The Chicago Shakespeare Theater WorldStage Series returns with Wise Children’s reimaging of Emily Brontes “Stormy Heights.” Set on the wild Yorkshire moors, the acclaimed production, Catherine and Heathcliff’s love story, combines live music, dance and puppetry to create a revenge tragedy for our time. Directed by Emma Rice. From January 27 to February 2, 19 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. Tickets: $59-$106. Visit chicagoshakes.com.
Next in Goodman Theater is Lydia R Diamonds “Tony Stein”, A drama about the first professional female baseball player determined to break down racial and sexist barriers to play in the Negro Leagues in the mid-20th century. Tracey Bonner plays Stone; Directed by Ron OJ Parson. 28 Jan – 2 Feb 26 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tickets: $25-$80. Visit www.goodmantheatre.org.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine “In the forest” is a clever reinterpretation of a handful of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Jim Corti and Trent Stork are co-directing. February 1-March 19 at the Paramount Theater, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. Tickets: $28-$79. Visit paramountaurora.com.
Drama by Ladarrion Williams “Boulevard of Daring Dreams” is set in 1940 on the night of the Academy Awards, when Hattie McDaniel became the first African American woman to win an Oscar. From February 1st to March 19th at TimeLine Theater, 615 W. Wellington. Tickets: $42-$57. Visit timelinetheatre.com.
Alexis J. Roston stars “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” an intimate cabaret performance starring Billie Holiday with musical numbers and memoirs. Christopher Chase Carter and Roston are co-directing. From January 27th to February 2nd 26 at Merkur Theater, 3745 N. Southport. Tickets: $60-$70. Visit mercurytheaterchicago.com.
First Folio Theater presents Ann Noble’s “And I don’t have wings to fly either,” A drama set in 1950s Ireland about a young woman (Haley Rice) who gives up her dream of going to college and returns home to take care of her father (David Rice). Directed by Heather Chrisler. From January 25th to February 2nd 26 at Mayslake-Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31., Eichenbach. Tickets: $49, $59. Visit firstfolio.org.
Shattered Globe Theater presents the world premiere of Jasmine Sharma’s introspective drama “Radial gradient.” When three women take part in a research study, they hope to make a difference after a hate crime at a liberal American university. Grace Dolezal-Ng is directing. January 27-March 11 at the Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: $45. Visit www.sgtheatre.org.
“The Legend of Georgia McBride” is Matthew Lopez’ music-filled comedy about an Elvis impersonator who learns about show business from the cast of a drag show. Directed by Don Terrio Johnson. From January 26 to March 4 at Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. Tickets: $45. Visit metropolearts.com.
Chicago Opera Theater begins its 50th anniversary season with the comic opera by Benjamin Britten “Albert Herring”, A whimsical tale about a young man who takes his first steps towards independence after being mocked for being crowned May King during a town’s Spring Festival. January 26, 28-29 at the Athenaeum Center, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: $25+. Visit www.chicagooperatheatre.org.
Texas singer-songwriter Patty Griffin has created a songbook that explores the moments and emotions that bind us together. Their trademark is a lush folk sound with accents of gospel, country and rock. Parker Millsap opens on January 26th and 27th at 8pm Old Town Folk Music School, 4544 N.Lincoln. Tickets: $75. Visit oldtownschool.org.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns with two programs. The first features a collaboration with oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma for a celebration of Arabic music and swing traditions (January 27); the second is a Duke Ellington-only program (January 28). Both start at 8 p.m Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets: $75+. Visit cso.org.
The former Avondale Post Office has been turned into a music venue, sleeping village, celebrates its 5th anniversary with a weekend of performances: Squirrel Flower, Dearly Somber, Soft and Dumb (January 26); a DJ set featuring Sextile, Club Drippy (January 27) and Plaid, Matchess and DJs Abstract Science. All shows are at 8:00 p.m. at the Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont. Ticket prices vary. Visit sleeping-village.com.
“The Green Book of Negro Drivers” is an exhibition about the guidebook, first published in 1936, which was an essential resource for black travelers, providing them with hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and cultural attractions across the country that would take their business. Viewers can experience first-hand the reality of travel during this period through artifacts, historical footage and accounts. A series of projections also highlights “Green Book” locations in the Chicago area. From January 29 to April 23 at Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Forest, Skokie. Admission: $6-$18. Visit ilholocaustmuseum.org.
the Chicago Architecture Center hosts the 14th edition of the Architecture and design film festival. 15 films will be shown that examine the influence of design on the worlds of art, fashion, architecture, urban planning and living and deal with the life and work of global design visionaries. February 1-5 at the Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker. Tickets: $20/movie. Visit architecture.org.
the Chicago Film Society The season continues with more of their usual eclectic selection of rare and classic offerings. Upcoming films include Jean-Luc Godard’s “Weekend” (February 1), Ernst Lubitsch’s silent film “Forbidden Paradise” (February 8), Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point” (February 13), Edgar G. Ulmer’s “The Black Cat” ( February 22) and more. Until April 24th in different places. For a complete listing of films, venues, and ticket prices, visit chicagofilmsociety.org.
“Edward the Tap-dancing Elephant” is a charming new video by Chicago Children’s Theater and musicians Ralph Covert (“Ralph’s World”). The titular pachyderm has been told he can’t live his dream, but he sneaks out of the zoo to meet his tap dancing idol and gets his shot at stardom. Featuring green screen dances by step star Time Brickey. Watch the free video at chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
Bronzeville Children’s Museum (9301 S. Stony Island) is a unique children’s venue that offers a guided tour format that emphasizes the educational message of its exhibits and is lots of fun. Exhibits include “You Are What You Eat”, “African American Inventors”, “STEM Rocks”, “Provident Hospital” and more. Open 10am – 2pm Wednesday – Saturday with hourly tour schedule. Admission: $5. Visit bronzevillechildrensmuseum.com.