Hailed as America's Company of Firsts, the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet has been blazing an artistic trail through media stereotypes since 1956 to redefine the global view of ballet. Through its maiden voyages as the first dance company to perform at the White House and on television, appear on the cover of Time, and commission a rock 'n' roll ballet, the Joffrey's artistically dynamic works have inspired a broad audience and a major motion picture. Its troupe of classically trained, world-class dancers oozes grace as they execute a diverse repertoire of classical masterpieces and cutting-edge performances. The company's annual Nutcracker performances have garnered global acclaim, and it attracts a wide audience in Chicago and around the world during national and international tours.
The Joffrey Ballet also bolsters the Windy City's arts education and dance training through the Joffrey Academy of Dance and community-engagement programs. The Chicago Philharmonic serves as the Joffrey’s official orchestra, bringing its diverse and innovative musical talent to the company's performances.
Best Cabinets fashions custom furnishings, built-ins, and more using handpicked lumber from the company's 100 acres of Wisconsin woodlands. Each log is cut at Best Cabinets' in-house sawmill, where wood is air-dried, then placed in a dehumidifier kiln to reduce it to 6%–8% humidity—the optimum moisture content for cabinet making. From these carefully prepared raw materials, Best Cabinets' well-trained plank whisperers build custom furniture ($200+) and kitchen cabinets ($200+) using decorative hardware ($5+) to create handsome hiding places for stashes of collectible Funyuns.
ReBuilding Exchange's staff salvages usable building materials from landfills and tutors resourceful crafters in transforming castoff pieces into treasured items. The schedule of workshops includes the Make-It/Take-It class—a hands-on lesson that introduces simple building techniques. Unschooled furniture-makers cut their teeth on reclaimed pine under the tutelage of creative builders Will Holman and Blake Sloane—featured by re-nest for his woodworking prowess and ability to tell pine from Pine-Sol with a single whiff.
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