Blue Man Group, dates and times vary, Briar Street Theatre, 773/348-4000
Adler After Dark, every third Thursday, Adler Planetarium
The Best Of The Second City, open run, The Second City e.t.c. Theatre
The School for Lies, through January 20, Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
How People Make Things, through January 27, DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville
The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs, through February 9, 16th Street Theater
Rhino Fest 2013 (24th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival), through February 17, Prop Thtr
Charlie Brown And The Great Exhibit, through February 18, Museum of Science and Industry
The Letters, through February 24, Writers Theatre
Bud, Not Buddy, through February 24, Chicago Children's Theatre, Ruth Page Art Center
I Love Lucy-Live On Stage, through March 3, 2013, Broadway Playhouse
The Mother------ With The Hat (starring Jimmy Smits), through March 3, Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy Of A Landscape (a photography exhibit that highlights the American landscape and terrain), through March 31, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College
Million Dollar Quartet, through April 28, 2013, Apollo Theater
Irving Penn: Underfoot (a photography exhibit that features the artistic findings on Manhattan sidewalks), through May 12, Art Institute of Chicago
The Book of Mormon, through September 8, Bank of America Theatre
A GUIDE TO OTHER EVENTS IN CHICAGOLAND
Booker T. Jones, January 18, SPACE Evanston
10,000 Maniacs, January 18, City Winery
Brian Regan Comedy Show, January 18, Chicago Theatre
Too Hot To Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, January 19-20, Auditorium Theatre
Skylight, January 19 through February 10, Court Theatre
"Victor Drobysh Presents: Hits And Stars Russian Dance Concert," January 20, Arie Crown Theater
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, January 21, Metro
"Disney On Ice: Rockin' Ever After," January 23-27, Allstate Arena
"Jackie Evancho: Songs From The Silver Screen," January 24, Symphony Center
Jo Dee Messina with Billy Croft, January 25, Arcada Theatre
Method Man, January 25, Double Door
Salute To The '60s (Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams), January 26, Star Plaza Theatre
Otis Clay, January 26, FitzGerald's
Sixpence None The Richer, January 27, SPACE Evanston
Lucinda Williams (featuring Doug Pettibone and Kenneth Brian), January 27-28, City Winery
On January 21, the nation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. As one of the most powerful leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, his nonstop fight for justice, equality and peace left a legacy that continues to impact people around the world. In honor of his life, there are several activities in Chicago to acknowledge his continuing influence.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATIONS
The Chicago Sinfonietta's annual tribute to Dr.King includes performances on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. On January 21 the performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Maestro Mei-Ann Chen will conduct both events. www.chicagosinfonietta.org
The Music Institute of Chicago's annual concert features the 100-plus voices of the award-winning Brotherhood Chorale from Apostolic Church of God. They will perform traditional and contemporary gospel, and jazz arrangements on January 20 at Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. The concert begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
The DuPage County celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will bring together members of different faiths and backgrounds to attend a worship service in honor of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The celebration, which is expected to attract about 600 people, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on January 21 at Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Chapel, located at 190 Prospect Avenue. The Rev. Donald F. Guest, former pastor at the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, will deliver the keynote address.
City Year Chicago’s MLK Day of Service at Jean De Lafayette Elementary School, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd. On January 21, the group, which has organized MLK Day service activities since 1994, focuses on Jean De Lafayette Elementary School. On this day of service, more than 500 volunteers from across the city will come together to transform and beautify Lafayette with murals, painting and construction projects. Volunteers will join City Year’s members at locations across the United States to participate in a day of service to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and honor the life and work of Dr. King. City Year celebrates Dr. King's birthday as a "day ON, not a day off�? by honoring his legacy through service.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2013 at Northwestern University . In recognition of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, during the week of January 21-28, the university has assembled a variety of programs to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King. The offerings include lectures, service opportunities, discussions, films, music and theater throughout the week, on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses. World-renowned actor, singer, civil rights activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte will deliver the keynote address commemorating Dr. King at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The university invites all members of its immediate Northwestern community (students, faculty and staff), as well as alumni, and guests to join in the celebration of the life and legacy of this great American leader.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held January 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The event is free, but registration is required by January 16. This special event will include breakfast and a keynote address from Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University, and founder and managing editor of the blog "NewBlackMan." For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898 or go to www.alumni.depaul.edu and
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the internationally famous group that has been the face of South African music for four decades, brings its magnificent sound to the Old Town School of Folk Music on February 15.
Chicago Theatre Week (more than 75 productions), February 12-17, various theaters, www.chicagotheatreweek.com
Kodo (the world's premiere ensemble in traditional Japanese drumming), February 13, Symphony Center
Lady Gaga with Madeon and Lady Starlight, February 13-14, United Center
The Joffrey Ballet (American Legends), February 13-24, Auditorium Theatre
"New Jack Swing Valentine Jam" (Guy, SWV, Al B Sure, Dru Hill and Tony, Toni, Tone), February 14, Arie Crown Theater
Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett, February 14, NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb
Sinbad, February 15, Chicago Theatre
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.), February 15, Old Town School of Folk Music
"Valentine's Love Affair," featuring Kem and Chrisette Michele, February 16, Arie Crown Theater
America's Got Talent Live, February 16, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
American English (Beatles tribute), February 16, Star Plaza Theatre
The Guess Who, February 16, Arcada Theatre
FELA!, February 19-23, Arie Crown Theater
New Orleans Suspects, February 21, SPACE Evanston
Suzanne Vega, February 22, SPACE Evanston
Solange, February 23, Bottom Lounge
Hot Tuna (acoustic), February 23, Old Town School of Folk Music
Kodo, the premiere taiko ensemble, will exhibit its expertise in traditional Japanese drumming at Symphony Center on February 13.
The Book Of Mormon, a winner of nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical), has been extended through September 8 at Bank of America Theatre.
Skylight, presented at Court Theatre, focuses on a cultural rift between former lovers who attempt to revive their previously passionate relationship.
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions Of A Serial Killer (starring John Malkovich), February 1-2, Symphony Center
Shawn Colvin, February 1-2, SPACE Evanston
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, February 2, Arcada Theatre
Sultans of String, February 2, Old Town School of Folk Music
The World Famous Platters Revue, February 4-5, Drury Lane Theatre
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, February 7, Arcada Theatre
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, February 8, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, February 8, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Judy Collins (shows at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.), February 8, SPACE Evanston
"Monster Jam" (vehicles), February 8-10, Allstate Arena
Broadway In Bronzeville Presents Fannie Hurst's Imitation Of LIfe, February 8 through March 31, Harold Washington Cultural Center
"The Royal Comedy Tour" (Mark Curry, Bruce Bruce, Sommore, D.L. Hughley), February 9, Arie Crown Theatre