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Sweeney Todd at Stage 773 Chicago

The Demon of Fleet Street Visits Chicago

October 31, 2014
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by:
Kit Graham

Looking to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween without dressing up? Pay a visit to the demon barber of Fleet Street and see the Porchlight Music Theater’s production of Sweeney Todd. The theater company has assembled a remarkably talented cast who brings Stephen Sondheim’s musical tale of a murderous London barber to life. While it can be hard to sell men on the idea of seeing a musical, Sweeney Todd is exactly the type of musical men love. It is a dark story, filled with betrayal, violence and murder. Women may be more interested the secondary storyline of Anthony and Johanna–young lovers trying to find a way to be together. The songs are …  Read more

Meet Flyleaf’s Lead Singer Kristen May

Flyleaf Comes to Chicago

October 17, 2014

“We all want hope and passion in our lives, and I’m just trying to create music that relates to people on that level,” said Kristen May, lead singer of Flyleaf, a rock band that continues to capture crowds with their powerful and catchy sound. It’s this desire to connect May describes that sets the band apart from others in its genre, because there’s a soulful element in their music as well. May was calling from Washington, D.C., one of many tour stops for the band (who are playing in a different city almost every night), while debuting their new album, Between the Stars. The six-week tour, which has the band traveling to all …  Read more

Dance, Destiny + Hard Work: Meet Iona Calhoun-Battiste

The Lifelong Dancer Discusses How She Made Her Dreams Come True by Helping Others

September 19, 2014

“We want to include everyone and make everyone feel important and special,” said Iona Calhoun-Battiste, founder of the Iona Calhoun School of Ballet at the South Shore Cultural Center. “But we recognize that not everyone is at the same level, so how do you support the girls who are really good and want to dance as a career, and how do you support those that dance recreationally, but it’s still important to them?” It’s this type of supportive mentality that has built the foundation for her school and sets it apart from others in the field. “Other schools will say, ‘If you can’t do it, then you can’t stay,’” Calhoun-Battiste said. Having gone …  Read more