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Thursday Panel at Roosevelt on Billy Strayhorn and Gay Black America


Panel Discussion on the State of Gay Black America at Roosevelt University 5:30PM | Murray-Green Library As part of the Auditorium Theatre’s Billy Strayhorn Festival, we invite you to join us for a rich panel discussion examining the legendary jazz musician’s experience as a gay African American man in the middle of the twentieth century, as well as the state of gay black America today. Moderated by Dexter Zollicoffer, an actor, writer, director and diversity advisor at The Theatre School at

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Diplomatic thaw brings Cuban music to Chicago (Chicago Tribune)


Last December, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made global news, announcing on TV a historic thaw in relations between their long-feuding countries. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. government trumpeted new rules making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, spend money there and use their credit cards (only cash transactions were allowed before, under strict limitations). And in August, the American flag ascended above the newly reopened U.S. embassy in Havana. All of wh

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Twyla Tharp reflects on 50 years: Can’t stop, won’t stop (Chicago Tribune)


Twyla Tharp has been on the road, off and on, for more than a month when I speak with her by phone. She has the sniffles. It’s dinnertime and she hasn’t eaten. But inevitably, maybe, she warms to her subjects — including the processes behind the two new pieces, both for 12 dancers, on her 17-city 50th-anniversary tour, coming to the Auditorium Thursday through Sunday. Tharp, 74, also ranges over wider terrain: blogging, the role of video in dance, preserving her own work, her histo