The Chicago-area is bursting with a variety of activities as this roundup shows.
Sunset Foods, together with the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring a corn roast on Saturday, August 27. Held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Northfield Farmers’ Market (6 Happ Road), the event benefits the Northfield Township Food Pantry (www.northfieldtownship.com). Sunset’s sister store in Long Grove (4190 Route 83) is launching Celebration at the Grove on Saturday, September 10, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The event features food and music.
The Circus Cats of Chicago, featuring The Amazing Acro-Cats, will perform at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 3 at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 North Milwaukee Avenue). The production blends entertainment with education and public awareness. For a $18 ticket, call 773-598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com. Advance purchase is highly recommended.
On Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 pm, Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its annual star-studded free outdoor concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Soprano superstar Renée Fleming, Lyric’s creative consultant, will be among the featured artists for the concert. “I’m so pleased to be singing for the first time in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion,” says Fleming. “It’s a thrill to share this wonderful Lyric tradition with my colleagues and members of the Ryan Opera Center as we kick off an exciting season of culture in Chicago.” For information, visit www.lyricopera.org.
Just a week after Chicago Public Schools are back in session, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will join Chicago Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold in a discussion at the UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt Road) at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13. Lewis and Brizard will take questions from the audience, followed by a complimentary reception with food and drink where audience members can continue the conversation. For a $15 ticket, call 312-222-3348 or visit www.tribnation.com/events.
“I’m thrilled to welcome back Ed Gero to the Goodman for John Logan’s brilliant work, Red,” said Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. John Logan’s Tony Award-winning Broadway play Red about abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko stars Washington, D.C.-based actor Edward Gero and Chicagoan Patrick Andrews. Tickets are on sale now at 312-443-3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org.