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2015 - Issue 2 - Late Spring

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role play STAR SPANGLED Roosevelt University, one of the first institutions of higher education to admit all qualified students regardless of race, religion, or gender, celebrates its legacy at its 70th anniversary gala and dinner with a double bill of one-person shows honoring the university's namesake president and first lady. An Evening with the Roosevelts stars television legend Ed Asner as the titular character in FDR, while Emmy award-winning M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit takes on Eleanor Roosevelt, a role she deems "formidable." "It's a slice of her life," Swit says of the one-woman play Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey, a part she's been tackling for two years. "The more I learn about her, the more intimidated I become. Her faith in humanity, her perseverance, her pluck... the overall human being was inspiring and continues to inspire." April 10, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-341-3849; ON THE MOVE With a slate of upcoming must-see performances, Chicago's dance scene is heating up with the weather. First, jazz saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa teams with dance ensemble Ragamala Dance for the Museum of Contemporary Art's spiritual Song of the Jasmine, set to the sounds of Western jazz infused with traditional South Indian music (April 10–12, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660; At Harris Theater, the South Side Community Art Center presents Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green, in which Columbia City Ballet dancers bring Green's Gullah-inspired paintings to life with a mix of traditional work songs, gospel, Motown, classical, and jazz music (April 11, 205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-334- 7777; harris And the Joffrey Ballet concludes its season with a mixed repertory program featuring four premieres—In Creases, Liturgy, Evenfall, and Incantations—at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (April 22–May 3, 151 W. Randolph St., 312-386-8905; PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHERYL MANN (JOFFREY); CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN (DESIGN SHOW) Second Act REAL ESTATE POWER COUPLE MILAN AND AMY RUBENSTEIN INVEST IN THEIR PASSION FOR THEATER WITH A NEW PLAYHOUSE. "We come to this theater from a very different place," says Amy Rubenstein, who, with husband Milan, is celebrating the launch of their new nonprofit Equity theater, Windy City Playhouse. After 12 years in real estate (the duo owns Windy City RE), the former actress was eager to return to her passion for the stage, and with the playhouse, the pair is aiming to appeal to a broad audience, focus- ing on comedy and avoiding the overly serious. But with an all-star lineup of directors (think Goodman's Henry Godinez) and works by the likes of Neil Simon (Chapter Two), the opening season is any- thing but fluffy. Notes Rubenstein of the lineup, "There is intellect behind everything." Tickets range from $20 to $45. 3014 W. Irving Park Road, 773-891-8985; MA profile Joffrey Ballet // fresh air // IN FULL BLOOM "This is for people who appreciate beautiful things that have been very juried and very selected," says Craig Bergmann, principal garden designer of the Chicago Botanic Garden's revamped Antiques, Garden & Design Show. In its 15th iteration, this annual salute to spring highlights the elements of design and features interior decora- tor Mario Buatta as keynote speaker. Browse modern and antique furni- ture, garden tools, and plants from 100 exhibitors while weaving through a labyrinth of gardens with a contempo- rary twist. Insists Bergmann, "It's not just garden antiques anymore." April 17–19, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847-835-5440; 56 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM CULTURE Spotlight

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