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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on May 6, 2011 5:20PM

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Randi Black's debut novel Miss World is about a 16-year-old girl coping with sexual assault and Kurt Cobain’s death, and trying to hide it all from her traditional Chinese parents. Black and the rest of her Division|Collective members are hosting a release party for Miss World 7 p.m. tonight at the Cornelia Arts Center (1800 W. Cornelia Ave.) featuring a Q&A, readings from Black and other Division|Collective members and music from the era of the novel.


Kate Corby & Dancers' Catch is part of a larger interdisciplinary project exploring genocidal history and the nature of human violence. Corby's choreography investigates empathy and the concept of emotional contagion and features an original score by Brooklyn-and San Francisco-based composer Ryan Smith. Other works for this recital include Emily Miller's solo Brute, which investigates the survivor and survival, with a particular focus on gender. The piece includes an original score by Milwaukee-based composer Tim Russell; a new duet for Anna Normann and Michelle Scurlock and the company's 2009 trio, Go, which was performed as part of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago. All costumes for the concert were designed by Chicago-based designer and dance artist Maggie Dianovsky. (Links Hall, 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available here; discounted tickets for students here.)


A Scandinavian Choral Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Anderson Chapel at North Park University. Sponsored by the Swedish American Museum, the program includes selections performed by several popular Chicago-area Scandinavian choral organizations. All of the participating choirs will join for the closing selection and an "allsong" with the audience. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the choral groups. Admission fees of $10 for adults and $5 for children include a reception after the concert. For more information, visit

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