Updated: January 26, 2013 12:27PM
Snow sculptures, ballet and sailboating are among the top entertainment in Chicago.
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HAMBURG BALLET’S CHICAGO DEBUT: Hamburg Ballet, widely considered one of the world’s greatest dance companies, will begin its 2013 U.S. tour on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Harris theater for Music and Dance at 205 E. Randolph. And this world treasure brings its epic ballet “Nijinksy” to the stage. Tix for Hamburg Ballet’s Feb. 1 and 2 performances at the Harris Theater range from $30 to $75 and are available at www.HarrisTheaterChicago.org, by phone at 312-334-7777, or in person at the Harris Theater Box Office at 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago.
TEDDY FERRARA: The Goodman-commissioned “Teddy Ferrara,” is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn, praised as “among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today” (The New York Times). Evan Cabnet directs this stirring exploration of an on-campus tragedy. “Teddy Ferrara” runs Feb. 2 through March 3 in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tix are $14 to $45 are available at www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Teddy, 312-443-3800 or at the box office.
SNOW DAYS AT NAVY PIER: Missing the snow this winter? Take a snow day at Navy Pier Jan. 25 to 27 where they have been busy making their own snow. There’s snow sculptures, a new interactive snowboarding experience for the kids, fun snow games, live entertainment and more. To warm up during your visit to Snow Days, there will be great live performances on the Family Pavilion stage all weekend long. or more information about Snow Days Chicago and to see sketches of the snow sculpture designs, visit www.navypier.com/snowdays/.
SCARY TALES 2013 RETURNS: Clock Productions will bring its newest version of the Scary Tales series to the National Pastime Theater beginning Jan. 25. With stories ranging from Victorian England to ancient China, this series of short tales of mystery and terror offers an unusual evening of theater going. The shows run 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons, Jan. 25 through Feb. 9. National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence on the 4th floor of the Preston Bradley Center. Tickets are $15. Reservations at 773-327-7077 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/318559.
STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO: Escape the chill this week and get ready for summer fun at Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago show with interactive activities, more than 200 free daily seminars, and ‘sails’ on hundreds of the latest boats and accessories including the World Debut of the Blue Jacket 40. In addition to more than 100 boats on display and an array of marine accessories, there are top-notch attractions for all ages including a summer playground with hundreds of free educational seminars from the world’s elite sailors, a sailing simulator, remote control sailboat pond, dozens of product debuts and more. It’s happening now through Sunday, Jan. 27 at Navy Pier, Festival Halls A and B, 600 E. Grand Ave. $15 for adults – Weekend, free for kids 15 years and younger. Learn more at www.StrictlySailChicago.com. Also on Facebook and Twitter.
Quick Notes and Exhibits and Programs Closings
ENDS FEB. 3—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,” extended through Feb. 3. 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 FEB. 10 — 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. Runs 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.
HAPPY NOW?: Shattered Globe Theatre presents the dark comedy “Happy Now?” It’s a darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it. Playing Thursdays through Sundays, through March 2 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tix, $28 - $10, are available at www.shatteredglobe.org. or 773-795-8150.
OTHER DESERT CITIES: Right-wing parents and left-leaning offspring take center stage in Jon Robin Baitz’s political potboiler, set in a Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve, 2004. What could go wrong? 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.
LAST CHANCE — FREE ADMISSION TO MSI ON JANUARY WEEKDAYS: Through Jan. 31 at Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. Free general admission to Illinois residents on weekdays. www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
CHARLIE BROWN AND THE GREAT EXHIBIT: The 50-year legacy of Charles Schulz and his Peanuts gang is on exhibit through Feb. 18 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lakeshore Drive. 773-684-1414 or www.msichicago.org. www.facebook.com/msichicago and twitter at msichicago.org/podcast.
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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