After a snow-filled winter, we’re pretty hyped that Spring is almost here.  Get ready to shake off that cabin fever, and get out and enjoy these 10 events you should look for this March.

V103 90s Kickback Concert- March 1- Chicago Theatre

There’s no doubt the ‘90s was one of the BEST eras for R&B music. Boys II Men, Mary J, everything Babyface produced- far too many great acts to name.  Fortunately, you can get that old feeling back at the V103 90s Kickback Concert featuring a slew of 90s hitmakers- Next, Donnell Jones, and Jon B to name a few.  Tickets available at Ticketmaster, or the Chicago Theatre Box Office.

 

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom- Through March 17- Writers Theatre- Glencoe, IL

The classic August Wilson play is getting rave reviews.  This turn Ma Raineyis being directed by Ron OJ Parson and features the Tony nominated Felicia P Fields.  See it for yourself at Writers Theatre.

First Monday Jazz Presents Dee Alexander-  March 4- Green Line Performing Arts Center

We’re excited that the next First Monday will feature a Chicago favorite- the amazing Dee Alexander.  We’re equally excited that she’ll be blessing the new Green Line Performing Arts Center. Alexander’s performance will serve as the launch of the Year of Women in Jazz- an entire year of First Monday Jazz programming to women artists and women-led musical projects and programs.  FREE 

 

Alvin Ailey- March 6-10- Auditorium Theatre

Chicago’s love affair with Alvin Ailey continues as it is back for its annual Chicago performance.  And as the legendary dance company commemorates its 60th anniversary- and 50thAnniversary performing at Auditorium Theatre, Ailey will bring its first ever two-act ballet to the theatre for its Midwest premiere: “Lazarus,” co-commissioned by the Auditorium and created by renowned hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, as well as several Midwest premieres.  For those who love the Ailey classics, there will be a full evening of “Timeless Ailey “ works.  For more details, and tickets (get them quickly), visit alvinailey.org.

 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour- March 7- 10- Arie Crown Theatre- 7:30 pm

The long-running character that propelled to Tyler Perry to fame is being retired.  After nearly 20 years of countless stage plays and feature films, Tyler Perry’s fast-talking, trouble loving Madea is getting her last hurrah via Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour.  The Madea train rolls into Chicago from March 7-10 at the Arie Crown Theatre.  If you want to catch it, grab tickets (quickly) at Ticketmaster.

Digging Our Roots: Chicago Jazz and Pop- Chicago Cultural Center- Bronzeville Stage Thursday, March 21- 5:30- 7pm

Digging Our Roots is a new series of jazz listening sessions as a prelude to the year-long celebration of the Jazz Institute’s 50th anniversary.

From the Jazz Institute, the March 21 session will feature “A lively conversation between WBEX/Vocolo radio journalist Ayana Contreras and pianist, composer and educator Robert “Baabe” Irving III about the jazz-influenced music of Curtis MayfieldMinnie Ripperton and Earth Wind and Fire.”  This event is FREE.

 

For Colored Girls (Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf)- March 14- Court Theatre- Runs through April 14, 2019

The iconic work by playwright Ntozake Shange is coming to Hyde Park’s Court Theatre. For Colored Girls tells of the experiences of being of color and female in the twentieth century. For Colored Girls is being directed Seret Scott, an original member of the Broadway cast. Tickets available at Court Theatre’s website.

D’Jembe the Show- Beginning March 19- 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

This international sensation is making its U.S debut at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre. D’Jembe features storytelling and inspiring music including iconic pop songs.  Audience members get their own drum to play along with the cast, which includes Chicago’s own Rashada Dawan (Lion King) and Master Drummer Fode Lavia Camara. It’s an interactive musical experience that’s fun for all ages.  Even Oprah Winfrey is a fan.  Tickets range from $39-$69.00.  All tickets specially priced $39 during premiere week. (March 19-24) .  More information and tickets available at http://www.djembetheshow.com

 Van Hunt- March 26- City Winery- 8pm

If you’ve been sleeping on Van Hunt- Don’t.  The soul crooner that brought us “Down Here in Hell” and “Seconds of Pleasure” is still doing his thing, and will be bringing his talents to City Winery. City Winery and Van Hunt- should be a great combination. Pick up tickets here.

Black Girls Love Art Wellness Matters Showcase- March 30- 2105 W. Division

The ladies of Black Girls Love Art host Wellness Matters-an arts showcase and networking event dedicated to uplifting women and shining a light on the importance of mental health.

This showcase features canvas and wearable art by local Chicago artists, live music, poetry, wellness discussions and more. A small portion of proceeds goes back to a charitable organization founded here in Chicago.  Cost: $20 online, $25 at the door.  Purchase your tickets through Eventbrite.

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