Monday, November 12, 2012

We're looking for....

GUYS!  We're looking for a Banjo Player, Mandolin player and Fiddler for our newest project, an opera set in Uptown. Musician needed for a two week jamming session with the Composer, Director and Assistant Director. Opportunity could lead to the possibility of playing in the "orchestra" during show summer run. Jam sessions will be experimental and conducted for two weeks in early December. Total time commitment of 10-15 hours.

This is a great opportunity to practice with a professional composer, meet fellow bluegrass musicians in the city, and collaborate on original work. You will receive credit for your contributions.

Auditions will take place Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 6:30-9:30pm with callbacks on Thursday, December 6 from 7:00-8:00pm.

Interested? Please submit a short resume along with an mp3 or link to an example of your playing to no later than Sunday December 2, 2012. In email please list time slot preference: 6:30-7:15pm, 7:30-8:15pm or 8:30-9:30pm. Please write MUSICIAN CALL in the title of the email.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing) you!!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tip your bartender!

Genesis Ensemble is pleased to announce that Ensemble Member, Annie Perry, will be guest bar tending at Cheers for Change this Friday August 24th at the Owl Bar in Logan Square from 6-10 PM to help raise money for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

 You are invited to attend!

As a company based in Chicago, where we create and develop work throughout the city, Genesis Ensemble takes very seriously the impact we have on our community. Our summer 2010 production, In Love’s Bright Coils was produced in Logan Square, so we are thrilled to support Annie in her endeavor to give back to Chicago in this great neighborhood.

Friday, August 24 
@ The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee
6pm to 10pm 
Not sure you can attend? You can still support her efforts with a virtual tip that will go to the cause!

Stay tuned for more news to come your way about our upcoming productions!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


RECOMMENDED! "Whimsical and often funny."
Julie Thiel, Chicago Reader

"What can those attending expect? To be surprised, which is more than half the fun."
Leanne Star, Chicago Splash Magazine

We are pleased to announce the second extension of The Rest Unknown: how to live and how to die inspired by Maira Kalman’s idiosyncratic blog turned book The Principles of Uncertainty.

Because each tour is limited to an intimate number of only twelve people and due to enthusiastic community response, The Rest Unknown is now playing 9 more times! Chicagoans with fond memories of many winter hours marveling at the Art Institute or discovering neighborhood details on spring afternoon walks have the chance to relive their halcyon days with this production.

The space inhabited on each step of the tour is alternatively airy and light or cheerfully curated chaos. The transforming storefronts offer a dance studio, a gallery featuring work of local artists, a cozy nook of maps, an exhibit of personal collections (including a collection of audience members’ voices that is simultaneously uploaded to tumblr), an afternoon tea party, and a few more surprises along the way.

Wednesday, April 11th at 8pm
Mondays and Tuesdays, April 16th-May 8th, 8pm

Tours are at 5344 West Lawrence Avenue which is conveniently located one block west of Milwaukee and Lawrence; available by the Blue Line and the Lawrence and Milwaukee buses.

SPACE IS LIMMITED! We strongly encourage buying tickets in advance!

For now, click HERE to listen to our audience voice collection!

We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What's my story?

Maira Kalman loves a good bundt cake and so do we. This is her family's favorite recipe. It was passed to her by her aunt who lived in Tel Aviv and who swam in the ocean everyday.


Take a bundt pan.
Smear with butter and fine coat of bread crumbs.

4 Jumbo or Large Eggs
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Corn Oil
3/4 cup Dark Honey
3 cups flour
1 level Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in Tablespoon of water
1 1/2 cups of very strong (3 bags) tea -do this first so tea can cool down
3 teaspoons each of: Ground Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Coaco (adjust amounts to taste)

With medium speed mixer, mix sugar and eggs--add one egg at a time until blended.
Slowly pour in oil. Add Honey.
Mix baking powder into flour.
Slowly alternate some flour and some tea into batter.
Mix spices together and pour into batter.
Add baking soda. Gently mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for approx 45 minutes.

If you would like to join us for a tour, tea and to taste this bundt cake, please come to our world of whimsy and wonder at The Rest Unknown.
Tours Friday at 8pm
Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
Click for Tickets

See you there,

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Rest Unknown...

THE REST UNKNOWN: how to live and how to die
Directed by Libby Hladik
Devised by Genesis Ensemble
Featuring: Amanda Jane Dunne, Kat Paddock, Annie Perry and Lindsey Barlag Thornton
with Sergio Soltero and Jake Carr

Genesis Ensemble has created an interactive tour for you. This exhibit of visual art and performance, inspired by Maira Kalman's book The Principles of Uncertainty, takes you on a journey of whimsy and wonder which examines the familiar world around us in a new way.

Tours: March 16th- 31st
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
Storefront 5344 Lawrence Ave. (block west of Lawrence and Milwaukee). Available by public transportation: Jefferson Park Blue Line, Lawrence Bus or Milwaukee Bus. Street parking available on Lawrence.


Click Here to Reserve Tickets!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

get whimsical with us...

"A Night of Whimsy!"
Enjoy four readings, a silent auction, the musical stylings of Sarah Jane Goldstein and a preview of our new work The Rest Unknown.

Feb 22, 2012
8 pm
Hamburger Mary's Attic
5400 N. Clark

Genesis Ensemble