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Chicago Calendar for March 15, 2013

Updated: March 16, 2013 11:40AM



Here is a look at top entertainment in Chicago.

Suggestions include jazz events and Breakfast with the Bunny at Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Featured Five

JAZZ SHOWCASE: Music Institute of Chicago Artist in Residence Tammy McCann performs with Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty, including Jeremy Kahn, Stewart Miller, Ernie Adams, Director Audrey Morrison, Victor Garcia and guest Pat Mallinger. 8 and 10 p.m. March 21 to 23, 4 p.m. March 24 at Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Tix are $20 to $30. Learn more at 312-360-0234 or www.jazzshowcase.com. Learn more about Tammy McCann at www.tammymccann.com.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT: The exhibition, from anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens—inventor of Plastination science and creator of the “Body Worlds” exhibitions—will make its U.S. premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry, March 14 through Sept. 2. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of these impressive animals and better understand the evolution of animals and the natural world. This exhibit is not included in Museum general admission and will require an additional timed-entry ticket, available at www.msichicago.org. Learn more about the exhibits at www.bodyworlds.com and www.animalinsideout.com. MSI, 57th Street and Lakeshore Drive. 773-684-1414. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.

JOHN LAZARUS SOLO EXHIBITION: Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus returns for his second solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from March 19 through June 18. Lazarus has expanded his artistic range, merging the role of artist with that of collector, archivist, and curator. The exhibit is curated by Steven Bridges, MCA Curatorial Assistant. MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave. 312-280-2660. 312-397-4010. www.mcachicago.org.

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL: Symphony Center celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continually running jazz festival in the world, with an all-star performance at 8 p.m. March 22. Featured are Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals; Christian McBride, bass; Benny Green, piano; Lewis Nash, drums; Chris Potter, alto saxophone, and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet. Part of the annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Tix are $27 to $87. Learn more or purchase tix at CSO ticketing services, 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, www.cso.org or the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

LINCOLN PARK ZOO’S EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA: Join Lincoln Park Zoo for an egg-cellent Easter weekend celebration starting with a full breakfast with the Easter Bunny before searching for eggs and making crafts surrounded by Chicago’s most lovable critters. 9 to 11 a.m. March 30 at Farm-in-the-Zoo, Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway. Tix for this event are $45 for adults ($40 for adult Lincoln Park Zoo members) and $30 for kids ages 3-12 ($25 for child Lincoln Park Zoo members). Kids 2 and under are free. Tix held at will-call and must be purchased by March 26 at www.lpzoo.org. Rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. NOTE: Admission to the Zoo itself is always free.

Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings

EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL: 12-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris teams up with her longtime collaborator and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, with Richard Thompson Electric Trio, for a special one-night-only performance of country rock at 8 p.m. March 20 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Tix are $35 to $80 and available at the box office, CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114 or at www.cso.org

ST. PAT’S CELEBRATION WITH SWITCHBACK: Mayne Stage presents Switchback at 8 p.m. March 15. For over 25 years, this award-winning duo has celebrated the land of their forefathers, Ireland, in song and story. FitzGerald and McCormack have written many Irish songs that ring as true as the ancient ballads of Finn MacCool’s time and yet, as Irish-Americans, their sound carries a musical distillation that rings Irish but with a slight bluegrass aftertaste. $30/$40. Ticket includes corn beef and cabbage buffet. 18 years and over. 1328 W. Morse Ave. Box Office 773-381-4554. info@maynestage.com. www.maynestage.com.

ST. PADDY’S PUBCRAWL CHICAGO: Access the best watering holes in Wrigleyville and enjoy specially priced brews at each one. When you’re ready to register, just head over to Dugout Sports Bar, 950 W. Addison, on March 15, any time between 5 and 11 p.m. PubCrawls.com staff members will help you through the quick registration process. When you’re done, you’ll receive a cup, wristband for specials, and a map that lists all participating bars. Must be 21+ to participate and have a valid State ID. For more info, details about other events and to purchase tickets please visit: http://pubcrawls.com/saint-paddys-pub-crawl-chicago.php

LUCAS OIL MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS: At the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, 5:30 p.m. Pit Party March 15 and 16. At the Pit Party, families can get up-close to the monster trucks, get autographs from the drivers, and take photos alongside the four massive machines that will compete that evening. Admission to the Pit Party is free with paid admission. Tix are $15 to $35 and at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office, 1-888-SEARSTIX (1-888-732-7784) or www.SearsCentre.com or www.MonsterTruckNationals.com.

RAVINIA FESTIVAL 2013: Tickets to all Ravinia Festival events are on sale now with a Ravinia donation. Learn more about the shows at www.Ravinia.org or 847-266-5100. Public ticket online sales begin at 5 a.m. on April 25,

AN AMERICAN STORY FOR ACTOR AND ORCHESTRA: Hershey Felder’s production tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day. An American Story is based on true events as seen through the eyes of a simple young man who suddenly found himself at the center of world history. Limited engagement, Wednesdays through Sundays, through April 14, at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Tix $60 and $65, available at Royal George Theatre at 312-988-9000 or www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

NEXT UP APRIL 5 AND 12 — “DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS!: Next up is April 5 and April 12 — Space is limited: Register now for one of these scheduled programs — 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.

ENDS MARCH 23 — HOW LONG WILL I CRY?: Next on stage as part of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ season is “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence” by Miles Harvey. Woven together from interviews gathered by journalist Miles Harvey and his students at DePaul University, How Long Will I Cry? provides raw, truthful insight into the problem of youth violence. Public performance March 23 in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tix available through Audience Services at the theatre, 312-335-1650 and www.steppenwolf.org. Learn more at steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

ENDS MARCH 24 — SPEAKING IN TONGUES: Interrobang Theatre Project continues its third season with with “Speaking in Tongues,”by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, ENDS 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. Tix available at www.theaterwit.org/boxoffice. Learn more at www.interrobangtheatreproject.org or www.facebook.com/interrobangtheatreproj.

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