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Chicago Arts District Second Friday Art Walk
Once a month, the 30 galleries and art studios of the Chicago Arts District open their doors to the public to experience exciting new exhibitions. Start at the Information Center and grab a map before your self-guided sojourn through hundreds of works in different mediums. From more traditional installations to the unconventional, you’re invited to enjoy art from local, U.S. and foreign artists alike. If you like a little chat with your art, gallery owners and artists will be ready and waiting to discuss their works. Formerly known as PilsenEast, the Arts District’s historic architecture and courtyard gardens are sure to enhance the experience.
Chicago Arts District Information Center
1821 S. Halsted St.
Friday, November 11: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein
Maestro tells the story of the celebrated composer and renowned music director of the New York Philharmonic through first-person narrative and the music of Bernstein and those who inspired him. Actor-pianist Hershey Felder performs the dramatization, having previously appeared in a production of George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him. Felder triumphantly returns to the Royal George Theatre, where he starred in George Gershwin Alone and the world premiere of Monsieur Chopin from 2004-2006. The show will run through December 30. Tickets are $55.
Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12: 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 12: 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 13: 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
In Modest Mussorgsky’s iconic opera, bass vocalist Ferruccio Furlanetto portrays the troubled titular role of the Czar. He is not only plagued by his past, enemies abound and threats to his throne, but also by his people’s poverty and starvation. The production is a thrilling representation of Czarist Russia, replete with excesses of opulence and sorrow; Boris is a poignant portrait of a tormented man in the public eye who eventually falls prey to his own psyche. Tickets range from $49 - $224.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Friday, November 11: 7:30 pm
Rock of Ages
Do you miss the days when hair was big, rock was loud, (and so were the clothes?) Then you’ll love, Rock of Ages, an “arena-rock love story” set against the backdrop of LA in the 1980s. A big city rocker meets a small town girl at a famous Sunset Strip club, and they fall in love to the music of Journey, Nightranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more than you can shake your spandex at. The show runs through November 13. Tickets range from $18 - $90.
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Friday, November 11 & Sunday, November 13: 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13: 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 12: 8:00 pm
Move with the Forces
Want to do a little more to commemorate this Veteran’s Day weekend? Support our armed forces through a 5K run/walk benefit to honor and raise money for severely injured veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The plan? Illinois True Hero along with HelpingaHero.org is raising $100,000 to build a home in Illinois for a seriously wounded veteran.
The course begins at Soldier Field and continues south to 31st Street Beach along the lakeside path and back. Online registration is closed, but you can register on race day at 7:00 am. The registration fee is $25.
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Saturday, November 12: 9:00 am