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Weekend Arts Roundup

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 23, 2007 10:08PM

Here’s what you missed while you were reading Harry Potter… and while Harry Potter got stinking rich:

Grab your composition paper and get to work. The Chicago Chamber Musicians are searching for the next great chamber piece by a brilliant composer age 32 or younger. They’ll perform the winning entry at a CCM concert next June. Entries are due December 1, so check out the rules, then find your muse.

Thirty years ago, the Sears Tower looked down on all others. Now the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to certify Burj Dubai as the new world’s tallest. The structure has reportedly surpassed 1,680 feet in height (beating current record-holder Taipei 101) and is expected to top out somewhere around 2,275 feet when completed at the end of ‘08.

jazzdance_2007_07.jpgBilled as “the greatest jazz dance event in the world!”, the Jazz Dance World Festival takes hold at the Harris Theater August 1-4, featuring seven companies from around the world and six local troupes, including host Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Muntu Dance Theatre and Chicago Tap Theatre, who’ll take the stage a few hours after appearing at another major festival a few blocks south.

This week’s Time Out Chicago and the TOC blog shed light on Top of the World, a gorgeous West Side mural which might soon succumb to condo creep. Its creator Jeff Zimmerman is working on a new “sexually-charged” piece for installation at the Center on Halsted Whole Foods.