1. In The Heights comes to Chicago early next week. In other related news, the Tony-winning creator of that musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is close to sucessfully adapting his rap about Alexander Hamilton for a grooving Obama couple (it went viral) into "The Hamilton Mixtape", an album that will be partially performed January 11 as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. In sadder news, the producing pair that brought you In The Heights, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller, are splitting up, reports the New York Times. It's all amiable.
2. Do you think it's weird that some of the most hotly anticipated shows of 2012 are all revivals? One commentor does. Should there be more original shows going up?
3. The Old Town School of Folk Music's grand opening of their new location is Monday January 9. It's a "27,100-square-foot, $17 million facility greatly increases the School’s ability to meet growing class size needs and community demand for expanded programming in the vein of its current offerings." It's also a Gold level LEED building that Eight-Forty-Eight took a tour of in December. Exciting news for WBEZ's arch rival. The ribbon cutting is at 10:30 am.
4. Watch or participate in a less-than-spontaneous ninth annual No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday. The A.V. Club thinks it needs to get a little hotter, because being partially nude in public isn't as cool as it used to be. "Maybe a monthly or semi-monthly No Pants Ride would spice up Chicago a bit, turning tourists on to our sense of fun and absurdity," writes Marah Eakin. It's at noon on Sunday.
5. TUTA Theatre Chicago’s previewing their Fulton Street Sessions in Millenium Park from January 12-14, 2012. The audience can "sit on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in a climate controlled environment and experience works in development by local theater artists." CLIMATE CONTROLLED. Considering it's 56 degrees outside right now, Chicago sure needs that.
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