Get ready for an exciting season at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater is equipped with a mechanically controlled orchestra pit that can be raised and lowered to fit performance needs. Balcony and main floor seating are augmented by four exclusive box seat areas. The theater also features a massive fly tower for elaborate scene changes, and both first- and second-floor lobbies.

Past performances have included The Second City, Giordano Dance Chicago and The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Glen Burtnik, alumnus of Styx and the original Beatlemania, brings you the Summer of Love Concert–a tribute to the iconic rock music from the period of time generally between the 1967 release of The Beatles revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the famous Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. Joined by 12 performers, including a horn section, strings, keyboardists, percussionists, background vocalists, and an incredible rock rhythm section, the Summer of Love Concert recreates “note for note and absolutely live” the songs, and the psychedelically flavored spirit, of the Woodstock Generation.

 

 

Flip Fabrique–Catch Me! (Attrape Moi!)
A Cirque Celebration of Gravity-Defying Fun and Friendship

Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

In the mood to party with friends? Then join Flip FabriQue for their stunning, gravity-defying show Catch Me! Leave your troubles behind and settle in for an astonishing, lively show that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Spectacular acrobatics, a one-of-a-kind trampowall and humor are all part of the spellbinding fun.

 

“The Fourth Light Project”
An Immersive Multimedia Experience

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz presents a multimedia show unlike any other. This ground-breaking and immersive experience combines live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. At the center of The Fourth Light Project is the work of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the production. The group’s musical and personal heritage lies in the mysticism and allure of the East, but Niyaz was formed in California and one of their aims has long been to build a bridge between East and West – a sanctuary from a modern world of polarized ideologies.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component  of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 

Sirens of the 60s

Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore – just their names evoke memories! Sirens of the 60s recalls the great songs and good times of this musically and culturally transitional decade. Colleen Raye, Debbie O’Keefe and Katie Gearty bring their talents to the stage to perform classic 60s tunes from the great female artists of the era. Mixed with dynamic vocals, excellent musicianship, laughs, fun facts, reminiscing, and sing-alongs, Sirens of the 60s has everything for an exceptionally groovy evening.

 

 

Mother Superior’s Ho-Ho-Holy Night
By Vicki Quade

Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Did Baby Jesus get to ride in the sleigh? Was Santa with the Holy Family in the manger? Did the elves guide the Three Wise Men? Holy holidays! See our favorite nun answer these questions and more in this Christmas comedy. Vicki Quade, creator of the hit show Late Nite Catechism, sends Mother Superior to a new parish to help create a holiday pageant like never before. An interactive experience, the audience not only gets to vote on which Christmas holidays to feature – there are prizes for those who can answer Mother Superior’s trivia questions.

 

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present
A Celtic Family Christmas

Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration.

 

The Second City
Look Both Ways Before Talking

Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Tired of looking over your shoulder before telling a funny story that might upset grandpa? Or are you still rebounding from that joke he told at your wedding? Why stress?! Let The Second City take all the risk while you sit back and laugh at their latest sketch comedy and improv revue, Look Both Ways Before Talking. They’ll put their signature spin on the things you wish you could bring up in mixed company – just be careful who you share them with when you head back to the office.

 

The Hot Sardines

Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old.

 

Street Science: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture
Featuring Omar Offendum
With The Reminders, Amirah Sackett, and DJ Man-O-Wax

Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of hip-hop and Arabic poetry, he’s helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian and relief groups. The Reminders, a rare and remarkable musical duo, seamlessly blend soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat.

Amirah Sackett is an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher. Amirah believes hip-hop culture, gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire and bring change to those communities that need it the most.

DJ Man-O-Wax (Asad Ali Jafri) performs internationally spinning spiritual, soulful and, of course, funky music from around the world. Asad has performed as an artist across five continents and over a dozen countries.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component  of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 

Joshua Kane’s Borders of the Mind
The Psychic Show for the Whole Family

Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Can he read your mind? Discover your inner superhero in Mentalist Joshua Kane’s amazing interactive performance. Entire audiences experience simultaneous telepathy, and witness dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena. Borders of the Mind is for everyone who wishes that they had gotten a letter from Hogwarts, that what was odd and strange about themselves as teenagers would turn out to be a latent superpower, or that someone would point a finger at them and say “You are the one!” People of all ages leap to participate in the strange happenings at the Borders of the Mind.

 

Peter Gros from the Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

All animals all the time. Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” on Animal Planet was one of the most well-known and longest-running wildlife series on television, winning 41 Emmys. In his popular live presentation, animal expert and series co-host Peter Gros shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. Peter’s fascinating stories have been thrilling and educating audiences
across the country for years.

 

Visceral Dance Chicago

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Under the direction of Nick Pupillo, artistic director, Visceral Dance Chicago continues to astound audiences with innovative choreography and groundbreaking works. On the forefront of Chicago contemporary dance, this company excels at bringing global choreographers and perspectives to the stage, compelling audiences with dynamic movement and technical virtuosity.

 

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