival features shows by seven local and international circus troupes; see the schedule for details and tickets. Tonight's first performance is at 4pm.

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

The first annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival runs Jan. 9-12 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., and Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. (workshops and master classes begin Jan. 7). The festival features shows by seven local and international circus troupes; see the schedule for details and tickets. Tonight's first performance is at 6pm.

WinterDance @ Cultural Center

Like SummerDance, WinterDance is a series of one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by dances hosted by local DJs. WinterDance runs Jan. 3-5 in the Yates Gallery on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Today's dance styles are Tango and Milonga -- Tango 21 instructors lead a class at noon, and the Tangata Ensemble perform the Milonga from 1 to 3pm. Free, all ages.

NIN Burlesque @ Martyrs'

Hot and Heavy Burlesque presents an evening of Nine Inch Nails live band burlesque tonight at 10pm at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., featuring the NIN tribute band Now I Am Nothing and headlining dancer Michelle L'Amour. Tickets are $15. 21+

Queer Contra Dance Party @ Old Town School

Queer Contra Dance Party brings its gender-free version of contra dancing (similar to the square dance) to the Old Town School of Folk Music's Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

WinterDance @ Cultural Center

Like SummerDance, WinterDance is a series of one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by dances hosted by local DJs. WinterDance runs Jan. 3-5 in the Yates Gallery on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Tonight's dance style is Salsa -- May I Have This Dance instructors lead a class at 6pm, and DJ Rica Obsesion spins from 7 to 9pm. Free, all ages.

Nü @ Neo

, the "Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago," celebrates the new year and its first anniversary at Neo, 2350 N. Clark St., from 10pm to close. Special guest Jesse De La Pena will spin along along with resident DJs Mörk, Alinka, Trancid, Chris Grant and Karl Almaria. $5 cover at the door. 21+

WinterDance @ Cultural Center

Like SummerDance, WinterDance is a series of one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by dances hosted by local DJs. WinterDance runs Jan. 3-5 in the Yates Gallery on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Tonight's dance style is Chicago Steppin' -- Dawud Shareef and Lura Satterfield lead a class at 6pm, and DJ Mellow Khris spins from 7 to 9pm. Free, all ages.

Bowie Ball @ Berlin

HeavenMalone and stardust present the Bowie Ball at Berlin, 974 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 10pm. Chris Connelly and Robert Byrne perform live as David Bowie; DJs Heaven Malone, Juketastrophe and X[P] spin Bowiesque sets; Mister Wallace, JoJo Baby, Sissy Spastik and Spyderdupre show off androgynous Bowie looks; and Medusa's Makeup will give attendees "glitter and glam" makeovers. RSVP on Do312. Doors open at 9pm; no cover before 11pm. 21+

Burlesque Le Moustache @ Double Door

Danielle Colby of "American Pickers" and 4 Miles 2 Memphis hosts Burlesque Le Moustache tonight at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Davina and the Vagabonds and Soda Gardocki also perform. Doors are at 8pm, show's at 9pm. Tickets are $10. 21+

Total Therapy w/Kid Sister @ Berlin

Kid Sister headlines this month's Total Therapy night at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., along with Teen Witch Fan Club, Pluto, Virtual Brat and Claire Van Eijk. Show starts at 10pm and goes till 4am. Tickets are $5 earlybird, $7 general admission. 21+

Plan 9 Burlesque @ Public House Theatre

Plan 9 Burlesque presents a "best-of" show this evening at 6:00pm at Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark), featuring some of their favorite burlesque routines from 2013. Tickets are available through the Public House Website.

All I Want for Christmas Holiday Burlesque

Michelle L'Amour and the Chicago Starlets present All I Want for Christmas, a holiday burlesque, tonight at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. There are two shows, at 8pm and 10:30pm; doors open an hour and a half before the performance. Tickets are $23 online or at the door. 18+

First Fridays @ MCA

First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., is from 6 to 10pm tonight. This month's theme is "Summoning a New Queer Reality" and is co-curated by queer dance party Chances Dances. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 at the door; $10 for members either way. 21+

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents its monthly First Friday event, where the public can sample music and dance classes offered through the school. This month's First Friday also features a holiday crafts bazaar, with items made by the school's teachers, students and volunteers. First Friday starts at 6:00pm in the main building of the school, at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Full details at the Old Town School Website, or call the school's front desk at (773) 728-6000.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their monthly open house, Firdat Friday, starting this evening at 6:00pm in their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Sample classes, jam sessions, and concerts will happen all evening. Admission is $5, or $10 for families. Full details at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Freakeasy Day of the Dead @ Metro

Freakeasy presents a Day of the Dead party in both Metro and Smartbar, 3730 N. Clark St., featuring deejays Gene Hunt, Justin Long, Michael Serafini, Keith Mackenzie, Striz, Radiohiro, Justin Reed, Slippery Pete, Adrienne Sanchez, Organic Groove Continuum, Nate Manic and Duke Shin -- plus a burlesque show, fire-dancing, circus sideshow acts, interactive art installations and more. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 9pm. 21+

Everything Is Practice @ Fulton Street Collective

Fulton Street Collective's artist curators Kyle Fletcher and Steve Juras collaborated to bring "Everything is Practice" into being. Visit the Collective (2000 W. Fulton Street) at 7 PM this Friday (10/11) or Saturday (10/12) for the opening of the exhibit, which explores the repetitive motions and gestures that produce works of art. The exhibit features performances by the Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble.

Steppin' Under the Stars @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., presents "Steppin' Under the Stars," tonight from 6pm-9pm. This free event, the final one in the series, will feature the best in Chicago "steppin'" dance moves and music by V103's Herb Kent and others. For more information, please call 773-955-5610.

After the Fires: A 9/11 Musical Tribute @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., presents "After the Fires: A 9/11 Musical Tribute," tonight at 6pm. In conjunction with Chicago's Congo Square Theatre, this free performance, held in the library's Pritzker Auditorium and created by actor and songwriter Anthony Irons, will pay tribute to the "stories of characters affected by 9/11" through R&B and new age musical theater. For more information, call 312- 747-4300.

Kevin Smokler @ Book Cellar

Author Kevin Smokler discusses his book Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., today at 4:30pm. Free.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their monthly First Friday, an open house where they invite the community into the school to sample their many classes, play along with the school's instructors and students, and watch an evening of music and dance put on by the school. The evening starts at 6:00pm in the East building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 ($10 for families). Full details available at the school's Website, or call (773) 728-6000.

Subject to Change @ Township

Queer dance party Subject to Change hosts Reading Rainbow, a benefit night for Chicago Books to Women in Prison, tonight at Township, 2200 N. California Ave., hosted by DJ Cqqchifruit along with resident DJs Baby Bones, Josie Bush and Panakin Skywalker. Suggested donation is $5. Doors are at 9pm. 18+

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds its monthly First Friday this evening at 6:00pm. Free classes, dance lessons, and evening concerts are offered in the school's new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Full details at the school's Website, or call their front desk at (773) 728-6000.

Words Become Flesh @ Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., presents award-winning poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Words Become Flesh, tonight at 7:30pm. Written and directed by Bamuthi Joseph, this hip hop theatrical performance, through a mix of dance, spoken word and music, explores gender and race in America through the eyes of a young single father. Tickets are $15-$25 and may be purchased online, at the box office, or by phone, 773-702-2787.

Girl Next Door @ Stage 773

Girl Next Door, "a pole dance soiree" exploring the "sensual side of the everyday woman," comes to Chicago for three shows at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Firday night and today. More than a dozen dancers take to the pole over the course of the evening. There are two shows today: a matinee, with doors opening at 1pm and show at 2pm, and an evening performance, with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm. Tickets are $45-$65.

Girl Next Door @ Stage 773

Girl Next Door, "a pole dance soiree" exploring the "sensual side of the everyday woman," comes to Chicago for three shows at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., today and Saturday. More than a dozen dancers take to the pole over the course of the evening. Doors open tonight at 7pm, show's at 8pm. Tickets are $45-$65.

A Few Good Men @ Athenaeum

Chicago based dance company, Nomi Dance, presents "A Few Good Men"-- a night of all-male programming and new pieces from River North dancer Ahmad Simmons and former River North dancer Brandon DiCriscio -- at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $30 or $20 for students.

Rhythm Keepers & Global Griots @ Logan Center for the Arts

The Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., hosts the Muntu Dance Theatre's "Muntu Presents: Rhythm and Global Griots," tonight at 7pm. This dance and music concert will feature the premiere of Asiel Hardison's collaboration with Home Tone Music and Arts Foundations, as well as entertain the crowd with dance styles including West African, Caribbean, swing, hip hop and more. Tickets are $10-$30; for more information, call 773-241-6080.


Zombie Prom @ Bottom Lounge

The Zombie Prom overwhelms Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., tonight from 9pm to 2am. Enjoy your typical prom staples -- buffet dinner, photo booth, crowded dance floor -- with your fellow undead. Zombie makeup and attire are mandatory; a $10 onsite "makeover" is available. Tickets are $30. 21+

Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party @ Late Bar

The Read/Write Library hosts the Stacks! Soul Librarian Dance Party tonight at Late Bar, 3534 W. Belmont Ave., from 10pm to 1am. DJs MLE, Jennifer Juniper, Edith, John Ciba of the Rabbit Factory, Aret and JJ of Windy City Soul Club, and Southside Eric of Fear City Sound System will spin, Glitter Guts will run the photobooth, and there'll be prizes for the best '60s, soul or librarian-style outfits. $10 donation, all proceeds benefit Read/Write Library. 21+

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts their monthly First Friday evening of performances and workshops this evening. The public is invited to come to the school and sample some of the many music & dance classes the school has to offer. The evening takes place at the Szold Music & Dance Hall in the school's east building (4545 N. Lincoln), and admission is a $5 donation. See the school's Website for details on the evening, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000 for more information.

Subject to Change @ Township

Subject to Change, a monthly dance party that encourages all types of expression, is tonight at Township, 2200 N. California Ave., at 9pm. The dance party will feature regular DJs Josie Bush and Butch Sassidy the Come-Dance Kid as well as guest DJs Corrine Mina and Cojuelo Alelao, plus performances by H. Melt, Drow Flow and Nicole Garneau. $5 suggested donation will benefit 3rd Language, a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. 18+

Spectrum @ Stage 773

Spectrum is the seventh dance concert of Matter Dance Company, featuring a variety of types of dance from tap to modern. The concert runs May 30-June 1, 2013 (Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm) at Stage 773 (1225 W Belmont).Tickets: $20 for general admission, $15 for Children, Students (with valid id), and Seniors. Tickets available through the Stage 773 Box Office at 773.327.5252.

Spectrum @ Stage 773

Spectrum is the seventh dance concert of Matter Dance Company, featuring a variety of types of dance from tap to modern. The concert runs May 30-June 1, 2013 (Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm) at Stage 773 (1225 W Belmont).Tickets: $20 for general admission, $15 for Children, Students (with valid id), and Seniors. Tickets available through the Stage 773 Box Office at 773.327.5252.

Spectrum @ Stage 773

Spectrum is the seventh dance concert of Matter Dance Company, featuring a variety of types of dance from tap to modern. The concert runs May 30-June 1, 2013 (Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm) at Stage 773 (1225 W Belmont).Tickets: $20 for general admission, $15 for Children, Students (with valid id), and Seniors. Tickets available through the Stage 773 Box Office at 773.327.5252.

Cajun Dance Party @ Empty Bottle

The Chicago Cajun French Music Association hosts a cajun dance party at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from 2 to 4:30pm. Dance to the Cajun Vagabonds and have a good time. $10 at the door.

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular runs Saturday nights in May at the Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 10:30pm. This full-length spectacular features go-go troupe The Revelettes performing dance numbers inspired by the surf and sci-fi movies of the 1960s, with house band the Reveltones, multi-talented curio-collector host Andy Somma and many special guests, including comedienne Mary Zematis, juggler extraordinaire Brad French, retro singer John Connors, and Vaudevillians the Gentlemen Follies. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the box office. BYOB or hit the concession stand.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole @ Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of the Festival of Aloha happening this weekend the Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening concert by dancer and musician Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole in their main concert hall at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Mr. Kanaka'ole is a five-time winner of the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, and comes from a distinguished family of practitioners of hula. Fans of Pacific Island music will definitely want to attend this concert! The show starts at 8:00pm; tickets are $22, and can be purchased through the Old Town School Website, or call the box office at (773) 728-6000.

The Festival of Aloha @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts the second annual Festival of Aloha, which begins this evening at 8:30pm. For their Global Dance Party series the festival is presenting a kanikapila (Hawaiian jam session) featuring some of the artists that are performing and teaching during the festival: Grammy-winnin artist Daniel Ho; hula instructor Sylvia Puanani Edgar; and Tahitian dance instructor Moeata Tehani. Admission is $10 to the event; see the Old Town School Website for full details and to purchase advance tickets. Old Town School: 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular runs Saturday nights in May at the Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 10:30pm. This full-length spectacular features go-go troupe The Revelettes performing dance numbers inspired by the surf and sci-fi movies of the 1960s, with house band the Reveltones, multi-talented curio-collector host Andy Somma and many special guests, including comedienne Mary Zematis, juggler extraordinaire Brad French, retro singer John Connors, and Vaudevillians the Gentlemen Follies. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the box office. BYOB or hit the concession stand.

Wiggle Room @ Everleigh Social Club

Wiggle Room burlesque and standup comedy show ends its season at the Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St., tonight at 10pm. See the award-winning Chicago Starlets and comedian Adam Burke, among other treats. Read our interview with creator Michelle L'amour in A/C. Tickets are $10-$15 in advance, $20-$25 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular runs Saturday nights in May at the Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 10:30pm. This full-length spectacular features go-go troupe The Revelettes performing dance numbers inspired by the surf and sci-fi movies of the 1960s, with house band the Reveltones, multi-talented curio-collector host Andy Somma and many special guests, including comedienne Mary Zematis, juggler extraordinaire Brad French, retro singer John Connors, and Vaudevillians the Gentlemen Follies. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the box office. BYOB or hit the concession stand.

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular

The Revelettes '60s Go-Go Spectacular runs Saturday nights in May at the Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston Ave., at 10:30pm. This full-length spectacular features go-go troupe The Revelettes performing dance numbers inspired by the surf and sci-fi movies of the 1960s, with house band the Reveltones, multi-talented curio-collector host Andy Somma and many special guests, including comedienne Mary Zematis, juggler extraordinaire Brad French, retro singer John Connors, and Vaudevillians the Gentlemen Follies. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the box office. BYOB or hit the concession stand.

Lucha VaVoom @ The Vic

Lucha VaVoom comes to the Vic Theater, 3145 N Sheffield Ave., for "a Cinco de Mayo Spectacular" tonight at 8:30pm. Check out Mexican wrestling and burlesque, enjoy mariachi music and get your picture taken in a Tickets are $24-74. 18+

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts their monthly First Friday, in which the community is invited to sample music & dance classes, see student ensemble performances, and to gather together with like-minded people. First Friday starts at 6:00pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $5. Old Town School: 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Barn Dance Apocalypse

The Golden Horse Ranch Band hosts its ninth annual Barn Dance Apocalypse tonight at Filament, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8pm. Square dance, contra, polka and waltz the night away. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets. 21+

Motown in Motion @ Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, presents the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble's Motown in Motion today at 3pm. The show will feature a dance and theater salute to the "Motown sound," made famous by recording artists including Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and more. Tickets are $25-$35; for more information, call 800-982-ARTS (2787).

KTF Dance Crash @ Mayne Stage

Chicago Dance Crash brings its "Keeper of the Floor" dance competition back to Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. The theme for this round is "Welcome to OZ." Tickets are $15 online or at the box office. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9:30pm.

Links Hall THAW @ DANK Haus

THAW, the annual benefit for Links Hall, is tonight at 6:30pm at DANK Haus, 4730 N. Western Ave. The event features dance, puppetry, burlesque, a live-action video game called The Battle of Booze Mountain and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

Winning Works: Choreographers of Color 2013 @ Harris Theater

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, hosts the Joffrey Academy of Dance and "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color 2013," today at 4pm. This one-time only performance features world premieres from William McClellan, Ma Cong, and Jeremy McQueen; also, Alexei Kremnev, Joffrey Academy Artistic Director, will feature the world premiere of "Carnival of the Animals." Tickets are $18 and are on sale online and at the box office; for more information, call 312-334-7777.

The After Party Show @ Studio Be

In an intimate "after party" setting, this show features a blend of musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and variety performers. The After Party Show runs Saturdays at Studio Be (3110 N. Sheffield Ave.) until March 30, with two different shows each night, beginning at 10pm and 11:30pm. The show is BYOB and tickets are $12 or $20 for both.

The After Party Show @ Studio Be

In an intimate "afterparty" setting, this show features a blend of musicians, comedians, dancers, singers and variety performers. The After Party Show runs Saturdays at Studio Be (3110 N. Sheffield Ave) until March 30, 2013, with two different shows each night, beginning at 10pm and 11:30pm. The show is BYOB and tickets are $12 or $20 for both.

Burlesque Le'Moustache @ Double Door

Burlesque Le'Moustache presents "Gospel for the Guilty," an evening of burlesque at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Danielle Colby of "American Pickers" on the History Channel is among the performers. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. Tickets are $20.

Vaudezilla's Lincoln Fair @ Lincoln Tap Room

Vaudezilla's burlesque beauties take to the stage at this free event at Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave. Featuring performances by seasoned burlesque dancers as well as newbies to the scene, the show always promises a raunchy good time. The show features two different sets: one at 9pm and one at 11pm. Get there early; the venue fills up fast! 21+

They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular, tonight at 7pm. Proceeds benefit Xan Aranda's in-process documentary Mormon Movie. Dance to the records spun by DJs All The Way Kay and Treetop Lover, and win prizes. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 21+

Kiss Kiss Cabaret 2nd Anniversary Party

Kiss Kiss Cabaret is celebrating their second anniversary and their 100th performance with a blow-out bash featuring their burlesque dancers, the Kiss Kiss Coquettes.
The company's full cast, including its comedians, magicians, jugglers, and hosts will also be performing at the show, February 1, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. There will also be cake.
KKC suggests this event only for an 18+ audience. Tickets are $15 in advance at $20 at the door.

Chances Dances @ Hideout

GLBTIQ dance party Chances Dances hits the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at midnight. $5 at the door. 21+

NÜ @ Neo

NÜ: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago launches at Neo, 2350 N. Clark St., tonight at 10am. The first edition of this new monthly series features John Mörk, Trancid, Alinka, Ryan Paradise and Chris Gran. $5 cover. 21+

Season's Geekings: A Gorilla Tango Burlesque Holiday Special

Season's Geekings: A Gorilla Tango Burlesque Holiday Special, starring Inara Rose, Diva LaVida, Lucita Bonita, Paly Flames, Sweet Ginger Rose, Phaedra Black, Vicki Van Go-Go, and Ruby Bourbon, has its last performance tonight at 9pm at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $20, available in advance online or by phone at 773-598-4549.

Freedom Chicago Festivus @ Lincoln Hall

Freedom Dance Party Chicago celebrates Festivus at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight starting at 9pm. Tickets are $10, but a limited number of $5 tickets will be available at the door for women only until 11pm. 21+

Winter Solstice Dance @ Links Hall

This weekend are the 22nd annual Winter Solstice concerts are at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., presented by Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang. Friday and Saturday's performances are sold out, but tickets remain for today's 6am performance (yes, 6 in the morning). A small number of tickets will also be available at the box office starting at 5:30am.

3rd Annual New Year's Eve Metropolis Ball

Collaboraction, a groundbreaking Chicago arts organization, along with acclaimed burlesque sensation Angela Eve, cordially invite you to the Metropolis Ball 2012: a decadent and interactive night filled with Burlesque, art, music, dancing, physical theater, fashion and a sexy circus. Monday, December 31, 2012 @ 8:30pm Collaboraction Speakeasy Space,3rd floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building 1579 N. Milwaukee. Tix- $75 and up.

Alliance Winter Dance Bash

The Alliance Dance Company holds its annual Winter Dance Bash Saturday and today at Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn St. The evening features performances by the Alliance Dance Company, Innervation Dance Cooperative, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Extensions Dance Company and NorthSide Dance Theater. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children with the discount code SNOWFUN, or $20/$10 at the door. Today's performance begins at 2:30pm.

Alliance Winter Dance Bash

The Alliance Dance Company holds its annual Winter Dance Bash tonight and Sunday at Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn St. The evening features performances by the Alliance Dance Company, Innervation Dance Cooperative, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Extensions Dance Company and NorthSide Dance Theater. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children with the discount code SNOWFUN, or $20/$10 at the door. Tonight's performance begins at 7:30pm.

Burlesque-A-Pades @ Martyrs

Martyrs presents Burlesque-A-Pades, an evening of burlesque and entertainment from NYC. Featured act in the show: the World Famous Pontani Sisters! Burlesque-A-Pades starts tonight at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Check the Martyrs Website to purchase advance tickets. Martyrs: 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

First Friday @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents this month's First Friday, an evening of sample classes, sing-alongs, and performances by dance & music classes at the school. Doors open at 5pm, and admission is $5. Full details and a schedule available at the school's Website. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Chicago Annual of Style @ Metro

Young Chicago Authors presents the Chicago Annual of Style, a performance and benefit event, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight from 7 to 10pm. Kevin Coval emcees an evening of spoken word, dance -- featuring styles ranging from stepping to breaking to footworking -- and music, featuring DJ Itch and the O'My's. Tickets are $50/$30 for students and teachers; Experience tickets are $125 for two and include reserved balcony seating and a copy of the Louder Than a Bomb DVD. Doors open at 6pm

Cajun Dance Party @ Empty Bottle

The Cajun French Music Association throws a Cajun dance party today at 2pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., featuring the Cajun Aces. $10 at the door.

Dance Slam @ Athenaeum Theatre

Dance Slam, Dance Chicago's interactive dance competition, takes place tonight at 8pm at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Watch dance troupes battle it out, then vote on the winner. Tickets are $30 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, $17 for children 12 and under.

Bhangra Night @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of Bhangra dance featuring local area dance troupes, as well as an introductory class to learn the dance. Dance class is at 8:30pm, and the concert is at 9pm. Tickets are $10, and the event happens in Szold Hall in the school's newest building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Full details and advance tickets available from the school's website, or call 773-728-6000.

Memories N Time @ LaFollette Park

The Muntu Dance Theatre presents the launch of "Memories N Time" at LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie, tonight at 7pm. This free event, presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, is a dance and music collaboration with noted composer Reginald Robinson, musicians Steve Berry and Ari Brown, and popular Chicago jazz singer, Maggie Brown. For more information, call 773-241-6080.

Chicago Dance Crash KTF @ Mayne Stage

Chicago Dance Crash holds its fifth annual "Keeper of the Floor" dance competition tonight at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. The theme is "Kanye vs. Dylan" -- watch dancers go head to head in battles of styles, skill and grace, and see who wins the KTF belt. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free. UPDATE: Tonight's event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Dance Tribute to Mr. Bungle @ Martyrs'

Witness a Dance Tribute to Mr. Bungle tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. In the new Dance Tribute series, 10 songs from a singular musician/band are selected and then put to choreography, taught to dancers and performed live. Tickets are $7 at the door. 21+

Chicago Barn Dance Company

The Chicago Barn Dance Company hosts a dance tonight at 7pm at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn as guest caller. A beginners workshop starts at 6:30pm. Admission is $7 at the door, $5 for students.

Urban Arts Expo @ Charles Hayes Center

The Chicago Black Authors Network presents its second annual Urban Arts Expo today from 11am-6pm. Held at the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash Ave., and hosted by WYCA's Darryll King, this event will feature book publishing workshops, performances by local Chicago dancers, singers and spoken word artists, and a special journalism workshop led by Radio Hall of Famer, WVAZ's Herb Kent. Admission to the event is free; the book publishing workshop is $10. For more information, call 312-786-6986.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Oktoberfest Chicago

The final day of Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus Church,1429 W. Wellington Ave., is family fun day! "Kinderfest" provides activities from children from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy beer, brats, and all things German. There will also be a big screen to air the football game. Oktoberfest beings at 11am, and ends at 7pm. Free admission.

The Monologues of My Nappy Hair @ Portage Theater

The Anita Davis Dance Theater presents The Monologues of My Nappy Hair tonight at 8pm. This multi-character "dance drama" highlights the history of hair as it relates to the culture and image of African-American women. The performance takes place at Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee; tickets are $10-$35. For more information, call 773-807-3546.

SummerDance Closing & Smart Bar 30th Anniversary Event @ Millennium Park

The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance festival comes to a close with live music and dancing at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., in the central promenade. The event also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Smart Bar, one of the city's most popular dance clubs. Resident DJ trio, Orchard Lounge, and Smart Bar music director, Nate Maniac, will perform. The show starts at 4pm, and ends at 7pm. Free. All ages.

Chicago Teases for the Strip

Chicago Teases for the Strip, a benefit burlesque show for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, stages at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Hot and Heavy Burlesque, Gorilla Tango, Michelle L'Amour's Chicago Starlets, Dolls of Doom, Angel Burlesque, Plan 9 Burlesque, Eve's Parlor and independent performers take the stage, culminating with the largest group striptease in Chicago. Tickets are $25 online or at the box office.

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Lebowski Burlesque @ Viaduct

Vaudzilla remounts its show Rollin’ Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque starting tonight at the Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western Ave. The show features burlesque parody sketches of the film The Big Lebowski with Logan Conner, Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, Trixie Sparx as The Nihilist, Mister Junior, Mia D. Vine, Viva La Muerte, Kyle Greer and more performing. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm from Aug. 17 to Sept. 22. Tickets are $17.

Dancing In The Park: Grupo Cumbé

Start the weekend off early with free dance lessons by Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Ensemble and live music by Grupo Cumbé, performing Colombian music in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., at 6pm. Free.

Dancing In The Park: Carpacho y Su Super Combo

Get your dancing shoes on for free Salsa and Merengue dance lessons, and live music by Carpacho y Su Super Combo at Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., at 6pm.

Burlesque Tribute to Journey

Hot & Heavy Burlesque presents a tribute to the band Journey tonight at 10:30pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Hosted by Fake Steve Perry (Sanjula Vamana), the evening will feature Exotic World title holders The Dolls of Doom as well as world-renowned circus performer Miss Pussykat of Daredevil Circus, Viva La Muerte, Red Rum, Scarlett DeVille, Dahlia Fatale, Lola Getz, Miss Vine, Cruel Valentine and Bella Bathory, performing to classic Journey hits like "Don't Stop Believing," "Open Arms," "Separate Ways," "Wheel in the Sky" and more. Tickets are $15 online or at the box office. 21+

Chicago Dancing In The Park: Funkadesi

Chicago SummerDance series presents free Bollywood and Bhangra dance lessons by Rahul Sharma and live music by Funkadesi, performing Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk music at Grant Park.

Youth Arts Showcase @ University of Chicago/Logan Center

The University of Chicago's Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., presents "Youth Arts Showcase," today from 2pm-4pm. This free showcase, designed for ages 12 and up, will feature community youth in an exchange of dance, poetry, music, visual art, and an open mic. Special appearances by Kuumba Lynx, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, University of Hip Hop and more. RSVP to logancenter@uchicago.edu; for more information, call 773-702-ARTS (2787).

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Events run from 11am-10pm today on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Chicago Westside Music Festival @ Douglas Park

The Chicago Park District presents the Chicago Westside Music Festival today at 12pm. Held at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., this free, all-day festival, the first of a three-part series, features music and dance performances by several local artists including the Douglas Park Dancers, jazz and soul band Sidewalk Chalk, hip-hop tap dance sensation M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the Chris Davis Jazztet and much more. For more information call 312-961-2025.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival @ Logan Square

The annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival continues three days of music, art, theater, dance and food in Logan Square. Today events run from 11am-10pm on Milwaukee Ave. between California and Kimball.

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The third annual Windy City Burlesque Fest is at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Friday and tonight, with three different performances at 8pm, 10pm and midnight each night. See performers from around the world, including Jo Boobs (New York), Kristina Nekyia (LA), Coco Lectric (Austin), Tiffany Carter (Las Vegas), Penny Starr, Jr. (Hollywood), Kitten De Ville (LA), Foxy Tann (Minneapolis) and Chicago's Stage Door Johnnies. Tickets are $30 for each performance; $150 gets you a pass for all six.

Windy City Burlesque Fest

The third annual Windy City Burlesque Fest is at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., tonight and Saturday, with three different performances at 8pm, 10pm and midnight each night. See performers from around the world, including Jo Boobs (New York), Kristina Nekyia (LA), Coco Lectric (Austin), Tiffany Carter (Las Vegas), Penny Starr, Jr. (Hollywood), Kitten De Ville (LA), Foxy Tann (Minneapolis) and Chicago's Stage Door Johnnies. Tickets are $30 for each performance; $150 gets you a pass for all six.

Windy City Burlesque Fest Opening Night

The third annual Windy City Burlesque Fest kicks off with two free shows at the Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight starting at 9pm. Shirley Knot hosts, with performances by Boobs Radley, Cruel Valentine, Lucy Flawless, Patsy Blue Ribbon, Po' Chop, Saucy Jack, Dirty Devlin, Josephine Shaker, Lady India de Minuit, Miss Alyssa Kitt, Red Rum, Special K, Titty Perkins and more. 21+

Full Moon Jam

Full Moon Jam, an evening of music and fire dancing held under the full moon, happens tonight from sundown to 10:15pm (weather permitting) in the fields south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park, at roughly 5000 N. Lake Shore Drive. Full schedule and details here. Free.

Zombie Prom @ Vision

The zombies at this Zombie Prom will likely be wearing less clothes than those at the one back in April. Grab your favorite undead partner, get made up and head to Vision, 640 N. Dearborn St., at 9pm. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door; packages are available for couples. 21+

Innvervation Dance Coop @ Prop Thtr

The Innervation Dance Cooperative performs Of One Mind, an original dance inspired by the life of Truddi Chase, a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities as a result of years of abuse, at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., June 20-24. Today's performance is at 3pm, and tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for students and seniors.

Innvervation Dance Coop @ Prop Thtr

The Innervation Dance Cooperative performs Of One Mind, an original dance inspired by the life of Truddi Chase, a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities as a result of years of abuse, at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., June 20-24. Tonight's performance is at 8pm, and tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for students and seniors.

Innvervation Dance Coop @ Prop Thtr

The Innervation Dance Cooperative performs Of One Mind, an original dance inspired by the life of Truddi Chase, a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities as a result of years of abuse, at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., June 20-24. Tonight's performance is at 8pm, and tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for students and seniors.

Innvervation Dance Coop @ Prop Thtr

The Innervation Dance Cooperative performs Of One Mind, an original dance inspired by the life of Truddi Chase, a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities as a result of years of abuse, at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., June 20-24. Tonight's performance is at 8pm, and tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for students and seniors.

A Katherine Dunham Tribute @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "A Katherine Dunham Tribute," today at 12:15pm. Part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, this free dance and musical event will feature Chicago choreographer Laurie Goux's SpiritWing Dance Ensemble, recording artist Max-A-Million and others, celebrating the legendary Dunham and her work as a pioneer of African-American dance and theater. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Innvervation Dance Coop @ Prop Thtr

The Innervation Dance Cooperative performs Of One Mind, an original dance inspired by the life of Truddi Chase, a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities as a result of years of abuse, at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., June 20-24. Tonight's preview show is at 8pm, and tickets are just $12.

Cajun Dance Party @ Empty Bottle

The Cajun French Music Association hosts a Cajun dance party at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., today from 1 to 4pm, featuring the Chicago Cajun Aces. If you don't how to dance to Cajun music, there will be people on hand to teach you. $10 at the door. 21+

Luna Negro Dance Theater Closes Luna Neva At the MCA

The Latino based dance troupe closes it run of "Luna Neva" running at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show features three new premieres and takes on a more "avant-garde" approach to dance, according to artistic director Ramirez Sansano. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $28 and $10 for students.

Festival of Aloha @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music plays host to the first Festival of Aloha, a four-day series of workshops and performances by several Asian and Pacific Island musicians, artists and teachers. Every day will feature workshops for musicians and dancers, and the evening concerts will feature Daniel Ho, Darlene Ahuna, Jason Arimoto, and many more. See the festival's Website for full details. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Fear Experiment Two @Park West

Thirty-eight adults, who A) are self-professed "bad" dancers or "bad" improvisers, B) sign up alone, and C) are scared on some level, rehearsed with a teacher for three months. And now they will be rockstars for one night! See Fear Experiment Two tonight at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Tickets are $24, available online or at the door. Doors open at 8pm. 18+

Zombie Prom @ Empty Bottle

Get your dress and makeup on, its time for the Zombie Prom, benefiting The Arts of Life. Tonight from 6pm to 9pm at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., dance with your undead date to the sounds of the Wild Blue Angels and Get Up with the Get Downs. Get your prom picture taken and compete to be crowned Zombie Prom King and Queen. Tickets are $15 for singles, $25 for couples. 21+

Bleeding Heart Bakery Sideshow @ Cobra Lounge

Bleeding Heart Bakery presents Sideshow, an evening of bands, burlesque and baked goods tonight at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave. The Fisticuffs, The Horrors, Tracer Bullet, Turbo Vamps, Cellar Rats and Nikki Lynette make up the musical talent, and Sultry Susan, Tit Perkins, Paris Green, Rosie Maybe and Karma Kaze comprise the burlesque talent. FCS Sound System DJs spin as well. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

Chicago Tap Dance Reimagines French Horror Film "Les Yeux Sans Visage"

Chicago Tap Theatre presents it's last run of "Eyes Without A Face", an interpretation of the French Horror film by the same name, today at 3:00 at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. The show features live narration by Marc Smith (known for his Green Mill poetry slam) & an original score by Andrew Edwards. Tickets are $20-$35 dollars. Expect dark humor, sophisticated storytelling, and a haunting score.

CARMEN.maquia @ Harris Theater

Luna Negra Dance Theater's CARMEN.maquia runs for one night only, tonight at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.. The performance begins at 8pm and tickets are $25 to $65. Tickets are available by calling the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777 or online. See our review in A/C.

Evening of inaugural performances @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents an evening of three performances commissioned by the school to celebrate the opening of their new building at 4545 North Lincoln Avenue. Presented tonight will be: "Shuffling Through Snapshots" by Jennifer Guglielmi; Tom Stevens' "String Quartet Number Four"; and Anne-Marie Akin's "Call and Response: Voices from the Old Town School." The performances start at 7pm in Szold Hall in the new building; admission is $20, or $18 for school members. For reservations please call (773) 728-6000.

Premiere of The Delicate Hour by Molly Shanahan's Mad Shack

Molly Shanahan, artistic director of Mad Shack, received stunning reviews from her work in My Name is a Blackbird, and review's have called her work "sinuous, utterly motivated and deeply felt movement like nothing you've seen by another troupe." The company returns tonight at 8:00 at the The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago with The Delicate Hour , a new iteration of the summer's previous work, Stamina of Curiosity. The show runs through Saturday and ticket prices are starting at $26.

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Alliance Dance Co. Dinner

Alliance Dance Company hosts a fundraising dinner at Ranalli's, 1512 W. Berwyn Ave., tonight from 8pm to 11pm. For $25 you'll get unlimited wine, appetizers, salad and pizza, and learn about Alliance Dance's upcoming performances.

The Wolfe Tones @ Abbey Pub

Irish folk legends The Wolfe Tones perform with the Trinity Irish Dancers at Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 21+

Chicago Dance Crash KTF battle @ Mayne Stage

Chicago Dance Crash are back with their popular dance battle series, KTF (Keeper of the Floor) which kicks off the restart of the series tonight at the Mayne Stage. Dancers battle it out onstage with every style covered, from break to ballet and even tap. The theme is Love is a (Dance) Battlefield, the music of the night dedicated to the down and out side of love. Tickets are ten dollars and can be purchased at the Mayne Stage site or at the venue. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm.

Latin Dance Night @ Ballroom Dance Chicago

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Ballroom Dance Chicago is offering a special Latin Dance Night event at 6pm. Couples will learn the basics of Latin dance and watch a professional dance demonstration. The event happens at Ballroom Dance Chicago's studios at 4043 N. Ravenswood. Tickets are $70 per couple, and include champagne and appetizers. RSVP required, so please call Ballroom Dance Chicago at (312) 504-5866 to make reservations.

Dance Chicago Presents Dances From the Heart

This Valentine's Day, forget the cheap chocolate and the really sappy card, wow your significant other with a dance show at the Athenaeum Theatre that's all about love, passion, and uh, well, you know . . . Dance Chicago presents Dances From the Heart 2936 North Southport. $15 at seechicagodance.com, or if you missed their deal you can get 2 tickets for $28 at this Groupon Deal. Smooches.

10 Years of War @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents the Alliance Dance Company's 10 Years of War, today at 12:15pm. As part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, this performance centers on the concept of fighting for one's beliefs. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

"This Is a Damage Manual" @ Theater Wit

"Have you ever been self-helped to death?" The dance theater event, "This Is a Damage Manual," opens tonight at the Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont). Performances run through Feb. 12, at 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $15-$24; call (773) 975-8150 or go to their site for more info.

Eve of the Eve @ Union Station

The 18th annual Eve of the Eve gala will be held in Union Station's Great Hall, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., tonight at 8pm. Welcoming more than 2,000 of the city's young professionals, the black-tie optional event's proceeds will benefit the HighSight fun, which provides scholarships, tutoring, and mentoring for high school students. Tickets are available at $125 in advance or $140 at the door. 21+

Winter Ball @ Chicago Children's Museum

The Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier, welcomes kids of all ages to brush up on their three counts and learn to waltz today at its Winter Ball. The dance begins at 2pm and is free with museum admission.

Blue Monday @ Double Door

Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee Ave., is going totally 80's tonight for its monthly Blue Monday. The retro dance party promises nothing but the greatest songs from the era that brought the likes of Madonna, MJ, and Prince at their best. A $5 cover gets attendees one free Old Style. 21+

Irish Christmas in America @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents Irish Christmas in America, a revue of Irish music, singing, and dancing. The show starts tonight at 9:30pm at their main concert hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the school box office at (773) 728-6000.

Bump and Grindcore @ The Beauty Bar

Bump and Grindcore is a night in tribute to life of The Pied Piper or R n' B, Chicago's own, Mr. R. Kelly. $3. 21+. The Beauty Bar is located at 1444 W Chicago. See our preview in Transmission.

Rights, Radicals and Revolutions @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "Rights, Radicals and Revolutions," today at 12:15pm. Directed by Dennis Wise and part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, dancers from Columbia College Chicago will perform passionate routines based on causes and issues they deem revolutionary. This free event takes place in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Tease the Season @ Martyrs'

Tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Michelle L'amour hosts Tease the Season, an evening of holiday burlesque. At 8pm there's a Studio L'amour student showcase, followed at 9:30pm by the Chicago Starlets. At 11pm the Studio L'amour Holiday Party gets started. Advance tickets to each show are $15, or $20 for the whole night; VIP seating is available for $30. Admission will be higher at the door. 21+

"Chicago Women of Song" @ Harris Theater for Music and Dance

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, hosts Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's 15th anniversary season finale with "Chicago Women of Song," a dance tribute performance featuring the music of native Chicago female Soul/R&B singers including Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, Mavis Staples and Jennifer Hudson. This one night only performance begins at 8pm; tickets are $40-$65. For more information, call 312-334-7777.

The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet presents its opening night of The Nutcracker tonight at 7pm at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway. Tickets to this holiday classic range in price from $30-$115.

All Your Paths in a Single Pocket @ The Poetry Foundation

This theatrical performance is inspired by poet Anna Kamienska's "Notebooks" and brings together text, music, and dance to spotlight the work of making art. All Your Paths in a Single Pocket runs for three more days, tonight and December 9 and10 at 7:30pm at the Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior). Admission is free but first-come, first-served!

Beats of Life: Rhythms of Heritage @ Indo-American Heritage Museum

The Indo-American Heritage Museum, 6328 N. California, presents the kickoff of Beats of Life: Rhythms of Heritage, today at 2:30pm. In conjunction with the Natya Dance Theatre, this free event, part of a seven-show series, features Indian dance and music with authentic Kathak dance by the Anila Sinha Foundation and a performance by the Bollywood Rhythms Dancers. For more information, call 312-212-1240.

World of Dance Tour @ Copernicus Theater

The World of Dance Tour, an international urban-dance-competition that's been moving, shaking, and breaking-it-down across the nation, makes its way to the Copernicus Theater, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., tonight. Welcoming some of the most respected names in the industry from within the city and beyond, the performance promises a night of culture and creativity for all those with a craving for the urban arts. Doors open at 4pm and tickets are $25. For other tour dates and ticket purchases visit worldofdance.com.

Cut A Rug Fundraiser @ Vecco

Vecco Design Studio, 912 W. Armitage Ave., hosts "Cut A Rug," a fundraiser for the Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education featuring DJs, dancing, cocktails, food and live entertainment, from 6pm to 9pm tonight. The evening will showcase the talents of dance crew FootworKINGz, as well as a silent auction for a Chicago-inspired rug.Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door; proceeeds benefit Urban Gateways.

Dance Chicago Dance Slam

Dance Chicago's Dance Slam claims to be the world's largest dance competition, and with more than 3,000 dancers performing more than 300 dances in 13 programs, there's no need to argue. It all takes place at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., starting at 8pm. Tickets are $25, which seems like a steal for so much dance.

Coming Out Ball!

The annual Coming Out Ball will be held tonight from 7pm-12am at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The theme for this year is "Circus," which will include dancing, drag shows, floor performances and much more. Come with your ringleader and fellow clowns for some one-of-a-kind celebration while supporting "coming out" and making a difference. $10 admission; tickets sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the Broadway Youth Center.

Derrick May & Derrick Carter @ Mayhem at the Mid

Derrick May and Derrick Carter headline Mayhem at the Mid, 306 N. Halsted, tonight. Local DJs Fortune and Just Joey will round out the night. RSVP to Clubtix.com for free admission before 11pm, or purchase tickets for $10. Doors open at 10. 21+

Polynesian Music & Dance Workshops @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a pair of music & dance workshops tonight headed by members of the Polynesian band Te Vaka. The music workshop runs from 6pm to 7:20, and covers music from Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Samoa; the dance workshop runs from 7pm to 8:20 and will include dance from Tokelau, New Zealand, and Samoa. Workshop seating is limited, so please sign up at the Old Town School's workshops page as early as possible. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

The Boogie Down @ Beauty Bar

Tonight Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., will be hosting The Boogie Down from 9-12pm. A disco party with DJ sets by Kid Color, Stefan Ponce and Vik Vega. The night will be about shakin' your groove thang and enjoying old/new disco and also some funk. Doors open at 9pm, free before 11pm, afterwards $3. 21+

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver -- with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire-spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. Tonight's event starts at 8:08pm. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver, with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. This event starts at 8:08pm tonight and basically continues on until about 3am on Satuday night. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

56th Annual Ginza Holiday @ Midwest Buddhist Temple

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) Aug. 12 - 14 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Old Town. Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts. Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos and jewelry. An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, from udon to kintoki. Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming, classical dance, traditional and not-so-traditional music, martial arts and a ukulele group! Aikido, Judo and Karate schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd. The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks. A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Details here.

Shimmyfest

Bellydancing galore at Shimmyfest tonight at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., at 5pm Watch an international lineup of solo and group bellydancing. Tickets are $20.

Around the World in 80 Hours @ Nothin' Less

In conjunction with the Third Annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (July 29-31), the Logan Square café Nothin' Less (2642 N. Milwaukee) is hosting an event called "Around the World in Eighty Hours" which features music, dance, martial arts, film, and any other type of performance representing foreign cultures from all over the world. Today's lineup features: Swordsmanship presentation and demonstration of swords by Mugai Ryu at 11am; Flamenco Dance with guitarist Chiara Mangiameli at 3pm; and the Chicken Fat Klezmer Orchestra at 4pm. This event is free, for more information visit Around the World in 80 Hours.

Around the World in 80 Hours @ Nothin' Less

In conjunction with the Third Annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (July 29-31), the Logan Square café Nothin' Less (2642 N. Milwaukee) is hosting an event called "Around the World in Eighty Hours" which features music, dance, martial arts, film, and any other type of performance representing foreign cultures from all over the world. Today's lineup features: Argentinian tango at 3pm; Mexican folk music by Yahvi Pichardo & Maria McCollough at 6pm; and the Old Town School Brazilian Ensemble, featuring Paulinho Garcia at 7pm. This event is free, for more information visit Around the World in 80 Hours.

Around the World in 80 Hours @ Nothin' Less

In conjunction with the Third Annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (July 29-31), the Logan Square café Nothin' Less (2642 N. Milwaukee) is hosting an event called "Around the World in Eighty Hours" which features music, dance, martial arts, film, and any other type of performance representing foreign cultures from all over the world. Tonight's lineup features: a Cuban dance presentation by Sway Studios at 6pm; traditional Irish music by Kevin Flynn at 7pm; West African percussionist K'oto Tu at 8pm; and jazz standards by the Matt Deceunynck Trio at 9pm. This event is free, for more information visit Around the World in 80 Hours.

Body Language @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "Body Language," today at 12:15pm. As part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, dancers from the Chicago-based Leopold Group will perform Lips of Their Fingers, exploring the art of pantomime and its relationship to dance. This free event takes place in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, call (312) 747-4300.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the 14th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival at Welles Park (on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose & Sunnyside). Six stages running performances and workshops all day, plenty of food & crafts vendors, and much more. The festival happens today from noon to 9:30pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $10. See the festival's Website for full information.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the 14th annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival at Welles Park (on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose & Sunnyside). Six stages running performances and workshops all day, plenty of food & crafts vendors, and much more. The festival happens today and tomorrow from noon to 9:30pm, and admission is a suggested donation of $10. See the festival's Website for full information.

Summerdance

Summerdance kicks off tonight at 6pm in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., with a performance by Funkadesi and Bollywood dance lessons by Bollygroove. Free. More info here.

Celebrating Katherine Dunham @ Harold Washington Library

As part of its "Dancing in the Library" series, the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., presents "The 102nd Birthday Celebration of Katherine Dunham," featuring the Spirit Wing Dance Ensemble, along with top Chicago dancers and musicians. Gold and platinum recording artist Max-A-Million will also be featured in this tribute to Dunham, an African-American dance legend. This free event takes places today at 12:15pm in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, call 312-747-4300.

Dance Dance Bama Bama

The Chicago chapter of the women-only Dance Dance Party Party are holding a co-ed dance to raise money to help provide transitional housing for the many people impacted by the recent tornadoes in Alabama. From 3:30 to 5pm today, come dance at the Church in West Ridge, 6015 N. Francisco Ave. RSVP and donate here; $20 recommended donation.

Dance Films Kino Benefit @ Parlour

A benefit party and Dance Films Kino, an upcoming festival of dance cinema, invades Parlour, 6341 N. Clark St., tonight from 7pm till 2am. Enjoy music spun by local DJs, learn more about the festival and bid on some neat items in a silent auction. Free, 21+.

Kiss Kiss Cabaret

Kiss Kiss Cabaret brings burlesque and a little variety to the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 11pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Ta Da! The Assistant's Revenge @ Underground Lounge

If you've ever thought modern dance suffered from a lack of magic tricks and booty shaking, this may change your mind. We Stand Sideways performs "Ta Da! The Assistant's Revenge," playing off the well-worn trope of the magician's assistant to explore objectification and gender equality. If that sounds too heavy, rest assured there will also be nudity (!), though it's not clear if anyone will be sawed in half. Last performance! $12 at the door, $10 for artists, The Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., (773) 327-2739. Show starts at 10pm.

Ta Da! The Assistant's Revenge @ Underground Lounge

If you've ever thought modern dance suffered from a lack of magic tricks and booty shaking, this may change your mind. We Stand Sideways performs "Ta Da! The Assistant's Revenge," playing off the well-worn trope of the magician's assistant to explore objectification and gender equality. If that sounds too heavy, rest assured there will also be nudity (!), though it's not clear if anyone will be sawed in half. Two nights only! $12 at the door, $10 for artists, The Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., (773) 327-2739. Show starts at 10pm.

Gumbo Stomp

Dance to Cajun and zydeco music by the Midway Ramblers at the Gumbo Stomp tonight at All Saints Episcopal Church parish hall, 1757 W. Wilson Ave., tonight from 7pm to 11pm. $25 per person, with proceeds going to help rebuild homes in New Orleans and restore Louisiana wetlands. All ages.

Zombie Prom

Get your your tux and fake blood, it's time for Zombie Prom at Vision Night Club, 640 N. Dearborn Ave. Dance with the ghouls to DJ Daena and a live zombie band, get your prom photos taken by the never more appropriately named GlitterGuts, enjoy the zombie themed buffet and drinks at the bar and vote for your Zombie Queen and King. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; VIP packages are available. 21+

NEXT 2011 @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

LifeSpeak premieres as part of NEXT 2011. Additional performances include a reprise of Shirley Mordine's 2009 work Illuminations, work from guest company RE|Dance featuring Lucy Vurusic Riner and Michael Estanich, as well as work from Alitra Cartman, selected to participate in Mordine & Company Dance Theater's 2011 Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. The performances begin at 8pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 North Dearborn. Tickets ($20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $15 for students and seniors) are available online or by calling (800) 838-2006.

Perceptual Motion, Inc. @ Hamlin Park Studio Theatre

Preceptual Motion, Inc. presents Through the Window, a dance piece premiering the work of Lin Shook, Chagall's Window, and A Breath in Time, with original music by Andrew Edwards at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre (3035 N. Hoyne). Featuring dancers Helene Alter-Dyche, Claire Bushey, Cindy Huston, Melanie Windland, Inger Smith, and Colleen Welch, and featuring Guest Artist Harvard Vallance. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Ticket price includes a free yoga class on Thursday, April 28th 6:30-7:30pm, and a post-performance discussion. To save $3 on tickets purchased in advance, use paypal at PerceptualMotionDance. Cash or personal check at the door. For more information call 773-549-3958.

NEXT 2011 @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

LifeSpeak premieres as part of NEXT 2011. Additional performances include a reprise of Shirley Mordine's 2009 work Illuminations, work from guest company RE|Dance featuring Lucy Vurusic Riner and Michael Estanich, as well as work from Alitra Cartman, selected to participate in Mordine & Company Dance Theater's 2011 Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. The performances begin at 8pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 North Dearborn. Tickets ($20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $15 for students and seniors) are available online or by calling 800-838-2006.

Perceptual Motion, Inc. @ Hamlin Park Studio Theatre

Preceptual Motion, Inc. presents Through the Window, a dance piece premiering the work of Lin Shook, Chagall's Window, and A Breath in Time, with original music by Andrew Edwards at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre (3035 N. Hoyne). Featuring dancers Helene Alter-Dyche, Claire Bushey, Cindy Huston, Melanie Windland, Inger Smith, and Colleen Welch, and featuring Guest Artist Harvard Vallance. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Ticket price includes a free yoga class on Thursday, April 28th 6:30-7:30pm, and a post-performance discussion. To save $3 on tickets purchased in advance, use paypal at PerceptualMotionDance. Cash or personal check at the door. For more information call (773) 549-3958.

Off Off Broadzway @ Stage 773

A sorta-kinda-sexy, definitely funny mix of burlesque, sketch comedy, and song, Off Off Broadzway opens their new musical revue, "We Changed Our Pannies". Garnering acclaim like "The show's incisive lyrics, easy musicality and well‐choreographed routines are a pleasure to watch" (Centerstage Chicago), ""[Off Off Broadzway's] humor pushes boundaries" (Chicago Tribune), and "Best Bet" (Metromix), it's a show you won't want to miss. 8pm, 1225 W. Belmont. Get your tickets here.

And in case you can't go tonight, the show runs through May 19. Watch a preview here.

WONKA BALL 2011: A Royal Wedding @ SAIC Ballroom

Polish your tiaras! Before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot across the pond, About Face Theatre is throwing its own royal wedding at WONKA BALL 2011. AFT's premier fundraising event will be held tonight at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave., at 6:30pm with a VIP reception at 5:30pm. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or 773-784-8565. The evening will include a silent auction, open bar, mouth-watering edibles from some of Chicago's best restaurants including Atwood Café, Garrett Popcorn, J&L Catering, Polo Café, Terry's Toffees and more. WONKA BALL wouldn't be complete without plenty of music, dancing, entertainment and of course lots of surprises--including a "Wonka-style" visit from Queen Elizabeth herself! Tickets are a steep $250/VIP reception or $150/general admission. Details here.

The English Channel @ The Burlington

This newer dance party - featuring DJs Madam Panorama of Transistor and JS Alvarez of Loose Joints - favors UK music of the punk, post-punk, and new wave varieties such as the Smiths, Joy Division, and Gang of Four. The dancing begins at 10pm at the Burlington (3425 West Fullerton). Free.

Society on a String: A Musical Dance Production @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., hosts the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre's performance, Society on a String: A Musical Dance Production, today at 12:15pm. This free event will be held in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, contact 773-651-3210.


collision_theory @ Links Hall

Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., presents collision_theory, a series of collaborative music and dance improv performances by dancers from Julia Mayer & Co., with music by Dhalgre. Live discussions follow. The show runs tonight at 7:30pm; tickets, $12 general admission/$10 students and seniors. For more information, contact 773-281-0824.

Windy City Burlesque Fest @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Windy City Burlesque Fest puts on not one but three showcases of dancers from around the the United States and beyond Saturday and tonight at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features LA's Lux LaCroix, the 10pm show features Chicago's own Michelle L'Amour, and the midnight show features Seattle's Miss Indigo Blue. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. A $100 festival pass gets you into all six shows.

Windy City Burlesque Fest @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Windy City Burlesque Fest puts on not one but three showcases of dancers from around the the United States and beyond tonight and tomorrow at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features Seattle's Indigo Blue, the 10pm show features Chicago's own Michelle L'Amour, and the midnight show features LA's Lux LaCroix. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. A $100 festival pass gets you into all six shows.

Simone @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., celebrates Women's History Month today from 3pm to 5pm with Simone, a tribute to the late jazz singer Nina Simone. The performance is a day of dance and song with Suite Nina, performed by the Muntu Dance Theatre and a vocal tribute by Chicago jazz songstress Dee Alexander. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office. For more information, contact (773) 947-0600.

Awe Dub Sessions @ Rodan

AWE DUB SESSIONS is a night of rare and classic sci-fi film & reggae. All vinyl, all night selected by RUFFY, TUFFY, and RAD BRIAN. Special guests include a rotating cast of musicians, selectors, and chanters-- both local and international. Tonight's session: "Give Thanks & Praises Ina Topo Duh Holy Mountain!" features a crucially projected double feature from the great Alejandro Jodorowsky! El Topo (1970) & The Holy Mountain (1973) meet the sweetest in obscure roots, rockers, dub & dancehall vinyl. Awe Dub Sessions takes place every second Thursday of every month from 10pm to 2am. 21+. No Cover. Rodan is located at 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Two Great Icons of Modern Dance @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library Center, Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St., presents Dancing in the Library: Two Great Icons of Modern Dance, by Lori Belilove of the Isadora Dance Company and Stephanie Clemens of Momenta, as they pay tribute to modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Doris Humphrey. To honor these legends, the Duncan repertory's performance includes Scherzo from Schubert's 9th Symphony, Brahms Waltzes and works set to music by Scriabin, while guest artists from Momenta perform early works of Doris Humphrey. For more information, contact 312-747-4300.

Vaudezilla's Show & Tell Cabaret @ The Greenhouse Theater

Strut on over to the Greenhouse Theater (2257 N. Lincoln Avenue; 773-404-7336) tonight at 11pm for the Show & Tell Cabaret. Presented by Chicago's favorite burlesque troupe Vaudezilla, the show promises "the Best of the Best" of burlesque and variety performances. Starring Red Hot Annie, Donna Touch, RenZena, Cherry Brandi, The Dolls of Doom, and Stage Door Johnnies, the show is expected to sell out and tickets ($15) can be purchased on the Greenhouse Theater's website.

Ox-Bow Benefit Dance Party @ Architectural Artifacts

Join the artists and creative people who work/play at Ox-Bow artist "colony" for a night of art, auctions, eating, drinking, dancing and FUN, benefiting Ox-Bow. Tickets are $25 after 9pm. Come hear DJ Eric May spin the jams (reggae, funk, soul, dub). Dance with your pals. Take in the art. Have a few drinks. Take a gamble on the works on paper raffle. Get your glamor shots taken by Glitter Guts. If you want to come earlier, tickets are $100 and include food and drinks and a live and silent auction. This party is tonight from 6:30 to 11pm at Architectural Artifacts: 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.

From the Arctic to the Middle East @ Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., presents Dancing in the Library: From the Arctic to the Middle East, by the Cinard Dance Theatre, today at 12:15pm. Led by Artistic Director, Wendy Clinard, the dance company will entertain the audience with contemporary, Arabic and flamenco music and dance performances, all based on Clinard's collection and arrangement of written notes from her travels and other encounters. The performance will be held in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, visit www.clinardance.org or call 312-747-4300.

Flamenco Festival Opening Night

The Chicago Flamenco Festival kicks of tonight at the Instituto Cervantes Auditorium, 31 W. Ohio St., with a performance by José Moreno El Cano and Perico De La Paula in tribute to legendary flamenco singer Enrique Morente. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $25 general admission/$20 Instituto Cervantes students, members and seniors. Call 312-335-1996 to order.

Books: Reading Jennifer Homans: Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet @ Newberry Library

Saw Black Swan recently, and want to know more about the history behind the drama? Don't care about the movie, but appreciate the tradition that's been swayed and dipped by the culture of the time, be it Renaissance and Classicism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Bolshevism, Modernism, or the Cold War? The Newberry Library hosts Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet , a rich history and exploration of ballet, a form dance that maintains traditions yet is very much of its time. 60 W Walton St, 1pm. Free.

BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast @ The Exit

Roar! BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast attacks The Exit (1315 W. North Avenue; 312-395-2700) tonight with two free shows at 10:30pm and 1am. Chicago's favorite burlesque troupe, Vaudezilla, brings the tease with a bevy of beauties including Donna Touch, Mia D. Vine, Jenny Sasi-Quoi, and Paris Green. The show is free and hosted by Cherry Brandi. For more information and a complete list of performers, visit Vaudezilla's website.

Dr. King Day Celebration @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Pl.) presents "Dr. King Day Celebration," today from 10am-5pm. This family-friendly, event-filled tribute to the late Civil Rights leader features a full program with film, spoken word, children's storytelling and theatrical and dance performances from the Chocolate Chips Theatre Company, the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and more. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call (773) 947-0600.

Lincoln Fair Burlesque

Vaudezilla hosts Lincoln Fair, a free evening of burlesque, tonight at the Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave. Two shows run at 9pm and 11pm.

Quennect 4 Benefit Dance Party @ Danny's

Do you remember the story about Quennect 4 that we published last year in A/C? No? This awesome Humboldt Park venue for all forms of art with a strong slant toward world music and local politics was shut down by the city last year, and since then they've been fund raising to relocate-- putting on events around town at places like Multikulti, Wickerwell, and The Music Lounge. Tonight they're hosting a big ole' FREE fundraiser/dance party at Danny's Tavern (1951 W. Dickens) with Peace Party DJs Naomi Walker & Dave Marques + Special Guests DJs Raj Majal & Nate Wells spinning funk, soul, and afrobeat all night. A portion of all sales will be donated toward Q4's mission to reopen legitimately this year. The party is 21+ from 7pm to 2am. No cover charge, as far as we can tell...

NYE Global Dance Party @ HotHouse

This Global Dance Party will host some of Chicago's top musicians and purveyors of sound. From the sexy soul fusion of Nguzo and the Groovement to the dynamic Gypsy dance of Eyes Manouche to global gypsy beats from DJ RomaSoul-- this party is your best bet for all-night ass-shaking. The party will be at Wicker Park Art Center (formerly St. Paul's Cultural Center). 9pm doors, 10pm show. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For tickets, visit hothousechicago.org. The Wicker Park Art Center is located at 2215 W. North Ave.

Dance Party @ Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall presents an evening of team karaoke dancing, featuring music by B Starr and DJ La*Jesus. Doors open at 9pm, admission is free, and it's an 18+ event. Lincoln Hall: 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 525-2501.

Jesus is the Reason @ Museum of Science & Industry

The Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts presents Jesus is the Reason, a dance performance to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. The performance takes place tonight at 5pm at The Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Tickets are $25; contact 773.846.8180 or 708-206-2551 for reservations.

"Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure"@ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street 2 will present "Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure," an hour-long, interactive dance program based on the beloved childrens' book, 3pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Tickets to the program, which is sponsored by Target, are only $5 each, and may be purchased online at harristheaterchicago.org or by phone -- (312) 334-7777.

Porn and Chicken Dance Party

Every Monday night at Evil Olive (1551 W Division) it's the Porn and Chicken Dance Party. Described by a local photographer as " Trouble & Bass guest DJs Deathface and The Captain 666, oil wrestling from the Admiral Theater A-Team girls, a semi-secret party in the back with DJ Gun Love, c=visuals by Glitchard Nixon, and the usual shenanigans from me, the video dudes, a bunch of naked drunk folk, Dom, Mandi, Macabre Monster, J-Sephora, Orvtronixxx, and Hot Temper Hot Sauce", it's- actually, that pretty much sums it up. A whole lot of music you can dance to, it runs from 11pm-4am, no cover.

Chicago Human Rhythms Project @ Harris Theater

The Chicago Human Rhythms Project (CHRP) will conclude its 20th season during Thanksgiving weekend performances at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When you purchase a ticket to any of these performances, you'll be giving back to Chicago area non-profits through the Thanks 4 Giving program. You will receive a ten percent discount just by mentioning an area non-profit when purchasing your ticket. Plus, CHRP will donate 50 percent of the revenue from your ticket purchase to the organization you mention. The performance begins at 3 pm. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org.

Chicago Human Rhythms Project @ Harris Theater

The Chicago Human Rhythms Project (CHRP) will conclude its 20th season during Thanksgiving weekend performances at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When you purchase a ticket to any of these performances, you'll be giving back to Chicago area non-profits through the Thanks 4 Giving program. You will receive a ten percent discount just by mentioning an area non-profit when purchasing your ticket. Plus, CHRP will donate 50 percent of the revenue from your ticket purchase to the organization you mention. Performances take place at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Harris Theater

The Chicago Human Rhythms Project (CHRP) will conclude its 20th season during Thanksgiving weekend performances at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When you purchase a ticket to any of these performances, you'll be giving back to Chicago area non-profits through the Thanks 4 Giving program. You will receive a ten percent discount just by mentioning an area non-profit when purchasing your ticket. Plus, CHRP will donate 50 percent of the revenue from your ticket purchase to the organization you mention. The performance begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting harristheaterchicago.org.

Kevin Jerome Everson @ Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., hosts filmmaker and artist Kevin Jerome Everson as he discusses his acclaimed feature film, Erie (2010), tonight at 6pm. In Erie, Everson highlights urban issues, and includes youth performers "krump" dancing and performing other musical theater. Tickets are $10 general public and $5 Film Center members. For more information, call (312) 846-2600.

Yakuo Yokoshi's "Tyler Tyler" @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Hiroshima-born choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi. Yokoshi's work "Tyler Tyler," offers a contemporary perspective on Kabuki Su-odori dance, a stripped-down form of Kabuki that has been revered for its purity and simplicity. Chicagoans can take advantage of this rare opportunity to view Kabuki Su-odori through a contemporary lens at 8 pm, at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $26-30, and may be purchased via The Dance Center website.

Yakuo Yokoshi's "Tyler Tyler" @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Hiroshima-born choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi. Yokoshi's work "Tyler Tyler," offers a contemporary perspective on Kabuki Su-odori dance, a stripped-down form of Kabuki that has been reverred for its purity and simplicity. Chicagoans can take advantage of this rare opportunity to view Kabuki Su-odori through a contemporary lens at 8 pm, at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $26-30, and may be purchased via The Dance Center website.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba @ Auditorium Theatre

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba lights up Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre with flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance set to Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The company, made up of eighteen female dancers, celebrates the uniqueness of Cuban culture in this lively engagement. The performance takes place at 8 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets run $30-69 and may be purchased by phone at 800.982.ARTS (2787), online at Ticketmaster.com, or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway.

Yakuo Yokoshi's "Tyler Tyler" @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Hiroshima-born choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi. Yokoshi's work "Tyler Tyler," offers a contemporary perspective on Kabuki Su-odori dance, a stripped-down form of Kabuki that has been revered for its purity and simplicity. Chicagoans can take advantage of this rare opportunity to view Kabuki Su-odori through a contemporary lens at 8pm, at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $26-30, and may be purchased via The Dance Center website. There will be a post-performance discussion with the artists following this performance.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba @ Auditorium Theatre

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba lights up Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre with flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance set to Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The company, made up of 18 female dancers, celebrates the uniqueness of Cuban culture in this lively engagement. The performance takes place at 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets run $30-69 and may be purchased by phone at 800.982.ARTS (2787), online at Ticketmaster.com, or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 2 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performances take place at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago presents their fall engagement, featuring three world premieres in "LiveLife.Dance." The performance begins at 8pm at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $15-$60, and may be purchased through the Harris Theater website.

Dance Slam @ University of Chicago

Dance Chicago 2010's Dance Slam, a competition featuring dancers who perform various dance styles including tap, ballet and hip hop, is tonight at 7:30pm at University of Chicago's Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Tickets are $25 and are available online or at the door (cash only). Contact (773) 989-0698 for more information.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago presents their fall engagement, featuring three world premieres in "LiveLife.Dance." The performance begins at 8 pm at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $15-60, and may be purchased through the Harris Theater website.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 2 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Order of Odd-Fish Dome of Doom @ Pritzker Park

Collaboraction is once again joining forces with local author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) for a Dome of Doom Dance Party. Competitors of all ages will don costumes of their own making and jump into the battle zone where they'll have 60 seconds to show off their best dance moves and defeat their opponent. Anyone is welcome to join, even passersby, so costumes will be provided for those who have not brought one with them. 2pm-5pm in Pritzker Park at State and Van Buren.

Luna Negra Fall Season @ Harris Theater

Luna Negra Dance Company celebrates its first season led by Artistic Director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, featuring contemporary Latino dance including "Toda una Vida" by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, the world premiere of "Bate" by Fernando Melo, and the North American premiere of "Deshár Alhát" by Eduardo Vilaro. The performance takes place at 6:30pm at Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets are $22-55, and can be purchased by calling (312) 334-7777, or visiting www.harristheater.org for tickets.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performances take place at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

This is Great! We're Great! Bomb Ass Dance Party @ Cole's

This is Great! We're great! is a "bomb ass dance party" with CHIRP/Toast & Jam DJs Dustin and Dena. Be forewarned, more than one song will ask you to put your hands up in the air. You don't have to if you don't want to, but really, you'll probably want to. Oh and hey! It's FREEEEEE! Cole's is located at 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. 21+. For event details, click here.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars," a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 7:30pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Awe Dub Sessions @ Rodan

Odd Obsession Movies & Impala Sound present: Awe Dub Sessions. Raggamuffin Puppets Inna Dubbin Doll House features a crucially projected triple feature of Halloween Inspired 1980's Doll and Puppet films! Child's Play (1988), Dolls (1987), and The Puppet Master (1989) meet obscure roots, rockers, dub & dancehall vinyl brought to you by boss selectors RUFFY, TUFFY, and RAD BRIAN under the heaviest of sound systems. No cover. 10pm til 2am. 21+. Rodan: 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave. For event details, click here.

Joffrey Ballet "All Stars" @ Auditorium Theatre

The Joffrey Ballet opens their 2010-2011 Season with "All Stars", a performance featuring George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), an homage to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine's brief but explosive pas de deux Tarantella; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain (2005); and Jerome Robbins' charming and hilarious The Concert (1956). The performance takes place at 7:30pm at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $25-145, and available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


Innervation Dance Cooperative's "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes" @ Theater Wit

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes," a contemporary rock ballet based on Greek myths such as The Birth of Zeus, The Creation and Destruction of Medusa, The Sirens, and Orpheus and Euridice, set to music by popular artists including Pink, Feist, Coldplay, and Beck. The performance takes place at 2:30pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit www.theaterwit.org, call (773) 975-8150, or purchase at the box office on the day of the performance.

Winifred Haun & Dancers Flash Mob @ Oak Park

Winifred Haun & Dancers are hosting a flash mob in Oak Park today as part of Oak Park's annual Artrageous!. One performance will take place on the steps of the Hemingway Museum (aka Arts Center), 339 N. Oak Park Ave., at 11am, and the other on the plaza of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. at 12pm. Come out and watch! Or join the flash mob! To find out how, visit WinifredHaun.org, email wini@winifredhaun.org, or call (773) 454-9843.

Innervation Dance Cooperative's "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes" @ Theater Wit

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes," a contemporary rock ballet based on Greek myths such as The Birth of Zeus, The Creation and Destruction of Medusa, The Sirens, and Orpheus and Euridice, set to music by popular artists including Pink, Feist, Coldplay, and Beck. The performance takes place at 8 pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit www.theaterwit.org, call 773-975-8150, or purchase at the box office on the day of the performance.

Innervation Dance Cooperative's "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes" @ Theater Wit

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes," a contemporary rock ballet based on Greek myths such as The Birth of Zeus, The Creation and Destruction of Medusa, The Sirens, and Orpheus and Euridice, set to music by popular artists including Pink, Feist, Coldplay, and Beck. The performance takes place at 8 pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit www.theaterwit.org, call 773-975-8150, or purchase at the box office on the day of the performance.

Innervation Dance Cooperative's "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes" @ Theater Wit

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents "Gods, Monsters, and Heroes," a contemporary rock ballet based on Greek myths such as The Birth of Zeus, The Creation and Destruction of Medusa, The Sirens, and Orpheus and Euridice, set to music by popular artists including Pink, Feist, Coldplay, and Beck. The performance takes place at 8 pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets to this performance are $10 each. To purchase tickets visit www.theaterwit.org, call 773-975-8150, or purchase at the box office on the day of the performance.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

You can catch HSDC's "Fall Series" at 3 pm. The company presents a series of four distinctive contemporary dance works. The performance takes place at Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $25-94 and may be purchased online through HSDC's website, or by calling the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777.

Superamas: EMPIRE (Art & Politics) @ MCA Stage

How is reality constructed and manipulated through the stories we share? A reconstruction of the Napoleonic Battle of Aspern-Essling in 1809 grounds this hybrid theater production that begins with a live filmed battle and travels to a present-day New York premiere party of the film. EMPIRE (Art & Politics) is running in conjunction with the exhibition Luc Tuymans, and as part of the MCA Global Stage series at the MCA Stage. The MCA Stage is located at 220 E Chicago Ave. Tickets are $28, $22 for MCA members and $10 for students. Purchase tickets through the MCA Box Office or by phone at 312-397-4010.

History, Violence, Disquiet @ MCA Theater

Featuring a reading by local author Aleksandar Hemon, a conversation with members of performance group Superamas, and a conversation with artist Luc Tuymans led by curator and writer Hamza Walker, this afternoon symposium explores how artists confront the often fragmented narratives of violence prevalent in mass-media. A book signing takes place following the program. "History, Violence, Disquiet" takes place at 1pm in the MCA Theater, located at 220 E Chicago. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and are available at the MCA Box Office or by phone at 312-397-4010.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

You can catch HSDC's "Fall Series" at 8 pm. The company presents a series of four distinctive contemporary dance works. The performance takes place at Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets are $25-94 and may be purchased online through HSDC's website, or by calling the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777.

Superamas: EMPIRE (Art & Politics) @ MCA Stage

How is reality constructed and manipulated through the stories we share? A reconstruction of the Napoleonic Battle of Aspern-Essling in 1809 grounds this hybrid theater production, which begins with a live filmed battle and travels to a present-day New York premiere party of the film. EMPIRE (Art & Politics) is running in conjunction with the exhibition Luc Tuymans, and as part of the MCA Global Stage series at the MCA Stage ( 220 East Chicago Avenue). The MCA Stage is located at 220 E Chicago Ave. Tickets are $28, $22 for MCA members and $10 for students. Purchase tickets and find times through the MCA Box Office or by phone at (312) 397-4010.

Free Dance Performances and Instruction @ The Dance Center of Columbia College

In celebration of ten years at their 1306 S. Michigan Ave. location, the Dance Center of Columbia College will present 13 hours of free dance performances, workshops, and classes. The event, 1306 - Ten Years Later, will fill the studios, theater, hallways, and even the stairwells of 1306 S. Michigan Ave. with activites from 10am until 11pm. 1306 - Ten Years Later is free to the public, and requires no tickets or RSVPs. For the full schedule of events, visit the Dance Center of Columbia College website, or call (312) 369-8300.

Michael Zerang + Dance & Voice @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Percussionist extraordinaire Michael Zerang performs with dancer Rachel Damon and vocalist Dan Mohr at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 South Michigan Avenue. 8pm. Admission charge not indicated, though it's always good to have a few bucks in your pocket just in case.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company @ Harris Theater

Famed choreographer, Lar Lubovitch, will bring his internationally acclaimed dance company to Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 7:30pm. The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company headlines Harris Theatre's See the Dance series with "North Star," "Dogs of War" (2010), "Nature Boy: Kurt Elling" (2005), and "Calvalcade" (1980). Tickets are available at the Harris Theater box office, 205 E. Randolph Dr., or by calling (312) 334-7777, or via the Harris Theater website.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company @ Harris Theater

Famed choreographer Lar Lubovitch will bring his internationally acclaimed dance company to Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, at 7:30pm. The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company headlines Harris Theatre's See the Dance series with "North Star" (1978), "Duet from Meadow" (199), "Coltrane's Favorite Things" (2010), and "Marimba" (1976). Tickets are available at the Harris Theater box office, 205 E. Randolph Dr., by calling (312) 334-7777, or via the Harris Theater website.

Camilla Ha's final Chicago performance @ Reversible Eye Gallery

Chicago-based sound artist/dancer/designer/visual artist Camilla Ha presents "The Cosmic Mind of Black Leather," a multimedia event featuring avant garde music, interactive installations, wall paintings, and video projection. Ha, a prominent artist in Chicago for over 10 years, has created this event as a farewell before relocating to New York. She will perform in collaboration with Jason Soliday, and the evening's events will also include readings by Gregory Jacobsen and Gabriel Wallace, a performance by Instinct Control, and dancing with DJs Alex Valentine and Rand Sevilla. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Reversible Eye Gallery, 1103 N. California. The non-performance elements of the piece will be on display through September 30. Admission is free. More information at Transmission.

Art Opening After Party @ Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Lord of the Yum Yum plays Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar with Lazer Crystal guest spinning all night. Lord of the Yum Yum will go on at 11pm. Maria's is located at 960 W 31st Street. Admission is free. 21+. For details, visit Maria's website.

DEATHHATCHERY @ The Bakery

Come out tonight at 8pm for the finale of shows at The Bakery, 1854 W 21st Pl! The bands featured in this final performance are Tiger Hatchery, Heat Death, Criminals, Billington/Laughlin Duet, Wyoming, Brain Forest and many more. Come on kids, lets finish this! Don't miss out! Admission is free, donations are suggested. To RSVP, please click here!

Adrian Orange, Ali Baba, Shakers, Chaperone and Vince Gaulin @ CAMP BELL

Come out this evening at 9pm to celebrate and donate at a fundraiser show for Mali at CAMP BELL, 4929 S. Campbell. It's Steps away from the Orange Line- Western stop, or take the #49 to Western and 50th. The entertainment this evening includesAdrian Orange, Ali Baba, Shakers, Chaperone and Vince Gaulin! Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged.

Illusion of Safety, Jon Mueller, Fielded & Psychic Steel @ Reuben's Palace

Come out tonight at 9:30pm to drone and zone out to the jams of Illusion of Safety, Jon Mueller, Fielded & Psychic Steel at Reuben's Palace,1620 N Fairfield! Experience the electro-acoustic, noise, sound collage, improvisation, and power electronics of Illusions of Safety, the acoustic and rambunctious rhythms of Jon Mueller, lush melodies with perfect harmonies of Fielded and Ppogged drumming with intricate synths of Psychic Steel all in one night. Admission is free, suggested donation is 5 dollars. Please RSVP here!

Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance @ Links Hall

Newly-formed dance company Under Construction Dance Project premieres Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. The performance, a collaborative cultural examination of sex and gender roles in society, begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. You can purchase them advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117836.

Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance @ Links Hall

Newly-formed dance company Under Construction Dance Project premieres Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. The performance, a collaborative cultural examination of sex and gender roles in society, begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. You can purchase them advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117836.

"Dance for Life" 2010 @ Harris Theater

Each year, Dance for Life raises money for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs. This year's benefit will feature dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Thodos Dance Chicago.Dance for Life takes place at 7:30 pm at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Performance-only tickets are $75 each. Tickets including the Gala Reception, which begins at 5 pm on the Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace above the Harris Theater, begin at $150. To reserve tickets, call 312-922-5812 or visit www.danceforlifechicago.com.

Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance @ Links Hall

Newly-formed dance company Under Construction Dance Project premieres Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. The performance, a collaborative cultural examination of sex and gender roles in society, begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. You can purchase them advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117836.

The Chicago Metaphysical Circus presents: PSYCHAPALOOZA @ Locked Out

This show, organized by The Chicago Metaphysical Circus, features a slew of good bands from Chicago and the Detroit including The Great Society of Mind Destroyers, Sisters of Sunshine Vapor, Hands of Hydra, Black Wyrm Seed, Michael Michael Motorcycle, and DJ Psychadelix. BYOB or you can get some homemade sangria there. All ages. Donation at the door. This event is from 9pm to 2am at Locked Out (3951 W Fullerton.)

"JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" @ MCA

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), concludes its annual festival of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts with the three performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art MCA Stage (220 E. Chicago Ave.). "JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for non-Rhythm World participants, and may be purchased
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First Friday @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their monthly First Friday evening of dance and music. This month is a special First Friday, because the school is celebrating the groundbreaking of their new dance facility which is scheduled to be completed next year. There will be free activities happening this evening from 6 to 8pm in front of the lot across the school where the facility is being built, and there's the usual evening of music & dancing from 7 to 10pm in the main school building at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. See the Old Town School Website for more information, or call the school at (773) 728-6000.

"JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" @ MCA

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), concludes its annual festival of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts with the three performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art MCA Stage (220 E. Chicago Ave.). "JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for non-Rhythm World participants, and may be purchased
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Rhythm World Student Showcase @ Museum of Contemporary Art

The second performance in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual festival of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts will feature students faculty, and professionals participating in Rhythm World classes and workshops. This informal showcase takes place at theMuseum of Contemporary Art's MCA Stage (220 E. Chicago Ave.). A $5 donation is suggested.

Rhythm World @ the Jazz Showcase

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), continues its annual festival of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts with the 20th anniversary of Rhythm World at the Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Ct.). This opening night performance will feature renowned tap masters and rising stars of tap from around the world, joined by live jazz musicians. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Abandoned Practices Public Performance Presentation @ SAIC

Today at 1:00pm, you are invited to attend presentations devised in response to the form of the Chautauqua Assembly, a popular traveling rural adult education institution from the late 1800s. Held at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus Dr. in Room B-12. In alternating presentational modes of expert lecture, traveling exhibition, educational and entertainment performance which share the theme of useful knowledge, the four presentations of 18 or 21 minutes in length. The twenty-five participants will include parcipitation from teachers Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Mark Jeffery and TA James Smith. An informal reception will follow. For more information, please contact Mark Jeffery at mjeffe@saic.edu.

Hubbard Street Dance Company Wine Tasting Benefit @ The James Hotel

Wine promotes dancing in more ways than one at the Hubbard Street Dance Company's third annual Twilight on the Roof benefit. From 7 to 9pm, taste the fruits of 12 Napa and Sonoma wineries, including Blackbird Vineyards and Pride Mountain Wines; buying a VIP ticket ($145) gets you an extra hour (6-9pm), wines that aren't available to the general crowd, and private tastings with vintners. Regular admission tickets are $95. James Chicago, 55 E. Ontario.

A Family Portrait @ Chicago Theatre

At the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State Street), 7pm, Family Bridges presents A Family Portrait, an evening of comedy, theater, poetry, dance and art. The universal themes of love, relationships, and family tie these performances together. Tony Plana, from Ugly Betty, will be performing From the Diaries of Adam and Eve. Mark Gungor, author, will be reading The Tale of Two Brains and Ruben Borrero will be reciting original poetry. Loyda Hjelte, an international musician, and Inaside Dance, a dance troupe, will be performing. Tickets prices start at just $20. Go to thechicagotheatre.com, The Chicago Theatre's Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000 for more information.

Schematic Records Tour @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

This party features the musical stylings of Romulo Del Castillo (Phoenecia / Soul Oddity), Joe Lentini, and Ay (of Ken Rei). Plus DJ J+J+J will be tearing in up in the dance club in the basement, Tech Noir. Admission is $10. This event is from 9pm to 2am at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport (3219 S. Morgan).

Soul Summit Dance Party @ Double Door

The usual Soul Summit DJ team is joined by a special guest DJ this evening--TROPICAZA all the way from Mexico City. He's internationally known for his monster collection of Mexican Soul/Funk and is a part of the Vampisoul and Dub-Lab families. Drink specials for the evening include: PBR Tall boys for $3, Green Line IPA Draft for $4, and Jim Beam cocktails and shots for $4. The party is from 9pm to 2am tonight at the Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave). 21+

Folk & Roots Festival @ Welles Park

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual two-day festival of music and dance in Welles Park (Lincoln and Montrose) this weekend. Sunday's main stage lineup includes: Wiggleworms 25th Birthday Party; Wazo County Warblers & The Fly Boys; The Boils; Sanctified Grumblers; Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo; Leonard Jacome; Red Baraat; Les Saltimbanks; and Etran Finitawa. For more information visit Chicago Folk and Roots.

Folk & Roots Festival @ Welles Park

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents their annual two-day festival of music and dance in Welles Park (Lincoln and Montrose) this weekend. Today's main stage lineup includes: The Midwest Fiddle Championship; Hoyle Brothers; James King Band; Red Stick Ramblers; Gingarte Capoeria Chicago in the Park; Occidental Brothers, featuring Samba Mapangala; Shemekia Copeland; and Budos Band. For more information visit Chicago Folk and Roots.

Beast Women @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Opening tonight at 10:30pm and running through August 22nd at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Beast Women showcases female strength, beauty and individuality through sexy, cutting edge and thought-provoking performances. Hosted by Michelle Power and curated by Jillian Erickson, this highly entertaining and inspiring show features a variety of genres including music, erotic poetry, belly dancing, clown acts, burlesque, stand-up comedy, magic and more! Tickets are $15, for more information and line-ups, call (773) 278-1212.

Club Nutz @ MCA

Running through the 11th, Club Nutz performs Here/Not There with Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder and Elysia Borowy at the MCA, 220 East Chicago Ave. Here / Not There asks how participatory actions within structured events can encourage a collective act of creation. The viewer, rather than the artist, is the focus as guests are encouraged to participate in performing and creating works. $12 for general admission, $7 students and seniors, free for MCA members, children under 12, and members of the military; Tuesdays are free.

American Spanish Dance Festival's Flamenco Passion @ North Shore Center for Performing Arts

The culmination of Chicago's Ensemble Español's American Spanish Dance Festival, Flamenco Passion will feature three Flamenco dance world premieres. The performance takes place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. at 3 pm. Tickets are $26-$46. Free parking is available. For tickets or more information call (847) 673-6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.

American Spanish Dance Festival's Flamenco Passion@North Shore Center for Performing Arts

The culmination of Chicago's Ensemble Español's American Spanish Dance Festival, Flamenco Passion will feature three Flamenco dance world premieres. The performance takes place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26-$46. Free parking is available. For tickets or more information call 847-673-6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.

American Spanish Dance Festival's Flamenco Passion @ North Shore Center for Performing Arts

The culmination of Chicago's Ensemble Español's American Spanish Dance Festival, Flamenco Passion will feature three Flamenco dance world premieres. The performance takes place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. at 7:30pm. Tickets are $26-$46. Free parking is available. For tickets or more information call (847) 673-6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.

I Am Deeply Rooted @ Merle Reskin Theatre

At 7:30pm at Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Dr., for their 15th anniversary concert Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents a performance entitled I Am Deeply Rooted. Directed by Kevin Iega Jeff, this show features world-class African-American theatrical dance. Tickets are priced at $25-55; $125 includes pre-performance reception. For more information contact 312-922-1999 or visit their website.

Chicago Dance Crash Auditions

Chicago Dance Crash is hosting auditions to join their elite dance crew for the 2011 season. Dance Crash is looking for athletic contemporary dancers to either join as ensemble members or are willing to be guest artists. Walk-ins are welcome, however it is encouraged that you RSVP to Mark Hackman at mhackman@chicagodancecrash.com. Auditions are being held at the Visceral Dance Center, 2820 N. Elston Ave., and sign-in starts at 2:30 pm.

Peace Fest @ Lincoln Park

Going on until Sunday, the 20th come out to enjoy Peace Fest on the lakefront in Lincoln Park, roughly at 1700 N. Stockton, a block from Lincoln Park Zoo. This festival features bands, poets, speakers, dancing, art and love. The fun starts off at noon with a drum circle.

Matter Dance Company Presents: Step into the Ring! @ Vittum Theater

Today, tomorrow, and Saturday, Matter Dance Company performs Step into the Ring!, a circus of a dance performance complete with clowns, live dolls, a lively band, and more under the big top delights. 8pm tonight and tomorrow, 2pm & 8pm Saturday. Adventure Stage Chicago's Vittum Theater (1012 N Noble St). $20 general admission. More information and sexy pictures here.

Hot and Heavy Burlesque Does This is Spinal Tap @ The Viaduct

Who doesn't want to see a live burlesque performance set to the tune of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom"? That's just one of the numbers offered tonight by Hot and Heavy Burlesque at the opening night of their live theatrical tribute to This is Spinal Tap. The show runs for four nights at the Viaduct (3111 N. Western Ave.), and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Sacred Spaces @ St. Pauls Chapel

This evening at 8pm, St. Pauls Chapel, 655 W. Fullerton presents Sacred Space. This performance pairs fluidity with ecstatic angular movement, with choreography by Erin Carlisle Norton and musical composition by Ian Hatcher. Free parking in church lot, 600 Block W. Kemper. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $12 for students. More information can be found here.

National Tap Day Festival @ Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, celebrates the art of tap dancing with its National Tap Day Festival tonight at 7:30pm. The festival, led by Old Town School instructor Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin, will feature some of the best tap dancers from Chicago and beyond, including Tre Dumas, George "Mo Leggs" Patterson and members of the Chicago Tap Theatre. Tickets are $16-$20. For more information contact the theatre box office at (773) 728-6000.

Dance & Technology Forum @ The Cultural Center

Join Chris Elam, Julia Rhoads, Scott Silberstein and Marlon Barrios Solano tonight for a presentation and discussion on how to explore, integrate and take advantage of current digital media tools, combining technology in dancemaking practices in provocative and unexpected ways. CAR Dance Researcher Meida Teresa McNeal will moderate the discussion. Audience questions are welcome. This forum is from 6 to 7:30pm tonight at the first floor Studio Theater at the Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. Email chicagodancemakers@gmail.com to reserve your seat for the forum and post-forum networking reception at the Hard Rock Hotel's Base Bar.

James Brown's B-Day Party @ The Bottom Lounge

James Brown would have been 77 on May 3. The closest party day is Saturday May 1. The Get Up With the Get Downs and Afro Zep (African-styled Zeppelin tunes featuring members of Chicago Afrobeat Project and some guests percussionists from Africa) are gonna celebrate his music and legacy and influence by playing the most epic sets ever. It's gonna a rhythmically charged, dance-filled Saturday night. $8 in advance. $10 at the door. Party starts at 9pm. The Bottom Lounge is at 1375 W. Lake St.

Last Q4 Open Mic Benefit @ The Wicker Well

This will be the last of the family night/20hz/20klz open mic fundraisers to support Quennect 4 Gallery with some of the bands who were there from the beginning: The Blah Blah Blahs, BBU, Unearthed and Alicia with DJs Offbeat and Je'july laying down beats. This event is tonight at The Wicker Well: 1637 W. North Ave. from 9pm to 2am. 21+.

Soul Summit Dance Party @ Lincoln Hall

As part of the Soul Summit dance party series, explosive, raw R&B, Soul and Funk will be laid down tonight by Dava Mata (Impala Sound), Duke Grip (Spectrum) and Sloppy White (Lick my Gimmick). Silk screened posters will be for sale designed by Spike Press and Scott "Sloppy White" Williams. This party's from 10pm to 2am at Lincoln Hall: 2424 N Lincoln Ave.

Kanikapila with Uke Nation @ Grafton Pub

Ke Ali`i Victoria Ka`iulani Hawaiian Civic Club and 'Uke Nation present a kanikapila (Hawaiian jam session) at the Grafton Pub (4530 N. Lincoln) this afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. Musicians, dancers and singers are invited to join in a two-hour get-together to celebrate the music of the Pacific Islands. Admission is a suggested contribution of $5, which goes to the local branch of the Hawaiian Civic Club, a nonprofit community-based organization. Full information available at the Facebook event page.

Version Fest Opening Night Party/Concert @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

If you like art or arty music you need to go to this event. This year's Version Fest Kicks off tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere with a wild party, an art installation, and a slew of great local live music. Tonight, Telefantasy Studios will create a temporary soundstage for performance. Please come in costume as a Sci-Fi/fantasy character to be filmed, photographed, interviewed, and auditioned. Best Costume wins a surprise. Also! Browse the 15 Minute Museum (ephemera, drawings, costumes, and models exhibited by Telefantasy Studios), enjoy a Hornswaggler retrofuturist concoction at Tech Noir Bar (by Image Search LTD and Nick Bahr, with light fixtures by Kevin Rhee), gawk at a new installation of silkscreened sculptural forms and prints by super art duo Seripop, be amazed by Go.Go!, a "Fuck-n-Go" performative installation (by Adam Van Eeckhout and Zihan Loo) and freak out with SWERVE, a dance duo from outer disco space. At 8pm: World Premier of Multinauts (episode 2) (Click here for a trailer for epsiode 1.) Finally, there will be live performances by Chandeliers, Mahjongg, Brilliant Pebbles, Mr666, Extreme Animals and D J+J+J. This event is at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 S Morgan St) from 8pm to 2am tonight.

Dance Classes

Designed for people who are new to social dance as well as those who wish to practice fundamental skills, participants will learn the basics of some popular Latin dances (Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Merengue). Basic lead and follow skills, musicality, posture and dance floor etiquette will also be discussed. Both couples and single dancers are welcome. Dance shoes are encouraged but not required. The classes will be 45 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes of practice. $12 for drop-ins and $80 for the 8-week session. Wednesdays at 7PM at the Ballroom Dance Chicago (4043 N. Ravenswood Ste 105). Continues thru June 16. Visit the website for further information.

Global Activism Expo @ UIC Forum

Hosted by Worldview's Jerome McDonnell, Chicago Public Radio Presents... is thrilled to again present this remarkable celebration - complete with food, music and over 100 Chicago-area Global Activists, all featured guests of Worldview's Global Activism Series. On the air for seven years now, the series continues to be inspirational, and bringing everyone together for this Expo has quickly become an annual event. This event is free and takes place from noon to 6pm. Click here for all the juicy details.

The Order of Odd-Fish Dome of Doom Art Party

Join author James Kennedy for a Dome of Doom dance party, inspired by his young adult novel The Order of Odd-Fish. Come dressed as your favorite god, goddess, warrior, ninja or other fearsome creature and fight others in a divine battle. The dance party follows the opening of Kennedy's Odd-Fish gallery show, featuring fan art focused on his book. The gallery show and the dance party are presented in partnership with Collaboration. The gallery show is free from 7pm-9pm, the dance party is $20 in advance and $25 at the door for general admission. The dance party starts at 9pm and fights begin at 10pm. Held at 437 N. Wolcott. Email domeofdoom[at]collaboraction[dot]org for questions and reservations.

"Community Rhythms" @ South Shore Cultural Center

The South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., presents "Community Rhythms: A Celebration of Dance in the Parks," today from 10am-3pm. For $5, you can participate in classes from a variety of dance styles including salsa, ballroom, tap, ballet and hip-hop. Guests can also enjoy performances from dance companies across Chicago as well as from the Chicago Park District's dance arts partners. Registration begins at 9am; contact the South Shore Cultural Center at (773) 256-0149 for more information.

Creative Chicago Expo @ Chicago Cultural Center

Now in its 7th year, this highly successful event connects artists and art organizations in all disciplines -- music, dance, theater, film, design, new media, fashion, publishing, visual art -- with the support, services and networks they need. This event is free and open to the public. There will be over 20 workshops, 100 vendors, and 40 consultants to help you out with anything you might need to know. The workshop topics range from grant writing to a public art crash course to "cultivating shamelessness." The expo is from 10am to 4pm today at the Cultural Center (78 E. Washington). Visit this website for details.

FKA: Tron vs. Hipsters @ Big Chicks

Ride your lightcycle, wear your skinny jeans and get your dance on! FKA (Formerly Known As) is a gathering for trans men and trans women, their chasers, queers and allies, movers and/or shakers. Billed as "the most inclusive/insouciant/indecent dance party to hit the North Side. No cover. 9pm-2am. 5024 N Sheridan.

Sillier Than Thou Tour @ Elastic Arts

The Sillier Than Thou Tour stops at Elastic Arts tonight and features Louis Logic and Type with Dubasaurus vs. Phillip Morris and DJ White Owl. Elastic Arts is located at 2830 N. Milwaukee, Floor 2. Show starts at 9pm. $7. All ages.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: HUB 2 HUB

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and HUB 51 present "HUB 2 HUB," where "art and libations" meet. Tonight, this two-part event allows audience members to enjoy the finale of Hubbard Street's spring concert series and then later, join the dancers and other guests for a two-hour party at HUB 51. The dance performance will be held at 3pm the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph and the party is at HUB 51, 51 W. Hubbard, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tickets, which are $75 and cover both main floor seating and the party, can be reserved online. Contact 312-850-9744 x172 for more information.

E.M.P.A.C.T. Fundraiser Party @ The Wicker Well

The goal of E.M.P.A.C.T. is to spread culture, diversity, and knowledge of community issues while providing a common ground for activists, educators, artists, and community organizers to celebrate the commonality of their struggles. Tonight's party is a fundraiser for the Latino Union of Chicago. MC Luis Tubens will perform and there will also be live music from Magic Carpet, Matt Ulery's Loomand as always the People's DJs Collective spinning dance tunes. $5 donation, 21+. The Wicker Well is located at 1637 W North Ave. This party goes from 9pm to 2am tonight.

Flamenco Festival Chicago

This year's Chicago Flamenco Festival is presented by Instituto Cervantes Chicago in celebration of the Presidencia Española of the European Union for 2010. And what a better way to celebrate the Andalusian art of Flamenco than with a month-long festival with performances, workshops, lectures and film screenings? The festival will finish off Friday, February 26 with the world wide "Dia de Andalucia," day of simultaneous performances in all 26 Instituto Cervantes centers around the world. The final demonstration will be presented by Catalina Maria Johnson at Instituto Cervantes (31 W. Ohio). Call 312-351-1996 for more information.

Chicago Dance Crash's KTF Battle @ Lakeshore Theater

The popular dance battle series, Keeper of the Floor, returns to the Lakeshore Theater for its first battle of 2010. Showcasing some of the best dancers in the Chicago community, Chicago Dance Crash's KTF battles are a vibrant display of all styles of dance, set in a late-night atmosphere and hosted by the always campy and funny Matrick Swayze.

Tickets are just $10, and the battle starts at 10:30pm. The Lakeshore Theater is located at 3175 N. Broadway, at the intersection of Belmont and Broadway..

E.M.P.A.C.T. Fundraiser Party @ The Wicker Well

This month E.M.P.A.C.T. is raising funds for the Chicago Delegation to The U.S. Social Forum in Detroit so folks who can't otherwise afford it can make it to this historic gathering of 15,000+ activists, artists & cultural workers. The process is bringing together Chicagoans across the city & across sectors so folks can get down with building a city that works for everyone. Live Brasilian music will be provided by Planeta Azul Samba Band, an artistically rich group of Brazilian musicians complimented by the "Passistas" Samba dancers. And Ang G, Brotha Onaci, David Marques & Scrabblor of the People's DJs' Collective will keep the dance floor hot! There will be art, vendors and drink specials too. $5 donation. 21+. This event will run from 9:45pm to 2am tonight at The Wicker Well (1637 W. North Ave.).

Get Up With The Get Downs @ Cobra Lounge

This is the last show of their Cobra Residency, and afterward they're taking time off to work on new stuff for the James Brown birthday party in a few months. Elev8or opens for them at 9:30pm and then it's a night of jumpin', screamin', and dancin'. Good times to be had. The Cobra Lounge is located at 235 N. Ashland. 21+.

Soul Summit Dance Party @ The Double Door

Local DJ's spin explosive, raw R&B, Soul and Funk at the Double Door Tonight. The party starts at 10pm... there are bands playing before it starts, so tell the doorman you're there for the dance party to get in free. The Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 21+.

Dancers at Work Forum: New Directions in Presenting Chicago Dance @ Cultural Center

In this panel discussion, dance artists learn about the range of spaces available for presenting new dance work in Chicago. Presenting organizations discuss their missions in featuring dance to local audiences in addition to opportunities or services they offer for developing local artists. From new community collectives to experimental spaces to established presenting venues, this panel will offer the scoop on ways to build a profile as a dance artist in Chicago. This discussion starts today at 6pm on the 5th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington. Admission is free.

Ice Skating Lessons @ McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink

Lace up and show off your skills in skating... or falling at the ice rink on Michigan Ave. For those who wish, there will be free ice skating lessons today through February 28, Saturdays and Sundays 8am-10am. Open to all ages and skill levels. Millennium Park is also host to one of Chicago's hottest dance parties this winter with extended skating hours and a dance theme each weekend in February. A few themes include a tribute to Michael Jackson, Love songs and Twilight. Admission is free with own skates; skate rental is $10. Visit the website for a complete schedule and more information.

Benefit for the Whale @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

In December an electrical fire destroyed the Whale, home of the utopian secret society/art collective, The Order of the Lamprey. All three Pilsen artists and their pets survived, but now they need to pay bills, rebuild, and above all, return to their former glory. To help, Lumpen Magazine is throwing a party, with a suggested donation of $10. Bands performing include Black Nag, Thin Man, Son of Cops (ex-Drapes), Members Only (80s glitter covers), and DJaded. This show's also a release party for the special 114th issue of Lumpen, "Looking for Answers." The magazine is free upon entry. The party will go from 9pm-2am at Co-Prosperity Sphere: 3219 S. Morgan, Bridgeport.

The Masked Winter Ball @ Kimball Arts Center

The city is frozen. If you listen, you can hear the cold. Snow muffles the sounds of tires and brakes, howls and laughter, errands and wishes. The familiar rumble of the el pulses slightly farther away. Trees pose in heavy gowns of the softest snow, brick buildings wear glittering necklaces of icicles. Winter has dressed the city in her mysterious finery. The city whispers to you to celebrate winter! Swap your scarf for a mask, lose your boots for dancing shoes and go to the masked ball tonight. There will be music by Can Ky Ree, Baby Alright, DJ's Naomi Walker and Jocelyn Brown, and Ringmistress Cameron Esposito, as well as wild installations by several popular local artists. Masks encouraged, costumes adored, and dancing highly recommended! The party goes from 8pm - 2am. $15 - $50 sliding scale suggested donation. Space is limited so get there early! Kimball Arts is located at 1757 N. Kimball.

Local Dance Scene Discussion @ Cultural Center

This forum opens with a roundtable sampling of emerging, mid-career and established artists discussing the sustainability of dance-related careers in Chicago. How are dance artists locating and creating new opportunities to perform and broaden their audience base? What practical strategies are dance artists using to create exposure (print or email marketing, Facebook, face-to-face networking, collaborations, etc.)? Dance artists share their respective solutions for finding resources to help their creativity and their organizations develop and thrive. This discussion is from 6-7:30pm at the Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington, 1st Floor Garland Room.

Dance Party @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Publicist (Seb from Trans Am), Waterbabies, DJ Ryan Stinson, Gatekeeper, and Joe Kisser provide musical refreshments at this dance party. A Dutch art exhibition by The Tupajumi Foundation will be on display. The exhibition opens at 7pm and the party starts at 8. Admission is $8. Co-Prosperity Sphere is located at 3219 S. Morgan.

E.M.P.A.C.T. Party @ The Music Lounge

E.M.P.A.C.T.- Everyone's Music Politics Art and Community Throwdown, is a monthly series that showcases live band's and DJ's while fundraising for deserving not-for-profits and community organizations. The goal of E.M.P.A.C.T. is to spread culture, diversity, and knowledge of community issues while providing a common ground for activists, educators, artists, and community organizers to celebrate the commonality of our struggles. Tonight's live music includes EveryPeople Jazz Workshop, Rebel Rhythm Collective, and DJ David Marques. The show starts at 9pm and ends at 2am at The Music Lounge: 3017 W. Armitage. $5 donation, benefiting the Rumble Arts Center.

A&M Burlesque

Seven alluring ladies in their flashy costumes and live music are sure to seduce you with fifteen special acts filled with dancing, singing and playing for your pleasure. A&M Burlesque is now playing Saturdays in January and February at the Viaduct Theater (3111 N. Western Ave). Tickets are $15. Doors open @ 9:30 PM, curtain @ 10PM.

3rd Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago Hip-Hop @ Chicago Urban Art Society

Kicking off 2011, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ 91.5 FM) continues its Off-Air Series with the 3rd Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts at Chicago Urban Art Society today from 11am to 10pm. Created to celebrate Chicago's hip-hop arts, this annual party begins at 11am with free events such as: a visual art and graffiti gallery exhibition; marketplace; hip-hop barbershop; the Vocalo Sampling Showcase with Vocalo host Jesse Menendez leading a presentation on the art of sampling; lots of special guests; music all afternoon by some of Chicago's favorite DJs including Itch 13, Sweatpants Money, DJ Susannah Kim; and more! Ticketed programs this year include a screening of Copyright Criminals, which examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, tracing the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry, and the popular "First Come, First Served!" one-on-one B-Boy/B-Girl battle hosted by Chicago's own Legendary Brickheadz. Highlighting the event will be a ticketed evening program titled Original Style: Exploring the History of Chicago House hosted by Kevin Coval, which will include archival film of the scenes and sounds of the 1980s and 90s, music selections courtesy of SilverRoom founder DJ Eric Williams, plus the founders of Chicago House: DJ Frankie Knuckles, known as 'The Honorary Godfather of House Music'; Robert Williams, owner of the Warehouse and Music Box; Frederick Dunson, original warehouse manager; Reggie Corner, House music promoter; Lewis Lazu, dancer and promoter; and many more. The evening will wrap up with an After Party with legendary house DJ Ron Trent and seminal Hip-Hop DJ Jesse De La Pena! Admission during the day is free with optional ticketed programming for $5 general admission or $3 for WBEZ members. Tickets for the evening program are $15 general admission, $12 for WBEZ members, and $10 for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at www.wbez.org/events. The Chicago Urban Art Society is located at 2229 S. Halsted Street.

Trick Disco @ Subterranean Lounge

While we kind of hate the word "comeback," there's not much else you can call the recent resurgence of disco on our collective dance music radar. That's why a night devoted to new trends and paying homage to the classic sounds has pretty much been due for a while now. Trick Disco is a new monthly night on Third Fridays at Subterranean Lounge (2011 W. North) with residents Sparkletone, OCD Automatic, Le Principle - one of filter disco's newest rising stars - and video provided by Hey! Cliche! Video Club. The kick-off on Jan 15th features a little bit of of the South Side with Ghetto Division's MaddJazz promising an excellent disco-house set. But the special guest of the night is New Yorker Mike Simonetti, head honcho of world-renowned label Italians Do It Better, home of Glass Candy, the Chromatics and some of the most forward-thinking Italo being made today. The party starts at 10pm and is 21+. $7 gets you in the door and Sub-T is offering $3 White Belgian Draft Beer and $4 Cintadell Apple Vodka Cocktails to warm you up on a chilly January night.

15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program @ Malcolm X College

Malcolm X College is hosting the 15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program today, starting at 10am. This is the last day of the largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. Admission is free. For more information contact Jessica Holloway: Kwanzaa Chairperson at 312-850-7472 or arhoden@ccc.edu. Malcolm X College is located at 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information, including the schedule, check out this press release.15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program at Malcolm X College today, starting at 10am. This is the last day of the largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. Admission is free. For more information contact Jessica Holloway: Kwanzaa Chairperson at 312-850-7472 or arhoden@ccc.edu. Malcolm X College is located at 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information, including the schedule, check out this press release.

New Year's Eve Ball @ Reversible Eye Gallery

The amazing Reversible Eye Gallery is hosting what will surely be a wild New Year's Eve party tonight. Aerial acrobatics from Aloft will be performed throughout the evening, and breakfast and mimosas will be served at 5am New Years Day. Bands performing includeSpires that in the Sunset Rise,Loto Ball Show,ReDeMer,Loto Ball Stupid Dans,The Funeral and the Twilight, and Grace Kulp. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door--not bad if you consider all the live entertainment and the free food and booze 'till dawn. The party starts at 9:30pm. Reversible Eye Gallery is located at 1103 N. California. Call them at (773) 862-1232 or email info@reversibleeye.com for more information.

NYE Party @ Kaplan's Liquors

Each year Kaplan's Liquors hosts a New Years Eve party, and this year is no different, but they're expecting quite a crowd. There will be free Korean and Polish Food and a Youtube Karaoke performance with VJ Eddie Gymkata of the 80's performance art band, Members Only, among other things. Korean ladies, mutants, and sexy co-eds will be mingling with intellectuals, art fags, old men, and union guys. Should be pretty fun. Should be free, too, except for the booze. The party will be from 8:30pm to 2am. It's a bar, so only go if you're 21+. Kaplan's Liquors is located in Bridgeport at 960 W. 31st. St. Call them at 773-890-0588 for information.

15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program @ Malcolm X College

Malcolm X College and the Bolozi Wazee (Council of Elders) - Shule Ya Watoto (School for Children) are celebrating 15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program at Malcolm X College, starting today and continuing through Kwanzaa every day starting at 10am, until January 1. This is the largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. Admission is free. For more information contact Jessica Holloway: Kwanzaa Chairperson at (312) 850-7472, or arhoden@ccc.edu. Malcolm X College is located at 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information, including the schedule, check out this press release.

The Nutcracker @ Francis W. Parker School

Choreographer Kenneth Von Heidecke brings this holiday classic to Francis W. Parker School for a matinee performance. Additional performances the following week at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, featuring the New Philharmonic and Music Director and Conductor Kirk Muspratt. Performance at 2pm, tickets start at $25. For info and tickets to today's performance call (800) 838-3006 or visit Brown Paper Tickets. For info and tickets to Glen Ellyn performances call (630) 942-4000 or visit the McAninch Arts Center.

Debutante Ball @ threewalls

The Debutante Ball is threewalls' annual winter fundraiser. This year they're doing a formal, southern-style thing, complete with a hat contest, mint juleps and red velvet cake. Tickets are $30.00 each with annual holiday glass and unlimited refreshments. Couples can purchase a special couples ticket for $50.00. The ball starts at 7:30pm at threewalls' new location: 119 N Peoria #2C. Click here for tickets and information.

15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program @ Malcolm X College

Malcolm X College and the Bolozi Wazee (Council of Elders) - Shule Ya Watoto (School for Children) are celebrating 14th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program at Malcolm X College, starting today and continuing through Kwanzaa, everyday starting at 10am, until January 1. This is the largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. Admission is free. For more information contact Jessica Holloway: Kwanzaa Chairperson at 312-850-7472 or arhoden@ccc.edu. Malcolm X College is located at 1900 W. Van Buren. For more information, including the schedule, check out this press release.

eighth blackbird @ The Harris Theater

Grammy award-winning sextet eighth blackbird performs Pierrot Lunaire, Arnold Schoenberg's 1912 piece that sets poetry to music. Tickets are $30, two for one if you buy them through the eighth blackbird website. Show starts at 7:30 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205. E. Randolph.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago @ Gary Comer Youth Center

If you've never seen a live performance of West African Dance, you're missing out; if you've never seen the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, you're missing out on one of life's greatest joys. This week Muntu brings The Sankofa Project to the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S Ingleside Avenue. The performance features key works from Muntu's history as well as new work showcasing the choreography of Amansu Eason, feature dancer for Muntu Dance Theatre and principal artist for Indiana's South Shore Dance Alliance, and Abdel Salaam, Executive Director of Forces of Nature.

Showtimes and ticket prices: December 3 @ 7:30, $15; December 5 @ 8pm, $27.50; and December 6 @ 3pm, $27.50. Additionally, there will be a gala reception and silent auction on December 4 @ 6pm, tickets are $75. Discounts for groups, children and seniors available. For tickets and information call 773-241-6083 or visit Muntu.

Dance-Along Nutcracker @ Preston Bradley Hall

The eighth annual Dance-Along Nutcracker begins with an 11am workshop for a 12pm performance, with a second workshop at 2pm for a 3pm performance. Workshops will teach basic ballet, and if dancing isn't your thing there will be juggling, acrobatics and other skills taught as well. Free at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. For more information visit the Chicago Cultural Center.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago @ Gary Comer Youth Center

If you've never seen a live performance of West African Dance, you're missing out; if you've never seen the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, you're missing out on one of life's greatest joys. This week Muntu brings The Sankofa Project to the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S Ingleside Avenue. The performance features key works from Muntu's history as well as new work showcasing the choreography of Amansu Eason, feature dancer for Muntu Dance Theatre and principal artist for Indiana's South Shore Dance Alliance, and Abdel Salaam, Executive Director of Forces of Nature.

Showtimes and ticket prices: December 3 @ 7:30, $15; December 5 @ 8pm, $27.50; and December 6 @ 3pm, $27.50. Additionally, there will be a gala reception and silent auction on December 4 @ 6pm, tickets are $75. Discounts for groups, children and seniors available. For tickets and information call 773-241-6083 or visit Muntu.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago @ Gary Comer Youth Center

If you've never seen a live performance of West African Dance, you're missing out; if you've never seen the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, you're missing out on one of life's greatest joys. This week Muntu brings The Sankofa Project to the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S Ingleside Avenue. The performance features key works from Muntu's history as well as new work showcasing the choreography of Amansu Eason, feature dancer for Muntu Dance Theatre and principal artist for Indiana's South Shore Dance Alliance, and Abdel Salaam, Executive Director of Forces of Nature. 7:30pm, $15.

Additional showtimes and ticket prices: December 5 @ 8pm, $27.50; and December 6 @ 3pm, $27.50. Additionally, there will be a gala reception and silent auction on December 4 @ 6pm, tickets are $75. Discounts for groups, children and seniors available. For tickets and information call (773) 241-6083 or visit Muntu.

Open House @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music opens its doors this evening from 5pm to 10pm and invites everybody to come and sample the music and dance classes available at the school. Every hour will feature a new set of classes happening somewhere in the school building, while free music performances happen in the school's concert hall starting at 8:15. See the OTS Website for a schedule of classes. The evening is free and open to the public. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Khmer Cultural Dance Troupe @ The Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of World Music Wednesdays, the Old Town School of Folk Music, in partnership with the Cambodian Association of Illinois, presents an evening of traditional Cambodian music and dance. Join Cambodian artists who have made tremendous sacrifices to preserve these treasured traditions in the face of enormous odds. World Music Wednesdays are free, ticketed events, with a suggested $5 donation. The artists will also be at the Old Town School for a workshop on Thursday evening. For information and tickets call (773) 728-6000 or visit the Old Town School of Folk Music. This event takes place at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N Lincoln Ave.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Links Hall

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Our Own Devices, a concert of ten eclectic dance pieces from eight choreographers. Innervation's theatrical roots bloom in this concert: each piece unquestionably tells a story. And while some of the dances are more literally narrative than others, dance aficionados and novices alike will come to know each character and empathize with that character's experiences. Much of the music - from Etta James to John Lennon, from Bob Seger to Metallica - will also draw in those audience members who might otherwise dismiss the art form as inaccessible. Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL. Tonight @ 7:00 p.m. $15 ($10 students and seniors). Click here or call 773.281.0824 for tickets.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Links Hall

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Our Own Devices, a concert of ten eclectic dance pieces from eight choreographers. Innervation's theatrical roots bloom in this concert: each piece unquestionably tells a story. And while some of the dances are more literally narrative than others, dance aficionados and novices alike will come to know each character and empathize with that character's experiences. Much of the music - from Etta James to John Lennon, from Bob Seger to Metallica - will also draw in those audience members who might otherwise dismiss the art form as inaccessible. Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL. Tonight @ 8:00 p.m. $15 ($10 students and seniors). Click here or call 773.281.0824 for tickets.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Links Hall

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Our Own Devices, a concert of ten eclectic dance pieces from eight choreographers. Innervation's theatrical roots bloom in this concert: each piece unquestionably tells a story. While some of the dances are more literally narrative than others, dance aficionados and novices alike will come to know each character and empathize with that character's experiences. Much of the music - from Etta James to John Lennon, from Bob Seger to Metallica - will also draw in those audience members who might otherwise dismiss the art form as inaccessible. Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL. Tonight @ 8pm. $15 ($10 students and seniors). Click here or call (773) 281-0824 for tickets.

Viento de Los Andes and Folklore ballet Pachacamac @ The Old Town School of Folk Music

As part of World Music Wednesdays, the Old Town School of Folk Music presents Viento de Los Andes and Folklore ballet Pachacamac. Viento de Los Andes is a musical group making their debut at the Old Town School. Pachacamac is a traditional dance troupe that returns to the stage with a new show called Shungo that encompasses dance from the coastal, Amazonian and mountainous regions of Ecuador. World Music Wednesdays are free, ticketed events, with a suggested $5 donation. The artists will also be at the Old Town School for a workshop on Thursday evening, 8:30pm. For information and tickets call (773) 728-6000 or visit the Old Town School of Folk Music.

8 Bit Halloween ft. Bit Shifter

One of the premiere Game Boy-wielding 8Bit electronic musicians in the world is Josh Davis, aka Bit Shifter, and subVariant and Front 312 are excited to have him perform at Ai Lounge, 358 W. Ontario. The show runs from 10pm to 3am. A late night sushi menu is also available, as is $10 valet parking. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 21+

Vaudezilla's Monster Burlesque Academy @ The Portage Theater

Grab the torches and sharpen the pitchforks! This Halloween, Vaudezilla presents the inaugural graduation ceremony for Monster Burlesque Academy. Several bewitching broads will invade the Portage Theater (4050 N Milwaukee Avenue) this Saturday, including Red Hot Annie, Donna Touch, Coo d'Twat, and special guest Lady Lillith. The pomp and circumstance begins at 10pm, but come early to haunt the lobby and peruse costumes, adult goodies, and for a chance to win gift bags. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more details and a complete listing of the devilish dancers, visit Vaudezilla's website.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ AIC

In the "500 Ways of Looking at Modern" performance, dancers perform choreography inspired by works in the Art Institute's collection. The event will convene in Fullerton Hall at 6 pm. Further information is on the AIC Calendar.

Dance for the Camera Film Screening @ Cultural Center (FREE)

Dance for the Camera - Making Dance for the Stage and for Film. This free film screening features Arch of Repose (preview). Hedwig Dances premieres Jan Bartoszek's Arch of Repose, a poetic, image-rich dance created for the camera. The film is a re-imagining of Bartoszek's 2007 dance theater work, Night Blooming Jasmine. This is the second night of screenings for "Dance for the Camera" (more on Wednesday night's short films here). FREE. 6pm, 78 E. Washington St, Claudia Cassidy Theater. More details.

Dance for the Camera Film Screening @ Cultural Center (FREE)

Dance for the Camera International Film Screening - Character Studies. This free international film screening features films by Pina Bausch, Michael Jackson and other artists, and explores themes of character, gender and personality. Multiple short films will be screened on Oct. 13th and another longer film on Oct. 14th at the Cultural Center. FREE. 6pm, 78 E. Washington St, Claudia Cassidy Theater. More details, video clips.

Regroup 1: New Works by Tara Grunwald + Dance Party

Join us for an exhibition of original works by Tara Grunwald of TGDesigns. Ai Lounge (358 W. Ontario), 9pm.

Free before midnight, $10 afterward or $7 after midnight with RSVP at http://www.going.com/regrouptaragrunwald. Valet: $10 all night. Late night sushi menu.

DJs:

Liz Revision (subVariant) [IDM | Chill | Blippy Minimal Techno]
Buckfever [Electro]
DJ Rick [Glitchy Tech-step]
DJ 7 [House | Baltimore Club]

Presented by subVariant & Inkline

9pm-3am

Artist Reception: 9-12am (Free)

21+

Official Site: http://www.subvariant.com

Front 312: 1 Year Anniversary Dance Party @ Liar's Club

For its one year anniversary tonight, Front 312 will take a turn toward techno and house, with DJ Gant Man headlining. KHA and Mikul Wing of Members Only AV will be play separate solo sets as well, throwing down anything from classic italo tracks to extended versions of 80's new wave dance classics. Black Automatic will be playing classic Razormaid tracks, 80's new wave, classic industrial, acid house, punk rock, and newer electro tracks. Doors open at 9pm. Admission is free before 11pm with RSVP to Front312@gmail.com and $5 without RSVP or after 11. 1665 W. Fullerton.

Pain Kurst Girls @ Debonair Social Club

The Pain-Kurst Girls use their sexual magic and belief in the power of femininity to entertain and captivate audiences. Be one of the captivated audience members tonight. 10pm. Debonair social club : 1575 N Milwaukee Ave. Call 773-227-7990 for more information.

Stridulate Ensemble performs at Epiphany Dance Experiment @ Epiphany Episcopal Church

For those who missed the premiere of Stridulate: Hybrid Forms in Voice & Movement, here is an opportunities to see a bit of it. 30 continuous hours of performances, workshops and jams with a started with 15 minute performance of Stridulate material in the Underground Lounge on Oct 2. The second--that you can still catch--is at Ayako Kato's Epiphany Dance Experiment series, where we'll perform a similar piece with an expanded ensemble of 7 people.

Stridulate Ensemble performs at:

Epiphany Dance Experiment
Sunday, October 4, 6pm
@ Epiphany Episcopal Church
201 S Ashland Ave (@ Adams)
$12 suggested donation

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. This weekend's performers are: Peter Carpenter, Hedwig Dances, The Humans, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, and The Seldoms.

$12-$15, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call 773.880.5402 for tickets.

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. This weekend's performers are: Peter Carpenter, Hedwig Dances, The Humans, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, and The Seldoms.

$12-$15, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call 773.880.5402 for tickets.

Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque

Vaudezilla presents "Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque," at 10pm tonight and every Saturday in September at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. -- as well as at Lebowski Fest. Featuring dances inspired by the cult classic film, performers Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, Donna Touch, Bonny Babs and Maria May I will have you out of your element in no time. Tickets are $15 in advance.

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. This weekend's performers are: Breakbone DanceCo, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Dance COLEctive, Matthew Hollis, Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, and Janet Schmid.

$12-$15, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call 773.880.5402 for tickets.

Chicago Dance Crash's The Drawing Board @ Ruth Page Center

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts will host Chicago Dance Crash's final main stage production of the year, and the final full-length offering of outgoing Artistic Director Kyle Vincent Terry. You're in for a treat: Crash fans and average Joes alike have been logging onto Crash The Drawing Board since January 1st and pitching some of the most ridiculous ideas conceivable.

The Drawing Board premiers at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 N. Dearborn. The performance is at 8pm. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. For ticket reservations, contact the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at (312) 337-6543 or visit their site here.

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. This weekend's performers are: Breakbone DanceCo, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Dance COLEctive, Matthew Hollis, Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, and Janet Schmid.

$12-$15, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call 773.880.5402 for tickets.

Sci-Fi Strip-Tacular

This Windy City Comicon afterparty keeps science fiction sexy. Flesh Tones Burlesque presents a night of racy outer space antics sure to appeal to nerds and non-nerds alike. Break out the Starfleet uniform: $2 off the $15 admission if you come in costume. 9pm, Viaduct Theater (3111 N Western). Sponsored by Evil Squirrel Comics.

Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque

Vaudezilla presents "Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque," at 10pm tonight and every Saturday in September at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. -- as well as at Lebowski Fest. Featuring dances inspired by the cult classic film, performers Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, Donna Touch, Bonny Babs and Maria May I will have you out of your element in no time. Tickets are $15 in advance.

Artificial Intelligence 4: Raver Rewind 2000 @ Ai Lounge

Get ready to re-live the heydey of electronic music in Chicago with Raver Rewind 2000 on Saturday September 19 at Ai Lounge. Four Chicago-based DJs who've experienced the scene firsthand back in the day will be playing records only from 1992-2000 for an authentic soundtrack.

What's not prohibited is getting into the "raver spirit" by dressing the part--phat pants, bright colors, ravey t-shirts, and bringing some PLUR and good vibes. For some of us who were there in the scene, it will be a night heavy on nostalgia, and will bring back the joy of hearing classic tracks that we remember fondly.

For the newer recruits into the contemporary electronic music scene, it will be educational to hear the tracks, trends and products of available technology that influenced the kind of music being made today.

Arrive early to nosh on Ai Restaurant's AMAZING Japanese food & killer sushi. Valet is available for $10 all night. 358 W. Ontario, Chicago, 10pm-2am. 21+

Popkan (Old school House)
Cesario Magnifique (Italo / electro / disco)
Gianna Hardt (House / techno)
Tim Kasper (Vintage techno)

Live Visuals by DREAMDAZE (www.dreamdaze.org)

Official Site: http://www.subvariant.com

Chicago Dance Crash's The Drawing Board @ Ruth Page Center

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts will host Chicago Dance Crash's final main stage production of the year, and the final full-length offering of outgoing Artistic Director Kyle Vincent Terry. Combining a screwball menu of unpredictable scenes, ideas, jokes, and pop culture rip-offs, Crash's crew of seasoned dancers and mercenary movers will give audiences exactly what they've asked for, and more in The Drawing Board.

The Drawing Board premiers at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 N. Dearborn, at 8pm. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. For ticket reservations, contact (312) 337-6543 or visit their site here.

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. Performers at tonight's show are: Chicago Moving Company, Lucky Plush Productions, Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre.

$12-$15, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call 773.880.5402 for tickets.

Chicago Dance Crash's The Drawing Board @ Ruth Page Center

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts will host Chicago Dance Crash's final main stage production of the year, and the final full-length offering of outgoing Artistic Director Kyle Vincent Terry. Art is replaced entirely with entertainment as Crash fans and any average Joe have been logging onto Crash The Drawing Board since January 1st and pitching some of the most ridiculous ideas conceivable. Combining a screwball menu of unpredictable scenes, ideas, jokes, and pop culture rip-offs, Crash's crew of seasoned dancers and mercenary movers will give audiences exactly what they've asked for, and more in The Drawing Board.

The Drawing Board premiers at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, located at 1016 N. Dearborn. The performance is at 8pm. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door. For ticket reservations, contact the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at 312-337-6543 or visit their site online.

The OTHER Dance Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Since 2002, the Chicago Moving Company has been providing an annual venue for Chicago dance companies to present their work, and for Chicago audiences to sample more than a dozen different artists and groups at The OTHER Dance Festival. Performers at tonight's opening night show are: Chicago Moving Company, Lucky Plush Productions, Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre.

$12-$15, 7:30pm, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Click here or call (773) 880-5402 for tickets.

Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque

Vaudezilla presents "Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque," at 10pm tonight and every Saturday in September at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. -- as well as at Lebowski Fest. Featuring dances inspired by the cult classic film, performers Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, Donna Touch, Bonny Babs and Maria May I will have you out of your element in no time. Tickets are $15 in advance.

Sing That Strip: Karaoke Burlesque

What's better than taking off your clothing to music? Singing to it! Join Flesh Tones Burlesque for a night of karaoke hits and more with the Porcelain Dolls. Yow! US. Beer Company, 1801 N Clybourn, doors at 10pm, show at 11.

Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque

Vaudezilla presents "Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque," at 10pm tonight and every Saturday in September at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. -- as well as at Lebowski Fest. Featuring dances inspired by the cult classic film, performers Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, Donna Touch, Bonny Babs and Maria May I will have you out of your element in no time. Tickets are $15 in advance.

Speedy J @ Smartbar

Smart Bar in association with In Your System & Electric Deluxe welcome...

SPEEDY J
JOHN JOHR
JOHNNY ARMSTRONG
DROOPY

Tickets: $10 before midnight, $15 after midnight
21 & over
Doors: 10pm / Show: 10pm

Lucy [Berlin] @ Tropico

Migrashun presents Lucy (Stroboscopic Artefacts/ Perspectiv/Curle/Meerestief) from Berlin who is flying him in on his first US appearance specifically for this event and this event only!

Artists:
Lucy (Stroboscopic Artefacts|Meerestief|Perspectiv|Curle) [Berlin]
Mathias Matthew
Migrashun|Brio
Chicago|Detroit

Presale tickets at $10.00 are available here.

Saturday, 29 August 2009 at 21:00
End Time: Sunday, 30 August 2009 at 03:00
Location: Tropico
Street: 3933 N. Sheridan Rd
Town/City: Chicago, IL

Chicago Messenger Prom

The 5th annual Chicago Messenger Prom takes place tonight at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., from 7pm to 2am. You don't have to be a bike messenger to attend, but prom attire with "biker flair" is encouraged -- otherwise you might not win the Best Dressed contest. Music will be provided by DJ People in Cars, local country roots artist Al Scorch, and Disco Unusual Social Club. $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans (while supplies last) and $2 PBR drafts help lubricate the festivities. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for couples, available at the door. 21+

Magda, Troy Pierce @ Spybar

FRIDAY AUGUST 28

MAGDA
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST
TROY PIERCE
WITH
KATE SIMKO

MAGDA
Coming into the mix under the encouragement and instruction of Dan Bell and Claude Young, Magda began djing in 1996 working her way through the underground party circuit, via promoters, such as: Syst3m, and joining the all female dj collective: Women on Wax, it was only a short while before she began appearing regularly at Detroit area events and clubs. 1999 saw Magda's initial forays into techno, electro and house evolve. Her dj sets were becoming increasingly minimal and the records in her box reflected a love of weird, challenging music. Invited by Richie Hawtin to open for him at his millennium celebration: Epok, Magda was entering a new phase in her career.

TROY PIERCE
After being raised in the cornfields of Indiana and brought up on Midwest house & techno (Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Derrick Carter, D-Wynn), Troy became a bit jaded by ten years in New York where the struggling minimal techno scene consisted of a handful of die-hard fanatics going against the diva-tribal-teck-house of a city that has seen it's day musically.Berlin seemed like the logical solution, go to the source. As 1/3 of RUN STOP RESTORE (along with fellow Berliner Magda and Canadian Marc Houle) their first release "The Geometry E.P." (Minus #20) as well as their contribution to the Post Office # 2 (Telegraph) compilation have both been well received.

R.S.V.P. FOR FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 11:30pm!
For tables, please email joeyg@spybarchicago.com
Doors open at 10pm / 21 & up with proper i.d.

646 N. Franklin, Chicago 10pm - 4am

Chicago Dancing Festival @ Pritzker Pavilion

The Chicago Dancing Festival again brings together some of the biggest names in American dance, and all for us lucky Chicagoans to enjoy for free! Tonight's "Celebration of American Dance" will showcase such heavy hitters as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and American Ballet Theater. Bring your picnic baskets and blankets and start camping out early because this is sure to draw an enormous crowd. Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.

Chicago SummerDance - Ghannata International

In this installment of the Chicago SummerDance Series, you can partake in African dance lessons (6-7pm) and watch Ghannata International perform from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Located in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Avenue. Free admission.

Bombazo: AfriCaribe, Grupo Yuba y Nuestro Tambo @ Humboldt Park Boathouse

Chicago SummerDance in the Parks presents a free bombazo or Afro-Puerto Rican jam session tonight at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1359 N. Sacramento Ave). Dance lessons by AfriCaribe start at 6pm and are followed by bomba and plena music by Grupo Yuba and Nuestro Tambo from 7 to 9 pm.

Give Peace a Dance

Live it up at Give Peace a Dance, a conscious, alcohol-free dance party for ages 18+ at The ManKind Project (1900 W. Fulton). The event runs from 9am-1am and features DJs, a drum circle, and a fire pit. Part of your $10 donation goes to The ManKind Project. Contact Emily at 773-841-1824 or by e-mail for more information.

Chicago Dance Crash KTF Prince Themed Dance Battle @ Lakeshore Theater

Chicago Dance Crash returns to the Lakeshore Theater, taking their long-running late night dance extravaganza into the purple-themed arena of the artist currently known as Prince.

Hosted by audience favorites Mattrick Swayze and Jyldo, and featuring the never-before seen "lavender light of lavender" AND an award-winning live performance by the Lakeshore's very own bona fide, award winning Prince-themed crooner Chris Sullivan, KTF becomes SMF for one night only with their tribute to Prince and the Rainbow Children.

The show starts at 10:30pm at the Lakeshore Theater, located at the corner of Belmont and Broadway. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at the Lakeshore Theater.

Spring Fling Bar Top Burlesque @ Blue Bayou

Stop by the Blue Bayou (3734 N Southport Ave; 773-871-3300) on Thursday June 25th for some good old fashion burlesque served bar top. The pasties start twirling at 10 p.m. sharp so get there early for a good seat. Presented by Vaudezilla, the free show features some of Chicago's favorite bawdy babes including Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Donna Touch. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details.

Matter Dance: Revolving Doors-Opening Night

Matter Dance Company, whose mission is to bring dance to the masses through innovative and unconventional performances, takes the stage today through the 28th for their new show "Revolving Doors," which is a collection of short pieces covering a broad range of choreographic styles. Performances are at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble St.). Thursday-Saturday the show starts at 8 PM. Sunday's show is at 3 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students with ID, and seniors and can be purchased online or by calling 773-342-4141. "Recession-buster" tickets for 40% off for opening and closing performances can be purchased at See Chicago Dance.

Everyman: The Classic Rock Ballet @ Vittum Theater

Innervation Dance Cooperative's Classic Rock Ballet Everyman, with an all-female cast and 100% Led Zeppelin soundtrack, tells the allegory of Everyman. We enter on her live-for-the-moment life just before she receives a visit from Death, and our heroine begs to be given more time. She spends the rest of the ballet searching for a companion for the inevitable journey. IDC has retained the message of the medieval morality play -- to take stock of one's life, to make choices based on how you define a life well lived -- while telling a story with moments of humor, an enormous amount of love, emotional highs and lows, and a sense of catharsis. The music of Led Zeppelin emphasizes the epic nature of the story, while providing the dancers and the audience a reason to rock!
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, 2:00 p.m, $18 ($15 student/senior). Click here for tickets and more info.

Everyman: The Classic Rock Ballet @ Vittum Theater

Innervation Dance Cooperative's Classic Rock Ballet Everyman, with an all-female cast and 100% Led Zeppelin soundtrack, tells the allegory of Everyman. We enter on her live-for-the-moment life just before she receives a visit from Death, and our heroine begs to be given more time. She spends the rest of the ballet searching for a companion for the inevitable journey. IDC has retained the message of the medieval morality play, while telling a story with moments of humor, an enormous amount of love, emotional highs and lows, and a sense of catharsis.
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, 8pm, $18 ($15 student/senior). Click here for tickets and more info.
Tonight Only: "Your Turn to Tango" benefit @ Ritz Tango Cafe, just blocks from the theater, immediately following the show. $60 includes a ticket to the show, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and a tango lesson! Come mingle and dance with the IDC dancers. Contact info@innervationdance.org for benefit tickets.

Everyman: The Classic Rock Ballet @ Vittum Theater

Innervation Dance Cooperative's Classic Rock Ballet Everyman, with an all-female cast and 100% Led Zeppelin soundtrack, tells the allegory of Everyman. We enter on her live-for-the-moment life just before she receives a visit from Death, and our heroine begs to be given more time. She spends the rest of the ballet searching for a companion for the inevitable journey. IDC has retained the message of the medieval morality play -- to take stock of one's life, to make choices based on how you define a life well lived -- while telling a story with moments of humor, an enormous amount of love, emotional highs and lows, and a sense of catharsis. The music of Led Zeppelin emphasizes the epic nature of the story, while providing the dancers and the audience a reason to rock!
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, 8:00 p.m. Running all weekend. Special pricing for tonight only: $5 plus a roll of the dice. Or go here for tickets and more info.

Geek Prom

Yes, that's right, Geek Prom is tonight! Hosted at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., Geek Prom features music, dancing, and "some sort of contest based on physical appearance, but we promise that it won't be excruciating or embarrassing!" Plus a show of DIY gadgets and hacks from hosts Pumping Station: One. Tickets are $15 for couples, $10 for singles.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Absolut Sexy Show @ Exit

Vaudezilla brings Chicago another night of good old fashioned burlesque tonight at the Absolut Sexy Show at Exit (1315 W North Ave; 773-395-2700). The free event will feature two different shows at 11pm and 1am, a punk rock red carpet, and some of the best burlesque dancers the Windy City has to offer including Red Hot Annie, Donna Touch, and Maria May I. For a full list of all the bawdy broads performing and more details, visit Vaudezilla's website.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8pm, the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Spring Fling Bar Top Burlesque @ Blue Bayou

Stop by the Blue Bayou (3734 N Southport Ave; 773-871-3300) tonight for some good old-fashioned burlesque served bar top. The pasties start twirling at 10 p.m. sharp so get there early for a good seat. Presented by Vaudezilla, the free show includes a rotating schedule of some of Chicago's favorite bawdy babes including Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Donna Touch. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details and plan on making it a Thursday night tradition. The girls will be performing again June 18th and 25th.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Today at 3:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Egyptrixx, DJ Slugo @ Abbey Pub

Fresh off collaborating on the track Freaks, released on the Its Always Places Like This EP out on Wide Records, Egyptrixx (Toronto, Wide) and DJ Slugo (Dance Mania, Databass) are bringing the booty bass, bassline, ghetto-house, jacking and juke tracks to the last 17+ show at the Abbey Pub. 3420 W. Grace (at Elston near Kimball), 10:30pm-2:15am - tickets $8 advance, $10 at door -17+. For more information head on over to SixPoint Chicago.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Spring Fling Bar Top Burlesque @ Blue Bayou

Stop by the Blue Bayou - 3734 N Southport Ave; (773) 871-3300- today for some good old fashion burlesque served bar top. The pasties start twirling at 10pm sharp, so get there early for a good seat. Presented by Vaudezilla, the free show includes a rotating schedule of some of Chicago's favorite bawdy babes including Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Donna Touch. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details and plan on making it a Thursday night tradition. The girls will be performing again June 11th, 18th, and 25th.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Today at 3:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Dancing with Brides @ The Drake Hotel

Brides Magazine teaches couples the right moves so that their first dance won't be their last. Brides and grooms scheduled to marry between May 1, 2009 and May 1, 2010 are eligible to attend. Couples may also be eligible to win a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to appear on television and in Brides. Advance registration is available on-line at dancingwithbrides.com. 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast @ Exit

The Vixens of Vaudezilla perform two free burlesque shows tonight Friday May 29th for your viewing pleasure. BROADZILLA! The Burlesque Beast begins at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. at Exit Chicago (1315 W North Ave; 773-395-2700). Both shows are hosted by Chicago's own Red Hot Annie and Wham Bam Pam. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details and a full list of performers.

Little Dead Riding Hood @ Athenaeum Theatre

Chicago Tap Theatre presents Little Dead Riding Hood, a "Fairy Tale Tap Dance Opera" that explores what happens when fairy tale characters discover themselves after tiring of acting out the same old stories. Tonight at 8pm, the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $18 to $30. Call CTT at (773) 655-1175 or the theatre at (773) 935-6860 for more info.

Spring Fling Bar Top Burlesque @ Blue Bayou

Stop by the Blue Bayou (3734 N Southport Ave; 773-871-3300) on Thursday May 28th for some good old fashion burlesque served bar top. The pasties start twirling at 10 p.m. sharp so get there early for a good seat. Presented by Vaudezilla, the free show includes a rotating schedule of some of Chicago's favorite bawdy babes including Red Hot Annie, Wham Bam Pam, and Donna Touch. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details and plan on making it a Thursday night tradition. The girls will be performing again June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.

Blowoff @ the Metro

Since it's beginnings in 2002, Blowoff has become the queer destination dance DJ party. The event, a dance party (that tours from April until September and welcomes all) comes to Chicago this International Mr. Leather weekend. The two legendary musicians, Rocker Bob Mould and master remix electronic artist Richard Morel team up again as Blowoff and will be tandem spinning and blurring the lines between house, indie pop, punk and electronica this Saturday at the Metro from 11pm until 4am. Get your tickets here. $15. 3750 N. Clark St. (773)549-0203

Fieldtrips Dance Performance Marathon @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

The Field Chicago and Chicago Moving Co. present the 14th annual Fieldtrips Performance Marathon. There are so many small or medium-sized dance companies in Chicago, and The Field has brought a bunch of them together for your viewing pleasure. Tonight, come check out performances by GI Alliance, Innervation Dance Cooperative, Mary Sue Miller, Prairieland Movement Project, and Marianne Schaefer/Gillian Holoroyd -- you just might find your new favorite Chicago dance company to follow!

7:30 at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Tickets are $15. For info and reservations, call 804.873.1018.

Fieldtrips Dance Performance Marathon @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

The Field Chicago and Chicago Moving Co. present the 14th annual Fieldtrips Performance Marathon tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight, come check out performances by Antibody Dance, Karla Beltchenko, Dim Sum Dance, Molly Jaeger, Kris Larsen & Leslie Stevenson, Solo Movement Collective, and Jessica Wright. Tomorrow there's a whole new batch of companies to sample. You just might find your new favorite Chicago dance company to follow!

7:30pm at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. Tickets are $15. For info and reservations, call (804) 873-1018.

Kingdom @ Lava

Brooklyn-based producer, DJ, and digital artist Kingdom whose sets and live performances have been gathering a rabid following over the past year, brings mixes Latin, Kwaito, Bmore, House, Juke, Bassline, Bubbling, Dubstep, and Dancehall influences to Lava (2170 N Milwaukee Ave) tonight, along with Whoa-B, MC Zulu, and DJ C. 10pm-2am - $7 cover -21+

Viva La Muerte's Hot & Heavy Burlesque Presents: A Burlesque Tribute to Classic Horror Films @ Viaduct

Hot & Heavy Burlesque presents a tribute to classic and notorious horror films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Hellraiser, and more. Advance tickets are $15 through Ticketweb, or $20 at the door. 8:30pm. Viaduct Theatre: 3111 N. Western Ave. (773) 296-6024

Innervation Dance Cooperative Fundraiser @ Durkin's

If you're going out tonight, you might as well support the arts while you drink! Innervation Dance Cooperative, a Chicago-based multi-disciplinary dance company, is raising funds for the June 18-21 performance of their Classic Rock Ballet Everyman. For $20, you get three hours of open bar, a chance to win raffle prizes, the opportunity to mingle with the fun and lovely dancers of IDC, and that warm-fuzzy feeling of supporting local artists. All of this at Durkin's, 810 W. Diversey at Halsted, from 8pm to 11pm Just say "Innervation" at the door.

Robot Prom @ Pulaski Park

826 Chicago throws a robot-themed prom at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. Proceeds benefit the non-profit, which helps children advance their creative and expository writing skills. Dress is "second hand formal and/or robot attire." $30 admission includes "refillable robo-cup for robo-beer and robo-wine, food, music, a very special guest and dancing." 21+, starts at 8pm 1419 W. Blackhawk St. El: Blue Line to Division/Milwaukee. Bus: 9 Ashland, 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division, 72 North.

Chicago Dance Crash KTF Battle @ Lakeshore Theater

Chicago Dance Crash brings an eclectic arsenal of dance techniques to bear, from pop (breakdance, hip-hop, martial arts) to ballet, modern, and jazz, creating a vibe that the Chicago Sun Times aptly dubbed "confrontational classic."

The KTF (Keeper of the Floor) series host late-night battles between some of the top dancers in Chicago. The show starts at 10:30 pm at The Lakeshore Theater(3175 N. Broadway) and tickets are $10.

E for Everyone @ Cafe Lura

Regulars Chrissy Murderbot and Popstatic welcome a guest for March, the venerable DJ C, who's taking this chance to dig through and bring out all his old jungle records and showcase tracks that pay homage to that old-school sound. Presented by Sixpoint Chicago. 3184 N. Milwaukee, 10pm-2am, $3 entry, $5 you-call-its and $4 Okocim. Free glowsticks.

Let's Go Deep @ Cafe Lura

A chance to hear your favorites and the newest in tech-house, minimal techno, disco-house, Detroit techno, deep house and the 2-step-influenced dubstep sound (think Martyn or 2562) somewhere other than your headphones. Featuring Steven Mizek (LittleWhiteEarbuds), Thunderous Olympian (Think2wice, SixPoint Chicago), James Kartsaklis (SixPoint Chicago). 3184 N. Milwaukee (@Belmont), $3 cover, 10pm-2am.

Free Midnight Dance Jam @ Hubbard Street Dance

Beginning at midnight, Hubbard Street Dance Center teaching artist Dionna PridGeon will lead a Midnight Dance Jam, a free jazz funk class incorporating elements of jazz and hip hop. The two-hour-long Midnight Dance Jam is free and open to all proficiency levels.

Pre-registration by phone at 312-850-9766 is required. Participants ages 15 to 17 require parent approval. The dance center is located at 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. See the events page on the dance center's website for more information.

E for Everyone @ Cafe Lura

Playfully called E for Everyone, this inaugural night of beats and movement will host a classic and acid house set from Nate Unique, resident DJs Chrissy Murderbot (who will be living it up in Europe for this first go 'round) and Popstatic, as well as an old-school garage set from Whoa-B. Cover is $3 and the night boasts $5 drink specials and $4 Okocim bottles. Cookies and glowsticks included. Presented by (and more information at) Sixpoint Chicago. 10pm-2am, 3184 N. Milwaukee.

Belles and Whistles @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre presents Michelle "Toots" L'Amour and her Chicago Starlets in Belles and Whistles, a Valentine's Day themed burlesque show. Dancing, music and short films will be presented in the late night program. Belles and Whistles happens tonight and tomorrow night at the Music Box. Doors open at 11:30 PM, show starts at midnight. Tickets are $12 (or $20 for a pair of tickets) before the show, and $14 at the door. You can purchase tickets through Ticketweb. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Belles and Whistles @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre presents Michelle "Toots" L'Amour and her Chicago Starlets in Belles and Whistles, a Valentine's Day themed burlesque show. Dancing, music and short films will be presented in the late night program. Belles and Whistles happens tonight and tomorrow night at the Music Box. Doors open at 11:30pm, show starts at midnight. Tickets are $12 (or $20 for a pair of tickets) before the show, and $14 at the door. You can purchase tickets through Ticketweb. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Let's Go Deep @ Cafe Lura

Venture up (or down, maybe) Milwaukee for the latest installment of House/Techno at Cafe Lura. Named after a German minimal techno 12" and sponsored by SixPoint Chicago, this event now occurs every second Thursday, same bat-time, same bat-channel. 3184 N Milwaukee Ave, 10pm-2am. $3 cover and drink specials all night. For more information e-mail sixpointchicago@gmail.com.

Queen of Samba 2009

Hothouse presents its annual contest for the best female samba dancer in Illinois. Dancers compete for cash prizes to music by Chicago Samba. Carnaval dancers, dance lessons and other prizes available for non-contestants. Tickets are $15. At the HotLoft, above Fizz, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 9pm.

End of the World Dance Party @ Sonotheque

The Earth might be doomed In 2012 according to certain Mayan calendars and sci-fi serials, but that doesn't mean you still can't party. The first End of the World Dance Party of 2009 brings Chicago Juke legend DJ Gant-Man (recent named Kid Sister's DJ), as well as Chrissy Murderbot, Huggies Supreme and Thunderous Olympian to Sonotheque. It's FREE if you RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com with the subject line "WORLD" or $5 all night. Presented by SixPoint Chicago, The Empty Bottle and Sonotheque. Show at 9pm. 1444 W Chicago. 21+

Bombay Beatbox @ Sonotheque

Bombay Beatbox brings together two of their rotating guest DJs, New York based Karsh Kale, known for melding the music of his heritage with the modern electronic club music of his American upbringing and San Francisco based Janaka Selekta to perform together for the first time in Chicago. Sonotheque: 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-7600.

Belmont Burlesque @ Angels & Kings

The Belmont Burlesque revue performs at Angels & Kings tonight at 8pm with a free open bar sponsored by Drambuie. RSVP here. 21+

The Nut Tapper @ Athenaeum Theatre

The Nut Tapper, the annual Christmas tap dancing spectacular, returns to the Athenaeum Theatre this afternoon at 4pm. Organized by local tap teacher Reggio McLaughlin, The Nut Tapper features not just tap but other sorts of dance, including flamenco, clog dancing, etc. The show happens this afternoon at 4pm. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or from the Athenaeum box office. Athenaeum: 2936 N. Southport. (773) 935-6860.

Do You Dance? @ Cafe Lura

If you do (or if you just like fresh house and techno), Cafe Lura and DJs Steve Mizek, James Kartsaklis and Thunderous Olympian have you covered. Tonight, 9pm-2am. 3184 N. Milwaukee Ave. $5. More information here.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker makes its Chicago debut yesterday and tonight at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The show is a "full-blown professional production of the holiday classic -- rendered in 1930s burlesque cabaret style" by professional burlesque dancers. There are two shows each night, at 7:30pm and 10pm; tickets are $30 in advance. 18 and over.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker makes its Chicago debut tonight and tomorrow at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The show is a "full-blown professional production of the holiday classic -- rendered in 1930s burlesque cabaret style" by professional burlesque dancers. There are two shows each night, at 7:30pm and 10pm; tickets are $30 in advance. 18 and over.

Chicago Dance Crash KTF Championship Year End Battle @ Lakeshore Theater

Chicago Dance Crash returns to the Lakeshore Theater for the final 2008 installment of its long-running, late-night dance battle extravaganza The KTF Championship. The battle starts at 10:30pm. The Lakeshore Theater is located at 3175 N. Broadway St., near the corner of Broadway and Belmont. Tickets are $10 at the door or you can purchase them online at the Lakeshore Theater's website.

ohGr @ Double Door

Skinny Puppy's Nick Ogre and his band, ohGr, will be bringing their unique electro/industrial/metal/pop sound to the Double Door tonight. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 9pm. Opening up will be Chicago's own industrial Scotsman, Chris Connelly. This show promises to be at times a dance party, at times a head-banding mauling. Only those open to something different need apply.

Christkindlmarket Opens

Open through 12/24, this unique holiday event once again takes over Daley Plaza (corner of Washington and Dearborn) in the Loop. The German-style market, or Christkindlmarket, features unique European-style food, crafts, musical and dance performances and family events. Free to attend! Full schedule and more online.

Cease to Resist Dance Party

What better way to get over the Hump Day blues than to wiggle it to hot music and rad DJs? Kick it at the Cease to Resist Dance Party with DJs Dr. Drase and Michael Flavor. Clique Talk and BFF will also make an appearance. And did I mention cupcakes by Meghan of Rock? Check it out at the Darkroom (2210 W Chicago Ave.) tonight at 9pm. Tickets are $7. Find out more here.

Dance Party Benefit for Radley @ Empty Bottle

If you've been to the Empty Bottle and wondered "What the heck is that cat doing here?" then you've met Radley. Seems the years haven't been to kind to the old kitty, and he's going to need some vet attention. Come on out and dance dance dance to help out the best bar kitty this side of anywhere. DJ Alex Valentine, Hologram Trav, Willy May, DJ Hugsen Kissus, and DJ Miles Raymer spin. $3! 9pm. 1035 N. Westen Ave. 773-276-3600 More in Transmission.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ The Galaxie

Innervation Dance Cooperative brings together dancers and choreographers with varied backgrounds, mixes 'em up, and creates an eclectic contemporary dance aesthetic on stage. Featuring seven world premieres and three re-staged pieces from nine different choreographers, with dances ranging from introspective to comedic to joyful, you're sure to find something to your liking at their fall concert, "Nothing in Common."

Two performances today, at 3pm and 7pm The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry. Tickets are $15 ($12 students/seniors/artists with resumes). Email info@innervationdance.org or call Innervation at 773.230.2168.

Life During Wartime Dance Party @ The Hideout

Yes, we are at war. However, if we can’t dance then the terrorists have already won. DJs Bald Eagle and Mother Hubbard think it’s your patriotic duty to come out to The Hideout tonight and shake your booty at the Life During Wartime Dance Party & Social. It’s your God-given right as an American! Cover is five dollars at the door and show starts at 11:30 p.m. 1354 West Wabansia Ave. 773.227.4433

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ The Galaxie

Innervation Dance Cooperative brings together dancers and choreographers with varied backgrounds, mixes 'em up, and creates an eclectic contemporary dance aesthetic on stage. Featuring seven world premieres and three re-staged pieces from nine different choreographers, with dances ranging from introspective to comedic to joyful, you're sure to find something to your liking at their fall concert, "Nothing in Common."

Two performances today, at 6pm and 9pm The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry. Tickets are $15 ($12 students/seniors/artists with resumes). Email info@innervationdance.org or call Innervation at 773.230.2168.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ The Galaxie

Innervation Dance Cooperative brings together dancers and choreographers with varied backgrounds, mixes 'em up, and creates an eclectic contemporary dance aesthetic on stage. Featuring seven world premieres and three re-staged pieces from nine different choreographers, with dances ranging from introspective to comedic to joyful, you're sure to find something to your liking at their fall concert, "Nothing in Common."

Tonight's show is the annual Benefit Concert. Tickets are $30, which includes open bar and appetizers, 7-8pm, show at 8pm, and a post-show cocktail reception until 10pm.

The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry. For tickets, email info@innervationdance.org or call Innervation at 773-230-2168.

Barry R. Bone's Burlesque Brothel

Head to The Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago Ave., at 9pm for Barry R. Bone's Burlesque Brothel, a vaudevillian burlesque murder mystery featuring audio/visual performances from Chicago's most versatile burlesque performers: Red Hot Annie, Pearl Pistol, Salome Slaughter, Naughty Natanya, Chasity Chaos, and Lady Jack & Siren Jinx. Special appearance by Chicago Outfit Derby Girls. Pre-show entertainment will include 1920s vintage erotica as well as circus sideshow acts. Various goodies and swag bags will be distributed to all who attend. Post-show entertainment will include chocolate truffles from Coco Rouge, as well as a raffle sponsored by Chicago Avenue Salon, Pleasure Chest, G-Boutique, Platinum Partners, & Batteries Not Included. Rock band Whiskey Blonde will conclude the night with a set. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. 21+

Dance for the Camera @ Chicago Cultural Center

In "Dance for the Camera" 2008 (scroll down once you get to that link), Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Dance Films Association, present "innovative examples of dance films created by artists in the Midwest and around the world." This year's theme is "Landscapes and Interiors," focusing on the interaction between human activity and physical setting.

FREE. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (Claudia Cassidy Theatre).
Program 1, October 28: Networking reception @ 6pm. (for dancers, filmmakers, students, and guests). Screening @ 7pm.
Program 2, October 30: Screening @ 6 p.m. Panel discussion @ 7 p.m.

Dance for the Camera @ Chicago Cultural Center

In "Dance for the Camera" 2008 (scroll down once you get to that link), Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Dance Films Association, present "innovative examples of dance films created by artists in the Midwest and around the world." This year's theme is "Landscapes and Interiors," focusing on the interaction between human activity and physical setting.

FREE. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (Claudia Cassidy Theatre).
Program 1, October 28: Networking reception @ 6pm. (for dancers, filmmakers, students, and guests). Screening @ 7pm.
Program 2, October 30: Screening @ 6 p.m. Panel discussion @ 7 p.m.

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's Dia de los Muertos Benefit

During the benefit, enjoy light refreshment, Specialty tequila cocktails, music, dancing, a silent auction, and raffle. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre "uniquely fuses contemporary dance, live music and visual art with programs that express the stories of American diversity, creating work both thought-provoking and accessible".

Marc Rubin Gallery, 3333 W. Arthington, between Spalding & Homan Avenue. 7pm-10pm. For more info visit Cerqua Rivera's Website. RSVP (773)847-0305 or email crdtoffice@comcast.net.

NAMAH & Zarbang @ Dance Center of Columbia College

The mission of Banafsheh Sayyad and her company NAMAH is to bring Iranian (and world) performing arts to a broad audience. This weekend's performance is a rare opportunity to see Persian dance outside of Iran, where women are banned from dancing in public. The dancing will be accompanied by Zarbang, a Persian and Middle Eastern percussion and woodwind group.
$24-$28. October 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m. Dance Center of Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. To purchase tickets and for more information (including a video), visit Columbia's performances site. Or call the ticket office at 312.344.6600.

NAMAH & Zarbang @ Dance Center of Columbia College

The mission of Banafsheh Sayyad and her company NAMAH is to bring Iranian (and world) performing arts to a broad audience. This weekend's performance is a rare opportunity to see Persian dance outside of Iran, where women are banned from dancing in public. The dancing will be accompanied by Zarbang, a Persian and Middle Eastern percussion and woodwind group.
$24-$28. October 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m. Dance Center of Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. To purchase tickets and for more information (including a video), visit Columbia's performances site. Or call the ticket office at 312.344.6600.

NAMAH & Zarbang @ Dance Center of Columbia College

The mission of Banafsheh Sayyad and her company NAMAH is to bring Iranian (and world) performing arts to a broad audience. This weekend's performance is a rare opportunity to see Persian dance outside of Iran, where women are banned from dancing in public. The dancing will be accompanied by Zarbang, a Persian and Middle Eastern percussion and woodwind group.
$24-$28. October 16, 17, 18 @ 8 p.m. Dance Center of Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan.
To purchase tickets and for more information (including a video), visit Columbia's performances site. Or call the ticket office at 312.344.6600.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents its Fall Program: Fold by Toru Shimazaki (world premiere), Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin (audience -- and this writer's -- favorite), and Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo. You can't go wrong with this show. This is the one to bring your friend to -- you know, that friend who swears she hates to watch dance and needs to be pleasantly surprised! Check out HSDC's FootNotes or their repertoire for more description of the dances.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Thursday 10/9 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday 10/10 @ 8 p.m., Saturday 10/11 @ 8 p.m., and Sunday 10/12 @ 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $86 (the $25 tix are only available on Saturday). HINT: There's no such thing as a bad seat at the Harris. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 312-334-7777.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents its Fall Program: Fold by Toru Shimazaki (world premiere), Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin (audience -- and this writer's -- favorite), and Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo. You can't go wrong with this show. This is the one to bring your friend to -- you know, that friend who swears she hates to watch dance and needs to be pleasantly surprised! Check out HSDC's FootNotes or their repertoire for more description of the dances.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Thursday 10/9 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday 10/10 @ 8 p.m., Saturday 10/11 @ 8 p.m., and Sunday 10/12 @ 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $86 (the $25 tix are only available on Saturday). HINT: There's no such thing as a bad seat at the Harris. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 312-334-7777.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents its Fall Program: Fold by Toru Shimazaki (world premiere), Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin (audience -- and this writer's -- favorite), and Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo. You can't go wrong with this show. This is the one to bring your friend to -- you know, that friend who swears she hates to watch dance and needs to be pleasantly surprised! Check out HSDC's FootNotes or their repertoire for more description of the dances.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Thursday 10/9 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday 10/10 @ 8 p.m., Saturday 10/11 @ 8 p.m., and Sunday 10/12 @ 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $86 (the $25 tix are only available on Saturday). HINT: There's no such thing as a bad seat at the Harris. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 312-334-7777.

Hubbard Street Dance @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents its Fall Program: Fold by Toru Shimazaki (world premiere), Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin (audience -- and this writer's -- favorite), and Extremely Close by Alejandro Cerrudo. You can't go wrong with this show. This is the one to bring your friend to -- you know, that friend who swears she hates to watch dance and needs to be pleasantly surprised! Check out HSDC's FootNotes or their repertoire for more description of the dances.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Thursday 10/9 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday 10/10 @ 8 p.m., Saturday 10/11 @ 8 p.m., and Sunday 10/12 @ 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $86 (the $25 tix are only available on Saturday). HINT: There's no such thing as a bad seat at the Harris. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 312-334-7777.

Andersonville Arts Weekend

Andersonville Arts Weekend continues today with a wide range of exhibits, events and performances from 10am into the evening, including the Puppet Bike, dance classes at the Joel Hall Dance Center, theater at Pegasus Players and the Neo-Futurarium, and gallery shows. Admission ranges from free to cheap -- see the site for details.

Andersonville Arts Weekend

Andersonville Arts Weekend continues today with a wide range of exhibits, events and performances from 10am to late night, including paintings at the Edgewater Historical Society, dance lessons at the Joel Hall Dance Center, and burlesque at Mary's Attic. Admission ranges from free to cheap -- see the site for details.

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

Bike Messenger Prom @ Bottom Lounge

If you're a messenger, or just like hangin' with messengers, tonight's the night to put on your sharpest duds, find a date, and ride your bikes on down to the Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake) for the Messenger Prom, one of the signature events of the North American Cycle Courier Championships, being held this weekend. $15 solo, or $20 for a couple. Doors open at 8 P.M. and will stay open 'til 2, whereupon the party will likely continue at parts elsewhere.

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

Breakbone DanceCo @ Viaduct Theater

The "De-evolution of MUDWOMAN (an evening of dance exile, fashion, and humor)" from Breakbone DanceCo begins with a "superficial poptart diva"--representing today's female role models--who de-evolves into the primordial female, complete with head-to-toe mud. In this process, Breakbone will mock themselves, mock a lot of the heavy-handed social commentary out there, and encourage the audience to laugh, all while "de-mystifying" the "objectification of women." The show is filled with entertainment, including a couture fashion show and videography, and is punctuated by commentary from three "expositors" who critique the goings-on throughout the evening. The choreography will use Breakbone's unique, athletic style.

August 28, 29, 30, and September 4, 5, 6--all shows at 9:00. $18 ($15 students and seniors). Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Click here for tickets or visit Breakbone's website for more information. (Also see the GB A/C page for more info.)

A Celebration of American Dance @ Pritzker Pavilion

The third night of the Chicago Dancing Festival. "A Celebration of American Dance" in Millennium Park is a free evening of performances by some fantastic companies, including the American Ballet Theater (performing the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake--you can't get any better than that) and Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance, Joffrey Ballet, and Muntu Dance Theater. It's not often you get the opportunity to see all of this dancing in one night, for FREE, while taking advantage of the best part of Chicago summers: sitting outside with your family or friends and a bottle of (ahem) grape juice with the skyline rising above you.

August 20, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan Ave. and Randolph St. No reservations necessary, but get there early for a good spot!

Artists Up Close @ Museum of Contemporary Art

The second night of the Chicago Dancing Festival. If you're interested in learning about the origins of modern dance from some people who would really know what the heck they're talking about (imagine learning physics from Einstein's #1 student), reserve your free spot for Artists Up Close, where dancers and the respective artistic directors of the Limon Dance Company and the Martha Graham Dance Company will present a multimedia lecture and demonstration exploring the birth of modern dance.

August 19, 6 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Call 312-397-4010 for reservations. FREE.

'Easy Does It' at Orbit Room with Machine DJs

Friday night should be a time to do as you please. At the Orbit Room you can do just that. Chil Chicago music is spun by Machine DJs, drinks can be had on the cheap and the warm weather makes the back deck ideal. The night starts around 10 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Presented by local music blog Avant/Chicago.

All Around Us: The Dances of Sybil Shearer on Film @ Julius Caesar

Garfield Park's Julius Caesar is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of Northbrook. Five films show dancer Sybil Shearer in rare and never-before-seen sequences, demonstrating her significance as both a contained and unbounded modern dancer. Regular viewing hours are Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. For more information call 312-823-9355 or visit the Julius Caesar web site.

All Around Us: The Dances of Sybil Shearer on Film @ Julius Caesar

Garfield Park's Julius Caesar is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of Northbrook. Five films show dancer Sybil Shearer in rare and never-before-seen sequences, demonstrating her significance as both a contained and unbounded modern dancer. Regular viewing hours are Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. For more information call 312-823-9355 or visit the Julius Caesar web site.

All Around Us: The Dances of Sybil Shearer on Film @ Julius Caesar

Garfield Park's Julius Caesar is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of Northbrook. Five films show dancer Sybil Shearer in rare and never-before-seen sequences, demonstrating her significance as both a contained and unbounded modern dancer. Regular viewing hours are Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. For more information call 312-823-9355 or visit the Julius Caesar web site.

All Around Us: The Dances of Sybil Shearer on Film @ Julius Caesar

Garfield Park's Julius Caesar is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of Northbrook. Five films show dancer Sybil Shearer in rare and never-before-seen sequences, demonstrating her significance as both a contained and unbounded modern dancer. Regular viewing hours are Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. For more information call 312-823-9355 or visit the Julius Caesar web site.

All Around Us: The Dances of Sybil Shearer on Film @ Julius Caesar

Garfield Park's Julius Caesar is hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of Northbrook. Five films show dancer Sybil Shearer in rare and never-before-seen sequences, demonstrating her significance as both a contained and unbounded modern dancer. Regular viewing hours are Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. Today, enjoy an opening reception from 4 to 7pm. For more information call 312-823-9355 or visit the Julius Caesar web site.

Open House Dance Collective @ Vittum Theater

Open House Dance Collective, a division of HouseHold Arts Collective, invites community members--regardless of training or skill level--to come rehearse with professional choreographers. They perform professionally every summer, and this weekend's "OHD 5" is this year's culmination. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Cafe, which provides restaurant-style meals, life skills training, case management, and other services at their Uptown location to help men and women overcome the causes of their homelessness. Come see your neighbors-cum-professional dancers, as well as an appearance by Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.

July 31, August 1, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. Tickets are $15, and reservations are highly recommended (they've sold out 4 years running). Click here or call 773-342-4141.

Open House Dance Collective @ Vittum Theater

Open House Dance Collective, a division of HouseHold Arts Collective, invites community members--regardless of training or skill level--to come rehearse with professional choreographers. They perform professionally every summer, and this weekend's "OHD 5" is this year's culmination. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Cafe, which provides restaurant-style meals, life skills training, case management, and other services at their Uptown location to help men and women overcome the causes of their homelessness. Come see your neighbors-cum-professional dancers, as well as an appearance by Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.

July 31, August 1, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. Tickets are $15, and reservations are highly recommended (they've sold out 4 years running). Click here or call 773-342-4141.

Burlesque & Scandal Sale @ Floradora

Florodora launches its semiannual Scandal Sale with a party today from noon to 6pm. Today through Aug. 2, everything in the boutique will be 25 percent off, with an additional "scandal of the day" item at 50 percent off. In addition, tonight only, Lady Annabelle of the Belmont Burlesque Revue in store and window from 4pm on, with special burlesque performances at 5 and 5:30pm.

Orbit Room End of Week Wind Down

It's been a long week. Orbit Room is the spot to get the weekend started at an easy pace. Cheap beers, $3 whiskey, real Chciago music by Machine DJs and cool indoor/outdoor seating. No cover. 10pm-2am. Brought to you by Avant/Chicago. The Orbit Room is at 2959 N California Ave.

Twilight on the Rooftop (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) @ East Bank Club

A summer twilight rooftop party where vintners pour their own wines while members of one of Chicago's favorite dance companies teaches you Bossa Nova moves from one of their popular works. No, this isn't a fantasy; this is Twilight on the Rooftop, the latest event from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. There will be hors d'oeuvres, fine wines from nine Napa Valley wineries, and a raffle including a "Napa Valley winery experience." Yum! If this sounds fabulous to you, be sure to RSVP by July 15.
Tuesday, July 22, 7-10 p.m. on the Rooftop of the East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St. $75 per person, or get a VIP ticket for $125, which includes reserved seating with table-side wine service by the vintners themselves. Proceeds benefit HSDC. RSVP by phone at 312-850-9744, x164 or online.

Greek Festival @ St. Andrew's Church

Opa! It's time to party like the Greeks -- with food, ouzo, beer and carnival rides at St. Andrew's Church in Edgewater. This celebration of Greek culture includes traditional food, live folk music and dancing, carnival rides and games, an Orthodox book store, Greek art, a raffle and silent auction. Tix are $2 and FREE for kids 12 and under. Fest it up 7/12, 2-11pm and 7/13, noon-11pm. St. Andrew's is located at 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. 773-334-4515.

Dance/Party @ Around the Coyote

Local dance collective Live Animals hosts “Dance/Party”—a “performance-infused social event”—at Around the Coyote Gallery. The night’s festivities include sneak peaks of upcoming pieces choreographed by Live Animals members, raffles, gummi bears, a live take on the photobooth (called the Movebooth), and a dance party. ATC is located at 1935½ W. North Ave. General admission is $15 and includes refreshments. Student admission is $12 with a valid ID. The dance-fueled fun starts at 8 pm.

Avant/Chicago Presents Machine DJs @ Orbit Room

Warm Chicago nights mean sipping and socializing outside and with the Orbit Room's massive back deck, you can do just that. They'll even throw in a DJ (Machine), cheap drinks and you've got a chill spot to mingle for the night. The night is brought to you by eclectic local blog Avant/Chicago and runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Orbit Room is located at 2949 N. California Ave.

The Local's CD Release Party

The Locals have been doing their thing for a while now. After a six-year break from the studio, the band is back with their fourth LP, Big Picture.  While their style migrates from progressive to pop, this CD finds them exploring a heavy guitar, alternative sound.The show starts at 9 p.m.at the Elbo Room.

Chicago SummerDance

The 12th annual Chicago SummerDance kicks off tonight in Grant Park. For the next 11 weeks you can attend a short dance lesson and then use your newly-learned skills in dancing to live music through the night. See the SummerDance Website for a complete schedule of dance styles and bands.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of our city's top dance companies, presents its annual "Inside/Out" Choreographic Workshop Performance, an evening of works-in-progress that could become part of the company's repertoire. Some of today's fan favorites had their beginnings at "Inside/Out." Perfect if you like to be "in the know" before the rest of the city.
June 6 & 7, 8:30 p.m., Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. $20 general admission ($35 reserved section). To guarantee your seats (they sold out last year), call 312-850-9744 (ext. 166), or visit the website for an order form.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of our city's top dance companies, presents its annual "Inside/Out" Choreographic Workshop Performance, an evening of works-in-progress that could become part of the company's repertoire. Some of today's fan favorites had their beginnings at "Inside/Out." Perfect if you like to be "in the know" before the rest of the city.
June 6 @ 8:30 and June 7 @ 6:00 and 8:30, Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. $20 general admission ($35 reserved section). To guarantee your seats (they sold out last year), call 312-850-9744 (ext. 166), or visit the website for an order form.

National Tap Day Festival @ Old Town School

To celebrate the official U.S. holiday National Tap Day, the Old Town School presents their National Tap Day Festival. Tappers from Chicago and beyond will be on stage, including grand marshals Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin and nonagenarian tap man Ernest “Brownie” Brown.
May 31, 8 p.m., Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $20 ($18 for Old Town School members; $16 for students and seniors) and can be purchased via the box office (773.728.6000) or on the Web.

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Windy City Rhythms @ Vittum Theater

Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) celebrates National Tap Dance Day. Featuring 2008 Artist in Residence Guillem Alonso, founder of Barcelona’s Tap Olé and member of Camut Band; new works by CHRP’s performance ensemble BAM!; Tre Dumas’ new ensemble JustLisTeN; Julie Cartier’s re-imagined ensemble, The Cartier Collective; Be The Groove, a young and edgy ensemble that evolved from Northwestern University’s Boomshaka; emerging young artists Nico Rubio and Jabowen Taylor’s “IllNoise”; the Huntley Hoofers, a group of more than 50 women and 12 men in their 50s, 60s and 70s from Huntley, Illinois, directed by Sandy Oldham; and more. Through May 24. $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $15 children under 12. 8 p.m. 1012 N. Noble St. For more info or tickets, call 773-281-1825 or visit the Website.

Avant/Chicago Presents Machine DJs At Orbit Room

The Orbit Room is one of the best new spots in the city featuring a mod interior, huge back deck and $2 beers specials to make any bar jealous. (and help save you some scratch) Tonight The Machine DJs drop Chicago funk, soul and rock while you dance and mingle in the chill environs. Presented by local music blog Avant/Chicago. The Orbit Room is located out 2959 N. California and music runs from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Elements Contemporary Ballet @ Ruth Page Center

Elements Contemporary Ballet produces dance that is truly ballet (the ladies wear pointe shoes, the movements come from a ballet vocabulary), yet truly contemporary (hey, ballerinas aren't supposed to stick out their hips like that!). ECB's Spring Concert features premieres of "Baroque Compositions" (set to Bach) and "Angel." A free reception following the Saturday show includes an opportunity to meet the dancers, staff, and board of ECB, a wine and cheese tasting, and a raffle.
May 23 & 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $17.50 general admission ($15 students and seniors). Click here for tickets, or call the box office at 312-337-6543.

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Elements Contemporary Ballet @ Ruth Page Center

Elements Contemporary Ballet produces dance that is truly ballet (the ladies wear pointe shoes, the movements come from a ballet vocabulary), yet truly contemporary (hey, ballerinas aren't supposed to stick out their hips like that!). ECB's Spring Concert features premieres of "Baroque Compositions" (set to Bach) and "Angel." A free reception following the Saturday show includes an opportunity to meet the dancers, staff, and board of ECB, a wine and cheese tasting, and a raffle.
May 23 & 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $17.50 general admission ($15 students and seniors). Click here for tickets, or call the box office at 312-337-6543.

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Cajun Dance @ Portage Park Center for the Arts

The Chicago chapter of the Cajun French Music Association holds its monthly dance tonight from 8pm to 11pm at the Portage Park Center for the Arts, 5801 W. Dakin St. The Chicago Cajun Aces play live, and Cajun dance lesson during the band break. There will also be door prizes and a bake sale. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members -- non-members can join the CFMA on the spot for $15 (plus $5 entry fee).

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Aloft Aerial Dance @ The Aloft Loft

Come see some acrobatic dancers create a story in the air using ... giant lampshades. And picture frames and clotheslines and boots, oh my! Aloft Aerial Dance presents The Dinner of our Discontent, in which they tell the story--which "veers from heartbreaking to hilarious"--of five estranged sisters returning home after the sudden deaths of their parents.
May 16-18 and 23-25, 8:00 p.m. at the Aloft Loft, 941 N California Ave. (down the alley, in the back). $20-$30 tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Marquez Dance Project & Nicole Gifford Dance @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Marquez Dance Project and Nicole Gifford Dance jointly present the dance concert Changing Flight. The two choreographers "narrate various occasions of change" through dance.
May 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 N. Hoyne. Get tickets at the door for $15. Call 312-952-3615 for more information.

Marquez Dance Project & Nicole Gifford Dance @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Marquez Dance Project and Nicole Gifford Dance jointly present the dance concert Changing Flight. The two choreographers "narrate various occasions of change" through dance.
May 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 N. Hoyne. Get tickets at the door for $15. Call 312-952-3615 for more information.

Inaside Chicago Dance @ Ruth Page Center

Inaside Chicago Dance has created an evening of dancing inspired by the drip period of Jackson Pollock's artwork. In the Painting will be a "multimedia dance experience," beginning with a short film about Pollock's life and art, and continuing with choreographed works that include a multimedia element.
May 2 @ 8:00, May 3 @ 2:00 & 8:00. Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $20 general ($15 student/dancer/senior). Purchase tickets at the Ruth Page box office (312.337.6543).

Looptopia!

Round two of the nation's first dusk until dawn artistic celebration gets started at 5pm on Friday, May 2nd night and keeps going through Saturday morning at a host of venues throughout the Loop.

For more information check out the Looptopia website.

Inaside Chicago Dance @ Ruth Page Center

Inaside Chicago Dance has created an evening of dancing inspired by the drip period of Jackson Pollock's artwork. In the Painting will be a "multimedia dance experience," beginning with a short film about Pollock's life and art, and continuing with choreographed works that include a multimedia element.
May 2 @ 8:00, May 3 @ 2:00 & 8:00. Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $20 general ($15 student/dancer/senior). Purchase tickets at the Ruth Page box office (312.337.6543).

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Cajun Dance

The Chicago Cajuns throw another dance party tonight at the Portage Park Center for the Arts, 5801 W. Dakin St., featuring the music of Madison's Cajun Strangers. Dance from 8pm to 11pm for just $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members. Free dance lesson mid-way through the dance. Bring some pocket change for the bake sale.

Nocturna @ Metro

Presented by American Gothic Productions. 18+ dark alternative dance night. DJ Scary Lady Sarah flies in from Berlin, Germany monthly just for Nocturna. $10. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. 3730 N. Clark. For more info, visit the Website.

Armitage Gone! Dance @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Karole Armitage's newest creative force performs Ligeti Essays, a suite of concise jewel-like movements choreographed to music by the great Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, renowned for musical ideas that offered penetrating insight into human consciousness. Each song consists of a short choreographic incident of different character, ranging from the humorous to the enchanted. Also on the program is Time is the echo of an axe within a wood, set to the music of Bela Bartok. The piece "samples" a range of choreographic styles, from yoga and bharata natyam to vogueing. When it debuted in 2004, Jennifer Dunning described it in the New York Times as "one of the most beautiful dances to be seen in New York in a very long time." Both pieces are designed by internationally acclaimed visual artist David Salle. $24-$28. 8 p.m. 1306 S. Michigan Ave. For tickets or info, call 312-344-6600 or visit the Website.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Armitage Gone! Dance @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Karole Armitage's newest creative force performs Ligeti Essays, a suite of concise jewel-like movements choreographed to music by the great Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, renowned for musical ideas that offered penetrating insight into human consciousness. Each song consists of a short choreographic incident of different character, ranging from the humorous to the enchanted. Also on the program is Time is the echo of an axe within a wood, set to the music of Bela Bartok. The piece "samples" a range of choreographic styles, from yoga and bharata natyam to vogueing. When it debuted in 2004, Jennifer Dunning described it in the New York Times as "one of the most beautiful dances to be seen in New York in a very long time." Both pieces are designed by internationally acclaimed visual artist David Salle. Through April 19. $24-$28. 8 p.m. 1306 S. Michigan Ave. For tickets or info, call 312-344-6600 or visit the Website.

Innervation Dance Cooperative @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse

Innervation Dance Cooperative presents Everyman, a contemporary dance interpretation of the 15th-century morality play, sans religion, and all set to music by Led Zeppelin. Everyman begs her friends, family, Wealth, Beauty, Strength, and others to accompany her on her journey to Death.
April 17, 19, 24, 25 @ 7:30, and April 20, 27 @ 2:30. Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. $15 ($10 students/seniors). Purchase tickets at the door or contact Innervation at info@innervationdance.org or 773-230-2168.

Armitage Gone! Dance @ Dance Center of Columbia College

Karole Armitage's newest creative force performs Ligeti Essays, a suite of concise jewel-like movements choreographed to music by the great Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, renowned for musical ideas that offered penetrating insight into human consciousness. Each song consists of a short choreographic incident of different character, ranging from the humorous to the enchanted. Also on the program is Time is the echo of an axe within a wood, set to the music of Bela Bartok. The piece "samples" a range of choreographic styles, from yoga and bharata natyam to vogueing. When it debuted in 2004, Jennifer Dunning described it in the New York Times as "one of the most beautiful dances to be seen in New York in a very long time." Both pieces are designed by internationally acclaimed visual artist David Salle. Discussion with the artists takes place following today's performance, free to ticket holders. Through April 19. $24-$28. 8 p.m. 1306 S. Michigan Ave. For tickets or info, call 312-344-6600 or visit the Website.

Circle in the Square @ Cheney Mansion

Artists presenting work include Christopher Ellis and Dawn Marie Galtieri of Voice of the City, Winifred Haun, artistic director of Winifred Haun & Dancers, and independent aerialist Jill Heyser. Independent choreographer Sarita Smith Childs, Paul Abrahamson, artistic director of Chicago Ballet and artists from The Space Movement Project also present work. $25/general admission, $20/students and seniors. Ticket prices include refreshments. Group rates available. 4:30 p.m. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. For reservations call 773-782=9471. More information about Circle in the Square here.

The Seldoms @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Seldoms present Monument, a dance piece about individual acts of consumption that lead to the "accidental social sculpture" of the landfill. Each performance will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of groups that address human consumption and waste. For more info, see the GB interview. Th, Fri, Sat, @ 8:00, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $19 ($13 student/senior). Click here for tickets.

Circle in the Square @ Cheney Mansion

Artists presenting work include Christopher Ellis and Dawn Marie Galtieri of Voice of the City, Winifred Haun, artistic director of Winifred Haun & Dancers, and independent aerialist Jill Heyser. Independent choreographer Sarita Smith Childs, Paul Abrahamson, artistic director of Chicago Ballet and artists from The Space Movement Project also present work. Through April 13. $25/general admission, $20/students and seniors. Ticket prices include refreshments. Group rates available. 7:30 p.m. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. For reservations call 773-782=9471. More information about Circle in the Square here.

The Seldoms @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Seldoms present Monument, a dance piece about individual acts of consumption that lead to the "accidental social sculpture" of the landfill. Each performance will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of groups that address human consumption and waste. For more info, see the GB interview. Th, Fri, Sat, @ 8:00, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $19 ($13 student/senior). Click here for tickets.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane @ MCA

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, one of America's major dance companies, presents Chapel/Chapter. This retelling of three stories--two high-visibility news stories and one confession from a company member--touch on humanity, morality, violence, and the "mediatization" of our world. The multi-media dance performance includes live music, video, and the spoken word.
Th., Fri., and Sat. @ 7:30 at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave. $35-$40 ($28-$32 for MCA members). For tickets and more information, including a video preview, visit the MCA's website.

Circle in the Square @ Cheney Mansion

Artists presenting work include Christopher Ellis and Dawn Marie Galtieri of Voice of the City, Winifred Haun, artistic director of Winifred Haun & Dancers, and independent aerialist Jill Heyser. Independent choreographer Sarita Smith Childs, Paul Abrahamson, artistic director of Chicago Ballet and artists from The Space Movement Project also present work. Through April 13. $25/general admission, $20/students and seniors. Ticket prices include refreshments. Group rates available. 7:30 p.m. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. For reservations call 773-782=9471. More information about Circle in the Square here.

The Seldoms @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Seldoms present Monument, a dance piece about individual acts of consumption that lead to the "accidental social sculpture" of the landfill. Each performance will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of groups that address human consumption and waste. For more info, see the GB interview. Th, Fri, Sat, @ 8:00, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. $19 ($13 student/senior). Click here for tickets.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane @ MCA

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, one of America's major dance companies, presents Chapel/Chapter. This retelling of three stories--two high-visibility news stories and one confession from a company member--touch on humanity, morality, violence, and the "mediatization" of our world. The multi-media dance performance includes live music, video, and the spoken word.
Th., Fri., and Sat. @ 7:30 at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave. $35-$40 ($28-$32 for MCA members). For tickets and more information, including a video preview, visit the MCA's website.

Outdanced At Funky Buddha Lounge

Chicago's best weekly dance party is on Tuesday night and this week is going to be a must. Austrialia's Riot in Belgium will bring their high-energy disco house sound to Funky Buddha with local DJ favs Darkwave Disco. Hosted by Scott Cramer and Jilian Vallentino, the night will be filmed as part of the Avant/Chicago Collection - a short film series on Chicago nightlife and music.

Cajun Dance Night

The Chicago chapter of the Cajun French Music Association is holding a dance tonight from 8pm to 11pm at the Portage Park Center for the Arts, 5801 W. Dakin. Denise and Earl Thompson, Stu Greenspan and Dennis Nuccio perform. Don't know how to dance Cajun? Not to worry, there's a free lesson during band break. $10 for non-members, $5 for members. More info here.

Corpo Dance @ Ruth Page Center

Corpo Dance Company employs a "blend of urban, technical, and athletic movement styles." Like listening to a single then flipping the record to the b-side, Corpo's show b-sides will feature original choreography by Christopher M. McCray (set to Bjork, Amon Tobin, Radiohead) in Act I, then flip to "remixed" versions of those dances by several other area choreographers in Act II. A local radio DJ announces each piece as if on a live radio broadcast.
$20 in advance from the company's website, or $25 at the door. 8 p.m. on March 21, 22, 28, and 29; 2:00 matinee on the 22nd. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

Modular Records Party @ Sonotheque

Modular Records is known worldwide for their great music and killer parties. Featuring Holy Ghost! (DFA), Onefiftyone, Bald Eagle, SR-71, and Modular DJs. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1444 W. Chicago. For more info, call 312-226-7600.

Thodos Dance @ LUMA

Chicago company Thodos Dance will perform tonight at LUMA as part of an on-going series of dances inspired by Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds, currently on display. In addition to tonight's FREE show, Thodos will reprise their improvisational performance on Saturday (Saturday's show requires $6 museum admission). Tonight's performance begins at 7pm at LUMA (820 N. Michigan Ave). Both admission and performance are free.

Yves Francois and Ghanatta @ Viaduct Theater

Dance party featuring the rhythms of African and Afro Diaspora musics, then reggae, Hi-Life Sokous and Jazz. $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. For more info, visit the Website.

Globetrotting with Asad Rizvi @ Victor Hotel

London's Asad Rizvi has been a prolific artist in underground dance music since his debut in 1995. As both a DJ and producer, he effortlessly traverses genres, from lush Brazilian-influenced vocal melodies to spine-chilling electro basslines to Chicago inspired jacking beats. With opening DJs Shifty Johsnon (Revolutionary Music, Degenerate DJ), twodeep (PE Music, StreamFM.com, twodeep.net), and Striz (Illmeasures, Cartridge). Sound fortified with the Illmeasures Sound System. $10 before 11 p.m. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. 311 N. Sangamon. For reduced admission, RSVP here.

Swan Lake @ Auditorium Theater

Russia's acclaimed Tchaikovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns with a limited engagement choreographed and directed by legendary Kirov Ballet superstar Natalia Makarova, with additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton. Featuring a full company of 70 dancers and a live orchestra from Russia. 8 p.m. $30-$85. Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets available by phone (312) 902-1500 or at www.ticketmaster.com. For more info, visit the Website.

Corpo Dance @ Ruth Page Center

Corpo Dance Company employs a "blend of urban, technical, and athletic movement styles." Like listening to a single then flipping the record to the b-side, Corpo's show b-sides will feature original choreography by Christopher M. McCray (set to Bjork, Amon Tobin, Radiohead) in Act I, then flip to "remixed" versions of those dances by several other area choreographers in Act II. A local radio DJ announces each piece as if on a live radio broadcast.
$20 in advance from the company's website, or $25 at the door. 8 p.m. on March 21, 22, 28, and 29; 2:00 matinee on the 22nd. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

Swan Lake @ Auditorium Theater

Russia's acclaimed Tchaikovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns with a limited engagement choreographed and directed by legendary Kirov Ballet superstar Natalia Makarova, with additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton. Featuring a full company of 70 dancers and a live orchestra from Russia. 8 p.m. $30-$85. Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway. Tickets available by phone (312) 902-1500 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Through tomorrow. For more info, visit the Website.

Simian Mobile Disco DJ Set @ Sonotheque

Clubgoers get a taste of the dance-floor burners that inspire them, making for a night that will no doubt be a memorable one. Dark Wave Disco DJs GREG CORNER, MARK GERTZ and TRANCID spin throughout. $12. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1444 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-226-7600 for more info., or visit the Website.

Rehab with the Rapture @ evilOlive

Yep, THAT Rapture. You know, the "House of Jealous Lovers," dance-punk band. Sometimes, like tonight, they DJ. Also appearing are weekly REHAB residents JORDAN Z. & Florida Mike. 10 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. 1551 W. Division St. 773-235-9100. RSVP for the guest list.

TheOne (Urban Dance Showcase) @ the Athenaeum

An urban dance showcase featuring hip hop, breaking, footwork, and urban tap companies from Chicago and surrounding states. $9-$16, 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre. Tickets available by calling the Athenaeum (312.902.1500) or through Ticketmaster.

Luna Negra @ Harris Theater

Luna Negra Dance Theater, a Chicago dance company that blends ballet, contemporary dance, and Latin and Afro-Caribbean forms, will be presenting Nuevo Folk (new visions of cultural legacies through contemporary dance). This is a one-night-only performance of "contemporary works inspired by folk traditions of Latin America, exploring the richness and complexity of Latino cultures today." 8:00 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, in Millennium Park. Tickets $25-55. Box Office: 312-334-7777.

Full Circle Danztheatre Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater

Nine companies and artists interpret this year's festival theme, Milestones. Kate McIlvain, Shabam! Productions, The Core Project, Shahina, Christy Munch, Soul Theatre, Perceputal Motion, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, and Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks will perform. This is "where dance, theatre, art, and film collide," and the subject matter ranges from a Baptist church, to a night in a bar, to political correctness, to West Side Story Redux. See the entry in our A/C section for more details. $15 ($10 students), March 13 and 14 at 7:30 at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. 773-486-8261

Chicago Dance Crash @ The Viaduct

In the words of Director Mark Hackman: "For God's sake, it's not a dance concert! It's a rock concert for dance!" And they mean rock concert, right down to the live music, the hand stamp, the coat check, and the standing-room-only. Chicago Dance Crash's ballet-capoeira-acrobatics-breakin’ -hip-hop style is always uniquely entertaining, but when CDC makes the Viaduct their "own personal rock club," it's sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience. March 7, 8, 14, 15. $16 "cover" at the door. 3111 N. Western Ave. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., with the after-party ending at midnight. No advance reservations and only cash is accepted at the door.

Full Circle Danztheatre Festival @ Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater

Nine companies and artists interpret this year's festival theme, Milestones. Kate McIlvain, Shabam! Productions, The Core Project, Shahina, Christy Munch, Soul Theatre, Perceputal Motion, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, and Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks will perform. This is "where dance, theatre, art, and film collide," and the subject matter ranges from a Baptist church, to a night in a bar, to political correctness, to West Side Story Redux. See the entry in our A/C section for more details. $15 ($10 students), March 13 and 14 at 7:30 at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne. 773-486-8261

AMEBA @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

AMEBA is Chicago's acrobatic and aerial dance company that uses suspended fabrics, ropes, bungee cords, swings, and rope ladders to choreograph images in the air. On March 6-8 and 13-16, they will present On the Edge, a collection of new works expressing "a variety of instances where our human nature brings us to the edge." $15-20. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. Tickets available through AMEBA's website. NOTE: They are also offering an in-theater aerial dance workshop. ($50, March 15 only, see their website for more details.)

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Features the world premiere of Moanin' Low, a new work by former principal Joffrey Ballet dancer and independent New York based choreographer Davis Robertson. The piece is inspired by a scene in the early musical The Little Show (1929), in which Clifton Webb's erotically-charged dancing and Libby Holman's soulful singing broke new ground. Emotional content and the complexity of relationships across centuries are at the core of this eight-minute piece, which features three Giordano dancers performing to a recorded blues/jazz score. $25-50. 8 p.m. 205 E. Randolph Dr., in Millennium Park. Tickets available at the box office, at 312-334-7777 or at the Website.

Urban Bush Women/Compagnie JANT-BI @ the Dance Center at Columbia College

Senegal's all-male Compagnie JANT-BI and the U.S.'s all-female Urban Bush Women collaborated for two years to produce Les ecailles de la memoire (The Scales of Memory), a piece "about the importance of place and community, urban and rural life, and the diversity of the African and the African-American experience." The collaboration yields movement vocabulary that combines JANT-BI's nature-inspired technique with UBW's black-vernacular-influenced contemporary movement. Tickets and more information, including a video preview, are available at the website for the Dance Center at Columbia College. 8:00 p.m., March 6, 7, and 8. $24-28. 1306 S. Michigan Ave.

Tardy Gras @ Swedish American Museum

Chicago Tap Theatre's annual gala benefit invokes the raucous revelry of Mardis Gras with an evening of hot jazz, cool libations and much more, all to support Chicago's premier tap ensemble. $50 per person (reduced rate available for students and dancers) and include admission, carnival games, live music, a preview of Chicago Tap Theatre's upcoming tap opera, a free raffle and complimentary food and beverages. The benefit also includes a silent auction. 7-11 p.m. 5211 N. Clark St. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 773-655-1175.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Features the world premiere of Moanin' Low, a new work by former principal Joffrey Ballet dancer and independent New York based choreographer Davis Robertson. The piece is inspired by a scene in the early musical The Little Show (1929), in which Clifton Webb's erotically-charged dancing and Libby Holman's soulful singing broke new ground. Emotional content and the complexity of relationships across centuries are at the core of this eight-minute piece, which features three Giordano dancers performing to a recorded blues/jazz score. $25-50. 8 p.m. 205 E. Randolph Dr., in Millennium Park. Tickets available at the box office, at 312-334-7777 or at the Website.

Urban Bush Women/Compagnie JANT-BI @ the Dance Center at Columbia College

Senegal's all-male Compagnie JANT-BI and the U.S.'s all-female Urban Bush Women collaborated for two years to produce Les ecailles de la memoire (The Scales of Memory), a piece "about the importance of place and community, urban and rural life, and the diversity of the African and the African-American experience." The collaboration yields movement vocabulary that combines JANT-BI's nature-inspired technique with UBW's black-vernacular-influenced contemporary movement. Tickets and more information, including a video preview, are available at the website for the Dance Center at Columbia College. 8:00 p.m., March 6, 7, and 8. $24-28. 1306 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Dance Crash @ The Viaduct

In the words of Director Mark Hackman: "For God's sake, it's not a dance concert! It's a rock concert for dance!" And they mean rock concert, right down to the live music, the hand stamp, the coat check, and the standing-room-only. Chicago Dance Crash's ballet-capoeira-acrobatics-breakin’ -hip-hop style is always uniquely entertaining, but when CDC makes the Viaduct their "own personal rock club," it's sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience. March 7, 8, 14, 15. $16 "cover" at the door. 3111 N. Western Ave. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., with the after-party ending at midnight. No advance reservations and only cash is accepted at the door.

Urban Bush Women/Compagnie JANT-BI @ the Dance Center at Columbia College

Senegal's all-male Compagnie JANT-BI and the U.S.'s all-female Urban Bush Women collaborated for two years to produce Les ecailles de la memoire (The Scales of Memory), a piece "about the importance of place and community, urban and rural life, and the diversity of the African and the African-American experience." The collaboration yields movement vocabulary that combines JANT-BI's nature-inspired technique with UBW's black-vernacular-influenced contemporary movement. Tickets and more information, including a video preview, are available at the website for the Dance Center at Columbia College. March 6, 7, and 8. $24-28. 1306 S. Michigan Ave.

AMEBA @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

AMEBA is Chicago's acrobatic and aerial dance company that uses suspended fabrics, ropes, bungee cords, swings, and rope ladders to choreograph images in the air. On March 6-8 and 13-16, they will present On the Edge, a collection of new works expressing "a variety of instances where our human nature brings us to the edge." $15-20. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. Tickets available through AMEBA's website. NOTE: They are also offering an in-theater aerial dance workshop. ($50, March 15 only, see their website for more details.)

The Dances of Sybil Shearer On Film @ Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

Hosted by the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. Includes a rare glimpse of Shearer dancing on the bucolic grounds of her Northbrook based home and studio, as shot by her longtime artistic collaborator, Helen Balfour Morrison. Included is footage of "Untitled Dances," works originally choreographed and performed by Shearer for one of her critically acclaimed New York solo engagements at the Carnegie Chamber Music Hall, and a selection of some never before shown films. Celebrates the release of Within This Thicket, the first volume of Sybil Shearer's long-awaited autobiography Without Wings the Way is Steep. 6-7:30 p.m. 610 S. Michigan Ave. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For reservations or more info, phone 847-291-9161 or visit the Website.

Kinetic Evidence @ Links Hall

Two women dance elaborately around their own blind spots, a preacher puppet sells his soul in the depths of a Louisiana swamp, in a post-industrial, post-paradise fall from grace, and seven (a divine number?) figures celebrate the miracle of plastic. Tickets are $15, or $8 for students. 7 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield. Reservations through the Links Hall box office at 773-281-0824.

Kinetic Evidence @ Links Hall

Two women dance elaborately around their own blind spots, a preacher puppet sells his soul in the depths of a Louisiana swamp, in a post-industrial, post-paradise fall from grace, and seven (a divine number?) figures celebrate the miracle of plastic. Through March 2. Tickets are $15, or $8 for students. 8 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield. Reservations through the Links Hall box office at 773-281-0824.

Garth Fagan Dance @ Harris Theater

Fagan is best-known for his Tony-Award winning choreography for The Lion King, and the company's performances at the Harris Theater mark their first return to Chicago in nearly a decade. 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-$75. 205 E. Randolph Dr. For more info, visit the Website.

Kinetic Evidence @ Links Hall

Two women dance elaborately around their own blind spots, a preacher puppet sells his soul in the depths of a Louisiana swamp, in a post-industrial, post-paradise fall from grace, and seven (a divine number?) figures celebrate the miracle of plastic. Through March 2. Tickets are $15, or $8 for students. 8 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield. Reservations through the Links Hall box office at 773-281-0824.

World Dance Night @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Celebrate Leap Day with the most dynamic dance show in town! Some of Chicago's best dance companies join Old Town School friends and faculty for this fusion of contemporary, world, and folk dance stylings. Don't miss it! $18. 8 p.m. 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. For more info, call 773-728-6000 or visit the Website.

Darrell Jones @ Links Hall

This workshop borrows from the aesthetics of voguing to investigate extreme physicality, "fierceness of attack," and attitude as an approach to movement. Exercises derived from the voguing culture such as dips, twirls, and spins are used to connect poses and postures in large athletic phrases that express the physical poetics of battling gracefully. Through guided improvisation, we explore the culture behind the movements in an attempt to channel the somatic pluralism that drives voguing's improvisations. $20. 3-5 p.m. 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. For more info or to register, contact Erica at 773-281-0824 or emott@linkshall.org.

I Love Smash & Crunch At Liar's Club

Smash & Crunch is becoming the next 'It' party on the Chicago scene. Next Friday, I Love Smash & Crunch featuring Drop the Lime, Vyle, Willy Joy, Eric Lab Rat, The Image Front, and more will keep Liar's Club bangin' until late. Presented by URB Magazine and Josh Rodriguez a cheap way to get down on a Friday. Avant/Chicago will be on hand shooting some pix, there will VJs, cheap rum and . Free before 11, $7 after.

The Dance COLEctive: Written on the Body

Merging movement and literature, The Dance COLEctive presents Written on the Body, an exploration of the Bronte sisters, who published their works under male pseudonyms. Directed by Margi Cole, the performance will touch on themes of power, strength, vulnerability, and intimacy. Also on the program is Channel, a commissioned solo for Cole created by Ellie Klopp, former Associate Director of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and a new work by local choreographer Colleen Halloran. Additional performance dates include Friday and Saturday. 8pm. Tickets, $24, can be purchased in advance here. Contact 312-344-8300 for more information.

Winter Tap JAMboree! @ Beverly Arts Center

Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) opens its 18th season with its annual Winter Tap JAMboree weekend of workshops, classes, the Leo Harris tap scholarship auditions, the Midwest TAP OFF! choreography competition and a performance. Martin "Tre" Dumas is directing the weekend's activities as CHRP Artistic Associate. The performance features 2008 Artist in Residence Guillem Alonso, founder of Barcelona’s Tap Ole and member of Camut Band; CHRP Founder and Artistic Director Lane Alexander and his ensemble BAM!; Tre Dumas' new ensemble JustLisTeN; and the rest of the weekend's instructors: Lisa La Touche (Calgary, Canada), Gregg Russell (Los Angeles) and Jumaane Taylor. This program is a featured event in the City of Chicago's Winter Delights program. 3 p.m. $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $15 children under 12. 2407 W. 111th St. For tickets, call 773-445-3838 x200. For more info, visit the Website.

Bingo/Tango @ MCA

The MCA adds an interesting twist to the classic game of Bingo by integrating both quirky art and tango components. Host Jason Pickleman calls bingo numbers and players may learn to tango with professional Argentine Tango dance instructors Somer Surgit and Agape Pappas between games. Cash bar and light fare is available for purchase. 6-8 p.m. Free. 220 E. Chicago. For more info, visit the Website.

Julia Mayer Coffee Dance

On the first Friday of every month, dancer Julia Mayer opens her weekly Friday morning solo movement practice to the public. The Coffee Dance series of engaged, informal performances continues this morning at 9:30. Her performance will last approximately 20 minutes, with discussion time afterward. Free, but bring your own coffee to Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield.

Chicago Big Apple Dance Workshop @ Galaxie

Learn Truckin', Scarecrows, Pimpwalking and Suzie-Q's ... um, those are dances... at the Chicago Big Apple Workshop dance class at Galaxie movement, music and fine art venue, 2603 W. Barry Ave., beginning January 26. The two-session class teaches the history of the dances as well as how to incorporate them into your social dancing.

Reve-lette Auditions @ The Galaxie

The Revelettes are holding open auditions to join their go-go revolution from 12:30-2 pm, at The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry. The Revelettes perform 1960s-inspired go-go to beats from the past four decades at such venues as The Darkroom, Betty's Blue Star Lounge, and The Double Door. While some dance or dance related experience is recommended, candidates need not have extensive dance performance histories. Interested gals should email revelettes@gmail.com to reserve a spot and receive additional information.

Cajun French Music and Dance @ Portage Park Center for the Arts

The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) holds its (likely to be) monthly dance with traditional back-porch style music by Charlie Terr, Will and Holly Whedbee and Stewart Gehring. 8-11 p.m. Dance lesson when the band takes a break, and bake sale. 5801 W. Dakin (enter via the glass door on the Menard side of the building and ring the buzzer for entry to the auditorium room). $10 for non-CFMA members, $5 for CFMA members. Non-members can join on-the-spot for the $15 annual fee plus the $5 entry. For more info, visit the Website.

Girlie Q Live @ Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle hosts the latest incarnation of the late lamented Girlie-Q Variety Hour. Tonight's show features: Cherish the Burlesque Goddess; Dominque Trixx; Miss Bea Haven; Natasha Minsk; and many more. Live music by the Stewed Tomatoes and Krystee Wylder, with a post-show dance party. The show starts at 10:00 tonight; tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Ticketweb. Empty Bottle: 1035 N. Western. (773) 276-3600.

Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra @ The Green Mill

Dance away the chill of winter at The Green Mill every Thursday night to the big band sounds of Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. $6 cover. 9pm. 4802 N. Broadway. 773-878-5552.

Holy Roller's New Year's Eve

Ring in this New Year in high style at Holy Roller's New Year's Eve '08. Doors open at 9:00 at a secret location - you must RSVP for the address. The evening's entertainers include Matt Roan + E, DJ Andrew Foster and DJ Coyote DG. Enjoy a midnight dance-a-long with Chicago's own Team Band. Party lasts 'til 3:00, drinks provided and BYOB is welcome. This event benefits West Town Bikes - rsvp to holyrollernyc@gmail.com for more info.

Nocturna @ Metro

Join DJ Scary Lady Sarah as she spins a highly request-driven mix of current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie & more. 18+ . 11pm -5am. $10. 3730 N. Clark St. For more info, visit the Website.

the 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room

Artists and companies from Chicago's dance, performance art, and theatre communities join forces for The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room: (What we're not talking about), answering the question, "What aren't we talking about? As a nation, as a people, as individuals?" Performers include Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Breakbone Dance Co., 3 card molly, HIJACK, and Cristal Sabbagh. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Show starts at 8 pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room

Artists and companies from Chicago's dance, performance art, and theatre communities join forces for The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room: (What we're not talking about), answering the question, "What aren't we talking about? As a nation, as a people, as individuals?" Performers include Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Breakbone Dance Co., 3 card molly, HIJACK, and Cristal Sabbagh. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Show starts at 8 pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room

Artists and companies from Chicago's dance, performance art, and theatre communities join forces for The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room: (What we're not talking about), answering the question, "What aren't we talking about? As a nation, as a people, as individuals?" Performers include Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Breakbone Dance Co., 3 card molly, HIJACK, and Cristal Sabbagh. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Show starts at 8 pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

Near The Parenthesis At Sonotheque

Near the Parenthesis plays weathery soundscapes. Emotive, fluid and entrancing, it's music for relaxing, but perfect as a chill backdrop in the club.  Also joining them at Sonotheque are Chris Widman, residents Emulsion and Liz Revision and VJs Videojanitor and Amputeenie. Hosted by Ramp Chicago. Doors at 9 p.m. $5.

Celebration, Aleks & The Drummer At The Bottle

Tripped out soulsters Celebration come to town for a post-Thanksgiving show with local favs Aleks and the Drummer. Kill Me Tomorrow plays as well. $8 with a 10 p.m. start time.

Bingo/Tango @ MCA

The MCA adds an interesting twist to the classic game of bingo by integrating both quirky art and tango components. The bingo game configurations are selected by mirroring famous artworks. Host Jason Pickleman calls bingo numbers, and between games, lucky participants get to learn how to tango from professional Argentine Tango dance instructors Somer Surgit and Agape Pappas. All for free! 6-8 pm. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Call 312-280-2660 for more info, or visit the Website.

Estrojam 2007

The Estrojam Music and Culture Festival celebrates its fifth year with six days of music, art, workshops, and film at various locations around the city. The fest kicks off tonight with an Outdanced Panty Party at Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand, featuring Theo (Lunachicks), Michael T., and Peppermint Gummybear.Buy tickets online.

Joffrey Ballet @ Millennium Park

The Joffrey Ballet performs Cool Vibrations, three of its most popular dances, at 6:30 in the Pritzker Pavilion. Free. For more information, visit the website.

African Festival of the Arts

Chicago's African Festival of the Arts runs throughout Labor Day weekend in Washington Park (51st & Cottage Grove). For more details check out the website.


Saturday September 1st Entertainment highlights:

Main Stage
2:00 PM Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias
4:30 PM Leela James
6:00 PM Randy Weston
8:00 PM United We Funk -- Dazz Band, Con Funk Shun & barkays

World Stage
3:30 PM Walt Chris
5:00 PM Dee Alexander
6:30 PM East Harlem's Jimmy Delgado All Stars

Hip-Hop Stage
3:45 PM M'rald & Verbal Balance
4:15 PM Amina
4:45 PM NuSense
5:15 PM Ang 13
5:45 PM Teefa
6:15 PM Monie Love
6:50 PM Yo Yo
7:30 PM MC Lyte

African Festival of the Arts

Chicago's African Festival of the Arts runs throughout Labor Day weekend in Washington Park (51st & Cottage Grove). For more details check out the website.

Friday August 31st Entertainment highlights:

Main Stage
5:30 PM SPIRIT
6:30 PM Jimi Heath Big Band
8:30 PM Goapele with Yonnek

World Stage

3:30 PM Ron Carter
5:00 PM Rafo International
7:00 PM 911 / Latin Street Dance

Hip-Hop Stage

6:00 PM Sam the Basket Case
6:30 PM Carl "KING" Lewis
7:00 PM Lisa Lust
7:30 PM Sam I Am
7:45 PM Dutch Devillian
8:15 PM No.Try.Do Sincere
8:35 PM SB
9:00 PM Naughty By Nature

DJ Dance Party With Hilary Rawk, Aleks Andra & More

Machine Media presents a night of dancing and draught with Avant/Chicago featuring DJs Aleks Andra (Aleks and the Drummer), Hilary Rawk (Rawk Magazine) and the Reverend Felix Groove along side the Machine DJs. Upstairs at Liar's Club. (1665 W. Fullerton)

Dancing in the Park @ Millennium Park

Wander through the park this evening between 5:30 and 7:30 PM and you'll find Chicago-based dance companies performing all over the place: on the bridge, in the fountain, under the Cloud Gate...you name it. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Chicago Dancing Festival @ Millennium Park

Check out this unprecedented performance by the country's best dance companies, including Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, American Dance Theater, and others. Remarkably, FREE! 7:30 PM in the Pritzker Pavilion. For more information, visit the website.

Dance for Life Benefit

Dance for Life Chicago brings together the city's most talented and exicting dance companies for one spectacular, celebratory evening of dance. The gala reception at 5:00 is followed by a 7:30 performance featuring Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, and the River North Chicago Dance Company. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Centro San Bonifacio, and the Dance for Life Fund. Tickets are $75-500 (come on, it's for a good cause!). At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph.

Bam!Galore @ Cultural Center

This evening's performance combines percussive dance from the Indian and American traditions, at 7 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Preceded (at 6 PM) by a dance preview in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, which is currently displaying Indian contemporary art. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

SummerDance on the Move @ Athletic Field Park

MayIHaveThisDance.com is offering jitterbug dance lessons from 6 to 7 PM, and then the Rhythm Rockets will perform live until 9 PM. 3546 W Addison, free. For more information, call 773-478-2889 or visit the Chicago SummerDance website.

Jazz Dance World Festival @ Harris Theater

This 4-day festival features performances by dozens of jazz and modern dance companies from Chicago and around the world. Tickets cost $45 to $60 and performances begin at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Jazz Dance World Festival @ Harris Theater

This 4-day festival features performances by dozens of jazz and modern dance companies from Chicago and around the world. Tickets cost $45 to $60 and performances begin at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Jazz Dance World Festival @ Harris Theater

This 4-day festival features performances by dozens of jazz and modern dance companies from Chicago and around the world. Tickets cost $45 to $60 and performances begin at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Dance Bridge: Works in Progress @ Cultural Center

Here's an opportunity to get a first look at two new works: Pulp Garden, by Helen Lee, which combines modern dance, butoh, and yoga movements; and a piece by Erin Carlisle Norton based on Ben Hecht's 1001 Afternoons in Chicago. In the Dance Studio, 6 PM, 78 E Washington. Free. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Jazz Dance World Festival @ Harris Theater

This 4-day festival features performances by dozens of jazz and modern dance companies from Chicago and around the world. Tickets cost $45 to $60 and performances begin at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Pitchfork Afterparty

While the music at the past two Pitchfork Fests has left me satisfied, the level of partying leaves plenty of room for improvement. Luckily the party doesn't stop after Yoko One on Saturday. In fact just a short walk away, (Fulton and Damen) Rawk Magazine has set up an afterparty of near epic proportions. We're talking sounds from Menowah, Matt Roan, Once A Month, Deep Element, Machine Drum and Flashbulb. Art, free beer, cash bar and enough hipsters dancing makes it worth the 10 spot. RSVP here.

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom is a benefit party and world-premiere screening for "Fang!," a locally produced independent TV show about a vampire chick and her spooky, kooky hijinks. Dress up as a zombie (or a vampire -- ooh, or a zombie vampire!) and enjoy cheap drinks and the beats of DJ Casimer Pascal and Scott Masson of Office. At 9pm, watch the world premiere screening of the "Fang!" pilot. Doors open at 8pm at the Heart of Gold, 3036 N. Lincoln; cover is $5, 21 and over. (Creepy costumes and zombie flair encouraged, but not required.)

Chicago SummerDance starts @ Grant Park

Tonight marks the start of Chicago SummerDance, the free evenings of music and dance lessons in Grant Park. Tonight the dance series kicks off with music by Chicago Afrobeat Project and dance lessons by Amaniyea Payne, artistic director of Chicago's Muntu Dance Theatre. The dance lessons are from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and the live music is from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. SummerDance happens Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Auguest 26; see the SummerDance Website for details.

Whirling Dervishes @ Millennium Park

If you have never seen a whirling dervish, here's your chance. This evening's program begins with vocalist Ahmet Ozhan performing Sufi music with his 40-member ensemble, followed by the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey. Free, 6:30 PM, in the Pritzker Pavilion. For more information, visit the website.

Ahmet Ozhan, Whirling Dervishes @ Millennium Park

On the occasion of the 800th Anniversary of the great humanist, mystic, poet and theologian Mawlana Jalal ud-din Muhammad Rumi, UNESCO has declared 2007 as the year of Rumi. Well-known vocalist Ahmet Ozhan, one of the leading interpreters of Rumi’s songs and other Sufi music, makes a rare appearance in the United States, performing with his 40-member music and dance ensemble. The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey follow Ozhan’s performance. Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Stoli Prom

Grab your partner (or just a date) and head to the Stoli Prom, a fabulous event for the GLBT community. Kicking off Pride Month, the dance is being held at the Hilton Towers Grand Ballroom, 720 South Michigan Ave., from 8pm to midnight tonight. The event will feature award-winning singer and gay icon Julie Brown, sharing excerpts of her new show “Smell The Glamour,” as well as the musical talents of Chicago's Sixteen Candles. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple (which includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, prom trolley and entertainment), with proceeds benefiting Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center.

Best of the Best 3 @ Arie Crown Theatre

The Best of the Best, an annual showcase of top Indian dancers from around the country, happens tonight in Chicago at the Arie Crown Theatre. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, or see the Best of the Best Website for details on purchasing tickets without the usual Ticketmaster surcharge. Arie Crown Theatre: 2301 Lake Shore Drive at McCormick Place.

Girlie-Q Variety Hour

The Girlie-Q Variety Hour, Chicago's queerest and campiest burlesque-variety show, will be back to entertain with "That Toddlin' Town!" -- a tribute to Chicago, on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Tonight's performers include singers, dancers, trivia masters and assorted other sexy people. Plus, you can win prizes from Early to Bed. The show starts at 8 pm at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo in Chicago, and costs just $10.

Heat & Life Ecological-Minded Dance/Discussion @ Links

This Friday (3/23 8pm), Saturday (3/24 8pm) and Sunday (3/25 7pm) come check out "Heat and Life" dances by Minneapolis choreographer Emily Johnson. "Heat and Life depicts a frenetic world fueled by anxiety, paranoia, and fear - a world Catalyst uses to explore connections between global warming, overpopulation, degradation of natural and urban environments, perpetual war, insatiable greed, and how we contribute and respond to these human-made disasters." Post-show Discussions every night Facilitatied by Kristen Cox (Friday) of Fire This Time Fund and AREA Chicago, Alex Wilson (Saturday) of West Town Bikes, and Laurie Palmer (Sunday) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and AREA Chicago.

The event will take place at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. $15 ($10 students/seniors) Reserve tickets by emailing: info@linkshall.org

World Dance Night @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents World Dance Night, an evening of dancing from around the world. You'll be treated to tapdancing, Irish dance, flamenco, hula, hip hop, and much more. The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM in the school's concert hall. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased through the Old Town School Website. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Bellyqueen Dance Theater

Are you ready for some dancing? Are you ready for some belly dancing? New York's Bellyqueen Dance Theater -- which blends traditional Middle Eastern dance with "popping, hip-hop, modern, jazz, ballet, gypsy, flamenco, chinese and afro-haitian" styles -- is coming to Chicagoland for a one-night performance at (of course!) Dominican University in River Forest tonight at 7. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 708-299-2608 for details.

Chicago Dance Crash at Lakeshore Theater

The KTF Championship: Battle for the Belt

An army of dancers battle it out in four rounds of fast-paced, head-to-head contests to earn your vote and ultimately win "the forty pounds of gold." Chicago Dance Crash presents its first ever dance-improv showdown, packaged with raucous entertainment and a rowdy disposition! Enter the arena and help crown the new "Keeper of The Floor."

The show runs March 9th & 10th at 8 pm at the Lakeshore Theater on 3175 N. Broadway. Tickets are $13 in advance or $18 at the door. Call 773-472-3492 to reserve your tickets.

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Panic! at the Darkroom

Everyone's favorite brit-pop dance party is happening this Friday at Darkroom. This week, there's a triple-helping of fun: 1) the best indie, brit-pop and new wave; 2) the solo album by that dude in the Strokes with the fro; 3) POGUES TICKETS! That's right, Panic! is giving away a few tickets to the Pogues' March 5 and 6 shows at the Congress. Darkroom is located at 2210 W. Chicago and Panic! starts at 9 pm and ends at 2 am. No cover!

Breakbone Dance Films

Punk-ass dance troupe Breakbone DanceCo will be showing films of their gravity-embracing works One (8 pm) and heroine--A Woman's Tale (10 pm) at Links Hall. It's free.

Dancing over Space, Time, and Big Water @ Cultural Center

As part of Abondanza, a 3-day showcase of international dance, this performance highlights Polynesian and African traditions in contemporary jazz dance. In the Claudia Cassidy Theater at 2 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Meetings Along the Edge @ Cultural Center

As part of Abondanza, a 3-day showcase of international dance, multiple dance companies (including River North Dance Chicago, Civic Ballet of Chicago, and others) perform works demonstrating diverse cultural traditions. In Preston Bradley Hall at 6 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

World Dance Fusion @ Cultural Center

As part of Abondanza, a 3-day showcase of international dance, multiple dance companies perform works inspired by their diverse ethnic roots. In the Claudia Cassidy Theater at 7:30 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Chicago Flamenco Festival: David Perez Almagro @ Cultural Center

Part of the 6th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival, this program features the acclaimed young Spanish flamenco performer David Perez Almagro. 7:30 pm, in Preston Bradley Hall. Free. 78 E. Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

DJ Tankboy's "Drop, Rock, and Roll" dance party

Local blogger and DJ Tankboy will spin rock, indie and soul at his monthly "Drop, Rock, and Roll" set at The Continental (2801 W. Chicago Ave.) on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Call 773/ 292-1200 for more info.

AREA Chicago Drink/Dance Fundraiser

Biannual publication AREA Chicago is holding a fundraiser at Danny's Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens, tonight from 10pm to 2am. It's free to get in, but 25 percent of the bar proceeds will go to AREA -- so drink up!

Star and Garter Burlesque

While we begin shiver season, the Star and Garter Burlesque crew takes it off and yukks it up. Check out their striptease act, featuring "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Michelle L'Amour, plus some of the funniest stand-ups in Chicago. Star and Garter is putting on their show every Thursday in November at Fizz. It's just $10. Get tix here.

Dance Slam @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this evening's program features close to 20 brief performances, followed by the audience's selection of the best dancers. 7:30 PM, 2936 N Southport. $7. For more information, visit the website.

Jazz Fusion @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this afternoon's program focuses on jazz, tap, and other contemporary dance forms. 3 PM, 2936 N Southport. $20. For more information, visit the website.

Jazz Fusion @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this evening's program focuses on jazz, tap, and other contemporary dance forms. 8 PM, 2936 N Southport. $20. For more information, visit the website.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Harris Theater

As part of Global Rhythms 2, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents a new show by Sheketak, from Israel, featuring percussive dance, hip-hop, live music, and "a new universe of sights and sounds." Tickets range from $15 to $55 for the performance, which begins at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Jazz Fusion @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this evening's program focuses on jazz, tap, and other contemporary dance forms. 8 PM, 2936 N Southport. $20. For more information, visit the website.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ Harris Theater

As part of Global Rhythms 2, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents a new show by Sheketak, from Israel, featuring percussive dance, hip-hop, live music, and "a new universe of sights and sounds." Tickets range from $15 to $55 for the performance, which begins at 8 PM. 205 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-334-7777 or visit the website.

Dance Slam @ Athenaeum Theatre

Part of Dance Chicago's month-long celebration of Chicago's dance companies, this evening's program features close to 20 brief performances, followed by the audience's selection of the best dancers. 7:30 PM, 2936 N Southport. $7. For more information, visit the website.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ MCA

As part of Global Rhythms 2, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents a performance of BoomBach by Tapeplas, from Barcelona, Spain, this afternoon at 3 PM. Other percussive dance artists on the program include Jason Samuels Smith and Pandit Chitresh Das. Today's performance is preceded by a free panel discussion on trends in rhythmic dance, which begins at 12 N. Tickets are $24. 220 E Chicago. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project @ MCA

As part of Global Rhythms 2, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents a performance of BoomBach by Tapeplas, from Barcelona, Spain, this evening at 8:30 PM. Other percussive dance artists on the program include Jason Samuels Smith and Pandit Chitresh Das. Tickets are $24. 220 E Chicago. For more information, call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Star and Garter Burlesque

While we begin shiver season, the Star and Garter Burlesque crew takes it off and yukks it up. Check out their striptease act, featuring "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Michelle L'Amour, plus some of the funniest stand-ups in Chicago. Star and Garter is putting on their show every Thursday in November at Fizz. It's just $10. Get tix here.

"They Shoot Shorts, Don't They?" Dance Derby

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, plays host to "They Shoot Shorts, Don't They?," a benefit dance derby and silent auction to benefit the Chicago Short Film Brigade. Come dance your heart out for fabulous prizes, or just watch the dancers while you bid on other fabulous prizes and listen to music by Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and Pearly Sweets. DJs Treetop Lover (Mike Bulington) and Reminder (Josh Abrams) fill in the gaps. All this for just $12! Doors open at 9pm, but dancers should arrive at 8pm. Far more info than we could possibly list here.

Star and Garter Burlesque

While we begin shiver season, the Star and Garter Burlesque crew takes it off and yukks it up. Check out their striptease act, featuring "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Michelle L'Amour, plus some of the funniest stand-ups in Chicago. Star and Garter is putting on their show every Thursday in November at Fizz. It's just $10. Get tix here.

The Rapture @ Metro / Smart Bar

Punk-dance revivalists The Rapture will be playing at Metro this evening, and will also spin a guest DJ set at the afterparty event at Smart Bar. Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $22. For more info, see Transmission. 3750 N Clark.

Burlesque Halloween

Why not spend tonight with the sexy, funny folks from the Star and Garter Burlesque featuring Brandy's worst enemy, Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour! Check out tonight's Halloween-themed show "Thriller! I Hardly Know Her" at Fizz at 9:00 pm. Just $10! Fizz is at Lincoln just north of Belmont.

Oh, yeah, and "Thriller!" is running every Thursday in October!

Burlesque Halloween

Why not spend tonight with the sexy, funny folks from the Star and Garter Burlesque featuring Brandy's worst enemy, Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour! Check out tonight's Halloween-themed show "Thriller! I Hardly Know Her" at Fizz at 9:00 pm. Just $10! Fizz is at Lincoln just north of Belmont.

Oh, yeah, and "Thriller!" is running every Thursday in October!

Burlesque Halloween

Why not spend tonight with the sexy, funny folks from the Star and Garter Burlesque featuring Brandy's worst enemy, Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour! Check out tonight's Halloween-themed show "Thriller! I Hardly Know Her" at Fizz at 9:00 pm. Just $10! Fizz is at Lincoln just north of Belmont.

Oh, yeah, and "Thriller!" is running every Thursday in October!

Burlesque Halloween

Why not spend tonight with the sexy, funny folks from the Star and Garter Burlesque featuring Brandy's worst enemy, Miss Exotic World Michelle L'Amour! Check out tonight's Halloween-themed show "Thriller! I Hardly Know Her" at Fizz at 9:00 pm. Just $10! Fizz is at Lincoln just north of Belmont.

Oh, yeah, and "Thriller!" is running every Thursday in October!

Hubbard Street @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents their fall season Global Tapestry featuring a world premiere by Japanese choregorapher Toru Shimazaki, set to music by French dance and film composer Rene Aubry, as well as a piece by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent set to music by Norwegian Group Bla Bergens Borduner. This afternoon at 3:00pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr). Tickets are $20-75. For more information call 866-535-4732 or visit the website.

Hubbard Street @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents their fall season Global Tapestry featuring a world premiere by Japanese choregorapher Toru Shimazaki, set to music by French dance and film composer Rene Aubry, as well as a piece by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent set to music by Norwegian Group Bla Bergens Borduner. This evening at 8:00pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr). Tickets are $20-75. For more information call 866-535-4732 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Sibohan Davies @ Dance Center

UK based choreographer Sue Davies collaborated with a linguist, a cardiothoracic surgeon, a landscape designer, and an architect on a new performance In Plain Clothes. The Dance Center of Columbia College (306 S. Michigan Ave.) presents the American premiere, performed by the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. This evening at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. Call 312-344-8300 for more information, or visit the website.

Hubbard Street @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents their fall season Global Tapestry featuring a world premiere by Japanese choregorapher Toru Shimazaki, set to music by French dance and film composer Rene Aubry, as well as a piece by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent set to music by Norwegian Group Bla Bergens Borduner. This evening at 8:00pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr). Tickets are $20-75. For more information call 866-535-4732 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Sibohan Davies @ Dance Center

UK based choreographer Sue Davies collaborated with a linguist, a cardiothoracic surgeon, a landscape designer, and an architect on a new performance In Plain Clothes. The Dance Center of Columbia College (306 S. Michigan Ave.) presents the American premiere, performed by the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. This evening at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. Call 312-344-8300 for more information, or visit the website. This evening there will be a free pre-show discussion with Artistic Director Davies and cardiothoracic sugeon Dr. Francis Wells, who participated in the creation of the performance.

Hubbard Street @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents their fall season Global Tapestry featuring a world premiere by Japanese choregorapher Toru Shimazaki, set to music by French dance and film composer Rene Aubry, as well as a piece by HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent set to music by Norwegian Group Bla Bergens Borduner. This evening at 7:30pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr). Tickets are $20-75. For more information call 866-535-4732 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Ferocious Beauty: Genome @ MCA

The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents the Chicago premiere of Ferocious Beauty: Genome a multimedia dance-theater work about the ways that genetic engineering could impact our lives. This serious subject is treated with a light touch--a funny dominatrix-like character named Miss TATA explains genetic concepts; another section of the performance "What if Scientists Were Choreographers?" features researches explaining (on a video projected on the back wall of the theater) what a dance about DNA would look like. This evening at 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave). Tickets are $10-24. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Sibohan Davies @ Dance Center

UK based choreographer Sue Davies collaborated with a linguist, a cardiothoracic surgeon, a landscape designer, and an architect on a new performance In Plain Clothes. The Dance Center of Columbia College (306 S. Michigan Ave.) presents the American premiere, performed by the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. This evening at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. Call 312-344-8300 for more information, or visit the website. This evening, stay for a post-show discussion with Artistic Director Davies and company members.

Dance on Film @ Cultural Center

A German documentary on Hubbard Street 2, for which scenes were filmed in Millennium Park and other Chicago locations, screens in the Claudia Cassidy Theater today at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Free, 78 E Washington. For more information, visit the website.

Peter Carpenter @ Dance Center

Choreographer Peter Carpenter performs the Chicago premiere of Bareback into the Sunset, a piece about a gay man who struggles to find his place within the shifting landscape of the AIDS pandemic. This evening at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Ave) at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. For more information call 312-344-8300 or visit the website.

Peter Carpenter @ Dance Center

Choreographer Peter Carpenter performs the Chicago premiere of Bareback into the Sunset, a piece about a gay man who struggles to find his place within the shifting landscape of the AIDS pandemic. This evening at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Ave) at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. For more information call 312-344-8300 or visit the website. This evening's performance will be preceded by a discussion moderated by David Gere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and author and co-curator of the exhibition MAKE ART/STOP AIDS. The discussion is free for ticket holders.

Peter Carpenter @ Dance Center

Choreographer Peter Carpenter performs the Chicago premiere of Bareback into the Sunset, a piece about a gay man who struggles to find his place within the shifting landscape of the AIDS pandemic. This evening at the Dance Center (1306 S. Michigan Ave) at 8pm. Tickets are $22-26. For more information call 312-344-8300 or visit the website. This evening's performance will be followed by a post-show discussion moderated by David Gere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and author and co-curator of the exhibition MAKE ART/STOP AIDS.

Dance India: Choreographing Traditions

A festival and conference celebrating Indian dance traditions continues today. Programs include performances and seminars. Details are available from Natya Dance at 312-212-1240 or visit the website.

Go-go dance workshop @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of one-day workshops for people who want to learn a little bit about a musical or dance technique. Today's workshop: go-go dancing, as taught by Tina Stasny. She will cover some basic go-go steps, and give the students a complete routine by the end of the class. The workshop runs from 4:15 PM to 6:05 PM today; reservations are $25 per person, and can be made through the Old Town School Website. Old Town School: 4544 N Lincoln. (773) 728 6000.

Dance India: Choreographing Traditions

A festival and conference celebrating Indian dance traditions continues today. Programs include performances and seminars. Details are available from Natya Dance at 312-212-1240 or visit the website.

Dance India: Choreographing Traditions

A festival and conference celebrating Indian dance traditions continues today. Programs include performances and seminars. Details are available from Natya Dance at 312-212-1240 or visit the website.

Dance India: Choreographing Traditions

A festival and conference celebrating Indian dance traditions begins today. Programs include performances and seminars. Details are available from Natya Dance at 312-212-1240 or visit the website.

Dance Til You're Stupid

It's not just a dance party, but also a chance to see the final performance of Salem Collo-Julin's "Greet. Offer. Thank.," screen the film "American Movie" and get some great food (and birthday cake!) of the Milwaukee Dinnerluck variety. Come to Mess Hall at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave. from 3-9pm to join in the fun. Call 773-465-4033 for more information.

Dance Day @ Millennium Park

Dance activities will take place all day today at Pritzker Pavilion: Jitterbugs-Creative Movements for Kids (10-11am); Alyo West African Dance (12-1pm); Hot Latin Mix with Latin Street Dance (2-3pm); Hip-Hop with Boggie, The Brickhedz and Stick n' Moves (4-5pm); and Chic-A-Go-Go Dance Party (6:30-7:30pm), featuring, among other guests, Thax Douglas. All events are free. See the park's event calendar for more information.

Dance For Life @ Harris Theatre

This evening, Giordano, Hubbard Street, the Joffrey, River North, Thodos Dance Chicago and Muntu Dance Theatre come together to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS programs. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit IDS Foundation of Chicago, Bonaventure House, Luck Care Center, Interfaith House, and the Dance for Life Fund. At the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph). The 7:30pm performance is preceded by a reception at 5pm. For more information call 312-922-5812 or visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Butler Field

Head over to the Petrillo Band Shell to dance to music by deejays Cajmere and Derrick Carter.. Free, 6 PM. 500 S. Columbus Drive. For more information, visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Millennium Park

Deejays Matthew Herbert and Brad Owen provide the music on the Chase Promenade South. Dancing starts at 6 PM. For more information, visit the website.

My Name is Blackbird @ Links Hall

Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak presents a free work in progress showing of My Name is Blackbird, this morning at 10am at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Choreographer Shanahan describes her work as "mysterious and gothic. The protagonist/performer exists within a state of flux and the movement transforms from fluid and angular and constrained...the atmosphere is suspenseful and poetic." Blackbird, a unique collaboration between Shanahan and composer/musicians Andrew Bird, Mark Booth and Dave Pakovic, will premiere in April 2007. This morning at 10am. For more information call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Chicago Samba @ The Hot House

Enjoy steamy Brazilian night at the Hothouse with a performance led by the 7-piece band, Chicago Samba, which blends up a cocktail of samba, bossa nova, batucada, and other spirited dance rhythms. Seasoned Brazilian dance professional Edilson Lima provides samba lessons during intermission. Tickets are $10--both in advance and at the door. The show starts at 10 pm. 312.362.9707

Dutch National Ballet Project

Dance Chicago presents the results of a unique collaboration between five local choreographers--Randy Duncan, Lauri Stallings, Paul Christiano, Frank Chaves and Altin Naska--and six dancers from the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Dancing with the DNB artists will be special guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet, River North, and other local companies, who will also present works from their own repertoires. This afternoon at 3pm at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tickets are $10-35. For more information call 773-935-6860 or visit the website.

Savion Glover (performance cancelled)

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance featuring Broadway hoofer Savion Glover this afternoon at 3pm at Northwestern University's Josephine Louis Theatre (20 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston). Tickets are $25-45. For more information call 847-491-7282 or visit the website.

Update: This event has been cancelled due to a last minute change in Glover's performance schedule. The performance is being rescheduled for 2007. Click here for information on a related event.

Dutch National Ballet Project

Dance Chicago presents the results of a unique collaboration between five local choreographers--Randy Duncan, Lauri Stallings, Paul Christiano, Frank Chaves and Altin Naska--and six dancers from the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Dancing with the DNB artists will be special guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet, River North, and other local companies, who will also present works from their own repertoires. This evening at 8pm at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport). Tickets are $10-35. For more information call 773-935-6860 or visit the website.

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance will feature dynamic hoofers Lane Alexander and BAM!, Julie Cartier and Especially Tap Chicago, Reggio McLaughlin, Yukiko Misumi, Geogre Patterson, Jimmy Payne, Sarah Savelli, Keith Terry, Dianne Walker and Sam Weber with live music by the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio. This evening at 8pm at The Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University (20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston). Tickets are $20-30. For more information call 847-491-7282 or visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Daley Plaza

Music for dancing is provided by Dan Bell and the Meotic Sound System DJs starting at 6 PM tonight. Free. 50 W Washington Street. For more information, visit the website.

Pierogi Fest 2006

Pierogi Fest offers a variety of events all weekend long on 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana. Highlights include the Polka Parade, music, dancing, and -- of course -- lots of pierogis. Visit their website or call (219) 659-0292 for specific time and event information. Don't forget to shake hands with Mr. Pierogi and his friends!

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Metro

Music for dancing is provided by deejays Paul Johnson, Julius the Mad Thinker, FLX, and Monna, starting at 6 PM tonight. Free. 3730 N. Clark St. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: Ghost Play

Upstart contemporary dance company Chicago Dance Crash presents their newest work, Ghost Play, a "movement play" created by artistic director Christopher McCray depicting the downfall of a neo-Victorian society under the influence of jealousy, self-interest, and a drug called Paris Dahmer. Runs July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30pm and July 23 and 30 at 3pm. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W Belmont. $15. Tickets available at TBC box office, 773-327-5252, or via Ticketmaster.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Daley Plaza

Music for dancing is provided by deejays Justin Long and Alena starting at 6 PM tonight. Free. 50 W Washington Street. For more information, visit the website.

IBE USA Breakdancing Championship

The Park Place Grand Ballroom in Countryside, IL (!) hosts the IBE Breakdancing Championships. Eight finalists will represent the States at the World Championships in the Netherlands. 2 PM until 12 AM; $10 in advance/$15 day of. Call (708) 588-1756.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Grant Park

This afternoon at 4:30 PM, deejays Chip E. and Old School Kenny Ray provide the music for two and a half hours of dancing. Taste of Chicago Taste Stage, 331 E Randolph Street. For more information, visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Grant Park

This afternoon at 4:30 PM, deejays Chip E. and Old School Kenny Ray provide the music for two and a half hours of dancing. Taste of Chicago Taste Stage, 331 E Randolph Street. For more information, visit the website.

Opening: Movin' Out @ Auditorium Theatre

Told through the choreography of Twyla Tharp and music of Billy Joel, Movin' Out is the story of two turbulent decades that change a group of friends and the world around them forever. This evening at 7:30pm the Audiotirum Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 East Congress Parkway). Tickets to this show, which runs through July 9, are $18-80. For more information visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Daley Plaza

Music for dancing is provided by DJ Pierre and Harrison Crump starting at 6 PM tonight. Free. 50 W Washington Street. For more information, visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Latin dance at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

Hubbard Street Dance Company @ Ravinia

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents Marguerite Donlon's Strokes Through the Trail, Nacho Duato's Gnawa, Susan Marshall's Kiss and Jim Vincent's counter/part at Ravinia this evening. Tickets to the 8pm performance are $10-40. For more information, call 847-266-5100 or visit the website.

Hubbard Street Dance Company @ Ravinia

Hubbard Street Dance Company presents Marguerite Donlon's Strokes Through the Trail, Nacho Duato's Gnawa, Susan Marshall's Kiss and Jim Vincent's counter/part at Ravinia this evening. Tickets to the 8pm performance are $10-40. For more information, call 847-266-5100 or visit the website.

SummerDance Nomadic DJ Series @ Butler Field

Head over to the Petrillo Band Shell to dance to music by deejays Greenskeepers, Phantom 45, and Danny the Wildchild. Free, 6 PM. 500 S. Columbus Drive. For more information, visit the website.

In Progress @ Links Hall

RTG Dance presents In Progress, an evening of new choreography by Rachel Thorne Germond and special solo performances by NYC based guest artist Barbara Mahler. The program includes Double Judies, a boozy burlesque-style duet, featuring Germond and Jessica Hudson (of the now-defunct Chicago Kings). Dressed as Judy Garland, they'll dance to her rendition of Embraceable You. Mahler performs Joan's Revenge, a burlesque spoof on Joan Crawford as well as a solo piece, With Bated Breathe. Germond collaborates with innovative musician Michael Zerang, on a new quartet Tragic Dance, rounding out the program. This evening, at 8pm at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $12-15. For more information call 773-281-0824, or visit the website.

South African Gumboot Dance @ Millennium Park

High school students from the Joffrey Ballet's Education and Community Engagement program will perform this percussive dance in the Crown Fountain. Free. The five-minute dance will be repeated four times between 11 N and 12 N. For more information, visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Moving with the Joffrey at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

In Progress @ Links Hall

RTG Dance presents In Progress, an evening of new choreography by Rachel Thorne Germond and special solo performances by NYC based guest artist Barbara Mahler. The program includes Double Judies, a boozy burlesque-style duet, featuring Germond and Jessica Hudson (of the now-defunct Chicago Kings). Dressed as Judy Garland, they'll dance to her rendition of Embraceable You. Mahler performs Joan's Revenge, a burlesque spoof on Joan Crawford as well as a solo piece, With Bated Breathe. Germond collaborates with innovative musician Michael Zerang, on a new quartet Tragic Dance, rounding out the program. This evening, at 8pm at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $12-15. For more information call 773-281-0824, or visit the website.

South African Gumboot Dance @ Millennium Park

High school students from the Joffrey Ballet's Education and Community Engagement program will perform this percussive dance in the Crown Fountain. Free. The five-minute dance will be repeated four times between 11 AM and 12 N, and again between 3 PM and 4 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Joffrey Ballet 50th Birthday Gala @ Millennium Park

This Grant Park Music Festival program features the Joffrey Ballet performing excerpts from several ballets, so if you like ballet you'll want to show up early enough to grab a seat close to the stage. Composers include Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Glinka, Field, and Albinoni. Pritzker Pavillion, free, 7:30 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Moving with the Joffrey at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. Also, a free breakfast with the Joffrey follows, at 11 AM. For more information, visit the website.

In Progress @ Links Hall

RTG Dance presents In Progress, an evening of new choreography by Rachel Thorne Germond and special solo performances by NYC based guest artist Barbara Mahler. The program includes Double Judies, a boozy burlesque-style duet, featuring Germond and Jessica Hudson (of the now-defunct Chicago Kings). Dressed as Judy Garland, they'll dance to her rendition of Embraceable You. Mahler performs Joan's Revenge, a burlesque spoof on Joan Crawford as well as a solo piece, With Bated Breathe. Germond collaborates with innovative musician Michael Zerang, on a new quartet Tragic Dance, rounding out the program. This evening, at 8pm at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $12-15. For more information call 773-281-0824, or visit the website.

Late Night SummerDance with the Joffrey @ Millennium Park

As part of the Joffrey's celebration of its 50th anniversary, the dance troupe leads a Latin dance session, beginning with a lesson (45 to 60 minutes) at 8:30 PM, and followed by dancing with a live band. In the Chase Promenade, free. For more information, visit the website.

Moving with the Joffrey @ Millennium Park

A student with the Joffrey Ballet's Education and Community Engagement program has choreographed a line dance in commemoration of the Joffrey's 50th anniversary. Starting at 1 PM in Wrigley Square, the public will be invited to join in. Free. For more information, visit the website.

South African Gumboot Dance @ Millennium Park

High school students from the Joffrey Ballet's Education and Community Engagement program will perform this percussive dance in the Crown Fountain. Free. The five-minute dance will be repeated four times between 12 N and 1 PM, and again between 5 PM and 6 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and the Joffrey @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival's season opener features the Joffrey Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet, so if you like ballet you'll want to show up early enough to grab a seat close to the stage. Pritzer Pavillion, 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Joffrey Ballet @ Harris Theater

Part of the Joffrey's celebration of its 50th anniversary, "Come Dance with Us," tonight's program includes a selection of four different dances. Free, 7:30 PM, 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, visit the website or call 312-334-7777.

Shostakovich, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and the Joffrey @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival's season opener features the Joffrey Ballet performing Afternoon of a Faun, so if you like ballet you'll want to show up early enough to grab a seat close to the stage. Pritzer Pavillion, 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Joffrey Ballet @ Harris Theater

Part of the Joffrey's celebration of its 50th anniversary, "Come Dance with Us," tonight's program includes Cool Vibrations, choreographed by Twyla Tharp in 1973, and Motown Suite, a recent work commissioned from Donald Byrd, which had its world premiere in April. Free, 7:30 PM, 205 E Randolph Drive. For more information, visit the website or call 312-334-7777.

Quick & Dirty Performance Workshop

Quick and Dirty is a week-long intensive workshop for advanced dancers who want to learn to create choreography. The workshop, offered by Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, runs August 8-12 at Berger Park, with a final showing of the work created during the workshop August 12 at 6pm at Links Hall (3435 N. Sheffield). Audition today, from 10:30am to 1pm at Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan Rd.) For more information or to reserve a spot, e-mail mollymadshak@aol.com.

Work Out @ Millennium Park

Yoga at 8 AM, Pilates at 9 AM, and Latin dance at 10 AM, on the Great Lawn. If you need more incentive than taking in the amazing skyline views while working up a sweat, consider this: it's free. For more information, visit the website.

Andersonville Midsommarfest

This year marks the 41st year for Andersonville Midsommarfest. They've got the standard neighborhood festival's "eat meat on the street" thing going on, with a smattering of fine local Clark Street vendors from up in the 'ville. Plus, this year's got a really great and eclectic music lineup like Mucca Pazza, The Waco Brothers, and Elevation (the U2 tribute band). And, who doesn't like seeing the Jesse White Tumblers? Plus, there's tons of traditional Swedish-themed activities like a Maypole dance, Come out, and support (yet another) great neighborhood cause. The summer's just getting warmed up. The festival runs from 11am-10pm June 10th and 11th on Clark Street starting at Foster Avenue (closest El stop: Berwyn on the Red Line).

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Inside/Out @ Athenaeum

Here's a chance to see Hubbard Street for cheap. These performances feature works-in-progress choreographed by Hubbard company members. 8 PM. $10 at the door, 2936 N. Southport. For more information, visit the website.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Inside/Out @ Athenaeum

Here's a chance to see Hubbard Street for cheap. These performances feature works-in-progress choreographed by Hubbard company members. 8 PM. $10 at the door, 2936 N. Southport. For more information, visit the website.

Spanish Dances @ Cultural Center

Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, a dance company in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, demonstrates classical, folkloric, and Flamenco styles in the Claudia Cassidy Theater this evening at 6 PM. At 7 PM, two short Flamenco films will be screened, followed by a moderated discussion. Free. 78 E. Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Sara Wookey @ Links Hall

Based in LA and Amsterdam, choreographer Sara Wookey presents two geographically oriented perforamances, Love's Geography: Revisited and Walking LA tonight at 7pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $10-15. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Sara Wookey @ Links Hall

Based in LA and Amsterdam, choreographer Sara Wookey presents two geographically oriented perforamances, Love's Geography: Revisited and Walking LA tonight at 8pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $10-15. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Sara Wookey @ Links Hall

Based in LA and Amsterdam, choreographer Sara Wookey presents two geographically oriented perforamances, Love's Geography: Revisited and Walking LA tonight at 8pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). Tickets are $10-15. For more information, call 773-281-0824 or visit the website.

Bill T. Jones in conversation with Gretchen Helfrich

Internationally renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones makes a presentation The Persistence of Questions, followed by a public conversation with Gretchen Helfrich of Chicago Public Radio. This evening at 7pm at the Court Theatre (5535 S. Ellis Ave). Tickets are $5-15, and reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 773-702-8080.

National Tap Dance Day Performances

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day with four performances at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. The performances will include live music by the Jeremy Kahn Trio and a celebration, complete with birthday cake, for Bill "Bojangle" Robinson at each intermission. Today's 3pm performance features Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, Doris Humphries and more. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

National Tap Dance Day Performances

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day with four performances at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. The performances will include live music by the Jeremy Kahn Trio and a celebration, complete with birthday cake, for Bill "Bojangle" Robinson at each intermission. Tonight's 8pm performance features Jimmy Payne Jr.'s Rhythm of Life and new work by Perfect Timing and the Time Steppers. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

National Tap Dance Day Performances

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day with four performances at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. The performances will include live music by the Jeremy Kahn Trio and a celebration, complete with birthday cake, for Bill "Bojangle" Robinson at each intermission. Tonight's 8pm performance features Tap Chicago, CHRP Founder and Artistic Director Lane Alexander and Soul 2 Soles Dance Company. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

National Tap Dance Day Performances

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates National Tap Dance Day with four performances at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. The performances will include live music by the Jeremy Kahn Trio and a celebration, complete with birthday cake, for Bill "Bojangle" Robinson at each intermission. Tonight's 7:30pm performance features professional and student dances reviving the work of Lou Conte, founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the The Copasetics' performing the renowed Harlem "Chair Dance." Admission is $50 for the opening night which includes and post-show benefit reception. Call 773-281-1825 for more information.

Eiko & Komo @ MCA

Japanese born, New York based performance and dance artists Eiko & Komo have been creating inovative and ideosyncratic work together for 35 years. See the chicago premiere of their new work this evening at the MCA (220 East Chicago Avenue). Cambodian Stories was created in collaboration with eleven young visual artists, aged 14-20, from the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who will paint monumental portraits of traditional Cambodian figures on stage. This afternoon at 3:00pm. Tickets are $18-22. For more information call 312-397-4010, or visit the website.

Also, this morning, Eiko and Komo teach a workshop Delicious Movement, designed to increase skill and awareness in focus, coordination, and stance. The worksop, which is $10-15, is open to participants with all levels of experience. Call 312-397-4010 for more information.

WLUW Indie Rock Prom

Independent radio station WLUW is having a prom tonight! Head to the Logan Square Auditorium at 8:30pm for a show featuring the National Trust, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the Life During Wartime DJs. Emcees for the evening are DJ Wondertwins, aka the Reverend Michael Flavor and his sister Emily. It's all ages, and period formal wear is encouraged. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, available online or at the event.

Eiko & Komo @ MCA

Japanese born, New York based performance and dance artists Eiko & Komo have been creating inovative and ideosyncratic work together for 35 years. See the chicago premiere of their new work this evening at the MCA (220 East Chicago Avenue). Cambodian Stories was created in collaboration with eleven young visual artists, aged 14-20, from the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who will paint monumental portraits of traditional Cambodian figures on stage. This afternoon at 3:00pm. Tickets are $18-22. For more information call 312-397-4010, or visit the website.

This afternoon, at 1:00pm, Eiko and Komo will discuss art and globalization with dance critic, activist, and UCLA scholar David Gere. The discussion is free.

All-City Dance Ensemble @ Cultural Center

Mad Hot Ballroom fans wont want to miss this. Chicago public high school students who happen to be terrific dancers show their stuff (ballet, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and more) in the Randolph Caf this afternoon at 3 PM. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Eiko & Komo @ MCA

Japanese born, New York based performance and dance artists Eiko & Komo have been creating inovative and ideosyncratic work together for 35 years. See the chicago premiere of their new work this evening at the MCA (220 East Chicago Avenue). Cambodian Stories was created in collaboration with eleven young visual artists, aged 14-20, from the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who will paint monumental portraits of traditional Cambodian figures on stage. This evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18-22. For more information call 312-397-4010, or visit the website. Eiko and Komo will discuss their work following this evening's performance.

This is Not a Pipe @ Hamlin Park

Adler Danztheatre Project presents This is Not a Pipe, a dance performance inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte and the writings of Freud. This evening at 7:30pm, at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre (3035 N Hoyne). Tickets are $10-15, with a $5 discount to anyone who shows up wearing PJs. For more information call 773-486-8261 or visit the website.

This is Not a Pipe @ Hamlin Park

Adler Danztheatre Project presents This is Not a Pipe, a dance performance inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte and the writings of Freud. This evening at 7:30pm, at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre (3035 N Hoyne). Tickets are $10-15, with a $5 discount to anyone who shows up wearing PJs. For more information call 773-486-8261 or visit the website.

Warriors & Queens @ Northwestern

Warriors & Queens features the work of choregraphers who are grappling with gender and sexuality. Rachel Thorne-Germond of RTG Dance performs Marilyn and Elvis in Splendor Twice: Gender Splendor. Breakbone DanceCo presents excerpts from datastarve quartet, which pits fashion mavens in platform shoes against punk-rock Amazons. Peter Carpenter presents a solo work about queer cowboys, and the ever-entertaining Matthew Hollis rounds out the evening. This free event begins this evening at 8pm, in the ballroom of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, at Northwestern University (10 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston). For more information call 773-680-0800 or visit the website.

Liason Deux (Chicago Tap Theatre)

The Chicago Tap Theatre hosts the Tapage ensemble of Toulouse, France for this performance at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 South State Street. 2 PM; tickets available here; call 773-655-1175.

Liason Deux (Chicago Tap Theatre)

The Chicago Tap Theatre hosts the Tapage ensemble of Toulouse, France for this performance at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 South State Street. 8 PM; tickets available here; call 773-655-1175.

Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park

Chicago Moving Company presents a concert of new works by founder Nana Shineflug and CMC Artists in Residence: Cindy Brandle (Cindy Brandle Dance Company); Atalee Judy (Breakbone DanceCo); and Rachel Bunting (The Humans). This evening at 7:30pm at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne). Tickets are $10-12. For more information, call 773-880-5402 or visit the website.

Dance Shelter @ Hamlin Park

Chicago Moving Company presents a concert of new works by founder Nana Shineflug and CMC Artists in Residence: Cindy Bandle (Cindy Brandle Dance Company); Atalee Judy (Breakbone DanceCo); and Rachel Bunting (The Humans). This evening at 7:30pm at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne). Tickets are $10-12. For more information, call 773-880-5402 or visit the website.

Joint Benefit for Local Dance Companies

For $15, you can support the work of three local dance companies. Synapse Arts Collective, Creative Arts Melting Pot (CAMP), and The Anatomical Theatre come together for a benefit performance this evening at 10:30pm. At Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield). For more information e-mail synapsearts@yahoo.com.

Playing in Traffic

Members of Subtext Dance Company inhabit the space of your daily commute, creating improvised movement and music on el platforms. This afternoon in the loop, on the red and blue line platforms at Jackson, Washington, and Lake, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. This event is free, although donations are accepted. For more information visit the website. (Please note that the website has not been updated to reflect dates in an extended run.)

Student Night @ Hubbard Street Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents a student night with discounted tickets and a post-show discussion with HSDC Artistic Director Jim Vincent and Asimina Chremos, the Dance Editor of Time Out Chicago. 7:30pm, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets start at $10 and must be purchased day of (starting at 3:30pm) at the Harris Theater Box Office. For more information call 312-334-7777, or visit the website.

The Brickheadz @ Green Lantern

The Green Lantern hosts Chicago's own breakdancing crew The Brickheadz in conjunction with its current exhibit, "The Chicago Review of Economics." 9-11pm at The Green Lantern, 1511 N. Milwaukee, second floor. A $5 donation is suggested. Call 773-235-0936 for more info.

Butoh Premiere @ Cultural Center

Butoh Ritual Mexicano dance creator Diego Pinon presents his US premiere of Ekua ItsiBehind the Mirror. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. 5 PM, 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

The Brickheadz @ Green Lantern

The Green Lantern hosts Chicago's own breakdancing crew The Brickheadz in conjunction with its current exhibit, "The Chicago Review of Economics." 9-11pm at The Green Lantern, 1511 N. Milwaukee, second floor. A $5 donation is suggested. Call 773-235-0936 for more info.

Butoh and Breakdancing @ Cultural Center

If you think butoh and breakdancing don't have much in common, this evening's program may change your mind. Included are performances of butoh dance, breakdancing, and a break-butoh collaboration. 7 PM. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Hubbard Street 2 @ Cultural Center

In the Dance Studio this evening at 6 PM, Hubbard Street 2 presents work by emerging choreographers. Free. 78 E Washington St. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

The Hawk: Life During Wartime dance party @ Hideout

The Life During Wartime dance party is getting an early start at 9pm at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, as part of The Hawk Music Festival celebrating Chicagos music scene. DJs Mother Hubbard, J2K, and Bald Eagle will be there, as well as guest DJ Matt Roan. Cover is $5. For more information, see the Hideout's website or The Hawk's.

Langston Hughes and Nina Simone Tributes @ Cultural Center

Dancers from the Cerqua Rivera Dance Ensemble, local musicians, and vocalists perform tributes to the great African-American artists this evening at 7 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Free. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Dance Party @ Latin Street Dancing

Latin Street Dancing celebrates its 8th year with a smoke- and alcohol-free dance party at its 5th floor studios. Doors open at 9 PM tonight, with Latin dance lessons offered at 9:30 PM. DJs will spin a variety of Latin styles, including salsa, cumbia, and meringue. $5 to get in. 540 N. LaSalle Street. For more information, call 312-42-SALSA or visit the website.

Tidings of Tap @ Vittum Theater

Sunday's 3pm show is your last opportunity to check out the Chicago Tap Theatre's holiday show, Tidings of Tap. Tickets are available on site at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble Street. Call (773)655-1175 for more info.

Chicago Kings' Final Show

The Chicago Kings, the city's premier drag king troupe, is disbanding after five years. But before they do, they're putting on one last show tonight at 9pm at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Joining them onstage will be North Carolina's Cuntry Kings. Tickets are $16, available through TicketMaster or at the Metro box office. 18 and over! More info here.

Mathew Jonson + LoSoul @ Soundbar

Minimnal techno artists Mathew Jonson (Vancouver) and LoSoul (Frankfurt) hit Soundbar for their debut performances in Chicago. $20 Gen. Admission, $11 Advance @ Wanttickets. Doors at 9:00pm, but I'm sure this will cook til late o'clock in the morn. 227 W.Ontario Ave.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Japan's The STRiPES. Call 312-334-7777 for ticket prices and reservations. Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Japan's The STRiPES. Call 312-334-7777 for ticket prices and reservations. Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Museum of Contemporary Art, at 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Los Angeles's Jason Samuels Smith of ACGI. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for students and MCA members, and can be bought by calling 312-397-4010. The performances will go on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Museum of Contemporary Art, at 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Los Angeles's Jason Samuels Smith of ACGI. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for students and MCA members, and can be bought by calling 312-397-4010. The performances will go on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Museum of Contemporary Art, at 220 E. Chicago Ave., is hosting the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. With more than just individual artists, the project is showcasing a number of international tap repertory companies while celebrating fifteen years of traditional and new rhythm dance. This performance features Brazil's Vata Tap and Los Angeles's Jason Samuels Smith of ACGI. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for students and MCA members, and can be bought by calling 312-397-4010. The performances will go on Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Jeffrey Sfire, Eliot Lipp and South Side Hitmen @ Tini Martini

Tonight brings a very special installment of Your Formula Life: Meiotic's biweekly Saturday night at Tini Martini. GB staffer Atomly battles Johnny Love as the South Side Hitmen. Hefty artist and former Chicagoan Eliot Lipp brings his unique lo-fi "hip-hop sampladelia," while Jeffrey Sfire plays as Menergy, dropping obscure Italo, electro, and Hi-NRG hits that get everyone's ass moving. 2169 N. Milwaukee, 21+, free before 11, $5 afterwards.

Lucky Plush @ Chicago Cultural Center

As part of the Chicago Cultural Centers About Dance series, Lucky Plush will perform an excerpt from its full-length work Lulu Sleeps. This free event takes place at 6 PM. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Palestinian Dance Troupe @ Harris Theater

The Ibdaa dance troupe, a group of Palestinian dancers from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank, perform modern theatrical dance with traditional Palestinian storytelling methods. The troupe will be performing at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park this evening at 7:00 PM. Proceeds from this performance benefit the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh. For more information, visit the Harris Theater site or call the box office at (312) 334-7777.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

A huge name in modern dance, Merce Cunningham returns to Chicago with two programs presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College. The second program, tonight, focuses on Cunningham's more recent work, incorporating "computer-enhanced choreography and motion-capture video imaging." The show starts at 8pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets range from $18-$48 and can be bought by calling 312-344-8300.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

A huge name in modern dance, Merce Cunningham returns to Chicago with two programs presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College. The first program, tonight, is all about chance, during which "various rolls of the dice determine the choice of choreography, music, visual decor, costumes and light designs." The second program, tomorrow night, focuses on Cunningham's more recent work, incorporating "computer-enhanced choreography and motion-capture video imaging." The shows start at 8pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets range from $18-$48 and can be bought by calling 312-344-8300.

Suicide Girls Burlesque

The Suicide Girls (NSFW) bring their pierced'n'tattooed burlesque show to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave., tonight at 9pm. Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re and Camaro Rouge provide musical entertainment as well. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door, which is 18 and over.

Deeply Rooted and Dance Africa @ the Chicago Cultural Center

As part of the Chicago Cultural Centers About Dance series, the dance companies Deeply Rooted and Dance Africa will perform excerpts of their work. This free event starts at 6 PM this evening, in the Cultural Centers Dance Studio. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Burlesque Pajama Party

The lovely ladies of the Lavendar Cabaret are dancing again, throwing a pajama party. In addition to a "best-of" celebration of all things burlesque, some variety acts will be performing as well. Come in your pajamas and win prizes. Surprise musical guest too! Things get started at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. Doors at 9:30, show at 10. $8.

Fluffgirl Burlesque @ Abbey Pub

Fluffgirl Burlesque hits the stage at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W Grace St., tonight at 9pm. The show is 18 and over. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available here or at 773-478-4408.

Aloft Aerial Dance "Rolling Blackouts"

Aloft Aerial Dance's debut performance, "Rolling Blackouts" is an aerial performance that explores the power of electricity and darkness in human lives. The show is inspired by the blackouts that plunged much of the country into darkness and by the choreographer's own fear of losing her sight. Using aerial circus equipment, the performers employ contemporary dance techniques and eschew electricity to examine new ways of interacting with the environment. The doors open at 7:30pm with the show starting at 8pm at the Circus Factory, 4430 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased at the venue. Email aloftaerialdance[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Aloft Aerial Dance "Rolling Blackouts"

Aloft Aerial Dance's debut performance, "Rolling Blackouts" is an aerial performance that explores the power of electricity and darkness in human lives. The show is inspired by the blackouts that plunged much of the country into darkness and by the choreographer's own fear of losing her sight. Using aerial circus equipment, the performers employ contemporary dance techniques and eschew electricity to examine new ways of interacting with the environment. The doors open at 7:30pm with the show starting at 8pm at the Circus Factory, 4430 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased at the venue. Email aloftaerialdance[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Aloft Aerial Dance "Rolling Blackouts"

Aloft Aerial Dance's debut performance, "Rolling Blackouts" is an aerial performance that explores the power of electricity and darkness in human lives. The show is inspired by the blackouts that plunged much of the country into darkness and by the choreographer's own fear of losing her sight. Using aerial circus equipment, the performers employ contemporary dance techniques and eschew electricity to examine new ways of interacting with the environment. The doors open at 7:30pm with the show starting at 8pm at the Circus Factory, 4430 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased at the venue. Email aloftaerialdance[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Butoh Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center

Groping Towards Dance: Butoh and the Origins of Music, the only U.S. butoh festival that features emerging artists, continues tonight in the Sydney R. Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center at 7 PM. Butoh is an avant-garde dance form developed in Japan in the 1960s. The first public performances were wild and primal and shocked the conservative Japanese dance community. Performances in this free program will be followed by talk-backs with the artists. For more information, see the website or call 312-744-6630.

Butoh Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center

Groping Towards Dance: Butoh and the Origins of Music, the only U.S. butoh festival that features emerging artists, continues tonight in the Sydney R. Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center at 7 PM. Butoh is an avant-garde dance form developed in Japan in the 1960s. The first public performances were wild and primal and shocked the conservative Japanese dance community. Performances in this free program will be followed by talk-backs with the artists. For more information, see the website or call 312-744-6630.

Butoh Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center

Groping Towards Dance: Butoh and the Origins of Music, the only U.S. butoh festival that features emerging artists, begins tonight in the Sydney R. Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center at 7 PM. Butoh is an avant-garde dance form developed in Japan in the 1960s. The first public performances were wild and primal and shocked the conservative Japanese dance community. Performances in this free program will be followed by talk-backs with the artists. For more information, see the website or call 312-744-6630.

Sissy Butch Brothers Burlesque

Have you been waiting for the Sissy Butch Brothers to put on another show? It's finally here! This funny, smart and sexy burlesque show on August 27 at the Abbey. With guest stars including Satan's Angel and Lady Ace, plus a bevy of local acts, this is a must-see. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs just $15.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Kris & Ela Kasperowicz (, teaching English waltz; and the Mike Whelan Big Band, playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Paul Tyler, teaching old style square dancing; and the Foghorn Stringband, playing old-time American fiddle tunes. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: MayIHaveThisDance.com and The Business, teaching the Hustle and Funky Swing. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Tango Nada Mas, teaching Argentine tango; and Raul Jaurenas I Love Tango playing tangos & Milongas. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJ Superpitcher and DJ Mazi, playing Techno and Telectro. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Dawud Shareef & Lura Satterfield, teachin step dancing; and P-1, playing Chicago house, Steppin' and New York dance. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Big City Swing, teachin swing dancing and the Lindy Hop; and Barry Winograds Alternatives Big Band playing big band swing music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Amaniyea Payne of African Expressions; and Chicago Afrobeat Project, playing funk and Afrobeat. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Mark Grant and Oscar McMillan, playing House & Deep House music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Bob & Penny Urbon, teaching tango lessons; and the Dick Sarlo Orchestra playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Manny Lopez-Marquez, teaching Merengue dance; and Chuchito Valdés Afro-Cuban Ensemble, playing contemporary Afro-Cuban music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Andy Cruz, teaching mambo dance; and Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta, playing high-powered timba salsa. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Edilson Lima, teaching samba dance; and Chicago Samba, playing Brazilian street samba. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Ron Carroll and JM3, playing Chicago & Gospel House, Old School & Deep House. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: the Arthur Murray Dance Center teaching the rumba, and the Steve Cooper Orchestra playing balroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Louie Stallone teaching Cajun dance, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers playing traditional Cajun music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Lisa "La Boriqua" teaching salsa and cha cha, and Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra playing Big Band Mambo. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Glenn Underwood and Craig Alexander, playing True House Tones. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Tommye Giacchino & Gregory Day, teaching the waltz; and the Ray Sassetti Orchestra, playing ballroom music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Latin Rhythms, teaching salsa dancing; and Carpacho y Super Combo, playing Colombian and salsa music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Dawud Shareef & Lura Satterfield, teaching the Chicago Bop; and the Chicago Catz, playing R&B, soul and funk. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Steve Weintraub, teaching Freylakhs, Sher, Bulgar, Zhok and Patchtanz; and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJ Lego and DJ Jesse de la Pena, playing house & Latin music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Bob & Penny Urbon and the Bill Porter Orchestra, teaching foxtrot and ballroom dancing. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Chicago Rebels and Carl Wooley & the Groove Masters, playing west coast swing and classic jazz. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Miguel Mendez and Blue Sn y Clave Negra, teaching salsa and mambo. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Ren Cardoza and Los Carcuaros, teaching Pasodobles dance. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJs Jeff Mills and Mike Dearborn, playing house & techno music. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Manny Lopez-Marquez and Franz Benteler's Royal Strings Orchestra, teaching American tango and ballroom dancing. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 4:00 to 7:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Lisa "La Boriqua" and the Old School Big Salsa Band, teaching Salsa, Bachata and Cumbia. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Margot McGraw-Toppen & Riley Wimes Jr.; and The Houtcast Jazz Band, playing east coast and big band swing. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Opening: Tribulation and the Demolition Squad

The Storefront Theater, with Gallery 37 Center for the Arts at 66 E. Randolph St., presents Chicago Dance Crash in "Tribulation and the Demolition Squad." From the press release: "Dance, stage combat, acrobatics and martial arts drvie this intense full-length contemporary ballet about the best and worst intentions of God and mankind. The story unfolds behind the narrator's hard-fought journey to discover himself and the terrible destiny that awaits him." Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for groups of 25 or more. Call 312-742-8497 to purchase, or get your tickets online. The performance runs through June 26.

Chicago SummerDance

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing continues tonight in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: Tito Rodriguez and Truco y Zaperoko, playing Plena, Cuban Songo and Guaguanc. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:30, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Chicago SummerDance 2005

The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance festival of public dancing kicks off this evening in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan, between Harrison and Balbo). This evening's entertainment: DJ Paul Johnson and DJ Maurice Joshua, playing deep house and R&B house. SummerDance features one hour of dance lessons (except Wednesday nights), followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Tonight's show runs from 6:00 to 9:00, and SummerDance runs at the park Wednesday-Sunday nights (weather permitting) through August 28. See the SummerDance site for a complete schedule.

Pullman Morris and Sword Team @ U of C

Man, what are those crazy U of C kids up to now? Morris dancing is a medieval English ritual dance that first appeared in Chicago in 1911. The dance is thought to be derived from pre-Christian rites passed down through generations of fathers and sons, celebrating the coming of spring. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, or if you'd like to watch a bunch of culturally obsequious college kids doing it, head over to the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, East Lawn, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The dance begins at 12:45pm. Call 773-702-7059 for more information.

Dark Alternative Dance Night

Nocturna presents Dark Alternative Dance Night with DJ Scary Lady Sarah at the Bottom Lounge, 3206 N. Wilton. The party lasts from 9pm-3am, with cover charges at $6 for 21+ and $8 for ages 18-20. There will be CD promos and giveaways, too, so go and get your goth/darkwave/death rock/dark indie groove on.

Pure Pop for Now People

Pure Pop gears up for their monthly dance night, featuring New Wave, Power Pop, Post Punk and Indie Pop for all you pop-loving dance people. Hit the Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport, from 9pm-2am, to dance the night away. No cover, 21+.

Scared to Dance @ Liar's Club

Tonight marks another installment of Scared to Dance, The Opaque Project's monthly night at Liar's Club. The theme this month is "A coming of age story"; the last theme party they threw at the Jerkstore brought out droves of costumed hipsters. DJ's for tonight are Johnny Love, Joel Brown, and Matt Roan. 1665 W. Fullerton, 21+, 10pm, no cover, $1 PBR.

Fluffgirl Burlesque @ Subterranean

The Toronto-based Fluffgirl Burlesque Society struts into town to give the locals an eyeful. The girls will be at Subterranean tonight; the show starts at 9:00, and tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Hot cha! Subterranean: 2011 W. North. (773) 278-6600.

Star and Garter Burlesque

Franky and Michelle and the Lavender Cabaret present "Star and Garter Burlesque", an all-new burlesque review. Michelle L'amour will be doing some fantastic new striptease numbers, and Candy Moneysworth will be taking the striptease stage for the first time!

The Slingerland Ride will be providing the opening soundtrack and hip hop poet Deep will be bumpin' and grindin' for all you booty shakers. There will be plenty of new striptease talent, including Titi Touche, Betty Hoop and the Sugarbabies.

Our special guest Rachel Shteir (author of "Striptease-The Untold History of the Girlie Show") will be in attendance to sign books and chat it up with burlesque fans.

The show is at Subterranean, located at 2011 W. North Avenue at Chicago. It begins at 9:30 and costs just $5.

Purepop Dance Party

Purepop For Now People is back at the The Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., to deliver the best in indie-pop, mod, power pop and more. There'll be everything "from Martha Reeves to Joy Division with Belle & Sebastian and The Smiths thrown in for good measure." There will also be free candy. Free candy! Whoo! The 9pm show is for ages 21 and over and is free of cover.

Q and Not U DJ @ Rodan

Liz Armstrong, of The Reader's "Chicago Antisocial" column, is deejaying at Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, tonight starting around 10pm. 21 and over, no cover.

UPDATE: Liz is not appearing. The band Q and Not U is deejaying instead.

Scared to Dance @ Liar's Club

Tonight sees another installment of Scared to Dance, the Opaque Project's monthly dose of debauchery at the Liar's Club. Expect DJs Johnny Love, Chamberweed, Hunter Husar, and Joel Brown to drop everything from no-wave to rio funk, booty house to disco, hip hop to grime, glam rock to acid house. Liar's Club, 10pm, 1665 W. Fullerton, 21+, no cover, $1 PBR.

"Carnival of Love" w/the Chicago Kings

The Carnival of Love is rollin' into town! The Chicago Kings burlesque show turns the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd., into a carny freakshow tonight, along with all their sword-swallowing, snake-charming, contortionist friends! And it's 18 and over, for once. Doors open at 9pm, show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $10.

Pure Pop for Now People

The monthly dance party Pure Pop for Now People returns for another installment at the Underground Lounge; expect "power pop, new wave, indie, mod, soul, post-punk, brit pop & more" from DJs Jennifer Reiter, Jessica Rogers, Jason Beauchamp, and Martin Stocks. 9pm, 21+, no cover. Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport (at Clark). Visit PurePop.org for more info.

Estradanza

Estradanza performs at 5pm and 8pm at the Chernin Center for the Arts, 1001 W. Roosevelt. The performance features the premiere of artistic director Juan Estrada's "Blood Simple" (presumably not based on the movie), Dardi McGinley Gallivan's "Fete" and Shelby Kroger's "Mythical Mathematical Madness." $15 general adminission, $12 for students/seniors. Call 773/655-9165 for more info.

Estradanza

Looking for something a bit more cultured this weekend? Estradanza performs tonight and tomorrow at 8pm (plus a 5pm show on Sunday) at the Chernin Center for the Arts, 1001 W. Roosevelt. The performance features the premiere of artistic director Juan Estrada's "Blood Simple" (presumably not based on the movie), Dardi McGinley Gallivan's "Fete" and Shelby Kroger's "Mythical Mathematical Madness." $15 general adminission, $12 for students/seniors. Call 773/655-9165 for more info.

FemmeTV Burlesque

Join Michelle L'amour and the rest of the Lavender Cabaret dance troupe for this season's FemmeTV Holiday Burlesque Spectacular. Enjoy the tinsel and tittilation of this scandalous revue. Join the girls at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts at 777 N. Green St. on Friday at 9 p.m. or Saturday at 8 p.m. For tickets, call the CCPA's box office at 312-327-2000.

Estradanza

Looking for something a bit more cultured this weekend? Estradanza performs tonight, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm (plus a 5pm show on Sunday) at the Chernin Center for the Arts, 1001 W. Roosevelt. The performance features the premiere of artistic director Juan Estrada's "Blood Simple" (presumably not based on the movie), Dardi McGinley Gallivan's "Fete" and Shelby Kroger's "Mythical Mathematical Madness." $15 general adminission, $12 for students/seniors. Call 773/655-9165 for more info.

FemmeTV Burlesque

Join Michelle L'amour and the rest of the Lavender Cabaret dance troupe for this season's FemmeTV Holiday Burlesque Spectacular. Enjoy the tinsel and tittilation of this scandalous revue. Join the girls at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts at 777 N. Green St. on Friday at 9 p.m. or Saturday at 8 p.m. For tickets, call the CCPA's box office at 312-327-2000.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra

Beginning this week, the famed Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra sets up shop at the Auditorium Theatre, rotating between performances of two Marius Petipa classics, Don Quixote and Raymonda. If you like dance, or can at least appreciate a beautiful, technically-precise spectacle, this will be worth checking out. And, as the Reader suggests, it seems fortunate that the company isn't staging their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, so I'll gladly take what we can get. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Kompakt Returns to Smart Bar

Following up a successful visit over this year's Halloween weekend, Cologne-based techno and house label Kompakt invades Chicago's Smart Bar once again, this time featuring performances from Superpitcher and relative-newcomer Ada. Meiotic Promotions are putting the event together, and as such, will help staff tonight's opening slots with DJs like Audiophile, m50, and Matthew Martin. Smart Bar is located at 3730 N Clark, underneath Metro. Tickets are $10, 21 and up only.

Halloween Chic-A-Go-Go taping

So you know Chic-a-Go-Go, right? The CAN-TV dance show for kids of all ages, hosted by Ratso the Rat (aka Jake Austen of Roctober) and Miss Mia (aka Mia Park of the Chicago band Kim)? They're taping their Halloween special this afternoon, and the special guest, for some weird reason, is designer and sock monkey enthusiast Paul Frank. So you KNOW you wanna go. The taping is from 3 to 6 PM at the CAN TV studios at 322 S. Green. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, see the Chic-a-Go-Go site.

Dance basics for couples @ Old Town School

This afternoon, the Old Town School of Folk Music presents the latest in a series of one-day workshops designed to give people two hours of instruction on a specific topic, without fear of commitment after the workshop. Today's workshop: dance basics for couples. Learn to do the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Registration is very limited, so sign up ASAP! (And if you miss this workshop, it'll be offered a couple more times this year.) The workshop runs from 1:00 PM to 2:50 PM, and the cost is $45 per couple. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Pilobolus @ Chicago Theater

Internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus is finally returning to Chicago, after several years' absence, for two performances at the Chicago Theater on October 8 and 9. I'm always amazed at what these dancers are able to do with their bodies, and they do it with a sensibility, athleticism and humor unparalleled by any other dance company. This is a must-see performance. Tickets range from $34-52, and go on sale August 13 from Ticketmaster, or at the Chicago Theater box office.

Big Wig's Last Night

After seven years, Wicker Park's Big Wig is closing its doors. To celebrate (that somehow doesn't seem like the right word), the nightclub is throwing a five-day bash, culminating in this final night. DJs Brock, Chris May, Tobias and Trancid spin, and a raffle of the club's decorations, including the hairdryer lamps and even the neon sign, will be held. Doors open at 8pm and it's free all night before the doors close for good. 21 and over.

Big Wig Closing Party

After seven years, Wicker Park's Big Wig is closing its doors. To celebrate (that somehow doesn't seem like the right word), the nightclub is throwing a five-day bash, tonight through Sunday. Each night will feature an all-star DJ line-up -- tonight it's Diz, Justin Long, Lady D. and Dayhota -- and a raffle of the club's decorations -- including the hairdryer lamps and even the neon sign. Doors will open at 8pm each night, with a $5 cover kicking in at 10pm -- except Sunday, when it's free all night before the doors close for good. 21 and over.

Big Wig Closing Party

After seven years, Wicker Park's Big Wig is closing its doors. To celebrate (that somehow doesn't seem like the right word), the nightclub is throwing a five-day bash, tonight through Sunday. Each night will feature an all-star DJ line-up -- tonight it's Boogieman, Lego and Paul Johnson -- and a raffle of the club's decorations -- including the hairdryer lamps and even the neon sign. Doors will open at 8pm each night, with a $5 cover kicking in at 10pm -- except Sunday, when it's free all night before the doors close for good. 21 and over.

Big Wig Closing Party

After seven years, Wicker Park's Big Wig is closing its doors. To celebrate (that somehow doesn't seem like the right word), the nightclub is throwing a five-day bash, tonight through Sunday. Each night will feature an all-star DJ line-up -- tonight it's Uncle Milty, Andre Harris, Mark Grant -- and a raffle of the club's decorations -- including the hairdryer lamps and even the neon sign. Doors will open at 8pm each night, with a $5 cover kicking in at 10pm -- except Sunday, when it's free all night before the doors close for good. 21 and over.

Big Wig Closing Party

After seven years, Wicker Park's Big Wig is closing its doors. To celebrate (that somehow doesn't seem like the right word), the nightclub is throwing a five-day bash, starting tonight through Sunday. Each night will feature an all-star DJ line-up -- tonight it's Bass by the Pound, Dub Frequency and Further Sound -- and a raffle of the club's decorations -- including the hairdryer lamps and even the neon sign. Doors will open at 8pm each night, with a $5 cover kicking in at 10pm -- except Sunday, when it's free all night before the doors close for good. 21 and over.

Dance for Life AIDS Benefit

Now in its 13th year, and the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest, Dance for Life Chicago 2004 brings together six of Chicago's premiere dance companies, including Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Melissa Thodos & Dancers, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company. Proceeds from the performance will go toward raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Performance begins at 7 pm, gala reception at 5 pm. Tickets for the performance only are $75; tickets for reception plus performance are $150, $250 or $500. Call (312) 922-5812 for more information.

Deadtech @ Chopin Theatre

Breakbone DanceCo, the Chicago dance company that Metromix described as "about as far removed from pretty, artful choreography as the human body can endure," presents the premiere of their evening-length post-apocalyptic dance work, Deadtech. The story "follows a mechanoid man named Deadtech through leftover images of a world's past." Sounds interesting, no? The show starts running tonight at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Shows will be on Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun nights at 8:00 PM through September 5, and tickets are $15. For reservations, see the Breakbone Website.

Chic-A-Go-Go

Want to dance on cable television? Of course you do! Attend a taping of the popular Chic-A-Go-Go show on August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This weeknight taping of the all-ages dance party will feature bands Telenovela, Fun Club, and Azita. Come to the CAN-TV studios located at 322 S. Green St. for dancing, food, and beverages.

Do the Hustle!

As part of the 8th annual Chicago Summer Dance, you can learn how to do the Hustle tonight! Show up at the Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park (601 S. Michigan) by 6:00 tonight, and you'll get a half hour of instruction on the Hustle and "Funky Swing". Then, from 6:30 to 9:30, use your newly-learned dance steps to boogie to the Motown sounds of Gentlemen of Leisure. The Chicago Summer Dance program runs Wednesdays through Sundays at Grant Park through August 29. Check the City of Chicago Website for a complete schedule for the rest of the month.

Hellcat Hussies Burlesque

The Hellcat Hussies put the ass back in sass! Watch the plus-sized hussies perform tonight at Spot 6. The show begins at 9 p.m. There's no cover, and you must be 21 to get in. Spot 6 is located at 3343 N. Clark.

SummerDance: Superjane Collective

The city's SummerDance 2004 lets you dance to the beats of the Superjane Collective, featuring DJ Colette, DJ Heather and DJ Lady D, tonight from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave. It's a free event, and although there won't be any dancing lessons being offered, there'll be plenty of great dancers to imitate.

Chi-Town Squares Square Dance

Looking for a square dance? Since 1987, the Chi-Town Squares has promoted and taught modern square dancing. They welcome all dancers, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. Dances take place at the Ebenezer Church Community Center at 1640 W. Foster. Classes don't start till September, but you can swing your partner tonight!

Madpoison Launch Party

Madpoison says they're now "the most highly trafficked entertainment website in Chicago." Whatever the case may be, they're throwing a helluva party tonight over at Transit, 1431 W Lake St. Free drinks from 10-11pm, giveaways and some of the hottest dance music in town. Check here for more information, and to get on the VIP list to get in free.

Manifest Festival @ Columbia

As the latest class of Columbia students prepares to graduate, the college will be promoting their work during today's all-day Manifest festival. There'll essentially be four festivals running in tandem -- art, music, performance and readings -- all spread out along the South Loop Arts Corridor, with free trolleys running between the five major locations. Among the myriad styles of art on display: photography, puppetry, pop, painting, product design, poetry, papermaking ... and dozens of others. All events are free and open to the public.

Barn dance @ Chicago Cultural Center

In conjunction with an ongoing exhibit, the Chicago Cultural Center presents The Rise & Fall of the National Barn Dance, a discussion of the "Barn Dance" radio program first hear on station WLS 80 years ago today. Vintage Barn Dance footage will be screened, and there will also be a performance by the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. The event starts at 7:30, and is is free and open to the public. Chicago Cultural Center: 77 E. Randolph.

Chic-A-Go-Go Taping

Head over to the CAN-TV studio from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to shake your booty with Ratso and Miss Mia on Chic-A-Go-Go! Tapings are free and open to anyone. No tickets or reservations needed. Dancers of all ages are welcome to attend the taping. Food and beverages will be provided for participants. The CAN-TV studio is located at 322 S. Green St. (Van Buren, a block west of Halsted).

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

Boy George @ Zentra

The erstwhile Mr. O'Dowd DJs at Zentra nightclub, 923 W. Weed St. Guaranteed presale tickets ($20) are available until 5pm today by calling 312-787-0400, or you can add yourself to the lower priority guestlist here, with admission prices varying according to arrival time. (You can also just walk your ass up at any time of the night, but expect to wait in line.) The night kicks off at 8pm.

Melissa Thodos & Dancers

Melissa Thodos and Dancers perform at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, 400 S. State St. 773-883-1487. March 12-13 at 8 pm, March 14 at 3 pm. $25, $20 for students -- purchase tickets here.

Instruments of Movement: "Lifted"

Instruments of Movement presents "Lifted" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. 8pm. $20, $15 for students. Call 312/337-6543 for more information.

Instruments of Movement: "Lifted"

Instruments of Movement presents "Lifted" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. 8pm. $20, $15 for students. Call 312/337-6543 for more information.

WLUW Hootenanny at Subterranean

From the WLUW website:
This Saturday, January 10th, it's your chance to whoop it up and do si do at Subterranean - it'll be a WLUW Hootenanny featuring the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band. Annie Coleman is a third generation square dance caller, and she'll teach you all the basics, as we promenade and allemande the night away. The Hoyle Brothers will get things started with some authentic old time country music. Showtime is 10 PM, and tickets are $8.
 

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