Audiences can get a behind-the-scenes look at how theater productions come together when Blair Thomas and Company present excerpts from "Moby Dick" through a family-friendly puppet play at the Storefront Theatre. The presentation is part of In the Works, a Chicago arts residency program.
2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Free, but reservations recommended. (312) 742-8497.
Off the Record: A Listening Party kicks off its premiere event featuring musicians The ONES and Natural Information Society. The event offers an opportunity to hear a new record and see band members perform songs live. There also will be a question-and-answer session with the audience.
8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Penthouse of the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Free admission. (773) 702-2282 or arts.uchicago.edu.
Eat it up
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013, the annual culinary celebration featuring more than 250 restaurants throughout Chicago and the suburbs, returns for its sixth year. There will be more than 25 new participating restaurants such as Balsan, bellyQ, Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, Freds at Barneys New York, Rainforest Cafe and Nellcote. The 10-day dining event offers prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 to $44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.
Feb. 1-10. Book reservations through EatItUpChicago.com or call the restaurant directly.
Hands on hotel
The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee hosts its Four Diamond Experiences where guests can participate in sessions with leaders in culinary arts, fine arts and creative writing each weekend in January, February and March. Each weekend package for two includes the Saturday afternoon program, a one-night stay in a deluxe guest room and Sunday brunch. Built in 1893, the Pfister is home to one of the largest hotel collections of Victorian art in the world,
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Package starts at $239 and an additional evening stay is $99. Saturday afternoon packages can be purchased without a hotel stay starting at $25 per person through March 31. (414) 935-5950 or thepfisterhotel.com/Specials-Packages.
Bald is beautiful
Bald Eagle Watching Days in Sauk Prairie, Wis., celebrates its 26th year with seminars, exhibits and shows. This annual event draws visitors to see the majestic birds in their natural habitat as well as presentations by groups such as the Raptor Center from the University of Minnesota and experts from Birdchick.com. Participants can see a live birds of prey show and demonstrations on birding optics, photography, eagle conservation and rehabilitation. Bus tours will canvass the area and stop at sites for viewing bald eagles.
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the River Arts Center, 105 9th St., Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, Wis. www.ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org/eagledays/index.html.