Updated: February 2, 2013 6:35PM
Jazz and blues, theater, art, ballet, dinosaurs and more are among the top entertainment in Chicago.
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DENISE LA GRASSA PERFORMS A BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE: A one-night, two-show concert as a celebration of jazz and blues innovators from Nina Simone to Charlie Parker to Langston Hughes, exploring how African-American music of the 1920’s and 1960’s was a direct reflection of the immense social changes happening in those decades, and conversely, how jazz and blues music written and performed today has lost that connection. Performances at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 12 only, at Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Tix are $10/single tickets; $5/students, musicians and JIC members. Available at the door. Learn more at 312-360-0234 or www.jazzshowcase.com.
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO PERESTROIKA: The Theatre School at DePaul University’s Showcase Series of Contemporary Plays and Classics presents Angels... by Tony Kushner and directed by Jane Drake Brody. It runs Wednesdays through Sundays, Feb. 8 through Feb. 17 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive. 1980s America. An Angel of the Apocalypse crashes through a ceiling and hovers over the bed of Prior Walter, a gay New Yorker with AIDS. Tragic and hilarious, PERESTROIKA explores personal responsibility, the future of mankind, and the nature of God. Recommended for mature audiences. Tix are $15 available at Box Office, 312-922-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org ...
CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER: The Infernal Comedy is staged for a Baroque orchestra with period instruments, two sopranos and one actor. It tells the true story of Austrian serial murderer and writer Jack Unterweger (Malkovich) through chapters of spoken dialogue, each concluded with arias by Gluck, Vivaldi, Beethoven and others. Starring John Malkovich. Special Concert 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Tix are $35 to $125. Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-294-3000. www.cso.org.
GARAGE REP: Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s fourth annual Garage Rep are scheduled to begin Feb. 15, featuring Bailiwick Chicago’s See What I Wanna See, Buzz22 Chicago’s She Kills Monsters and Theatre Seven of Chicago’s BlackTop Sky. Under the leadership of Steppenwolf Associate Producer Jacob Padrón, these innovative storefront companies perform in rotating repertory for a ten-week run through April 21 and are scheduled Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in The Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St. Single tickets, $20, and three-play passes, $45, are on sale now through Audience Services, 1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650 and wwwsteppenwolf.org.
CONVERSATIONS AT THE EDGE: The screening and visiting artist series organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation (FVNMA) in collaboration with the Video Data Bank and the Gene Siskel Film Center, returns to the big screen Thursday, Feb. 14, with Chicago-based filmmaker Fern Silva. Series runs through April 18. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Tix from $11 to $4, available at the Film Center Box Office, Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Learn more about the Gene Siskel Film Center at 312-846-2800, 312-846-2600 or www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
HAMBURG BALLET’S CHICAGO DEBUT: Hamburg Ballet prestnts its epic ballet “Nijinksy” as they begin their 2013 U.S. tour on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Harris theater for Music and Dance at 205 E. Randolph. Tix range from $30 to $75 and are available at www.HarrisTheaterChicago.org, by phone at 312-334-7777, or in person at the Harris Theater Box Office at 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago.
ENDS 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,” ending 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.
ENDS FEB. 10 — SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: A daringly funny, poignant and provocative one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s disease that explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects. Ends Feb. 10 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tix $20/$25 available at the Box Office at 773-404-7336 or www.greenhousetheater.org.
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. Features over 30 songs from musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music and more. Ongoing through March 10. Tix $25 to $59. To learn more or order tix, contact the Mercury Theater at 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
SUCCESSORS: A fable of a political family thrown for a loop when its patriarch - a third generation mayor of a big city - decides to retire without endorsing any of his politically hungry children as his successor. At the Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Learn more at 773-698-7389 or www.signalensemble.com. Tix $10 to $20 at www.vendini.com.
HAPPY NOW?: Shattered Globe Theatre presents the dark comedy “Happy Now?” It’s a darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it. Playing Thursdays through Sundays, through March 2 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tix, $28 - $10, are available at www.shatteredglobe.org. or 773-795-8150.
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.
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.
TEDDY FERRARA: “Teddy Ferrara” is a stirring exploration of an on-campus tragedy. The Goodman-commissioned show is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn and directed by Evan Cabnet. runs Feb. 2 through March 3 in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tix are $14 to $45 are available at www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Teddy, 312-443-3800 or at the box office.
ENDS FEB. 9 — SCARY TALES 2013 RETURNS: Clock Productions will bring its newest version of the Scary Tales series to the National Pastime Theater beginning Jan. 25. With stories ranging from Victorian England to ancient China, this series of short tales of mystery and terror offers an unusual evening of theater going. The shows run 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons, Jan. 25 through Feb. 9. National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence on the 4th floor of the Preston Bradley Center. Tickets are $15. Reservations at 773-327-7077 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/318559.
ENDS FEB. 18 — CHARLIE BROWN AND THE GREAT EXHIBIT: The 50-year legacy of Charles Schulz and his Peanuts gang is on exhibit from Oct. 25 through Feb. 18 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lakeshore Drive. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
“DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS!”: Space is limited: Register now for one of these scheduled programs — March 15, April 5 and 12, and June 7. Kids ages 6 to 12 can bring their sleeping bags (and a flashlight!) and spend the night at the Field Museum. Enjoy workshop activities, games, a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt – in the dark. Sleep next to Sue, the T-Rex. Standard Overnight: $63; $53 members and groups. Friday, 5:45 p.m. 9 a.m. the following morning. Premium packages are available with more options. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. For Museum information, 312-922-9410 or www. fieldmuseum.org.
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.
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