It’s all about the arts in Chicago this week, beginning with Fun Home, a Tony Award–winning play based on Alison Bechdel’s hugely popular memoir. Steps away but on a completely different theme is Graeme of Thrones, a comedic take on Game of Thrones. Blues and roots band the North Mississippi Allstars are in town to play an intimate concert at City Winery, while Dorrance Dance will be performing an electric dance piece that you’ve probably never experienced.
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November 1 - 13 | Parody
Graeme of Thrones
This original, unauthorized parody of Game of Thrones has become a citywide sensation in London where it originated. Now it’s gaining international fame and coming to the States to give Game of Thrones fans something to laugh about. The show, created by some of the top U.K. comedy writers, promises to show you favorite scenes with sidesplitting twists.
The Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago | From $37 | website
November 2 - 13 | Musical
Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir (which sold more than 250 million copies) and the winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home follows protagonist Alison through three different stages of life in her dysfunctional family. The memoir is required reading on many college campuses, as it beautifully portrays complicated family relationships. Tickets for this show will sell out, so make sure to nab them as early as possible.
The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe Ave., Chicago | From $25 | website
November 4 - 6 | Dance
Combine electronics and tap dance and you get electronic tap music, which is exactly the genre of movement that Dorrance Dance specializes in. In order to achieve it, they perform on an electronic tap floor inspired by drum triggers. With such a creative theme, it makes sense that the group will perform this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art. While you’re there, check out the other exhibits!
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago | website
November 6 | Music
North Mississippi Allstars
This band of two brothers, Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums and vocals), learned from the very best: their dad, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson. Now the duo, who have already earned several Grammy nominations, have made a reputation for themselves as one of the most intriguing blues and roots rock bands to emerge this year. See them perform at City Winery, where you can sip from local vineyards and have dinner as you listen to the music.
1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago | From $38 | website
November 5 - 6 | Escape the city
Drive four hours out past the cornfields in southern Illinois and you’ll reach St. Louis, where you’re in for a weekend of eating. Homemade pasta and authentic gelato await you at Pastaria, and malts and candy are a must at the truly old-fashioned soda shop Crown Candy Kitchen. Stay at The Lemp Mansion, which is a real old-timey place that’s rumored to be haunted. For some historical context, you can’t go wrong with the Missouri Civil War Museum and the Saint Louis Science Center.
Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.