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Theatre & Performing Arts

Juke 4 Liberation

In collaboration with Links Hall and community partner Kuumba Lynx, Co-MISSION curator Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas presents “Juke 4 Liberation,” June 9 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and June 10 from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. including an open-to-the-public juke dance battle featuring J4L’s own DJ COREY at the Honeycomb Network, 2659 W Division St., Friday, May 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. The 2022-2023 Co-MISSION Curators-in-Residence invite artists from their communities to present new or existing performance work both at Links Hall and a neighborhood location outside of a formal theater environment. Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Curatorial Residency Program is partially supported by a CityArts Project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


In the summer of 2022 Chris “Mad Dog” Thomas, with creative direction by Kuumba Lynx, developed “Juke for Liberation” (J4L). A reconciliation of Chicago’s Juke DJs and producers and Footwork battle cliques and dance communities, J4L has engaged six Local Juke dance groups, five DJ’s and six footworking artists totaling 255+ dancers and music makers from across Chicago. Together, these premiere dance teams, battle cliques and Juke producers are stewarding a more unified and loving Chicago Juke community.

Co-MISSION Curator Mad Dog and the Juke 4 Liberation youth ensemble will present an all ages, open-to-the-public Juke dance battle featuring J4L’s own DJ COREY. This event is hosted in partnership with Kuumba Lynx’ Stylz & Spit open stage at Honeycomb Network.


All events are ticketed on an income-based sliding-scale donation. Attendees are encouraged to buy online advance tickets to support turnout and accommodate access needs. All donations help fund the revitalization and reopening of the Rizal Center, a Philippine community center located in Lakeview, which closed in 2017. For tickets and more information, visit


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