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Pencil This In: Holiday Roundup

By Amy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 8, 2008 7:15PM

The Book Cellar will be screening Christmas films tonight in the shop café; standard holiday classic fare like How The Grinch Stole Christmas and claymation favorites Frosty and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Their café serves a full menu of drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., December 8, 7 p.m., Free

2008_12_8_panto.jpgTheater & Performance

  • The n.u.f.a.n. ensemble has put a holiday spin on their trademark concept Seven Plays in Seven Days, where seven local directors have one week to cast and rehearse a different play, then all present together in a results show. See what has been accomplished the past seven days at the one-act holiday special this evening.
    City Lit Theater, 1020 West Bryn Mawr, December 8, 8:00, $7

  • For the third year, the folks at Hideout are hosting their rowdy Hideout Christmas Dinosaur Panto, officially named Mutiny on the Beagle: A Darwinian romp on the open seas in search of the Jurassic Origins of Christmas. The plot of the pantomime this year follows “Charles Darwin's terrifying voyage on HMS Beagle and his amazing discoveries in the uncharted jungles of Christmas Island.” Get a jump on tickets before they sell out.
    1354 W. Wabansia, December 18 – 20, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., adults $12, 16 and under $5, fancy dress encouraged


  • Not really a “performance” per se, as Judith Owen and Harry Shearer's Holiday Sing-Along means for its audience to jump right in and sing at the top of their lungs. In Chicago for the first time ever, the show features vocal stylings and musical accompaniment by the show’s talented headliners, with special guest performers brought in to jazz things up even more.
    SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, December 11, 8 p.m., $40

Chicago Tap Theater is lacing up their shoes for a family-friendly “dance celebration of all things wintry.” With their Tidings of Tap! show, the company will be layering tap rhythms and dancing into Christmas, Hannukah and seasonal music, and throwing in some a capella tapping for good measure.
UIC Theater, 1044 W. Harrison, December 12 – 12/14, showtimes vary, $18-$30

The artists’ collective at Country Club Chicago has put together a Deck the Walls holiday show with a new batch of silkscreened prints up for sale. Get a preview here. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit the Howard Brown Health Center.
Country Club Chicago, 1100 N. Damen, December 12, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. and December 13, 12-6 p.m.