• Category Archives Theater
  • MIC Family Concert | March 15-15

    Music Institute presents a Family Concert:


    by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theatre

    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Nichols Concert Hall
    1490 Chicago Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
    General Admission: $5

    These interactive one-hour programs, geared for children 4-12 years of age, feature fun-filled performances with just the right mix of music education. Activities in the lobby, one hour prior to each program, offer kids a variety of opportunities to discover music including an instrument petting zoo, early childhood demonstrations, student performances and more!

    A Piano with 3 Tales » 12 pm
    In this production, a classical piano recital masquerading as puppet show, young audiences experience masterworks by monumental composers for the instrument, not to mention an enthralling tune for toy piano (yes, toy piano!) by living composer Stephen Montague.
    Three pieces for piano are collected in this spectacle for children and children-at-heart, all performed in their entirety, live, by acclaimed pianist Mary Rose Norell. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exibition, Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo in b minor and Montague’s Mirabella a Tarantella (for toy piano) are each realized by a cast of Blair Thomas’ handmade puppets of all kinds, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes. Featuring brand-new characters and narratives this delightful family show exercises the imagination and reveals the magical power of wordless music.
    Hyperlink for tickets: Music Institute Family Concert: A Piano with 3 Tales March 15 @ 12 pm

    Open House » 11 am
    Start your day at the Music Institute of Chicago. Fun for families begins with an open house in the lobby where toddlers can try Musikgarten® early childhood demos, kids play instruments at our instrument “petting” zoo, parents talk with faculty, and everyone can enjoy refreshments, student performances and special discounts on lessons and classes.

    Contact: Dan Williams: dwilliams@musicinst.org

  • Purple Crayon Players The Transition of Doodle Pequeno| beg Feb 27-8

    Purple Crayon Players presents…

    The Transition of Doodle Pequeño by Gabriel Jason Dean

    Produced by: Khari Shelton
    Directed by: Lindsay Amer
    *Recommended for 3rd grade and up

    Doodle Pequeño and his trilingual goat, Valencia (she speaks English, Spanish, and goat) just moved to Southern California. The apartment they share with mama is packed with unopened boxes. With Halloween comes trick-or-treaters and a boy who wears dresses, Reno, like the city in Nevada. Doodle and Reno evade capture from the evil pumpkin-wielding troll, Baumgartner, and out run their nemesis, marjoram, and her little brother, toph all while the Santa Anna winds rap at the door. It is a story of two boys who become friends in spite of their differences while examining the consequences of misused language, providing insight into the lives of Mexican-immigrant children and interrogating the issues of gender-identity and homophobic bullying.


    Thursday, February 27th at 7pm

    Friday, February 28th at 7& 9pm

    Saturday, March 1st at 11am& 2pm


    FREE for children under 18

    $5 for college students, $10 for adults

    Tickets are sold at the door. 

    If you are interested in reserving for a group, please email us.


    The Louis Room

    Norris University Center at Northwestern University

    1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60201

    Questions? Email us at purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com

  • NU Winter Opera Season| begins Feb 27-27

    Mark Adamo’s “Little Women”

    Presented by the University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, “Little Women” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Adamo’s opera will be performed in English.

    Directed by Michael M. Ehrman, Bienen School artist-in-residence and director of opera, “Little Women” will feature a score performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Hal France.

    Adamo, who composes opera, chamber music, symphonies and choral works, prepared the music and libretto as an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. “Little Women” was Adamo’s highly-praised debut opera, premiering at the Houston Grand Opera in 1998. It has been performed in more than 80 cities worldwide. In Tokyo, it served as the official U.S. cultural entrant to the 2005 World Expo.

    “Little Women” follows the stories of the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — through the memories of tomboyish Jo, as they grow up in Civil War-era New England.

    The shared role of Jo, the opera’s main character, will be sung by Bienen School graduate students Kelsey Park and Melissa Serluco. Opera tickets are $16 for the general public and $7 for students with valid IDs.

    Joyce DiDonato vocal master class and webcast

    DiDonato will lead Bienen School voice and opera students in a public master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The New Yorker called DiDonato “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation,” and she was named Musical America’s 2013 Vocalist of the Year. Her recent performances include a recital tour of South America, the title role of “Maria Stuarda” at the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of “La donna del lago” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She received the Met’s Beverly Sills Award and was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Master class tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid IDs.

    Di Donato’s March 12 master class will be webcast live. For more information, visit http://www.pickstaiger.org/webcasts.

    To order tickets, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. For information regarding the current south campus construction project parking and directions, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.

    NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre 2014 Season

    FJT new logo white


    June 14-29: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Emily Mann
    July 12-27: Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
    August 9-24: Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story by Tim Rhoze
    August 29: Jazz Meets Blues Concert featuring Marlene Rosenberg and Chainsaw Dupont
    August 30: Gospel Celebration Concert: The Men of Gospel Music

    A limited number of Premium Season Discount Cards are available now. Each $40 card is valid for four plays and two concerts in 2014, which is a $38 savings over full-price tickets.  You may purchase over the phone or in person Monday – Friday, 9 – 4 p.m.

    Parks & Recreation Department

    2100 Ridge Avenue, Room 1100

    City of Evanston


  • Block Winter Exhibits | Jan 17, 2014-2014


    In the wake of the Great Depression, progressive artists, writers and intellectuals coalesced to form a “left front” dedicated to making socially conscious art. “The Left Front” is the first exhibition to examine the visual culture of two activist collectives formed during the 1930s –the John Reed Club, named after the journalist who witnessed the Russian Revolution firsthand, and its successor organization, the American Artists’ Congress.

    “Members of these collectives embraced the motto ‘art as a social weapon’,” said John Murphy, Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University and co-curator of the exhibition with fellow graduate student Jill Bugajski. “They sought to redefine what it meant to be an artist working in the shadow of the Great Depression by making no distinction between art and political struggle.”

    While many of the artists featured in the exhibition are known for art they created in the Works Progress Administration programs, “The Left Front brings their more provocative, political work to light.

    “These artists dove headlong into controversial events of the day, from the stock market crash to the infamous Scottsboro case, from the New Deal to the rising threat of fascism in Spain and Germany,” Murphy said.

    “The Left Front” highlights Chicago-based members of the John Reed Club and the American Artists’ Congress, considering specific conditions of the city — its industrial legacy, massive immigration, ethnic neighborhoods, historical association with anarchism and labor unrest, and commitment to social reform through institutions like Jane Addams Hull House — as the backdrop against which their work evolved. The exhibition brings together artists with Chicago connections, including Morris Topchevsky, Henry Simon, Mitchell Siporin, Bernece Berkman and Carl Hoeckner.

    Related “Left Front” events will include lectures by scholars and cultural critics; a poetry program recalling the history of writers and activists such as Langston Hughes and Richard Wright; a printmaking workshop bringing to life the radical democratic history of the medium; a series at Block Cinema featuring left-leaning films of the 1930s and 1940s and blacklisted filmmakers; and a reimagining of a 1930s American Artists’ Congress meeting. A newspaper-format publication will link the historic issues raised by “The Left Front” to the present through essays by curators and scholars and thoughts by contemporary cultural producers, thinkers and activists on what constitutes revolutionary art today.

    Block Museum programs complementing “The Left Front” include:

    • Opening day program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. After welcoming remarks by Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, scholar and theorist W.J.T. Mitchell, editor of “Critical Inquiry” and professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago, will connect artistic concerns of the 1930s to present-day artistic practices, specifically the relationship between art and activism. Following his presentation, Mitchell will interview the exhibition curators. Throughout the afternoon Northwestern students, in collaboration with D. Soyini Madison, chair of the department of performance studies, will perform scripts based on left-leaning texts from the 1930s.

    “WORK PRINT PROTEST REPEAT” exhibition, Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery, Jan. 17 to March 16.

    This companion exhibition was organized by undergraduate students in Northwestern art history professor Christina Kiaer’s “Radical Art in the 1930s” course. It juxtaposes prints by Great Depression-era activist artists with prints by more contemporary political artists to explore the change in protest imagery over time.

    Lecture by Julia Bryan-Wilson, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. Bryan-Wilson is a professor of modern and contemporary art the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include art, labor and the politics of art as practice.

    Poetry reading by Mark Nowak, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, is a poet and labor activist who has led workshops with autoworkers (Saint Paul and South Africa), domestic workers (NYC and London), and taxi workers. Along with a reading on campus he will conduct a workshop with workers in Evanston/Chicago.

    Talk by Vasif Kortun, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Kortun is curator and director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul — Turkey’s leading contemporary art center. Kortun will bring an international perspective to questions of art and social change in a program that will address Gezi Park and Taxim Square’s history, Istanbul’s so-called public spaces, art and architecture.

    Living Newspaper performances by Jackalope Theatre, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The Chicago-based theatre company and Northwestern students will enact four new short plays that reflect the themes raised by the Block Museum’s “The Left Front” exhibition.

    Lecture by Andrew Hemingway, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. An emeritus professor in art history at University College London, Hemingway is the preeminent scholar on American artists and the communist movement. He will speak on the culture of the John Reed Club and the concept of proletarian art.

    Additional programming will be announced throughout the course of the exhibition.

    Generous support for “The Left Front is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, as well as the Terra Foundation on behalf of William Osborn and David Kabiller, and the Myers Foundations. Additional funding is from the Carlyle Anderson Endowment, the Louise E. Drangsholt Fund, the Kessel Fund at the Block Museum, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

  • Home School Historical Immersions |begin in March 2014-27

    Home School Historical Immersions

    We’re back with more of our popular visits to other times.   Spend the morning visiting other times.  Homeschoolers will take an in depth look at the ideas, events, arts and literature of other eras each month.

    Westward Expansion: Little House on the Prairie
    Thursdays, March 6 -27, 2014 10 a.m. - Noon
    Renaissance England
    Thursdays, April 3 - May 1, 2014 [No Class April 10] 10 a.m. - Noon
    Sign-up by the month; single day drop-ins may be possible.


    Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center

    Age Level: 8-13 yrs

    Fee: $48 R/$52 NR