Arts and entertainment calendar for Jan. 31
Updated: March 11, 2013 5:16PM
“The Baker’s Wife”
Presented in a concert setting Feb. 1-10 at The Music Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $25. Call (847) 579-4900 or visit www.themusictheatrecompany.org.
Presented by Big Noise Theatre Company through Feb. 3 at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker, Des Plaines. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. $25; $23 seniors and students. Call (847) 604-0275 or visit www.bignoise.org.
“God of Carnage”
Feb. 8-March 10 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. Feb. 20 and March 6. $37.50, with discounts for seniors, students and matinee performances. Visit www.citadeltheatre.org or call (847) 735-8554.
“Into the Woods”
Presented by teen actors from The Actors Training Center at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 and March 2 and 9 and 7 p.m. March 10 at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. $15. Call (847) 251-7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing”
Presented by Theatre in the Woods Feb. 8-17 at Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The revue features songs from 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. A special Valentine’s Day performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14; $25. Call (847) 604-1990 or visit www.theatreinthewoods.net.
The political thriller, set in 1930s Russia, will be presented through March 17 at Writers’ Theatre at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. Performances Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (with select 2 p.m. matinees); Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $35-$70. Call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.
“My Fair Lady”
Presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 1-2 at Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. Visit www.nudolphinshow.org.
“Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”
Through March 17 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. Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
Presented through March 31 at Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$75. Call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.
The trilogy of interrelated monologues set in a Midwestern funeral parlor will be presented through Feb. 10 at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $30. Visit www.oillamptheater.org or call (847) 834-0738.
Equity actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago present a theatrical reading of Shakespeare’s comedy at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave. Visit www.hplibrary.org.
“The Whipping Man”
Presented by Northlight Theatre through Feb. 24 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Three men reunite in the aftermath of the Civil War — a Jewish Confederate soldier and two former slaves who were raised in his household. $25-$72. Student tickets $15, subject to availability. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.
Chicago a cappella
Presenting “Spirit/Breath/Voice,” 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission, $22 seniors; $12 students. Call (773) 281-7820 or see www.chicagoacappella.org.
Chicago Bass Festival
Featuring an entire day of master classes, clinics and performances geared toward bassists of all ages and ability levels, Feb. 3 at Ravinia, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads, Highland Park. Visit www.chicagobassfestival.com.
Chicago Duo Piano Winter Mini-Fest
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $30; $20 seniors; $10 students. Visit www.chicagoduopianofestival.org or call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108.
Glenbrook North bands
The Freshman, Symphonic and Symphonic Wind Ensemble Bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Glenbrook North High School Center for Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Free. Call (847) 272-6400.
Highland Park Strings
“Schumann Squared,” the annual benefit concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 17 in Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads, Highland Park. Soloists are cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Marta Aznavoorian. $40 general admission. Call (847) 831-3622 or visit www.hpstrings.org.
Lake Forest Lyrica
Hosts Great Lakes Ensemble performing “French Connection: From Romanticism to Modernism” at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in Lake Forest College’s Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. The program includes works by Honegger, Faure and Messiaen. $15; $5 students. Call (847) 234-3100.
Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook
Hosting cantor Naftali Herstik and the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute Choir in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at 2095 Landwehr Road, Northbrook. The all-male choir performs classic cantorial compositions, Hebrew and Yiddish melodies and Hassidic Zemirot. $16 in advance; $20 at the door. Visit www.chabadnorthbrook.com or call (847) 564-8770.
At Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. March 6, 7:30 p.m.: Clarinetist Steven Cohen will perform with the Lincoln String Quartet. $8; $5 students. March 15, 7:30 p.m.: Concert pianist Kevin Robert Orr performs works by Mozart, Brahms and Barber. $8; $5 students.
Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse
682 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park. (847) 926-7434. www.madamezuzus.com. Feb. 8-9, 8:30-9:45 p.m.: “Foreplay: Revel in Romance,” works by Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff performed by pianist Anastasia Royal.
Alice Millar Chapel
At Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. March 1, 7:30 p.m.: Australian-born violinist Graeme Jennings will present a concert of music written for him by Bienen School of Music composition students. Free.
Music of the Baroque
Presenting “The Water Music — and More,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The program includes works by Handel and Haydn. $25-$75. Visit www.baroque.org.
Music Institute of Chicago
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Pacifica Quartet performs works by Smetana and Beethoven. $30; $20 seniors; $10 students.
New Comma Baroque
The period ensemble presents “All the Mornings of the World,” a program of music of the French Baroque, 8 p.m. March 15 at Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston. $15; $10 students. Visit www.renovostrings.org.
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Cellist Christopher Diego Ferrer performs works by Brahms, Faure and Glazunov. Feb. 3, 2 p.m.: Sophie A. Creutz and Marianna Shteingold, clarinet and piano, perform works by Sarasate, Bizet and Schumann. Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Chicago Guitar Duo performs works for classical guitar. Feb. 17, 2 p.m.: Er-Gene Kahng and Soyeon Park, violin and piano, perform works by Pärt, Beethoven and Stravinsky. Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Calumet Chamber Musicians play works by Prokofiev, Reincke and Hannibal.
The Northbrook Symphony
Presenting “From Classical …,” a concert featuring works by Arne, Mozart and Haydn, at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Glenbrook North High School’s Sheely Center for Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Guest artist is 14-year-old pianist Roger Shen. Pre-concert lecture by Jim Kendros at 2:30 p.m.; post-concert reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Northbrook Hilton Hotel, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave. $25-$45; $8 for students. Call (847) 272-0755 or visit www.TheNSO.org.
Northshore Concert Band
Presenting “Cultural Fusion,” a program of American and Japanese music, 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. $18; $13 seniors; $7 students. Call (847) 432-2263 or visit www.northshoreband.org.
Opera in Cinema Series
At the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Featuring film versions of famous operas performed by opera companies throughout the world. $20 per screening. Call (847) 251-7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com. Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m.: “Don Carlo.”
The Orion Ensemble
Presenting “A Voice from Heaven,” featuring soprano Patrice Michaels, 3 p.m. March 17 at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
At Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. March 22, 7:30 p.m.: Pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations program, “Schubert in the Age of the Sound Bite.” $22; $16 students.
Presenting the “BGH $10 Classics” series in Bennett Gordon Hall on the Ravinia Festival grounds, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads, Highland Park. For information or tickets, visit www.ravinia.org or call (847) 266-5100. Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m.: “Annelies: The Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank,” featuring The Lincoln Trio, Arianna Zukerman, soprano, Bharat Chandra, clarinet, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. $10. Free pre-concert discussion at 2:30 p.m.
Regenstein Recital Hall
At Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. Feb. 23, 3 p.m.: Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will lead a master class for Bienen School of Music chamber music students. Admission is free.
Rembrandt Chamber Players
Presenting “Lyrical Dvorak,” 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The program includes Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, and works by Malcolm Arnold and Ginestera. The concert will also showcase the winners of the 18th annual high school competition. $35; $25 young adults. Call (312) 360-3145 or visit www.rembrandtchamberplayers.org.
Renovo String Orchestra
Presenting “West Coast Russians,” 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston. The program includes works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. $15; $10 students. Call (847) 859-9351 or visit www.renovostrings.org.
Segovia Classical Guitar Series
Presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, Feb. 10-April 13. Events will take place in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, or Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the university’s Evanston campus. For tickets, call (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. Feb. 10, 3 p.m.: Lutenist Hopkinson Smith performs works by Bach, in Lutkin Hall. $18; $12 students. Feb. 24, 3 p.m.: Uruguayan guitarist Alvaro Pierri will perform works by Paganini, Ponce and Ginastera, in Lutkin Hall. $22; $12 students. March 1, 7:30 p.m.: Paco Pena’s Flamenco Dance Company will perform the program “Flamenco Vivo” in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. $30; $12 students. March 10, 3 p.m.: Guitarist Vladimir Gorbach will perform works by Giuliani, Scarlatti, Piazzolla and others, in Lutkin Hall. $20; $12 students. April 9, 7:30 p.m.: Guitarist Jason Vieaux will join bandoneon player and accordionist Julien Labro for a program of works by Piazzolla, Albeniz and others, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. $22; $12 students. April 13, 7:30 p.m.: Brazilian guitar virtuosos Sergio and Odair Assad join Cuban clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera for a program of tangos, sambas and boleros, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. $28; $12 students.
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
Presenting “The American Symphonists” at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The program includes works by Ives, Prokofiev and Schuman. $30-$41. Free pre-concert discussion at 1:45 p.m. Visit www.svso.org.
Youth Choral Theater of Chicago
Presenting “Wishes and Wings,” 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $16-$21; $9-$13 for children 12 and under. Visit www.youthchoraltheater.org.
Battle of the Bands
Presented by Youth Connection at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette, featuring local junior high students (bands and solo acts). Rufio from KISS-FM serves as guest DJ. $10 at the door. Visit www.youthconnectionwilmette.org.
“Bimah to Broadway”
Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers with soloist, cantor Paul Offenkrantz, will perform a choral concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Free. Call (847) 835-4800.
The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church St., Evanston. (847) 864-1679. www.celticknotpub.com. No cover unless noted otherwise. Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.: Chainsaw Dupont & the Blues Warriors. Feb. 10 and 24, 5-8 p.m.: Eric Lugosch. Feb. 17, 5-8 p.m.: Curt Nilsson and Jill Horwitz. Feb. 23, 9:30 p.m.: The Bluegrass Advocates. Feb. 28, 8 p.m.: Traditional Irish Music.
Cubby Bear North
21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Music at 10 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Feb. 1: The Mosquito, $5. Feb. 2: Hi Infidelity, $7. Feb. 8: The Personnel, $5. Feb. 9: Samadhi Vibe, $5. Feb. 15: Breakfast Club, $7. Feb. 16: Rock Candy, $7. Feb. 22: Hit or Miss, $5. Feb. 23: Partyhardigans, $5.
Evanston Jazz Festival
Held Feb. 9 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. The festival is an all-day event focusing on educating high school and middle school jazz students and showcasing their talents. Daytime events are open to the public at no charge. The evening performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a set from ETHS’s Jazz Ensemble, followed by The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, with special guests jazz trumpeters Randy Brecker and Art Davis. $20; $15 for students and seniors. For tickets, call (847) 424-7878 or visit www.ethsjazz.com.
Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival
Held Feb. 2 at New Trier High School, 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka. Daytime concerts are free of charge and will feature The Adam Kromelow Trio at noon and the Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Dennis Mackrel, performs at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Visit www.ntjazz.com.
“Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes”
A broadcast of the singer’s new album release event at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 in select movie theaters nationwide, including Evanston 18, 1715 Maple Ave., Evanston; and Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
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. Feb. 10: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Feb. 17: Concert Stage features Andy Cohen; Donna Herula opens. Feb. 24: Song Circle.
Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse
682 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park. (847) 926-7434. www.madamezuzus.com. Feb. 2, 8-10 p.m.: Vinyl Schminyl: A Live Recording and Discussion of Pink Floyd, a Vinyl Schminyl Radio podcast. Free. Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.: Open mic.
The Music Theatre Company
1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. (847) 579-4900. www.themusictheatrecompany.org. Feb. 11, 8 p.m.: Heidi Kettenring in concert, with Doug Peck on piano. $35. Feb. 23, 8 p.m.: Jess Godwin in concert with Janelle Kroll. $25. March 1, 8 p.m.: Actress and singer Christine Mild performs pop, folk and musical theatre songs. $25.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.: An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu. $35, $45, $55. Feb. 8, 8 p.m.: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 20th Anniversary Tour. $47, $53. Feb. 26, 8 p.m.: The Pink Floyd Experience. $48, $56, $62. March 1, 8 p.m.: The Irish Rovers. $48, $58. March 7, 8 p.m.: Indigo Girls with The Shadowboxers. $52, $62. March 14, 8 p.m.: Janis Ian with Livingston Taylor. $42, $50. April 6, 8 p.m.: Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show. $48, $58, $63. April 16, 7:30 p.m.: Aaron Neville. $65, $75.
North Shore Harmonizers
The women’s a cappella chorus in the barbershop tradition will present a Valentine’s Day concert at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mather Place of Wilmette retirement community, 2801 Old Glenview Road. Free. Call (847) 328-2757.
North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.: Bucky Halker, musician and labor scholar, presents stories and songs on worker’s rights and immigration as expressed through the music of American folk icon Woodie Guthrie. Free. Call (847) 234-2460.
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Feb. 12, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Forum XXXVII, a screening of filmed jazz performances from the late 1950s and early ‘60s.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
At Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra, conducted by alto saxophonist Sherman Irby. $6; $4 students.
1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Feb. 1, 8 p.m.: Shawn Colvin with Meg Hutchinson (folk). $38-$78. Feb. 2, 8 p.m.: Shawn Colvin with Matt the Electrician (folk). $38-$78. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Chicago Farmer CD release show with Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (folk). $10/$12. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Tift Merritt (folk). $22/$25. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Judy Collins (folk). $40-$85. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.: Joe Robinson (jazz/blues). $10/$12. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.: The Del Moroccos (rockabilly/R&B). $12/$15. Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: James Lee Stanely in The Studios at SPACE (folk). $20. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: Andy McKee, $22-$42. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: An Acoustic Evening with Martin Sexton, $32-$68. Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.: New Orleans Suspects (rock/funk/blues). $18/$20. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Suzanne Vega (folk). $28-$60. Feb. 24, 7 p.m.: Red Baraat (funk). $15/$18. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Commander Cody (country/rock). $17-$30. March 2, 7 p.m.: Sons of the Never Wrong (folk). $15-35. March 3, 7 p.m.: Eric Noden and Joe Filisko CD release party (blues). $10/$15. March 8, 8 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland (blues/soul). $22-$32. March 9-10, 8 p.m.: Marc Broussard (bayou soul). $28/$30. March 15, 7 p.m.: Cherish The Ladies (Irish folk). $28-$58. March 16-17, 8 p.m.: Todd Snider (alt country). $24/$28. March 22, 7 p.m.: Karla Bonoff, $15-$35. March 28, 7 p.m.: Otis Taylor (blues). $17/$20. April 3, 7:30 p.m.: Hey Marseilles (folk). $10-$18. April 5, 7 p.m.: Carrie Rodriguez (folk/Americana). $15-$27. April 5, 10 p.m.: Alternate Routes (roots rock). $12/$15. April 6, 7 p.m.: Ellis Paul (folk). $15-$35. April 6, 10 p.m.: That 1 Guy with Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club (experimental). $12-$15. April 10, 7:30 p.m.: Joshua James (indie/folk). $10/$12. April 20, 7 p.m.: Tom Paxton (folk). $20-$40. April 30, 7:30 p.m.: Coyote Grace (roots). $12/$15. May 22, 7:30 p.m.: El Ten Eleven (experimental rock).
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. Feb. 16: Tangleweed, with InTents opening.
Adlai Stevenson High School Performing Arts Center
1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 415-4121. www.d125.org. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $15.
1012-14 Church St., Evanston. www.27live.com. Tickets $4 in advance; $6 at the door, unless noted otherwise. Feb. 1, 9 p.m.: Shotgun Gambling plus Back Alley Riot.
1853 Tower Road, Glenview. Through Dec. 7, 8-10 p.m. Saturdays: Glenbrook South Jazz Combo presents Jazz, Gelato & Jam Session the first Saturday of the month. Free. Call (847) 729-7088.
Vibe at 1935
1935 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. (847) 780-4815. www.vibe1935.com. Jan. 31, 8-10:30 p.m.: Matt Feddermann and Danny Shaffer. Feb. 1, 8-11 p.m.: Waterstreet Band. Feb. 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Doug James & the Pocket (blues, rock, R&B).
Village Presbyterian Church
1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. (847) 272-0900. Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Grammy Award winner Tad Robinson (soul/blues). Free.
275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 18-plus, unless noted otherwise. Feb. 1, 9 p.m.: Howard & the White Boys with Gregory Hyde Band. Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m.: Marshall Tucker Band, $27-$70. Feb. 9, 9 p.m.: Evolution with Thunder Road (Springsteen tribute). Feb. 15, 9 p.m.: Heartache Tonight (Eagles tribute band) with special late set by Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). 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 1, 9 p.m.: 7th Heaven. March 2, 8:30 p.m.: Mr. Blotto. March 15, 9 p.m.: The Ides of March. $25-$30. April 2, 7 p.m.: Orgy, with Vampires Everywhere and Davey Suicide. $15-$25. April 19, 8 p.m.: Lee DeWyze. All-ages concert. $20, $30 and $40; pre-show meet & greet $100.
1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. Feb. 1, 8 p.m.: Stephanie Rogers — Live in Concert “Crazy Love.” $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Feb. 22, 8 p.m.: Hoopla! $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. (847) 432-1888. www.theartcenterhp.org. Feb. 1-23: February Youth Art Month exhibit, featuring the artwork of North Shore School District 112 elementary and middle school students and District 113 (Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School) students. Opening reception for District 113, 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 1; opening reception for District 112, 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 19. March 1-April 1: “Beauty Imperfect,” works celebrating the female form by Ronit Wiener, Polina Reisman and Joyce Marcus, and “Moments,” a juried photography exhibition. Receptions from 6:30-9 p.m. March 1 and 1-3 p.m. March 3.
As You Like It Gallery
827 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 864-3101. www.asyoulikeitsalon.net. Through May: “A Revolving Art Show,” featuring works by Amy Woodbury, Patt Murray, Maryann Kofoed, Joe Smigielski and Larry Geni.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-8215. www.chicagobotanic.org. Admission is free; parking is $20 per car. Through April 14: “Woodcut,” prints by artist Bryan Nash Gill, whose book is among the best-selling art books for 2012. The 31 original woodcut prints will be displayed in the Joutras Gallery.
Deer Path Art League & Gallery
Located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturdays by appointment. Through March 1: “Color & Light,” featuring jewelry, ceramics, oil paintings and photography.
Dittmar Memorial Gallery
At Northwestern University’s Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-2348. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Through Feb. 17: “Cultural Collage,” a group exhibition celebrating West African and Native American culture and heritage. The display includes works by bead painter Lanre Buraimoh, mask maker Annette Jackson and sculptor Ning-Chiao Hsu.
Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road. (847) 475-5300. www.evanstonartcenter.org. Through Feb. 10: Faculty Exhibition, showcasing the work of Evanston Art Center faculty members in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, painting, fiber, sculpture, jewelry, mosaics, photography and printmaking.
Glenview Art League
Sponsoring exhibits of work by its members at local venues through April 1. For information, call (847) 724-4007. Book Market, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview — oil paintings by Deb Anderson, Lindsay Brown and Sandy Sheagren; oil/acrylic by Marlene White; and acrylic by Jean Lyne. Edward R. James Co., 2550 Waukegan Road, Glenview — watercolors by Marilynn Robinson. Max and Benny’s Restaurant, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook — watercolors by Essie Landsman and acrylic/mixed works by Cathy Keeler, reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 12. Picture Us Gallery, 1521 Waukegan Road, Glenview — oil paintings by Gloria Moschel and mixed media works by Jude Kitts. Sweet Dreams Bakery and Cafe, 1107 Waukegan Road, Glenview — watercolors by Shirley Hutchinson. Via Gelato & Cafe, 1853 Tower Drive, Glenview — wall ceramics by Bud Sents. Zapatista Restaurant, 992 Willow Road, Northbrook — mixed media works by Peter Brinckerhoff and acrylic paintings by Mimi Branstrom and Nancy Paradies.
Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Through Feb. 28: “Tropical Breezes, Lake Memories,” works by Glenview artist and illustrator David Westerfield. Westerfield is also an illustrator of children’s books, which will be exhibited in a lobby display case.
John and Katherine Covington Memorial Art Exhibit
“An index of euphonious aggregates,” a solo exhibition by Chicago artist Mark Booth, Through Feb. 7 at Lake Forest College’s Durand Art Institute, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. Gallery hours 2-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call (847) 735-5194.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center Gallery
927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 448-8260. Through Feb. 27: “Stitched in Tradition: Art Quilts of the Black Threads Collective,” presented in recognition of Black History Month. A free staged reading of the play “Gee’s Bend” will be performed in conjunction with the exhibit by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop at 7 p.m. Feb. 4.
Open Studio Project Gallery
903 Sherman Ave., Evanston. (847) 475-0390. www.openstudioproject.org. Through Feb. 17: “OSP Facilitator Exhibit 2013,” featuring artwork made by OSP facilitators during Open Studio Project classes and workshops.
Perspective Group and Photography Gallery
1310-1/2B Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.perspectivegallery.org. (224) 200-1155. Through Feb. 24: “Between Boys,” fine art photography by Stephanie Taiberwhich; and the work of four gallery interns, Sasha Andruzheychik, Katie Donajkowski, Mary Ferrill and Samantha Harris. Artists’ reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2; artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.
2000 Central St., Evanston. (847) 864-0300. www.spexchicago.com. Through Feb. 28: “ART+VISION,” featuring photographs by Jill Buckner and Richard Mack.
Mosaics by five local artists are on display on the streets of the Central Avenue Shopping District in Highland Park, through March 31. The exhibit is sponsored by the Highland Park Cultural Arts Network. For information, visit www.HPCAN.org or call (847) 432-6000.
548 Chestnut St., Winnetka. (847) 446-3970. Through March 2: Mixed-media works by San Francisco artist Michael Cutlip and Highland Park artist Kathy Weaver.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Midwest Young Artists
Seeking entries for its sixth annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition, to be held Feb. 10 in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival, Highland Park. The competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger, including all instruments and voice. Contestants will compete for more than $5,000 in cash prizes and scholarships. Entry deadline is Feb. 1. Visit www.mya.org/chambercomp.php.
Hosting an open house/guest night, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Mart Marion Church, 2700 Willow Road, Northbrook. The organization provides education in vocal production and choreography for women of all ages. Visit www.melodeers.com or call (708) 522-6600.
Seeking young artists
Glenview Art League seeks artists, preschool through high school, to participate in its 24th annual Youth Art Fair, 1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at William Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is encouraged. For information and guidelines, visit www.glenviewartleague.org.
Big Noise Theatre Company
Holding auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Appointments suggested. Prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show or from the show, and bring sheet music in the proper key. Accompanist provided. Come prepared to dance; picture and resume requested. Production dates April 26-May 12 at the Prairie Lakes Theater, Des Plaines. Call Daiva Paulis, (312) 371-9945, or visit www.bignoisetheatre.org.
Deer Path Art League
Call for artists for Art Fair on the Square, a juried fine art festival to be held Sept. 1-2 at Market Square, Lake Forest. Monetary awards are presented in each of the 16 media categories, and two memorial awards, one for photography and one for abstract art, will also be presented. Application fee $35. Application deadline Feb. 28. For details, artist’s prospectus, and to apply, visit www.zapplication.org.
“Sing For Their Supper”
A concert to benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Performers include vocalists, instrumentalists, and the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir.Visit www.gccucc.org or call (847) 724-2210.
Native Dance Party
Oneida and Ojibwe powwow dancers from Wisconsin will perform at a benefit for the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. The event includes dinner, silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $120. Call (847) 475-1030 or visit www.mitchellmuseum.org.
“Divas of the Silver Screen”
Food tastings and movie clips to benefit Park Center Café, 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Regal Glen Stadium 10 Theatres, 1850 Tower Road, Glenview. Proceeds benefit seven charities chosen by the Glenview Giving Foundation. $40. Visit www.perkcentercafe.org.
Chicago Master Singers
Hosting “America Through Music,” the annual benefit gala, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and entertainment by concert pianist Clara Campbell Christian. $125 per person through Feb. 4; $140 after that date. Reservations with payment required by Feb. 11. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 825-5267.
“Laughter in the Key of WCE”
The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s 62nd annual benefit show, 8 p.m. March 7-9 and 14-16 at The Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $32.50; $40 premium seating. Proceeds benefit the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. Visit www.wcofe.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
Glencoe Public Library
320 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-5058. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Feb. 13, 1 p.m.: Discussion of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Feb. 23-25: Used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m.-noon Monday. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan.
Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Feb. 4, 1 p.m.: Discussion of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: Book Bites: Reading Social discusses Dark Places by Gillian Flynn at the Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Road, Glenview.
Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave. (847) 432-1573. www.hplibrary.org. Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: Daniel Stashower discusses and signs The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War. Feb. 15, 1 p.m.: Pamela Druckerman discusses and signs Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting. Feb. 15, 4 p.m.: Webcast with Tony Kushner and Harold Holzer. Daniel Weinberg from Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Book Shop Inc. interviews Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, who collaborated with Steven Spielberg on the screenplay for the movie “Lincoln,” and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, whose new book for children is a companion to the film.
Lake Forest Book Store
680 N. Western Ave. (847) 234-4420. www.lakeforestbookstore.com. Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-noon: Dave Eggers discusses and signs A Hologram for the King.
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Feb. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: The Illinois State Poetry Society hosts a reading of members’ work and a public open mic. Feb. 3, 2 p.m.: Paul Bartusiak discusses and signs his novel, Pencils Down Faces Up. Feb. 5, 10 a.m.: Literary critic Isabel Soffer leads a poetry discussion. No advance reading is required. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.: Discussion of Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Feb. 21, 7 p.m.: Suspicious Minds Mystery Book Club discusses Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Feb. 28, 7 p.m.: Lisa Barr discusses and signs her historical novel, Fugitive Colors.
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St., Winnetka. (847) 446-8880. www.thebookstall.com. Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.: Brenda Ferber reads her new picture book, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever.
“Family Room Tour”
Award-winning children’s musician Jim Gill performs at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Adlai Stevenson High School West Auditorium, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. $8. Call (847) 415-4121.
“How I Became a Pirate”
Highland Park Players Theater for Young Audiences presents a musical based on the children’s book, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 2-3 and 9-10 at Edgewood Middle School’s theater, 929 Edgewood Road., Highland Park. Show is appropriate for ages 3-plus. $10. Visit www.highlandparkplayers.com or call (847) 682-4640.
Kids Fare series
Featuring hour-long concerts for children ages 3-8 and their families, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, unless noted otherwise. (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. All Kids Fare concerts begin at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $6; $4 for children. Feb. 16: “Air Raid,” featuring an array of wind-generated sounds from kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone and more. April 20: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a Chicago-based dance theater company, hosts “Jump That Rhythm.” May 11: “My Kingdom for an Orchestra!”, featuring the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra.
Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences presents a new version of the classic fairy tale, with songs, dances and puppetry, through Feb. 23 at the Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Call (847) 291-2367 or visit www.northbrooktheatre.org.
1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. Kids Concert Series — performances at 10 a.m.; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Feb. 16: Little Miss Ann. March 23: Super Stolie. April 20: Mr. Dave & the Space Cadets. May 25: Future Hits. June 22: The Dreamtress Shakers. July 27: Mindy Hester & the Time Outs. Aug. 17: Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies. Oct. 12: The Boogers.
Youth Choral Theater of Chicago
Holding auditions by appointment through March 10 for its current season, featuring a production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” Vocal training for ages 4-18 available in Wilmette and Glenview. Call (847) 535-9873 or visit www.youthchoraltheater.org.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Off Campus Writers Workshop
Hosting programs 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln, Winnetka. $15 per session. Visit www.ocww.bizland.com.Feb. 7: “Literary Confidential: Trade Secrets of a Lifetime Professional Writer,” presented by Jay Bonansinga, co-author of the bestselling Walking Dead novels. Feb. 14: “Getting Writing Done: The Art and Skill of Managing a Writer’s Workload,” presented by author Allie Pleiter. Feb. 21: “The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By,” presented by Dan P. McAdams, chairman of the Psychology Department at Northwestern University.
Kathleen Anne Fleming, mystery author, presents a writing workshop on the topic “Dialogue” at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Visit www.northbrook.info.
Stand-up comedy show, 8 p.m. Thursdays at J.J. Java, 911 Foster St., Evanston. $5 suggested donation. Call (773) 991-7379.
An Evening of Comedy & Spoken Word
Author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman and friends perform 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. $3 cover. Call (847) 868-8385.
The Laughing Chameleon
Located in The Glen Town Center, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview. (888) 685-2844. www.thelaughingchameleon.com. Feb. 2, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.:Robin Riebman. $10 online; $15 box office.
Ballet in Cinema Series
At the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Featuring film versions of familiar ballets performed by dance companies throughout the world. Screenings are at 2:30 p.m. $15 per screening. Call (847) 251-7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com. Feb. 17: “La Bayadere.” March 3: An Evening with Crystal Pite. March 10: “Notre-Dame de Paris.” March 31: “Ballet’s Greatest Hits.”
BallroomChicago dance classes
Held at Lodge Hall, 1799 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. For information, call (847) 757-2227 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25: Nightclub 2-step, 7-8 p.m., $10 per person, per session; Hustle, 8-9 p.m., $10 per person, per session.
Fisher Dance Center
807 Ridge Road, Wilmette. (847) 920-9121. www.fisherdancecenter.com. 25th Anniversary Legendary Workshop Series — Includes short, compact day programs for the junior level (8-11 years of age) and senior level (12-18 years of age). Fee is $25 per workshop. Feb. 3: Italian-style contemporary dance with Federica Ciavadini. March 10: Hip-hop and break dancing with Jarret Brown.
Glenview Square Dance Club
Dancing the first and third Fridays of each month, September to May, at the Glen Grove School, 3900 Glenview Road, Glenview. Round dancing, cued by Howard and Anna Hoffman, starts at 7:30 p.m. Square dancing, at the Plus level, starts at 8 p.m. Call (847) 945-0370 or visit www.glenviewsquares.com.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: Thodos Dance Chicago. $36, $46. March 16, 8 p.m.: River North Dance Chicago. $36, $46.
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. Feb. 16: Waltz. March 16: Cha-cha. April 20: Fox trot. May 18: Rumba.
In the Pick-Laudati Auditorium at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-4000. www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema. Admission is $6; $4 for Block Museum members, students with ID and senior citizens, or as noted below. All films shown at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Feb. 1: “Wild Girl” (1932). Feb. 2, 3 p.m.: “Native Son” (1951). Feb. 7: “Meet the Fokkens.” Feb. 8: “Lucky.” Feb. 9, 3 p.m.: “History is Made at Night” (1937). Feb. 15: “Hud” (1963). Free admission. Feb. 16, 3 p.m.: “China Express” (“Goluboi Ekspress”). Feb. 21: “Never a City So Reel.” Free admission. Feb. 22: “About 111 Girls.” Feb. 23, 3 p.m.: “Ornette: Made in America.” Feb. 28: “Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock.” Free admission. March 1: “Clandestine Childhood.” March 2, 3 p.m.: “Gabriel.” Free admission. March 8: “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.”
Glencoe Public Library
320 Park Ave. (847) 835-5056. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Feb. 18, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: “Searching for Sugar Man” will be screened at the Woman’s Library Club, 325 Tudor Court.
Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave. (847) 432-1573. www.hplibrary.org. Feb. 13, 7 p.m.: “A Night At The Oscars.” Film critic Michael Phillips shares his Academy Award predictions.
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. All films shown at 1 and 7:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Feb. 17, 2 p.m.: Academy Awards film discussion, led by independent film maker Reid Schultz. Rita Hayworth film series — Feb. 6: “Gilda” (1946). Feb. 13: “Cover Girl” (1944). Feb. 20: “Fire Down Below” (1957). Feb. 27: “Lady from Shanghai” (1947).
Glencoe Public Library
320 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-5058. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: Art historian Jeff Mishur will present a program on Georgia O’Keeffe. Feb. 11, 1 p.m.: America’s Musical Theater Legends program features Dean Martin.
Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave. (847) 432-1573. www.hplibrary.org. Feb. 4, 1 p.m.: Northlight Presents: “The Whipping Man.” Performers and members of the creative team will present a scene and discuss the production.
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane. (847) 272-6224. www.northbrook.info. Feb. 5, 2 p.m.: Northbrook Symphony lecturer Jim Kendros continues his series on the lives and music of composers Arne, Mozart and Haydn. Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Lyric Opera lecture series features “Rigoletto” by Verdi.
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave. (847) 256-5025. www.wilmettelibrary.info. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.: Free lecture on Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,” hosted by the Wilmette Chapter, Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Glenview Art League
Hosting a demonstration by artist Charles Wright, 7:15-9 p.m. Feb. 5 at Westbrook Elementary School, Lake and Greenwood, Glenview.
Greater Midwest Foodways
Hosting a high tea, “Below Stairs: A Servant’s Life in Early 20th Century England, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Literary dramatist Leslie Goddard will portray British domestic servant Margaret Powell, whose 1968 book, Below Stairs, was among the inspirations for the popular television series “Downtown Abbey.” $55 in advance; $65 at the door. Reservations required; call (312) 380-1665 or e-mail GreaterMidwestFoodways@gmail.com.
Night of the Arts
Multigenerational evening of art projects, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Art supplies provided. $5 per person; $15 per family. Call (847) 864-1330.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.: The Magic of Bill Blagg. $28, $34.
“Skooled: A Study in Circus”
The production includes clowning, aerial acrobatics and live music, Feb. 16-March 23 at The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. No 4:30 p.m. show on Feb. 16. $15-$20. Call (847) 328-2795 or visit www.actorsgymnasium.com.
1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.: “Dr. Strangelove,” a staged reading featuring Tim Kazurinsky, Randy Craig, Gary Houston and Warren Leming. $15/$18.
Youth in Music Festival
The Music Institute of Chicago hosts a community event featuring music and discussion, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Highland Park Community House Ballroom, 1991 Sheridan Road. Mark Churchill, dean emeritus of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, will moderate a panel discussion on the ways young people can serve as advocates for music in society. Free.
Block Museum of Art
At Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-4000. www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu. Admission is free; unless noted, admission to all programs is also free. Through March 24: “Terry Adkins Recital,” featuring sculpture, photography and video works by the artist. March 1, 7 p.m.: Adkins will present “Facets,” a performance with the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, at Regenstein Hall of Music, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Free. Through March 24: “Eye Contact: Photographic Portraits from the Collection,” in the Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery, featuring works by Andy Warhol, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and others. Through March 24: “Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door,” in the Alsdorf Gallery.
Evanston History Center
Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. (847) 475-3410. www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission (includes optional house tour): $10; free for members. Feb. 21, 7 p.m.: “The Future of Food,” presented by Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food. $10.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Admission: $12; $8 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children ages 5-11. Special exhibitions are free with museum admission. Feb. 3-April 21: “Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight for It.” Created by the Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, N.C., the exhibit traces the saga of Reverend J.A. De Laine and the citizens of Clarendon County, S.C., who brought a pivotal law suit challenging racial segregation in public schools. Feb. 3, 1 p.m.: Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura S. Washington interviews members of the De Laine family. Free with museum admission. Reservations required. Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m.: “Cello Compositions of Richard Stöhr, Persecuted Composer.” Cellist Stefan Koch, Lansing (Michigan) Symphony member, accompanied by pianist Robert Conway, will perform the rarely heard cello works of Richard Stöhr, who taught at the Vienna Academy of Music from 1901 until 1938, when he was forced by the Nazis to resign and emigrate. Free with museum admission. Reservations required.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St., Evanston. (847) 475-1030. www.mitchellmuseum.org. Admission is $5; $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Free admission for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members; and on the first Friday of every month. Admission includes all exhibits and events, unless stated otherwise. Through March 10: “Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art.” Through Aug. 25: “The War of 1812: Fighting for Their Homeland.” Through maps, timelines, document reproductions, and graphics, the exhibit will provide an overview of the causes and significant events of the War of 1812, including Chicago’s Battle of Fort Dearborn. Through Sept. 8: “New Treasures of Our Collection,” an exhibit of 45 recent acquisitions.