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These renderings could show the future of land near CTA’s Belmont flyover

LAKEVIEW — The CTA released new renderings of how a series of properties could look after the initial phase of the Red and Purple Modernization project is completed.

The CTA held a meeting Monday to discuss the renderings — which provide guidelines for development — as well as other details of the project that will modernize tracks and stations on both lines.

Here is what was discussed:

1. What is the Red and Purple Modernization project?

RPM Phase One, announced in 2014, will rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr rail stations and more than a mile of adjacent tracks as part of a long-term plan to rebuild the Red and Purple lines and stations between Belmont and Linden.

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One-Night-Only Art Installation Lights Up Southport Plaza 

LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce unveiled four permanent art panels and a one-night-only interactive art installation Thursday to celebrate another season of the Low-Line Market.

The installation, called "Octopus' Graveyard" for the Beatles song "Octopus' Garden," was curated by local artists George Berlin, Stuart Hall, Abdel Morched and Alec Rudek with the goal of transforming the Southport Plaza into a multimedia underwater art experience.

"It's sort of like bringing a fun, underwater adventure to the CTA station," Berlin said. "We have a large octopus tent, we have several big jellyfish that you can come play with, and they jump around, we're going to have projection mapping on the tent, a big jellyfish animation on the tent and all kinds of other fun things."

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Southport Lanes & Billiards Celebrates 95th Anniversary With 1920s Prices

On the Southport Corridor — amid the Gap, Amazon Books and a cafe operated by a bank — stands Southport Lanes & Billiards, a neighborhood bar and bowling alley whose walls, if they could talk, would tell a quintessential old Chicago tale of Prohibition-era debauchery, a younger and faster Lakeview and the Southport Corridor culture of today.

The team at Southport Lanes feels that kind of history housed in one space is worth celebrating.

Southport Lanes & Billiards, 3325 N. Southport Ave., will throw a 95th anniversary party from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. The evening will have a 1920s theme in reference to the bowling alley's opening in 1922, and it will feature games priced at 5 cents per person, $1 pints, $5 cocktails and more.

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Raising the barre: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet reflects on 20 years of contemporary dance

When Aspen Santa Fe Ballet executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty and artistic director Tom Mossbrucker sat down to decide the program for the company’s current 20th anniversary season, they considered a retrospective — but only briefly.

Instead, the forward-looking company commissioned even more works than usual. The directors invited back several choreographers with whom they have developed a relationship over the years, as well as extended a first-time invitation to rising star Fernando Melo. Also incorporating existing pieces, including a recent work by contemporary dance master Jiří Kylián, this season’s programming captures ASFB’s essence: fresh, challenging, physical and diverse.

That essence is due largely to Malaty and Mossbrucker, who have been with the company since the beginning. In 1995, as dancers with New York City’s Joffrey Ballet, the two came to Vail for a dance festival. There they met Bebe Schweppe, who had just founded the Aspen Ballet Company and School but didn’t actually have a company—yet.

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Art community grows in western GarCo

In the past month, Rifle and Silt have played host to live music nights in coffee shops, a street art competition, a summer concert series, a Last Friday art celebration, an annual block party and more.

Despite what the upvalley folks might tell you (and what some western Garfield County residents might wish), Silt and Rifle aren’t what they used to be.

For a variety of reasons — including the more reasonable cost of living, the scenery and the overall atmosphere — young, emerging artists are flocking to Silt and Rifle, and the area’s art veterans don’t seem to be going anywhere.

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In the loop: Norwegian sax player Hakon Kornstad combines jazz, electronics, opera

A saxophone ensemble, a percussionist and an opera singer walk on stage. Layers of experimental jazz gradually build to form a foundation for the singer, whose rich, young tenor at last fills the room.

The thing is, only one person is responsible for all those sounds.

Norwegian up-and-comer Hakon Kornstad uses a looping machine to layer his music live. He records one bit of music and plays it back on a loop before adding more layers to his creation - and he does it all in front of the audience.

He slams down the keys and slap tongues on his tenor saxophone, producing a popping sound on the mouthpiece, to emulate percussion instruments. He fades tracks in and out or cuts them abruptly as he so chooses. And then, a trained operatic tenor, he sings on top of his compositions.

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