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Michigan Avenue - 2015 - Issue 8 - Winter - Sandra Lee

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70 PhotograPhy by andy Warhol (Pritzker); courtesy of the civilians (Another Word for BeAuty ); carl Mcclarty (Winter taP JaMboree); arena Partners, llc (chi-toWn rising); herbert Migdoll (nutcrAcker) The Big Picture The MuseuM of ConTeMporary phoTography Marks a MilesTone wiTh a ThoughT-provoking peek inTo iTs arChives. exhibit calendar Andy Warhol's portrait of Cindy Pritzker is among the 300-plus works on display. /// Three To See /// Nothing distracts from the rapidly dropping tempera- tures like a few healthy doses of culture. In celebration of its 85th year, the Adler Planetarium presents "Twelve Days of Adler," with highlights including commemorations of historic space missions like Apollo 8 and Apollo 17 and a Winter of Science Weekend flled with activities and experi- ments (December 12–23, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922- 7827; At the Goodman Theatre, Oscar - nominated screen- writer José Rivera debuts his highly anticipated play Another Word for Beauty—"a smart, funny, and enter- taining performance," says director of new play development Tanya Palmer (January 16–February 21, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800; goodman And begin- ning January 22, Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Winter Tap JAMboree offers three days of tap dance classes led by such renowned performers as the Syncopated Ladies, Nicholas Young (Off Broadway's Stomp), and Cartier Williams. "The image of tap dance has changed quite a bit," says project cofounder and artistic director Lane Alexander. "Shirley Temple and Fred Astaire pop into people's minds when they hear the word 'tap,' but there's a contemporary fair to the dance that everyone can enjoy." And January 23 brings the dynamic Tap Off! Competition, featur- ing local youth groups (410 S. Michigan Ave., 312- 542-2477; Star Power New Year's Eve has long been synonymous with the ball drop in Times Square, but this year Chicago plans to steal the show. "Our mission is to inspire celebra- tion in Chicago," says Arena Partners founder and president John Murray, who is spear- heading the televised December 31 soirée. Titled Chi-Town Rising, it will feature musical acts, art exhibits, private dinners, and—to cap off the evening in style—an illuminated star rising to the top of the Hyatt Regency at midnight, along with a freworks show. December 31 at 6 pm, Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave.; "The Polaroids were never intended to be artworks," says Allison Gra nt , a ssist a nt curator of t he Museum of Contempora r y Photography, referring to Andy Warhol's instant images, includ- ing an arresting 1982 photo of Cindy Pritzker. Like the Factory icon's other Polaroids, the shot of Pritzker originally served as a study for later pieces, but it became a work of art in its own right when it was distributed by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts following the Pop artist's passing. It's just one of more than 300 works in the museum's 40th-anniversary exhibit, "MoCP at 40," which also features Elliott Erwitt's photography from John F. Kennedy's funeral (including an image of a tearful Jacqueline Kennedy, whom Grant says became "a surrogate of grief") and Carrie Mae Weems's poignant 1990 Kitchen Table Series. Complementing the photos are letters, postcards, and other items from the photographers, like Dawoud Bey's note relaying his experience seeing the "Harlem on My Mind" exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969. "It's some- thing special that we could pull out of our archives and share with the public in a way that's not usually done," says Grant of these pieces, which help give context to the images by these prolifc artists, including renowned black-and-white photographer Sally Mann. Through her correspondence, "you can see her career developing," says Grant, "almost right before your eyes." January 28–April 10, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 312-663-5554; MA turning Pointe "Kids who were in The Nutcracker 20 years ago are married with their own kids," marvels Ashley Wheater, artistic direc- tor of the Joffrey Ballet, who himself danced in the 1987 premiere of Robert Joffrey's ver- sion. Twenty-eight years later, Wheater and the rest of the company bid the beloved classic farewell as it receives its much-anticipated fnal pre- sentation, making room for Christopher Wheeldon's sure-to-be-groundbreaking re-envisioning of the holi- day favorite, to premiere in December 2016. December 4–27, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-386-8905; Another Word for Beauty is inspired by a real pageant at a women's prison in Colombia. Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies, due at the Tap JAMboree. CulTure Spotlight

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