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Lincoln Park: Fire Fire Gentrifier! Free

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The National Public Housing Museum presents a self-guided tour of Lincoln Park, tracing its history as a Puerto Rican community and "the struggles of the Young Lords to organize, raise political awareness, and resist gentrification." It's presented in conjunction with Victory Gardens's The Redline Project, an ongoing series of panel discussions and other events on the role of racism and gentrification along the north side el line that serves as a collaboration between Victory Gardens resident director Jess McLeod and Blu Rhythm Collective, which will eventually become a performance piece.

Sondheim @ 90 Roundtable Free The Short List (Theater)

Sat 1/30 and 2/6, 7 PM CST; then available online anytime.

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Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday with this weekly roundtable discussion of his work. Each week will focus on a different musical with which Sondheim was involved as a composer, lyricist, or both. On Saturday, January 30, Porchlight artistic director Michael Weber discusses Sondheim's 1994 one-act musical Passion with John Doyle, Judy Kuhn, and Kathy Voytko. On Saturday, February 6, Weber and Raúl Esparza, Goodman artistic director Robert Falls, and Lonny Price discuss Sondheim's Company. All episodes are available online through the Porchlight YouTube channel.

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Joffrey Ballet presents a series of discussions with dance artists and other members of the Joffrey community led by rehearsal director Adam Blyde. The featured episodes include conversations with Linda Swayze, the Joffrey director of community engagement; Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili, who are Joffrey dancers and real-life spouses; and Joffrey's Abbott Academy director Raymond Rodriguez.

Empty Bottle Book Club discussion on The Folk Singers and the Bureau Free Agenda Online

Sun., June 27, 3 p.m.

An online discussion about Aaron Leonard's book The Folk Singers and the Bureau: the FBI, the Folk Artists, and the Suppression of the Community Party, USA 1939-1956. Meeting held on Zoom, see the Empty Bottle's Facebook event for more information.

The Chicago Reader Book Club presents K. Ancrum Recommended Agenda Online

Thu., July 22, 6:30 p.m.

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The Reader's book club hosts a virtual conversation with K. Ancrum, author of the club's July 2021 pick Darling (out June 2021 via Imprint).