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  • Zoe Sheppard

Alison Fisher, assistant curator at the Art Institute, is exploring the unconventional at:

El Circo Cheapo Cabaret A friend recently introduced me to the amazing performances at El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, a kind of scripted open-mike night for professional and amateur aerialists and performers. The simple staging of the performance, which is held in a former warehouse, recalls the romance of 19th-century traveling carnivals, complete with an accordion player and juggler.

Yet it caters to a distinctly hip, local crowd, many of whom are repeat visitors with drinks and simple picnics in tow. The performers are extraordinarily talented, and the action is so close to the audience that for certain acts the first row is asked to move! Besides, it's always heartening to support arts outside of the mainstream.

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