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Chicago magazine August 2016

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A Chicago Dance Legend Responds to Critics For more than 10 years, Homer Bryant has been teaching Hiplet, his trademarked combination of ballet and hip-hop. After video of the style went viral in May, he faced criticism from some dance traditionalists. Why are people only looking at Hiplet, when you mostly teach regular ballet? The big blowup is [because] it’s some black girls on pointe, doing what’s not known in the classical ballet world. Some people in the dance world are saying Hiplet looks unsafe. To do hip-hop, you’re down and grounded in your plié. It’s not pulled up and straight knees and beautiful. The fact that the girls do [hiphop] on pointe, people are really freaked out. That’s why people are complaining. But that’s what makes it so amazing. Read more atchicagomag.com/hiplet. ON YOUR TABLET Print…

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full circle

Last May, I took a trip to Grand Cayman and—as I do on every vacation—went on the hunt for a quintessential local souvenir. My first stop: George Town, where thousands of cruisegoers decamp almost daily. I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was a tourist trap filled with generic gift shops. The next day, a well-dressed resident suggested a boutique called the Funky Monkey, walking distance from my hotel. This was a total score, stocked with colorful island gear, tie-dyed scarves, and unique jewelry. I settled on an aqua-beaded bib necklace and, as I was paying, asked the store owner to tell me about its maker. “It’s a brand called Nakamol,” she said. “They’re in Chicago.” Womp womp. That night in the hotel room I Googled the brand and discovered not only that I had…

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CONTRIBUTORS Starting on page 80, acclaimed novelist Sandra Cisneros vents some longstanding frustrations with her native Chicago, which she left in 1982. “I come back to see my family, and it fills me with sadness to see things getting worse for the poor. I wrote this in a moment of rage. It’s a message I want the people—and politicians—of Chicago to hear.” After six years as a Tribune food writer, Kevin Pang makes his Chicago magazine debut with a story on the city’s masters of card magic (page 84). “It’s nice to be out from under the umbrella of food writing,” says Pang. “And it’s definitely been better for my waistline.” BEHIND THE SHOOT Deputy design director Emily Johnson caught an impromptu dance battle at the shoot for street crew the Era (page 38).…

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ON JULY’S PETS FEATURE What were you thinking having an article about cooking duck and goat [“Everything’s Just Ducky”] in a pets issue? The irony! Letter from Elizabeth Turner Greyhounds are not long-distance runners— they’re sprinters. If you train for a 5K with a greyhound [as suggested in “Gimme Shelter”], you will kill it. Letter from Tobi Fox ON THE IBLP SCANDAL This article [“The Cult Next Door,” July] makes a difference. You’ve given victims a voice and spotlighted decades of cover-ups. Letter from Rachel Frost I can’t say how strongly I disagree with this group, but journalists shouldn’t stoop to the term “cult.” It lacks content. Stick to what the group does, and avoid words that function much like racial slurs. jontrott on Chicagomag.com ON FRIENDS OF THE PARKS’ QUEST TO QUASH THE LUCAS MUSEUM We don’t need another [tourist]…

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DEATH OF A STREETCAR NAMED VIRGINIA WOOLF: A PARODY Through 8/14 Hilarity ensues when Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski, Willy Loman, and other iconic stage characters find themselves in the same play. This collaboration between Writers Theatre and The Second City is a comedic sendup of some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century. $65–$80. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. writerstheatre.org WAR PAINT Through 8/21 Two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in this highly anticipated world premiere musical about cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who transformed the beauty industry while rivaling each other. $44–$182. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL Through 8/20 The nation’s only summerlong outdoor classical music series of its kind has again gathered a roster of acclaimed guest artists to join…

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the olympics that weren’t

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Book 2 of Chicago’s proposal for the 2016 Olympics—part of a 540-page document that weighs in at seven pounds—begins with Daniel Burnham’s most famous quote: “Make no little plans …” (you know the rest). No little plans, indeed. Nearly seven years out from the failed effort, it’s hard to imagine the city building a billion-dollar Olympic Village in Douglas while basic services—namely, public schools and the police department—so desperately need cash infusions. But back in those heady days, the Olympic bid committee wrangled support from big guns like President Obama and spent over $70 million on contractors, marketing, and six-digit executive bonuses in an attempt to lure the games. Had they actually arrived, the city’s first Olympics (it…