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Young Playwrights at MCA and a Chicago artist

There’s also a jazz festival this weekend and an exhibition of Tiffany designs that’ll last just a few more days.

The annual festival highlights four one-act plays that explore the bias between time and space. This year’s winning plays were “Spashes of Paint” by Amanda Heckler, “Listen” by Grant Parris, “Can’t Sleep” by Alexander Loaiza and “You’re Like, Dead” by Ella Johnson.

Through Jan. 27 at Chicago Dramatists, 798 N. Aberdeen; Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. pegasustheatrechicago.org

The Chicago City Orchestra will perform Antonín Dvořák’s 9th Symphony, written by the Czech composer during his first trip to New York, and William Dawson’s “Negro Folk Symphony”, created in Chicago in 1934.

2 p.m. Jan. 7, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive; free, for more information: cso.org

The work of Chicago-based artist Maryam Taghavi (born in Tehran, Iran) now goes on solo show at the MCA as part of the museum’s series dedicated to those shaping contemporary art in Chicago and beyond. According to the museum, this is the first MCA exhibition to be fully translated into Persian.

Through July 14, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660 and mcachicago.org

This exhibition features recently commissioned floral design pieces by four local designers in dialogue with the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios. Featured designers include Angelica Rivera Varela of Semillas Plant Studio, John Caleb Pendleton of Planks & Pistils, Taylor Amilas Bates of Dusk Lily Floral, and Serena Madrigal of Espinas.

through Jan. 7 at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St.; Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and free for active military and children 12 and under. driehausmuseum.org

This jazz festival, which runs through Sunday in Arlington Heights, hosts a lineup of both well-known and more eclectic female jazz musicians.

Through Jan. 7 at Hey Nonny, 10 South Vail Ave., Arlington Heights; tickets and four-day passes $1 to $120. heynonny.com

Formed in Florida in the late ’80s, the band may not have been prolific, releasing only a handful of albums over the years, but they have longtime Chicago fans. Opening concert with Young Man in a Hurry at Schubas.

8 p.m. Jan. 6, Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport; tickets $20 (ages 21+) lh-st.com

Music and the classic story of the pigs and the wolf, all in 45 minutes on CSO. This program is designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to the world of classical music and is offered in partnership with Chicago Children’s Theatre.

through Feb. 10 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; tickets are $35 from 312-294-3000 and cso.org

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