Hyde Park | Stage & Screen

Now Five Years Old, Red Clay Dance Takes the Stage

Courtesy of Red Clay Dance Company

Courtesy of Red Clay Dance Company

Five women in hooded jumpsuits, four in blue and one in white, rise from the floor as the light that illuminates them grows in intensity. Each woman commands attention in turns, one executing balletic turns and leaps, another raising her leg in the air with yogic concentration. The woman in white begins to dance, but is cut short when she suddenly crumples to the floor.

So begins “Gone 2 Soon,” a piece choreographed and performed by the all-female Red Clay Dance Company, which took to the Logan Center’s Performance Hall stage to present their fifth anniversary concert, “Transcending,” on October 18. Continue reading

Food | South Loop

Consider the Oyster

Chicago Oyster House in the South Loop

CHELSEA LEU

CHELSEA LEU

The twentieth-century food writer M.F.K. Fisher had her first oyster at a boarding school Christmas party. In her book The Gastronomical Me, Fisher remembers swallowing the mollusk with adolescent daring before sweeping out to dance. “Oysters are simply marvelous!” she thinks giddily to herself. “More, more!” Continue reading