In Motion: Forward Momentum Chicago teaches Chicago’s youngest generations about dance and life

Since 2013, Forward Momentum Chicago has been engaging local students in the art of dance by meeting them where they are—in their schools.   The South Loop–based organization is led by founder and executive director Pierre Lockett, a professional dancer who performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet, where he also served […]

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An artistic life

“I always said I was going to be an artist,” Kay Hofmann says. “It’s all I was interested in.” The 90-year-old artist has a startlingly clear statement of purpose: to make art, primarily hand-carved stone sculptures, no matter what. And she has done exactly that, creating countless works over her long and storied career, just […]

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Two guitar-oriented instrumental ensembles with their sights set on transcendence share a bill at the Hungry Brain

This spring, east-coast instrumental duo Elkhorn released On the Whole Universe in All Directions (Centripetal Force), and Chicago’s Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble released the equally game-changing III (Astral Spirits). Though their sounds are distinct, the two bands aim at a common goal of musical transcendence—which may help explain how they ended up on this bill together. […]

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Brick by brick

Will Quam found his love of bricks by accident. While working as an itinerant theater teacher in Chicago, he would travel around the city for work, and as he traveled, he started to notice Chicago’s bricks.  “Before 2016 if you’d have asked me what a brick looks like, I would have said, ‘red,’ and I […]

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The HIRS Collective uses noise and grindcore to celebrate diversity and fight hate

The HIRS Collective is an amorphous grindcore punk group whose anonymous members first came together in Philadelphia in 2011 to uplift and defend people targeted by marginalization, oppression, and violence, including queer and gender-diverse people, BIPOC, and outsiders of all kinds. In the intervening years, the American right has escalated its campaign of bigotry and […]