The Feature Series at the North Shore Center is your spot on the map which offers a broad spectrum of top-notch theater, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment.
Each season, we strive to offer a variety of productions representative of every performing arts genre and to mix world-class artists with local productions and flavor. As always, we will continue to add productions throughout the season as we go.
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NORTH SHORE CENTER FEATURE SERIES 2014-15 SEASON
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:30pm
Jesse Cook is one of the most influential nuevo flamenco artists, fusing his virtuosic flamenco guitar techniques with other forms of popular and world music. His passionate live concerts are emotional and energetic endeavors that include both compositions from his more familiar work as well as bluer material from the new album, The Blue Guitar Sessions.
Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 8pm
Don’t miss an intimate evening of stand-up with one of the greatest female voices in American comedy, Margaret Cho!
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8pm
Herb Alpert, with wife and vocalist Lani Hall, perform a sophisticated jazz concert with a trio of musicians, which includes a preview of their new upcoming album, In The Mood, set to be released this fall; songs from last year’s Grammy-winning album Steppin Out; a selection of Brasilian songs and a Tijuana Brass Medley.
Del McCoury Band
Woody Guthrie Tribute
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm
Led by the most awarded artist in the history of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band presents a unique concert featuring unheard lyrics from America’s folk poet, Woody Guthrie, which have been set to song by Del McCoury.
Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8pm
Rosanne Cash is one of the most compelling figures in American music. Her latest album and concert tour with longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist and husband John Leventhal, The River and the Thread find Cash reflecting on the bittersweet stories of people and places of the American South.
Visceral Dance Chicago
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3pm
An exciting recent addition to Chicago’s exploding dance scene and under the artistic direction of Nick Pupillo, Visceral Dance explores the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement with an emphasis on technique, passion and athleticism.
Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 8pm
Part theatre-piece, part stand-up comedy routine and part insight on living with disabilities, Handicap This! is an all-real two-man show about friendship and breaking down barriers.
Aoife O’Donovan & Noam Pikelny
Friday, November 07, 2014 at 8pm
Welcome back Skokie-native and Grammy-winning banjoist, Noam Pikelny for his Skokie-homecoming concert with singer Aoife O’Donovan. The preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians, Noam is a founding member of the hugely successful bluegrass group the Punch Brothers.
Natya Dance Theatre
Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 4pm
Natya Dance Theatre, one of the most critically-acclaimed Indian dance companies in the United States, presents The Flowering Tree; a dance-theater work with a sutradhara, or storyteller, that is about a poor, but beautiful young girl, Kumudha, blessed with the magical ability to transform herself into a magnificent flowering tree.
2014 Uke Nations Tour
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30pm
Often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one has gone before; performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk. Jake’s live concerts are an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and display of showmanship.
Celtic Tenors Christmas
Friday, December 05, 2014 at 8pm
The Celtic Tenors sing a wonderful mixture of Celtic, operatic and popular songs and have sold over one million albums worldwide. Put on your best (or worst) Christmas sweater and join the Celtic Tenors for their musical celebration of Irish Christmas!
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Artistic Directors, Sergey Kozadayev & Zhanna Dubrovskaya
December 13 & 14, 2014 |Sat 1pm & 5pm |Sun 2pm
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back to the Center in 2014 with fantastic new sets and costumes! Bring your whole family to the affordable holiday tradition performed with incredible guest soloists in the grand Russian style—an annual holiday experience worth sharing!
The Magic of Bill Blagg
December 27 & 28, 2014 ǀ Sat 7:30pm ǀ Sun at 3pm
Bill Blagg has astounded audiences nationwide and will stun the North Shore with mind-blowing illusions, such as Walking Thru Steel and the world’s only Hoverboard illusion. The Chicago Tribune calls The Magic of Bill Blagg “Simply Amazing!”
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 7:30pm
For the ninth consecutive season, celebrate the King’s 80th birthday with a night of music performed by multiple tribute artists representing the different eras of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.
Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2pm
Making its Chicago premiere, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till chronicles the lynching, beating and death, trial and acquittal, and then the unbelievable public confession afterwards of the men accused of Emmett Till’s murder. This original historical one-man drama was written by Mike Wiley, who also performs all of the roles with transcendent characterization and historical accuracy.
The Capitol Steps
How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying
January 22-25, 2015
We know the NSA is listening in on our phone calls, but absolutely no one has a musical ear to the ground and a certain finger on the pulse of political satire like the Capitol Steps. How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying is the Capitol Steps newest album and live comedy concert.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the release of BLUESAmericana. His twelfth album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut album Keb’ Mo’; but, more importantly, the disc is a signpost of artistic and personal growth. “I only make albums when I’m inspired to, and these 10 songs come from a very honest place,” Keb’ relates. “BLUESAmericana is the beginning of the next phase of who I am.” The album is also accompanied by Keb’s most extensive tour in years.
John Pizzarelli Quartet & Jane Monheit
Singers Over Manhattan
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8pm
The perfect concert experience for your own funny valentine, Singers Over Manhattan pairs popular jazz guitarist, singer, and bandleader John Pizzarelli with the multiple Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit in a romantically entertaining night of classic standards and duets.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11am & 2pm
That lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show now appears on-stage in a delightful new musical adventure. (Recommended for ages 4 to 9)
Thodos Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Thodos Dance Chicago returns to the North Shore Center for two performances! The acclaimed contemporary company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents Chicago Inspired, an exhilarating evening of dance including new works and audience-favorite, Fosse Trilogy.
River North Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8pm
Back for another stunning performance on the North Shore Center mainstage to celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary, River North Dance Chicago’s dancers of unparalleled grace and talent will amaze you with selections from their standard repertoire and exciting new works.
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8pm
In a follow-up to her Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone album, Mavis Staples returns to the North Shore Center in support of her second Jeff Tweedy studio collaboration, the Grammy-nominated album, One True Vine. Building due acclaim as the musical voice of America’s conscience, Chicago’s Mavis Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner and true American treasure.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8pm
Known for creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You, the seasoned actor, writer, producer and comedian is back on the stand-up stage. So don’t be mad about you missing this rare night of stand-up with Paul Reiser.
Los Lonely Boys
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8pm
Los Lonely Boys are a Grammy-winning sibling trio whose music draws equally from Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Tejano.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8pm
Preservation Hall Jazz Band travels the world to perform, nurture and perpetuate the joyous and timeless art form of Dixieland jazz and traditional New Orleans jazz.
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8pm
A master at the observational comedy for which she’s known, Paula Poundstone is a rare comedic talent that engages her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produces rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable.
Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble featuring Trio Globo with Howard Levy
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm
Under the skilled artistic direction of Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble returns to the North Shore Center for an exciting new collaboration and concert with global-jazz trailblazers, Trio Globo featuring harmonica virtuoso and North Shore resident, Howard Levy.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8pm
One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is best known for her epigrammatic one-liners. For the past ten years, Rita’s had the hottest ticket in Las Vegas with her show at The Venetian.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8pm
Five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the Center for an intimate, acoustic evening and with special guest, Lúnasa. Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations). Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.