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April 2018

FRIGG: Fresh Scandinavian Folk

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Frigg, a multi-talented Finnish-Norwegian group of Seven young musicians who play fresh Scandinavian folk fiddling accompanied by fretted instruments, upright bass and endless energy will take the Crystal Theatre stage Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm CST. Known for their captivating takes on traditional Polskas, their energy and their immaculate, finely crafted phrasing. The style they represent is a mixture of Kaustinen (Finland) and Nord-Trondelag (Norway)-traditions flavored with a taste of Americana and Irish folk music. …all their virtues: living…

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May 2018

A City at War: Chicago

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At the beginning of America's involvement in World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) called on the country to become "an arsenal of democracy" – to become producers of war materiel to help defeat the Axis powers – Germany, Japan and Italy.        This documentary reveals how the Chicago area was transformed into a well-oiled production machine, with every man, woman, and child contributing to the war effort. Through personal reminiscences, declassified films, period stills and posters,…

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June 2018

Karyne Arys (Flamenco)

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Karyne ARYS is a flamenco dancer in Bordeaux at the Théâtre Trianon.  As choreographer and solo dancer she has consistently created an original work every year including, notably, SOL, Sound of an Origin, Faraway, KALOS, Beauty to Sublimate Reality (presented at the Mont-de-Marsan Arteflamenco Festival), TEMPS FLAMENCO and ALMA FLAMENCA and this year the Tablao, LETRAS.  As a young dancer Karyne was a First Prize winning ballet dancer at the Orléans National Conservatoire, and also won acclaim as dancer/choreographer in Paris for her modernistic interpretation of folk…

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July 2018

Creative Compass Children’s Theatre

July 23 @ 9:00 am - July 29 @ 3:00 pm

Peas & Harmony – the Princess & the Pea (Remixed) Performances Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm & Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm  Trumpets blare, and with them come swashbuckling jesters, dancing peas, a pompous royal entourage and a zany collection of other delightful kingdom characters!  Everyone's at odds when the time comes for the comic-book-loving prince to find the right girl amongst a gaggle of silly princesses. Go from auditions to performance in just five days with Compass Creative Dramatics touring…

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August 2018

Ole & Lena’s Family Reunion

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Snooty cousin Mildred was encouraged by her psychologist to return to her roots. Without asking, she sent invitations to the whole family inviting them to a family reunion at Ole & Lena's farm. The only problem is she forgot to ask Lena or Ole. Although caught by surprise, Lena loves the idea of getting the family together. Not Ole, he has other plans. His lodge is holding the International Euchre Tournament on the same day as the reunion. Sven and…

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Judy Collins

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The…

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October 2018

Beethoven and Banjos – An Annual Musical Celebration for the UP

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October will bring the 4th annual Beethoven and Banjos Music Festival. This year the festival is bringing Nordic folk music and some very unusual instruments to our UP audiences.  Along with the musicians from Decoda (Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber group) and Laurel Premo, we are presenting Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Guro Kvifte Nesheim and Swedish Nyckelharpist Anna Gustavsson.   Decoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda…

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