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Job Opportunities with the DFPA!

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2014-2015 Season Announced!

We know you're all shaking with excitement to find out what our next mainstage performances will be! Dry your eyes and get pumped because soon we will present the following plays and musicals in the Newhart Family Theatre: Proof | SEPT 25 - OCT 5, 2014 Directed Read more

Around Town

Familiar Bedfellows

Posted on by Beatrice Brittan Posted in Around Town, Free, Visual Arts | Leave a comment

It’s always exciting to have the opportunity to see work from professors and colleagues in a professional setting. Now is your chance to do so!

Familiar Bedfellows is an upcoming exhibition at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago featuring work from Loyola Assistant Professors of Fine Art Matthew Groves and Sarah Nishiura.

Exploring the connections between two artists who have lived and worked side by side for the past 17 years, both artists draw on their love of the history of their respective crafts. For Groves, this craft is ceramics; for Nishiura, quilting. Nishiura’s quilts, made to offer warmth and beauty to a home, will hang as backdrops to Groves’ large inverted vessels, which can serve as curfews to keep smoldering coals alive through the night, or bells which can be rung to wake a person in the morning.

The exhibition runs from July 18-August 17 with an opening reception on Friday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m.


5th Annual Choreographers of Color Award

Posted on by Layne Hillesland Posted in Around Town, Chicago Audition, Competition, Dance | Comments Off


Break out those ballet shoes! Applications for The Fifth Annual Choreographers of Color Award are now being accepted by The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance. This award recognizes choreographers of color and is available to apply for until October 1.

 So what’s in store if you win the prize? I’m glad you asked. How does a $2,500 stipend and 30 rehearsal hours sound? The piece that’s choreographed will be set on the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program and the Joffrey Studio Academy. But wait! There’s more! The winner will also work with Artistic Directors Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev.  

Now here are the dirty details! Your choreographed piece has to be original and in between 10-12 minutes. You will send a DVD or video clip by mail or email to either The Joffrey Ballet Attention: Choreographers of Color Competition Selection Committee at 10 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 or emailed to The DVD/video clip will have an excerpt at the maximum of five minutes in length that gives a brief description with your interest in the competition and the type of work that will be created. Also, you must send along the general application found here, with three references. Don’t forget your head shot as well!

The final work(s) will be performed at the Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards 2015 in March. If you’re looking to buy tickets, click here.

More details about the competition can be found here!


9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street Festival

Posted on by Jaela Hall Posted in Around Town, Music | Comments Off

Clarkfest-2014Originally a modest one-day event, Celebrate Clark Street is now a full-blown street festival spanning three city blocks in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Talk about progress! Over the years, the attendance has increased from a few thousand people to 25,000 annually and continues to grow.

This festival is one of Chicago’s only World Music Festivals in existence today. Unlike other events, these celebrations feature the same cover band lineups each weekend. And we can never be mad at consistency. In attendance  will be music lovers of all kinds and ages, speakers of a total of more than 38 languages, and representatives of approximately 82 countries. The 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street Festival, hosted by the Rogers Park Business Alliance, remains one of the community’s most treasured local events. With the beautiful illustration of our city as a “melting pot” of diverse character and ethnicity, the festival is treasured as an embodiment of the culture and spirit present within the Chicago-land community. 


Help the Clark Street Festival celebrate its ninth consecutive year by indulging in a culturally enriched environment complete with live music, arts and crafts, ethnic food,  and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. Don’t miss it!