Jeff Award winner Cory Goodrich performs her first solo concert on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate on 31st Street in Oak Brook. For a $25 ticket, call 630-986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
In conjunction with Mardi Gras, the Music Institute of Chicago presents the Evanston Escola de Samba’s Carnaval Celebration for families, featuring art projects, music, mini-lessons, and more. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Nichols Concert Hall on 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Admittance is $10 for adults, $5 for children, or a maximum of $30 per family at the door. For more information, visit musicinst.org or call 847-905-1500, ext. 108.
Northwestern’s Imagine U Family Series presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” based on Jeff Brown’s book series about a boy whose world is changed overnight after wishing on a star. “There’s a great song called ‘Wish I Were,’” states the play’s director David Catlin, Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble member and Northwestern faculty member. “Just about everybody can identify with Stanley’s desire to do something special.”
Performances are Friday, Feb. 15; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17 at Mussetter-Struble Theater on 1949 Campus Drive in Evanston. The production will include workshops after both 10 a.m. Saturday performances. Single tickets are $5 to $10. Discounts for students and groups are available at 847- 491-7282. For more information, visit www.tic.northwestern.edu/imagineu.
Also taking place on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus is Kids Fare featuring “Air Raid” on 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The program shows children (aged 3 to 8) and their families and friends how to make music from a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, bassoon, horn, pan pipe, puckered lips, clarinet, tuba, and more. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for children.
A university event for grownups is Small Jazz Ensembles, “Music from ’Round Midnight,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Conductor Victor Goines leads Northwestern jazz students as they perform their interpretations of music from the iconic 1986 film starring tenor saxophone legend Dexter Gordon. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students.
Both “Air Raid” and “Music from ’Round Midnight” take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on 50 Arts Circle Drive. To order tickets, visit www.pickstaiger.org. For construction and parking information, visit www.pickstaiger.org/construction.