Updated: December 29, 2012 5:24PM
A new year, old country tunes and sleeping with dinosaurs are among the top entertainment in Chicago.
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RING IT IN AT NAVY PIER: Events for all ages. Two fireworks shows, free entertainment, two NYE galas and much more! Start at Winter WonderFest, then catch a special family fireworks show at 7 p.m. Bring the little ones to see great entertainment on the Winter WonderStage. Kids can join Chicago Children’s Museum for its annual Noon Year’s Eve festivities! Party favors, confetti and a special kid-hosted countdown will be on hand beginning at 10 a.m. Chicago Shakespeare Theater also joins in with a special New Year’s Eve performance. The Resolution Ball is in the Grand Ballroom. Visit ChiTownEvents.com for more information or to purchase tix. The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party is from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Purchase tix at www.crystalgardensnye.com, learn more at 312-560-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Navy Pier’s boats and restaurants will also host one-of-a-kind New Year’s celebrations, too numerous to list! Go to www.navypier.com for details on all events!
HANNUKATZ THE MUSICAL!: The New National Pastime Theater presents, back by popular demand, 2200 years in the making, here to fill the holiday vOY-OY-OYd!, the only rock ‘n’ roll Hannukah musical on earth. Wellington Da Silva is the tie-dyed Meowmulkah-sporting title character on his Hannukah-eve visit to the Skokie-based Moskowitz family’s Hannukah-hating kids. Hannukatz is a 6’7” talking, rocking, cat armed with an arsenal of rousing Hannukarols. This is the last weekend of performances, shows end Dec. 30. Stagings at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tix $25 adults and $10 ages 12 and under at Tickets can be purchased at www.hannukatz.brownpapertickets.com or the box office at 773-327-7077. The New National Pastime Theater is within the historic Masonic Hall in the Preston Bradley Center at 941 W. Lawrence Ave. 4th Floor. Red Line Lawrence El stop.
NEWS YEAR’S EVE AT EVEREST: Soaring above Chicago’s skyline with spectacular views from the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building, New Year’s Eve revelers can celebrate at Everest with Chef Joho’s award winning food and service. Guests can choose from an a la carte menu for $94 per person or a tasting menu for $145 per person. Usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, Everest is taking New Year’s Eve reservations this year from Fri. Dec. 28 through Mon., Dec. 31. Reservations will be accepted from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is always available at Everest. Guests should call Everest at 312-663-8920 or visit opentable.com to reserve their New Year’s Eve reservations.
FREE ADMISSION TO MSI ON JANUARY WEEKDAYS: Starting Jan. 7, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive will offer free general admission to Illinois residents every weekday (Monday through Friday) during the month of January. Enjoy all your classic favorites, and take in daily Live Science Demonstrations including the spectacular chemistry show, Bangs, Flashes and Fire. Temporary exhibits, like Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit require an additional paid ticket. NOTE: Must be an Illinois resident, with proof of address, to receive free general admission. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
MAYNE STAGE PRESENTS COUNTRY NIGHT: Tangleweed, The Hoyle Brothers and The Famous Brothers perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at Mayne Stage, 1328-30 W. Morse Ave. The bands are “practitioners of that uniquely American art form known variously as old-time or string-band music – progenitor of country, precursor to bluegrass...” and a good time will be had by all! General Admission limited seating is first come first serve — $13 in advance (or with credit card at door) or $10 CASH day of show. Tix available at www.maynestage.com or 866-468-3401. Reservations to Act One Pub at Mayne Stage can be made at www.actonepub.com or 773-381-4550. Red Line El Morse stop.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
“THE VOICE” AUDITIONS: NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” will hold auditions looking for the next voice. The producers are looking for all musical styles. The Auditions will be held at Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont on Jan. 12 and 13, doors open at 7 a.m. All artists must register at www.nbc.com/the-voice/about/casting/. Once registered, they will be given an “Artist Audition Pass” with a day and time to show up to the open call.
“DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS!”: Space is limited: Register now for one of these scheduled programs — March 15, April 5 and 12, and June 7. Kids ages 6 to 12 can bring their sleeping bags (and a flashlight!) and spend the night at the Field Museum. Enjoy workshop activities, games, a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt – in the dark. Sleep next to Sue, the T-Rex. Standard Overnight: $63; $53 members and groups. Friday, 5:45 p.m. 9 a.m. the following morning. Premium packages are available with more options. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. For Museum information, 312-922-9410 or www. fieldmuseum.org.
FAITH HEALER: The Den Theatre, main stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, presents a remount of TurnAround Theatre’s original hit production of Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer,” from Dec. 19 through Jan. 20. Faith Healer is a dramatic, mysterious and humorous work focusing on the life and times of Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish Healer. Tix are $28 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. and www.thedentheatre.com.
ENDS DEC. 30 — THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER: The Christmas Schooner returns to the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. This is a heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. Ends Dec. 30. Tix $29 to $59. Contact the Mercury Theater at 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.
2ND FRIDAYS: 2nd Fridays in the Chicago Arts District, 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11. Join the creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets, as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. Pick up a map at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted and explore the city’s most vibrant art community. www.chicagoartsdistrict.org.
METRA’S $7 WEEKEND PASS: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxis are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus, Chinatown and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.
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