Arts and entertainment calendar for Dec. 6
Updated: December 4, 2012 11:41AM
“A Very Dino Christmas”
Vocalist Peter Oprisko performs the holiday classics of Dean Martin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $25. Call (847) 577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com.
Ela Area Public Library
275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. (847) 438-3433. www.eapl.org. Dec. 7, 1 p.m.: Lake Zurich High School’s BARE Voices perform songs of the season. Advance registration required.
Sanfilippo Foundation 2012 Christmas Concert
Tickets available for Dec. 7-8 at Sanfilippo Estate’s Place de la Musique, Barrington Hills, featuring theater organist Dave Wickerham on the 8,000-pipe Sanfilippo Wurlitzer and opera bass-baritone William Powers. Friday — 6:30 p.m. for touring of the house, concert at 8 p.m., $65. Saturday — Carousel pavilion doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., $110. Suggested dress is business or formal attire. No tickets will be available at the door; online sales only. Visit www.PlaceDeLaMusique.org.
Presented by the Palatine Concert Band at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $10; $7 seniors and students. Visit www.cuttinghall.org or call (847) 202-5222.
Presented by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $43, $46, $49. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
“Away in a Manger”
Chicago Master Singers present music of the Christmas season with the Ars Viva String Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Divine Word Chapel, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny. $28-$48; $18-$48 youth. Visit www.chicagomastersingers.org.
Melodeers Holiday Show
The Melodeers, a champion women’s a cappella chorus, performs traditional and contemporary holiday tunes at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Adlai Stevenson High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. $15. For tickets, visit www.melodeers.com.
“The Lost Christmas Eve”
Performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $30, $39, $49, $59, $69. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. Parking is $20, cash only. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com.
“Home is Where the Heart Is”
Heartland Voices, an adult choral ensemble, presents holiday concerts at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Marcelline Catholic Church, 822 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. $10-$18, with discounts for students and seniors. Visit www.heartlandvoices.org.
A candlelight service of carols presented by the choirs of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, handbells, and The Crystal Brass, along with readings of the Christmas and Advent season, 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave., Barrington. Free. Call (847) 382-7002.
Presented by Voices in Harmony at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $18; $15 students and seniors. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
Holiday Wind Ensemble Concert
Presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $4; $3 seniors. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets or call (847) 543-2300.
“Tis The Season”
The Lakeside Singers perform songs of the season in classical and pop styles, along with an audience sing-along, 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights.. $35; $25 seniors and students. Call (847) 577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com.
Presented by the ECC Steel Bands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Elgin Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $9; $7 students and seniors. Call (847) 622-0300 or visit www.elgin.edu/arts.
“Let it Snow!”
Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents its annual holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The Elgin Choral Union, Elgin Children’s Chorus and Midwest Dance Collective join the orchestra for holiday favorites and an audience sing-along. $26-$46. Call (847) 888-4000 or visit www.elginsymphony.org.
Holiday Brass & Choral Concert
Presented by the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass Ensemble at 3 p.m. Dec. 15-16 at Divine Word Chapel, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny. $45-$75. Call (312) 551-1414 or visit www.baroque.org.
??Sounds of the Holidays”
Presented by Harper Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. $10; $8 students; $7 seniors; free for children 12 and younger. Call (847) 925-6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu.
“A Christmas Fantasy”
The Illinois Brass Band performs traditional carols, holiday classics and jazzy updates of Christmas favorites at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $12; $6 ages 18 and under. For information, visit www.illinoisbrassband.org.
A Carpenters Christmas
Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band present a holiday concert of Christmas hits by the The Carpenters at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $25. Before the concert, at 6 p.m., Randy Schmidt, author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader, will discuss and read selections from both books and will have copies available for purchase. $10 ($5 of which may be applied to the purchase of a book). Visit www.metropolisarts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
Hosted by TesserAct Theatre Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Barrington Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Ice House Mall, 150 E. Appleby St., Barrington. Bring instruments, sheet music and caroling books. Visit www.tesseractensemble.com.
Presto! Holiday Concert
Presented by the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $24; $15 students and seniors. Visit www.prairiecenter.org or call (847) 895-3600.
Ed Hall’s Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night
Four musicians will present arrangements for the guitar and violin, as well as popular holiday favorites, at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $23. Call (815) 338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
Holiday Music Series
Featuring local amateur talent 5-7 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, through Dec. 23, in the Special Events Tent at Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter, 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods (Deerfield). Sunday afternoons are scheduled for family sing-alongs with holiday music, cookies and hot chocolate. Call (847) 945-0235 or visit www.orphansofthestorm.org.
Performed by the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble through Dec. 9 at Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $26; $18 students and seniors. Visit www.prairiecenter.org or call (847) 895-3600.
Performed by the Ruth Page Civic Ballet at 3 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Elgin Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $32 ; $20 children 12 and under. Clara’s Tea Party, $18, $15 children, order by Dec. 5. Call (847) 622-0300 or visit www.elgin.edu/arts.
Presented by Judith Svalander Dance Theatre at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 14; and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $23; $16 students. Call (815) 338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
Performed by Ruth Page Civic Ballet at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $22-$30; $21-$29 seniors; $15 teens; $12 children under 12. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets or call (847) 543-2300.
Performed by Illinois Youth Dance Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 21; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 22; and 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich. $10-$25. Visit www.ballroomanddance.com/iydt-productions.html.
Presented by Berkshire Ballet Theatre at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $22, $25, $28. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
“A Christmas Carol”
Through Dec. 24 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $28.50; $15.50 for children 12 and under. Visit www.metropolisarts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play”
Presented through Dec. 15 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $22, $25, $28. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”
Presented by Theatre Nebula Dec. 14-23 at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $10; $6 students. Visit www.cuttinghall.org or call (847) 202-5222.
“A YuleTube Christmas”
Presented at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church, 200 Lake Cook Ave., Deerfield. Free. Call (847) 580-5761.
Hanukkah Family Funland
Dec. 9, 13, 16 and 25 at Buffalo Grove Town Center, 144 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, including Hanukkah crafts and activities, carnival, music and entertainment, raffles, prizes, tot area, food court and more. Purchase discounted tickets at www.hanukkahfamilyfunland.com.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
Through Dec. 31 at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, a drive-through tour of the estate’s 97 acres decorated in brightly lit holiday figures. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Closed Dec. 24-25. Visitors can enhance their experience by tuning into local radio station 107.1 FM for a dual music and visual experience. $5 per car Monday-Thursday; $10 per car Friday-Sunday. Visit www.cuneomansion.org.
“Christmas Light Tour”
Sponsored by Wheels Rallye Team and benefiting Toys for Tots, held Dec. 8 starting at theWoodfield Mall parking lot, Route 53 and Golf Road, Schaumburg, just west of the Firestone Tire Center near light pole B-2. Registration opens at 6 p.m. with cars off at 7:15 p.m. The route passes Christmas light displays in the northwest suburbs. No prior rallye knowledge is needed. Cost is $10 plus a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots (with a value of $15 or more, extra donations encouraged). Visit www.wheelsrallyeteam.com.
Presented by Vernon Hills High School Chamber Choir at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Sullivan Community Center, 299 Danbury Drive, Vernon Hills. The choir performs Renaissance-era madrigals, motets and part-songs, as well as familiar holiday carols. $12. Reservations required by Dec. 7. Visit www.vhhscougars.org/madrigaldessert.
Breakfast with Santa
Held at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at Chessie’s Restaurant, 200 Applebee St., Barrington. $12 per person. For reservations, call (847) 382-5020.
Open House with Santa
Held 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Featuring guided tours of the mansion, a craft station and coloring contest for children, homemade wreath contest, a visit with Santa Claus and his elves in the Great Hall, a raffle and refreshments. $5 per person, free for children under 3; plus admission to holiday light show ($10 per car). Cash only at the door. Visit www.cuneomansion.org.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Starring The Rockettes, Dec. 14-30 at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $47.70-$102.55. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information about the theater, visit www.rosemonttheatre.com.
“Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night”
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30. Call (847) 577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com.
“Holidays in the Heights”
A holiday sketch comedy show presented by The Second City through Jan. 4 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $29.50; $34.50 stage tables. Visit www.metropolisarts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
“12 Gifts of Christmas”
Screened at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at South Barrington 30, 175 Studio Drive, Barrington, Century 16 Deer Park, 21600 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park, and Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, featuring storytellers, musicians and illusionist Harris III demonstrating the magic of Christmas. Tickets available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
New Year’s Eve Runway Ball
Held 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. The event features live music by bands Dot Dot Dot and 7th Heaven; entry to the Dance Club featuring DJ-SPIN; and access to Red Bar, where Tony Ocean performs Frank Sinatra covers and more. $79. For tickets, visit http://nyerunwayball-PR.eventbrite.com.
Steve Cochran’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Show
At 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $45; $50 after Dec. 24. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
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.
“My One and Only”
Through Dec. 31 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. Dinner and theatre tickets, $55, are available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
College of Lake County
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. (847) 543-2300. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.: The Concert Band, directed by John Mose, will perform works by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky and others. $6; $5 seniors.
Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn
Located at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. All concerts are at 4 p.m. Sundays. $18 at the door; cash or check only. For information, call (847) 543-1202. Dec. 16: Gaudete Brass Ensemble.
Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice. (847) 925-6100. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.: “Heading for the Holidays,” a piano ensemble concert of works by J.S. Bach, Bolcom, Britten, Handel, Rachmaninoff and others. $10; $7 seniors.
Opera in Focus
Rolling Meadows Park District Park Central Facility, 3000 Central Road. Puppets performing scenes from popular operas at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. $12, $11 for seniors, $7 for children under 12. Reservations required. (847) 818-3220, ext. 186, or www.operainfocus.com. Through Dec. 22: Selections from Puccini’s “La Boheme,” plus “White Christmas Interlude,” featuring Christmas carols.
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. Dec. 7, 8 p.m.: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. $57.45-$180.45. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.: Johnny Mathis. $77.95-$108.70. Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: Multi-platinum rock bands Daughtry and 3 Doors Down, with P.O.D. $40, $50, $60.
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.
Cubby Bear North
21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Music at 10 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Dec. 7: Trash Martini, $6. Dec. 8: Partyhardigans, $5. Dec. 14: Gina Glocksen Band, $5. Dec. 15: ARRA, $7. Dec. 21: Darmata, $5. Dec. 22: Samadhi Vibe, $5. Dec. 28: Stache, $5. Dec. 29: Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, $6. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with Lucky Boys Confusion. Ages 21-plus. $25 general admission; $60 VIP package.
180 N. Smith St., Palatine. www.durtynellies.com. (847) 358-9150. Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m.: Jazz Consortium Big Band plays big band arrangements of holiday favorites, plus swing and jazz-rock. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to benefit the Palatine Township Food Pantry.
Elgin Community College
Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. (847) 622-0300. www.elgin.edu/arts. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.: ECC Vocal Jazz Ensemble presents “Cool Jazz.” $9; $7 students and seniors. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.: ECC Jazz Ensembles, with guest saxophonist John Wojciechowski, present “Winter Taste of Jazz.” $11; $9 students and seniors. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Echoes of Pompeii presents “Tribute to Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon.” $30.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel
Montrose Room, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.montroseroom.com. Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m.: Coco Montoya. $10; $15 VIP. Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m.: Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans. $18; $25 VIP.
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. Dec. 9: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Dec. 16: Concert Stage features Small Potatoes, the Chicago-based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. Jerry Thiel opens. Dec. 23: Song Circle.
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. Dec. 15: Joe Jencks & Friends (Edie Carey and Heather Styka).
275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 18-plus, unless noted otherwise. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Jazz guitarist and songwriter John Pizzarelli. $20-$40. Jan. 9, 9 p.m: The Wailers, $25-$35. 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.
Woodstock Opera House
121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300. www.woodstockoperahouse.com. Dec. 22, 8 p.m.: Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. $75. Dec. 29, 7 p.m.: Bryan White with special guest The Anna Johnson Band (country). $35.
College of Lake County
Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Call (847) 543-2240 or visit http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. Through Dec. 9: Exhibit of works by College of Lake County art faculty.
La Citadelle Art Gallery
Located in The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road. (224) 622 9578. Dec. 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m.: Robert McGinley will sign his new book, Magic Hour, a collection of air, water and landscape photographs accompanied by short stories and poetic captions. The release of the book accompanies “From Dawn ‘til Dusk,” an exhibition of McGinley’s landscape photography at La Citadelle Art Gallery, which runs through Jan. 4.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
ArtReach Educational Theatre
Holding auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, Palatine. Seeking adult actors and advanced level teenagers for principal roles. The production will be rehearsed and performed as part of a workshop where adult volunteer actors serve as performance mentors to the children and teens. Talent and financial need scholarships available. Visit www.artreachspotlite.com or call (847) 372-7798.
BOOKS & POETRY
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: Historian Scott W. Berg discusses and signs his new book, 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End.
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. Dec. 8: A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold. 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.
Through Dec. 31 at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Performances at 10 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. $15. Visit www.marriotttheatre.com or call (847) 634-0200.
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. Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Standup comedian Jeff Dunham — “Disorderly Conduct” World Tour. $46.50.
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: “Get Ya’ Laugh On” will be presented in the C Wing Auditorium, featuring “Bruh-Man,” “B-Cole” and “Sonya D.” $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.givebackcomedytour.com.
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. Dec. 6-9: Gabriel Iglesias presents “Stand Up Revolution.” $40. Dec. 14-16: Chris Kattan, $40. Dec. 20-22:Rocky Laporte, $19. Dec. 28-31: Tammy Pescatelli. $22; New Year’s Eve show, 7:30 p.m., $50 with dinner, $25 without dinner. New Year’s Eve show, 10 p.m., $50.
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. Dec. 12: Michael Issac. Dec. 13-14: Larry Reeb. Dec. 15: Chris Hardwick. Dec. 19-22: Kevin Bozeman. Dec. 27-28: Russ Williamson. Dec. 29: Hannibal Buress. Dec. 30: Michael Palascak. Dec. 31: Fortune Feimster.
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. Dec. 8: Christmas party.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: “Hope Springs,” rated PG-13. Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: “The Bourne Legacy,” rated PG-13. Dec. 28, 2 p.m.: “The Last of the Mohicans,” rated R.
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.
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
Bel Canto Studios
217 Park Ave., Barrington. (847) 682-9601. Fall session through Dec. 22, offering private lessons with a voice teacher, piano teacher and acting coach. Scheduling is flexible. All ages and experience levels welcome, beginner to professional. Visit www.belcantostudios.com/registration for a print-friendly version of the studio’s fall brochure.
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 email@example.com. Dec. 8: Sarah Carson presents “The Sentence as Line.”
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Writer’s Support Group, open to aspiring novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and others.
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. 12-13: Professional Bull Riders 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough Series, featuring the top 35 bull riders in the world. $15, $35, $50, $75 and $125.
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.