Arts and entertainment calendar for Dec. 27
Updated: December 23, 2012 10:56AM
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. 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.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Starring The Rockettes, through Dec. 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.
“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.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Held Dec. 31 in the Grand Ballroom at Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, featuring music by the Dick Elliot Orchestra, cocktail reception, dinner and midnight champagne toast. $86 per person. For reservations, call (847) 465-2311 or visit www.chevychasecountryclub.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 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $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.
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. 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.
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.
2 W. Busse Ave., Mount Prospect. (847) 788-9977. www.blues-bar.com. Music from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., unless noted otherwise. Dec. 28: One Sweet Jane. Dec. 29: X-Side.
Cubby Bear North
21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Music at 10 p.m. unless noted otherwise. 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.
The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way, Elgin. (847) 931-5900. www.hemmens.org. Jan. 4, 8 p.m.: Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular. $29.50-$49.50.
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. 6: andi and i, a husband and wife acoustic singer-songwriter duo from Chicago. Jeff Justman opens. Jan. 13: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Jan. 20: Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen. Brett Johnson opens. Jan. 27: Song Circle.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Jan. 5, 8 p.m.: Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees tribute band). $35; $40 for stage tables. Jan. 12, 8 p.m.: Pure Prairie League (bluegrass/country). $55; $65 stage tables.
Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. (815) 356-9212. www.rauecenter.org. Jan. 5, 8 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute band). $34-$40. 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: Maxwell Street Klezmer Quartet.
“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.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Jan. 6, 2 p.m.: “An Afternoon of Jazz Standards,” performed by Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown.
275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 18-plus, unless noted otherwise. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.: New Year’s Eve with The Prince Experience plus A Thousand Julys. $25-$85. All tickets include a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Age 21 and over event. 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. 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.
Woodstock Opera House
121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300. www.woodstockoperahouse.com. Dec. 29, 7 p.m.: Bryan White with special guest The Anna Johnson Band (country). $35.
La Citadelle Art Gallery
Located in The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road. (224) 622 9578. Through Jan. 4: “From Dawn ‘til Dusk,” an exhibit of Robert McGinley’s landscape photography.
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
Newport Coffee House
1121 Half Day Road Bannockburn. Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m.: Northbrook resident Dennis Byrne will sign copies of his novel, Madness: The War of 1812.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Jan. 10, 10 a.m.: Discussion of To the End of the Land by David Grossman. 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 email@example.com 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.
Through Jan. 5 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.
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. 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. Jan. 3-6: Tom Segura, $17 and $19. 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. Dec. 31, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.: The Chicago Comedy Tour, starring WGN personalities Pat Tomasulo, Ana Belaval and Mike Toomey. $50; $60 for stage tables; includes a champagne toast and party favors, with a New Year’s Eve countdown and balloon drop at the 10 p.m. show. 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.
Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. (815) 356-9212. www.rauecenter.org. Jan. 12, 8 p.m.: An Evening with Larry Miller. $42, $45, $48.
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. 27-28: Russ Williamson. Dec. 29: Hannibal Buress. Dec. 30: Michael Palascak. Dec. 31: Fortune Feimster. Jan. 18, 8 p.m., and Jan. 19, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Paul Reiser. $30.
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.
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.
Jewish Film Series
Featuring the Marx Brothers in “Animal Crackers” at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. $10 includes dinner. Contact Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Dec. 28, 2 p.m.: “The Last of the Mohicans,” rated R. Jan. 4, 1:30 p.m.: Classic Film Series features “Dr. Zhivago,” rated PG-13 and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. 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.
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
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. 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.
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.