2018 “Too Hot” Poetry Contest Winners


Congratulations to our 2018 Too Hot Poetry Contest Winners! Thank you to our Eductional Outreach Sponsor, AllState. These Are the Sounds of My Community Poet: Giselle Alencastro Galileo Scholastic Academy I hear the wind Taking the leaves in different directions I hear dogs Barking, wanting to take ownership of the whole town I hear youngins Enjoying life and living for now I hear vehicles Coming home to unexpected memories that await them I hear sirens And how they take people away, Oh how I ho

Alvin Ailey 2018 Programming


Program A Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary Chicago Premiere Longtime Ailey dancer Jamar Roberts’ choreographic debut for the company, Members Don’t Get Weary, is a work for 10 dancers set to music by jazz legend John Coltrane, 50 years after his death. Roberts calls the work “a response to the current social landscape in America … an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues.'” Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section New Production Tony Award-winner Twyla Tha

Why Director Joan Curto Chose to Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne


Written by Joan Curto In commemoration of their centennials, much has been written about the lives, careers, awards, and accomplishments of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne individually. But in my research for the upcoming show on November 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, something struck me: the similarities between the two women. Not just the fact that they were both black women, who lived during a time of significant racial inequality and segregation, yet rose to great heights in their respective