Live at Studio5: MARINARO SINGS SINATRA/JOBIM
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: MARINARO SINGS SINATRA/JOBIM

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$25-30. Click HERE for tickets.

Paul Marinaro, vocal
Tom Garling, trombone
Mike Allemana, guitar
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Dennis Carroll, bass
George Fludas, drums

By popular demand: Marinaro Sings Sinatra/Jobim - on Jobim's Birthday!

Vocalist Paul Marinaro first performed the arrangements for the classic album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim for its 50th anniversary in 2017. Those performances quickly sold-out, were very well received, and many have been asking when this show might happen again. Well here it is - Live at Studio5 and on the birthday of Antonio Carlos Jobim!

Paul is teaming up with guitarist Mike Allemana, pianist Jeremy Kahn, bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer George Fludas, and trombonist Tom Garling to perform the album live, with newly created arrangements that are respectful to and inspired by the originals! At once rhythmic and romantic, playful and sensual, world-wise and deeply poetic, you can blame it all on the bossa nova!

One night only!

Join us. We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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DCE 25th Anniversary Performance
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

DCE 25th Anniversary Performance

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General Seating. All tickets $10. Click HERE for advance purchase.

Dance Center Evanston celebrates 25 years in the Evanston community with a presentation of choreography by faculty members and alumni dancers! The evening will include works by Enid Smith, Glenn Leslie, Christina Ernst, Tim Tsang, Shelby Moran, Kara Roseborough, and will feature a dance with 22 current and past faculty members, including Dance Center Evanston’s founder and director, Bea Rashid.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:00.

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Live at Studio5: LUCIANO ANTONIO QUARTET
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LUCIANO ANTONIO QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Luciano Antonio, guitar/vocal
Luiz Ewerling, drums 
Jack Zara, bass 
Adrian Ruiz, piano

Luciano takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with his own originals. His performances explore the rich melodic, harmonic and rhythmic vocabularies employed by the delicious music of his homeland, and range from simple solo guitar pieces to dynamic, percussive arrangements with the entire ensemble. Luciano released two albums of original music Vida De Artista - An Artist's Life in 2011, Sem Palavras – Without Words in 2015. In 2019 he released his third album: Luciano Antonio Quintet - Live At Jazz Showcase (w/special guests Breno Sauer and Neusa Sauer). Luciano is a sweet, gentle soul, and his spirit flows directly through his beautiful music. He has absolutely placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets. More details coming soon.

Studio5 Artistic Director Steve Rashid is back with a performance featuring his own compositions and some of his personal favorites by other artists, with an emphasis on the music of the great Nat “King” Cole, as we celebrate Nat’s centennial this year.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: SOME LIKE IT HOT
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: SOME LIKE IT HOT

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Some Like It Hot: “We wanted to do a comedy out of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” 

That’s Billy Wilder explaining the genesis of what is routinely hailed as the greatest comedy ever made, in Cameron Crowe’s excellent book “Conversations With Wilder”.  Who am I to argue?  Jack Lemmon was never funnier, Marilyn Monroe demonstrates formidable comedic chops and wears clothes that barely qualify as clothes, and Tony Curtis drives a speedboat backwards and gets his glasses steamed up in the sexiest make-out scene ever committed to film. Did I mention the script is perfect? Billy Wilder directed a handful of the greatest American pictures, but I think this one’s his masterpiece. Fun fact: Tony Curtis’ dialogue as his female persona Josephine was dubbed by the great Paul Frees, who voiced Boris Badenov on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, among hundreds of other credits. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: LAPIS TRIO
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LAPIS TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Casey Nielsen, nylon string guitar
Dan Thatcher, bass
Bob Garrett, percussion

Innovative composer/guitarist Casey Nielsen successfully straddles both the classical and jazz worlds in a way that is quite rare. He is a serious player in both areas, and his compositional skills only add to his multi-faceted artistry. With his Lapis Trio he has created a new recording, “The Travelers”, which, with its embrace of multiple genres and quasi-narrative structure, speaks directly to me. The resulting music is stunning. This is from Casey’s liner notes to “The Travelers”:

“The Travelers” began as a compositional device that framed this entire project. I imagined myself as a composer in a small village. What if my role in this community was that I had to perform a new piece every evening as my neighbors returned from work? I imagined what I might write in one day. Each piece would need to immediately engage the work- weary audience by being unique and entertaining. The music, like the returning community members, would also travel in some sense and then come home.

Come join us as we celebrate Casey’s newest release!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets. More details coming soon.

She’s back! The incredible soulful singer is a Studio5 audience favorite and we’re always thrilled when she makes a return trip to our stage!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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ede2: On Time
Mar
2
to Mar 3

ede2: On Time

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Performances:
3/2: 4PM & 7PM
3/3: 4PM

All seats $6. Click HERE for advance purchase.

Inspired by Abha Dawesars 2013 TED Talk, "Life in the Digital Now," the company explores through dance our varied relationships with time: How it affects our lives and informs our perspectives. Through improvisation, interviews, and other research, this company of talented 7th and 8th grade performers, led by Artistic Director Allison Kurtz Volkers, calls upon its signature theatrical style to present 50 minutes of layered, inventive, and thought-provoking dance.

Don’t miss your chance to see this exciting young company in its eighth season. 

The future is now.

Free parking right outside! Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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Live at Studio5: CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Don Stiernberg Quartet & Fred Simon Quartet

Every year the Chicago jazz community comes together under the leadership of John Moulder to present a week-long festival of music events to benefit hunger relief in Chicago. This year Studio5 is proud to be one of the hosting venues. The evening will be a win-win-win: For the price of a normal ticket to one of our jazz shows, audience members will be able to hear a set each from two of our crowd-favorite Studio5 artists, The Don Stiernberg Quartet and The Fred Simon Quartet; funds are raised to feed the homeless in Chicago, and we all have a great time! The musicians donate their performance, the venue donates the space, and the proceeds from the evening go to feed people in Chicago without means. Sweet, all around. Join us.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: THE LAST WORD
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: THE LAST WORD

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Marc Smith, poet
Al Day, guitar/vocals
Bob Long, piano
Brian Gephart, saxophones
Doug Lofstrom, bass

A band full of brilliant musicians teams up with the legendary FOUNDER of the poetry slam movement, performing jazz and poetry simultaneously. And you are thinking … what? This ensemble performed at Studio5 once before, and prior to the event I wrote, “I am SO excited about this show … and I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen.” Well, I can tell you what happened. Gosh darned magic. That’s what happened. I can think of many reasons it shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and it was sublime. It remains one of my favorite events at Studio5. I immediately looked forward to their return to our stage. If you were there the first time you’ll want to see it again, and if you missed it, now’s your chance. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE PRODUCERS
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE PRODUCERS

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About The Producers: In my book, the most brilliant premise ever devised and the funniest movie ever made. You would think, after watching the first twenty minutes of this film, that there is no possible way it could get even funnier – and you would be wrong. Springtime for Hitler? Are you kidding me? By now it’s become such a standard reference in our comedic culture we almost take it’s genius for granted. But remember, Mel Brooks won an Academy Award for his original screenplay back in 1967. And comedies NEVER win Oscars! If your Producers viewing experience is confined to the Broadway musical or the film version of it, I insist you join us for this screening of the classic picture that started it all. With Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars and Dick Shawn. Your life is not complete until you’ve seen The Producers. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON TRIO
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Richard D. Johnson, piano
Christian Dillingham, bass
Charles Heath, drums

I asked Richard for a few words to describe this performance and he sent back a fabulous statement: “The evening’s presentation will involve lots of swinging, toe tapping and hand clapping music for all. You will be transported to the future of jazz using all the techniques of the past!”

Who doesn’t want to be there for that? This is Richard’s first appearance at Studio5 so I thought you might want to know a little bit about this impressive artist. You can read it … or you can just click on the video below. That’s all I needed. What a player!

Born in Pittsburgh, Richard was introduced to the piano at the age of five by his father, a gospel pianist in the church. Since then he has cultivated a rich, pedigreed musical background, schooled by some of the most legendary jazz musicians and trained at the most esteemed music institutions. He graduated from the Berklee School of Music in two years, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory, and received an Artist Performance Diploma at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory under the direction of Ron Carter. He was a member of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 2000-2003. He has shared jazz worldwide as a United States Musical Ambassador by the U.S. State Department, and started the Reach Afar program for young people ages 7-17, educating them about elements of jazz in hip-hop.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: BRIAN GEPHART SEXTET
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BRIAN GEPHART SEXTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Brian Gephart, saxophones
Tom Garling, trombone 
Neal Alger, guitar 
Karl Montzka, piano
Kelly Sill, bass 
Eric Montzka, drums

Popular Chicago saxophonist brings the “A” Team  for a swinging performance! More details to come.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOVE AND DEATH
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOVE AND DEATH

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Love and Death: Laugh for laugh, Woody Allen’s funniest film. Who else could derive a zany comedy from narrative elements of Russian literature and bring it off without an ounce of pretension? Love and Death demonstrates the Wood man’s absolute mastery of all comedic styles from slapstick to literate satire, incorporating shout outs and tributes to film icons as diverse as Bergman and Eisenstein to Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. A rich, hilarious comedy with perfect pitch by one of our greatest filmmakers, co-starring Diane Keaton in a brilliant comedic performance that pre-dates her Academy Award winning turn in “Annie Hall”. And the whole thing times in at a brisk 85 minutes, which is astonishing considering the ground he manages to cover. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN TRIO
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Andy Brown, guitar
Dennis Carroll, bass
George Fludas, drums

TWO MILLION VIEWERS CAN’T BE WRONG!

We certainly never need a special event to invite the extraordinary guitarist, Andy Brown back to Studio5, but this time we have one. Four years ago (March 19, 2015) Andy did a solo guitar concert for us at the Whiskey Lounge in joint celebration of his birthday and the release of his (then) new solo CD. Andy edited and reposted the video from the evening on YouTube and it started to get hits. Lots of them. At this writing, that particular video has just surpassed TWO MILLION views. In fact, if you google jazz guitar, Andy’s is one of the first videos that pops up. Wouldn’t you like to meet this online sensation in person? We had to have Andy back to celebrate, right? He will be performing with a fine trio he’s worked with often over the past two years, but never at Studio5. So let’s party with Andy! It might go viral.

And if you wonder what all that YouTube hubbub is about, click on the video link below.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS TRIO
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS TRIO

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Ben Lewis makes a return trip to Studio5!

This incredible pianist makes a return trip to our stage with a program of standard tunes and original compositions.

Ben Lewis, "one of the best kept secrets in Chicago” (Mark Ruffin – Listen Here! Radio) has twice toured as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and recorded with such Chicago luminaries as Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, Typhanie Monique and Tito Carillo. As founding member and Musical Director for the Lt. Dan Band with actor/bassist Gary Sinise, he's traveled the world performing for troops, veterans and their families. Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune) says his “shimmering pianism” and “go-for-broke energy” are just part of what give Lewis such a singular voice. Check out the video link and then come hear him for yourself!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: DOUG LOFSTROM AND THE NEW QUARTET
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DOUG LOFSTROM AND THE NEW QUARTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

James Sanders, violin
Leandro Lopez Varady, piano
Michael Levin, woodwinds
Sarah Allen, drums
Doug Lofstrom, bass

Doug Lofstrom & the New Quartet was founded in 2001 and has had the same members since:  James Sanders, violin; Leandro Lopez Varady, piano; Michael Levin, woodwinds; Sarah Allen, drums and Doug Lofstrom, bass.  New Quartet has a repertoire of jazz from all eras, world music and Lofstrom’s original music, which is heavily influenced by both.  They are not shy about tackling difficult, even virtuostic pieces and a typical set can include early Ellington, tangos by Piazzolla, Middle-Eastern music and elements of free jazz.  A pretty exciting mix.

A Chicago native, Doug Lofstrom has been composing prolifically since the 1970’s; his wide-ranging style reflects his ongoing involvement in dance, film, theater and symphonic music. Lofstrom has been posting videos every month since June, 2017, many (but not all) of which feature the New Quartet. This show at Studio 5 will have mixed media: It will be built around several live musical performances with integrated video (using our Studio5 projection system).

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOST IN AMERICA
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOST IN AMERICA

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Lost In America: The great American mid-life crisis comedy. Albert Brooks cashes in his yuppie lifestyle and drops out of society to hit the road “like in Easy Rider”, except instead of a motorcycle his vehicle of choice is a Winnebago motor home. Featuring the classic scene with my old boss Garry Marshall as the casino manager who refuses to give Albert back his money, and an expert non-performance by the kid from Der Wienerschnitzel, the last time I saw this I laughed so hard I cried. Please join me so we can cry together. You won’t be disappointed. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER and SILENT FILMS
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER and SILENT FILMS

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Larry Schanker, piano

Last October we invited our friend, the brilliant composer/pianist and Chicago theater music legend Larry Schanker, to come to Studio5 to perform live, improvised accompaniment to an evening of silent movies shown on our beautiful new projection system. It was more fun than ought to be allowed. Immediately people asked when we were going to do it again. So put May 17th on your calendar. There will be more details coming, but you’re going to want to be there!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: CHRISTY BENNETT'S FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHRISTY BENNETT'S FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Christy Bennett, vocals
Art Davis, trumpet
Don Stiernberg, mandolin
Don Stille, accordion
Christian Dillingham, bass

Lovely vocalist Christy Bennett is full of interesting ideas and is backed by a unique, fabulous band. The last time she performed at Studio5 she presented an evening of Django Reinhardt’s vocal music (!) and it was a near sellout. This performance is a preview of the group’s upcoming recording that features the music of Irene Higginbotham. Higginbotham was a composer in the 40s whose music is rarely heard today. Her most famous tune, Good Morning, Heartache is a great example of her unique sound and has proven to be just the tip of the iceberg from her body of work. I can’t wait to hear what Fumée has cooked up for us this time!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: BILL OVERTON TRIO
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BILL OVERTON TRIO

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman: The Universalist and the Last Balladeer

Bill Overton, saxophones/vocal
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Rob Kassinger, bass

Accomplished saxophonist and singer Bill Overton will be presenting all the songs from the iconic recording, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman as well as selections from Coltrane’s and Hartman’s individual careers. More details to come.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Jan
20
3:30 PM15:30

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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PLEASE NOTE: Because this film clocks in at nearly three hours (including intermission) we will be starting at 3:30 rather than our usual 4:00 time.

About It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: My personal favorite comedy of all time and something of a miracle considering the cast – the most amazing collection of comedic talent ever assembled in one picture; and the fact that it was directed by Stanley Kramer whose reputation at the time was defined by a series of hard hitting dramas dealing with serious social and political issues. It’s long, it’s loud, it’s raucous and it’s absolutely hysterical. Starring Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Ethel Merman, Terry-Thomas, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett, Spencer Tracy and featuring cameos by Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Knotts, Buster Keaton and yes, even the Three Stooges. With an intermission, to give us time to rest our ribs. Do you have anything better to do on a Sunday afternoon in Chicago in January? I didn’t think so. See you there. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Practical Radio Theatre on the Air!
Dec
28
to Dec 29

Practical Radio Theatre on the Air!

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TWO NIGHTS! DECEMBER 28 & 29 @ 8:00PM [doors open for cocktails at 7:30]

PRICES: $35-40

Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance!

Studio5 & The Practical Theatre Company present two nights of comedy and music!

The Practical Theatre is back with a classic radio show featuring grown-up comedy, great live music, and spectacular handmade sound effects! Plus adult beverages! Join the fun as the PTC records two shows at Studio5 Performing Arts Center in Evanston for later broadcast on Chicago’s premier jazz station WDCB 90.9 FM.

Following their smash holiday engagements the past two years at Studio5, writer-performers Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen return with Practical Radio Theatre on the Air, featuring music by Steve Rashid and his Studio5 All-Stars (Don Stiernberg, Jim Cox & Robert Rashid), with special appearances by Giggle Break’s Daniel Rashid, vocalist Paul Marinaro (12/28 only) and recording artist Eva B. Ross (12/28 & 12/29). The Friday show will include an additional musical set by Paul Marinaro; the Saturday show will include an additional set by Eva B. Ross!

Practical Radio Theatre on the Air is a classic radio show format filled with high spirits, satire and song. Join the live audience and be an integral part of the show, sipping a smart cocktail in the comfort of the North Shore’s most intimate performance venue ... then cheer a second time when you hear the broadcast on the air! Studio5 Performing Arts Center, located at Dempster and Dodge in Evanston, features comfy seating, great sight lines, state of the art sound and lights – and acres of free parking.

It’s another holiday happening to remember!

There are just 2 shows: Friday December 28th and Saturday the 29th. Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance! There will be a cash bar for both shows. Doors open for socializing and cocktails at 7:30. Showtime is 8:00 – but the fun really begins as soon as you get there!

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Evanston Dance Ensemble: MOVING ON
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Evanston Dance Ensemble: MOVING ON

Three Performance Dates:
12/14 – 7:30PM
12/15 – 4PM, 7PM
12/16 – 4PM, 7PM

Students: $12 / Adults: $20. Click HERE to purchase advance tickets.

What do a ballroom, a deep breath and a planet have in common?  Seemingly nothing, unless you are the Evanston Dance Ensemble. EDE has taken the concept of Moving On to new places: transitions. . . experiences. . . endings and new beginnings.

Join us we bring you an exciting trio of pieces:

Graduation Ball (choreographed by Laura Berman)

. . . my breath away . . .  (choreographed by A. Raheim White)

Neptune (choreographed by Christina Ernst)

This performance suggested for ages 8 and up.

[Photos by Matt Glavin]

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TOM MULA: A reading of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

TOM MULA: A reading of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"

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Marley Poster

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tom returns to Studio5 for a staged reading of his beautiful novel, telling Dickens' famous tale from the perspective of Scrooge's former business partner. Last year's show was a smash!

Tickets: $20-25, Students $15-20. Appropriate for ages 12+. Click HERE for tickets.

Béa and I have known Tom Mula almost as long as we've known each other. Tom is a brilliant actor/director/playwright, who, among many other accomplishments, portrayed Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" for seven years. Béa choreographed that show for ten years, which is how she got to know Tom. My friendship with Tom also extends back decades. He and I were co-writers on two theater productions, "Sylvia's Real Good Advice" (written with and based on the cartoon strip by Nicole Hollander), and "W!" (based on the presidency of George W. Bush). During Tom's run as Scrooge at the Goodman, a young girl who had seen the show told Tom that she thought Jacob Marley got a bad deal: Marley came back as a tormented ghost to tell Scrooge to change his ways in order to avoid his own fate, but Marley himself had no chance at redemption. Tom hadn't considered this, but agreed, and set out to correct the record. His beautiful novel, "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol", tells Dickens' famous tale from Marley's perspective. This impeccable story was a critical smash and has had many lives: Tom's recording of his reading of the novel was broadcast on NPR nationally for six years. Tom has performed the story across the country (including here at the Goodman) as a one-man play, and has adapted it for the stage for larger ensembles. All in all it has had over 400 productions, in 48 states, on four continents.

We are excited to announce that for one special night we will have Tom all to ourselves as he takes the Studio5 stage solo to perform an intimate reading of this inspiring, funny, deeply touching story. We hope you can join us to experience this master storyteller up close, and by all means, bring your family (appropriate for ages 12 and up).

We get it. This season is a busy one. But trust me, if you include this event in your holiday activities you will leave feeling enriched, and hopeful. At this point, can't we all use that? –SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Click below for a brief video preview:

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Live at Studio5: TYPHANIE MONIQUE
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: TYPHANIE MONIQUE

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Typhanie Monique, vocal
Ben Lewis, piano
Neal Alger, guitar
Matt Ulery, bass
Jon Deitemyer, drums

“A modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.”
– JazzTimes

When Typhanie Monique shows up to perform you know you’re going to get an incredible voice … and a lot of soul. She presented a beautiful concert at Studio5 last year all on the theme of “shadow and light”, and Evanston Dance Ensemble fans will recall that Typhanie was the featured vocalist as part of EDE’s 2015 production, “The Music Moves”, weaving through the EDE dancers as she sang. She's a versatile vocalist, a lovely songwriter, and an engaging performer. We are excited to welcome Typhanie back to the Studio5 stage: This time she will be diving into the extensive catalogue of the great Aretha Franklin! Some of Chicago’s finest musicians will join Typhanie in a night of soulful sounds, sharing her favorite Aretha Franklin classics and adding a few holiday songs to put you in a spirited mood.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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THE SELDOMS: RockCitizen
Nov
16
to Nov 17

THE SELDOMS: RockCitizen

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November 16 & 17, 8:00PM

Ticket prices [CLICK HERE FOR ADVANCE TICKETS]
    General: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
    *Benefactor: $50 [see details below]
    Students (w/ID) & Seniors (65+): $25 in advance, $30 at the door

We are thrilled to welcome the dynamic contemporary dance company, The Seldoms, for their first appearance at Studio5. In its sixteenth season, The Seldoms makes dance works of bold, exacting physicality driven by inquiry in contemporary issues. Under the direction of choreographer Carrie Hanson, the company is committed to bringing audiences an expanded experience of dance that ignites thought around real-world issues. RockCitizen presents an immersive sonic, visual, and kinetic environment that recalls countercultural spaces and powerful voices of change of the 1960s and 70s and connects them to a larger history of people pursuing breakthroughs and transformations in their lives and worlds. A companion piece to The Seldoms’ acclaimed Power Goes (2015), RockCitizen looks at historic social movements that rode waves of protest, experimentation, hedonism, and dissonance in efforts to remake what it means to be a citizen. The figures in RockCitizen call – and agitate – for freedom; to be, to express, to work, to love. The work surveys different sites of opposition – street, state, stage – to find both cultural and political modes of resistance. Dance, dialogue, and song unfold under the "Brascape," a spectacular, mobile net of 216 colored bras designed by Bob Faust. The Brascape, in flux and layered in meaning, evokes the psychedelic rock poster saturated in color, military camo netting, the rainbow of the gay pride flag, and of course, the bra as symbol of the Women's Lib movement. RockCitizen attempts to capture the tumultuous mix of voices and energies of a transformative time in the country, and asks how these same movements operate in today’s America.

This is an absolutely fascinating piece by a fascinating company. You can learn much more about the creation of RockCitizen and the talented artistic team behind it at The Seldoms’ website HERE.

The performance is designed for ages 12 and above, and runs approximately one hour without intermission. An artist/audience discussion follows the show each night.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

[NOTE: ONLINE TICKET SALES END ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THIS EVENT. REMAINING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.]

*Benefactor tickets: The cost of presenting larger, established ensembles at Studio5 is greater than what we can generate in ticket sales at our general prices. If you are interested in seeing more programming like this at Studio5 and are able to express your support by spending more to see this performance, please consider purchasing a Benefactor Ticket. To show our appreciation you will be invited to a pre-show champagne reception at 7:15 with The Seldoms’ Artistic Director, Carrie Hanson.

Click on the video link below to see a RockCitizen teaser.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE COMMITMENTS
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE COMMITMENTS

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About The Commitments: "The Commitments tells the story of a group of working class kids in the north side of Dublin who form a band to play American soul music.  Funny, touching and so realistic you can practically smell the beer and cigarettes, Alan Parker’s ebullient 1991 musical is based on a novel by Roddy Doyle and won  4 BAFTA awards including Best Film and Best Direction. Featuring a young Glen Hansard who went on to star in another acclaimed Irish musical, Once, and a killer soundtrack stocked with soul classics, this one’s a rollicking good time." – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Don Stiernberg, mandolin
Andy Brown, guitar
Jim Cox, bass
Phil Gratteau, drums

The internationally renowned jazz mandolinist returns to Studio5!

It’s no secret that Don Stiernberg is not only a friend of our series, he is my personal best pal. I love the guy and I love his music and for fear of overusing all the superlatives I’ve employed over the years in describing him, I’ll let Don speak for himself about this performance. We are excited to welcome him back to Studio5. – SR

“Lots of shared history in this quartet. Jim and Phil are both alumni of the renowned University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, also decades of work with Chicago jazz legend Judy Roberts. Always the rhythm section of choice, they appear on several of Don's recordings. When Andy Brown began playing with Don he was the new guitar kid in town. Now more than a decade later he has established himself as an international jazz guitar star and authority, while still remaining the youngest member of the band. Every year a sizable chunk of Don's calendar is devoted to teaching and performing at music camps coast to coast, followed by a hometown concert with his buds in the fall. For the last few years these hometown reunion type shows have been scheduled at Studio 5, the favorite scene for the entire band. This year the boys will not only be "getting the band back together" but also polishing material for their next recording project which they are hoping to begin tracking mid-fall.”

Join us. We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

Click on the video below to watch Don play “What’s Goin’ On?” from a previous Studio5 performance.

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Live at Studio5: KERI JOHNSRUD - THE MUSIC OF FRED ROGERS
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: KERI JOHNSRUD - THE MUSIC OF FRED ROGERS

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Keri Johnsrud, voice
Kevin Bales, piano
Dennis Carroll, bass
Greg Artry, drums

Charming vocalist with jazz arrangements celebrating the music of Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers)

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Chicago-­based vocalist Keri Johnsrud and GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales have come together again for their latest release of Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers. We welcome them to Studio5 to celebrate Mister Rogers and his music. Johnsrud and Bales have succeeded in reimagining and rearranging the music that has been heard by numerous generations on the beloved children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The songs, which up until now were specifically tailored for a child’s ear, are now presented as reinvented gems that are wise and wistful, simple but not simplistic, and even, in some cases, a bit sultry. In this collection, Mister Rogers’ songs not only relate to adults; they seem to have been written for adults in the first place.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER & SILENT MOVIES
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER & SILENT MOVIES

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An evening of classic silent films with live music by brilliant pianist and Chicago theater music legend, Larry Schanker.

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

When we decided to install a projection system at Studio5, one of the first things that occurred to me was to present an evening of silent films with live musical accompaniment. The one person I thought of to accompany those films was my good friend, Larry Schanker. Larry and I became friends decades ago as NU music students, and he served as an important model for me when I began writing music for theater. This Saturday, for one night only, we are presenting The General by Buster Keaton, along with a second, surprise short film short, all accompanied by Larry at the piano. Orson Welles called The General, "The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." Watch the trailer for The General below (but ignore the music ... because ... Larry!), and join us for a spectacular one-of-a-kind event.

To get you acquainted, here'a brief bio for Larry:

Larry Shanker has been writing music for theatre, film, dance, and the concert hall for almost 35 years. The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra commissioned his Fantasia for Drumline and Orchestra which featured the Benton Harbor High School Drumline and the Benton Harbor Boys and Girls Club Drumline. Previously, the SMSO commissioned his Concerto for Jazz Piano, which premiered in 2011 with Larry at the piano. His theatrical credits include a great deal of work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and run the gamut from Shakespeare to Chekhov. Larry has also worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York with The Second City. He is an avid Silent Film Accompanist, having performed at the Sounds of Silents Film Festival in Three Oaks, MI, the Bartelow Center in South Bend, IN, and the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, IN. The University of Notre Dame commissioned his original score, written for piano and harp, for the silent film version of Peter Pan. Dr. Schanker holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Northwestern and a PhD in Music Composition from The University of Chicago.

Larry is a delightful performer, an unparalleled musical talent, and he happens to be about the nicest person on the planet. We cannot wait to welcome Larry to our stage for this special evening. –SR

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (and that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About A Hard Day's Night: "Here’s a great idea – let’s take a 90 minute break from the run up to the mid-terms and once again enjoy the most delightful rock and roll musical ever made. No matter how many times I see it, A Hard Day’s Night just makes me HAPPY. Can’t think of a better way to close out a weekend. Join us! We’ll sing! We’ll do the twist! We’ll scream and cry and jump up and down in our seats! It will be good for us." – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: MARQUES CARROLL & TRUMPET SUMMIT
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: MARQUES CARROLL & TRUMPET SUMMIT

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Marques Carroll (leader)-Trumpet
Ryan Nyther- Trumpet
Quentin Coaxum- Trumpet
Amr Fahmy- Piano
Andrew Vogt- Bass
Isaiah Spencer- Drums

Innovative trumpeter and rising star in Chicago jazz

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Trumpet Summit is a relatively new project by innovative young trumpeter, Marques Carroll. The ensemble pays tribute to some of the great trumpeters in jazz (referred to as BAM, or Black American Music), and includes their arrangements of works by Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Lee Morgan, Clark Terry, and Freddie Hubbard as well as original pieces by the band members. The intriguing lineup of rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) plus three trumpets gives plenty of opportunity for both tight ensemble playing and soaring solo work. Trumpet Summit recently released their debut album, In Stride We Keep Steppin’, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Studio5 stage.

Click HERE to watch an interview with Marques about Trumpet Summit.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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CERQUA RIVERA DANCE THEATRE: My Past / Our Present
Oct
5
to Oct 6

CERQUA RIVERA DANCE THEATRE: My Past / Our Present

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October 5 & 6, 8:00PM

Ticket prices [CLICK HERE FOR ADVANCE TICKETS]: 
    General: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
    *Benefactor: $50 [see details below]
    Students (w/ID) & Seniors (65+): $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre returns to Studio5 following a sold-out performance last fall. CRDT presents rich productions, with an ensemble of ten dancers and nine musicians, all live on stage! My Past / Our Present explores concepts of identity – who we are and how we got here. Included themes are immigration (the trauma and shock of dislocation), diversity, the impact of people and the environment around us, and the modern African American experience. In 21st century America, what topics could be more timely? But though these themes may sound heavy, the expression is absolutely beautiful, thoughtful and moving. Our Studio5 audience thrilled to CRDT’s performance in 2017. This year’s work includes world premiere pieces with choreography by Monique Haley, Joshua Ishmon and Wilfredo Rivera, and music by Clarice Assad, Joe Cerqua and Pharez Whitted. We are excited to welcome CRDT back to Studio5 and hope you can join us for an incredible feast for the eyes and ears. 

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

[NOTE: ONLINE TICKET SALES END ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THIS EVENT. REMAINING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.]

*Benefactor tickets: The cost of presenting larger, established ensembles at Studio5 is greater than what we can generate in ticket sales at our general prices. If you are interested in seeing more programming like this at Studio5 and are able to express your support by spending more to see this performance, please consider purchasing a Benefactor Ticket. To show our appreciation you will be invited to a pre-show champagne reception at 7:15 with members of the CRDT creative team.

Click on the link below to see a portion of Sin Fronteras from  My Past / Our Present.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: 'ROUND MIDNIGHT
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: 'ROUND MIDNIGHT

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Round Midnight: "Round Midnight is a revelation.  Bertrand Tavernier’s lyrical homage to the jazz experience features an astonishing lead performance by Dexter Gordon, an Academy Award winning score by Herbie Hancock, and cameo appearances by monster players like Bobby Hutcherson, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Freddie Hubbard. It’s the next best thing to seeing them all live right here in Studio 5!" – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: FRED SIMON QUARTET
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: FRED SIMON QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Fred Simon, piano
Dave Onderdonk, guitar
Jon Paul, bass
Larry Beers, drums

Renowned Chicago composer/pianist in his Studio5 debut

Fred Simon says that since childhood he has been convinced that he is a singer/songwriter trapped in the body of someone who can't sing. Fred is a brilliant pianist and composer. His music is beautifully melodic, harmonically delicious and memorable. Check out the link below. In addition to jazz, Fred counts as his influences European impressionism and the Beatles. What's not to love? Fred has worked with Ralph Towner, Larry Coryell, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico and ... you name it. This will mark Fred’s first Studio5 appearance. He will be joined by three other outstanding Chicago musicians, guitarist Dave Onderdonk, bassist Jon Paul, and drummer, Larry Beers. Come hear this fine quartet up close in our intimate setting. You will be happier for it.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Do Tell! A Storytelling Event to Benefit the Evanston Dance Ensemble
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Do Tell! A Storytelling Event to Benefit the Evanston Dance Ensemble

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Join us for an evening of storytelling, full of laughs, sighs, and surprises. Hear true stories from the lives of our storytellers ... true stories, yes, although perhaps sprinkled with the embellishments, exaggerations, and creative reconstruction of lapsed memories that we all use every day.

The event is hosted by Scott Whitehair, a renowned figure in the storytelling community, and our storytellers range from those (bravely) telling a story for the first time on stage to long-time professionals. All will draw you in as they engage in this age-old practice of sharing, entertaining, and community building.

A complete list of storytellers, along with their photos and bios, may be found HERE. The observant peruser of that site may recognize one of the storytellers as Studio5’s own Steve Rashid. Yikes!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD ORGAN QUARTET
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD ORGAN QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Alyssa Allgood, vocals
Dan Chase, Hammond B-3 organ
Kyle Asche, guitar
Greg Artry, drums

“A jazz singer to the core...she’s off to a remarkable start, a young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential.”
-Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

We are always happy when Alyssa Allgood makes an appearance on our stage. Her debut album, Out of the Blue was released in 2016 to critical acclaim, and she is set to release her new recording, Exactly Like You, this fall. She will be featuring material from this new release at Studio5. The Alyssa Allgood Organ Quartet is rooted in the classic jazz tradition but brings a modern flair through their innovative, high energy arrangements. Alyssa won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition held in Washington D.C. in 2017. Other notable awards include being named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago and a Top 10 Semifinalist in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, where she competed live in Switzerland for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau. But don’t take anyone else’s word for how great she is – come hear for yourself!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

Watch Alyssa from an appearance at the Whiskey Lounge:

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

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FREE EVENT! FREE EVENT!

To kick off our BRAND NEW Sunday Film Festival we are offering this screening to our patrons for FREE! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound)! Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: "Jacques Demy’s visually stunning French pop opera from 1964, featuring the classic score by Michel Legrand that yielded two huge pop standards of the 60’s, and starring an almost impossibly beautiful 21 year old Catherine Deneuve. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival and nominated for 4 Academy Awards, this is one of the most unique and poignant musical romances ever made.  If you haven’t seen it you need to! And if you have, here’s your chance to see it again in a gorgeous digital restoration!" – D.O. 

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: JUDY ROBERTS & GREG FISHMAN
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: JUDY ROBERTS & GREG FISHMAN

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Judy Roberts, piano/vocal
Greg Fishman, saxophone/flute

Chicago’s legendary jazz power couple returns to Studio5!

Judy Roberts is a legend of the Chicago jazz scene, and since her move to Phoenix years ago, we always look forward to her warm-weather reappearance in the Windy City. Judy's husband, multi-instrumentalist Greg Fishman, has been Judy's musical partner even longer than he has been her life partner, and together they truly make beautiful music. We welcome them back to Studio5 to kick off our fall calendar of events. Judy and Greg will include "duo" versions of songs from Greg’s newest album. This season at Studio5 is going to start off swinging!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

Watch Judy and Greg from an appearance at the Whiskey Lounge in 2016:

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Live at Studio5: RANDY NAPOLEON
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: RANDY NAPOLEON

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Randy Napoleon, guitar
Kazuki Takemura, bass

Celebrating the Midwest Big Three: Grant Green, Kenny Burrell & Wes Montgomery


We’re returning to the roots of our series for this one! Back when we started presenting performances at the Whiskey Lounge our focus – partly because it was a small space – was jazz duets and trios. I have always been fond of the intimate musical conversations that happen when just two jazz musicians take the stage. Earlier this year our dear friend, guitarist Andy Brown, told me about a great fellow-guitarist in Michigan, Randy Napoleon. We are thrilled to welcome Randy to Chicago for his debut performance at Studio5. Like Andy, Randy is a serious young guitarist of that next generation of players in the lineage of Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. Randy has a genuine pedigree of his own: He is a member of the Freddy Cole Quartet, he toured with Benny Green, John & Jeff Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Michael Buble. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Wow. Join us for what is certain to be an incredible evening – just Randy Napoleon in cozy musical conversation with the talented bassist, Kazuki Takemura. They will be paying homage to three of Randy’s big influences, all Midwesterners: Guitarists Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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WDCB Encore Movie Night: PARIS BLUES
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

WDCB Encore Movie Night: PARIS BLUES

$10 General Admission. Click HERE for tickets.

WDCB hosts "Encore Movie Night" at Studio5! Join us for Paris Blues, the 1961 jazz-themed film starring Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris who fall in love with American tourist girls (Joanne Woodward & Diahann Carroll). Music by Duke Ellington with an appearance by Louis Armstrong. This is the inaugural event using Studio5's newly installed projection system. Seating is limited, so if you are interested in attending please consider purchasing your tickets in advance.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: PAUL MARINARO BIRTHDAY SHOW!
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: PAUL MARINARO BIRTHDAY SHOW!

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Paul Marinaro, vocal
Ben Paterson, piano
Andy Brown, guitar
John Tate, bass
George Fludas, drums

Friends and fans of the incomparable singer Paul Marinaro are aware of the health challenges he’s faced this year. A series of hospitalizations and surgeries have kept him from performing regularly since last December. As much as we’ve keenly felt Paul’s absence onstage, no one has missed his appearances more than Paul himself. He lives to sing and loves to perform, and I know this has been an extremely frustrating stretch for him. Paul had his final surgical procedure in early June and has spent the past weeks convalescing. He is now healthy and raring to go, and believe me, he intends to put the whole thing in the rearview mirror and step on the gas. Won’t it be fun to be along for the ride? We are so excited that Paul’s very first appearance back will be at Studio5 on July 19th, as we celebrate his return to health, his return to the stage … and his birthday! What a joyous night this is going to be! Paul will be backed by an absolutely monstrous quartet, or as he told me, “The vocalist better be good with a band like that.” Do any of us have any doubt? By the way, if you miss Paul’s show at Studio5, three days later he will be performing at one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world, New York City’s legendary “Birdland”. Yes, that Birdland. But then you’d have to factor in hotel and airfare … plus, WE have free parking. In fact, I think that may be our new motto: “Studio5: Kinda like Birdland, but with free parking.” Catchy.

Come join us for a grand celebration, won’t you?

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: JOHN MOULDER
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: JOHN MOULDER

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

John Moulder, guitars
Vijay Tellis-Nayak, organ
Jon Deitemyer, drums

John Moulder is an extremely gifted guitarist and has been a buddy of ours for many years. I heard of him before I had heard his music, and I recall asking a mutual musician/friend of ours if he knew John. My friend’s response was, “John Moulder? Yeah, you want to follow that guy around and listen to every note he plays.” He was absolutely right. I love John’s playing and was so glad to make his acquaintance. I have been honored to call him a friend now for quite a few years. Way back when I started to present shows at the Whiskey Lounge, John was one of the first people I contacted. In order to build a roster of artists I had decided that I was going to reach out to people I felt were not only extraordinary musicians, but also good enough friends that if the whole thing blew up in my face they wouldn’t disown me. John obliged, and thankfully we all had a blast. Now I am eager to welcome John for his first appearance at Studio5. 

John is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. He has performed on countless CDs and has released many recordings as a leader. His most recent recording, entitled “Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit” (Origin 2016), features Donny McCaslin, Marquis Hill, Paul Wertico and many other long time musical companions. Inspired by soulful individuals, it has been described as a contemporary musical narrative. Televised feature stories on John and his work have aired on Artbeat (WTTW) and Chicago Tonight (WTTW). He has played nationally and internationally at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls and has performed with artists such as Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Paul McCandless, Lyle Mays, Paul Wertico, Gary Burton, Niels Orsted Pederson, Arild Anderson, Bendik Hofseth, Kurt Elling and Terry Callier. We are thrilled to welcome John to Studio5.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: TRIBUTE TO BRENO SAUER
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: TRIBUTE TO BRENO SAUER

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Neusa Sauer Quintet 
Neusa Sauer, vocal
Luciano Antonio, guitar/vocal
Steve Million, piano
Geoffrey Lowe, bass
Luiz Ewerling, drums

For the past year I’ve been wanting to offer a tribute to a dear friend of ours, Breno Sauer. Please allow me to share a brief personal story to give some context. Any of our friends old enough to remember Béa’s and my wedding might recall several notable things. First, it was on a Monday, so that our actor and musician friends would be able to attend on what is often a “dark” night in those professions. Also, after we had carried on much too late (our reception was in a residential neighborhood), the police actually stopped by to shut us down, which caused my brother to comment, “Steve, this is a PERFECT night.” Well, a major contributor to the perfection of the event was the glorious music. In the year prior to our wedding I had been working in the recording studio with a phenomenal band called “Made In Brasil”. Béa and I were crazy about this festive, soulful, exciting, joyous group, and felt they spoke directly to the manner in which we wanted to launch our marriage. We were beyond thrilled that they were willing to provide the music at our reception. That era marked the beginning of what would be a decades-long friendship between us and the husband & wife leaders of “Made In Brasil” (later, “Som Brasil”), Breno & Neusa Sauer. Breno was an extraordinarily talented composer/arranger/keyboardist, and Neusa possesses a voice like an angel that sensually weaves in and out of the band’s rhythms with a beautifully liquid sense of time. It would be difficult to find two sweeter people than Breno and Neusa. They had their own love story, of course – they had worked together at a television station in Brazil. Breno swooped up Neusa and they moved to Chicago where they not only continued to make beautiful music, they encouraged many other Brazilian musicians to follow them to our city to develop a thriving Brazilian music scene, which continues to this day. Sadly, we lost dear Breno last year and I’ve been wanting to hold some sort of event in his honor. On June 29th we will be offering a tribute to his life and music with a concert featuring Neusa’s quintet and other guest musicians who knew and loved Breno.

Come on by to hear some soulful Brazilian music, share a few stories, and raise a glass to the memory of a great man.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: DOUBLE MONK
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DOUBLE MONK

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Jeremy Kahn & Steve Million, pianos
Ariane Dolan, choreographer/dancer

I’ve known the music – and pianistic brilliance – of Jeremy Kahn and Steve Million for some time, but I have never heard them perform together live. When I learned they had developed a dual-piano concert based on the music of Thelonious Monk … which includes a modern dancer, I was eager to welcome them to Studio5. It feels like a perfect fit. The following is information I received from the artists:

Steve Million and Jeremy Kahn, like most jazz pianists, share a fascination with the music of Thelonious Monk. They have dared to conceive a performance project based on this fascination in which they perform Monk's music on two pianos. At times this duo is joined by the modern dancer Ariane Dolan who has choreographed dances to their musical arrangements. The duo picks many tunes that the master himself rarely performed including: Who Knows, Criss Cross, Hornin In, and Oska T, to name a few. They bring to each performance over thirty years of jazz piano playing experience, a wink to the audience and a nod to Monk himself.

About “Double Monk”, the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich wrote, “...it didn't take long to discern the distinctions between Million's pianism and Kahn's, particularly in solos. In essence, Million produced a sharper-edged tone and more angular turns of phrase, Kahn a rounded timbre and silvery touch. Put the two together, and you have a deeply satisfying sound and practically relentless musical action.”

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Cerqua Rivera: Inside/Out with American Catracho
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Cerqua Rivera: Inside/Out with American Catracho

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets to Inside/Out events: $8 in advance online, $15 at the door.

Click HERE for tickets.

Company cofounder and Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera launched American Catracho in 2016 to explore the experience of an immigrant's journey to the US. Wilfredo himself immigrated from Honduras as a teenager. In 2016, part 1 focused on the decision to leave home and journey to a new place. In 2017, part 2 focused on the first 200 steps in a new land. In 2018, we turn to settling in a new place and making it home.

The Cerqua Rivera dance ensemble and members of their jazz band will perform the work in progress for you. You will hear from the choreographer and composer making the piece, in this case company cofounders Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua. American Catracho includes a large group of contributors, and they'll share how they're incorporating everything from poetry to recent headlines in this new work. You will play an important role too, sharing your thoughts and input about the themes and the art in the making. They may even improvise on the spot to incorporate your ideas!

 

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Live at Studio5: CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Andy Schumm - cornet, clarinet, tenor sax
John Otto - clarinet, alto sax
John Donatowicz - banjo, guitar
Paul Asaro - piano, vocals
Dave Bock - tuba

As I was putting together the info for our summer schedule to post on our website I pulled up the video from the last time the Cellar Boys performed at Studio5 (see below) just to help me think about what to write. Well, once again I got so drawn in by this fabulous group that I’m 45 minutes in and still listening. I can’t get enough of these guys. They specialize in the jazz and hot dance music from the 1920s and 30s (eg. Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong), and it is uncanny how correctly they perform it. And by correctly I do not mean “carefully”. Far from it. Within their stylistic accuracy is a wild abandon that makes us feel that no one has ever played this way before. Hearing this group is like time traveling and walking in on an early form of jazz as it was being invented. Their repertoire contains some recognizable pieces that are still played in other contexts, but many that were exclusively of the era and have otherwise been lost to history. And all of it is extraordinarily fun. Did I mention that I can’t get enough of these guys? Come hear them for yourself. And if you feel like you just have to dance, absolutely no one is going to stop you. 

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: KINGS OF THE LOBBY
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: KINGS OF THE LOBBY

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Chris Madsen, tenor sax and arrangements
Brandon Hunt, guitar
Sean Van Dril, keyboard
Andrew Vogt, bass
Zach Marks, drums

Kings of the Lobby is a jazz/funk band founded in 2015 by Chicago saxophonist Chris Madsen. The band was created in the mold of the classic Brecker Brothers band but has carved out a niche performing Madsens arrangements of pop standards from the 70s through the 90s. Equally at home playing soft grooves and intense funk, the Kings bring jazz flare to some of pop musics finest songs by artists like Prince, David Bowie, and Brian McKnight.

The Kings have headlined at such venues as Andys Jazz Club, the Fulton Street Collective, Reggies music joint, Martyrs, and UICs Tuesdays at One concert series, and the group boasts some of Chicagos very finest musicians. Their debut album is available for streaming and purchase on most standard platforms. 

Click on the video for a sample of the Kings!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Sarah Marie Young, vocal
Stu Mindeman, piano
Andrew Vogt, bass
Greg Artry, drums

Sarah performed at Studio5 in 2017 and I can't tell you how many times we've been asked when she will be returning. We are delighted to welcome her back. 

She is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician who was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album "Too Many Februaries" at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah released and toured Europe with her second album, "Little Candy Heart". Sarah's latest album, "Recess" was self-produced and released in April 2016. In 2017 she was featured with Postmodern Jukebox, and in 2018 appeared on Playing For Change's "Skin Deep" video with Buddy Guy.

You should also know Sarah will be starring in a new play at The Apollo Theater in Chicago called "Djembe! The Show", starting in June. It’s an interactive musical that spans many different musical styles and tells a powerful and sometimes cruel history of the Djembe from West Africa to the western world.  Sarah's Studio5 performance will be essentially her final show for some months before singing in this musical 8 times a week! 

Click on a video to watch Sarah perform.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

 

 

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BALLET NOW: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET and ELEMENTS BALLET
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

BALLET NOW: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET and ELEMENTS BALLET

General:$25 • Students (w/ID) & Seniors (65+):$18

Click HERE for tickets.

ELEMENTS BALLET: Mike Gosney, Artistic Director / Joe Caruana, Assistant Director
CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET:  Wade Schaaf, Artistic Director

Studio5 is delighted to present two of Chicagos most innovative contemporary ballet companies in our intimate theater, for one night only. Sharing the program will be Chicago Repertory Ballet and Elements Ballet, bringing performances that have been described as Beautiful, lush, exciting and dramatic.  

Elements Ballet presents new works in the Neo-Classical vein with impressive technicality and grace. The company has created a repertory of original contemporary ballets and unique collaborative productions with Chicago-based artists and organizations. Entering its 11th season, Elements Ballet is known for its ability to engage audiences with passionate dancing, innovative choreography, and transcendent theatrical events.

Chicago Repertory Ballet's motto is Dance that Defies Labels.  Their work has been described as being committed to narrative, to the story-telling traditionally synonymous with ballet itself. Now in its 6th season, you can expect to see ambitious choreography that mixes classical and contemporary vocabulary. 

The night will have special meaning as Megan Walsh, after ten years of dancing with Elements Ballet, will be retiring.  Megan got her start as a student at Dance Center Evanston, and we are thrilled to be there for her final performance.  

Tickets will go fast, so reserve your seats online early. Tickets are available HERE.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.

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