By Matthew Fiorentino By Matthew Fiorentino | April 19, 2023 | Lifestyle Culture
Don't miss these exciting events, stunning shows and more this spring in Chicago.
Solo artist Sarah Clarke of Ballet 5:8’s BareFace
Female, minority-led company Ballet 5:8 takes center stage at Harris Theater for the premiere of BareFace, an original adaptation of the classic Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. Artistic director, co-founder and resident choreographer Julianna Rubio Slager’s production steps into the female perspective where themes of humanity, love, jealousy and beauty are explored through dynamic storytelling and enhanced by the company’s acclaimed dance prowess. “In BareFace, the story is told uniquely from Psyche’s older sister’s viewpoint, and audiences will see female artists in all of the leading roles,” says Slager. “We’re excited to present a modern version of this classic myth where audiences will see females as both the protagonists and antagonists, and elevate female voices to dominate the stage.” 205 E. Randolph St.
Get a glimpse of Salvador Dalí’s “Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach” (1938) at the Art Institute of Chicago through June 12.
SALVADOR DALÍ: THE IMAGE DISAPPEARS
THROUGH JUNE 12
Surrealist Salvador Dalí is one of the most iconic and recognizable artists in history. Now, the Art Institute of Chicago explores the making of the master in a riveting 25-piece exhibit tiled Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears. Focusing on the pivotal period in the 1930s when he began to find a widespread audience in the industry, the exhibition features a selection of paintings, drawings and surrealist objects. “The Art Institute was among the first museums to display Dalí’s work in 1933,” curator Caitlin Haskell shares. “For us, it’s been a thrill to organize his first solo exhibition at the museum, building on icons we know well and setting them in context with pinnacle works from around the world.” 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Accomplished R&B singer-songwriter LiV Warfield commands the stage in Cabaret ZaZou.
Immersive variety show Cabaret ZaZou, starring critically acclaimed performers LiV Warfield and Frank Ferrante, is taking the city by storm with stunning cirque acts, interactive comedy, dazzling vocalists and live music complemented by a multicourse dining experience. Dreya Weber, the show’s aerial designer, choreographer and director, brings the show to life alongside a band, led by Chicago jazz artist Chuck Webb, featuring Theodis Rodgers, Jon Negus, Phil Seed and Jose Martinez, plus, acrobats from around the world, including Ukrainian juggler Viktor Kee. 32 W. Randolph St., 14th Floor
Edra Soto’s 2016 work “Open 24 Hours (Albright-Knox)” will be on view at the Hyde Park Art Center this season.
MOZART IMMERSIVE: SOUL OF A GENIUS
The iconic works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are the latest to be showcased in an immersive exhibit in the world premiere of Mozart Immersive: Soul of a Genius at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago. His compositions will be accompanied by dreamlike visuals to create a memorable experience for all ages. “In order to fully capture the genius of Mozart’s oeuvre of work, we knew we needed to bring in top-level talent from the classical music industry to assemble the accompanying score,” says Svetlana Dvoretsky, producer and Lighthouse Immersive co-founder. “The resulting piece is a highly sophisticated and thrilling confluence of brilliant music and visuals elevated by the great [dancer and actor] Mikhail Baryshnikov’s portrayal of Mozart’s father.” 108 W. Germania Place
Mozart Immersive: The Soul of a Genius offers a deep dive into the iconic composer’s life and work.
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
THROUGH APRIL 30
Goodman Theatre’s Robert Falls takes his final bow as artistic director with the production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. A story of an aristocratic family in turn-of-the-century Russia crippled by debt, the iconic tragicomedy explores themes of privilege, social change, the human condition and generational conflict. “For 120 years, it has always been performed on the major stages, which I think is pretty special and very few plays can say that,” Falls shares. “The Cherry Orchard is a modern play. It holds a mirror up to every audience who watches it.” 170 N. Dearborn St.
DINNER WITH A VIEW
THROUGH MAY 14
After previous stops in San Diego, Atlanta and Canada, traveling pop-up dining experience Dinner With A View lands on the Mag Mile this month, bringing its signature clear domes and a new perspective on dining to Pioneer Court. The 33 luxe, intimate globes are transformed into terrariums that highlight unique terrains around the globe, from tundras to tropical rainforests to grasslands, and complement the three-course culinary experience crafted with locally sourced ingredients. The immersive experience is designed for groups of up to six, who select a category from the blind menu, which features beef, chicken, fish and vegan, and sips off the beverage menu. Juxtaposed with Chicago’s urban atmosphere, it’s a unique opportunity to dine under the stars in an iconic Mag Mile location. 401 Michigan Ave.
DESTINATION/EL DESTINO: A DECADE OF GRAFT
APRIL 23-AUG. 6
Puerto Rican artist, educator and community organizer Edra Soto’s forthcoming largest exhibit to date is set to be all the buzz at the Hyde Park Art Center. Showcasing her large-scale GRAFT series featuring sculptures that blend elements of Afro-diasporic architecture, accompanied by documentary photographs and drawings that counter colonial narratives, Destination/El Destino: a decade of GRAFT illuminates the past through her work, highlighting the enslaved sub-Saharan African population’s influence on Puerto Rican architecture. “The exhibition marks a full-circle moment in my career, with the first iteration of GRAFT developed over a decade ago at the Art Center,” she says. “I hope my work inspires visitors to dream of their own destinations that have to do with their lives, their memories and their own concerns.” 5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus and Katy Geraghty take the stage in Into the Woods at the James M. Nederlander Theatre.
INTO THE WOODS
APRIL 25-MAY 7
Enter Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale world as Tony Award-winning classic Into the Woods takes the stage at James M. Nederlander Theatre in a show that arrives straight from Broadway with several original cast members. Intertwining the plots of tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, the characters pursue their wishes and desires, only to be greeted with a dose of reality. With music that’s witty and moving, Into the Woods explores the darker side of fairy tales, and challenges its happily-ever-after themes while exploring human complexity with humor. 24 W. Randolph St.
The E.E. and Rossie Roberts House is just one of the abodes featured on the Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk.
WRIGHT PLUS ARCHITECTURAL HOUSEWALK
Chicago architecture aficionados have the good fortune to live among dozens of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed abodes, and in May, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust takes a deep dive into some of these structures in the annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park. Three residences, including the Arthur and Grace Heurtley House, one of the earliest examples of Wright’s prairie-style aesthetic, designed or remodeled by Wright will be open to ticket holders who will be accompanied by tour guides as they provide a deeper explanation of the history of Wright’s work and unique elements of each home.
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