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Weekend picks: It's a Kenny kind of Christmas in Naperville

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  • Kenny Rogers is set to bring his "Christmas & Hits Through The Years" holiday show to North Central College in Naperville.

      Kenny Rogers is set to bring his "Christmas & Hits Through The Years" holiday show to North Central College in Naperville.
    Courtesy of Bernie Boudreau

  • "It's a Wonderful Life" will be screened at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville and Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge with actress Karolyn Grimes making appearances before screening.

      "It's a Wonderful Life" will be screened at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville and Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge with actress Karolyn Grimes making appearances before screening.

  • Comedian and Bolingbrook High School graduate Lenny Schmidt returns to perform at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

      Comedian and Bolingbrook High School graduate Lenny Schmidt returns to perform at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

  • Donny and Marie Osmond return with their Donnie & Marie Christmas Tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Donny and Marie Osmond return with their Donnie & Marie Christmas Tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • Ruth Page Civic Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake.

      Ruth Page Civic Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake.

  • See the classic 1983 holiday film "A Christmas Story" at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      See the classic 1983 holiday film "A Christmas Story" at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Country superstar Martina McBride stars in "The Joy of Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre.

      Country superstar Martina McBride stars in "The Joy of Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre.
    Courtesy of NiteLite Promotions

 
 

Country Christmas
Country star Kenny Rogers will perform his Christmas & Hits Through The Years tour withspecial guest Linda DavisSaturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $70-$85. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Friday

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'A Christmas Carol'
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults presents Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $15. (630) 530-0111 or drurylaneoakbrook.com. 10 a.m. and noon Friday, Dec. 20, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Chicago's Christkindlmarket
Visit the 18th Annual Christkindlmarket, an outdoor German-American holiday market in Daley Plaza, between Washington, Clark and Dearborn streets in Chicago. Guests can sample German fare and find unique items made in Germany, such as handblown holiday ornaments, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and more. Don't miss the music and visits with Santa Claus. Free. (312) 494-2175 or christkindlmarket.com. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22-23; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24

Bell ringer
Actress Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu in "It's a Wonderful Life," returns to sign autographs before special screenings of the classic 1940s Frank Capra holiday film at two locations: Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, and at the Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville. $6-$8. (630) 427-1880 or atriptothemovies.com. 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in Woodridge; noon, 3, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in Naperville

Santa on skates
Guests are invited to join Santa Claus for an afternoon and evening of ice skating at the Skating with Santa event at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Bring your own skates or rent them on-site at no charge (supplies of free skates are limited). Admission is free, with a donation of a canned good to assist victims of the recent tornado in Washington, Ill. For information, visit searscentre.com. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

Watercolor realism
Meet with watercolor artistTony Armendariz when he appears at the opening of his latest exhibit of realist island works at La Citadelle Gallery, The Arboretum, Unit H-30, Route 59 and Higgins Road, South Barrington. Free admission. (224) 622-9578 or shopthearb.com. 5 to 8 p.m. opening Friday, Dec. 20; exhibit runs through Sunday, March 23

'You'll shoot your eye out'
See the classic 1983 holiday film "A Christmas Story," starring Peter Billingsley, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The story focuses on Ralphie, a boy growing up in 1940s Indiana, whose dream is to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Admission is $5. Kids ages 10 and younger admitted free. Visit oshows.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

Pageantry and gadgetry
The Nutcracker? A Christmas Carol? For something completely different in winter theatrical offerings, consider Redmoon Theater's 15th annual Winter Pageant that's equal parts gadgetry, acrobatics, ephemera and spectacle at Redmoon Theater, 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago. Large-scale sets, puppets, hip-hop dance, live music and machinery snag the attention of children and adults as the show evokes themes of community, bravery and hope. Collaborators include the hip-hop dancers of The Happiness Club of Chicago, Kalapriya Dance, Indonesian Dance of Illinois, Pineapple Dance Studio, Mexican clown artist Fernando Córdova Hernández, aerialist Helena Reynolds and surf-rock band The San Andreas Fault. Also, there will be free treats courtesy of Eli's Cheesecake. Single tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for kids 3-18, $10 for college students with IDs, and free for kids younger than 3. (312) 850-8440, ext. 123, or redmoon.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

Benefit concert
The Green Oaks Holiday Chorus performs its annual holiday benefit concert for the PADS of Lake County homeless shelter at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 29700 N. St. Mary's Road, Libertyville. The program features holiday choral selections, popular Christmas songs and carols. Admission is free, but donations to PADS of Lake County will be welcome. For information, call Nancy at (847) 362-3809 or Kristie at (847) 362-5144. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

A lotta Christmas
Brother-sister stars Donny & Marie Osmond drew sold-out crowds two years ago for their run of Broadway holiday shows at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. If you couldn't see them last time, then don't miss their one-night-only return in theDonny & Marie Christmas Tour at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $49.50-$125.(800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

Dean's list
Comic and character actor Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live," "Spiderman 3") returns for another standup engagement at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17 plus a two-menu item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

Home for the holiday
Comedian and actor Lenny Schmidt ("True Blood," "The Inbetweeners") counts himself as a graduate of Bolingbrook High School. Schmidt returns home for the holidays for an extended run through Saturday, Dec. 28, at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 plus a two-item menu purchase. (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Saturday

8000 Miles' sip and sushi
Lynfred Winery joins 8000 Miles, 107 Main St., Roselle, for a sip and sushi wine lunch Saturday. Eats include passed appetizers, the veggie lover's roll, crazy roll, triple K.C. roll and the dragon roll. Wine pairings feature Sangria Blanc, Oktoberfest, Chambourcin-Rose and more. $40 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. (630) 283-0053 or 8000milesrestaurant.com. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Classic Nutcracker
Chicago-area residents with fond memories of "The Nutcracker" at the Arie Crown Theater can see that version again when Ruth Page Civic Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $22-$30; $21-$29 seniors; $12-$15 students and kids. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

Theatre Hikes indoors
Theatre Hikes performs "A Very Irreverent Christmas Carol," adapted by Matthew Powell from Charles Dickens' tale and performed as part of the company's Solstice fundraiser. A rock 'n' roll sendup, this "Carol" features Dolly Parton, Bob Marley and Elvis as the ghosts. See it at Evviva Bar & Eatery, 1017 Front St., Lisle. $30. (872) 202-4963 or theatre-hikes.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Country star
Martina McBride has been called "the Celine Dion of country music" because of her emotional ballads and powerhouse voice. McBride will make a stop at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, to deliver a holiday-themed show. Tickets start at $36.50. Go to ticketmaster.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Four-part holidays
Hear holiday music sung with sophisticated four-part harmony when The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas is performed Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $38-$68. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Sharp shootin'
A contest between tomboyish Annie Oakley and star sharpshooter Frank Butler sets in motion a bumpy romance that nearly gets upended by their respective egos in the Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun." Colette Todd and James Rank play the competitive couple in Light Opera Works' revival helmed by Rudy Hogenmiller with music direction by Roger L. Bingaman. See the play at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. $32-$94. (847) 920-5360 or lightoperaworks.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Wedded bliss
Hard-edged Americana band Scott Lucas & the Married Men will take the stage this weekend for the fourth annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour. Lucas, a native of Zion, and his band will structure the evening like an old-time variety show (think "Prairie Home Companion"), with special guests galore. Expect lots of Christmas tunes as well as songs from Scott Lucas & the Married Men's records, which combine a rock sensibility with traditional instrumentation like organ, violin and accordion. Experience it at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $10. Go to hideoutchicago.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Sunday

Holiday cookie walk
If you haven't had the time to whip up a batch or two of holiday cookies, head to the 18th Annual Prairie Crossing Cookie Walk and Bake Sale at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. Visitors can buy thousands of homemade holiday cookies, along with stocking stuffers and gifts from local artists and businesses. Cookie bakers can take part in a baking contest. Children can make holiday cards and decorate cookies. Free general admission. All proceeds go to local charities. For information, call Elizabeth at (847) 269-8533. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

Family & football
Bring the kids and watch football on a big screen when the Arcada Theatre opens up for a Chicago Bears Game & Family Christmas Event today at 105 Main St., St. Charles. No admission charge, though space is limited. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

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