Best New Venue


Critics' Picks

Constellation is off to a fantastic start—though I don't know that anyone expected otherwise of a partnership between venerable performing-arts facility Links Hall and Pitchfork Music Festival producer Mike Reed, who's also longtime coprogrammer of the Hungry Brain's Sunday Transmission series. Since opening its doors in April the venue has hosted a superb array of cutting-­edge jazz, experimental, pop, and contemporary classical music (Reader writer Peter Margasak programs some of the latter), as well as adventurous dancers and performers such as Ayako Kato and Going Dutch. Blessed with two rooms separated by a bar (which pours Goose Island's Matilda and mixes a tasty old-fashioned), Constellation has the capacity to offer music and dance at the same time. And the best may be yet to come—the presenters have only just begun to exploit the multidirectional potential of the larger hall's overhead sound system, which could turn it into one of the best places in town to hear electroacoustic music.