Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker: a holiday favorite at the Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker: a holiday favorite at the Auditorium Theatre
The wonderful story of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann in 1816 never gets old. The ballet adapted by Alexandre Dumas (“The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”) from Hoffmann’s story, with music by Tchaikovsky was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1892.... Read more »

Hairy Who at the Art Institute of Chicago

Hairy Who at the Art Institute of Chicago
Trendsetters in the 1960’s the Hairy Who return in a 50 year anniversary celebration of their groundbreaking work Hairy Who? An engrossing exhibition now running at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) through January 6, 2019, looks back 50 years at the work of six young–at the time–Chicago based artists. The boldly unconventional artists known as... Read more »

Il Trovatore at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has it all

Il Trovatore at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has it all
Il Trovatore, now running at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has it all. Revenge, love, a duel, mistaken identity and jealousy plus the electrifying music of Giuseppe Verdi along with an outstanding international cast of new and returning artists providing for an exciting evening of entertainment.  Sir David McVicar has created a visually powerful production set in tumultuous early 19th-century Spain with... Read more »
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Big News at the Field Museum: SUE returns in time for the holidays

Big News at the Field Museum: SUE returns in time for the holidays
She’s (they) back! The wait is almost over. SUE, the world’s biggest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex, will be back on display earlier than expected at the Field Museum. The big day: Friday, December 21. You will be able to find her (them) inside her (them) new digs in the museum’s Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet. In... Read more »

Blue Man Group adds new techie touches

Blue Man Group adds new techie touches
Audiences of Blue Man Group Chicago can expect some changes with the addition of new high tech instruments and more audience interaction. The show running at The Briar Street Theatre, has only changed content three times in its three decade history. It seems, fans have always liked Blue Man Group just the way it is.... Read more »

Women of Soul celebrates legends from the past and present at Black Ensemble Theater

Women of Soul celebrates legends from the past and present at Black Ensemble Theater
What would it be like to be at a gathering with Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia  Jackson,  Whitney  Houston, Adele, Natalie  Cole,  Donna  Summer,  Etta  James, Anita  Baker, Janis  Joplin and other big names of soul? Three words come to mind–amazing, awesome & possible. Possible because  of Black Ensemble Theater’s (B.E.T.) ambitious production “Women of Soul” (With a Tribute to... Read more »
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Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City

Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City
“Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City,” a new exhibit opening today at the Field Museum takes a look back nearly 200 years to Chicago’s rich beer history, focusing on the immigrant communities (mostly German) that established the city’s first breweries. Visitors to the exhibit created by The Chicago Brewseum–a museum dedicated to beer–will travel through... Read more »

Hello Dolly! is goin' strong at Chicago's Oriental Theatre

Hello Dolly! is goin' strong at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
If you haven’t already heard, this “Hello Dolly!” starring Betty Buckley at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) is something special. There have been a lot of Dollys since Carol Channing brought the story of “Hello Dolly!”–based on Thornton Wilder’s 1954 play “The Matchmaker” (about a 19th-century widow who arranges lives for a living)–to life on... Read more »

There are worse things than winning the mega millions lottery but I can't think of many

There are worse things than winning the mega millions lottery but I can't think of many
As of Tuesday morning, the jackpot remained at $1.6 billion with a cash payout of $904 million. Lotto fever has become an epidemic with lines forming everywhere from your local convenience store to the corner tavern. Both local and network media are spending way too much time covering the odds of winning, the best numbers... Read more »
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Arts in the Dark Halloween procession is tonight

Arts in the Dark Halloween procession is tonight
More than 90 contingents ranging from the likes of Lookingglass Theatre Company and Second City, to guilds of artists including the film makers contingent organized by CineSpace Chicago/CineCares and the Chicago Film Office will be participating in the Arts in the Dark Halloween extravaganza stepping off at 6:00 pm. tonight along State St. (south from... Read more »
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