Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo exhales party-starting inertia, kicking off its Night Falls Tour by rolling out a carpet of dance-floor passports. Melding the talents of guitarist, vocalist, and French-literature buff Dave 1 with the dexterous fingers and throwback savvy of synthmaster P-Thugg, Chromeo has earned reverence from funkophiles for its slick grooves and mastery of jam architecture. Fans can expect congenial beats, riffing Moogs, and songcraft that father-and-son yachts can enjoy together in support of the band's latest album, Business Casual. Inflating the soulful evening, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne channels wandering Motown spirits with a retroactive Detroit sound, and mustachioed party maestro DJ Sammy Bananas sets the scene with genre jumping and remixes that rumble like tubas in a Cuisinart.
Fueled by positive buzz throughout Chicago's underground theater scene, Theori Stages’ flagship musical, I Still Love H.E.R., combines the grittiness of rap music with the elegance of Broadway to examine the conditions that helped forge the cultural emergence of hip-hop culture. The story's spotlight falls upon a revered radio personality played by the show’s writer and director, Southside native Wendell J. Tucker, and his disgust with the current state of hip-hop. To mourn the perceived death of his beloved genre and LP records made from asbestos, he dreams up a final broadcast that is interrupted by Hip-Hop, a personification of the genre, who regales the audience with the true history of the music and its current status. Through scenes packed with emotional dialogue, dazzling dance sequences, and tension-filled games of Monopoly, the engaging performance weaves audiences through an exploration of sociological subjects including feminism, racism, and media influence. Family-friendly remixes and hits from hip-hop stars such as Common pepper the story with an air of realism, and also encourage spirited crowd participation throughout the show.
As a child, Pia Hamilton danced as Min on the children’s TV show Barney and Friends. Nowadays, she continues to showcase her love of dance at Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center, an all-ages studio she co-owns with her husband, actor Dustin Hamilton. The camera-seasoned duo has opened a spacious new facility that houses three dance studios, offering classes such as ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. They also host musical-theater classes that impart genre-specific dance tips, such as never to dance directly in front of Annie. They accommodate multiple skill levels, introducing both kids and adults to the world of dance.
Inside a blue-walled salon, expert stylists revamp clients’ looks as regulars swap gossip from their padded leather chairs. Staffers at the community-minded salon fill their Facebook page with gorgeous before-and-after shots, insider makeup tips, and treasure maps that reveal the location of one’s own eyelashes. Makeover artists transform locks with shimmering color, and they keep on top of the latest hair trends by studying celebrity clips and mastering smoothing keratin treatments. A zeal for quality is apparent in the deluxe products that line the salon’s high shelves, including Shellac nail polish and Tigi makeup.
For more than a decade, House Theatre has devoted itself to creating experiences that emphasize the magic of live theater. First achieving prominence with its supernatural thriller The Sparrow, the outfit has gone on to win 19 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award. Dedicated to daring storytelling, House Theatre’s productions weave resonant music with mechanical feats of onstage magic to create fully immersive experiences that dazzle audiences and convince actors that they can never go back to the real world or their real families.
Chicago Children's Theatre's productions sprout up on stages in and around the city, inspiring families' imaginations and engaging Chicago's diverse communities. Past seasons have staged adaptations of books, such as Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and interactive parable plays geared toward toddlers and their teddy bears. Committed to making theater accessible to all, the troupe's Red Kite Project composes multisensory works tailored to children with autism.