Arts and entertainment calendar for Nov. 29
Updated: May 13, 2013 5:46PM
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.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
Presented by CenterStage in Lake Forest at 7:30 p.m . Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. $20 in advance; $15 students and seniors; $25 at the door. Visit www.centerstagelakeforest.org or call (847) 234-6062.
Jr. Encore Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s musical at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 16, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. $12. Call (847) 708-8880 or visit www.encoretheatre.net.
“The Magic of the Nutcracker”
Presented by Dancenter North at 3 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Libertyville High School’s Butler Auditorium, 708 W. Park Ave. Tickets for these performances available at (847) 367-7970. There will also be performances at 3 p.m. Dec. 15-16 at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets for Genesee Theatre performances available at (312) 559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit http://themagicofthenutcracker.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.
North Shore School of Dance presents its 24th annual production at 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2 in the Raymond Moore Auditorium at Lake Forest High School, 1285 N. McKinley Road, Lake Forest. $22; $15 children and seniors. Visit www.northshoredance.com.
Performed by Ballet Makkai Youth Company and students of the Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School at 4 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at Elm Place Middle School, 2031 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $20. Visit www.balletmakkai.com or call (847) 433-1449.
Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe Holiday Concert
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $10; $8 seniors. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets or call (847) 543-2300.
“Christmas Around the World”
Presented by The Moscow Boys Choir at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $20-$25; $19-$24 seniors; $15 teens; $12 children under 12. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets or call (847) 543-2300.
Featuring the Empire Brass and vocalist Elisabeth von Trapp, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park. $10. Visit www.ravinia.org or call (847) 266-5100.
“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.
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.
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.
Holiday Music Series
Featuring local amateur talent 5-7 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 1-23, 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.
Story Time with Santa
Held 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the prairie with Santa followed by snacks and hot cocoa. $25 per family for Lake Forest Open Lands members; membership packages available for new families. To register, visit www.LFOLA.org.
Santa visit and holiday open house
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Fort Hill Heritage Museum, 601 E. Noel Drive, Mundelein. Visit www.mundeleinparks.org or call (847) 566-7743.
Snack ‘n’ Storytime with Santa
Presented by the Mundelein Park District at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Regent Center, 1200 Regent Drive, Mundelein. $7 for Mundelein residents; $10 nonresidents. Register at www.mundeleinparks.org or call (847) 566-0650.
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.
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.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-8215. www.chicagobotanic.org. Dec. 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus. $17 in advance; $20 at the door; free for children 2 and under; standard parking fee of $20 applies. Dec. 9, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Hanukkah Concert in the Alsdorf Auditorium. $17 in advance; $20 at the door; free for children 2 and under; standard parking fee of $20 applies. Dec. 15-16, 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa. $33 adults; $27 children ages 3-12; free for children 2 and under. Dec. 22, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Christmas Brass Concert in the Alsdorf Auditorium. $17 in advance; $20 at the door; free for children 2 and under; standard parking fee of $20 applies.
“12 Gifts of Christmas”
Screened at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Gurnee Cinemas 20, 6144 Grand Ave., Gurnee, 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.
Presented through Dec. 30 at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays; Wednesday matinees at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19; Saturday matinees at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22. $37.50; $32.50 seniors and students. Call (847) 735-8554 or visit www.citadeltheatre.org.
Musicals in Concert Series
Featuring “Lucky Stiff” Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at The Music Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $35. Visit www.themusictheatrecompany.org or call (847) 579-4900.
“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.
“They’re Playing Our Song”
Presented by Liberty Town Productions at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Libertyville High School’s Studio Theatre, 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $20; $10 for students. Sunday’s tickets are complimentary, but donations to benefit the Center for Companies That Care are requested. Visit www.libertytownproductions.com.
Chamber Music Soiree
Chamber music students of Midwest Young Artists will present a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park. Visit www.mya.org or call (847) 926-9898.
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.
Highland Park Strings
Presenting “Two Shades of Gray,” with soloists Erika Gray, violin, and Johannes Gray, cello, at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Elm Place School, 2031 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Program includes works by Handel, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Admission is free. Visit www.hpstrings.org.
Pilgrim Chamber Players
Performing with guest soloist Michele Areyzaga, soprano, at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $20; $15 seniors; $8 students. Call (847) 433-0972 or visit www.pilgrimplayers.org.
Cubby Bear North
21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Music at 10 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Nov. 30: Almost Famous, $5. Dec. 1: King Saturday and Who’s Who, $5. 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.
203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 263-6300. www.geneseetheatre.com. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or see www.ticketmaster.com. Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Under the Streetlamp, a quartet composed of recent cast members of “Jersey Boys.” $55, $65. Jan. 11, 8 p.m.: Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys. $37.50, $42.50, $52.50, $72.50.
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. 2: “Behind the Song with Mark Dvorak,” an interactive session that is part concert, part song-writing workshop. Call (847) 602-8882 by noon on the day of the concert for reservations.
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. Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $10-$25. 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.
David Adler Music and Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. (847) 367-0707. www.adlercenter.org. Gallery hours 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Dec. 7-21: Copper etchings and watercolors by Robert Klunk. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7.
Antioch Fine Arts Foundation
Celebration/Open House, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at 983 Main St., Antioch. Visit www.antiochnearts.org or call (847) 838-2274.
The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. (847) 432-1888. www.theartcenterhp.org. Through Dec. 30: “The Anastylosis Project,” large-scale, intricately detailed drawings of 12th century buildings by Mary Griep, and “Sacred Spaces,” a juried exhibition of work in all media that depicts places with sacred significance.
Artists on the Bluff Station Gallery
Located in the north portion of the Lake Bluff train station, 600 N. Sheridan Road. Visit www.artistsonthebluff.org. Dec. 1: Opening of a show of new works by members, including paintings, drawings and jewelry. There will also be activities for children. The show will continue through January.
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. Dec. 1-4: CLC’s 22nd annual Holiday Art Sale, featuring works by 30 Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin artists.
Deer Path Art League & Gallery
Located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Through Jan. 4: “Art is ... for Gifting.”
North Shore Art League
Hosting its sixth annual “inchworks” fine arts show through Jan. 15 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka. Wine and cheese reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 29. The show features images no larger than 144 square inches. Call (847) 446-2870 or visit www.northshoreartleague.org.
202 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest. www.reinventlf.com. (224) 544-5961. Through Dec. 8: “Lost and Found: Industrial Sculptures and Photographic Studies,” works by Steven Gallagher and Jason Bennett Harris.
Located in the lower level of the Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Ave., Waukegan. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment at (847) 367-5308. Through Jan. 5: “Honoring Our Veterans,” works by eight local artists.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Midwest Young Artists
Hosting the 17th annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition, held at the MYA Center in Highwood and Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia on Dec. 29-30. Prizes include an opportunity to perform with the MYA Symphony Orchestra and MYA scholarships. Now accepting applications from pre-college soloists. The deadline for registration is Dec. 1. Visit www.mya.org or call (847) 926-9898.
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 email@example.com 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.
“The Velveteen Rabbit”
Presented by Kirk Players at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 at the Cuneo Mansion, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. $7; $5 children 12 and under. Call (847) 521-6192 or visit www.kirkplayers.org.
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.
203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 263-6300. www.geneseetheatre.com. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or see www.ticketmaster.com. Dec. 1, 8 p.m.: Bill Cosby. $39.50, $49.50, $65 and $75.
Dress Up & Dance!
34121 N. US Highway 45, Grayslake. (847) 543-4563. www.dress-dance.com. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30-10:30 p.m.: Country Meets Ballroom open dance, $10. Nov. 30: November Party Night, open dancing and dance demonstration. Free. Dec. 1, 7, 28 and 29, 7-11 p.m.: Family Karaoke & Dance Night, $5 per guest. Dec. 2, 9, 23 and 30, 4-6 p.m.: Open dance, $5. Dec. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Waltz lesson, registration required. Dec. 8: West Coast Swing; lesson at 8 p.m., open dance 9-11 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $25 per couple. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.: East Coast Swing lesson, $10. Registration required. Dec. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.: Rumba lesson, $10. Registration required. Dec. 21, 7-11 p.m.: Family Christmas Carols & Karaoke, $5 per guest. Dec. 22: Salsa Time and Wear All Red Party. Lesson at 8 p.m., open dance 9-11 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $25 per couple. Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: New Year’s Eve Celebration, $25.
203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 263-6300. www.geneseetheatre.com. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or see www.ticketmaster.com. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Cinderella.” Tickets: $32.50, $42.50, $52.50.
Shoreline Dance Club
Playing recorded music for easy ballroom dancing at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Lessons are given by professional instructors Bob and Penny Urbon at 7:30 p.m., followed by an evening of social dancing. Adults of all ages and dancing abilities welcome. Attire is dressy/casual. Admission per couple is $25. Call (847) 816-7602 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com/shoreline.htm. Jan. 19: 4-count hustle. Feb. 16: Waltz. March 16: Cha-cha. April 20: Fox trot. May 18: Rumba.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The Inside Show
A winter juried art festival, with works by 40 artists, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West. Free admission. Call (847) 926-4300.
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.
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
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.
203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 263-6300. www.geneseetheatre.com. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or see www.ticketmaster.com. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Buddy Valstro: The Cake Boss Homemade for the Holidays Tour. Tickets are $35.75 and $45.75. VIP tickets, $85, include a post-show meet and greet.
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.