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Dance Tue Jul 28 2015

Two Performances Close Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 25th Anniversary

Lane Alexander

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 25th anniversary Rhythm World celebration comes to a close this weekend. The Rhythm World festival celebrating tap and percussive dance culminates in two performances Friday and Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

On Friday, tap masters both local and international come together for choreography set to the music of the late Billy Strayhorn, newly arranged by Vijay Tellis-Nayak. Dancers include Martin "Tre" Dumas, Derick K. Grant, Cartier Williams, and Yukiko Misumi of Japan. Choreographers Star Dixon and Zada Cheeks present new works, along with Prisms from director and founder Lane Alexander.

Saturday features Chicago and U.S.-based performers. The closing show highlights the Chicago Human Rhythm Project ensemble BAM! performing Push Past Break, a Princess Grace Award-commissioned piece by Michelle Dorrance, and Reflections from Alexander. Other performers include Sarah Savelli, Jumaane Taylor, Nico Rubio, Jay Fagan, Daniel Borak of Switzerland and Marina Coura of Brazil. The night also features a new work by BAM's Martin Bronson.

Before the Rhythm World performances, Chicago Human Rhythm Project holds its 25th Anniversary Jubalee this Thursday, July 30. The event features Tony Award winner Tommy Tune performing Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, a one-man, autobiographical show of the director and choreographer. Tune will be presented the JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement at the event. The evening includes a champagne reception, dinner and live and silent auctions.

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project has spent 25 years building a community of percussive dance through education, outreach and performance.

Tickets can be purchased for the Friday and Saturday shows by calling 312-397-4010 or at They are $25-$35.

Tickets for the Thursday 25th Anniversary Jubalee can be purchased by calling 312-542-2477 ext. 211 or emailing Tickets are $500 or $250 for reception and performance only.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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