Random thoughts about watching, working and living in the arts, from HMS co-founder and executive producer Scott Silberstein. "In The Moment" offers a quick 60-second read about new ideas, events, shows and productions in the HMS world, and "Adventures In Yes" takes a deeper dive into how art and media reflect, define and inspire our world. Enjoy!

August 28, 2011

The Chicago Dancing Festival: We Are Family

A facebook status update from a Chicago Dancing Festival performer leads to some thoughts about one of the more wonderful groups of people you could ever hope to meet: professional dancers.

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August 27, 2011

Watch The Skies

“Space,” writes poet, novelist and actress Vanna Bonta, “is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind's focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.”  Having the arts in our lives works pretty well, too.

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August 26, 2011

May The Force (of Dance) Be With You

I'm going to connect dance to "Star Wars" in a just a couple of easy moves, and tell you why I love endlessly watching them both.

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August 25, 2011

The Good, The Bad and The Guy Trying To Figure Out Which Is Which

“There are only two kinds of dance,” said Martha Graham. “Good and bad.”  Okay, but how are we supposed to tell which one’s which?  

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August 24, 2011

The First Time You Fall in Love

You never forget the first time you fall in love, whether it’s with the arts, or sports, or a person.  I still vividly remember my first love, Tina Walters. Sure, we were both only five years old, but it was a love of the ages (or age, anyway; I have no idea what happened to her after my family moved when we were six). I can recall in incredible detail the night of June 22, 1972, when my parents took my sister and me to see the Reds play the Astros at Riverfront Stadium, the night my dad taught me to keep score on the inside-out popcorn box, and the night I got hooked on baseball for life even though the Reds lost 9-5.

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August 23, 2011

5th Chicago Dancing Festival

June is about spring busting out all over, July is for family bbq’s and fireworks, but August is serious summer. August is when baseball teams pull away or fold, when football players start hitting each other for real, and when dance in Chicago pulls out all stops for some of its biggest events of the year. (No, that is not a ham-handed way of trying to make dancers look like athletes. Dancers are athletes and artists rolled into one, and what they do to their bodies would make Brian Urlacher cry like the Speaker of the House.)

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