Maybe he’ll show off his rond de jambe. Tonight Mayor Rahm Emanuel circulates a bit, then delivers a few remarks at the opening reception of the Dance USA 2011 Annual Conference, being held in Chicago. Expect reassuring talk; let’s hope he walks the walk. The event, happening at the Harris Theater, is open only to conference registrants… but there’s still time! The conference runs through Saturday, July 16.
In peripherally related news: Audience Architects—the Chicago nonprofit acting as conference administrator (and, full disclosure, paying me a few times a month to review dance for SeeChicagoDance)—just announced a $225,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to support the creation and implementation of a three-year strategic plan.