Seasoned stage and screen actor Antoine McKay founded McKay Arts to give fresh faces the courage to step into the limelight and provide established artists with a place to cultivate and hone their craft. Antoine, an alumnus of The Second City's theaters in Detroit and Chicago, trains and manages actors and artists and also provides them with creative outlets in the form of regular performances at the Athenaeum Theatre, Pressure Comedy Café, and other local venues. He instructs students of all ages and skill levels in classes of approximately 12 students or in private coaching sessions, which give patrons ample attention and endless attempts to guess who is knocking at hypothetical doors.
When the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting entirely of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the finest symphonic orchestras.”
Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.
Today buy tickets to the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University performance of The Sins of Sor Juana for just $2.. You'll pay just one crisp Jefferson (he's on the $2 bill, fyi), which is 92% off the normal price of $25 to see a brilliant play about the brilliant feminist thinker Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. Centuries ahead of her time, Sor Juana was a nun in a Mexican convent in the 17th Century who wrote plays and poetry containing highly controversial feminist ideas, to the great frustration of the Catholic Church. Eventually forced to give up her writing by the Church, Sor Juana penned her last piece in her own blood & vowed never to write again. Under the direction of Artistic Director Henry Godinez, The Sins of Sor Juana is a historic fantasy of self-determination and self-expression exploring Sor Juana's quest for artistic freedom and social equality. Click here to learn more about this performance and explore the links on the right to see video of director Henry Godinez speaking about the play and about Sor Juana's important role in history for Latinos & for women.
As the Wildcats close out the season with visions of a bowl game dancing in their helmets, they’ll have to face the Wisconsin Badgers with claws drawn in the final game of the season. Witness the drama of this division showdown with today’s Groupon: $20 end-zone tickets (sections 116-121) to see Northwestern take on Wisconsin at Ryan Field on November 21 at 2:30 p.m. This is a huge game for Wildcat fans, Badger fans, and all-around collegiate football fanatics, so grab your ticket to the game and wave at all your friends back home as they jealously watch on the Big Ten Network’s live broadcast. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.