In this week's newsletter: Rhye, Oratorio per la Settimana Santa, Through the Elevated Line, Perceptual Motion, Annual SXSW Sendoff Party, and more

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March 8 through March 14, 2018

A K-9 leprechaun at the annual South Side Irish Parade

A K-9 leprechaun at the annual South Side Irish Parade Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune


1. Rhye

“Because we play live so much, we’ve built this show that’s somewhat different from Woman,” Mike Milosh, otherwise known as Rhye, told NPR last summer. He’s referencing the psychedelic live iteration of his R&B act’s acclaimed 2013 debut, elements of which made it onto Rhye’s latest single “Please.” Crafted with live instrumentation and Milosh’s signature, whispery vocals, the song is a fitting addition to Rhye’s impeccable but sparse catalog.

3/8 at 8 p.m. Sold out; see resellers. Thalia Hall.


2. Oratorio per la Settimana Santa

For its bread and butter, Haymarket Opera Company unearths works from the nascence of the genre. So it’s right in character for the next installment of the company’s Lenten oratorio series to bring across the oldest known Passion oratorio, attributed to the 17th-century Italian composer Luigi Rossi. Haymarket assembles a period-instrument chamber orchestra, soloists, and chorus.

3/8–10. $10–$25. 3/8: Chicago Temple. 3/10: Church of the Atonement.


3. Through the Elevated Line

Local playwright (and occasional Chicago mag contributor) Novid Parsi premieres this drama about a gay man from Iran seeking asylum in Chicago. Set in Uptown during the Cubs’s 2016 World Series run, Parsi’s drama is a tale of boundaries, families, and the conflicts that define both.

3/8–4/15. $13–$35. Silk Road Rising at the Chicago Temple Building.


4. Perceptual Motion

In Into the Forest, this multigenerational modern company, with dancers ranging in age from 23 to 84, explores humans’ bond with nature. Director Lin Shook colors the piece with her signature blend of modern dance and tai chi.

3/9–11 at 7 p.m. $18–$20. Links Hall.


5. Annual SXSW Sendoff Party

These days, South by Southwest tickets cost somewhere between an arm and a firstborn child. This sendoff party at the Hideout offers a financially responsible alternative, as festival-bound Chicago acts trot out their sets before hitting the road. Expect local indie favorites to be amped and ready for a wild week in Austin.

3/10 at 2 p.m. $10. Hideout.


6. Bahamas

After a four-year hiatus from releasing new music, Afie Jurvanen hits the road behind a new album, Earthtones. Formerly a guitarist for fellow Canadian Feist, Jurvanen blends folk, funk, and tropical styles to craft a smooth, soulful sound. That said, his music is anything but easy to peg. As Jurvanen himself puts it on Earthtones’s eighth track: “I can’t be everything to everyone.”

3/10 at 8:30 p.m. $22–$25. Metro.


7. Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein

To adequately represent the classical and popular strains of the career of Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th birthday would have been this year, Lyric Opera splits its tribute concert. The first strand sees opera stars Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn in Bernstein’s one-act Trouble in Tahiti. The second has Broadway headliner Kate Baldwin performing Bernstein standards.

3/10. $32–$169. Lyric Opera House.


8. An Enemy of the People

In Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, contaminated water runs from the taps of a resort town. Fixing the problem would mean vast expense and a loss of crucial tourism dollars for the two brothers who own the place, pitting the siblings against local community leaders. Robert Falls directs a 136-year-old story as urgent as today’s headlines.

3/10–5/6. $30–$82. Goodman Theatre.


9. South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sure, it’s not the “official” St. Paddy’s Day gig, but the Irish contingency on Chicago’s South Side makes this procession the real must-see. The day kicks off with a foot race down the parade route—affectionately known as the Emerald Isle Mile—followed by floats, Irish dancers, marching bands, and plenty of green froth.

FREE 3/11 at noon. Western Avenue from 103rd to 115th.


10. Pretty Woman: The Musical

En route to a summer opening on Broadway, this musical take on the 1990 film gets a test run in Chicago. You know the plot: A sex worker with a heart of gold teams up with a john possessing an irresistible combination of wealth, looks, and integrity. With music and lyrics by Bryan Adams—yes, that Bryan Adams—the show seems destined for a long, pricey stay in Manhattan. Catch it while you can.

3/13–4/15. $30–$173. Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre.

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You Should Know

Laurie Metcalf

Up next in our series of interviews with notable, in-the-know locals: Laurie Metcalf. Here, the Lady Bird star, who also appears in ABC’s Roseanne reboot later this month, shares her key influences.

I Love Lucy
I was fascinated by the way it was shot. I wanted to see what made that wind-up toy run. What was behind those walls? Were there people watching it? Was it happening in front of a miniaudience? Never in a million years did I think I’d be doing that myself.

The thrill of getting her first laugh
In high school, I got a small part in the play Auntie Mame. During our first performance, I accidentally got a laugh on a line. I loved the rush, but I was confused as to why it happened. I had to figure out what I had accidentally done in order to re-create it. That’s really when I got hooked on acting.

The original Steppenwolf ensemble
If I’ve ever had a mentor, it was those people. We learned from each other. We challenged each other. We were doing roles that no one else would cast us in—roles that were age inappropriate or we had no business doing—but we did them anyway to make each other laugh. That made us better.

The Glass Menagerie
We did this play when Steppenwolf was still in a church basement in Highland Park. I played Laura. I wanted her to be more disturbing than I had ever seen it portrayed, because I knew Tennessee Williams’s sister [had been diagnosed with schizophrenia]. This was a character there was zero hope for. It became the first really personal role for me.

A Woman Under the Influence
When we first started Steppenwolf, this movie had just come out. It was raw, messy, vibrant, unexpected, almost invasive. It was so invigorating to watch. It had muscle to it. We all watched it on the edge of our seats as a brand-new little theater company, thinking, Now this is what we want to do!

Her 12-year-old daughter, Mae
I love taking her to see a musical that I already know. It’s so fun to watch anything you’ve known and loved, or take for granted, through a kid’s eyes. You can’t experience something so purely again.

When I’m between jobs, I get out of focus. I don’t know where to put my energy. So I’ve always had a jigsaw puzzle or a crossword puzzle going, or a knitting project. It’s hard for me to wind down, so these things become Zen-like for me. —As told to Dan Hyman


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