Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s home for close-up magic, today broke ground in its new home at 5050 N. Clark St. The multi-million-dollar renovation, designed by Morris Architects Planners, will usher in a new wave of entertainment, bringing back “Chicago Style Magic” under the leadership of Donald Clark, Jr. and Joseph (Joey) Cranford. From magicians to mind readers, Chicago Magic Lounge will provide guests the unique, one-of-a-kind experience of seeing wonders up-close and personal.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Chicago Theatre Awards - a new way to recognize the brilliant artists working in our city. All winners will be chosen by YOU, the Chicago theatre audience. Any production that opened between June 1st, 2016 and May 31st, 2017 shall be eligible. The first round of voting will be open through Friday, June 23, and will be based on your submissions. The final ballot will be revealed on The Hawk Chicago's Facebook page on Wednesday, June 28. The final round of voting will conclude July 16. Winners will be announced July 19.
You do not need to submit responses to every category. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Lookingglass Theatre Company announces a partnership with TodayTix —the free mobile app that provides on-demand access to theater tickets—to offer exclusive $25 Lottery tickets to the return of its award-winning production of Moby Dick . Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium, runs June 7 – September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.
American Blues Theater opens its 2017-2018 Season with the Chicago Premiere of Beauty’s Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Ron OJ Parson, and Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine. Beauty’s Daughter runs July 7 – August 5 , 2017 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman’s journey through life’s obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play—some broken, some on the way down, but all memorable.
The seventh edition of the semi-annual Queer Bits Film Festival, to be screened Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, will include eleven films from six countries, according to an announcement made today by festival producers Dan Pal and Shaun Baer. This spring’s set list includes individual narratives ranging from the realities of dating a lesbian stripper, facing expulsion as a bi-gender musician, and keeping "forbidden love" from being expressed in India.
By Leigh Austin
At age 10, having spent countless hours navigating the digital Oregon Trail, I felt that I had the historical knowledge necessary to undertake a fictional narrative about the trials and tribulations of a family battling the great western migration. Needless to say, the end result was probably, looking back, not quite as realistic as I hoped.
Due to popular demand, Random Acts and Greenhouse Theater Center are pleased to announce a second extension of the hit world premiere STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL by Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt and directed and choreographed by Tommy Rivera-Vega. The runaway hit based on the popular Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, currently scheduled through May 13, 2017, will add an additional six-week block of performances from June 3 - July 8, 2017 at Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for all performances are currently available ?t greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.
The Artistic Home will follow up its highly acclaimed and Jeff recommended production ofBy the Bog of Cats - a contemporary Irish take on Medea – with a much cheerier updating of a classic. Their summer production for 2017 will be David Ives’ comedy in verse, The School for Lies . As Ives did with The Liar, his “translaptation” of Corneille’s Le Menteur , he honors the French 17th Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language even as he maintains the Molière play’s original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celimene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene’s world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word. The Artistic Home’s production, filled with racy romance and scathing humor, will open to the press Sunday, July 2 at 7:00 pm, following previews from June 28 – July 1 .
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the addition of Cry It Out , written by Molly Smith Metzler , to close its 43rd season, May 10 – June 17, 2018. The previously announced The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Lauren Shouse, has been re-scheduled to open the season, playing September 14 - October 22, 2017 , replacing Bruce Graham’s Sanctions.
The Other Theatre Company, an equity theatre group in its third year, will hold its annual 50/50 raffle tonight at Park Tavern. Winners don't have to be present, and TOTC states that winners over the past few years have won over $25,000. You can win big and support a company with a mission of social justice.
The Hawk was a common name for the cold, winter wind in Chicago, possibly even predating "the Windy City." Additionally, a hawk can see up to eight times more clearly than the human eye.