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411 Seven Days in Chicago: Dance, Dance

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If you’re a true TV-loving Chicagoan, you are sure to have seen the city’s most popular cable-access show, “Chic-A-Go-Go,” a “Soul-Train”-meets-“Sesame Street” dance show where everyone from toddlers to grandparents to popular local musicians can let go and cut loose to a cornucopia of musical styles as diverse as their target audience. “There’s something wholesome about fun even if it’s weird,” says producer Jake Austen about the show’s quirky content. With no aspirations of commercial success and after more than ten years of airing on Chicago’s Channel 19, producers are taking the eccentric show a step further with “Chic-A-Go-Go—The Movie,” featuring hosts Miss Mia, her puppet sidekick Ratso and, of course, the dancers. Although the show is often misunderstood by viewers, Austen and the rest of the participants in the film are just artists with a genuine mission to make art that is innocent, light and fun for everyone. “Even though this is a ridiculous and absurd sort of TV show it’s also a chance to do something slightly experimental,” says Austen. The debut screening of the film is Sunday at the Portage Theater.

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