The Weekend Ahead: Campus and city performances to catch for Week 9


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Check out these performances for your week nine weekend.

Ashton Goren, Arts & Entertainment Editor

If you’re looking for weekend plans, here are some performances on Northwestern’s campus and in Evanston that you won’t want to miss.

Songwriters Association at Northwestern: Battle of the Bands

Lutkin Hall

Friday 7 p.m.


The Songwriters Association presents its first competitive student band competition.

Evanston SPACE: Danielle Ponder with Wyatt Waddell 

Evanston SPACE

Friday 7 p.m.

$18 in advance, $20 at door

Danielle Ponder is an American soul singer and leader within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lipstick Theatre: Shakespeare’s R&J

Shanley Pavilion

Friday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Ticket information unavailable at time of publication.

Lipstick, NU’s feminist theater group, will perform a play by Joe Calarco exploring vulnerability and sexuality through the lens of prep school students. 

Sit & Spin Productions: Spoiler Alert [

Locy 111

Friday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Sit & Spin will present an immersive theatre experience written and directed by Communication junior Stephen Peng. 

Performance Hour Project: Am I Allowed a Happy Ending?

Alvina Krause Studio

Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m.

Ticket information unavailable at time of publication.

Communication senior Kara Toll will direct a short devised play about queerness and utopia.

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts: Student Performance Project Series: Collabaret

Struble Theater

Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Free entry

This night of performance is about inclusivity, featuring first-time artists at NU.

NU Opera Theater and the Contemporary Music Ensemble: In a Grove

Ryan Opera Theater

Saturday 7:30 p.m.

$18 for general public, $8 for students

This presentation of Christopher Cerrone and Stephanie Fleischmann’s “In a Grove” and François Sarhan’s “Hands” combines musical theatrical works in a hypnotic, operatic tale. 

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts: As You Like It 

Ethel M. Barber Theater

Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $6 for NU students and go up to $30

Directed by Jessica Fisch, this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play promises an immersive, dream-like and fantastical experience. 

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts: Be Mean to Me 

Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater

Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

$6 for full-time NU students in advance, $10 for NU and non-NU students at door, $15 general public

This new play by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz tells the story of two best friends over the course of 10 years, addressing themes of friendship, desire and ambition.

Evanston SPACE: Mike Mangione & Band: Blood & Water Tour with Laura Glyda 

Evanston SPACE

Doors open Sunday 7 p.m., show begins 8. p.m.

$15-25, depending on seat position

Chicago folk singer Mike Mangione will perform his new, ethereal album at SPACE alongside Laura Glyda. 

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