Updated: January 11, 2013 5:57PM
Jazz, show tunes and collective unconscious are among the top entertainment in Chicago.
The Featured Five
JAZZ SERIES AT CSO: Symphony Center favorite and acclaimed jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, along with singers Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright, bring Sing the Truth!, a musical tribute to women of jazz, folk, gospel, blues and R&B, to Chicago at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tix are $37 to $133 and available at CSO ticketing services, 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, at www.cso.org or at the CSO box office, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, begins its highly anticipated 2013 season with the Broadway musical revue “A Grand Night for Singing,” running Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 16 through March 10. The show features over 30 songs from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, Me and Juliet, State Fair, Pipe Dream, and Flower Drum Song. Tix range from $25 to $59. Tix and info at the Mercury Theater, 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
JORDAN SCOTT EXHIBIT: Scott, an award-winning Chicago artist and internationally-acclaimed Karate Sensei features his latest work from Jan. 11 thru Feb. 23 at Judy A Saslow Gallery, 300 W. Superior. The mixed-media artist will debut a new series of artwork inspired by the Jungian theory of the collective unconscious and Scott’s many years of martial arts. This new series of collages pays homage to the interconnectedness of the universe. Judy A Saslow Gallery — Intuitive, Self-Taught - Outsider Art. www.jsaslowgallery.com. 312-943-0530.
STADIUM DEVILDARE: “In ancient gladiator style, and based on polls from viewers like yourselves, we have relocated our most patriotic finale to one of America’s actual war zones. During these events you will witness five of your favorites battle to defeat each other for the highest honor.” The Red Tape Theatre presents “Stadium Devildare,” by Ruth Margraff, previews: Jan. 17 to Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 to Feb. 23 at Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Tix are $25 regular; $15 Student/Industry; $15 Preview. Available at www.redtapetheatre.org or the box office.
LAUGH FACTORY: Shows whenever you want them include Chicago’s Best Standup; Los Laughs - An All Latino Comic Line-up; Medium Rare - definitely not for the faint of heart; Pour Comedy - first ever “Service Industry Night.” $10 off tickets if you bring your check stub to the door; Facebook Takeover - anything goes for the 2 brave and willing audience members that will have their Facebook page “taken over” by 5 of Chicago’s best improv/standup comedians. Laugh Factory is at 3175 N. Broadway at Broadway and Belmont. Tix are $20-$30 ($10 off tickets with online promo code: haha). This is an 18 and over show. For details and reservations, go to www.LaughFactory.com or call 773-327-3175 ext. 1.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
EXTENDED THRU FEB. 3 — FAITH HEALER: The Den Theatre, main stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, presents a remount of TurnAround Theatre’s original hit production of Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer,” extended through Feb. 3. Faith Healer is a dramatic, mysterious and humorous work focusing on the life and times of Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish Healer. Tix are $28 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. and www.thedentheatre.com.
“THE VOICE” AUDITIONS: On Saturday and Sunday, NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” will hold auditions looking for the next voice. The producers are looking for all musical styles. The Auditions will be held at Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont on Jan. 12 and 13, doors open at 7 a.m. All artists must register at www.nbc.com/the-voice/about/casting/. Once registered, they will be given an “Artist Audition Pass” with a day and time to show up to the open call.
ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY — GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Conceived by Yo-Yo Ma, Once Upon a Symphony is the newest contribution to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s programming for families and young audiences. With a small ensemble of CSO musicians and a storyteller with video projections, costumes and props, it gives young children a playful introduction to music. Shows are 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Jan. 12 at the CSO, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Preconcert begin 45 minutes before each concert (9:15 and 11 a.m., respectively). Tix $20 for adults, $10 for kids. CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, www.cso.org or Symphony Center box office.
OTHER DESERT CITIES: Right-wing parents and left-leaning offspring take center stage in Jon Robin Baitz’s political potboiler, set in a Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve, 2004. What could go wrong? Runs Jan. 12 through Feb. 17; Tix $25 to $86; subject to change) at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, 312-443-3800 or at the box office,170 N. Dearborn.
FREE ADMISSION TO MSI ON JANUARY WEEKDAYS: Starting Jan. 7, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive will offer free general admission to Illinois residents every weekday (Monday through Friday) during the month of January. Temporary exhibits require an additional paid ticket. Must be an Illinois resident, with proof of address, to receive free general admission. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
METRA’S $7 WEEKEND PASS: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxis are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus, Chinatown and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.
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