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It's the new year and that means lots to do in and around Chicago in the weeks ahead. 

This weekend, don't miss E. Faye Butler and Felicia P. Fields who are Lettin' the Good Times Roll at Victory Gardens. You will also want to see and hear Jersey Boy Christopher Kale Jones in concert at the Mercury Theatre in DARIN.  On stage, there is still time for Hard Times at Lookingglass, which this week announced the appointment of Rachel L. Fink as the company's new Executive Director, Firebrand's hot new show LIZZIE at the Den Theatre, Griffin Theatre's VIOLET also at The Den Theatre, Red Velvet at Chicago Shakes and Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr at Black Ensemble Theatre. Dream Freaks are still falling at The Second City. Hilarious!

ROSE Our third season of Conversations podcast kicks off with Jeff award-winning actress Linda Reiter who returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center in ROSE: An Intimate Evening with Mrs Kennedy opening January 12th and running through March 11th. TICKETS BLOG  PODCAST ARCHIVE

Black Button Eyes Productions' NEVERMORE - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe opens tonight at The Edge Theater. Other new shows ramping up in the weeks ahead include: Blind Date at Goodman, A Moon for the Misbegotten at Writers, Merrily We Roll Along at Porchlight, All My Sons at Court Theatre, Ragtime at MarriottHail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry at Black Ensemble Theatre and The Gift Theatre presents TEN 2018, the company’s annual season kick-off festival of ten world premiere ten-minute pieces, including a Tracy Letts play. Be sure to check out Red Orchid's Traitor directed by Michael ShannonBlock St. Theatre's Flamingo & Decatur at Theatre Wit and the Mid-West Premiere of Cal in Camo at Rivendell. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW18) are on sale Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  

The Auditorium Theatre presents Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah with shows on January 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and January 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. and Winter's Jazz Club has a terrific schedule. Monday Night Live at Petterino's is on hiatus until Monday, January 22nd. See you there, then!

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