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There's a lot to do and see and hear this week in Chicago

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Tonight, Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM will broadcast a CUBE concert featuring soprano Alicia Berneche and pianist Philip Morehead, with guest artists violinist Maria Storm and cellist Elizabeth Start from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This weekend marks the opening of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production Tribes by Nina Raine. Under the direction of ensemble member Austin Pendleton, the play features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard, John McGinty and Helen Sadler. For details, visit

The Neo-Futurists celebrate the year's end, December 13-15, on Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Chicago’s Neo-Futurarium on 5153 N. Ashland Avenue. For details, call 773-275-5255 or visit

Top music students enrolled in the Merit School of Music’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory program will perform five free concerts featuring classical, chamber, jazz and holiday music on Friday, December 13, Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21 at 38 S. Peoria in Chicago's West Loop. Merit's Conservatory will also perform its Chamber Winter Concert on Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 312-786-9428.

The Gift Theatre’s annual Christmas production Merry Christmas! (Stranger Things Have Happened) runs through December 14 at Chicago’s Gift Theatre on 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Featuring Eric Muller, Carly Olson, John Pantlind, Kyle Zornes, and Paul D'Addario, the sketch comedy revue is written and performed by Natural Gas and directed by ensemble member Jim Kozyra. To order a $5 ticket, visit or call 773-283-7071.

On December 14, enjoy bluegrass with a mountain-style Kentucky Christmas featuring Tommy Brown and the Country Line Grass, plus Kentucky state clogging champ Melanie Belfiore. Doors for the 8 p.m. show open at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Music Hall on 1030 Central Street in Evanston. For more information, visit


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