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The Chicago International Film Festival 2018
Elton John's Farewell Tour
PRIOR to the official celebration of Halloween, you can begin the observance a few days early on October 20 by participating in the Arts in the Dark parade, highlighted by a variety of performers, lanterns, puppets and floats in the spectacular procession that enlivens the streets of Chicago. Now in its fourth year, the magical parade brings together widely recognized institutions and celebrated Chicago organizations such as Lookingglass Theatre Company, After School Matters and noted artists in a variety of fields. The two-hour-long parade will travel a new route this year. Beginning at 6 p.m., the procession starts at State and Wacker, and the celebration continues south on State Street from Lake to Van Buren.
The Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake
THE 54th annual Chicago International Film Festival, featuring approximately 150 films from more than 50 countries, begins on October 10 and continues through October 21 at AMC River East 21. On October 14, one of the movies featured will be The Band Wagon (above), released in 1953 and starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in the backstage musical comedy about a struggling Hollywood movie actor who returns to the Broadway stage. The movie, featuring songs such as “Dancing in the Dark,” is a favorite of Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist), who will be honored October 15 with a documentary about his career. For more information and tickets, go to www.chicagofilmfestival.com.
THE legendary, multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Elton John is in the midst of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour that stops at the United Center on October 26-27. One of the most successful and enduring singer/songwriters of his generation, John––known for songs such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Your Song,” “Bennie & The Jets,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”––has helped shape the cultural landscape while becoming recognized as an international icon. Before its completion in 2021, the tour will have included more than 300 shows across five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. The global icon says: “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”
THE 63rd season ot the Joffrey Ballet will be launched by Christopher Wheeldon’s modern interpretation of the classic Swan Lake at the Auditorium Theatre from October 17-28. The much-anticipated return of Wheeldon’s reimaged presentation, which became a crowd-favorite when it premiered in Chicago in 2014, retells one of the most famous ballets of all time. A ballet in four acts, the timeless story of Swan Lake takes place in the studios of the Paris Opera Ballet and focuses on a company dancer who falls in love with his partner, a star ballerina who is being pursued by an arts patron with intentions that are not good. Wheeldon’s combination of classical components with a bit of fantasy is enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s spellbinding score. For more information and tickets, go to www.joffrey.org and www.auditoriumtheatre.org.