Thursday's best bets: Chicago Fringe Festival, "Wallstories"; Loco Dice
DANCE - Chicago Fringe Festival 2011: Wallstories
German choreographer Nelja Yatkin's acclaimed 2009 work was originally made for a 20th-anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (This summer saw the 50th anniversary of its construction.) Wallstories, one of three components of a larger project Yatkin developed, comes to Chicago's fringe on the heels of a run at New York's. Check out its site-specific and video elements online at berlinwallproject.com. Meridian Stage (1932 S Halsted St, 773-428-9977, chicagofringe.org). 10pm; $15–$18.
NIGHTLIFE - Loco Dice
You wouldn't be able to tell from his pulsing minimal techno, but a look at Loco Dice betrays his hip-hop roots as DJ Dice'C. The Tunisian-born German may spend his time at the epicenter of the techno scene, rubbing elbows with Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos, but, hip-hop or no, there's New York spirit in him thanks to those rap days. This gives him a unique flair in the booth while he drops tracks swelling with throbbing bass and rhythmic snare chatter. Spy Bar. 10pm; $20, free before midnight with R.S.V.P. at clubtix.com.
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