Diversions: 4 picks for the coming week
Updated: June 14, 2012 2:45PM
1. Anaphora Ensemble presents its season finale at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The program includes works by Augusta Read Thomas, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tickets in advance are $15 for main floor seating; $10 balcony seating. At the door (cash only) $18/$13. For tickets, visit www.anaphoraensemble.com.
2. Porchlight Music Theatre presents its annual benefit concert, “Chicago Sings Jerry Herman,” at 7 p.m. June 18 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. (Rogers Park), Chicago. The event features performances of Broadway icon Jerry Herman’s music by Chicago musical theatre stars. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For information, call (773) 777-9884 or visit www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.
3. Lauren Kate reads and signs Rapture, the final book in the “Fallen” series for young adults, at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Call (847) 676-2230 or visit www.bn.com.
4. Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 16-17 in the Main Street Station Shopping District, Main Street and Chicago Avenune, downtown Evanston. The event features nearly 400 artisans, including sidewalk sale vendors and antique dealers, music on two stages, a children’s park with nonstop activities and entertainment, a theatre stage, and food booths offering the cuisine of more than 30 restaurants. Also, Piccolo Theatre will present “The Medicine Show,” featuring 20 variety acts including theatre, puppets, juggling and clowns performing throughout the fair. Suggested gate donation is $1. Visit www.custerfair.com.