Don’t-miss picks for March 14 through March 20, 2019
1 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Theater:Ntozake Shange, who died last year at age 70, was a multihyphenate writer: poet, novelist, and playwright. Her best-known stage work, this 1976 “choreo-poem” (a term she coined for a piece combining poetry, movement, and music) gathers stories and vignettes about the struggles of women of color. Director Seret Scott, who previously helmed Court Theatre’s astonishing adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son, appeared in the original Broadway production of For Colored Girls.
3/14–4/14. $38–$74. Court Theatre. courttheatre.org
2 La Femme Dance Festival
Dance:For almost a decade, Red Clay Dance has been providing educational and performance opportunities for professional dancers on the South Side, and the stunning new Green Line Performing Arts Center will hopefully draw new audiences to this contemporary company. Its latest production highlights dances by women of African descent, including works by local artists Jasmin Williams, Marceia Scruggs, and Brittany Chanel Winters.
3/15–16. $10 suggested donation. Green Line Performing Arts Center, University of Chicago. redclaydance.com
3 An American Dream
Opera:Lyric flexes its Lyric Unlimited arm for an offsite and contemporary project, a parallel to last season’s packed-house Fellow Travelers. The opera, set during World War II, contrasts the experiences of a Japanese American woman sent with her family to an internment camp and a German Jewish war bride who moves into their vacant home.
3/15, 17. $55–$125. Harris Theater. lyricopera.org
4 Out of Nowhere
Performance Art:Defibrillator launches its artist-in-residence program, in which international performance artists set up shop in the Bridgeport gallery for three-week stints. The inaugural edition brings the Glasgow- and Milan-based Gabriele Longega, who uses their body to question societal norms around gender and sexuality, and Helsinki’s Tomasz Szrama, whose exhibition also includes a workshop for attendees to learn more about his improvisational, participatory approach. The residency culminates in a final show on March 24.
FREE 3/15–4/5. Zhou B Art Center. dfbrl8r.org
5 Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical
Theater:The camp-loving scamps of Hell in a Handbag Productions have been known to call their signature style “parodage” — a portmanteau of “parody” and “homage.” This month Handbag returns to an exemplar of the form, David Cerda and Scott Lamberty’s 2002 musical spoof of the 1970s underwater disaster flick The Poseidon Adventure. Seeing the authors spin inane movie lines into musical gold is worth the dive.
3/15–4/28. $22–$48. Edge Theater. brownpapertickets.com
6 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and River Dyeing
Parade:This time-honored tradition may be the only thing city government does that local approve of. The dye — environmentally safe and purportedly orange before it’s mixed with water — will be dumped by the boatload into the Chicago River a few hours before the parade marches along Columbus Drive.
FREE 3/16, dyeing at 9 a.m., parade at 12 p.m. Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. chicagostpatricksdayparade.org
7 Bright Star
Theater:Steve Martin has always been a polymath: Alongside his career as an actor and comedian, he’s written plays (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Meteor Shower) and prose (Shopgirl, The Pleasure of My Company) and has won three Grammy Awards as a bluegrass musician. Bright Star, his first foray into musical theater (written with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell), is a twisty, twangy jumble of love stories that premiered on Broadway in 2016. Ericka Mac stages BoHo Theatre’s Chicago premiere.
3/16–5/5. $25–$35. Greenhouse Theater Center. bohotheatre.com
8 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Classical:This elegant German violinist returns with her usual recital partner, pianist Lambert Orkis, as well as a guest cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott. The twosome plays violin sonatas by Mozart, Ravel, and Poulenc, and the threesome runs through Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio and Sebastian Currier’s Ghost Trio, premiering on this tour. The latter references bygone piano trios in allusive and shadowy ways, lamenting the twilight of the form.
3/17 at 3 p.m. $48–$127. Symphony Center. cso.org
9 Megan Borah: I’d Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail
Art:This local painter explores the social presence of the female figure, from 1960s girl groups to contemporary women walking on the street. Borah’s subjects stare directly at the viewer in gauzy, dreamlike scenes, which are enhanced by the inclusion of glass beads and chalk, giving the colors a faded, shimmering quality. The colorful artworks show feminine figures posing with expressionless faces — in a field of flowers or astride horses — blissfully unaware of society’s gaze.
FREE 3/17–4/27. Goldfinch. goldfinchgallery.org
10 Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Garden:Boasting more than 700 types of plants, this Navy Pier staple isn’t your everyday flower festival. This year’s show, titled Flowertales, will feature more than 20 enchanting gardens inspired by fairy tales and works of literature, such as Gulliver’s Travels, Wuthering Heights, and Snow White.
3/20–24. $5–$20. Navy Pier. eventbrite.com
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