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Wednesday, February 8

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Chicago Blues Festival @ Grant Park

This year's festival commemorates the 100th birthdays of Roosevelt Sykes and Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery. 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, through Sunday. Click here for a complete schedule. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Ford Free Evenings Kickoff Party @ AIC

The Art Institute's new pricing and schedule took effect Saturday, and the first Ford Free Friday Evening is tonight. The museum celebrates with live blues in the McClintock Court and throughout the galleries, as well as bluesy cocktails and food, and blue-themed tours of the Art Institute's collection. 111 South Michigan. 5 PM to 9 PM, free. For more information, visit the website.

Preview: Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)

The Black Ensemble Theater is previewing their lastest musical Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick). The musical explores Warwick's accomplishment and musical contributions over the past forty years and includes some of her biggest hits. With four singers, three will play Warwick and one will play a concert singer who only performs Warwick's songs. Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Preview tickets are $30 compared to the regular $30 tickets; preview performances are scheduled for June 3, 4, 9 and 10 with the opening performance on June 11. All performances take place at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon and will run through August 27. For tickets and information call the box office at 773-769-4451 or Ticketmaster at 312-902-1500.

Drinking & Writing III @ Hopleaf

Neo-Futurist alums Steve Mosqueda, Sean Benjamin and Diana Slickman present the latest iteration of the long-running play Drinking and Writing, an exploration on how your drinking affects your writing, and vice versa. The play will be performed through July 1 mostly on Saturday evenings; check the Drinking and Writing Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. This evening's performance happens at the Hopleaf Bar (5148 N. Clark) at 7:00 PM, and is the only non-Saturday date because of the Drinking and Writing Festival that's happening tomorrow night, also at the Hopleaf.

Opening: Mary Zimmerman's M. Proust @ Steppenwolf

About Face Theatre presents the world premiere of M.Proust, written by Mary Zimmerman, based on the writings of Celeste Albaret. Albaret was housekeeper, confidante and surrogate mother (creepy!) to Marcel Proust. At Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theater (1650 N. Halsted), this evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 312-335-1650 or visit the website.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory @ Kelly Park

Part of the Chicago Park District's Movies in the Park program, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory starts at 8 PM in Kelly Park, 2725 West 41st Street. Free.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Inside/Out @ Athenaeum

Here's a chance to see Hubbard Street for cheap. These performances feature works-in-progress choreographed by Hubbard company members. 8 PM. $10 at the door, 2936 N. Southport. For more information, visit the website.

 

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