by Diana Lenik
If you’ve seen all the movies in town, and can’t think of what to do next, here are some places you may never have considered.
It’s Here, at 6455 N. Sheridan is a coffee house with live entertainment. For only $2.50, you can sit on the floor and listen to university and professional groups sing and do comedy routines.
Shows start at 8:00 and 10:30 and a reservation will insure you a place against the wall. The atmosphere is very casual, so don’t worry about what to wear. Featured now are The Now, a rock-folk group, but they won’t be there long.
If you aren’t watching for it, you may miss The Body Politic at 2259 N. Lincoln. It’s a storefront theater started by Paul Sills, the original founder of Second City.
Almost completely improvisational, the young performing troupe act as both actors and narrators. They work with little props and costumes, much like Second City, so much is left up to the imagination of the audience.
Currently playing is “The Master Thief and other Tales” some of which are loosely based on fairy tales. The actors are accompanied by a guitarist-singer using contemporary music.
Performances on Thursday – Saturday are at 8:30 and 10:00. Prices are $3.00 on Saturday, and student rates are $1.00 on Thursday and Friday nights. It’s a good idea to get there early so you can get a parking place.
After the show you can stop in the curio and head shops, or look at the unusual people that live in the North Lincoln area.
Summer’s not far off, and the Ravinia music schedule is being announced. Located in Ravinia Park in Highland Park, the musical series has both classical and popular concerts.
Seiji Ozawa will be conducting for classical enthusiasts. Also popular artists such as Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas will be featured.
The park admission price is $2.50 for a cozy spot on the grass, with reserved seats a little more. Concerts are given on week nights as well as weekends, so check your newspapers closely for exact dates.
Better yet, try to get your hands on a complete schedule. They’re always done creatively, something to hang on your bulletin board.
So don’t worry if the movie section looks bad, there’s always something else going on.