Arts and entertainment calendar for Jan. 10
Updated: January 9, 2013 9:59AM
Chicago Theatre Week
Tickets for the inaugural Chicago Theatre Week, a collaborative initiative between the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago, are on sale at www.chicagotheatreweek.com. More than 75 city and suburban productions will feature special events and ticket deals (priced at $15 and $30, fees excluded) for performances Feb. 12-17. The week will also feature talk backs with artists, drink specials and hotel and restaurant discounts. More information about Theatre Week is available at www.chicagotheatreweek.com and a comprehensive list of the Chicago productions is online at www. chicagoplays.com.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing”
Presented by Theatre in the Woods Feb. 8-17 at Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The revue features songs from 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. A special Valentine’s Day performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14; $25. Call (847) 604-1990 or visit www.theatreinthewoods.net.
“Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”
Jan. 16-March 17 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. $40-$48, with discounts available for students and seniors. Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
“Sex Please, We’re Sixty”
Presented by Elgin Theatre Company Jan. 11-27 at the Kimball Street Theater, Kimball Street and Dundee Avenue, downtown Elgin. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $15; $12 seniors. Call (847) 741-0532 or visit www.elgin-theatre.org.
“There’s A Girl In My Soup”
Jan. 17-Feb. 23 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $40-$44; $28-$36 for previews, Jan. 17-19. Visit www.metropolisarts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn
Located at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. All concerts are at 4 p.m. Sundays, unless noted otherwise. $18 at the door; cash or check only. For information, call (847) 543-1202. Jan. 13: Wayward Sisters present “A Restless Heart: Music of Exiles, Émigrés, and Nomads.” Jan. 27, 7 p.m.: Metropolis Quartet.
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
“The Four Seasons,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The program includes works by Tchaikovskky, Stravinsky and Vivaldi. $28-$48. Call (847) 888-4000 or visit www.elginsymphony.org.
Lake Forest Symphony
Performing at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.; pre-concert talks by musicologist Jim Kendros at 7 p.m. $32-$54, with discounts for seniors and students. Call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.lakeforestsymphony.org. Jan. 25-26: “Sizzling Strings.” The program includes Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” as well as works by Grieg, Borodin and Stravinsky.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121. www.metropolisarts.com. Jan. 21, 7 p.m.: The Music School Collage Concert, featuring performances by Metropolis Music School students, from woodwinds to strings to voice. $10.
6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. April 6: Maroon 5 with special guests Neon Trees and Owl City.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Montrose Room, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.montroseroom.com. Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m.: The Young Rapscallions. $12; $25 meet & greet. Jan. 19, 7 p.m., and Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m.: Jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright. The brunch jazz show on Sunday will be hosted by SmoothChicago.com’s Rick O’Dell. Saturday tickets are $49-$69; Sunday brunch tickets are $24.95.
Lake County Folk Club
Events are held at 7 p.m. Sundays at In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Concert admission is $12; $10 for Lake County Folk Club members and seniors; $5 for teens. No admission charge for Open Stage and Song Circle. Visit www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org. Jan. 13: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Jan. 20: Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen. Brett Johnson opens. Jan. 27: Song Circle. Feb. 10: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Feb. 17: Concert Stage features Andy Cohen; Donna Herula opens. Feb. 24: Song Circle.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Jan. 12, 8 p.m.: Pure Prairie League (bluegrass/country). $55; $65 stage tables.
Prairie Center for the Arts
201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. www.prairiecenter.org. (847) 895-3600. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: BoDeans. $36; $34 students and seniors.
Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. (815) 356-9212. www.rauecenter.org. Jan. 19, 8 p.m.: Ricky Nelson Remembered. $31, $34, $37. Jan. 25, 8 p.m.: The Irish House Party. $20 general admission.
Stained Glass Coffeehouse
Featuring live music at the Congregational Church of Deerfield, 225 Wilmot Road. Performances begin at 7 p.m. $15 donation; proceeds benefit local and international charities. Visit www.stainedglasscoffeehouse.com. Jan. 12: Mark Dvorak; Amy Dixon-Kolar opens. Feb. 16: Tangleweed, with InTents opening.
“Swingin’ the Benny Goodman Songbook”
Cabaret-style performance by vocalist Terry Blaine and pianist Mark Shane, 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $30; $29 seniors; $15 teens. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets or call (847) 543-2300.
275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 18-plus, unless noted otherwise. Jan. 17, 9 p.m.: LA Guns, $15-$25. Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m.: Marshall Tucker Band, $27-$70. Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.: Chicago natives Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway present “Sibling Revelry,” a cabaret act that includes show tunes, jazz and pop. $20-$50. Feb. 22, 9 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Tom Keifer of Cinderella. $20-$28. March 15, 9 p.m.: The Ides of March. $25-$30.
Elgin Symphony Orchestra and vocalists Julie Reiber and Emily Rozek present Broadway hits from “Wicked,” “Gypsy,” “My Fair Lady” and “Phantom of the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $28-$68. Call (847) 888-4000 or visit www.elginsymphony.org.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Call for artists
Amdur Productions, an art festival production company, has issued its annual call for artists. Artists can apply online at www.amdurproductions.com. All applications must be received by midnight Jan. 11; late applications will be accepted through Jan. 18 for an additional processing fee. Festivals include: Barrington Art Festival, May 25-26; Promenade of Art Arlington Heights, June 8-9; The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Craft, Highland Park, June 22-23; Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Glencoe, July 5-7; Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival, July 13-14; North Shore Festival of Art, Skokie, July 27-28; Glencoe Festival of Art, Aug. 3-4; Art at the Glen Town Center, Glenview, Aug. 10-11; Lincolnshire Art Festival, Aug. 17-18; Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, Aug. 24-25; Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival, Sept. 7-8; Highwood Last Call Starving Artist Art Fair, Sept. 21-22; The Inside Show, Highland Park, Nov. 22-24.
BOOKS & POETRY
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Jan. 15, 7 p.m.: Novel Night book discussion of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m.: Author and Holocaust survivor Estelle Glaser Laughlin discusses and signs her book.
28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west of Highway 12 between State Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Of Bogs & Books Reading Group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. The small, informal book discussion group is for adults interested in environmental, outdoor and natural history literature. Reservations are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 344-1294. Jan. 12: Last of the Curlews by Fred Bosworth. Feb. 9 and March 9: Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey by Corinne Hosfeld Smith.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont
5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information about the theater, visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Jan. 19-20, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: Get the Sillies Out! $23-$73.
6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. Jan. 23-24, 7 p.m.; Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Jan. 26-27, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After. $26-$75.
The Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant
Located in Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. (847) 240-2001. www.improv.com. Showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays; 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Must be 18 or older. Two-item minimum per person in showroom. Jan. 10-13: John Heffron, $19-$22. Jan. 24-27: Pablo Francisco, $24. Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Bill Bellamy, $27. Feb. 8-10: Maz Jobrani, $27.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Jan. 11, 8 p.m.: “The Stupid Economy,” a one-woman show by Chrissy Hogue. $30.
Prairie Center for the Arts
201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. www.prairiecenter.org. (847) 895-3600. Jan. 18, 8 p.m.: The Capitol Steps present political satire. $40-$42.
Zanies Comedy Club
5437 Park Place, Rosemont. http://rosemont.zanies.com. Showtimes at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two-item food/beverage minimum. Jan. 10-12: Ryan Hamilton. Jan. 18, 8 p.m., and Jan. 19, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Paul Reiser. $30. Jan. 23-26: Larry Reeb. Jan. 30-31: April Macie.
BeMoved Dance Fitness
Kelly Hill conducts a free class at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Gould Academy of Dance Arts, 732 W. Chicago St., Elgin. The theme for the class will be “Wild, Cool & Swinging,” featuring songs made famous by Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Beginners are welcome. Call (847) 742-6666 or visit www.bemoved-dance.com.
Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. www.chevychasecountryclub.com. (847) 465-2311. Ballroom dancing, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; lesson by Bob and Penny Urbon at 7 p.m. $13 per person; tickets can be purchased at the door. Jan. 23: Nightclub 2-step; music by the Dick Elliott Orchestra. Feb. 13: Valentine’s Dance featuring the Argentine Tango; music by the Dick Elliott Orchestra. March 20: Swing; music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra. April 24: Tango; music by the Dick Elliott Orchestra. May 22: Waltz; music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra.
Presenting dances at the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Triphahn Community Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. An optional one-hour lesson is offered at 7:30 p.m., followed by open dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. A variety of recorded music is played for ballroom, Latin, swing and hustle dance styles. Dress code is dressy casual; no jeans or athletic shoes. Adults of all ages and dancing abilities are welcome. Admission is $10; $5 for members. There is an additional $3 charge for guests participating in the lesson. Membership is $20 per year. Visit www.ballroomchicago.com/dance_world.htm. Jan. 12: Rumba. Feb. 9: Tango. March 9: Hustle.
The Shore Club
Hosting five formal dinner dances a year at various north and north suburban Chicago country clubs, with live ballroom dance music. The next dinner dance will be Jan. 26. For details, call Enid Silverman, (847) 291-0508.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Held noon-4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Volo Bog, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west of Highway 12 between State Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Featuring live music, children’s nature crafts, hikes and a Nature Poetry & Story Slam. Weather permitting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow sculptures will be included. Suggested donation $5; $2 children. Call (815) 344-1294.
“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life”
Screened at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at select movie theaters nationwide, including South Barrington 30, 175 Studio Drive, Barrington; Century 16 Deer Park, 21600 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park; and Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. The event, broadcast live from Burbank, Calif., will feature author Nicholas Sparks in a discussion about the cinematic adaptation of his best-selling novel, Safe Haven. Tickets available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Jan. 19, 2 p.m.: “To Rome with Love,” rated R. Jan. 25, 2 p.m.: Classic Film Series features “Wuthering Heights.”
Barrington Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sponsoring free lectures for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2012-13 season. Lectures are held at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington (just south of the Barrington Area Library on Northwest Highway). Each of the lectures, with musical illustrations, will precede the featured operas at Lyric Opera of Chicago. To reserve a seat, call (847) 304-1996. Jan. 17, 3:30 p.m.: “La Boheme.” Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m.: “Die Meistersinger.” Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m.: “Rigoletto.” For information, visit www.lyricopera.org.
“A History of Israel Through Song”
Cantor Rachel Rosenberg of Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Chicago discusses the text and sings the melodies of some of Israel’s most beloved songs at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30 at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Call (847) 634-0777 or e-mail email@example.com.
Shutter Bugs Camera Club
Meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, except December, at Volo Bog, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west of Highway 12 between State Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Meetings include how-to workshops, members’ photos and competitions. Ages 13 to adult are welcome. Upcoming meetings are Jan. 16 and Feb. 20. Visit www.shutterbugsofvolobog.org.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Artist Kimberly Butts presents free monthly art workshops at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills. Upcoming sessions include “Painting with Watercolors” on Jan. 12 and “Artist Trading Cards” on Feb. 16. The workshops are supported by Barrington Cultural Arts Center. To register, call (847) 381-6592.
Northwest Cultural Council
Sponsoring poetry workshops from 9 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of the month at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Cost is $15 per session. Participants are encouraged to bring 12 copies of their own work to share with the group. Register by calling (847) 991-7966 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Jan. 12: Andrea Witzke Slot presents “Making Music: Orchestrating Sound and Sense in a Poem.”
6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. Jan. 12, 8 p.m., and Jan. 13, 2 p.m.: Professional Bull Riders 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough Series, featuring the top 35 bull riders in the world. $15, $35, $50, $75 and $125. March 8, 7:30 p.m.: Stars on Ice “Now & Then” Tour, with Dorothy Hamill, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva and others. $25-$85.
Barrington/Northwest Community Associates of Art Institute of Chicago
Hosting Art Seminar Series II: Cutting Edge Jewelry, an examination of trends in contemporary jewelry design, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Inverness Golf Club, 102 N. Roselle Road, Inverness. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. To register, call Emma Gerosa, (847) 540-1103.
Lincoln State Cat Club Show
Presented 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16-17 in Building M at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. Show attendees can pose for photos with cartoon cat Garfield, learn about several cat rescue organizations, adopt a shelter or pedigreed cat, and meet the breeds at the Breed Booths. Spectators can also visit vendor booths, learn about cat health and grooming, and participate in a household pet Fun Match. Admission: $8, $12 for a two-day pass; $6/$10 for children and seniors; free admission for children under 6. Visit www.lscats.org.
Lake County Discovery Museum
Located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176, west of Fairfield Road, near Wauconda. (847) 968-3400. www.LCFPD.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6; $3 for senior citizens; $2.50 for children ages 4-17; free for children 3 and younger. Through Feb. 24: “Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity,” an exhibit featuring the legendary author and his beloved characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim and others. Hundreds of objects and documents from the private collection of Highland Park resident Michael A. Weinberg, together with a rare collection of first editions of Dickens’ most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons.