Kudos to Chicago dancemakers, venues and sponsors for striving to make dance ever more accessible in times of economic tribulation; each year the all-free Chicago Dancing Festival seems to double in duration, quality and attendance. A smattering of free shows in the Pritzker throughout the summer made it possible for anybody to see dance on a fortnightly basis for the cost of a stroll through the park. This kind of investment in art speaks well of our city, our artists and the folks putting up money to keep these projects going. The good news is, they keep going.
As the weather cools off, things move indoors with Harris Theater’s “Eat to the Beat” noontime series. It’s not free, but it’s cheaper than your lunch, which you’re encouraged to bring along and consume during the forty-five-minute performances. The series consists of three shows; the first—“My Witness,” choreographed by Gina Patterson and accompanied by folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong—goes up this Tuesday. Subsequent performances will be in November and February. Musicians and sound artists are encouraged to submit proposals to accompany the final show, Alex Ketley’s “If Ever (an Ocean) Relinquished.” (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, (312)334-7777. September 15, November 17 and February 23, noon. $5 or $10 for the series.