5 Shows to See at Steppenwolf This Fall

Ben Rains | October 6, 2016 | Feature Features

This fall, Steppenwolf's new cabaret-style 1700 Theatre will showcase a diverse array of talent during its LookOut series.
Make a night of it by stopping at the theater's new Front Bar.

1. Akenya in Concert
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Akenya, accompanied by her five-piece band, performs original songs that highlight her unique sound influenced by jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical music. Oct. 21, 8pm, tickets $15

2. Torch, Sass and Swing
Paying tribute to Chicago nightlife’s golden age of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Suzanne Petri sings classics by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole, while Robert Breuler takes the audience on a journey through the clubs of that era. Oct. 26-28, 8pm, tickets $20

3. Repercussion
Dance and drums fuel BOOMERANG, a performance troupe that has captivated audiences from New York City to Paris with its physicality, vulnerability and nuanced venture into the world of “active forgetting.” Oct. 29-30, times vary, tickets $20

4. Charlie Strater and Friends
Blues guitar riffs and smooth vocals highlight this intimate evening. Charlie Strater performs his own emotionally charged songs, while guest openers, the PhilBillies, belt out unique covers, from Michael Jackson to AC/DC. Nov. 3, 8pm, tickets $5

5. Pivot Arts Presents Live Talk: The Day After
This show—taking place on the day after the presidential election—is a fun, retrospective and multidimensional look at one of the strangest races in modern U.S. history. Live music and a talk show-style performance highlight the evening. Nov. 9, 8pm, tickets $15

1700 N. Halsted St., 312.335.1650, steppenwolf.org


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