Category Archives: Theater

And now, a word from Chicago’s own Lady Terror

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Image by swanksalot via Flickr

18086509_200Lady Terror says she’s a menace on a mission. Terrorizing for a cause. Be it staging a soapbox rant in front of Rothschild’s Liquors (clamouring for more grocery stores) or engaging in impromptu yoga at a Harold’s Chicken Shack (calling for inner city yoga centers for the sake of public health), her performance art and poetry is meant to highlight issues in her community, and to start dialogues about them.  She calls them “guerrilla art spectacles”.  And, she believes poverty is a form of terrorism.  She wants to “slay terror by dropping knowledge bombs to all”.
“I’m writing to give voice to the communities they have forgotten. I am mad. I want to know why you are so calm. We got work to do.”

Check the video clip below. Jive on…

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Fame: Cult Movie of the Week

fameFame (1980) is one of those movies that makes you wish you lived in a world so filled with youthful fervor that at anytime a group of kids might break into interpretive dance and jump on a cab. 
We don’t. 
But that didn’t keep us from cheering for the characters in the film (especially Coco and Leroy), and later the TV show (which featured Janet Jackson and Debbie Allen). 
The story of  students at a New York Performing Arts High School, the film follows the ebb and flow of their kinetic reach for stardom. The narrative is, despite pitfalls, like an infusion of fresh hope in admittedly hard times.  It expresses a romantic image pairing sweat with success, art with desire.
A new Fame  motion picture is scheduled for release this year, but somehow it seems superfluous.  Those kids in the original are gonna live forever.
 
Wanna live forever? Wanna learn how to fly (again?)  the Tofu Chitlin Circuit is having a screening  of Fame in Bronzeville this Monday….
 
“If you want fame, well fame costs and right here is where you start paying with sweat!” 
 
 
 

The Tofu Chitlin Circuit (a Bronzeville-based theater conservatory) is continuing their Family Reunion with the quintessential theater movie…”FAME!”  Enjoy a screening and discussion.

Prizes for the best FAME gear!

When: Monday, July 27, 2009
Where: The Digital Youth Network
1050 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Film starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Donation: $3

more about TCC:
“Our mission is to bring the audience into the creative process of theater.  Our conservatory is an educational platform that assists artists and audience members with intellectual dialogue, poignant interviews from theater practitioners, workshops, classes and of course performances!”

Mookie & Poonie: Cohorts or Coincidence?

Tonight, Join my buddy Chris Hales (aka Tapedek) at the Chicago Art Department for an Art Opening (also featuring my guy Sean Alvarez on the Wheels of Steel).mook

Chris’s first solo show as a member of The Chicago Art Department showed an artist who knew what he wanted to do, yet was slightly unsure of his abilities. Though the show was pulled off with mild success, the thing that was missing was the attitude that personifies Chris Hales not only as an artist, but as a person.

This time around that mistake won’t be made again! “Mookie” has planned his revenge and has enlisted the help of others to pull off his second solo show at CAD. This one with little to no compromise. Come with no expectations and leave happy!

Mookie’s Revenge

@ the Chicago Art Department

1837 S Halsted

Chicago, IL

(6-10pm)

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Happening on Monday at Links Hall (for the SAUCY in you) is Poonie’s Cabaret:

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The quarterly Cabaret features artists working in many different creative realms – dance, music, contact improvisation, performance art, voguing, drag, burlesque, cheerleading, etc. Proceeds go to the Duncan Erley memorial Coming Out of the Closet Fund for artists whose work explores healing, gay activism, and spiritual and sexual transformation.

Monday, June 15, 8:00 pm
$5 suggested donation
tickets available at door or over the phone

Location:
Links Hall
Street:
3435 N. Sheffield
City/Town:
Chicago, IL

Tofu Chitlin Circuit presents The A La Carte: Carrot Cake Edition

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From The Tofu Chitlin Circuit (a theater conservatory located in the Bronzeville District of Chicago):

TONIGHT’s A La Carte (panel discussion) is sure to ruffle some feathers! We’re talking about the newest trend to hit the stage: White directors staging Black plays. Is this valid? Is this fair? Who cares? Let’s talk about it!

Featuring Panel Members:

Director of Outreach & Research for Second City Dionna Griffin-Irons


Elizabeth Margolius, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of DirectorsLabChicago

Vaun Monroe, Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Columbia College

Derrick Sanders, Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre

Adam Thurman, Director of Marketing for Court Theater

Harvey Young, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University

and delicious Carrot Cake….

Need I say more?
Join us today:
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Digital Youth Network (Directly next to Little Black Pearl)

6:30pm – 9:30pm
1050 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
$3 suggested donation
photo by sydney chatman


The Color of Improv

second-city_nSo, recently, there was a Sun-Times article about “diversity” in Chicago’s improv community (sort of the last white frontier as far as integration goes).  A week or so ago at my day job (I am a radio host), I interviewed folks from Pimprov (yes…that’s basically what it sounds like.  Listen to a clip below).  In the interview, they also touched on the perception of  improv as being lily-white (and how that part’s not so funny).  Even if the Pimprov folk hadn’t mentioned the race situation at Second City, specifically, I think the flyer at left gives it away:  a blaring black banner reading “The Second City: Outreach and Diversity”.

Was that REALLY necessary?  REALLY?  Cringe… Anyway, still I’m pretty excited to see this revue.

The show runs Saturdays at 9pm, April 11-June 6th at Donny’s Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells, 4th Floor Piper’s Alley

for tickets, click here.

Below is a photo from Pimprov…. and above is my interview with these folks.  A lot of questions were answered….

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