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Carrie Secrist Gallery (map)
835 W. Washington Blvd.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-491-0917

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Support, Therapy and Instability

11/7-12/31

The Chicago debut of New York-based graffiti artists Mint & Serf. Reception Fri 11/7, 6-9 PM.

Maxwell Colette Gallery (map)
908 N. Ashland Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-929-7855

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Third Annual Human Rights Day Show

12/12-1/2

Work from the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers. Reception Fri 12/12, 6-10 PM.

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LOL

9/11-1/3
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Text-based work by Kay Rosen that uses Gen X and millennial slang as inspiration.

Monique Meloche Gallery (map)
2154 W. Division St.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-252-0299
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Roy Hargrove

Mon., Dec. 29, 8 & 10 p.m., Tue., Dec. 30, 8 & 10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 31, 8 & 10 p.m., Thu., Jan. 1, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Jan. 2, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 3, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 4, 4, 8 & 10 p.m.

From the time trumpeter Roy Hargrove hit the scene in the late 80s he’s been one of jazz’s most fiery and skilled horn men, an extroverted player with a deep understanding of and facility with postbop fundamentals. Over the course of his career he’s made interesting side excursions—like dipping into Cuban music, funk, and hip-hop—but he’s always returned to the music that put him on the map. Hargrove hasn’t made a new record in five years, and in May he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in New York—not his first run-in with the law for substance issues—but it’s good to see he’s carrying on his recent tradition of spending part of the holidays at the Jazz Showcase. He’ll again lead a superb band that includes longtime saxophonist Justin Robinson, hot-shot pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem, and drummer Quincy Phillips. With the exception of Phillips, the lineup is the same one that’s been spending New Year’s with him in Chicago for the last five years, and that consistency and chance to stretch out night after night promises some real heat on a cold winter’s night. —Peter Margasak $35-$75

Jazz Showcase (map)
806 S. Plymouth Ct.
South Loop
phone 312-360-0234
Roy Hargrove

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Hansel & Gretel

Through 1/4: Fri-Mon 10 AM, Tue 10 AM and 1 PM; also Wed 12/31, 10 AM

This world premiere bills itself as a "wickedly delicious musical treat," and indeed the tone, Euro-hip with some goth bravado mixed in, is a welcome return to the dark fairy tale co-opted by a saccharine Disney sensibility. With the brothers Grimm (Jay Mast and Jeff Kurysz) as narrators, we follow a version of the story where Angelika, the children’s mother (Jennifer T. Grubb), has disappeared into the Black Forest; her kids' wanderlust stems simply from their deep desire to see her again. We journey too, realizing that, like Hansel (Jack Ball), we all want to believe in some kind of magic. Some of the songs in Justin Roberts's original score are merely serviceable, but others will have you singing along with the wickedly talented musician-actors: the rousing "This Place," "Crumb by Crumb," and Lotte the Witch's bawdy solo "You've Gotta Do It Alone." —Suzanne Scanlon $38.50

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Broadway Playhouse (map)
175 E. Chestnut St.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 800-775-2000
Hansel & Gretel

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The BFG

Through 1/4: times vary, see website

Roald Dahl's subversive, cheerfully misanthropic worldview survives the translation from page to stage in this funny and inventive take on the author's 1982 kids’ novel. Resisting the urge to sweeten what's sour, adapter David Wood shows us innocent orphans getting eaten by ravenous giants, just as Dahl set it down. The big friendly giant referenced in the title is a strict vegetarian; his job, however, involves filling sleeping heads with sweet dreams of resisting authority. (He also farts in the presence of the Queen of England.) Director Morgan Ashley Madison tells the story with energy and confidence in her staging for Emerald City Theatre, using brisk pacing, cheeky performances, and, best of all, lifelike puppets (designed by Rough House Theatre) in a variety of sizes. —Zac Thompson $10-$20

http://emeraldcitytheatre.com
Apollo Theater (map)
2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-935-6100

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Burning Bluebeard

Through 1/4: times vary, see website

The clowning artistry is disturbingly effective in the Ruffians’ 100-minute romp through the history of Chicago’s Iroquois Theatre fire, which killed more than 600 people during a 1903 performance of a musical called Mr. Bluebeard. Six impish, gracefully bumbling figures prance through an irony-soaked metatheatrical routine that gives voice to a handful of fire survivors while investigating the myriad failures that caused such carnage. It's creepy and charming, if occasionally precious, overrelying on steampunk faux naivete and Danny Elfmanesque music to do the emotional heavy lifting. While playwright Jay Torrence concocts a lot of significant-looking gestures that ultimately signify little (actors earnestly hand audience members mason jars full of white lights, then eventually take them back), the final, meticulous recounting of the Iroquois’s last moments is horrifyingly gorgeous. —Justin Hayford $36-$45

Theater Wit (map)
1229 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-975-8150
Burning Bluebeard

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David Bowie Is

9/23-1/4
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One of the most anticipated events of the fall arts season is the MCA's "David Bowie Is," in which the museum surveys the work of Bowie, an obscure, forgotten artist of minor import. We spoke with the exhibit's cocurator, Victoria Broackes, head of exhibitions for the Department of Theatre & Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, about the background of "David Bowie Is" and what Chicagoans can plan on seeing at the MCA. Continue reading >>

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Chicagoisms

4/5-1/4

When Alexander Eisenschmidt moved to Chicago in 2007, the German-born architectural theorist was disturbed by how the city talks about its buildings. Sipping a glass of rosé in the cafe at the Art Institute's Modern Wing, he describes a kind of "museum-ification." ¶ Take, for example, the time architect Rem Koolhaas proposed that his student center at IIT incorporate the Mies van der Rohe–designed Commons Building—it sparked public outrage that the new structure attacked the "purity and simplicity" of the existing architecture. "Preservationists have instilled this attitude in policy makers and politicians," Eisenschmidt says. "If we don't look out, [architecturally] we will be very quickly forgotten." Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Chicagoisms

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Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints

10/11-1/4
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Eerie selections, some of which feature images of the mythical figure Shoki, from the Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints

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Holiday Thorne Rooms

11/22-1/6

The annual exhibition of miniature holiday-themed rooms.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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Surface Tension

11/16-1/10

Paintings and fiber pieces by Lindsey Hook and Altoon Sultan. Reception Sun 11/16, 3-6 PM.

Riverside Arts Center (map)
32 E. Quincy St.
Other Suburbs West
phone 708-442-6400

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The City Lost and Found

10/26-1/11

A look into the architecture and urban planning of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
The City Lost and Found

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Winter WonderFest

12/5-1/11

Navy Pier transforms into an indoor winter amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel, zip line, and ice-skating rink. $5

Navy Pier (map)
600 E. Grand Ave.
Near North
phone 312-595-7437

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