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Great Clarinet Trios
One of the nation’s best chamber music companies, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, begins its three-year residency at the Harris Theatre Friday with a program of Beethoven, Bruch, and Brahms. The trio includes clarinetist David Shifrin, cellist David Finckel, and pianist Wu Han. Tickets are $25-$50.
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
This month’s Sunday Salon reading series features the work of Billy Lombardo, the 2011 Nelson Algren Prize winner and author of The Man with Two Arms and the upcoming The Day of the Palindrome; journalist and poet Marco Buscaglia, of the Chicago Tribune and Roosevelt University; and Christine Sneed, a DePaul and Northwestern professor and author of Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry. The reading is this Sunday at 7:00 pm, and admission is free.
3614 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Chinese New Year Parade
The Year of the Dragon may have started Monday, but this year’s Chinatown parade kicks off Sunday at 1:00 pm. The parade will have marching bands, floats, lion teams, and a “mystical dragon.” The parade also marks Chinatown’s centennial anniversary, with an exhibit at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and upcoming concerts.
West 24th Street and South Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Death and Harry Houdini
Catch our segment on Houdini theater productions and want to see the magic in person? Death and Harry Houdini stars real-life magician Dennis Watkins, who takes on one of Houdini’s most famous escape acts: the water torture cell. This is the third time the House Theatre has put on the show, which kicked off the company in 2001, and Watkins says it’s vastly improved. “We’ve gotten smarter about the story we’re dealing with,” he said. “Not only is there more spectacle and magic, the magic is more effectively used to tell the story.” Tickets are $25.
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Houdini Box
A more kid-friendly show, The Houdini Box features music, puppets, and of course, magic tricks. Based on a book by Brian Selznick, of Hugo fame, the play follows Victor, a young magic fan, as he has a chance encounter with his idol -- Houdini. Tickets are $18-$36.
3745 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613