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December 10 - December 17, 2017

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07 Sep 2017

With the conclusion of the current season on July 6, Metropolis and Michael Ingersoll announce the newest season of Artists Lounge Live at Metropolis, featuring top Broadway and Broadway in Chicago stars in solo concerts. The new Artists Lounge Live season includes tributes to Neil Sedaka, Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, and more. Artists Lounge Live brings talented Broadway and Broadway in Chicago stars to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. John Michael Dias, Jared Bradshaw, Donica Lynn,…

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12 Sep 2017

ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 12–DECEMBER 10 A practicing artist since 1978, Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953) often creates works that blur the lines between fiction and documentary to explore universal human experiences through the black subject. Over the years Weems’ photographic practice has expanded to include video, performance, and multi-media installations. Ritual and Revolution (1998) is an immersive, gallery-sized installation that marks one of the artist’s earliest forays into three dimensions. Composed of 18 diaphanous printed cloth banners organized in a…

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23 Sep 2017

ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 23–DECEMBER 10, 2017 This exhibition of paintings and drawings by the self-trained artist Purvis Young (1943-2010), will feature works that were a recent gift to the Block Museum with key loans that represent the themes which absorbed him throughout his career. For much of his life Young lived and worked in the Overtown section of Miami. His paintings, rendered in ink or paint on found materials ranging from scrap lumber, manila folders, and wallpaper books, center on a…

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23 Sep 2017

EXHIBITION ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 23, 2017–MARCH 11, 2018 In the summer of 1967, more than 100,000 young people streamed into the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco and the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, as well as Greenwich Village in New York and Old Town in Chicago, to celebrate peace, love, music, and mind-altering drugs. Many of the artists, poets and musicians associated with the “Summer of Love” embraced the work of British visionary poet and artist William Blake (1757–1827) and used…

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16 Oct 2017

Connections – Select Work by Illinois Artists and Artisans October 16 – December 21, 2017 Artist’s reception will be held October 26, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm The State Street Gallery is please to announce its fall exhibition, Connections, highlighting the work of over 30 artists and artisans living and working in Illinois. The juried collection is largely tactile and three dimensional. A variety of ceramic techniques and applications will be represented including the unique Saggar firing, the soulful expressive figures of Robin…

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22 Nov 2017
Sequence Ch!cago
22 November 2017 12:00 am (save to cal)
Navy Pier

A nod to Chicago’s diverse art and music scene, Sequence Ch!cago celebrates local artists, musicians, and cultural organizations by showcasing their works through this unique and exciting new performance series. Over the course of 10 dates through Dec. 20, Sequence Ch!cago spotlights talented performers from different Chicago neighborhoods who have inspired and influenced the local arts community through their creative works. Sequence Ch!cago is free and open to the public. Sequence Ch!cago is supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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01 Dec 2017
Winter WonderFest
1 December 2017 12:00 am (save to cal)
Navy Pier

Now in its 17th year, Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, returns Dec. 1 through Jan. 7! Packed with indoor family fun, this delightful family tradition features 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

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08 Dec 2017
Holidays A Cappella
8 December 2017 12:00 am (save to cal)

Experience familiar holiday songs in fresh new ways as our singers ring in the season with style. From solemn and holy to merry and bright, we’ll bring you more of your favorites than ever. Delight in beloved carols, Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and even some superb new discoveries — all with the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made this a Chicago musical tradition. Event dates, locations and times: Date: Dec. 8, 2017 Location: Wentz Concert Hall (171 E Chicago…

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10 Dec 2017

The One Tree Many Branches concert series is proud to present its annual Christmas celebration, this year featuring “And on Earth… Peace”. The birth of the Prince of Peace is beautifully brought to life in this work by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall. Music Director Mischa Zupko leads a full orchestra, chorus and soloists in this uplifting holiday offering featuring familiar and original music. All are welcome, and admission is free. Refreshments follow the performance. Lutheran Church of…

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10 Dec 2017

After learning the history of the craft, a naturalist will guide you step-by-step through the creative process during this hands-on terrarium workshop. All materials provided. Pre-registration is required by 12/6. Ages 18+. $32 Skokie resident, $40 non-resident. To register, call 847-677-7001.

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10 Dec 2017

The Highland Park Strings welcome Highland Park native Steven Honigberg to the stage with daughter Lily Honigberg, performing on cello and violin, respectively. The father is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and formerly music director of the Bronfman Series in Sun Valley, Idaho. The younger Honigberg’s accolades include ongoing study at the New England Conservatory of Music and recognition as winner of the New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Award with her pan-Celtic band, Night…

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10 Dec 2017

A festive North Shore community-wide kick off for the holidays! Features the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO), North Shore Choral Society, ESO’s Holiday Gospel Choir, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Children’s Choir and the ETHS a cappella singers. Information and tickets available at evanstonsymphony.org or 847.864.8804 (I will send photo under separate submission, once retrieved from our source).

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10 Dec 2017

Multiple award-winning actor, playwright, director and Chicagoland favorite Tom Mula will perform a solo staged reading of his holiday classic Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at Studio5 Performing Arts Center, December 9th – 10th. Inspired by Dickens, Mula’s heart-warming and funny, original story takes the perspective of Scrooge’s former business partner, Marley. Mula’s version is well known to listeners of National Public Radio, and the play has had over 400 productions, in 48 states, on four continents. Two performances only, Saturday,…

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10 Dec 2017

Kids will create their own mini gardens to watch plants grow indoors. A naturalist will provide step-by-step instructions during this fun, hands-on workshop. All materials provided. Pre-registration required by 12/6. Ages 8-13. $28 Skokie resident, $35 non-resident. For more information, call 847-677-7001.

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10 Dec 2017

The annual North Suburban YMCA Holiday Extravaganza, open to the public, features an afternoon of seasonal fun including free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities, tasty treats, holiday caroling, and a chance to win decorated wreaths in the Deck the Halls raffle. The event will continue into the evening with holiday caroling and a magnificent tree lighting event. Lowe’s of Northbrook will donate and decorate eight 12-foot trees which will be lit around 5:30 p.m. Immediately following, everyone…

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11 Dec 2017

Comedian Tim Benker provides hilarious life lessons with An Idiot’s Guide to Fixing Stoopid at Metropolis December 11, 2017.   From Adam and Eve to Kim and Kanye all the way to Conway and Spicer…The Idiots Guide to Fixing Stooopid will uncover human daffiness in a colorful multi-media presentation and describe how being a dimwit or a dolt affects life around us. The show provides self-testing and analysis to help prevent “us” from entering the stupid portion of society. Whether…

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12 Dec 2017

Celebrate the holidays with charming tales, Yuletide classics, country gems and original tunes from She’s Folks Holiday Hootenanny, at Metropolis December 12, 2017.   The Folks are hitchin’ up the sleigh to bring you their signature Story, Song and Sass – with a seasonal twist.  Join Betsy and the Boys as they celebrate the holidays with charming tales, Yuletide classics such as “Sleigh Ride,” country gems like “Christmas Time is a-Comin’,” haunting folk melodies including “Bright Morning Stars,” and a…

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12 Dec 2017

Kohl Children’s Museum is giving Times Square a run for its money with their New Year’s Eve “midnight” celebrations at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 at the Museum’s facility at 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. To kick-off 2018, an entire wing of the museum will be decorated “to the nines” for the full Times Square experience, complete with giant confetti drops at “midnight” and festive activities designed specifically for children throughout the day.

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12 Dec 2017

Get your child’s brain in gear before school starts! Kids will learn about animals, plants and the earth through science experiments, Lego projects, and natural observation. Most projects will be done indoors, but we will go outside for a short time. Register for one or both sections (morning section runs 9:00-noonand afternoon section runs noon-3:00); bring a packed lunch to the afternoon section. Ages 6-10. $18 Skokie resident, $23 non-resident. To register, call 847-677-7001.

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13 Dec 2017
Meisner Acting Class
13 December 2017 7:00 am (save to cal)

In this 10-week acting class, you’ll learn a series of innovative, step-by-step improvisational exercises we will train you to be thoroughly responsive, emotionally alive, spontaneous and absolutely grounded in the reality of what is happening at any given moment with any given person. Class is held at Green Shirt Studio on Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13. $295. Register here: http://www.greenshirtstudio.com/classes/the-meisner-classes/

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14 Dec 2017

Join us for a French film with English subtitles: “Ma Vie en rose.” Post-film discussion in French. For more information: AFnorthshore.org and meetup.com/afnorthshore. Individuals with disabilities: let us know 5 working days in advance so that we can accommodate you. 1 PM, Thursday, Glenview Public Library Multipurpose Room, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, free.

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14 Dec 2017

Chicago is a great city for family Christmas traditions. And if you like classic family movies and fun sing-alongs, then put the second annual “Miracle on Southport” on your list. On December 14th, The Chicago Help Initiative is sponsoring a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the iconic Music Box Theatre. The event, dubbed “Miracle on Southport” will feature the original 1947 movie (starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn), a great local choir to lead the sing-along,…

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15 Dec 2017

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) Presents Congregational Dinner and Shabbat Chanukah, Friday, December 15, 2017. Shabbat Chanukah Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and costs $18 per adult and children (2-12) are $8.50. Shabbat Chanukah Service with special guest “Uncle Louie” is at 7:30 p.m.Reservations and payment is due by December 11, 2017. For more information please call TBI at 847-675-0951 or visit http://www.tbiskokie.org.

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16 Dec 2017

These world-renowned, award-wining musicians and sisters return to their childhood home of Barrington to share their amazing musical gifts together at our White House. Performing throughout the U.S. and across the globe, both are in demand worldwide as chamber musicians and soloists. As well, pianist Marta is a founding member of the Grammy award-winning Lincoln Trio, called “one of the hottest young trios in the business.” Ani is the principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica and is described as having “scorchingly…

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16 Dec 2017

Enjoy holiday cookie decorating, photos with Santa, a letters to Santa station, and holiday gifts and dishes from 30+ vendors!

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