Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn) offers its Fall Showcase 2022, the debut performance of the current Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company, tonight and tomorrow at 7 PM. The program includes Steady Going, a new piece by South Chicago Dance Theatre founder and artistic director Kia Smith; Dreaming With Ruth Page: […]
In 1997, Heather Robinson (aka DJ Heather), Colette Marino (aka Colette), Darlene Jackson (aka DJ Lady D), and Shannon Ialongo (aka Dayhota) debuted at Funky Buddha Lounge as the DJ collective Superjane. Superjane have since become a supergroup with their own center of gravity, but they’ve also functioned as advocates for other women fighting for […]
DJ and producer Ariel Zetina has become a major player in Chicago nightlife in no small part because she works in more than one medium. Zetina moved to Illinois in 2008 to study theater and creative writing at Northwestern University, and she’s flourished as a playwright. Her reimagining of the tragic life of computer scientist […]
A teenage Jamie Hodge enchanted the international underground-dance community in 1993 with his debut 12-inch as Born Under a Rhyming Planet, Analog: Heaven. Techno figurehead Richie Hawtin released Hodge’s music on his Plus 8 label after the Chicago producer played him some original recordings—he dropped in on Hawtin in Ontario at the end of a […]
Lyra Pramuk’s music has a sparklingly ethereal, woodland quality—like disco meets Midsommar (minus any residual fascism). The Berlin-based artist was born in Pennsylvania and grew up singing in small-town church choirs. While going through the motions of performing as a boy content to sing religious songs in the round, she developed a rich, private online […]
Chicago goth trio Pixel Grip invite you to dance on straight white capitalism’s grave.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by DJ M. Sylvia using visual elements from Andrew Panahon and Tima Fei.
Drummer Gerald Cleaver has explored the edges of jazz in a career that’s already stretched over more than four decades. On last year’s What Is to Be Done (Clean Feed) he joined saxophonist Larry Ochs and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline for a set that swayed and jerked about in the space between free playing, ambience, […]
Kim Petras opens for South African singer-songwriter Troye Sivan at the Chicago Theatre this weekend.
Berlin-based producer and singer Laurel Halo makes a rare Chicago appearance to headline the Empty Bottle on Tuesday night.
Minimal techno master Wolfgang Voigt returns to Chicago with his most beloved project, Gas, and answers questions from Whitney Johnson of Matchess.
This week eccentric Chicago label Hausu Mountain releases Black Hat’s Impossible World and World War’s Soundsystem.
Current musical obsessions of Parlour Tapes cofounder Jenna Lyle, techno artist and composer Eric Fernandez, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Plus: pieces about the queer experience in contemporary dance and the intimacy of abrasive noise
This year’s Ruido Fest spans genres and generations, with Intocable, Bomba Estéreo, Molotov, Julieta Venegas, Titán, El Guincho, Ruido Rosa, and many more.