Around Town

Ectoplasm from the Underworld

European TransportationThe Bike Room now holds new works from Christian Rieben in his collection Ectoplasm from the Underworld. This work brings themes of memory, mythology and the reconsideration of the art historical cannon. It also includes the paintings European Transportation, Primavera and Catch and Release. His paintings create disrupted narrations that call his viewers to really question his themes of interest.

The Bike Room is an artist-run project space off the Loyola red line stop. Ectoplasm from the Underworld will have its opening reception September 5 from 6-9 PM. The show will run until October 2. There will also be a special Bagels and Bloody Mary Brunch in celebration of SAIC alumni weekend September 20 from 10 AM – 1 PM. Come out and support our very own fine arts professor Christian Rieben!

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LUC Representing at the Jeff Awards

Every year, the Jeff Awards recognizes special productions, actors and crew members from the wide span of Chicago theatre in an effort to “[foster] the artistic growth of area theatres and theatre artists.” Well, looks like they’re seeing why Loyola has the best darn theatre group in the city! For not one, not two, but three nominees have an LUC connection in this year’s 2015 presentation!

Loyola professor Lee Keenan has been nominated for his outstanding lighting design in the production of The Hammer Trinity, Part 3: The Excelsior King at the House Theatre of Chicago. So if you see him around campus, or even have a class with him, don’t make light (heh) of his amazing achievements, and congratulate him! Oh, but we’ve got actors and actresses too! In the Actor in a Supporting Role category, Ross Lehman’s portrayal of Moonface Martin in the Marriott Theatre’s production of Anything Goes is being honored. If the name isn’t familiar, it will be on November 13 when Mr. Lehman takes on the lead role in LUC’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo. Finally, alumni Hillary Clemens snagged a nomination for the Actress in a Principal Role category for her work as Crystal in Bethany from the Gift Theatre.

For a complete list of nominees, including information on the actual date and time of the ceremony, please follow the link here.

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After Miss Julie

We’ve all seen it before, in any number of media forms: a dark, smoky room and two stone-faced individuals trading snide comments. Once one gets the upper hand on the conversation, he/she simply walks away, leaving the other person in a confused stupor, wondering why they couldn’t have been the one to do the super cool walking-away shot. Intrigue, by nature, holds us and refuses to let go until a resolution is reached. And it’s pretty stinkin’ interesting to watch too. If you need to fill your intrigue quota for the day, consider seeing the play After Miss Julie at the Strawdog Theatre Company!

An adaptation of the play Miss Julie, this production centers around the royally rich character Julie interacting with her head servant John and cook Christine. She’s moved up in time from 1880s Sweden to the 1940s during the overwhelming victory of England’s Labour Party. From that political backdrop, the three characters revolve around themes of power, class, gender and of course, sex. Motivations shift, loyalties form and crumble, and all the while sharply dressed people smugly wait for their chance to walk away all cool-like.

After Miss Julie is currently running at the Strawdog Theatre Company, and will continue to do so until September 26. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays beginning at 8 PM, and Sundays at 4 PM. Tickets cost $28. For more information on the production, including a link to purchase tickets online, please click the link here.

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