DANK HAUS

New Signature Event!

Mad Regals: Madrigal Dinner

February 27, 2016 | 7:00 pm

Eat, drink, and be merry in fine Renaissance fashion at our grand fundraiser event. A hearty multiple course meal and a full program of entertainment will warm up the winter night. Featuring delicious food, sumptuous costumes, beautiful music, hysterical improv comedy, historical trivia, juggling, dance, and more, this dinner event showcases the best of over a millennium of German culture in an amusing, accessible style, imitating feasts in medieval castles of old.

The concept is simple: 16 royal figures from European history, returning to earth for one night of merry -making. Local vocal group VOX 3 Collective, with lutenist Brandon Acker and other guest musicians, portray some of the most recognizable rulers of Germanic lands (including Charlemagne, Ludwig II, and Maria Theresa Habsburg) as they sing tunes by Morley, Dowland, Senfl, and Lassus.  If you enjoy food, music, and comedy, you will have all three in abundance at this not-to-be-missed event. Creative Semi-Formal or Formal wear is suggested.  If you feel so inclined, historical garb is welcome as well.

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Kulturküche Cooking Classes - Baked Apple Pancakes

February 12, 2016 | 7:30pm

Show your love for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day by learning the sweet secrets of Apfelpfannkuchen, the traditional German Baked Apple Pancake! Originating from the Bavarian area of southwest Germany, Apfelpfannkuchen has a delicious fruit filling and is served with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Taught by Chef Rita, this fun and informative class will utilize heart-shaped pans to turn out the perfect homemade sweet treat to share with someone you love. A favorite with couples!

Class Fee: $22 (includes recipe, hands-on instruction, generous samplings, and one drink)


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Every 3rd Friday of the month

Stammtisch Open Haus - Potato Pancakes

February 19, 2016 | 7:30pm

Join us for our monthly Stammtisch Open Haus. With Faschingszeit (or carnival season, also known as the Fifth Season in Germany) over, we start into Fastenzeit (lent) with delicious Reibekuchen. But have no fear: for those who do not overserve lent, there will also be Nürnberger Bratwurst and plenty of German beer to wash it down! We invite everyone to the Haus to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. It’s a great night for dancing, drinking, eating, and taking in the gorgeous view from our beautiful Skyline Lounge.

Admission free | Food and drinks available for purchase


Kulturbrücke International Art Exhibition and Festival - Grand Opening

February 20, 2016 | 6-10 pm

From February 20 - March 19, 2016 Culture Bridge/Kulturbrücke presents a vibrant International festival of art: a cultural bridge of musicians, painters, dancers, and sculptors from Germany, the United States and many countries around the globe. Curated by Marianna Buchwald of International Art Group, Chicago and Derin Baratka, the exhibit at the Scharpenberg Gallery at the DANK Haus will feature a broad range of works with an intention to deepen cross-cultural ties. This is a celebration of art  with more than 50 artists from Germany, Poland, Phillippines, India,  France, Turkey, USA, Greece, Brazil , Mexico and other countries. There will be a series of artists talks, panel discussions, performances, music  and theater events , Wednesdays, Thursdays, and free art activities Saturdays, 12pm - in the gallery during the exhibition.

The Grand Opening Reception features opening remarks by Prof. Talmadge Wright, associate professor at Loyola University, and a spoken word performance by Kao Ra Zen.

Free Admission.


Every 4th Friday of the month

German Cinema Now - Oh Boy

February 26, 2016 | 7:30pm

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut Oh Boy, which swept the 2013 German Film Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty something college dropout going nowhere fast.  Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life.

Movies are shown in German with English subtitles.

Admission free | Snacks and drinks available for purchase

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German Theater Class Performance

February 27, 2016 | 4pm

The German Theater Class directed by Marianna Buchwald, will be performing short plays in German: "The Creationist Museum" by Eileen Ferguson and "Die Scherzfrage" by Sandeep Aggarwal. There will be special Multi Media and film projections by film maker and photographer Daniel Guidara and Movement Theater with Rita Barth, Daniel Weinberg and Andrea Nejad: "Clear Priorities by R.J.Tsarov , a short English play will be performed by Citizen's Relief with Simone Jubyna and Mike Driscoll. Clear Priorities, a bizarre tale of a man and a vacuum cleaner, was included in the Citizens' Relief 2009 Orgie-Award winning production of TSAROVIA! -- a collection of short pieces by R.J. Tsarov. As part of this Theater and Music Extravaganza, there will be songs and music and cabaret by Ulli Songs and Daina Kopp and Performance Art by Eileen Tull.

Admission Free. | Snacks and drinks available for purchase.


Hamburg Ballet at the Harris Theater

February 22 and 23, 2016 | 7:30 pm

"Emotional depth and power . . . elegant lyricism” —Splash Magazines

Hamburg Ballet returns to the Harris Theater with their interpretation of Shakespeare’s seminal tragedy, Othello, created by company Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier. Performed with live accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra with music by Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke, and Naná Vasconcelos, the enduring story of love, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge will draw the audience in to its tangled web of deceit and manipulation.  Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, wins the heart of Desdemona, a Senator’s daughter, and they are married in secret. Driven by his own jealousy, Othello’s captain Iago seeks revenge by stirring Othello into a manufactured rage. The destructive course of action is set and the unfortunate fate of all is sealed.

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Vocaldente: An a cappella performance at the DANK-Haus

Monday March 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm

Coming together in 2004 from their beginnings in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Boys Choir of Hannover, vocaldente has developed over the course of only a few short years into a internationally acclaimed and sought-after vocal ensemble. Over 100 concerts and appearances per year are on the program of this quintett that take them throughout their homeland of Germany, beyond the border throughout Europe, and on extensive and repeated tours of the USA as well as Hongkong, Singapur, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Enjoy a live performance and reception by the German Consulate after the show! Tickets are only $10.

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Interested in Volunteering?

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