Head to Toe: Nick Pupillo has a lot on his mind right now. “I’m constantly striving to produce the best I can,” explains the Giordano Dance Chicago alumnus, “constantly trying to challenge myself to [get to] the next level.” After launching his own company, Visceral Dance Chicago, last fall, Pupillo kicks off an impressive sophomore season that boasts world premieres from talents like Banning Bouldin (“a new voice,” notes Pupillo of the Nashville-based choreographer) and Harrison McEldowney. “We call it a ‘choose your own adventure’ type of project that the audience will mold,” Pupillo says of McEldowney’s interactive, boundary-pushing choreography. “He is going to do something I’ve never seen a dance company do.”
The notion of trailblazing has proven a recurring theme on a personal level for Pupillo, who founded Visceral with every intention of zagging from the zig. “I wanted to create a company that was not trying to emulate another company or be like something else,” he says. “I want to be able to stand alone.” This month, he’ll be doing just that with "My Realm," a solo premiere of choreography with cellist Desiree Miller that offers a glimpse of—what else—“a little inside feeling on my world or what’s going on in my head.” November 21-22, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., 773-772-1771
Gallery Watch: For art lovers, three exhibits opening this month are a great way to get an eyeful of Chicago’s visual scene. From November 22 to March 8, the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660) will present photographer Anne Collier’s first major US exhibition; view more than 40 works (including the “Woman with a Camera” series featuring images of Jacqueline Bisset, Marilyn Monroe, and other famous femmes) in this mid-career retrospective of the Hollywood native.
Fine artist and sculptor René Romero Schuler has showcased her Expressionist works everywhere from Art Basel Miami Beach to Paris, but now the Chicago native (whose work is on view locally at Neiman Marcus, the Prudential Building, and in the permanent archives of the Art Institute of Chicago) is eager to showcase her latest collection, “Chosen,” in the West Loop at Vivo (838 W. Randolph St., 312-733-3379); following the opening cocktail reception on November 6, the exhibition—which centers on the idea of decision-making—will be displayed through December.
And beginning November 20, Softel Chicago Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4000) hosts “Revealed,” a collection of 30 photographs from French weekly Paris Match as curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of the legendary Spanish artist.
Double Life:“We very intentionally present performances that touch on a lot of cultural aspects, traditions, and identities,” says Chicago Sinfonietta executive director Jim Hirsch. With this month’s Día de los Muertos concerts, the orchestra celebrates and mourns the loss of loved ones courtesy of Arturo Rodríguez’s Mosaico Mexicano, Jaime Cofré’s Yin-Yin, Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, and Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, featuring a shadow puppet performance by Redmoon. November 15, 8 pm, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; November 17, 7:30 pm, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-236-3681
Spirited Away: As Larry Yando returns to Goodman Theatre for his seventh turn as Ebenezer Scrooge, he shares his favorite lines from A Christmas Carol: “‘Nephew...I’ve come...I’ve come...Fred...To dinner.’ Simple words, but more diffcult than any others for Ebenezer to say, and the most liberating for his soul.” November 15-December 28, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800