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Cultural events for sept. 23-29

Ravi Coltraine is bill Sept. 27-30 Jazz Showcase.

Ravi Coltraine is on the bill Sept. 27-30 at the Jazz Showcase.

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Updated: September 27, 2013 4:01PM


‘Keep Calm...’

British fashion did not disappear during the dark depths of World War II. Instead, designers found innovative — and patriotic — ways to respond to the rationing, terror and other hardships and still create wearable, even stylish apparel. This period is explored in “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britian,” a traveling exhibition running Sept. 29-Jan. 26 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie. Free with regular admission. (847) 967-4800;


Creative arts festival

From knitters and DJs to filmmakers and architects, artists of all kinds will be celebrated during the 18th Chicago Artists Month. The series of more than 200 events in neighborhoods across the city runs Sept. 27-29 in Edgewater and Uptown with EdgeUp. Kicking off the festivities is the 6 to 10 p.m. opening Sept. 27 of “The American Dream: The (W)holy Grail,” a multimedia exhibition at FLATtheatre, 1050 W. Wilson. EdgeUp will also include more than 30 other mostly free activities, including artist Pate Conaways’ collaborative “knit-ins” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 as part of a bid to construct a giant scarf that will connect Edgewater and Uptown. Visit



Put together perhaps the world’s greatest conductor of Giuseppe Verdi with a concert version of one of the composer’s most significant creations, and you have all the makings for one of the most important classical events of the season. As part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s continuing celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, music director Riccardo Muti and the ensemble present the composer’s revered 1847 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Soloists include baritone Dario Solari as Macbeth and soprano Tatiana Serjan as Lady Macbeth. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, and 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets, $35-$278. (312) 294-3000;

Ravi Coltrane

There is a reason why Ravi Coltrane’s last name sounds familiar: He is the second son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Alice Coltrane. Besides having jazz flowing through his veins, he has worked with such greats as McCoy Tyner and Jack DeJohnette and performed with the Blue Note 7. In recent years, the saxophonist has asserted himself as a leader in his own right, releasing last year’s “Spirit Fiction,” his first album on the famed Blue Note label. Coltrane brings his quartet to the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court, for concerts at 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 27-30. Cover, $20-$25. (312) 360-0234;

—Compiled by Kyle MacMillan

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