A community theater production of "The Polar Express" will be staged Nov. 9-10 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. | AP file photo
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:14AM
Here is a look at events with tickets already on sale or going on sale soon. Shows include “The Polar Express” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.
3420 W. Grace St., Chicago, (773) 478-4408, abbeypub.com
◆ MtM Group & Respect Chicago presents Respect the Mic XI featuring Notrydo.Sincere, Hanibl Phee, Johnny Awesome, Rome and more at 8:30 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Nov. 4. Tickets $10 in advance and $20 on show day.
◆ The Viaducts and Shift at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Nov. 15. Tickets are $7.
◆ Spare Parts with others to be announced at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Nov. 17. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on show day.
◆ Railway Records Night at 9 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Green Room Pub. Admission is free.
◆ The Great Whiskey Project at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Green Room Pub. Admission is free.
◆ School of Rock Evanston presents the Grateful Dead at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Dec. 2. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on show day.
◆ Dolfish at 10 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Green Room Pub. Admission is free.
◆ Clubtapes & The Dankles present Certified Dope with Willy Joy, DJ Belly vs. Ruckus, the Interns, Hey Casey, Epilep[c] and host North Coast Music Fest alum Probcause at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Dec. 6. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on show day.
◆ The Soda Jerks at 9 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Green Room Pub. Admission is free.
◆ Flatts & Sharpe Music for two shows on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for each show or $15 for both shows.
◆ The Coop and Eumatik at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. doors) Dec. 29. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 on show day.
1505 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, (312) 970-1505, theacebarchicago.com
◆ Leogun (from the United Kingdom) at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Nov. 7. Tickets are $10.
◆ Hannah Georgas and the Bears of Blue River at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) Nov. 9. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on show day.
◆ Buffalo Killers and Hollis Brown at 10:30 p.m. (10 p.m. doors) Nov. 9. Tickets are $10.
◆ Pujol featuring Animal City at 9:30 p.m. (9 p.m. doors) Nov. 30. Tickets are $10.
BEVERLY ARTS CENTER
2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org
◆ “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Tickets are $8, or $6 for center members. Already on sale.
On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. His journey leads him to discover what it means to truly believe. This simply staged production, which is directed by Chris Galvan, will include music and minimal movement.
SouthtownStar readers can enter a coloring contest, which runs to Nov. 6, for tickets by coloring the picture that appears in the print edition of the daily newspaper. Five winners each will receive four tickets to attend one of these performances. Winners will be selected at random on Nov. 7.
BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER
4450 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 769-4451, blackensembletheater.org
Black Ensemble Theater performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $45 for previews, $55 for regular runs on Saturday matinees and Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $65 for regular runs on Fridays, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.
The Five Play Card for the theater’s 36th Season of Excellence: Treasures and Tributes can be used for one person to see five plays or to bring four other friends to one show or in any other combination that adds up to five. The Five Play Cards issued in 2013 will be good for one year. The Gold Five Play Card, priced at $247.50, can be used on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday matinees. The Platinum Five Play Card, priced at $292.50, can be used for any performance.
◆ “Doo Wop Shoo Bop” from Feb. 7-March 31. The show, which opens at 3 p.m. Feb. 10, is written by Jackie Taylor, Jimmy Tillman and Rueben Echoles and directed by Jackie Taylor.
◆ “It’s All-Right to Have a Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield)” from April 25-June 23. The show, which opens at 3 p.m. April 28, is written by Liz Catherine and directed by Jackie Taylor and Daryl Brooks.
◆ “Howlin at the Moon (The Story of Howlin Wolf)” from July 25-Sept. 15. The show, which opens at 3 p.m. July 28, is written by Jackie Taylor and Jimmy Tillman, directed by Rueben Echoles and stars Rick Stone.
◆ “Chicago’s Golden Soul” from Oct. 17-Jan. 5. The show, which opens at 3 p.m. Oct. 20, is written and directed by Jackie Taylor.
BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA
Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, Ind., (219) 879-7711, bluechipcasino.com
◆ Wilson Phillips at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Nov. 10. The top-selling female vocal group is known for hit singles including “Hold On” and “Release Me.” Tickets are $30, $45 and $60.
◆ Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
1375 W. Lake St., Chicago, (312) 666-6775, bottomlounge.com
◆ Nickmo Productions presents Wyllys and the Will to Live, Zmick and Digeometric at 9 p.m. (8:30 p.m. doors) Nov. 17 upstairs. Tickets are $15.
◆ Passafire, Pinstripes and the Heard at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on show day for the all-ages gig.
◆ American Gothic Productions presents Noctronica at 9 p.m. Nov. 24 upstairs. Tickets are $8.
◆ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Nov. 29. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 on show day for the 17-and-older gig.
◆ Silverwrapper presents Chappo, Monogold, the Ivorys and Save the Clocktower at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Dec. 8 upstairs. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on show day.
◆ Every Avenue, Set It Off, Conditions and Car Party at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. doors) Dec. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 on show day for the all-ages gig.
CHICAGO OPERA THEATER
Performances at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, (312) 704-8414 (Chicago Opera Theater), chicagooperatheater.org
A subscription raffle in honor of National Opera Week offers subscribers who purchase their tickets between Oct. 29-Nov. 5 a chance to be upgraded to prime seats for what is billed as general director Andreas Mitisek’s not-to-be-missed inaugural 2013 season. To be eligible for entry, subscribers must purchase their 2013 season subscriptions in the B, C or D sections. Subscribers then will be automatically entered into a drawing for an upgrade to seats in the A section.
Subscriptions range up to $338, with half-price tickets available to new subscribers in sections A, B, C & D. Single tickets will go on sale in January.
◆ The Chicago premiere of Philip Glass’ “The Fall of the House of Usher” on Feb. 23-24 and 27 and March 1.
◆ Astor Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires” on April 20, 24, 26 and 28.
◆ The Chicago premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Joan of Arc” on Sept. 21, 25, 27 and 29.
175 N. State St., (312) 462-6300, thechicagotheatre.com
◆ XRT/Bud Light BIG Holiday Concert featuring Band of Horses, Alabama Shakes and Everest on Dec. 2. On sale at 11 a.m. Nov. 3
◆ 101.9FM Miracle on State Street featuring Train, Karmin, Ed Sheeran and Tristan Prettyman on Dec. 14. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
CITY WINERY CHICAGO
1200 W. Randolph St., (312) 733-9463, citywinery.com
◆ Whiskey, Beer and Music at 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The show will feature outlaw country by Danny Barnes, the Waco Brothers and the Al Scorch Country Soul Ensemble. The performance is paired with a tasting flight of American whiskeys and craft beers. The tasting menu will feature a lineup of Kentucky bourbons provided by Heaven Hill Distilleries paired against the brewing trends of some of the winery’s favorite craft beers. Tickets are $22, $20 and $18. The full pairing includes three whiskey and three beer samples. Already on sale.
◆ The Fugs with Al Rose at 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $35 and $28.
◆ Wyclef Jean, Up Close & Personal at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Ticket are $125 for seated and $60 for standing.
◆ Rhett Miller, of the Old 97’s, (solo acoustic) at 8 p.m. Dec. 29. Tickets are $30, $25 and $22.
◆ Marc Cohn with Rebecca Pidgeon at 8 p.m. Jan. 9.
THE CUBBY BEAR
1059 W. Addison St., Chicago, (773) 327-1662, cubbybear.com
◆ Rusted Root with Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. doors) Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on show day.
THE CUBBY BEAR NORTH
21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, (847) 541-4700, cubbynorth.com
◆ Lucky Boys Confusion at 10 p.m. (8 p.m. doors) Dec. 31. Tickets are $25 for general admission on the main floor and $60 for the VIP bar and food package, which consists of draft beer, domestic bottles, well drinks and an appetizer buffet plus seating in the balcony. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Already on sale at TicketWeb.com.
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, (773) 489-3160, doubledoor.com
All shows are 21-and-older.
Tickets will go on sale at noon Nov. 3 at TicketFly.com.
◆ R.O.E., Ben Official, Rashid Hadee, Matt Mateo and Ty Robinson at 8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. doors) Dec. 2. Tickets are $8.
◆ Blueline Club Car presents Run and Punch, Old Black and Blue Eyes, Palmer Squares, the Janitor and the Bum and We Don’t Need Roads at 8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. doors) Dec. 4. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on show day.
◆ Liquid Soul 20th anniversary show at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.) Jan. 20. The gig will feature all the original members: Mars Williams, DJ Jesse De La Pena, Ron Haynes, Johnny Showtime, Ricky Showalter, Tom Klein, Dan Leali, Dirty MF and MCB (Brian Quarles) plus members throughout the years: Newt Cole, DJ Eddie Mills, My Boy Elroy, Ernie Denov, Devin Staples, Johnathan Marks, Omega (Vikki Stokes), Mr. Greenweedz and Josh Ramo. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on show day.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, (708) 788-2118, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
◆ Derek Nelson & The Musicians, the Howling Brothers and Young Hines (roots) at 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $10.
◆ Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz) at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Nov. 11. Tickets are $10 or $5 for ages 17 and younger.
◆ Open mike (variety) at 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Admission is free.
◆ Kevin Gordon at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets are $12. Already on sale at TicketWeb.com.
◆ Bono Brothers, Paige & the Reverent Few and the Virginia Gentlemen (rock) at 9 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are $10.
◆ Ronnie Baker Brooks and his band with Big Head Todd at 9 p.m. Nov. 17 (two sets). Tickets are $20. Already on sale at TicketWeb.com.
◆ Pete Ellman Big Band (jazz) at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Nov. 18. Tickets are $10 or $5 for ages 17 and younger.
◆ The Bad Examples and Matt Pingel’s CD release show (rock) at 9 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $10 in advance at TicketWeb.com and $12 on show day.
◆ John Burnett Orchestra (jazz) at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. doors) Nov. 25. Tickets are $10 or $5 for ages 17 and younger.
◆ Terry White’s CD release show with Cannonball and Elisa Grace (rock) at 9 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $10.
FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT
11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich., (866) 494-6371, fourwindscasino.com
◆ Cirque Dreams Holidaze at 9 p.m. EST Dec. 15 and 5 p.m. EST Dec. 16. Tickets start at $25. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
◆ Little Big Town: The Tornado Tour with David Nail at 8 p.m. EST March 8. Tickets start at $25. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
HOUSE OF BLUES CHICAGO
329 N. Dearborn St., (312) 923-2000, hob.com/chicago
These are general-admission gigs unless otherwise indicated.
◆ An Enchanted Evening with Joey “Coco” Diaz and Ari Shaffir at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Nov. 8. Tickets are $20.50 in advance and $25.50 for reserved seating for the 17-and-older show. On sale now.
◆ Canaan Smith at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 on the Back Porch Stage. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 on show day for the all-ages gig. Already on sale.
◆ Hip Hop Gods Tour featuring Public Enemy with Xclan; Dres, of Black Sheep; Leaders of the New School; Monie Love and more at 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on show day for the 17-and-older gig. Already on sale.
◆ Kill Hannah: A New Heart for Christmas 9 with Dot Dot Dot at 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $20 for the all-ages show. On sale on Nov. 2.
◆ Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at 9 p.m. March 22. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $35 on show day for the 17-and-older gig. On sale on Nov. 2.
◆ Third Eye Blind and Mutemath at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $110 in advance and $125 on show day. On sale on Nov. 2.
3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, (773) 404-9494, martyrslive.com
◆ Falldown, Anna Fermin Band and Phil Angotti at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $12.
◆ The Buddies and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $8.
◆ Paper Arrows, Vintage Blue and 20 Mark Helga at 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $8.
◆ Troy Petty, Great Life and Kerosene Stars at 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets are $7.
◆ Romantic Rebel, Dirty Blue and Bushoong at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets are $7.
◆ Freddy Jones Band at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 28-29. Tickets are $25.
3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 549-4140, metrochicago.com
◆ Shoeshine Boy Productions on Dec. 7.
◆ Metro 30th anniversary event featuring Hot Water Music and La Dispute on Jan. 31.
◆ Ra Ra Riot on March 1.
RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE
15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, (815) 726-6600, rialtosquare.com
◆ Little Big Town: The Tornado Tour at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors) March 21. Tickets are $58, $38 and $28. On sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 2.
4746 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago, (773) 275-6800 (inquiries on show day), rivieratheatre.com
◆ Pentatonix on March 2. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
SEARS CENTRE ARENA
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, (847) 649.2210, searscentre.com
◆ The Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals on March 15-16. The fun will begin before the show at 5:30 p.m. with a pit party where families can get up close to the monster trucks, get autographs from the drivers and take photos alongside the four massive machines that will compete that evening. Admission to the pit party is free with paid admission. Tickets are $35 for club seats and $18 for other seats. Already on sale.
SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ART & CULTURE IN EVANSTON
1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, (847) 492-8860, evanstonspace.com
Tickets for these shows are already on sale.
◆ Country folk rocker Shovels and Rope at 6 p.m. Nov. 9. Admission is free. RSVPs are requested since space is limited.
◆ Mud Morganfield (blues) at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on show day.
◆ Eric Michaels Organ Trio (blues, jazz, rock) at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Eric Michaels Organ Trio. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on show day.
◆ Booker T. Jones (blues, rock) at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets are $28-$68.
◆ Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater (blues) at 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on show day.
◆ Marcia Ball on Jan. 24.
◆ The Jill & Julia Show (songwriter, comedy) at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 Tickets are $18-$38.
UP COMEDY CLUB
230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper’s Alley, Chicago, (312) 662-4562, upcomedyclub.com
◆ “The Bicycle Men” at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 4. The show features Derek Mason (“Best of TV Funhouse” from “Saturday Night Live”), Joe Liss (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers With Candy”), John Rubano (“Seinfeld,” “According to Jim”) and Bruce Green (“Parks & Recreation,” “MADtv”). Tickets are $25.
◆ The Lyndsay Hailey Variety Hour featuring the namesake Second City Touring Company veteran at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets are $14.
◆ Robert Klein (HBO, an alumni of the Second City) at 8 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $30.
◆ Kyle Kinane from “Funny People” at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16. The show will be hosted by Saurin Choksi and feature Marty DeRosa. Tickets are $20.
◆ Comedy of Chicago Showcase at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The show will feature Chicago’s top local comics including Joe Fernandez, Ever Mainard, Derek Smith, Clark Jones, Liza Treyger, Danny Kallas, Brian Babylon and host Mike Lebovitz. Tickets are $10.
◆ “The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue” from Nov. 22-Dec. 31 with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 11 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. There also will be shows at 4 p.m. Dec. 2-30. Tickets are $25. New Year’s Eve shows will take place at 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31 with tickets costing $55.
◆ Loni Love from “Chelsea Lately” at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-9 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $17-$20.
◆ Carlos Mencia from “Mind of Mencia” at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4-5. Tickets are $30.
◆ Nick Kroll from Comedy Central at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $20.
3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, (773) 472-0449, victheatre.com
◆ Tomorrow Never Knows Festival featuring the Walkmen and Father John Misty on Jan. 18. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
◆ Trampled By Turtles and Carl Broemel, of My Morning Jacket, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Jan. 24. Tickets are $25 for the 18-and-older show.
◆ Dark Star Orchestra on Feb. 2. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, (800) 843-2827, livenation.com
◆ Jason Aldean’s Night Train Tour with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett on July 20. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.