People to watch
Updated: December 7, 2012 6:22PM
Sharing the role of Clara in Ballet Legere’s production of “The Nutcracker” this year is Giselle Dimailig. It’s the La Grange 12-year-old’s seventh year in the annual show. Performances are Dec. 15-16 at Dominican University in River Forest. Call (773) 237-1874 for reservations.
Josh Rubietta of Evanston, Sandee Greene of Deerfield and Ruby Martinez of Lincolnwood are all dancing in Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 8-9 at Elgin Community College Arts Center. Martinez is following a family tradition. Her mother danced in the original Ruth Page “Nutcracker.” Call (847) 622-0300 for reservations.
Sure to Pleas
La Grange Park native and current Oak Park resident Henry Pleas is one-quarter of the Salon classical vocal music quartet that will perform “Salon at the Holidays: Carols Lessons and Songs” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago. Skokie native Timothy Christopoulos also sings with the group. For reservations, call (312) 429-0211.
Once upon a time...
Highland Park native Lindsey Meyers gave an intriguing title to her upcoming exhibit at her Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The opening reception for “The Mermaid and the Dragon” is 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The exhibit includes photographs, mixed media work and an installation with hand-scrolled text. For details, call (773) 772-9808.
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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange crash of 1987, which lead to an FBI investigation, is fictionalized in Trade Secrets, a novel by first time author Holly Rozner of Glencoe. The grandmother of four was one of the few women traders at the Exchange during that crash. The book is available at local independent bookstores, at amazon.com and at HollyRozner.com.
Against the odds
Only 8 percent of the applicants to Juilliard are accepted, which makes Dance Center Evanston’s record particularly impressive. Three former students of the school are currently in Juilliard’s dance program. They are sophomore Shelby Moran of Mount Prospect, junior Eve Jacobs of Wilmette and senior Jenna Pollack of Evanston. Pollack spent three summers in Tanzania coordinating the Arusha Arts Initiative, which offers workshops in dance, drama and music led by Juilliard students.