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 2016-17 SEASON
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Part of the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival!
Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Four decades after Dame Libby Komaiko founded Chicago’s Ensemble Español, the company celebrates 40 remarkable years by commemorating its past, honoring its present, and securing its future. This season turns a page in the company’s impressive history. Highlights include extraordinary performances, tours, important arts education programs, and a variety of special events that mark this year-long tribute to Dame Libby Komaiko and her singular legacy.
First Comes the Night Tour
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8pm
After a stunning sold-out show here in December of 2011, and fresh off his year stint as a judge on Australia’s The X Factor, Chris Isaak returns to the North Shore Center in support of his first studio album of new material in six years, First Comes the Night.
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8pm
Known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean and perhaps the world’s greatest insult comic, comedian Lisa Lampanelli never pulls any punches. Brash, bold and never afraid, she always offers a raucous and raunchy performance.
The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
Natya Dance Theatre
The Incomplete Gesture
Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 8pm
Through collaboration with contemporary Indonesian dance company Nan Jombang, Natya creates a dynamic new cross-cultural work, The Incomplete Gesture, which explores the tension of misunderstanding, and the challenges and gaps in communicating in a variety of relationships.
motion graphics performing arts
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8pm
Enra is a visual dance troupe from Japan performing stunningly-unique and compelling animation-based live digital performances to create the ultimate union between motion graphics and live performance. With fewer than a dozen engagements on their US fall tour, and further limited appearances in the Midwest, this is one special live experience you don’t want to miss.
The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8pm
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages and musical persuasions. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable twenty Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music: from pop to jazz, from gospel to R&B.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
The world’s most recognized master of the ukulele, an acoustic music icon and even declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, 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 a blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and display of showmanship.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Singer, “beautiful countertenor” (The New York Times) and six-time Grammy winner, Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and as half of the unrivaled folk-duo of Simon & Garfunkel.
The Mermaid Lady Tour
Friday, December 02, 2016 at 8pm
The Detroit Free Press noted about comedian Kathleen Madigan, “She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”
Salt Creek Ballet’s
December 10 & 11, 2016 |Sat 1pm & 5pm |Sun 2pm
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with a gift for families: an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production which first began to delight audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 05, 2016 at 7:30pm
For the eleventh consecutive season, celebrate the King’s 82nd birthday with a night of music performed by multiple tribute artists representing the different eras of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.
Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8pm
Dr. King envisioned us walking forward, hand in hand, side by side. Chicago Sinfonietta pays homage to his vision with this concert by performing the works of Williams, Vivaldi and Beethoven in true “side by side” fashion featuring young musicians from every part of Chicago.
The Capitol Steps
What to Expect When You’re Electing
January 19-22, 2017
Continuing to highlight the problem with political jokes is that they sometimes get elected, The Capitol Steps have a new album and live tour! It’s called What to Expect When You’re Electing and it’s (H)uuuuge!
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