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Alexis J. Rogers stars as Billie Holiday in Porchlight Music Theatre's production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

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Updated: March 2, 2013 11:48AM



HAPPY HOLIDAY

Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates Black History Month with its production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” Feb. 2-March 10, at Stage 773, 1225. W. Belmont. Starring Alexis J. Rogers as the legendary Billie Holiday, the show, set in a small bar in Philadelphia in 1959, paints an intimate musical portrait of the legendary artist, just four months before her death. Tickets, $30-$39, are available at the theater box office, by phone at (773) 327-5252 or online at www.stage773.com.

YO LA TENGO

Chicago’s John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea & Cake) produced Yo La Tengo’s latest and 13th studio album, “Fade.” The Jersey trio’s broad range remains virtually unsullied in rock criticism, and their start date in the mid-’80s now bestows them with elder statesman status among the myriad indie-rockers they’ve inspired. At least there’s no gimmicky song wheel this time out. At 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets: $22.50. Call (800) 514-ETIX; www.jamusa.com.

AMERICAN ICONS

Ralph Stanley, now 85, outlived the bluegrass revival phase around “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and keeps on recording, even touring. Now armed with an honorary doctorate, Dr. Ralph Stanley returns with the Clinch Mountain Boys, the band he and his brother started playing with in 1946. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this. At 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in Maurer Hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $40-$42. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtown school.org.

CREATING A ‘SPARK’

“An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu” — following on the heels of his new track “Spark Seeker: The Acoustic EP,” the artist performs at 7:30 p.m. at Feb. 6. at North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie, Skokie. Tickets are $35-$150. Visit www.northshorecenter.org .

LAUGH TRACKS

Comedian/actor Bill Bellamy , currently seen in the syndicated sitcom“Mr. Box Office,” brings his “Ladies Night Out” tour to the Chicago Improv at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield (K120B), Schaumburg. D’Lai, Jay Reid and Ali Siddiq round out the talent. Showtimes are 8, 10:15 p.m. Feb. 1; 7, 9:15 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $27 (18+over), plus two-item purchase. Visit www.chicago.improv.com .

GREAT STAGE PRESENCE

Papadosio’s “The Future Forest 2013 Tour,” features a new splashy stage design that includes a live 10mm LED visual show. Catch the show at 10 p.m. Feb. 2 at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $17.50-$20. Visit www.houseofblues.com .

RACY MACIE Stand-up comedian April Macie , who uses sexually-inspired humor to empower women by breaking down the male/female double-standards wall, performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 at Zanies Rosemont, 5437 Park, Rosemont. Tickets are $20, plus two-item purchase. Visit www.rosemont.zanies.com .

KAT WALK

Get an eyeful when diva Traci Ross struts her stuff as Beyonce during Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club’s, 3700 N. Halsted, Super Bowl festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 3. Call (773) 525-1111; www.kitkatchicago.com .

SIEGEL & CO.

Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Sue Demel and Matthew Santos are also on the bill. Tickets are $35-$45. Visit www.citywinery.com .

A CASE OF ‘DEJA VU’

Folk singer and acoustic guitarist Michael Johnson whose best known work includes “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings” and “Whenever You Call Me Friend,” performs in support of his first studio album in 15 years, “Moonlit Deja Vu,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale. Carol Montag joins Johnson on the bill. Tickets are $18-$20. Call (630) 369-2998; www.acousticren.com .

DON’T MISS IT

Savoy will dazzle the audience with an electrifying five-light laser show (created by Eliav Kadosh, first-ever winner of the Best Jockey competition at the 2012 International Laser Display Association Awards) during the band’s “Live Laser 2013 Tour,” at 10 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Mid, 306 N. Halsted. The Knocks, Lobounce and Zebo join in the fun. Tickets are $10. Visit www.themidchicago.com .



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