This week: Tannhäuser, State of the Art, American Design Auction, Bar Toma’s pizza-tossing class (above) and more.
February 9-March 6: ‘Tannhäuser’
In a short, six-performance run, Sir Andrew Davis conducts Tim Albery’s production of the Wagner classic. Tenor Johan Botha sings as the titular minstrel poet, torn between the sensual love represented by the goddess Venus and the purity of the saintly Elisabeth.
Time: 6 p.m. (1 p.m. on Feb. 22)
Place: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker
Cost: $34-$279 adults, $20-$50 children under 17. For tickets, call (312) 827-5600 or visit Lyricopera.org/tannhauser.
February 11: State of the Art
Marc Smith hosts the upcoming SOTA at his Loop-located Tradition, offering patrons more than just food and drink. For the pop-up event, five local artists — including Joshua Talsma and Erica Baran Fasano — showcase their work, while guests enjoy appetizers and complimentary beer.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Tradition Gastro Pub and Bar, 160 N. Franklin
Cost: $5 donation recommended.
February 12: American Design Auction
Wright, the widely respected auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design, puts over 130 lots on the block. Some of the best-known names in midcentury American design are represented, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Florence Knoll and Eero Saarinen. Pieces range from Russel Wright ceramics to a set of six Harry Bertoia dining chairs.
Place: 1440 W. Hubbard
Cost: Free. For bid forms and more information, visit Wright20.com.
February 13: Pizza-tossing class
You’ve done chocolate and flowers, perfume and Champagne, so why not try something different this Valentine’s Day? The culinary team at Bar Toma — chef Tony Mantuano’s regional Italian restaurant — invite lovers to get close at this interactive pizza-tossing class. Executive Chef Erik Freeberg walks guests from dough to oven as they learn how to create the restaurant’s award-winning wood-fired pizzas and sip on a selection of wine, beer and Italian-inspired cocktails.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Bar Toma, 110 E. Pearson
Cost: $50. For reservations, call (312) 266-3110 or visit Opentable.com.
February 13-15: “Le Ça (the id)”
Dynamic Barcelona-based dancer Sònia Sánchez makes her North American debut with a searing solo, accompanied by electric guitarist David Soler and vocalist Miguel Angel. Conceived during a year-long sojourn in the forest, the piece combines the rhythms of flamenco with a raw, wilderness-driven vocabulary of gestures.
Time: Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art’s Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E. Chicago
Cost: $28, $22 for MCA members. For tickets, call (312) 397-4010 or visit Mcachicago.org.
February 13-15: Winter Tap JAMboree
Chicago Human Rhythm Project welcomes students and performers to this annual get-together, featuring master classes, a panel discussion, tap jams and auditions for the Tap Scholar Program and Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts.
Place: American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan
Cost: $15 registration fee, $20 per class. To register, visit Chicagotap.org.
February 15-May 3: ‘Shatter Rupture Break’
The first in The Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Series — exhibitions showcasing the museum’s rich holdings in fresh and challenging ways — this show examines how art and life were transformed a century ago, as commerce, communication and artistic innovation created a brave new world. Drawn from collections across the museum, the exhibition includes work by Robert Delaunay, Kurt Schwitters and Salvador Dalí.
Time: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Place: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan
Cost: $23 general admission.
February 16: Fear No Art Presents The Dinner Party
Gospel singer and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams; Dr. Ian Smith of “The Doctors”; and film director Cathryn Michon join host Elysabeth Alfano for an unscripted conversation. Tippling Hall Chef Guillermo Tellez serves up signature bites, and jazz great Frank Catalano gets the evening going.
Time: 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show
Place: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph
Cost: $45. For tickets, call (312) 733-9463 or visit Citywinery.com.
February 17-March 29: ‘First Wives Club’
Based on Olivia Goldsmith’s novel and its movie adaptation, this Broadway-bound musical was penned by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and scored by the legendary Motown team Holland-Dozier-Holland. The cast includes Tony-winner Faith Prince, “Wicked” star Carmen Cusack, and “Mamma Mia’s” Christine Sherrill.
Place: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: $33-$100. For tickets, visit Broadwayinchicago.com.