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Listen to This Art on the Wall

Today, according to Pollstar, Pitchfork is launching the inaugural edition of Midwinter, a three-day music event, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The artists, including Deerhunter, Kamasi Washington, Laurie Anderson, Perfume Genius and Oneohtrix Point Never, will perform throughout the museum. Some of the artists have “designed ‘soundscapes,’ unique music inspired by specific pieces in the Art Institute’s collection,” reports Pollstar. For instance, classical composer Nico Muhly’s piece “takes inspiration from two Claude Monet paintings in the museum’s ‘iconic’ Impressionist gallery, …

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Innovation

In the midst of #TakeaKnee, How One Team Engages the Community

As live entertainment marketers, much of our time is spent racking our brains to develop new and innovative marketing campaigns. How can we reach and engage with more and more of our community and beyond? Just in time for football, The Bears have come out of hibernation with a fresh idea. The team has commissioned four street-art murals that both celebrate the team and beautify the city. According to Adweek, the NFL club hopes the ad campaign will establish “a closer …

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Spotlight On

Spotlight On: Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago

In celebration of Steppenwolf’s 40th anniversary and John Mayer’s new book, Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words, Donald Liebenson profiles the celebrated theater company for Vanity Fair magazine. Some of the famous actors who are in the Steppenwolf ensemble include co-founders Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney, as well as Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich. The article highlights the history of Steppenwolf as well as its influence on American theater: “What Steppenwolf Theatre Company …

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News

The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker Named Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation

“The Joffrey Ballet’s long-running version of The Nutcracker has once again won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award,” reports Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer (@KennedyTwits). Kennedy continues in this Yahoo article: “The Chicago-based show beat out more than 106 other Nutcracker-themed productions to win the 9th annual audience-favorite prize, which includes a cash prize for its education programs. This third win makes The Joffrey Ballet the most decorated show in the competition’s nine years.” How does a production win the Nutty? …

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Spotlight On … Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

\”The Nutcracker”: Robert Joffrey’s beloved classic with the Chicago PhilharmonicJoffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Robert Joffrey’s beloved classic with the Chicago Philharmonic, will take the stage one last time for its final season, from December 4 to 27, at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. One of Chicago’s most popular holiday traditions now in its 28th year, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker has won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award — the only award honoring live performances of the holiday classic — twice. How …

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Spotlight On … Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has a new artistic director, and she officially starts on September 14. Anna D. Shapiro is a Tony winner, professor at Northwestern University and has directed a string of Broadway hits — Of Mice and Men (with James Franco), This Is Our Youth (with Michael Cera) and Fish in the Dark (with Larry David). Read more here about Shapiro and her plans for Steppenwolf in Christopher Borrelli’s Chicago Tribune article. Got a comment or question? Join the …

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News

Goldstar Turns 10 in Chicago

Goldstar is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Windy City. In his recent Chicago Business Journal feature, reporter Lewis Lazare writes, “Goldstar has developed a commanding presence in Chicago.” Launched in in 2005, Chicago was the first market outside the western states for Goldstar. From working with 78 local venues and just over 8,000 registered users, we now have relationships with more than 1,000 member venues and performing arts organizations and more than 500,000 registered customers. Some of those venues …

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Selling Out With

Selling Out With Darren Bagert

It’s a big night for two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Darren Bagert. After a successful run at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Side Show opens on Broadway — and Bagert is the lead producer. The exciting new reimagining of the 1997 Tony-nominated musical is based on the remarkable true story of the legendary Hilton twins as they rise from side-show attractions to celebrities of their day, and features music by Grammy-winning composer Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and direction by Academy Award winner …

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Experience

The Best Learning Space for Performance Is …

This Chicago Tribune article about street performers points out a few things — about promotion, audience engagement, etc. — that artists can learn from busking. One of the best quotes is: “It’s easier to play for a crowd that came to hear you,” guitarist Keithen Banks said. “But when you’re playing in front of a crowd that didn’t come to hear you and you win them over, you’re doing something.” Everyone’s got to start somewhere (I remember seeing Michael Colyar on …

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Marketing

What Does “Get ‘Em When They’re Young” Mean for Live Entertainment?

Get a child hooked on your product when he’s 10, and he’s yours for life. A lot of marketers believe that as gospel, and from time to time evidence emerges that “proves” it. I’ve always been less convinced. Preference is highly perishable, and most of the “brands” I liked as a kid aren’t particularly relevant to me now. I mean, I still like Count Chocula in theory, but I don’t exactly eat much of it. And when you look at …

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