Patrick Watson


The Montreal-based indie crooner’s signature falsetto and acoustic melodies will fill Lincoln Hall for the second time this year, on the heels of his quartet’s newest album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard.


12/2 The haunting, spirited folk-pop songwriter marks his music with beguiling falsetto singing. At 8. $15 ($18 at the door). Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln.



Photograph: Brigitte Henry


An acrobat from La Soirée


The irreverent Tony-winning musical from the creators of South Park about two naïve Mormon missionaries opens at the Bank of America Theatre December 11.


12/11–6/2 Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s highly irreverent, Tony-sweeping take on Mormon missionaries lives up to the hype. It’s hilarious—so long as you leave all political correctness at the door. $45–$115. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe.



Photograph: Jeff Christensen/AP


Trombone Shorty


Love jazz? Rock? Funk? Hip-hop? Troy Andrews, on the titular instrument, and his band meld all those genres into a unique, Grammy-nominated sound. Their Park West show will satisfy every musical craving.


12/6 Immensely talented, the young New Orleans trombonist-singer plays an infectiously danceable mix of jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop. His enormous energy and impressive technique are particularly breathtaking. At 7:30. $25. 322 W Armitage.,



Photograph: Kirk Edwards


Hubbard Street dancers Alejandro Cerrudo, Jessica Tong, and Meredith Dincolo


Call it the Dyson disco. Choreographer Mats Ek pairs dancers with vacuum cleaners to the tune of jazz, swing, and, yep, disco.


12/6–9 For its Winter Series, the progressive contemporary troupe premieres Casi-Casa, the avant-garde Swedish choreographer Mats Ek’s topsy-turvy commentary on household distress. Dancers partner with vacuum cleaners for performances set to disco, swing, and jazz. Also on the bill: the remount of Aszure Barton’s dramatic, intimate Untouched. $25–$94. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph.



Photograph: (Hubbard Street dancers: Alejandro Cerrudo, Jessica Tong, and Meredith Dincolo) Todd Rosenberg


‘Eyes That Turn In or Out’ by Sam Jaffe


Painter-cum-sculptor Sam Jaffe’s wildly inventive multicolored installations, produced from items found in thrift stores, provide a welcome respite from the ubiquitous white of December in Chicago, and her new project at 65 Grand is no exception.


12/7–1/5 Sam Jaffe’s soft sculptures have an urban-tribal feel to them, yet they’re made out of grandmotherly materials like thrift-store afghans and crotcheted pillows, which Jaffe combines with additional fabrics she knits or crochets herself. The gorgeous results evoke sea anemones, dreamcatchers, and the feather headdresses, or “juju hats,” worn by the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon. 1369 W. Grand.


Photograph: Eyes That Turn In Or Out, Sam Jaffe