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The Nutcracker 2017
Dec 8 - 17

Every year, The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family & friends.

The Nutcracker 2017
Dec 8 - 17
The Nutcracker 2017

Every year, The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family & friends.

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Main Stage
Dec 8 - 17
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The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet
Jan 9, 2018
WFMT and the Athenaeum Theatre present an evening of classical, bluegrass, and folk music as the members of the Kontras Quartet team up with the world-renowned bluegrass group, The Kruger Brothers. The Kontras Quartet is completing their term as WFMT’s artists-in-residence during which they explored the intersection of folk and classical music. The concert will feature music from their latest collaboration, “Roan Mountain Suite” as well as some other surprises!
The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet
Jan 9, 2018
The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet
WFMT and the Athenaeum Theatre present an evening of classical, bluegrass, and folk music as the members of the Kontras Quartet team up with the world-renowned bluegrass group, The Kruger Brothers. The Kontras Quartet is completing their term as WFMT’s artists-in-residence during which they explored the intersection of folk and classical music. The concert will feature music from their latest collaboration, “Roan Mountain Suite” as well as some other surprises!
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Main Stage
Jan 9, 2018
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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018
2/10/18

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2017 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

DANCE CHICAGO presents
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018
2/10/18
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2018

A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2017 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz

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Main Stage
2/10/18
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Idan Raichel
2/18/18

With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. With his new solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, Idan brings audiences an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements.

“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK)

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 12pm (noon) CST.

Idan Raichel
2/18/18
Piano Songs
Idan Raichel

With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. With his new solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, Idan brings audiences an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements.

“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK)

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 12pm (noon) CST.

All ages. Performance lasts two hours with 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
2/18/18
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ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

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Main Stage
March 3, 2018
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Studio One
Photos With Santa!
Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Gather the whole family and snap a photo with Santa while enjoying goodies from local Lakeview businesses! Photos will be available for download after the photo session via a link provided by Angela Garbot Photography.

Advance registration required. To reserve your photo session with Santa, register for one of four 30-minute timeslots via the Get Tickets link above. Arrive at the Athenaeum Theatre ten minutes prior to your timeslot and line up for your photo with Santa (10 families will be scheduled during each 30-minute time slot).

THIS EVENT IS FREE
Photography sponsored by Angela Garbot Photography. For more information, visit www.lakeviewchamber.com/holidays.

Photos With Santa!
Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Photos With Santa!

Gather the whole family and snap a photo with Santa while enjoying goodies from local Lakeview businesses! Photos will be available for download after the photo session via a link provided by Angela Garbot Photography.

Advance registration required. To reserve your photo session with Santa, register for one of four 30-minute timeslots via the Get Tickets link above. Arrive at the Athenaeum Theatre ten minutes prior to your timeslot and line up for your photo with Santa (10 families will be scheduled during each 30-minute time slot).

THIS EVENT IS FREE
Photography sponsored by Angela Garbot Photography. For more information, visit www.lakeviewchamber.com/holidays.

THIS IS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
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Studio One
Saturday, December 16 at 10 AM - 12 PM
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For the Loyal by Lee Blessing
Jan 6 - Feb 4

Playwright Lee Blessing used the real-life case of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach who was accused of assaulting young boys. The testimony of an assistant coach who saw Sandusky in a shower with a youngster was crucial in obtaining a conviction and also in exposing a coverup aimed at protecting the fabled college football program.

In Blessing’s play, an angsty young coach who can’t help but tell his wife the mind-blowing news that he saw a legendary offensive coordinator in a compromising situation with a naked lad.

This confession is the catalyst in transforming the wife, Mia, into the play’s agent of change. Through Mia, Blessing imagines blunt and well-articulated scenarios that contain consequences and choices for someone who holds volatile knowledge.

For the Loyal by Lee Blessing
Jan 6 - Feb 4
For the Loyal by Lee Blessing

Playwright Lee Blessing used the real-life case of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach who was accused of assaulting young boys. The testimony of an assistant coach who saw Sandusky in a shower with a youngster was crucial in obtaining a conviction and also in exposing a coverup aimed at protecting the fabled college football program.

In Blessing’s play, an angsty young coach who can’t help but tell his wife the mind-blowing news that he saw a legendary offensive coordinator in a compromising situation with a naked lad.

This confession is the catalyst in transforming the wife, Mia, into the play’s agent of change. Through Mia, Blessing imagines blunt and well-articulated scenarios that contain consequences and choices for someone who holds volatile knowledge.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.
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Studio One
Jan 6 - Feb 4
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The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17
The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

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Studio One
2/9 - 3/17
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Studio Two
Clever Little Lies, by Joe DiPietro
11/16 - 12/17

Shattering and hilarious, “Clever Little Lies” is a comedy of long-term love and marriage… for better… and for worse.

Bluebird Arts presents
Clever Little Lies, by Joe DiPietro
11/16 - 12/17
Clever Little Lies, by Joe DiPietro

Shattering and hilarious, “Clever Little Lies” is a comedy of long-term love and marriage… for better… and for worse.

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Studio Two
11/16 - 12/17
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Insurrection: Holding History
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part “Roots”, part “The Wizard of Oz”, part “In Living Color”, and all Robert O’Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.
Insurrection: Holding History
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
Insurrection: Holding History
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part “Roots”, part “The Wizard of Oz”, part “In Living Color”, and all Robert O’Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.
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Studio Two
Jan 4 - Feb 11 2018
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As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
As You Like It
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
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Studio Two
March 23 - April 22
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Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Studio Three
Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17
part of the 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Breath, Boom

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

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Studio Three
Nov 9 - Dec 17
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JITNEY
Jan 5 - Feb 11
Join us as we honor August Wilson with our production of JITNEY. This Tony Award-winning play is set in Jim Becker’s unlicensed cab station. Delve into the lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. As the eighth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, these dynamic characters are challenged with life’s difficulties, gaining enlightenment about the importance of family and community.
JITNEY
Jan 5 - Feb 11
by August Wilson
JITNEY
Join us as we honor August Wilson with our production of JITNEY. This Tony Award-winning play is set in Jim Becker’s unlicensed cab station. Delve into the lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. As the eighth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, these dynamic characters are challenged with life’s difficulties, gaining enlightenment about the importance of family and community.
No late seating. PG-13. Not for all ages--contains strong language. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Three
Jan 5 - Feb 11
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