This week: Chinese New Year parades, Eat to the Beat, The Noteworthy Night: A Salute to the Silver Screen and more.
January 28-April 6
‘The How and the Why’
In this sharp new play from Sarah Treem, writer/producer of the HBO show “In Treatment,” two evolutionary biologists with bold views that challenge their male-dominated field spar over evolution, feminism and generational divides in modern America.
Place: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington
January 30-May 28
Eat to the Beat
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance launches this post-work event, which brings young professionals together to mingle and appreciate the arts. Enjoy sustenance from the city’s top food trucks, specialty cocktails and a program of four works performed by DanceWorks Chicago.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: 205 E. Randolph
February 1 and 2
Chinese New Year Parades
Ring in the Year of the Snake at one of the city’s big parade celebrations, happening on Argyle Street (Feb. 1) and in Chinatown (Feb. 2). Both editions will feature traditional dragon dances, marching bands, floats, lion dances and much more.
Time: Both start at 1 p.m.
Place: Argyle along Sheridan, Lawrence and Broadway; Wentworth from 24th to 22nd
The Noteworthy Night: A Salute to the Silver Screen
Movie fan and Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper emcees this salute to great film scores, benefiting the training and education programs of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. The musical evening features dinner and a performance by CYSO’s young musicians.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware
Through February 6
It’s prime time to dine out thanks to this seventh annual event, which features an array of more than 250 restaurants in the city and suburbs — including Blackbird, Henri, Embeya and Ing — offering special prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner.
Place: Restaurants across the city.
● ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
Bailiwick Chicago presents the clever, award-winning musical, in which a theater geek sees his favorite show come to life before his eyes as he spins the original cast album on his turntable.
Place: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont
Khecari and the Humans
Khecari, the collaborative duo of Jonathan Meyer and Julia Rae Antonick, and The Humans, led by artistic director Rachel Bunting, share the stage in a dance program of thought-provoking new work exploring a range of themes, from decay to the phenomenon of déjà vu.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: The Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan
February 6-March 23
She’s baaack! The grand dame of all stage mothers, Mama Rose, does a number on her daughters — and then some — in this musical on the early life of burlesque beauty Gypsy Rose Lee. The Chicago Shakespeare rendition is directed by Gary Griffin and stars Tony Award-nominee Louise Pitre.
Place: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand
February 6 – May 11
Erika Sheffer’s drama about an immigrant family balancing old world values and new world ambitions receives its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, starring ensemble members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry and Alan Wilder.
Place: 1650 N. Halsted
The Junior Council — which supports the pediatric and adolescent HIV and AIDS programs of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago — throws this black-tie bash, with tastings from top restaurants, live music, dancing and a silent auction.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: The Great Hall, Union Station, 225 S. Canal