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Thursday, September 8, 2011

This Week at Mayne Stage - September 7-September 12


CHICAGO, IL (September 7, 2011) Mayne Stage proudly presents an eclectic schedule of entertainment this week with The Bernie Mac Foundation presents: Jazz and Soul Session with Jonathan Butler, Haymarket Opera presents "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo" and live classical broadcast with WFMT presents Live from Mayne Stage. Tickets for all performances are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (866)468-3401 or online at www.maynestage.com.

Mayne Stage is proud to announce that they will be hosting three shows during World Music Festival Chicago 2011, monthly show featuring The Famous Brothers Honky-Tonk Hootenanny!, Forro Party with Swing Brasiliero and gyspy jazz band Eyes Manouche & Bombonne. Tickets for all performances are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling (866)468-3401 or online at www.maynestage.com .

In Performance This Week



The Bernie Mac Foundation presents: Jazz and Soul Session with Jonathan Butler

Thursday, September 8 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $45 (includes Jonathan Butler's new CD)

Celebrating Bernie Mac's love of Jazz & Soul music, The Bernie Mac Foundation presents its 4th Jazz and Soul Sessions concert. Each artist featured in the music series are personal favorites of Mac. Please join The Bernie Mac Foundation as they continue to raise awareness of Sarcoidosis and help fund research and ultimately find a cure for this disease, which claimed the life of Bernie Mac.



Haymarket Opera presents "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo"

Friday, September 9 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $45 general admission
The Haymarket Opera Company makes its debut with this exciting production of a rarely heard masterpiece of George Frideric Handel. This delightful pastoral serenade for three singers and orchestra tells one of Ovid's tales from Metamorphoses. In the story, both the shepherd Acis and the giant Polyphemus love Galatea, a sea nymph. When Galatea chooses Acis as her lover, Polyphemus becomes enraged and smashes him with a rock. The bereft Galatea appeals to her father Nereus, Titan of the Sea, to change Acis into a stream so that she may live with him into eternity.



WFMT Live from Mayne Stage

Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $10 general admission|$25 brunch-and-show package

It's a beautiful morning at Mayne Stage every Sunday, when WFMT broadcasts "Live from Mayne Stage." This week's concert features chamber ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago Lincoln Trio. Enjoy the brunch-and-show package, which includes a non-alcoholic beverage, entrée and a ticket to the performance.



Just Announced



World Music Festival Chicago 2011

September 16-21

Tickets: $15 general admission

Mayne Stage is proud to be a featured venue in the 13th annual World Music Festival Chicago September 16-21. The following shows will be presented at Mayne Stage:

Malika Zarra and Natural Information Society , September 16 at 9 p.m.

KFAR presents Nuriya and Gerald Edrey Ensemble, September 18 at 7 p.m.

Grupo Cumbe and Opposition Party, September 19 at 8 p.m.

Creole Choir of Cuba and Boubacar Traore Trio, September 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased over the phone at 866-468-3401 or online at www.maynestage.com.



The Famous Brothers Honky-Tonk Hootenanny!

Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10 general admission|$15 reserved seating

On the last Sunday of every month, the Famous Brothers will be bringing variety show Honky-Tonk Hootenanny for the ages; think Prairie Home Companion meets NASCAR by way of Hee-Haw... but refined and clever! The Famous Brothers are a folk music comedy duo with clever and hilarious songs.



Forro Party with Swing Brasiliero

Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Mayne Stage proudly brings a traditional Brazilian Forro Party to Chicago with Brazilian band Swing Brasileiro. The party features a traditional Forro dance class, Brazilian DJs and live performance by Chicago's ever popular Swing Brasileiro.


Eyes Manouche & Bombonne

Friday, October 28 at 10 p.m.

Tickets: $12 general admission|$25 reserved

Chicago based gypsy jazz band Eyes Manouche makes much anticipated return to Mayne Stage. Heavily rooted in Balkan music, Eyes Manouche blends the styles of many genres to create a completely original sound. Balkan band Bombbone is direct support.

Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago. The state-of-the-art venue provides the perfect setting for a broad spectrum of live performances, including concerts from all music genres, comedy acts and theatrical shows, private parties and corporate events. The intimate house allows the artist and audience to interact on a level not found at any other venue in Chicago. AdjoiningMayne Stage is Act One, Chicago's northside Gastropub. Mayne Stage and Act One are easily accessible via the Morse red line stop or Lake Shore Drive/Sheridan Road, and valet parking is available during all performances for only $5.

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