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Jul 31: The Freshness Initiative - HeLa
07.24.2017 00:40:00
Join Sideshow Theatre for the 3rd Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



HeLa
By J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Johnathon L. Green

A gold plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth. A young girl watches “Cosmos” in the basement of a house party in full swing on the West Side of Chicago in 1980. And stars twinkle over East Baltimore in 1951 as a poor tobacco farmer and mother of five visits the “Colored” gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital seeking treatment and relief. There, unbeknownst to her, cells capable of infinite reproduction will be removed from her body, becoming one of the most valuable sources for medical research in human history. These cells will be bought and sold billions of times over, will be used to cure disease and clone cells, and will be blasted into outer space. J. Nicole Brooks’ new play blends Afrofuturism with the story of the immortal HeLa cell line, bending space and time in an examination of race, science and questions about who has power over the stuff we are made of.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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Jul 29: Summer of Magic
07.24.2017 00:27:00
The Actors Gymnasium presents Summer of Magic
For over 21 years, The Actors Gymnasium has dedicated itself to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre through developing physical performers and encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration. Each year, Actors Gymnasium serves hundreds of students of all ages in recreational, advanced, and pre-professional programs. On July 29, they're going to celebrate with our friends and community.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:30pm
at the home of Joe and Patt Taylor | 1217 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201



Join Actors Gymnasium as they gather with new friends, artists and witness a 'Summer of Magic' with live performances throughout the evening at Joe and Patt Taylor's "art-filled" home in Evanston. Admission is free, but we will be encouraging your support to help us keep our critical commitment to providing access to our award-winning youth programs to ALL students.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. To RSVP, email james@actorsgymnasium.org.



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Jul 28-29 - Grant Park Music Festival - Mozart Linz Symphony
07.24.2017 00:20:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Mozart Linz Symphony
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Carlos Kalmar conducts one of Mozart's great symphonies, the Linz Symphony. Then, the Grant Park Chorus joins the Orchestra for Frank Martin's emotional and spirited In terra pax, written to mark the end of the Second World War.

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Jul 26 - Grant Park Music Festival - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
07.24.2017 00:10:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday July 26, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Virtuoso Stephen Hough returns to the Festival with intensity to perform Brahms' turbulent Piano Concerto No. 1. Then journey from Vienna to Budapest as Kodály's Dances of Galánta and Brahms' Hungarian Dances round out the evening.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 23: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Moby Dick
07.17.2017 00:00:00
Moby Dick Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Adventures in Adaptation: Staging the Impossible

How does one tame an enormous whale of a novel? How much is done on the page, how much is done on the stage? A conversation with Moby Dick’s adaptor and director David Catlin and other guests.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jul 21-22: Grant Park Music Festival - A Broadway Romance
07.13.2017 00:20:00
Grant Park Music Festival - A Broadway Romance
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Ted Sperling takes the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and the stars of Cinderella on Broadway, Laura Osnes (Bandstand) and Santino Fontana (Frozen), through the ups and downs of romance, with music from Frozen, Cinderella, and classic and contemporary shows including Carousel, Follies, Oklahoma and more.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 19: Grant Park Music Festival - Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto
07.13.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra and rising star Angelo Xiang Yu in Saint-Saëns' romantic Violin Concerto. The evening opens with Kenji Bunch's uplifting Supermaximum and closes with The Red Pony, Aaron Copland's film score adapted from the John Steinbeck 1933 novella.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 17: Workshop: The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier
07.11.2017 00:00:00
The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier Free Workshop Performance
Set during the Civil War, this incredibly timely new musical features a book by GLAAD-Nominated Writer Jay Paul Deratany, music and lyrics by acclaimed folk musician Joe Stevens and Emmy-Nominated writer/director Keaton Wooden. Catch a sneak preview before its World Premiere in Chicago this fall!

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Stage 773 | 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657



This true story, set between 1862 and 1915, tells the astonishing, “timely, essential, insightful” and true story of “an amazing figure from [our] history” (Windy City Times). Albert Cashier is a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today’s modern world. Detailing the soldier’s life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a life-long secret was discovered: Albert Cashier was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where Cashier lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert’s heroism and life.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited and general admission. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Jul 14-15: Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2.
07.10.2017 00:20:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2.
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The award-winning conductor Simone Young takes the podium, leading the orchestra and guest artist Andrew Tyson in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. The evening opens with the U.S. premiere of Matthew Hindson's Headbanger and closes with Strauss' powerful Symphonia domistica.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 13-18: Grant Park Music Festival - Grant Park Chorus: Rachmaninov Vespers
07.10.2017 00:10:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Grant Park Chorus: Rachmaninov Vespers
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
at South Shore Cultural Center | 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
at the Columbus Park Refectory | 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60644



Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus head out to the neighborhoods with an a cappella concert of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 12: Grant Park Music Festival - Haydn London Symphony
07.10.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Haydn London Symphony
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Conductor Fawzi Haimor leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a tour-de-force program featuring Haydn's final symphony, London, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis and the Midwest premiere of Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom's Ramal.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 10: Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - Buffalo Hair
07.05.2017 00:10:00
Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series - A citywide, yearlong event to rediscover classic plays by writers of color
Court’s Spotlight Reading series hopes to redefine—and ultimately expand—the canon of classic Theatre by presenting readings of rarely produced plays by authors of color. The series aims to introduce more Chicagoans to the authors and their work, and to expand Court’s artistic values into more communities in the city, with a focus on the south side.

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:30pm
at NEIU’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies | 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653





Buffalo Hair
By Carlyle Brown
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

In 1874, the Buffalo Soldiers capture a young warrior called Buffalo Hair, a black man who has chosen to live among the Cheyenne ever since they saved his life. However, the tribal warriors are coming to rescue Buffalo Hair. Now the soldiers must choose whether to stay loyal to the army and fight, or release Buffalo Hair in order to have a chance at saving themselves.

FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons with reservations will be given priority. Limit 4 per household. Click here to RSVP



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Jul 9: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Moby Dick
07.05.2017 00:00:00
Moby Dick Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611



Escape, Exploration and Encounter: Is Moby Dick THE American novel?

Melville biographer Michael Shelden, author of Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby Dick, discusses what the epic novel reveals about the American character. Shelden’s biography of George Orwell was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jul 7-8: Grant Park Music Festival - Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams
06.29.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Friday, July 7, 2017 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic evening featuring classics from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Enjoy the orchestral soundtrack from Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Thomas Wilkins conducts.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 4: Grant Park Music Festival - Independence Day Salute
06.27.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Independence Day
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Fourth of July under the stars in Millennium Park with an evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more. An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jul 1: Grant Park Music Festival - Canadian Brass
06.26.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Canadian Brass
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Oh Canada! The Canadian Brass join the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of symphonic suites, blues and the Beatles, all with a Canadian flair, in honor of Canada's sesquicentennial. Lucas Waldin conducts.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 28-30: Grant Park Music Festival - Missa Latina
06.22.2017 00:20:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Missa Latina
For over 80 summers, the Grant Park Music Festival has been thrilling audiences with outstanding musical experiences not found anywhere else. Join Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion beginning June 14.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Hear the Latin Mass transformed as Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the Festival premiere of Missa Latina, the large-scale choral work by Puerto Rican-American composer Roberto Sierra that mixes traditional Latin and contemporary concert music with the irresistible dance rhythms of the Caribbean.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Jun 28: From Page to Stage Series - Wrongful Convictions: From Leo Frank to Today
06.22.2017 00:15:00
From Page to Stage Series - Wrongful Convictions: From Leo Frank to Today
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the tenth annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of Parade.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Vernon Area Public Library | 300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069



Featuring: Judy Royal, Staff Attorney for the Center on Wrongful Convictions

Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) aims to reform the criminal justice system so that the events leading up to Leo Frank's untimely end are not repeated. CWC attorney Judy Royal discusses common causes of wrongful convictions and the CWC's most significant victories, plus meet an exoneree who benefited from CWCs work.


This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservation is required. To reserve your seat, please click here.



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Jun 26: Litchfield (Reading)
06.22.2017 00:00:00
Join Steep Theatre for a FREE staged reading!
A FREE reading of Brant Russell's Litchfield , directed by Jonathan Berry.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Steep Theatre Company Rehearsal Hall | 1113 W Berwyn Ave, Chicago, IL 60640



This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Jun 26: The Freshness Initiative - Something Clean
06.20.2017 00:15:00
Join Sideshow Theatre for the 3rd Annual FRESHNESS INITIATIVE
Each year Sideshow Theatre Company invites three of Chicago's hottest playwrights to develop brand new, full-length, totally fresh works inside the laboratory of The Freshness Initiative. During the year-long program, Sideshow artists and staff work with each resident writer to develop plays that intersect, explore and explode Sideshow’s aesthetic and mission. The result is three bold, fresh works for the stage that push audiences' expectations of what a Sideshow play might be.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614



Something Clean
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Lauren Shouse

Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades, and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her only child is incarcerated for sexual assault, her once immaculate world is forever tainted. Selina Fillinger’s intimate new drama, Something Clean, follows one woman struggling to make sense of her own grief, love, and culpability.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, email tickets@sideshowtheatre.org.



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