Wednesday January 17 9:42 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Interviews, Non-Theater Reviews, Stories, Whatever

Cavalia Odysseo is an Awesome Spectacle!

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***** Highly Recommended ***** Cavalia Odysseo is an awesome show, in fact, I’d call it totally spectacular! It is definitely one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Odysseo is all about horses – horses with riders, horses running free, horses following a trainer – no bridles, no halters, no reins – amazing! It’s horses, horses, horses, blended with unique, human circus acts. I loved it! 4 BIG Spotlights

Chicago Sinfonietta's "More Than a Letter" by Jeffrey Leibham

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****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** "More Than a Letter" is a joyous celebration of LGBTQ composers and musicians. Presented by Chicago Sinfonietta this program enjoyed two performances over the past week, one in Naperville and the other in downtown Chicago. The guest conductor was Michael Morgan of the Oakland Symphony and former Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 4 SPOTLIGHTS

Chicago Tap Theatre's "Liaison" was an International Experience!

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**** Highly Recommended **** Although I saw Chicago Tap Company’s incredibly creative “Time Steps”, a story told in dance, last year, I didn’t know much about the company. Since I was fascinated by their style of tap dance, I decided then that I’d definitely go to see them dance again. When I got an invitation to see CTT’s “Liaison”, an international exploration of tap dance, I was ready to go! Ab Fab production! 4 Spotlights

The Joffrey Ballet’s “Game Changers” is a Visual Feast!

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Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Game Changers”, another brilliant smorgasbord of contemporary ballet, includes “Fool’s Paradise”, a graceful, sensual, and very sexy ballet; “Infra”, a strong yet mournful urban abstract; and finally, the intricate and ever-changing patterns of “Year of the Rabbit”. As always, the Joffrey dancers execute the most complicated choreography with flawless technique while a live orchestra adds depth to the experience. I give “Game Changers” 4 Spotlights.

The Joffrey Ballet Production of "The Nutcracker" is Magnificent!

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***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “new” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against the Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon has given the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights!

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was a Fabulous Experience!

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I’d never been to a performance of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, although I’d always heard they were an uber-talented company. I was delighted to attend the opening of their Fall Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The three-part program (with two intermissions) featured pieces choreographed by Jiří Kylián, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. I was in awe of the grace and strength displayed by the entire ensemble. 4 Spotlights!

2016 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus is “Out Of This World”

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**** Recommended ***** I’ve taken my 7-year-old granddaughter, Molly, to lots of plays and shows. For the first time ever, her father, my son, Owen, decided to accompany us to the opening night of “Out Of This WorldTM ”, the 2016 version of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus. A great time was had by all three of us! We give the Circus 4 BIG Spotlights.

Giordano Dance Chicago is known for Creative Jazz Dancing

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I didn’t know anything about Giordano Dance Chicago when I went to their fall engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. I wasn’t all that familiar with jazz dance, either. The Giordano dancers are so strong, so talented, so creative, they absolutely blew me away! I gave them 4 BIG Spotlights.