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The Other Dance Festival opens tonight

Now in its ninth year, the Other Dance Festival provides a welcoming forum for local experimental dance artists. Produced by the Chicago Moving Company at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., it unites seasoned iconoclasts with a new generation of provocative dance makers. The three-week series kicks off tonight and runs through Oct. 1, with a different lineup of artists each week. Expect dance and performance addressing everything from dream states, to modern media, and the architecture of movement. Many choreographers collaborate with composers and visual artists. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Here's the complete schedule:

Sept. 16 and 17: Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Jonathan Meyer, Chicago Moving Company.

Sept. 23 and 24: Lucky Plush Productions, The Seldoms, Hedwig Dances, Peter Carpenter, Breakbone DanceCo., Mordine & Company Dance Theater.

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1: The Moving Architects, The Humans, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape + Selina Trepp, Matthew Hollis, Janet Schmid. 

TIckets: $12-$15;  $35 fest-pass. Single tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118220 and at 800-838-3006. Fest passes  available online at www.brownpapertickets..com/event/118225; fest passes not available by phone. Fest info: www.brownpapertickets.com, www.chicagomovingcompany.org, or by phoning CMC at 773-880-5402.

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Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performs its fall engagement Sept. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. The Chicago-born, New York-based Lubovitch -- known for his refined musical breadth -- presents two separate programs. Sept. 22: North Star, Duet from Meadow, Coltrane's Favorite Things, Marimba. Sept. 23: North Star, Dogs of War, Nature Boy - Kurt Elling, Cavalcade. Tickets: $25-$75. Call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org. More info: www.lubovitch.org.

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago celebrates its tenth anniversary at its South Loop location, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., with a free day-long event, titled 1306 -- Ten Years Later, on Sept. 25. More than 50 Chicago-area post-modern dancers, choreographers and visual artists will present performances, classes, workshops, media installations and more for audiences of all ages, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting until 11:30 p.m. More information: 312-369-8330 or www.colum.edu/dancecenter.

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