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National Black community hero, Orrin Hudson, wins 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Award

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — When it comes to making a positive difference in young lives, most people would say reaching 25,000 youngsters is an incredible achievement, but not if you are Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson. His goal is to reach at least 1 million young people through his Be Someone, Inc. organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering youth empowerment through the game of chess.

Hudson was recently honored at the United Covenant Church of Christ’s (UCCC) 23rd Holy Convocation in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a recipient of the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Award for Social Justice, and the award was presented to him by Bishop Eric D. Garnes. Also honored was Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s famed Ebenezer Baptist Church. The event, held at the Downtown Sheraton Atlanta Hotel from July 9-11, 2012, was the first time that UCCC had issued these prestigious awards.

Hudson says he is “honored and humbled to receive the award, especially with someone like Dr. Warnock.” The former Alabama state trooper and chess champion is focused on touching as many lives as he can. “After receiving an award like this, I rededicate myself to working even harder. Teaching kids makes my heart sing, and it allows me to make a difference just like someone did in my life years ago.”

Hudson also noted that receiving the prestigious award has opened up a lot of opportunities to better promote and enhance his organization. He comments, “I had a chance to meet someone who I truly admire, Bishop Noel Jones – who was one of the keynote speakers at the ceremony. He invited me to speak at his Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California, which is yet another honor that I’m very grateful for.”

For his phenomenal work with children, Hudson has also been recognized by CNN, Good Morning America, People Magazine, and many other national news outlets.

Learn more about Orrin Hudson and his Be Someone organization at:

To watch his powerful story on YouTube, visit:

About UCCC
Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, United Covenant Churches of Christ (UCCC) is an international Christian fellowship comprised of more than 20,000 congregants. On July 9-11, 2012, delegates from as far as Nigeria, Alaska, and California traveled to attend the 23rd Holy Convocation in Atlanta. Renowned preachers Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Brian Moore and Bishop Eric D. Garnes were all keynote speakers. For more information about UCCC, visit www.unitedcovenantchurches.com

Photo Caption: Bishop Eric D. Garnes (right) presents Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson (left) with the National 2012 MLK Award for Social Justice.
Photo Credit: Cedric Wooten

State Senator Collins to headline Inaugural LivFullE Diverse Women’s Conference in Detroit

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) will kick off the first annual LivFullE Diverse Women’s Conference, to be held July 26-28 in Detroit, with a key note address entitled “Engendering Social Justice: How Women Can Transform Their Lives and Their Communities.”

Senator Collins, an Emmy Award-nominated journalist, social justice advocate and now state senator representing Southside Chicago neighborhoods including Englewood and Auburn-Gresham, will speak to women from all walks of life about pursuing social justice where they find themselves. Sen. Collins chairs the Senate Financial Institutions Committee and is a leading voice for revitalizing neighborhoods, reducing inequality, expanding opportunities, eliminating racial disparities and ending the financial exploitation of minorities and low-income individuals. Her legislative priorities include curtailing predatory lending practices, bringing fresh produce to “food deserts” and holding nursing homes to higher standards.

The LivFullE Diverse Women’s Conference is a project of Dr. Mitzi Smith, a professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary’s Detroit Center. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Columbia Union College, Ohio State University, Howard University and Harvard Divinity School (from which Sen. Collins also earned a degree). She founded Living in Full Empowerment (LIFE) in 2007 to help women transform their lives and communities through life skills, technical training and spiritual motivation. LIFE and the LivFullE Conference are directed toward women from all religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including women who are homeless or in transition. 

Les Brown spreads hope during tough times

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Garden Grove, CA (BlackNews.com) — Renowned motivational speaker Les Brown is the featured speaker on the international Christian television program, Hour of Power, which will air July 21-22, 2012.

His inspiring message, “You’ve Got to Be Hungry,” is full of great motivational moments, such as: “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared;” “Don’t judge your circumstances and the possibilities for your future based upon what you have now,” and “No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets I’m going to make it!”

As one of the world’s most renowned and recognized motivational speakers, Les Brown is the leading authority to prestigious CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders. He holds the coveted title as one of most powerful and respected motivational resources for achievement, a mesmerizing speaker, workshop trainer, best-selling author, and coach. Les Brown teaches total achievement from his own personal and professional experiences.

Brown’s straight-from-the-heart, high-energy, passionate message motivates audiences to step into their greatness, providing them with the tools to take the monumental move toward working on their dream, and doing what is required to make it a reality. His charisma, warmth and sense of humor have impacted many lives: the leading authority on achievement is definitely in the room.

He weaves his compelling life story into the fabric of our daily lives. The thread is forever strengthened, touting why you must aim high, achieve and actively change the world.

Hour of Power is America’s 4th longest running, one-hour weekly-televised program, currently seen on all seven continents and by global audiences of millions in 72 countries including China, Malaysia, Germany and Russia. In the United States, the show airs on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Discovery, Lifetime, the Church Channel, and can be seen on satellite, cable stations and on the Internet.

Crystal Cathedral Ministries produces the Hour of Power, a groundbreaking Christian television program that has been on the air since 1970. For more information, please visit www.crystalcathedral.org or contact Michelle Anton at 800-733-4226 or yes@lesbrown.com to reach Mr. Brown.

Photo Caption: Les Brown

Three for three, for gold! Oakwood University Aeolians Choir brings home three World Choir Games’ Gold Medals, World Spirituals Championship Trophy

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In its first-ever international choral competition, Oakwood’s Aeolians Choir won three gold medals in its three competing categories, at the Cincinnati-hosted 7th World Choir Games, July 4-14.

Director Jason Max Ferdinand explained, “In The Music of the Religions, Musica Contemporanea and The Spirituals, we won gold in each. The last category, which was new this time, we got the CHAMPIONSHIP rank. (As in… the sporting Olympics, no one can win outright per se. (…) Tears were flowing, laughter, disbelief, shock etc… The Aeolians rose to the challenge and on their debut at the World Choir Games, among nearly 400 choirs from all over the world, made a great impact. So proud of these students.”

(@CityOfCincy: “The Aeolians of Oakwood University from Huntsville, AL, lifted our souls and the roof at Cincinnati Masonic Center! @WorldChoirGames #2012wcg).

More specifically:

1. Sixteen international choirs competed in the Music of the Religions category, he continued, and the Aeolians won its first gold, singing “John Saw Duh Numbuh,” “The Prayer,” “The Holy City” and “The Seven-fold Amen,” scoring 81.63 out of 100 possible points;

2. The second gold medal came in Musica Contemporanea, where Oakwood’s 42 choristers – including four returning alumni and one entering freshman, Altanta’s Chad Lupoe! – bested 20 competitors singing “Cantate Domino,” “Always Remember,” “Shadrach” and “Great and Marvelous” – scoring an 82.38; and

3. The third and final category, Spiritual, featured 16 choral groups; however and right before its presentations, the Aeolians received a special visitor: “Steal Away” arranger, Ms. Diedre Robinson, journeyed from her Washington, DC, home to join the group’s rapidly-growing cheering section. “Jericho,” “Daniel, Servant of the Lord,” “Steal Away” and “You Must Have That True Religion” not only clinched the third gold medal, but its 93.88 score also won the group the coveted Champions trophy, as well as a trip to the victory platform, where the U.S. flag was hoisted and all joined with the “Gold-olians” in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Oakwood’s pride doubled when The Jeremy Winston Chorale, led by former Aeolian-turned-choral-director at Wiliberforce University, Jeremy Winston, won the Gospel Championship trophy, as well as silver medals in Mixed Chamber Choirs and Spiritual categories.

More than 15,000 choristers in 362 choirs competed in 23 different musical categories.

Ferdinand said it “Was so inspiring watching choirs rehearse in hallways, rehearsal spaces and on stage. The interaction with folk from all around the world was refreshing.”

Ferdinand ended, “Thank you to: Leslie Pollard and the OU Administrators; manager Vilroy McBean for getting it all together; (music department chair/accompanist, Dr.) Wayne Bucknor, we did it man!; Riter Dany St Luc, my student worker (who is developing as a leader); (Oakwood Aeolian alum) Desmond Pierre-Louis and Diedre Robinson, for coming up to join us. Diedre, your “Steal Away” did it!

“Summer Choir Games Group Aeolians, WE DID IT!!! Nothing like working hard and then seeing the results. Love you all!!”

This biennial event, the world’s largest choral competition, will next occur in Riga, Latvia, in 2014.

Better Business Bureau warns: Don’t get steered into paying extra for a rental car

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(From the Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – Gasoline prices have dropped for the 10th week in a row and are closing in on $3.50 a gallon, according to American Automobile Association (AAA). This just may be the perfect time for a road trip! Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) recommends tips for renting a car without breaking the bank.


The BBB has received 2,799 inquiries for this past 12 month period compared to 1,958 for the previous 12 months, or an increase of 43%. Complaints however are down. This shows people are checking with the BBB first before they rent a car. Many of the complaints were a result of billing and contracting issues. When it comes to navigating the rental car process, there many little details that often leave consumers confused as they eagerly wait to get on the road.


“Summer is a great time to go on a road trip,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It’s important to do your research before renting that car as to avoid any unnecessary fees.”


The BBB recommends the following tips to avoid overspending when looking to rent a car:

  • Shop around and lookout for hidden charges. There are several different budget travel websites that can give a good scope of what’s out there price wise. Make sure to follow-up with the rental car websites’ directly to see if you can snag an even cheaper rate. Always remember, though, if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t fall for the low-ball offer and make sure to always clarify which taxes, surcharges and other fees you’ll be expected to pay. Many states have additional fees for drivers under age 25 or for multiple drivers.
  • Opt for a smaller car. If you’re traveling solo, or don’t need a lot of leg room or trunk space, go for the smaller car. Often, the salesperson will steer you in the direction of an upgrade for “only a few extra dollars” because the smaller economy cars are in high demand – just say no, and stick to the smaller car.
  • Ask lots of questions. Make sure that you understand where the “unlimited mileage” rates apply. Some rental car companies have restrictions and only apply the mileage to certain states.
  • Gas up and be on time. Many times, car rental companies will ask if you want to prepay for gas – it’s not always necessary and it’s rarely the best deal. Don’t forget to refill the tank before returning the car, and make sure to return on time. Some rental car companies will charge an extra day for being late – make sure to know their policy for early and late returns, and call if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Bring your own car seat and GPS. If you’re going to be traveling with children or fear that you’ll get lost, make sure to bring your own car seat and GPS. No need to pay for the daily fee for these items if you have them at home.

For more consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org


Sporting legends add gloss to final day of Beyond Sport Summit

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Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe and five-time ice skating world champion Michelle Kwan have been confirmed as speakers at the final day of the Beyond Sport Summit, on Wednesday 25th July, joining a host of other leading names from the worlds of sport, business, government and beyond – including Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Bob Beamon.

They will bring to a close a full day of interviews and panels featuring high-profile figures, starting when Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, joins former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the opening panel alongside Lonnie Ali, the wife of global icon Muhammad Ali and Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, and 1995 Rugby World Cup winner Francois Pienaar.

The afternoon will see Paddy Harverson, the official spokesman for the Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and former director of communications for Manchester United, join chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver and NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France in an exploration of how to effectively change the habits and lifestyles of the mass market.

Thorpe and Kwan, two of their respective countries’ most beloved Olympians, will join Beamon, the world’s longest-standing Olympic record holder, and activist and former NBA star John Amaechi for the day’s final session – One Hour of Inspiration – bringing the Beyond Sport Summit 2012 to a close just two days ahead of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Wednesday, July 25th will mark the end of the three-day Beyond Sport Summit, which will bring together the greatest gathering in sport, business and politics ahead of the Olympic Games over three days. Other highlights of the week will include Beyond Rugby at Twickenham Stadium and Beyond Football at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday 24th July, as well as a wide range of panels, workshops and meetings designed to push forward sport’s role as a tool for social change.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. Its global partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME and UNICEF.

For more information on Beyond Sport and the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards visit www.beyondsport.org

12 tips for women to get out of debt

Posted by Admin On July - 20 - 2012 Comments Off on 12 tips for women to get out of debt

As posted on www.DebtHelpForWomen.org

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — According to federal statistics, more women are in debt now than ever before. This includes women of low-income and high-income statuses. Even worse the average woman in the United States is more than $10,000 in debt, and it will take most of them more than 15 years to pay it off.

Here are effective 12 tips that can help women to reduce and/or eliminate their debt faster:

1) Stop borrowing money – no matter what! If you can’t afford to buy something with cash you have now, then don’t buy it!

2) Control your spending appetite. Unsubscribe from all shopping catalogs, ignore all TV/radio commercials, and no more window shopping!

3) Call your creditors and negotiate with them for a lower interest rate, and/or negotiate for a lower pay-off settlement. For instance, if you owe $10,000, see if they will accept a one-time payment of $5,000 to settle the balance.

4) Always pay more than the minimum amount due each month. Even just $20 dollars more can make a huge difference in paying off your debt.

5) Inquire if it is possible to transfer all your balances to your credit card with the lowest interest rate.

6) Work on paying off your high interest credit cards or loans first.

7) Make a realistic monthly budget – Purpose every dollar (including some buffer).

8) Track your expenses in a software program like Quicken. Categorize your expenses and report out how much you spent in each category so you can easily spot your problem areas.

9) Praise yourself for every small accomplishment, even if you are paying off debt little by little.

10) Speak to a credit counseling service (like www.DebtHelpForWomen.org) to help work out a plan.

11) Be realistic. If you started accumulating debt three or four years ago, realize that it will probably take you more then three or four years to get out of debt and stay out of debt.

12) Stay focused. Keep you eyes focused on where you will be five (or ten, or fifteen) years from now, because getting out of debt takes time.

The Debt Help For Women Program is a unique program that has helped over 5 million people find solutions to their debt problems. For a free debt consultation, visit www.DebtHelpForWomen.org or call (888) 235-7939.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2012/13 Season opens with Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People

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Ensemble Member K. Todd Freeman is at the helm, September 13-November 11, 2012


CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens the 2012/13 season with Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Good People features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Mariann Mayberry and Molly Regan with Will Allen, Keith Kupferer and Lusia Strus. Good People begins previews September 13 (Opening Night is September 23; Press Performances are September 22 at 3pm and September 25 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 11, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $86) go on sale August 3 at 11am (prices are subject to change).

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind.

Good People was produced on Broadway in 2011 and marks David Lindsay-Abaire’s debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. K. Todd Freeman, best known as an actor, has been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1993. His recent Steppenwolf acting credits include The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest and Art.

Steppenwolf’s 2012/13 season, The Reckoning, explores the moment when we are called to account. Will our deeds be repaid? Will our secrets be revealed? Will we get what we deserve? Good People is one of five stories about what happens when the past comes knocking.

The production team for Good People includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Kevin Rigdon (lighting design), and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Christine D. Freeburg (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager).


Title                                         Good People

Author                                      David Lindsay-Abaire

Director                                    Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman

Featuring                                 Ensemble members Alana Arenas, Mariann Mayberry and Molly Regan with Will Allen, Keith Kupferer and Lusia Strus. 

Location: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St 

Dates                                        Previews: September 13 – 22, 2012 

                                                Press Performances: September 22 at 3pm and September 25 at 7:30pm

                                                Opening: September 23 at 6pm

Regular Run: September 25 – November 11, 2012


Accessible Performances         Sign language-interpreted performance: October 21 at 7:30pm 

Open-captioned performance: October 27 at 3pm 

Audio-described performance and touch tour: November 4 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

 Curtain Times                         Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm

                                    (Sunday evening performances through October 21 only)

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm

Wednesday matinees at 2pm on October 24, 31 and November 7

Note: There is no 7:30pm performance on September 18; there is no 3pm performance on September 23; and the evening performance on September 23 is at 6pm and is by invitation only.


Ticket prices                            Previews: $20 – $57

                                                Regular Run: $20 – $86

20 for $20: Twenty $20 tickets are available by phone or in person beginning at 11am on the day of each performance (1pm for Sunday performances).

Rush Tickets: Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: Limited $15 student tickets are available online using promo code: “PEOPLE15.” (Limit 2 tickets. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket). For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students.


Audience Services                   1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at steppenwolf.org

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance in the Subscription Season. Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Performances featuring American Sign Language interpretation, open captioning and audio description are offered during the run of each play. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.

United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of Good People.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage is Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (through August 26, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).

The 2012/13 Subscription Season also includes The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (December 27, 2012 – March 3, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (January 24 – May 19, 2013) in the Upstairs Theatre; Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (April 4 – June 9, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Belleville by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffmann (June 27 – August 25, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre.

Dance Center presents Contemporary Dance by Women of Africa

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Voices of Strength Program makes U.S. debut September 13–15


CHICAGO, IL — The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago opens its 2012–13 season with the U.S. debut of Voices of Strength, two programs featuring four works by five independent African women choreographers. Performances are September 13–15 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Voices of Strength: Two Programs of Dance and Theater by Women from Africa is a two-program “mini-festival” celebrating the stylistic diversity and talent of African women artists. From dance rooted in tradition to cutting-edge performance that makes satirical use of classical conventions, the five choreographers employ humor, irony, poignancy and power to reference personal obstacles as well as political and social themes, as they articulate women’s struggles toward empowerment. The artists on this program have received numerous awards in Africa and Europe but have had little exposure in the United States.

Program A, which includes Correspondances by Kettly Noël (Haiti/Mali) and Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa) and Quartiers Libres by Nadia Beugré (Cote d’Ivoire), will be performed Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14, at 8 p.m.
Correspondances is a lively and sophisticated duet that is part theatre, part dance and part storytelling. Noël and Xaba come together for a raucous conversation on diverse subjects—ranging from the superficial to the profound—that address the intimate fabric of friendship while exploring themes of race, culture and gender.
– Are there spaces where we may not go? Places we do not have the right to explore? And if we cross the boundaries of forbidden spaces, what happens to us? With Quartiers Libres (a French expression meaning “free territory,” “limitless space”), choreographer Beugré explores these questions in a raw and unbridled performance in which she confronts and resists that which seeks to oppress.

Program B, which includes Sombra by Maria Helena Pinto (Mozambique) and Madame Plaza by Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco), will be performed Saturday, September 15 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Sombra (Shadow) is a stark and poignant solo that gives voice and light to the hidden women of our societies. In a harrowing landscape of overturned buckets, and with a bucket on top of her head both obscuring her vision and keeping the viewer from seeing her face, Pinto imagines women who are central to life—those who idealize, imagine, create, construct, plan, organize and execute—but exist in shadow.
Madame Plaza, performed with three traditional “Aïta” vocalists (live) whose custom includes guttural wailing and incantation, is a powerful merging of bodies with song. With touching directness and surprising humor, Madame Plaza brings forth an essential freedom of the body.

There will be a post-performance conversation with the Program A artists Thursday, September 13, free to ticket holders.


The Dance Center’s presentation of Voices of Strength is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Special thanks to Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the South African Consulate General: Chicago.


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, named “Chicago’s Best Dance Theatre” by Chicago magazine and “Best Dance Venue” by the Chicago Reader, is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international significance. Programs of The Dance Center are supported, in part, by the Alphawood Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Irving Harris Foundation, and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Special thanks to Athletico, the Official Provider of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and the Friends of The Dance Center.

The Dance Center’s 2012–13 season continues with Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug (Sept. 27–29), Gallim Dance (Oct. 11–13), The Seldoms (Oct. 25–27), Double Edge Theatre (co-presented with the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department Jan. 18–19), zoe | juniper (Feb. 14–16), Stephen Petronio Company (March 7–9), Chicago Moving Company (March 21–23) and Delfos Danza Contemporánea (Apr. 4–6).

Voices of Strength takes place Thursday–Saturday, September 13–15 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Program A performances are Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.; Program B performances are Saturday, September 15 at 3 and 8 p.m. Single tickets are $26–30; subscribers who order tickets to three or more performances from the 2012–13 season save 20%. All programming is subject to change. The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. For information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter.

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