Arts and entertainment calendar for Dec. 6
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:45AM
“A Christmas Carol”
Presented by students ages 8-18 of Spotlight Youth Theater through Dec. 9 at Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Performances at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $9-$12 in advance; $11-$14 at the door. Call (847) 516-2298 or visit www.spotlight.org.
“A Christmas Carol”
Presented through Dec. 22 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Performances are at 10 a.m., with certain performances at noon and 1 p.m. (call the box office for details). Performances every day except Dec. 9, 10, 13 and 16. Tickets are $12. Breakfast with Santa available at 11:30 a.m Dec. 8, 15 and 22, with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Breakfast buffet package is $25; $22 for children 12 and under. Dinner with Santa available at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19, with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Dinner buffet package is $35; $27 for children 12 and under. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“Peter and Paul in the Land of Nod”
Chicago Folks Operetta presents the children’s Christmas operetta at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. $15; $12 seniors; $10 children. Visit www.chicagofolksoperetta.org or call (708) 383-2742.
“Christmas Around the World”
Roberta Kulik will present a special dance program at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Background, dance history, a presentation of dances and some audience participation will be included. A reception follows. Free. Call (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.
Riverside Township Radio Players present “Christmas for Carol” from Suspense and “Jack Buys Don Shoelaces for Christmas” from the Jack Benny Show at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. The show includes the Riverside Township Community Band performing musical selections. Admission is free. Call Ellie Babka, (708) 442-8810.
Holiday Brass & Choral Concert
Presented by the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass Ensemble at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. $38-$62. Call (312) 551-1414 or visit www.baroque.org.
“Sounds of the Season”
Presented by The Agape Ringers handbell ensemble at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. The program includes Christmas favorites, as well as selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” featuring guest artists from Midwest Ballet Theatre. Tickets are $19 if ordered by Dec. 8; $25 after that date. Patron seats are $35. Visit www.agaperingers.org or call (309) 365-2910.
“Carols and Cocoa”
Presented by the Rising Stars Theatre Co. at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Stahl Family Theatre, 5900 W. Belmont, Chicago. $10. Visit www.risingstarschicago.com or call (773) 736-2490.
The Singing Men of Oak Brook perform at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Christ Church of Oak Brook, York Road and 31st Street. The concert includes Steinway duo-piano team Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young playing two-piano Christmas arrangements. $20; free for children 12 and under. Call (630) 968-6468 or visit www.thesingingmenob.org.
“Make the Yuletide Gay”
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday production at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. $15-$35 with discounts for students and seniors. Visit www.cgmc.org.
“Star of the East”
The Oak Park Concert Chorale will present a Christmas concert of newly commissioned works, as well as medieval and baroque carols, at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. $18; $10 seniors and students. Call (708) 383-4742 or visit www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.
“His Way for the Holidays”
Ron Hawking sings holiday music of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $50; lunch and dinner packages available from $65-$70. For reservations, call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
217 Home Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-2654. www.pleasanthome.org. Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m.: Music for the Holidays, featuring baritone Glenn Braun, soprano Beverly Bochenek and pianist Michael Shawgo. $5 suggested donation. Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: “Winter Carols and Songs about Snow.” Free. Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun for Children. “Mrs. Santa” will read stories and lead an indoor treasure hunt/tour, and children will create ornaments and cards. $10 per child per session. Reservations required. Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m.: A one-man presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” $12; $8 students and seniors. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. (708) 383-2612. www.cheneymansion.com. Dec. 12-13, 1-7 p.m.: Holiday Open House. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a food item to donate to the OPRF Food Pantry. Free.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Dec. 6, 9 p.m.: Ron & Naomi’s third annual Christmas Special, $10. Dec. 7, 9 p.m.: Chris Ligon and Heather McAdams present “The Last Country Calendar Show,” celebrating the country events in 2013 and the holiday season through music, film, theater. $20. Dec. 15, 9 p.m.: Brave Combo Holiday Dance Party (rock/zydeco). $15. Dec. 21, 9:30 p.m.: NRBQ Christmas Show (pop). $20. Dec. 29, 8 p.m.: Robbie Fulks Raps Up 2012. Alt-country musician Fulks takes a biting, humorous look at events of the past year. $15.
Free tours offered 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 15 at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. Junior interpreters, trained by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, will guide families through the home during the 30-minute tours. In each room, the docents will tell stories about how the Wright family celebrated the winter holidays at the turn of the last century. Free. Visit www.gowright.org/FamilyFunDays.
Presented by Ballet Légere at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Tickets in advance are $25, $20 children under 12 and seniors. Tickets at the door are $27, $22 children and seniors. Backstage tours available for $6 following the Saturday matinee. Call (773) 237-1874 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performed by The Joffrey Ballet Dec. 7-27 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $31-$132. Call (800) 982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Midwinter’s Tales: Miracles and Mirth
Presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, featuring holiday performances, music, dance and refreshments. $20; $15 seniors; free for children under 12 (additional $5 if purchased at the door). Proceeds benefit Oak Park River Forest Walk-In Ministry and Oak Park Festival Theatre. Call (708) 445-4440 or e-mail Tickets@OakParkFestival.com.
“Christmas in the Movies”
Bob Burton, professor emeritus of broadcasting at Oakton Community College, presents scenes from holiday movies from the past 50 years at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. Call (708) 383-8200 or visit www.oppl.org.
Free screening of the PG-rated movie at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. Visit www.classiccinemas.com.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
The PG-rated film, starring Jim Carey as the Grinch, will be screened at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St.., Oak Park. Admission is free.
The holiday lights festival will be held from 4-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, plus the week of Dec. 26-31, at Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield. Activities include ice-carving demonstrations, a laser light show, singing to the animals, live music and entertainment, magic shows and more. Several animal exhibits will be open until 8 p.m. during Holiday Magic, and there will be a 6:30 p.m. Dolphin Show each evening of the event. On Dec. 31, families can join in an early countdown to the New Year at the Zoo Year’s Eve celebration, starting at 6 p.m. with holiday music, games and prizes. Holiday Magic activities are free (with the exception of rides and photo opportunities) with paid admission of $15; $10.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under are free. Car parking is $10. Visit www.CZS.org/events or call (708) 688-8000.
“Tidings of Tap!”
Chicago Tap Theatre presents dances to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah and winter at 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the UIC Theater, 1044 W. Harrison, Chicago, $20-$35. Call (800) 838-3006.
“Viennese Pops New Year’s Eve with a French Twist”
New Philharmonic Orchestra performs Viennese musical selections from Strauss and Stolz, as well as French orchestral pieces and arias featuring coloratura soprano Kiri Deonarine, 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. $65; $63 seniors; $55 youth. Call (630) 942-4000.
New Year’s Eve singles party
Held 8 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Westin Hotel, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca. Featuring DJ and dancing in the Mahagony Ballroom, raffles, midnight champagne toast. $22; special room rates and dinner/room packages available. Call (847) 266-2706 or visit www.thunderbirdsingles.com.
“The Black Box Experiment: Truth, an Exploration”
Dominican University’s Department of Theatre Arts will host an experimental show presented by students in the Directing Workshop class, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 in the Martin Recital Hall on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 Division St., River Forest. $6. Call (708) 488-5000 or visit www.dom.edu/pac.
Through Dec. 9 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.courttheatre.org.
“Love, Loss and What I Wore”
Presented by Free Readers Ensemble at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the 19th Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Free admission. Visit www.freereaders.com.
“Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular”
Through Dec. 23 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26-$30; $28 students and seniors. Call (708) 660-9540 or visit www.circle-theatre.org.
“Singin’ in the Rain”
Through Jan. 13 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Dec. 6, 9 p.m.: Ron & Naomi’s third annual Christmas Special, $10. Dec. 7, 9 p.m.: Chris and Heather present “The Last Country Calendar Show”(roots/country). $20. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.: Mundy with Jess Klein in the SideBar (Irish folk rock). $15. Dec. 8, 9 p.m.: This Must Be The Band (Talking Heads tribute). $12. Dec. 9, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Dec. 12, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Dec. 13, 8 p.m.: Exposure, featuring 9 Miles West, Wooden Rings and more (rock). $5. Dec. 14, 8 p.m.: Funkadesi’s 16th anniversary concert (world music). $20; $10 ages 12 and under. Dec. 15, 9 p.m.: Brave Combo Holiday Dance Party (rock/zydeco). $15. Dec. 16, 6 p.m.: Reunion Jazz Orchestra. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Rob Parton Big Band CD release show (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Dec. 20, 9 p.m.: Expo ’76 in the SideBar (rock). No cover. Dec. 21, 9 p.m.: NRBQ (rock). $20. Dec. 22, 9 p.m.: The Shams Band, plus Cole DeGenova and the People’s Republic, The Heard (rock). $10. Dec. 27, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn celebrates the holidays, $5. Dec. 29, 8 p.m.: Robbie Fulks Raps Up 2012 (roots/rock). $15. Jan. 5, 8 p.m.: Savoy Brown (blues). $25. Jan. 6, 6 p.m.: Chicago Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Jan. 9, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Jan. 12, 9 p.m.: Webb Wilder (rock). $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Jan. 13, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Jan. 13, 8 p.m.: John Fullbright in the SideBar (folk rock). $15. Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Revolutionary Swing Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Jan. 18, 9 p.m.: Rico Birthday Bash (world music). $10. Jan. 25, 9 p.m.: Marcia Ball (blues). $20. Feb. 1-2, 9 p.m.: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (zydeco). $15.
Nineteenth Century Club
178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturyclub.com. Dec. 10, 1:15 p.m.: Pianist Richard Sladek presents “Fascinatin’ Rhythm — From Bach to Brubeck.” $10 suggested donation.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: Performance by Noteworthy, the Oak Park River Forest High School show choir. Free.
Triton College Performing Arts Center
Located in the Robert M. Collins Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 456-0300, ext. 3597. www.triton.edu. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Triton College’s Jazz Ensemble presents swing, bop and Latin classics, as well as contemporary standards. Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: Triton College choral ensembles perform spirituals, contemporary works, world music, gospel and vocal jazz. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Triton College Community Band performs overtures, marches and current pop styles.
Artists’ Holiday Gift Market
Held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 at Out of the Box, 109 N. Oak Park, Oak Park. E-mail email@example.com or call (708) 456-6734.
O’Connor Art Gallery, fourth floor of Lewis Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through Dec. 19: “Headshots,” paintings by Susanna Coffey and Lauren Gregory.
29 W. Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 386-3552. www.expressionsgraphics.org. Through Dec. 28: “Holiday Lights” print show.
149 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 648-3131. www.gallerypink-elkinsstudio.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through Jan. 27: “Holiday Lights,” works by outsider artist Howard McClain; ceramic artists Kristi Sloniger, Gina Lee Robbins, Michelle Kuo, Mei Wu and Ann Primack; wood sculptor Jim Lawrence; photographers John Padour, Marsha Pallazzola and Tom Palazzola; and paper cutter Richard Shipps.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Dec. 28: “Anything Goes.” Reception 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14.
Prairie Title Company
6821 W. North Ave., Oak Park. Exhibits are presented by the Oak Park Area Arts Council; call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Through Jan. 8: Works by Aldo Romeo, Tim Leeming, Phil Malhiot and Sallie Wolf.
Triton College Art Gallery
Located in the Fine Arts Building (J-Building), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3589, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment. Through Dec. 12: Fall Student Exhibition, including drawings, paintings, ceramics and photography. Closing reception 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 in the gallery.
BOOKS & POETRY
Jeanette Fields will read excerpts from and sign her newest book, Jeanette Fields: A Community Life, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Holley Court Terrace, 1111 Ontario St., Oak Park.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Dec. 9, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) discusses In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Dec. 14, 7 p.m.: Paul Bryan Roach discusses and signs The End: A Metaphysical Story. Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses The Fat Man by Ken Harmon. Dec. 16, 1 p.m.: Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter) Christmas celebration with guest Max Allan Collins, author of Target Lancer: A Nate Heller Mystery. Jan. 19, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses Return to the Same City by Paco Ignacio Taibo. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.: Jeanette Conant discusses and signs A Covert Affair: Paul and Julia Child in the OSS in World War II.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Dec. 18, noon: Brown Bag Book Group discusses The Amber Room by Steve Berry. Dec. 21, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group discusses The Places In Between by Rory Stewart.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.: Literary Politics book discussion group discusses Echo House by Ward Just.
Chicago Dance Chapter of USA Dance
Hosting “Jingle Bell Hop” on Dec. 8 at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park. Cha cha lesson at 7 p.m.; open dancing 8:15 -11 p.m. $10; $8 members; $6 students. Visit www.usadancechicago.org or call (847) 577-9014.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Dec. 7, 7-11 p.m.: “Boppin at the Brook” country and western dance, $8. Dec. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Weiss Brothers Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Dec. 11 and 18, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Dec. 12, 19 and 26, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Dec. 14, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. Dec. 16 and 30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Christmas Swing Dance with The Flat Cats Band. $12; $10 students. Dec. 22, 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m.: Salon Mexico with Los Cometas de Chicago. $25. For reservations, call (773) 364-0268. Dec. 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with live music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra. Dance package, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $35 per person in advance; $45 at the door. Dinner and dance packages available, featuring cocktail reception, multi-course dinner, and champagne toast at midnight.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m.: “You Be the Critic” features the 2003 British romantic comedy, “Love Actually.” Free.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m.: Silence is Golden Film Series features “The Artist.”
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, to view and critique photographs taken by members. All skill levels are welcome.
The Oak Park Writers’ Group
Meetings from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. Writers share their work and discuss it with the group. The Writers’ Group also sponsors a Second Sunday Open Mic, a free performing venue, from 5-7 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. Poets, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, playwrights, singers and dancers are all welcome to perform. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Bead in Hand
145 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 848-1761. Dec. 14, 2-6 p.m., and Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m.: $5 Button Wreath Ornament Drop-In Workshop. Dec. 21, 4-8 p.m., and Dec. 22, 2-5 p.m.: “Dad Time.” Dads (with or without kids) get help with designing and finishing holiday jewelry. $5 finishing fee per project. Dec. 29, 2-4:30 p.m.: Dollapalooza: Necklace Making for Young Beaders and their Dolls (ages 6 and up). $22 fee includes all materials for two necklaces. Advance registration required.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Dec. 30: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; children’s show, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. Earth & Sky Shows feature “Celebrations of Winter,” a multimedia program that uses slides, panoramic scenes, video, a wraparound film segment and a variety of special effects to illustrate how different cultures throughout the world celebrate the winter season. Laser concerts include the “Winter Wonderlight” laser show, suitable for all ages and featuring music and images related to the holiday season. Monthly Skywatch, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.