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  • Evanston Dance Ensemble presents The Big Night | Opening March 14-14



     Opening Friday, March 14

    The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) March 2014 production The Big Night.  Opening Friday, March 14, The Big Night is presented in two acts – Graduation Ball and Prom 2014 – and marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces.  EDE will present five performances of The Big Night at the Josephine Louis Theater on Northwestern University’s campus (20 Art Circle Drive) – Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March15 at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 1 and 4 p.m.  Performance runs 45 min.

    Tickets for The Big Night are priced at $16.00 for children under 18, students and seniors, and $24.00 for adults.  Tickets go on sale February 5 and may be purchased by calling the Northwestern Box Office at 847.491.7282 or by going online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

    For additional information on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, view the company’s website at www.evanstondanceensemble.org or call 847.328.6683.

    Photo Credit: Matt Glavin

  • 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

  • MIC Free Lunchtime Music Concert | March 19-11

    Lunchtime Concerts

    March 19: Fred Simon, jazz piano with Music Institute guests 

    To introduce its stellar faculty to downtown Evanston workers and residents and welcome them to its new campus, the Music Institute of Chicago is offering free lunchtime concerts and conversation one Wednesday per month from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at its new home, 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston. Bring a bite from home of grab something from one of the many restuarants nearby.

    Upcoming Concerts:

    – April 23: Winds Chamber Music
    – May 21: Eric Sutz, jazz piano
    – June 11: Alexander Djordjevic, piano

  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center 2nd Floor Exhibit | March 5-9

    Resident Artist

    Leslie Hirshfield presents….

    An Art Exhibit at Noyes

    Art work of students from the Hirshfield studio will be on display in the second floor gallery from March 5 through April 30, 2014.

    Opening reception will be held March 9 from 2 – 4 p.m.

    This is a free event, all are welcome

    Noyes Cultural Arts Center
    927 Noyes Street, 2nd floor
    Evanston IL 60201

  • 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

  • Block Cinema Winter Film Series | Feb

    • The Left Front in Film series coincides with the Block Museum’s exhibition, “The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940,” that runs through June 22. Block Cinema presents a film series featuring leftist and left-leaning films that are both Hollywood productions and independent films made outside of the studio system.

    • The “Picturing Fame: Moving Pictures” series takes its name from another Block Museum winter exhibition, “Steichen|Warhol: Picturing Fame,” that runs through April 6. It examines the legacies of both artists, including their groundbreaking photos of celebrities of their day. “Steichen|Warhol” presents two major gifts of art to the Block Museum. It highlights the donation of 49 vintage photographs by famed photographer Edward Steichen, donated by collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander to the Block in early 2013. It also showcases gifts of Warhol photographs and prints made in 2008 and 2013 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

    These stunning portraits feature many luminaries from the early part of the 20th century, including artists, models, dancers, socialites and prominent actors of both stage and screen. To celebrate the donation, this corresponding film series features many of Steichen’s glamorous portrait sitters in a different light. They bring to life several of the screen actors that Steichen so lovingly captured in his photos and in movies released around the same time that the photographs were taken.


    Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students, students from other schools with valid IDs and individuals 65 and older. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before show time. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema.

    – See more at: Block Cinema

  • MIC Around the World in 80 Minutes | Feb 16 +-16

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    Around the World in 80 Minutes: Joint Free Open Houses with Music Institute and Language Stars

    Learn how music and foreign language play a key role in your child’s life at one of three interactive family open houses this spring. Early childhood and elementary programs are the foundation for successful long term study in foreign and musical languages. Individual and group study strengthen transferable social and learning skills. Experience how high quality play-based enrichment education can be FUN!

    Sunday, February 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

    Sunday, March 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Language Stars, Lincoln Park Center
    1741 N. Elston, Chicago

    Sunday, May 11 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

    Attend one of three joint open houses where you and your child will participate in your choice of 3 short demo lessons and an international sing along. Each child will receive a passport which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended. You may choose from lessons in Spanish, Mandarin and other additional languages, as well as 3-4 music lessons-ranging from learning scales kinesthetically, rhythm games and a Musikgarten parent-child sampler.
    Interact with experienced faculty who specialize in teaching young children.  Take home pocket versions of curricula, taste ethnic treats
    and win tuition discounts and door prizes!

    Dates: Sundays, February 16, March 16, May 11
    Times: 4-6 pm
    Cost: Free
    Contact/RSVP to lincolnpark@languagestars.com or call 773.772.7877

  • 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

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    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.

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