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‘Cabaret for a Cause’ aids uninsured women

River North is the place to be on Thursday, May 9, when The Redhead Piano Bar hosts “Cabaret for a Cause” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hear the song stylings of diva Frieda Lee, enjoy food and drinks, and have the satisfaction of know that it’s all in support of an important cause. With the […]

Chicago theater district mainstay fetes 10th anniversary

Not many restaurants make it to a decade, so Petterino’s will celebrate its 10 years in the theater district on Monday, Feb. 7, with a $10 three-course menu served all day. New Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley offers a choice of caesar salad with grana padano cheese; “The Fritzel” salad with Boston lettuce, hearts of palm, […]

Writers’ Theatre hosts a marvelous party of Noël Coward favorites

  UPDATE: Extended through April 18. Also, see more Coward in Chicago. Noël Coward (1899–1973) is one of the lasting symbols of the glamour and wit of the pre-World War II era. Playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, director, producer … but more than those: As Time magazine said of him, “Coward’s greatest single gift has […]

Night out: Moran or Morris? Tough choice for music fans

Heather Moran Audrey Morris Tomorrow night presents a conundrum for cabaret fans. You can go hear legendary Chicago cabaret diva Audrey Morris in a celebration of “The Great American Songbook.” Morris’s career dates back to the 1950s, when she was a regular performer at places like the Capitol Lounge and Mister Kelly’s. Or you can […]

Night out: All-star cabaret gala in Lincoln Park Sunday

Chicago Cabaret Professionals honoree Karen Mason singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” Oct. 11 for the hottest cabaret show of the year. The doors open at 5:45 p.m. at Park West in Lincoln Park for the annual gala when the Chicago Cabaret Professionals honor their own. Karen Mason, Broadway star of […]

Night out: Smile with Menzie and Michael

Need something to put a smile on your face? One of Chicago’s most enjoyable musical duos, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, perform favorite songs and music from their CD “Better Two-gether” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Oak Park’s Village Players Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel […]

Marlene Dietrich live in Skokie

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 […]

Theo Ubique takes top honors at Jeffs

Theo Ubique Theatre Company swept the spring 2009 Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning seven of the 26 prizes given for non-Equity theater performances. The annual awards ceremony honoring Chicago’s storefront and black-box theaters took place last night at

Tonight and tomorrow: If music be the food of food…

“We all celebrate milestones and holidays at the dinner table, and some of our closest connections happen over good food and wine,” says singer Ann McGregor, who’s put together a collection of food-oriented music that she’ll be performing tonight and tomorrow at Davenport’s in Wicker Park, with Bob Moreen on piano. “My show is about […]

Night out: Audrey Morris at Angelo’s

Here’s a fabulous night out for the cost-conscious. Chicago’s legendary saloon singer, Audrey Morris, performs tomorrow at Old Town’s Angelo’s Taverna. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of our town’s great performers. The 8 p.m. show has no cover charge, and Angelo’s, which normally has pretty moderate prices, adds to the bargain with drink […]