'Tis the Season! Our conversation this week is with Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres, a service organization that supports, promotes and advocates for Chicago's theater industry. The League provides professional programming in addition to audience services like HotTix and Chicago Theatre Week. Check out the League's terrific 2017 Holiday Theatre Guide which is available online or around town. 2017 Holiday Theatre Guide. DEUSURIS BLOG PODCAST
PICKSINSIX(sm): Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre is our PICKSINSIX this week and there are only six words to say: "Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' - A Modern-Day Masterpiece!" Do not miss this production. Get a ticket now before it sells out. You have until December 30th. TICKETS
Lots of great music: At Winter's Jazz Club: Chris White Trio plays A Charlie Brown Christmas on 12/14; Paul Marinaro sings a Sinatra Birthday Tribute on 12/12 and We Three Sing with Paul Marinaro, Elaine Dame and Rose Colella on 12/19. Check out the full schedule at: Winters Jazz Club! Jeannie Tanner is playing this month at Pete Miller's in Evanston and Perry's in Oakbrook.
Songs of the Season continues at Petterino's Monday Night Live. A packed house enjoyed the Chicago cast of "Tony N' Tina's Wedding". Co-hosts Denise McGowan Tracy and Beckie Menzie will be celebrating a very special 92nd birthday on December 11th at the popular spot located at 140 Dearborn on December 11th. No cover, reduced parking and the MNL menu make it the perfect holiday night out and there will be cake! Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (312) 422-0150 or visit the website. The show begins at 7:30 pm.
The Holiday Season brings out many charitable opportunities. Season of Concern is supported by many theater companies in Chicagoland. Please support these fine organizations throughout the year!
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Bring Eleanor home for the Holidays!
Looking for that special something under the tree? Denise McGowan Tracy's book Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish is the heart-warming story of a rag doll who yearns for a best friend and a home of her own. It is now available in a beautiful hardcover edition on Amazon. You can also receive signed copies through the website or by calling (312) 646-5444.
Eleanor’s old-fashioned story is meant to be read aloud and is the perfect gift for any youngster, but especially for those little elves named Sprinkle, Sparkle and, of course, Eleanor! Order by December 15th to be sure to have it in time for Christmas!
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- Writers Theatre - QUIXOTE: On the Conquest of Self through December 17th PICKSINSIX
- Marriott - Newsie's through December 31st PICKSINSIX
- The Second City - Freaks Fall From Space PICKSINSIX
- American Blues Theater - It’s A Wonderful Life through January 6th PICKSINSIX
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