Dear Customer,

Hi everyone, Zac here.

First, I’d like to give a shout-out to Val for setting up this blog and for being an all-around class act.  Mad props too to Tracie, for providing us Unicorns with gainful employment, a gorgeous new floor and those life-affirming intangibles such as dressing up like Chassity Goodfellow the Espresso-Slingin’ Pilgrim on Thanksgiving.  If there’s anything you can get at Starbucks besides over-roasted coffee it sure ain’t that.

As Val says below, this blog is a forum for you, Dear Customer, to express your likes, wants, needs and opinions.  After all, you’re customers:  By definition, you have those things in spades.  For example, if you think my idea of “room for cream” is a little too synonymous with “just barely not overflowing,” let me know and I’ll give you space for a veritable flood of dairy or, if the thought of hearing Fleet Foxes’ Ragged Wood or Alicia De Larrocha’s ivory-ticklin’ one more time makes you want to sear your eardrums with a steam wand, well, just say the word and I’ll take those albums out of the rotation.  Because, you see, it’s all about you, so hit us up in the comments on this here blog.  Any comment, question, peeve, kudo can be thrown after any post–we’ll see it and respond accordingly.

Now, a lot of you “custies” (as I’m wont to call ya) are frequently asking about my dance doings and if and when there’s going to be a show coming up.  Well, as of last week, I now have my very own blog where I post all that info in one handy location, link to my and my friends’ projects, and weigh in on all matter of things dance-related and not.  Send my page views through the roof so I can sell advertising–it’d put me in a better mood than even my beloved 12 oz. quad 2% lattes do.

Much, much more fun awaits you here at the Unicorn Blog, so be sure to visit again and often.  Rumor has it that the esteemed, hirsute Brendan D. Light (yes folks, that’s his real name) is considering a regular feature titled Anatomy of a Tip Sign, although you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.  Stay tuned regardless and I’ll see you at the register,



About trailerpilot

Colorado native Zachary Whittenburg spent ten years as a professional dancer with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. His subsequent freelance career in Chicago included performance and choreographic work with, among others, Lucky Plush Productions, Same Planet Performance Project, and Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, plus instruction and coaching for the artists of DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Dance Editor at Time Out Chicago magazine from 2009–12, Whittenburg has written for numerous print and online publications, contributes regularly to Dance Magazine, is a panelist and guest speaker, and tweets @trailerpilot about contemporary culture, politics, and the performing arts. He has guest-lectured and led workshops in dance and other subjects at California State University–Long Beach, Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and the University of Southern Mississippi, in addition to hosting Fireside Chats at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and special events for the Chicago Dancing Festival, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. As Associate Director of Marketing and Communication at Hubbard Street, he represented the company on the Chicago Dancemakers Forum consortium, and he is currently Communications and Engagement Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, promoting the value of the arts and giving voice to a creative state through arts access, arts advocacy, arts education, cultural equity, and statewide civic engagement programs. In 2017, Whittenburg collaborated with artist Ginger Krebs on a catalogue and public events offered in conjunction with “Minor Local Slumpage,” a solo exhibition of sculptures by Krebs at Chicago Artists Coalition’s BOLT Gallery. He performed with Arcade Fire during the band’s 2014 Reflektor tour, and documented a cultural exchange in Tel Aviv the following year, between Same Planet Performance Project and Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund. Newcity’s Best of Chicago 2015 issue recognized Whittenburg for his dance advocacy efforts and, in 2018, he will return for a second time as a choreographer to The Grelley Duvall Show at the Hideout. Whittenburg remains engaged with dance as a founding member of the executive committee for the Chicago Dance History Project, and serves on the artistic advisory council for High Concept Labs.

2 comments on “Dear Customer,

  1. class act indeed!

  2. to whoever can approve my post, there is a post pending approval–

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