MIAMI CITY BALLET
April 29 & 30, 2016
Miami City Ballet, led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez, debuts at Harris Theater accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. The company is known for its distinct musicality, interpretive artistry, great speed and attack, technical clarity, and ability to move seamlessly between diverse dance genres including classical, contemporary, and modern. With only two performances, this lands on top of our Culture Watch list.
For more information, visit harristheaterchicago.org.
MARTIN PURYEAR: MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS
Through May 3, 2016
Often what we see when we wander through the galleries of a museum are the finished products of an artist’s vision. The processes leading up to the final pieces are usually confined to the studio or long-lost sketchbooks. Highlighting more than 100 sketches and prints, as well as 12 of Puryear’s sculptures, this exhibit lets viewers in on his inspirations and methodology.
The Art Institute of Chicago,111 South Michigan Avenue.
For more information, visit artic.edu.
MARY PAIGE MARLOWE
March 31–May 29, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—Tracy Letts’—(August: Osage County) latest play, Mary Page Marlowe, is the portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman. It shows us how circumstance, impulse, and time can combine to make us mysteries… even to ourselves. Tickets start at $30.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 North Halsted Street.
For more information, visit steppenwolf.org.
BEYOND THE BINARY
Through April 25, 2016
Curated by Janice Bond, this unique photography exhibit is an inter-generational and inter-cultural sisterhood, a new form of cultural mapping built on the trust, liberation, and love of women from around the world and from comrades to the coven.
Woman Made Gallery, 685 North Milwaukee Avenue. For more information,
April 29–May 28, 2016
Touching on a political pressure point that is as sensitive as it is important, Dry Land is one of three plays included in Rivendell Theatre’s 2016 season, "The Body Politic". Two female swimmers open the show in a manner that brings to the forefront issue of abortion relevant to the current discourse surrounding women, their bodies, and their right to choose. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Hallie Gordon, the show gives center stage to the themes of burgeoning adulthood, female friendships, and the complexities therein.
Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.
For more information and ticket pricing, visit rivendelltheatre.org.
Jabari Dreams of Freedom
April 5–May 1, 2016
Jabari Dreams of Freedom, is a timely new production by award-winning playwright Nambi E. Kelley. Jabari is a young boy who is scared and confused by the turbulent world around him. He escapes to the Civil Rights era through his colorful paintings, where he interacts with children from the past—including a young Barack Obama. Tickets start at $10.
Chicago Childrens Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn Street.
For more information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.