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Five Acts from the Arts

Nicole Ross | February 9, 2017 | Feature Features

Dive straight into the arts this year at these five must-see performances and exhibitions.
American dancer Loie Fuller was an 1893 sensation at the Folies Bergere in Paris. Color lithograph by Jules Chéret.

1. La’Affichonmania: The Passion for French Posters
The new exhibition celebrates poster art of the belle epoque (1875 to 1910) with 45 works created by five grand masters, including Toulouse-Lautrec. Tickets $20. Driehaus Museum

2. Ballet De Lorraine
The French avant-garde dance company performs groundbreaking works by the late choreographic iconoclast Merce Cunningham Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. The performance runs in conjunction with the retrospective photography and video exhibit Merce Cunningham: Common Time. Tickets $30. Museum of Contemporary Art Theater

3. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Live!
John Gray’s best-selling book is the inspiration for this comedy that covers everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom through March 5. Tickets $65. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

4. The Invention of Morel
Time-bending love triumphs on a deserted island in this futuristic opera composed by Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of the rock band The Police, on Feb. 18, 24 and 26. Tickets $39-$125. Studebaker Theater

5. Ivan the Terrible
Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Sergei Prokofiev’s music from Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film about a bloodthirsty tyrant, with live narration by actor Gerard Depardieu, Feb. 23 through Feb. 25. Tickets $34-$220. Symphony Center


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