Weekend Update: Feb 2-4
From campus to Chicago, here are the top five arts and culture events you won’t want to miss
By Lexi Vollero
When: Thursday: 8 p.m., Friday: 10 p.m., Saturday: 7 & 10 p.m
Where: McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center
Going strong since 1974, this 1/3 improv, 1/3 sketch comedy, 1/3 rock 'n roll show is back and better than ever! With famous alumni such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Seth Meyers, the annual Mee-Ow Show has become the cornerstone of Northwestern’s comedy scene. Experience this notable night for only $5 student admission and make sure to bring cash because they only accept payment the old-fashioned way.
When: Friday, 8:30 pm
Coffee and comedy, what’s not to love?! Checkout this all-star lineup of Chicago comedians in a free night of R-rated stand-up at one of Evanston’s favorite, cozy hangouts.
When: Friday 7 & 10 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m.
Where: The Chicago Theater
Stand-up comedian John Mulaney returns to his home turf on his national tour “Kid Gorgeous.” With an impressive résumé including stints with Saturday Night Live and Netflix, it is no wonder that he has sold out nearly every show in over thirty cities on his tour so far. Calling all comedy fans who need a break from Second City; be the first to snatch the few remaining tickets!
When: Friday 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway Playhouse of Water Tower Place
2 actors, 360 characters, 7 books, and 70 minutes - how is this even possible? Co-writers/creators Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner star in this whirlwind wizarding adventure, self-described as “The Unauthorized Harry Experience.” Whether you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast or just in need of some quality entertainment, catch this show while it’s in Chicago until February 25.
When: Saturday 8 p.m.
Where: The Riviera Theater
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox serves “gramophone music in a smartphone world,” transforming modern pop classics into jazzy tunes meant for a saucy speakeasy. Reminiscent of the Big Band Era (1920-1950), the ensemble includes trumpets, saxophones, a double bass, drums, and jazz piano that transform hits such as Beyonce’s “Halo” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” into upbeat dance tunes with swaying rhythms and impressive belt sections. What better place for such a vintage performance than in this revamped, red-velvet theater built in 1917? So grab your dancing shoes and head to Uptown Chicago for a night to remember.