There’s something for everybody this week—from a variety of artistic and interactive holiday events to adventures in opera, classical and DJ-ed music.
Monday, November 28
It’s opening night for the 10th Anniversary of American Theater Company’s It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. Adapted from Frank Capra’s iconic film and directed by ATC Artistic Associate Jason Gerace, the 7:00 pm performance will be followed with milk and cookies in the lobby at 1909 West Byron Street in Chicago.
Tuesday, November 29
Lyric Opera’s Discovery Series focuses on The Magic Flute with an all-star panel including Lyric’s own Nicole Cabell (Pamina), Charles Castronovo (Tamino), Stéphane Degout (Papageno), and Sir Andrew Davis who will discuss Mozart’s final opera and the ideals of the Enlightenment. Visit www.lyricopera.org for more information.
Wednesday, November 30
Create delicious holiday gifts by attending the Sunset Foods Sugar and Spice Cooking Class from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in Lake Forest. Italian biscotti, spiced nuts and other dessert treats are included in the hands-on workshop fee of $55 per station (two people may share a station). To sign up, contact Chef Mary Kay Gill at 847-810-0484 or email@example.com.
Thursday, December 1
The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra: Holiday Concert at 7:30 pm features Fanstasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G Minor (Christmas Concerto); Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano; and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 1 from The Nutcracker. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for full-time students with IDs.
Friday, December 2
A free opening reception for Dan MacAdam/Crosshair takes place at 7:00 pm at Logan Square’s saki on 3716 West Fullerton Avenue. Music is provided by DJ Karl Meier and beverages are provided by saki and Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale. For party details, call 773-486-3997.
Saturday, December 3
The Off-Air Series will close out the year with What’s Your Art? Celebrating the Art Centers of Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center Yates Hall on 78 East Washington. The noon to 5:00 pm affair is free, but reservations are recommended. Each unique location has its own style, including a wrapping station where guests can add their own artistic touch to gifts. For more information, visit http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-03/whats-your-art.
Sunday, December 4
At 10:40 am, Northwestern’s Alice Millar Chapel will host the A Festival of Lessons and Carols conducted by Stephen Alltop. the program features performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Northwestern University Philharmonia, Millar Brass Ensemble and faculty oboist Michael Henoch. Ranging from early baroque to contemporary, the carol settings for brass, strings, organ and choir include Nelhybel’s Estampie natalis and Gabrieli’s Magnificat a 14 for three choirs. Admission is a freewill offering. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/.