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THE Chicago premiere of Year of the Rabbit by New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer Justin Peck will be a central part of this year’s presentation of the Joffrey Ballet’s Game Changers through February 26 at the Auditorium Theatre. Inspired by the Chinese zodiac, Peck’s second work for the New York City Ballet is a fine-tuned collaboration with American singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens and set to classical orchestration. Two other presentations in the show include Fool’s Paradise, choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, and displays a series of ballet solos, duets and trios. INFRA, created after the 2005 London subway bombing and choreographed by Wayne McGregor, is set to an original score by Max Richter and features a 59-foot LED screen suspended above the stage. For more information and tickets, go to www.auditoriumtheatre.org
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The Joffrey Ballet & Game Changers 
QCAA Chamber of Commerce Jazz Brunch
THE 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival begins its five-week run on February 21 with a performance by world fusion ensemble Surabhi (in collaboration with Las Guitarras de España and Intercultural Music Production) in a concert that traces Flamenco’s Andalusia (southern Spain) roots and its influences from African, Arabic and Indian traditions. After the opening, the following performances at Instituto Cervantes will feature flamenco dancer Anabel Veloso on February 24-25; Spain-based flamenco dancer Lakshmi Basile on March 3-4; flamenco pianist and composer Alfonso Aroca on March 10; Josemi Carmona and double-bassist Javier Colina on March 14; flamenco dancer Alba Heredia on March 17-18; and flamenco dancer Isaac de los Reyes and singer Amparo Heredia on March 24-25. For more information and tickets, go to www.chicago.cervantes.es.  
'Hollywood On State' Red Carpet 
CHICAGO's longest-running awards show viewing party, “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star,” continues its annual Academy Awards presentation on February 26 at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At the event to celebrate the 89th Academy Awards and to honor local Chicago filmmakers (Lonnie Edwards, Lori Felker, Jennifer Reeder and Michael Smith), guests, encouraged to dress in their best Oscar fashions, will experience a “Hollywood party” as they view the activities surrounding the movie industry’s top personalities during entertainment’s biggest night. All guests are invited to walk the red carpet with hosts Tommy Walton (SAIC Fashion Design Department, MasterChef) and NK Gutiérrez (filmmaker, actress and host of The Soul Salon). Tickets can be purchased online at siskelfilmcenter.org/hollywoodonstate2017 or by calling 312.846.2072.
AT the ninth annual Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce jazz brunch and scholarship awards, Trayce Eileen and the PTR Band were the featured performers, providing a variety of music to entertain supporters at the Hotel Arista in Naperville. A number of accomplished students from institutions of higher education throughout Chicagoland received scholarships to continue their education. One of those awards was the newly established Ron Allen Scholarship, named in honor of the activist and Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce board member who was shot to death on Chicago’s West Side in December.
Chicago Flamenco Festival 2017