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Monday, July 22

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Theater on the Lake: The Secret Garden

The Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake opens this evening. Each week a new play will be offered at the Theater on the Lake stage at 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive. This week's play is The Secret Garden by the Porchlight Music Theatre. This play will be performed Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. Showtime is 7:30 PM (6:30 PM on Sunday evenings). Tickets are $17.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (312) 742-7994. The Theater on the Lake series runs through August 13.

Shostakovich, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and the Joffrey @ Millennium Park

The Grant Park Music Festival's season opener features the Joffrey Ballet performing Afternoon of a Faun, so if you like ballet you'll want to show up early enough to grab a seat close to the stage. Pritzer Pavillion, 6:30 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Soundsuits in Motion @ Cultural Center

In conjunction with the Nick Cave: Soundsuits exhibit, Instruments of Movement presents a short dance performance wearing some of Cave's soundsuits. The performance is followed by a discussion with Nick Cave and Jim Morrow (artistic director of Instruments of Movement). In the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 6 PM. Free. 78 E Washington Street. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

WineDiva Summer Splash

Occasional GB wine columnist Christine Blumer is hosting a special wine event tonight through her company, Wine Diva Enterprises. Along with sampling some tasty wines, you'll also be helping out the Appetite Theatre and celebrating Women in Wine with wines made, owned, or inspired by women. Tickets are $35 ($40 day of event, space pending) and the festivities run from 6:30-9pm at Webster's Wine Bar at 1480 W. Webster St. To reserve your spot, call 773-275-1931 or email tickets{at}

Say "Oui" to Kiki's Bistro, al fresco

Watch the lovely little French restaurant, Kiki's Bistro, turn Franklin Street into its own private Champs Elysees on June 14th, with a parade of over 20 vintage Citroen automobiles, a strolling musician, and a new sidewalk cafe menu. The Bistro is located at 900 N. Franklin St. and the festivities start at 6:30pm.



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