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Marlene Dietrich live in Skokie

Suzanne Petri

Suzanne Petri

Marlene Dietrich never visited Skokie in person, but you can see her there soon.

Don’t miss award-winning Chicago performer Suzanne Petri’s re-creation of the film legend at 7 p.m. June 28:

“Marlene Muzik: A Tribute to Marlene Dietrich the Actress, the Music, the Desire.”

The venue is perfect — one that surely saw much of Dietrich on its silver screen back in the day.

The historic Skokie Theatre opened in 1912 as the Niles Center Theatre, a 425-seat, single-screen movie house. Its brown-and-white checkerboard facade has been a landmark in the northern suburb, but like most such independent movie theaters, its latter-day existence was troubled and, by 2004, it had fallen into disrepair and closed for good.

In spring 2005, the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation undertook a $1.5 million renovation to turn the theater into a 148-seat concert hall, which has now become one of Chicagoland’s top destinations for, among other things, cabaret music.

Petri, with Musical Director Bob Moreen, performs such songs as “Boys in the Backroom,” “Falling In Love Again,” “Lola,” “Black Market” and “Lilli Marlene.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

It may not fit the Dietrich theme, but Tim Tub Thai restaurant, a few blocks’ walk from the theater, makes a fine choice for pre-concert dining.

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Beckie Menzie’s June 14 Skokie Theatre concert has been cancelled due to a death in her family. Our condolences and best wishes, Beckie.