• Snapshots, playing September 16–October 23 • Season’s Greetings, playing November 11–December 18 • Black Pearl Sings!, playing January 13–February 19 • Ten Chimneys, playing March 9–April 15 • [title of show], playing May 4–June 10
Under the direction of artistic director and esteemed trumpeter Orbert Davis, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic dazzles audiences with fresh riffs on jazz masterpieces. During the band’s tribute to Miles Davis, the Orbert Davis Sextet performs a rearrangement of the jazz great's milestone album, Kind of Blue, a work noted for its sensual horns, moody tempo, and liner notes written by Cookie Monster. In the second act, the 19-piece Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble assembles onstage to revisit Kind of Blue's immediate successor, Sketches of Spain. With a specially recruited lineup of strings and brass, the ensemble explores the record's Latin-flavored nuances, conjuring images of spectral gypsies and matadors wearing Ray-Bans. During both performances, audiences' vehicles can enjoy the majesty of floating quarter notes from cozy, free parking spots.
The Skatium Ice Arena offers public skating on most weekday mornings and during weekend afternoons and evenings. Check out the full calendar for a complete list of public skating times. Savvy skaters can figure-eight their way around the full-size hockey rink, while novice ice walkers can lock hands with that special someone, strictly for balance purposes. Use the sessions to perfect your triple Lutz, or treat 10 strangers to an ice-breaking afternoon.
Kids rev up their imaginations inside Exploritorium, transforming into little inventors, climbers, or stars of the stage. Tykes caper through a slew of different interactive spaces, including a two-and-half story play structure chock full of tunnels and slides. A waterfall provides kids with a space to play with water toys, and includes a space for toddlers to sit and play in. Visual creations illuminate a giant light brite, and an engineering station crinkles new folds into little scientifically-minded brains. Nearby, a dress-up area wardrobes kids for stints as princesses and heros, readying them to act out adventures on the nearby stage.
More formal performances occur the third Tuesday of every month. On those days, a storyteller takes over the stage and spins exciting, family-friendly tales. Holidays usher in even more events, such as a Halloween party and an Itty Bitty New Year for families.
For Urban Beat Dance founder Shannon Murray, dancing is much more than a passionate pastime. She earned a BA in Dance Administration and Teaching, and illuminated the path towards fleet-footendess for 15 years in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Having performed at concerts and in music videos, Shannon?s diverse dance experiences help her lead a staff of experience dancers. Instructors guide students toward their individual dance goals, whether they want to join an international ballet company or simply learn sashays and pirouettes to perform during jury deliberations.
For more than 17 years, North Shore Dance & Drama has been North Shore Chicago's premier dance and drama center. We feature a full-service fine arts academy, offering training in dance and the related arts to students from preschool through adult.