Updated: February 16, 2013 8:10PM
Here is a look at top entertainment in Chicago. Suggestions include theater, a bar crawl, fun for children and music.
The Featured Five
WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR BAR CRAWL: The first ever World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl comes to Navy Pier from noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 23. The Pier partners with Players Sport & Social Group along with bars and restaurants throughout Navy Pier. A $20 ticket entry into the Bar Crawl will include one Bud or Bud Light drink ticket, T-shirt, drink specials, a complimentary ticket to ride the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, lanyard and entertainment including live music, games, raffles, prizes and complimentary trolley service to and from the Red Line Grand subway stop and partner hotels (trolley service times: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.). Get your lanyard stamped when you purchase a drink at all 7 bars for your chance to enter and win a grand prize. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. 312-595-7437 or www.navypier.com.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES: Interrobang Theatre Project continues its third season with with “Speaking in Tongues,”by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, playing Feb. 21 through March 24 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. “Tongues” is about the mistakes we make, the emotional scars we inflict on those we pretend to love and the consequences of actions with which we’re left to grapple. Skeletons are exhumed, lonely marriages are unveiled, a wife goes missing, contracts are broken by intimates and tenuous bonds are formed between strangers. The haunting play will have you piecing together exactly what happened long after you leave the theatre. Tix available at www.theaterwit.org/boxoffice. Learn more at www.interrobangtheatreproject.org or www.facebook.com/interrobangtheatreproj.
BAROQUE BAND — 21ST CENTURY BRANDENBURG PROJECT: The Chicago-based period instrument ensemble, Baroque Band, makes its Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Stage debut with three distinctive concerts pairing each of J.S. Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos with new compositions by six of today’s leading composers. Each evening features two Bach Concertos along with the coordinating contemporary compositions. The concerts, part of MCA Stage’s Explore New Music, are on Feb. 21, 23 and 24 at the MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave. An individual concert tix is $28, limited quantity of $10 student tix or all three concerts is available for $60. Call 312-397-4010 or stop by the museum. Learn more at www.mcachicago.org/media.
CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT: The Den Theatre Presents this world premiere by Don Nigro and directed by ensemble member Ron Wells playing Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 12 through March 16 on The Den’s mainstage at 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. Step into the rich, strange atmosphere of black and white crime dramas from the 1940s, combined with the city paintings of Edward Hopper, in this witty, laconic homage to ‘film noir’ movies. It’s hot on the heels of World War II when a small-time New York hood’s paranoia reaches the breaking point. Tix are $25/$15 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Learn more at www.thedentheatre.com.
THE DINNER PARTY: Join the Mayne Stage group on Feb. 25 for a completely new and different kind of show with 3 celebrities and a known chef who cooks for them. Over food, wine, chocolate and artist performances, the conversations and the unexpected flow. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Mayne Stage, the audience shares in the food, wine, chocolate and conversation. Guests on Feb. 25 include Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Andreas Mitisek, Artistic Director of the dance troupe The Seldoms, Carrie Hanson, and actor from ABC’s “Private Practice” and artistic director of The Gift Theatre, Michael Patrick Thornton. Dinner by wild chef Homaro Cantu of Moto with wine pairings from Domane Wachau and chocolate by Vosges. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Show and food and wine start at 7 p.m. Streaming live on www.FearNoArt.tv and TimeOutChicago.com/DinnerParty. Admission is $30 (Buy tix to Mayne Stage including food, wine, chocolate tastings), or free on-line viewing.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
WAKE UP AND BOOGIE DOWN: Chicago area families can warm up a winter Saturday morning with a wide range of entertaining kid-centric activities and music when the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) presents its 5th Annual Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 2 at the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison and is open to the public. Tix are $25 for adults ($20 NPN members), $15 for kids ($10 NPN) and $65 for a family four-pack ($50 NPN). Kids one year old and younger are admitted free of charge. Tix available at npnparents.org/events/875. Learn more at www.npnparents.org
FREEZE DAY AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Winter enthusiasts can bundle up and head to Brookfield Zoo for FREEze Day on Feb. 24 — a free admission day featuring fun-filled activities for the entire family. Throughout February, admission to Brookfield Zoo is free on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A $10 parking fee still applies. Learn more at www.CZS.org or call (708) 688-8000.
ENDS FEB. 17 — 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, 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 ...
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.
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.
ENDS FEB. 17 — 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. 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, 2013 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lakeshore Drive. From appearing in just seven papers in 1950, Peanuts grew to be published in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries with more than 355 million readers. 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.
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