Mon, Oct 31 | 8 – 9 PM Author, sex-advice columnist, podcaster, and pundit, Dan Savage’s graphic, pragmatic, and humorous advice has changed the cultural conversation about monogamy, gay rights, religiosity, and politics. In 2010 Savage and his husband Terry Miller founded the Emmy-winning “It Gets Better” Project, gathering tens of thousands of videos from people all over the world offering messages of hope to LGBT kids. Join CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy in welcoming Savage back to our stage for a frank conversation on gay rights, gay marriage, and the speed of social change. Click here for more information!
Mon, Nov 7 | 6pm – 7:15 PM Constantly reinventing themselves, Prince and David Bowie pushed the boundaries of performance, gender, songwriting, and fashion like no other artists of their time. Join Chicago theater veterans Rob Lindley and Doug Peck as they explore the lives, careers, similarities, and differences of these two stars and hear some of their iconic songs—"Life on Mars", "Young Americans", "Purple Rain", "Nothing Compares 2 U", and more—re-imagined by Chicago’s finest actors and musicians, including Jayson Brooks, Mark Hood, Bethany Thomas, Malic White, and more. This program is generously underwritten by a gift from Greta Wiley Flory, in memory of her late husband Bill, a longtime friend and supporter of the Festival. Click here for more information!
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 - 7:30pm A joyful and slightly off-beat celebration featuring the music of Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Golijav, and more alongside rarely seen silent films from the 1930s. Our Día de los Muertos concert will explore themes of loss, transformation, humor, and celebration through evocative music and quirky silent films presented in partnership with Chicago Film Archives. Featuring familiar favorites like Night On Bald Mountain alongside contemporary works by Carlos Rafael Rivera and culminating in Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi, this concert will send you home with a spring in your step! Click here for more information!
October 1st – 30th 2016 Celebrate Asian culture and experience Wisconsin's Boerner Botanical GardensBRIGHTER THAN EVER! Dazzling lantern sculptures, incredible performances, beautiful art, and delicious food will bring the gardens to life at night! Click here for more information!