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Aug 5: The House Theatre of Chicago at the UChicago Performance Lab
07.27.2017 00:40:00
Join The House Theatre of Chicago for Open House showcases of new work!
The House is thrilled to host and support artists this summer who are creating 15 original pieces that will use actors, rock bands, dancers, puzzles and more to tell exciting new stories. This showcase is an opportunity for you to meet the artists involved and be a part of this fun process!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 4:00pm
at The University of Chicago Logan Center | 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637



4:00pm Welcome from Artistic Director Nathan Allen

We'll break into groups and tour each project throughout the creative spaces in the state-of-the-art Logan Center.

In Room 1: Verböten
Hear brand new rockin' punk songs from co-creator and real life rocker Jason Narducy!

In Room 2: Ellen Bond, Union Spy
Break-out dance montages let us inside what this incredible real-life spy might have been dreaming...

In Room 3: Litte Girl, Don't Fall
Riffing on the "Bluebeard" story, this new musical is using lots of research and found texts. We'll take a dive into their dramaturgy.

In Room 4: Hatfield & McCoy
Bluegrass-pickin' and gun-slingin'! This House classic is workshopping new music and we'll get to stomp our feet to some tunes!

In Room 5: Nova to Lodestar
From the creative team of The Last Defender, new puzzles are launching into space! Come aboard the ships and try your hand at step one: mechanics.

6:00 Reception with pizza and refreshments!

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



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Aug 4: Community Night at Hir, with Sadhaus
07.27.2017 00:35:00
Community Night at Hir, with Sadhaus
On Friday, August 4th, join your fellow LGBTQI+ artists, activists, community members and allies for a night of theatre, drinks, dancing and drag.

Friday, August 4, 2017 | DJ at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm, and Encore Performance by Sadhaus at 10:00pm
at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre and Front Bar | 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614



First enjoy Pre-Show drinks at Front Bar while DJ Ariel Zetina Spins. Then get a great deal to see Hir, Taylor Mac's disarmingly funny crusade to shake up the patriarchy. Closing out the night is a free encore performance from drag collective and chronic melancholics Sadhaus.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are $35, and will get you in to see Hir and Sadhaus. Use the code 33958 to reserve your tickets. Just want to see Sadhaus? Simply show up at Steppenwolf at 10pm—no ticket required! For more information, please click here.



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Aug 4-5: Grant Park Music Festival - Debussy La Mer
07.27.2017 00:30:00
Grant Park Music Festival - Debussy La Mer
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, August 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



Join the Grant Park Orchestra indoors at the Harris Theater for Debussy's orchestral masterwork, La mer, along with Strauss' lyrical Oboe Concerto featuring guest artist François Leleux, recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent oboist of his generation.

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



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Aug 4-6: Ignition Festival of New Plays 2017
07.27.2017 00:20:00
Victory Gardens Theater presents Ignition Festival of New Plays 2017
IGNITION Festival of New Plays is a national annual festival devoted to fostering a community of support for the development of outstanding new plays and nurturing relationships with emerging and established playwrights. 

Friday, August 4, 2017 through Sunday, August 6, 2017
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614






Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song
Friday, August 4 | 7:30pm | by Antoinette Nwandu

It is Los Angeles in the mid-nineties, and Jackie-girl is at a crossroads. This lyrical and powerful coming of age story with a soundtrack asks how the girls whose mothers’ lives have been tainted by abuse, violence, poverty, and shame ever grow into healthy and empowered women.


Ignition Opening Night Kick-off
Friday, August 4 | 9:30pm | Victory Gardens Theater Lobby

Stick around for this opening night celebration with a live DJ, delicious appetizers, and complimentary drinks as VG raises a glass to kick off our IGNITION Festival of New Plays.


This Land Was Made
Saturday, August 5 | 3:00pm | By Tori Sampson

Oakland in 1967 was a powder keg of social activism about to boil over into radical action that would soon change how the whole country engaged in politics. For the patrons of Miss Trish’s Bar, however, these ain’t nothing but talking points—that is, until the full seductive and explosive force of the revolution walks through the door.


Bringing New Plays to Life
Saturday, August 5 | 5:00pm | Panel Conversation | Richard Christiansen Theater

Victory Gardens is home to some of the richest and boldest new plays premiering across the country. In a city where audiences are hungry for new theatre work, what is the current state of new play development and its future? What are the best practices for new play collaborations? Join this timeless conversation on the new play process featuring IGNITION playwrights Antoinette Nwandu, Tori Sampson, Ken Weitzman, Julia Doolittle, Hansol Jung, and Kristiana Rae Colón.


VIP Lounge
Saturday, August 5 | 6:00pm | Pre-show Drinks | Rehearsal Room

Need a break from all the new-play excitement? Head up to the Rehearsal Room across from the Richard Christiansen Theater and enjoy some (complimentary/discount) pre-show cocktails/beer and wine/drinks before the reading of SPIN MOVES.


Spin Moves
Saturday, August 5 | 7:30pm | By Ken Weitzman

It’s 1996, the inaugural year of the WNBA, and Maja dreams of playing high school basketball – but having escaped to the U.S. from the war in Bosnia, panic attacks prevent her from playing the game she loves. That is, until a new coach appears at her high school. He helps Maja to face her fears, but his unorthodox tactics alarm Maja’s fiercely protective mother.


Artist Meet, Greet, & Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 5 | 9:30pm | Victory Gardens Lobby

Hang out with the artists themselves and cool off with boozy ice cream floats at this post-show artist meet & greet.


VIP Lounge
Saturday, August 6 | 10:00am | Pre-show Mimosas | Rehearsal Room

Ease into a full Sunday of new work in our VIP Lounge. Relax and enjoy coffee and mimosas before our final three plays by Julia Doolittle, Hansol Jung, and Kristiana Rae Colón.


Tell Them I'm Still Young
Saturday, August 6 | 12:00pm | By Julia Doolittle

Allen and Kay are approaching sixty-five when their only daughter is killed in a car crash. Now parents without children, the two struggle to renegotiate their identities and their marriage, as the entrance of two young people revives a painful longing for what’s been lost: their family and their futures.


Wolf Play
Saturday, August 6 | 3:00pm | By Hansol Jung

An American father un-adopts a Korean boy but just before he leaves the new house, the ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has “re-homed” his ex-son, is lesbian. This doesn’t sit well with ex-father at all. The boy is actually not a real boy. He is a puppet. And his puppeteer is the Emcee of the evening, and spinner of the night’s tale: a lone wolf.


Suspension
Saturday, August 6 | 7:30pm | By Kristiana Rae Colón  

On the 100th day of 45’s first term, two Black teen girls stage a coup of the authoritarian regime of Climb & Succeed Charter Academy, a not-so-dystopian high school where campus security patrols the halls in riot gear and a new disciplinary code takes in-school suspension to a haunting extreme. Voltaire & Yansa, guided by a mystic teaching artist, learn to wield their ancestral magic and blackgirl badassery to combat the harrowing militarization of public education.


The Race Race
Sunday, August 6 | 5:00pm | Panel Conversation | Richard Christiansen Theater

In a country so divided and polarized by topics of race, how are these conflicts reflected in the dramatic arts? What role does theater play in conversations around race and how can it begin the process of healing and understanding Join IGNITION and Chicago-based playwrights as we begin to uncover the role race plays in creating new work.

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This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to RSVP. General Admission, but seating will be reserved for Members, Subscribers and Donors of Victory Gardens Theater.



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Aug 2-3: Resisting Injustice
07.27.2017 00:10:00
Alphawood Gallery Presents Two New Play Readings at Victory Gardens Theater
In conjunction with Then They Came for Me, Alphawood Gallery offers a series of free public programming both on and off-site to encourage and expand conversations on related contemporary issues. Victory Gardens Theater and Alphawood partner to present two free play readings about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 through Thursday, August 3, 2017



Question 27, Question 28
By Chay Yew | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

Question 27, Question 28 tells the story of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast and its aftermath through the voices of a variety of Japanese American and non-Japanese American women. All of the play’s lines come from “interviews, transcripts, and testimonials” by women who lived through that experience. Among the many women whose words are used are Yuri Kochiyama, Monica Sone, Mary Tsukamoto, Yoshiko Uchida and many others, including some non-Japanese Americans such as teacher Eleanor Gerard Sekerak and Eleanor Roosevelt. The cast includes Kirsten Fitzgerald, Emily Kuroda, Jeanne Sakata, and Tamlyn Tomita. A special exhibition tour will take place at 6pm at Alphawood Gallery prior to the performance.


Hold These Truths
By Jeanne Sakata | Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:00pm at Alphawood Gallery

Playwright and actor Jeanne Sakata will perform and read from her play Hold These Truths, a biographical play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American resistor. During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the U.S. government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures. In May 2012, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Gordon Hirabayashi the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists and directors of both Behind the Fence productions.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.



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Aug 2: Grant Park Music Festival - The Spanish Guitar
07.27.2017 00:00:00
Grant Park Music Festival - The Spanish Guitar
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, August 2, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601



The Festival pays tribute to the music of Spain with a sizzling program that includes orchestral highlights from one of the most popular operas ever written, Georges Bizet's Carmen. Internationally-renowned guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas makes his debut with Joaquin Rodrigo's Fantasía par un gentilhombre, and the sounds of Arriaga and Turina complete the program.

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



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Jul 31: The Freshness Initiative - HeLa
07.24.2017 00:55:00
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: Red Theater Housewarming Party
07.24.2017 00:50:00
Come one, come all to Red Theater's Housewarming celebration!
Join Red Theater Chicago at their new home with Strawdog Theatre in the North Center neighborhood in Chicago!

Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
at Strawdog Theatre | 1802 W. Bereniece Ave., Chicago, IL 60613



The FREE event will feature snacks, refreshments, and a “Meet Our Neighbors” raffle filled with prizes from local businesses in their new neighborhood. This event is wheelchair accessible. Wifi is available. 

▪ Meet the cast and crew of the superkick slamtastick production: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity!

▪ Discover clues to the mysteries surrounding the ASL infused apocalyptic clown comedy, Red Cyrano!

▪ Learn the story on how they selected Abbey Fenbert's play Sickle

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. For any questions or to request accommodations, please feel free to contact us access@redtheater.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.

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



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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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