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Logan Square Performing Arts

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August 10, 2007

Aguijn Theater Company

Founded in 1989 by actor-director Rosario Vargas, this company presents Spanish-language and bilingual productions, including classic and contemporary drama, music, and dance; it has a mission to foster opportunities for Latino artists and to bridge cultural, ethnic, and economic gaps. Past productions have included works by Federico Garca Lorca and Carlos Fuentes. The company’s 2007-2008 season opener, running 9/7-10/7, is La Lujuria Segun Ramiro (Lust According to Ramiro), Urguayan playwright Dina Armas’s drama about a pimp who sells a religious fanatic to wealthy older women. Up next after that is Colombian writer Alberto Llerena’s Casa de Muertos (Dead Folks Home), running 11/1-12/2. At 8 PM on Saturday, 8/25, the company hosts a performance by Colombian singer-songwriter Franco Reins. | 2707 N. Laramie | 773-637-5899 |

Chicago Ballet

The creation of choreographer Paul Abrahamson, this company (formerly the Moose Project) focuses on contemporary ballet, which at times has meant comic dance or Latin-inflected ballet. The company, which appears around the city, moved to Logan Square from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts about a year ago with the help of a city TIF program. A fall performance schedule will be announced later, but a “grand unveiling” of the new Chicago Ballet Studio (9/8-9/9) will feature a performance as well as a chance to meet the company. | 3433 W. Diversey | 312-943-2528 |

Elastic Arts Foundation

As its name suggests, the group is “open to whatever can fit within the confines of our space,” says codirector Sam Lewis. So far that includes occasional theater and performance art events as well as readings, music (see Music), and installation art. Upcoming events at the space include a program of hip-hop and spoken word presented by Hermit Arts (8/26), solo dancer Asimina Chremos (8/13 and 8/27), the monthly Discrete Reading Series (9/8, 10/6, 10/13, 11/3, 12/22), and a 24-hour arts festival called Chicago Calling (10/25, | 2830 N. Milwaukee | 773-772-3616 |

Intimate Opera of Chicago

Founded by classical soprano Nancy Henninger, this small troupe is intended as a low-cost, neighborhood-based alternative to Chicago’s major downtown opera companies, both for the singers and the audience. The troupe performed last season at Grace United Methodist Church, but this season’s venue and schedule have yet to be announced. | 4635 W. Altgeld | 312-719-2113 |

Open Wound Comedy

On the first Sunday of the month at the Mutiny (see Music), producer Clare Kelly hosts a long-form improv set featuring an established ensemble of local performers, which is followed by a short-form improv jam. The show wraps with an open mike that has welcomed stand-ups, ventriloquists, and musicians—“just none of that singer-songwriter shit.” | 9:30 PM | 2428 N. Western | 773-486-7774 | | Free

Vaudeville Underground

This monthly variety show staged by Voice of the City (see below) in various locations around Logan Square features performance art, poetry, dance, circus arts, stage magic, comedy, pantomime, cabaret, and film. For the next one, part of this weekend’s Palmer Square Boulevard Arts Festival, the lineup includes the American Theater Company, the Space/Movement Project, spoken-word artist Sheila Donohue, the sketch comedy group Big Dog Eat Child, poet Jus’ Lillie, Winifred Haun & Dancers, West African drumming by the Chicago Djembe Project, juggler Matiss Duhon, and the folk-rock duo Congress of Starlings. | Sun 8/12, 5 PM | Palmer Square Boulevard Arts Festival | 2150 N. Kedzie | 773-782-9471 | | Free

Voice of the City

The nonprofit organization Voice of the City describes itself as “an arts alliance building community through making art and teaching art.” Operated by Dawn Marie Galtieri and her husband, Christopher Ellis, the group hopes to turn its new space into a neighborhood performance and training center. The agency, which also offers arts education and work-study programs for children and teenagers, is spearheading the formation of a Logan Square Chamber of Arts in tandem with several other local groups. Voice of the City also presents Vaudeville Underground (see above) and Circle in the Square: New Works in Dance Theatre, a collaborative venture with Winifred Haun & Dancers dedicated to producing new works in dance, theater, and performance art. | 3429 W. Diversey | 773-782-9471 | R

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