Great expectations for Constellation

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Mike Reed (March 28, 2013)

"One major thing to point out is that we're not promoters," says Reed, citing the precedent of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a collective that blossomed in Chicago in the mid-1960s. "From the same goals that the AACM started on, in which they wanted to control their own abilities to govern their performances, we want to cover the costs of our staff (doorman, sound man) and then let the artists take the full amount of the proceeds. They also set their ticket price; in this case, it also puts the responsibility of making a successful event on them. We will do our best to promote the show with the tools they give us, but they also have to up their role in the event."

In all, a bold and fascinating experiment in bringing adventurous music and arts to Chicago audiences. Here's hoping listeners respond.

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Coming to Constellation

The following shows are coming to Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.;

"Fraction: Dance in Progress": presented by Links Hall, 8 p.m. Monday; $5 suggested donation.

"Braiding Rivers: Stereotypes": presented by Links Hall, 7 p.m. April 5-7; $10-$15.

International Composers Pool Orchestra, 9:30 p.m. April 6; $12-$15.

Dee Alexander's Evolution Orchestra: 9:30 p.m. April 12; $10-$12.

Chicago Underground Duo: 9:30 p.m. April 13; $10-$12.

CIMM Fest: April 18-20; visit

Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed: 9:30 p.m. April 19; $15-$20.

Craig Taborn Trio: 8:30 p.m. April 28; $15.

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