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Dance Fri Dec 04 2015

Joffrey Ballet Presents Final Performances of Robert Joffrey's "The Nutcracker"

Joffrey Nutcracker 2015This holiday season marks the end of a 28-year-old Chicago tradition. The Joffrey Ballet presents Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker for the last time this year, with 24 performances from tonight to December 27.

Joffrey's version of The Nutcracker, which he choreographed in 1987, takes place in a 19th-century American home, replacing the former traditional European backdrop. The tale follows the main character, Clara, as she attends a Christmas Eve celebration, surrounded by toys from Joffrey's childhood. Following the celebration, Clara is transported to a world of battling toy soldiers and mice, an enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker.

Over the years, the Joffrey Ballet has maintained Joffrey's original choreography, infusing the performance with extravagant sets and costumes.

"Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker has been an indelible trademark of The Joffrey Ballet's repertoire for 28 strong years," said Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. "As we continue to celebrate our 60th anniversary season honoring the company's countless milestones and continued growth, we're honored to commemorate this production's enduring legacy one final time with Chicago audiences."

The Chicago Philharmonic plays the Tchaikovsky score live for each performance. In addition to the Joffrey company, 118 young dancers from throughout Chicago take the stage in various roles.

Next year, the Joffrey dancers will perform a new Nutcracker choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon.

For the full show schedule, visit The show runs tonight and through December 27 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Tickets range from $32 to $136 and can be purchased at

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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

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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