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Sondheim's Follies
by Rob Lindley | Actor, Director & Writer | 2010 Jeff Award Winner, Actor in a Revue for Oh Coward! at the Writers' Theatre Rob Lindley What better way to celebrate “The Body” and the 80th birthday of Stephen Sondheim than by doing an evening of music from Follies, bringing to mind all of “Those Beautiful Girls"? So is it a staged reading, a concert version, or a just a concert? Yes. Yes. And Yes. After careful consideration musical director Doug Peck... Continue Reading >>
Online Resources
We here at CHF Education are always looking online for resources for teachers that we think are exceptional or cool or, ideally, both. The New York Times's Learning Network is one that we've had a lot of fun with lately. What are some of your must-visit sites? Continue Reading >>
Meet & Greet
CHF Education will be hitting the town this week. Tonight from 4 – 7 pm teachers participating in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Spotlight on Chicago (77 E. Randolph Street) can swing by our table and nab a copy of the 2010 Teachers’ Guide to the 2010 Festival and get a sneak peek at the Classics in Context 2011 schedule. This Saturday our team will be at Whitney Young Magnet High School (1431 W. Jackson Boulevard) for the Chicago Foundation for Education’s (CFE) 22nd Annual Teachers as Leaders... Continue Reading >>
The Nose
This past March, I went to New York to take in the local event of the year: the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera. It was one of those magical evenings. All of New York was there, wearing their finest and reveling in the chance to hear one of the most remarkable pieces of twentieth-century music. Dmitri Shostakovich It was a truly rare occasion. The Nose, composed in 1928, is hardly ever performed. For one, it is a pretty radical work written... Continue Reading >>
The Body: Spoken
Nikki Patin, curator and MC of "The Body: Spoken," offers her thoughts on the connection between writing about the body and her bodily experience performing the words she has written. Nikki Patin "Two or three things I know for sure, and one is that I would rather go naked than wear the coat the world has made for me" —Dorothy Allison Writers must come to the page naked. The sharp focus that is given to external... Continue Reading >>

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