TONIGHT! Wednesday, January 25 I Robert Burns Night Come celebrate Robert Burns Night at The Red Lion Lincoln Square. Raise a dram of small batch single malt Scotch whisky, listen to the traditional piping in of the haggis, and the famous Robert Burns poem which begins, “Fair Fe’ your honest, sons face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!” The price of the ticket includes, dram of small batch single malt Scotch whisky, dinner of Scotch Meatloaf and tatties, along with a taste of haggis. Be Scottish for the evening!
Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, February 11 I I Am Saying This Right Now Inspired by the work of Tony Schwartz, “I Am Saying This Right Now” is a mix tape of memories, scenes and sound art that explores the human compulsion to document our lives and our world. The mysteries of memory and loss, the objects we imbue with love and nostalgia, the fear of forgetting or being forgotten, the passage from childhood to adulthood and how the past both haunts and enriches the present.
Starts Friday, January 27 I Masquerade The latest in variety shows is coming to the Playground Theater. “Masquerade” is going to perform an eight week romp at the Playground Theater, starting Friday, January 27th and ending March 16th. A sad and lonely Monarch can’t seem to shake his blues. So, he’s left it up to his underlings to search the city to find some of the most entertaining performers. “Masquerade” is a variety show unlike any other. Conceived by regular performers at the Playground Theater, the “Masquerade” is one part show, two parts party. There will be special performances by burlesque troupes, circus performers, solo acts, magicians, improv teams, and sketch comedians. The show’s run at the Playground Theater promises to be exciting for people with an array of interests. A weekly guest of honor promises something unique, and a featured ensemble of characters and artists return each week with something new.
Saturday, January 28 I 2 day Intensive Bread Baking Workshop- Now We’re Cookin’ Get ready to warm up your kitchen! It’s a bread-baking extravaganza with Chef Mary taking you on a two-day bread-baking tour-de-force. From quick bread sticks to dough starters that take days to feed, this comprehensive workshop leaves you with tools you can use to give up store-bought bread for good! Whether your preference is whole grain or white bread, “straight” or glammed up with dried fruit for special occasions this workshop is for you. Grab a bread-loving friend and join Now We’re Cookin’ for a weekend of fun fermentation in the kitchen!
Saturday, January 28 I An Evening with Weavermania! The Weavers–Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman, and Lee Hays were America’s first successful folk singing group. Pete Seeger praises the Weavermania! ensemble for its success at capturing the sound and spirit of the original group. Weavermania! is: Michael Smith (Lee Hays, bass parts), Barbara Barrow (Ronnie Gilbert vocal parts), Chris Walz (Fred Hellerman’s vocals, guitar) and Mark Dvorak (Pete Seeger persona, banjo, vocals). Barbara Barrow teaches voice and guitar at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Walz toured for four years with the acclaimed Special Consensus bluegrass band and was in the cast of “Woody Guthrie’s American Song,” a theatrical production which toured nationwide for two years. Mark Dvorak, who plays banjo and guitar, is an award-winning recording artist who follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Art Thieme. Michael Smith sings the bass parts of Lee Hays, and you know him as a songwriter, concert artist, and recording artist. Two of Smith’s best-known songs, “The Dutchman” and “Spoon River,” have entered the pantheon of standard folk repertoire. He is also known as the composer of the musical score for “The Grapes of Wrath,” and Smith was a member of the original award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre cast, touring with that show for more than three years.
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