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Chicagoland set to enjoy Mardi Gras and all that jazz

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Celebrate Fat Tuesday on March 4 with Hurricanes and New Orleans-inspired dishes at The Cellar on 820 Clark Street. The Evanston eatery will have prize drawings and drink specials from Journeyman Distillery. For details, visit

While in Evanston, check out Northwestern University’s Small Jazz Ensembles series featuring Composition 602 – Student Originals at 7:30 p.m. on March 12 at Regenstein Recital Hall. Directed by Victor Goines, Christopher Madsen and Marlene Rosenberg, the program includes new music by students of jazz.

Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box series presents legendary New Orleans music-makers the Rebirth Brass Band on Friday, March 14. The Grammy-winning band performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium on 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago.

Mardi Gras Carnival: A Salute to New Orleans comes to College of DuPage on 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, March 22. The 8 p.m. concert features “Survival of the Saints” by Artistic Director Orbert Davis. Tickets are available by calling 630-942-4000 or visiting

Due to the electrical fire and subsequent repair at the Harris Theater, performances of Chicago Opera Theater’s Queenie Pie by Duke Ellington (who recorded “New Orleans Suite”) have been rescheduled to 7:30 p.m. on March 19-20, and 3 p.m. on March 23. For more information, visit



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