Updated: January 5, 2013 10:46AM
Trivia, indoor paddle sports and a “just right!” bowl of porridge are among the top entertainment in Chicago.
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OTHER DESERT CITIES: Right-wing parents and left-leaning offspring take center stage in Jon Robin Baitz’s political potboiler. It’s Christmas Eve, 2004, at the Palm Springs mansion of Lyman and Polly Wyeth, a notably conservative California couple. Home for the holidays are their son Trip, a laid-back Hollywood producer; daughter Brooke, a liberal writer with a history of depression with the manuscript of her soon-to-be-published book; and Polly’s sister Silda, a liberal former screenwriter recently released from rehab. The book’s threatens to expose a long-buried family secret, a full-on battle between Brooke and her parents erupts. Runs Jan. 12 through Feb. 17; Tix $25 to $86; subject to change) at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, 312-443-3800 or at the box office,170 N. Dearborn.
2013 PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE CHICAGO BOAT, SPORTS AND RV SHOW: Paddlesports indoors and on the water are big this year. Shop largest selection of kayaks, canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards. Plus, walk on water in the new Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles pool or try out one of the hottest fitness and watersports trends – indoors on the PaddleFest Pond, participate in an array of daily seminars and on-water demos on topics ranging from adventure travel hotspots to SUP yoga. The show runs Jan. 9 thru 13 at McCormick Place – North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Tix are $12/Adults (16 and older); free/Youth (15 and under when accompanied by an adult. Tix and more info at www.ChicagoBoatShow.com, Twitter @ChiBoatRVShow and Facebook.
ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY — GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: Conceived by Yo-Yo Ma, Once Upon a Symphony is the newest contribution to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s programming for families and young audiences. With a small ensemble of CSO musicians and a storyteller with video projections, costumes and props, it gives young children a playful introduction to music. Shows are 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Jan. 12 at the CSO, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Preconcert begin 45 minutes before each concert (9:15 and 11 a.m., respectively). Tix $20 for adults, $10 for kids. CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, www.cso.org or Symphony Center box office.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: A daringly funny, poignant and provocative one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s disease that explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects. It is written by former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe and Emmy nominated playwright Eric Coble previewing Jan. 4, 5 and 6 and opening Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. and then running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 10 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tix $20/$25 available at the Box Office at 773-404-7336 or www.greenhousetheater.org.
TRY TRIVIA: Games aren’t just for kids anymore - alcohol-fueled trivia is becoming an increasingly popular activity for the 20- and 30-something sect in Chicago. Regardless of what neighborhood you live in you can find an organized trivia game (coupled with outrageous drink deals) almost every night of the week. Top options include Tuesday nights at Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield, where prizes include a $500 gift card to the Lakeview bar and eatery and Thursdays at Casey Moran’s, 3660 N. Clark St., where participants can take advantage of $1 domestic bottles and $5 bombs. Fun way to spend cold winter nights.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
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...” $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.
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. Temporary exhibits require an additional paid ticket. 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.
“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.
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.
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