The Mix: Dances from the Heart and other things to do in Chicago Feb. 13-19

Lyric’s ‘The Queen of Spades’ and the immigration-themed art show ‘In Flux’ also are on tap this week.

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The hip-hop troupe GUS Legacy Co. will perform during the Dances from the Heart program.

Thomas Bock Photography

Looking to take in some live entertainment in the week ahead?

We’ve got some suggestions to consider:

Romance & dance

For Valentine’s Day, Dance Chicago presents Dances from the Heart, a showcaseof the most romantic works from performers featuring an amazing array of styles. On the program areVisceral Dance Chicago(contemporary),Tre Dumas(tap),Trinity Irish Dancers,RawFunkyStreetFlav (hip-hop),Sophia Sanchez(flamenco),GUS Legacy Co.(hip hop), GG Company (jazz) andMovement Revolution(hip-hop).At 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: $31. Visit

Modern piano sounds


Pianist Joep Beving

Rahi Rezvani

Dutch pianist Joep Beving celebrates the completion of an album trilogy — “Solipsism”(2015),“Prehension”(2017) and“Henosis”(2019) — on which he explores new territory combining orchestral and electronic sounds alongside familiar piano. Bevingis dedicated to composingmusic with spirituality and interpersonal connection in mind. “If you see music as a living organism,” saysBeving, “then it’s something that will always adapt to new circumstances in order to stay present.”At 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Constellation, 3111 N. Western. Visit

Tour the seasons


Jonah Winston plays the title role in “Wake Up, Brother Bear!”

Charles Osgood

The highly interactive “Wake Up, Brother Bear!” is a fun theater treat for children and parents alike. Written by Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer, it’s a journey through the four seasons led by two lovable bears. Full of music and physical activity, it offers children a new way of experiencing storytelling. For ages 6 and under. To March 1 at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine. Tickets: $22-$32. Visit

Gambling with love


“The Queen of Spades”

Michael Cooper/Canadian Opera Company

Lyric Opera is staging a new-to-Chicago work, Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades,” a romantic thriller that follows Gherman (Brandon Jovanovich), an unhappy soldier and obsessed gambler desperate to know the secret of winning at cards. In a work filled with passion and grandeur, the obsession spells doom for him and his long-suffering love Lisa (Sandra Radvanovsky). Ben Davis directs; Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. From Feb. 15-March 1 at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker. Tickets: $39-$299. Visit

Midwest roots


Chicago Farmer

Bradley J. Scott

Chicago Farmer (aka Cody Diekhoff) tours behind his new album “Flyover Country,” a continuation of what the Delavan, Illinois, native does best — clever and heartfelt songwriting that looks at the fabric of the Midwest. Pokey LaFarge, another songwriter with Midwest roots, says: “Chicago Farmer represents the best qualities of Midwestern U.S.A. His lyrics, his stories and his heart are true.” Chicago Farmer performs with his band The Fieldnotes: Jaik Willis, Cody Jensen, & Cosmic Charlie Harris. Josh Huber opens the show at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets: $15, $18. Visit

Gospel classics reborn


Adrian Dunn

Chela Cervantes

The Black Music Matters Tour features musician and social justice advocate Adrian Dunn, whose latest album, “Redemption: Live,” is a collection of spiritual and gospel songs that redefine and modernize the genre’s historical roots. With these rearranged versions of classics such as “Wade in the Water” and “Precious Lord,” Dunn says his goal “is to connect with the community through meaningfulmusic. Each of these songs has a special meaning, not only to me as an African American, but because their powerful messages still resonate today.” Dunn is joined by the Adrian Dunn Singers and the Rise Orchestra. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th. Tickets: $20-$50. Visit

Amour at iO


Las Tinas

Elias Rios

The improv haven iO Theater has a month’s worth of Valentine-themed shows beginning with “My Valentine from Hell” (Feb. 14, $16) featuring twisted stories of dates gone horribly wrong. Las Tinas offers its improvised telenovela “Happy Valen-tinas Day” (To Feb. 28, $16). In “Fudge in Love,” the improv trio Fudge spends the month with guest artists they love including Erin Keif, TJ Jagodowski and Dina Facklis (To Feb. 25, $12). “Hot Seat: Steamy Valentines Edition” is loaded with steamy confessions (Feb. 14, $16). And finally, “51 First Dates” (Feb. 16, $12) shows you just how bad a first date can be. At iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury. Visit

Immigrant artists


“Sunset on the American Dream,” by Eugenia Cheng, part of “In Flux.”

Paul Crisanti/PhotoGetGo

The large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition “In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration” highlights the influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. With pieces by more than 20 contemporary artists,the exhibitillustrates a living and evolving legacy between past and present work by Chicago immigrants in art and design. From Feb. 15-May 10, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Admission is free. Visit

Theater for all

Here’s the time to gorge on Chicago theater. The League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago once again have organized Chicago Theatre Week, the annual celebration of our town’s rich theater scene. More than 100 theaters, both big and small, are participating. Whether it’s musical, comedy or drama, there’s something for everyone. Tickets are $30, $15 or less. For a complete list of participating theaters, visit

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