“Cavalia” extends run through Sunday, August 2nd

cavalia Cavalia, the spectacular equestrian odyssey, has extended its run in Chicago’s West Loop.  The production, which makes its Chicago debut Tuesday, July 14, will now play through Sunday, Aug. 2. Cavalia will be presented under its towering White Big Top, which is pitched in Chicago’s stylish West Loop at Racine and Jackson. 

For those unfamiliar with this show, Cavalia is a show unlike any other, a lavish orchestration blending multimedia theatrical spectacle with equestrian and performing arts. Acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and riders are showcased on an enormous, 160-foot-wide stage; a space so expansive that it allows the horses sufficient space to gallop and cavort, at times completely unbridled.   Recognized for their expertise in the realm of multimedia, Cavalia’s creators have used cutting-edge technology to create dream-like fantasy world. Large, panoramic images are projected on to a 210-foot-wide curved screen, while stunning special and lighting effects illuminate the action on the stage and in the air. Original live music and vocals accompany this feast for the senses.

Featured in Cavalia are 13 different breeds of horses, including Arabians, Spanish Pure Breeds, Lusitanos, Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Paint horses from France, Canada, Spain and the United States. The featured artists represent talented individuals from such nations as the United States Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, and Russia.


Opening night is Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. 


For its exclusive run in Chicago, Cavalia will be presented under the White Big Top pitched in Chicago’s stylish West Loop at Racine and Jackson. Tickets are on sale now. Regular tickets are priced from $45.50 to $98.50. Special pricing is available for children and seniors. In addition, special packages including an exclusive visit to the Cavalia stables are also available. Prices do not include service fees. For more information, a detailed list of show dates and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit www.cavalia.net.

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Stop-Motion Post-it Notes – “Deadline”


From creator Bang-yao Liu:  

This is my senior project at Savannah College of Art and Design. Where my idea comes from is that every time when I am busy, I feel that I am not fighting with my works, I am fighting with those post-it notes and deadline. I manipulating the post-it notes to do pixel-like stop motion and there are some interactions between real actor and post-its.

Bang-yao Liu also provides a video on the making of Stop-Motion “Deadline”.

Theater Thursday: “The Last Barbecue” – 16th Street Theater

Thursday, July 16

The Last Barbecue by Brett Neveu
16th Street Theater
6420 16th Street, Berwyn (map)

The Last Barbecue - 16th Street TheaterCome to 16th Street Theater / Berwyn Cultural Center‘s beautiful new outdoor garden before the show to enjoy a barbecue catered by Cabin Fever featuring mini burgers grilled to order and all the yummy bbq fixings. Then stay to enjoy the comedy that first put Chicago playwright Brett Neveu on the map, followed by a post-show dialogue with members of the cast and director. The Last Barbecue is an audacious and dark comedy about a ten-year reunion of a son’s high school graduation that coincides with the one-year anniversary of the next-door neighbor’s death. A remount of The Aardvark’s 2000 critically-acclaimed production. "Hilarious and ominous." (New City)

Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
For reservations call 708.795.6704 x105 and mention "Theater Thursdays," or buy online at www.16thstreettheater.org.


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