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Film review: ‘TFW No GF’ mines quasi-empathy for bored and ignored millennial trolls

TFW No GF was released on Valentine’s Day. As a cruel joke? Or in ironic solidarity with the film’s subjects? Both, I hope. Alex Lee…

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Big Muddy’s winter mixed-rep a smorgasbord of dance flavors

ST. LOUIS — The show must go on, as they say. Though this mantra has been questioned throughout the past year, as a raging pandemic,…

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Big Muddy’s ‘Lemp Legends’ leans into St. Louis folklore—and pandemic dance making

ST. LOUIS—When the Big Muddy Dance Company made Lemp Legends for the Edison Theatre in 2018, I would bet, dollars to donuts, they expected to…

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Rebecca Rego channels Lucia Berlin in new album, ‘Songs for Cleaning Women, Part 1’

CHICAGO—So far, Eighth Blackbird’s attempts at live-streaming a virtual concert series from their production house in Horner Park have not gone well. The series—called Chicago…

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When life imitates art: George Floyd, RBG and ‘We’re Gonna Die’

CHICAGO—Ten minutes before the scheduled virtual opening of Theatre Y’s “We’re Gonna Die,” I heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. I didn’t want to go,…

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Moving is important. What if we took the hint, and actually paused?

NORMAL, IL—My feed is filled with virtual dance classes and obituaries. As COVID-19 continues to tear through this country and redefine ways of life, indefinitely,…

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Beyond ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ new film takes a deeper dive on Petipa

Icarus Films—the independent film producer that has created documentaries on Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch and Trisha Brown—has a new dance film making its way to…

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Illinois Symphony hits all the right notes—and there were a lot of them—in V-Day program

BLOOMINGTON, IL—Love was in the air at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Friday, which had big pink hearts projected onto the Illinois Symphony’s…

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Departing from Graham, Kanopy Dance pulls from Stanley Love’s vibrant catalog in ‘Love is Love’

MADISON, WI —In a departure from their usual Martha Graham-influenced work, “Love is Love”, Kanopy Dance Company’s midwinter offering in the Overture Center’s Promenade Hall,…

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‘An American in Paris’ at Drury Lane has all the movie magic of the original

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL—The band was inconsistent. So was some of the tap dancing, and a couple actors’ French accents sounded, well, more like German. If…

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