Go back with Johnny Rogers and relive the history of rock ‘n roll from Buddy Holly to Elvis. If that’s not quite your mood, there’s also prohibition jazz or a new take on the Grateful Dead this week in Evanston.
National Theatre Live: Julia at Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, on Friday, Sept 28 at 7 p.m. tickets $20
A new version of August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julia,” written by Polly Stenham.
These Shining Lives by Three Crows Theater at Piven, 927 Noyes St., runs Sep. 13-30, tickets pay what you can
The story of the “Radium Girls” who hand painted watch and clock faces in 1920s Ottawa, Illinois.
ALICE by Upended Productions outdoors, starting at 829 Chicago Ave., runs Sep. 22 through Oct. 21, tickets $17-25
In an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience, follow a white rabbit through various locations throughout the Main-Dempster Mile.
Curve of Departure at Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, runs Sep. 13 through Oct. 21, tickets $30-88
In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, four people grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future.
Vietgone at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, runs Aug. 15 through Sept. 29, tickets $35-70
It’s 1975 and two young survivors meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon.
Sweet Charity at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs Sep.5 through Oct. 28, tickets $50-60
A dance-filled, groovy musical comedy that explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess in New York City
Music: Rock, Pop and Country
Experience Arthur Lee Land’s new take on good old Grateful Dead songs at “Twang is Dead,” Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St. on Friday, Sep. 28, 8 p.m., tickets at the door
Linda Loveless (Solo) with Caseymagic at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Monday, Sep. 24, 8 p.m. tickets $22-35
THE BABYS with Frank Viele at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Thursday, Sep. 27, 8 p.m. tickets $22-38
Will Hoge (Full Band) with Ryan Culwell at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Friday, Sep. 28 and Saturday, Sep. 29, 8 p.m. tickets $10-35
His newest album Anchors blends elements of literate folk, vintage country and heartland rock.
History of Rock and Roll: Buddy Holly and Beyond with Johnny Rogers at Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St. on Saturday, Sep. 29, 9 p.m., tickets $10
The show begins with Buddy Holly, includes a tribute to Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry and ends with Elvis Presley.
Music: Jazz, blues, soul and funk
Otis Taylor Band.
The Otis Taylor Band offers poignant storytelling based in truth and history, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 8 p.m. tickets $20-35
The Rad Trads at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave.on Sunday, Sep. 23, 7 p.m. tickets $15-25
Prohibition Band featuring Angela Spiccia at Bourbon ‘N Brass, 1012 Church St. on Thursday, Sep. 27, 8:30 p.m., no cover
Prohibition Band featuring Dakota Horvath at Bourbon ‘N Brass, 1012 Church St. on Friday, Sep. 28, 8:30 p.m., no cover
Prohibition Band featuring Brian Patti at Bourbon ‘N Brass, 1012 Church St. on Saturday, Sep. 29, 8:30 p.m., no cover
Music: Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Get your bluegrass on with the Bluegrass Advocates Live at Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St. on Friday, Sep. 29, 9:30 p.m., no charge
Honest, heartfelt bluegrass played with gusto from a band that has been playing live long enough to know it’s about loving the music. This is natural music at its best.
Sue Fink Album Release Show at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Sunday, Sep. 23, 1 p.m. tickets $15-20
Enjoy Chicago singer-songwriter Sue Fink’s whimsical perspective on the world.
Julian Allen and Rachel Mazer with B Forrest and Sam Hudgens at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Tuesday, Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. tickets $10-18
Singer-songwriter Julian Allen, who grew up in Evanston, and Rachel Mazer, who releases her debut full length album this month, deliver indie/pop.
Music: Classical and Opera
Nothing complements an Italian feast like opera. Check out the Three Tenors Opera Dinner at Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St. on Tuesday, Sep. 25, 6:30 p.m., tickets $35 and include Ron’s Italian Feast.
Bars with Live Music
Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro (Century 12), 1715 Maple Ave.
Live music, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., no cover
Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
Irish Music Session with John Williams, Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
American Roots Music by The Mudflaps, Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight
Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave.
Live jazz, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight