Includes plays, films, festivals, art exhibits and receptions, concerts, dance shows and more. Deadline is two weeks before event.
Pizza Competition: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. The Palatine Jaycees will be holding a contest to determine who makes the best pizza in the Palatine area. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6- 12, free for children 5 and younger. The Bears game will be aired during the event and there will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Palatine Jaycees. Visit www.palatinejaycees.org.
Games for Grownups: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Play chess, "Apples to Apples," "Ticket to Ride," go, and more. Chess lovers can join Renaissance Knights Foundation chess instructor Robert Krause for tips on play or a challenging opponent. Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. Free. Visit vapld.info.
'The Case of the Class Clown Play': 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Based on the book by James Preller, ArtsPower's new production watches Theodore "Jigsaw" Jones become the first detective in school to investigate some very sticky practical jokes. Free and open to all children in grades 1-4, but registration is required. Visit www.vapld.info or call (224) 543-1486.
'Snow Off White': 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Carmel Catholic High School, 1 Carmel Parkway, Mundelein. A rock musical spoof of the classic Disney fairy tale written by former Disney scriptwriters Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, with music and lyrics by award- winning actor and composer Bill Francoeur. Tickets are $10 each. Call the Ticket Hotline, at (847) 388-3450 or visit www.carmelhs.org.
An Intimate Evening with Emily Dickinson: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. History comes alive with "I Dwell in Possibility: An Intimate Evening with Emily Dickinson," an entertaining and educational portrayal of reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, adapted and performed by Betsey Means of Womanlore: Performing Women in History. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Visit www.prairiecrossing.com/bcbarn.
'Sideways Stories From Wayside School': 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., Grayslake. ENCORE!, the theater company of Grayslake Central, will present "Sideways Stories From Wayside School," based on Louis Sachar's popular children's books. On the 30th floor of Wayside School, mean Mrs. Gorf keeps order by turning her unruly students into apples, until one day, something goes terribly wrong. Tickets are $6-$8. Visit www.d127.org.
Lake County Folk Club: 7 p.m. most Sundays, The In-Laws Restaurant, 720 N. Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Upcoming events include a performance by Red Tail Ring with opening act Scott Engstrom Nov. 17.No charge for open stage and song circle events; admission for performances is $10 for members, seniors and students; $12 for nonmembers. To reserve concert seating, call (847) 271-1584. For details, visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org.
Rech Razor: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville. A benefit concert celebrating Jody Rech's love of music and the many positive contributions he made for the community while raising money for his rehabilitation expenses after suffering a traumatic brain injury and numerous other injuries after being struck by a truck. Tickets are $25. Visit www.fuelroom.com/index2013home.html.
Lake County Model Railroad open house: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 107 S. Main St., Wauconda, beneath Tony's Barber Shop, enter in rear. The Lake County Model Railroad Club will demonstrate its hobby with a model railroad occupying more than 1,500 square feet. There is also a scavenger hunt for children to see if they can spot unique features on the layout. Admission is free. Individuals bringing an item for the Wauconda food pantry will receive a free raffle ticket. For information, call Norm Kocol, evenings and weekends, at (847) 736-1489 or visit www.lcmrr.org.
'White Christmas': 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24 and Dec. 1; and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 23 and 30, Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Tickets are $17-$22. For ticket information, visit www.musiconstage.org or call (847) 202-5222
Diane Setterfield: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Diane Setterfield, author of "The Thirteenth Tale," will share her latest novel, "Bellman & Black." Registration is required. Visit www.vapld.info or call (224) 543-1485.
Jacqueline Kennedy: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Meet Jacqueline Kennedy as performed by Leslie Goddard. She shares stories of her marriage to JFK, her fight for privacy, and work to restore the White House. Registration is required. Visit www.vapld.info or call (224) 543-1485.
Lyric Opera Series 'La Traviata': 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Indian Trails Library District, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A volunteer from the Chicago Lyric Opera will describe the opera through words and music. Register at www.indiantrailslibrary.org or call (847) 279-2232.
Fall Band Concert: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein. Mundelein High School's instrumental music department will present its Fall Band Concert. Admission is free. The event will feature the Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and the Concert Band. Selections from the groups will range from Four Scottish Dances to a Suite of Old American Dances. Visit www.d120.org.
'Godspell': 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 22 through Dec. 1, PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch. "Godspell" is a musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus Christ, his disciples, John the Baptist, and more are depicted as the cast presents a series of parables and the Passion through skits, dancing, and singing to a variety of musical styles. Tickets are $13-$16. Call (847) 395-3055; visit www.pmltheatre.com/ season-show.html.
'A Christmas Carol': 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 26 and 27; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 29 to Dec. 28; 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-29; 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21; and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, The Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. A world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, this timeless favorite will be infused with new life thanks to local playwright Margaret Lewis. Tickets cost $20. Visit citadeltheatre.org//our-season.
Improv comedy: 7:30-8:30 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. most Saturdays, Improv Playhouse Studio Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Performers from Improv Playhouse will do two shows of improv comedy. The 7:30 p.m. show is family friendly, and the 9 p.m. show is for adults. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for students, and $5 for current Improv Playhouse students. Call (847) 968-4529 or visit improvplayhouse.com.
'The Nutcracker': Select days through Saturday, Dec. 28, Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages. Performances will take place at 10 a.m. on select days in November and most Tuesdays through Sundays in December, with a second performance at 12:30 p.m. on some days. Single tickets prices are $15 per person with group rates available. For information, including show times and days, call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
The Hidden World of Infrared: Through Feb. 2, 2014, Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 N Green Bay Road, North Chicago. New collection of Infrared photographs looks into a beautiful and often eerie world invisible to the naked eye. Using a modified digital camera, photographer Rob Kuehnle challenges viewers to see familiar subjects in new ways. Free. Visit www.lcfpd.org.
'Beguiled by the Wild': Through Feb. 16, Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda. Charley Harper's lifelong love of nature inspired his work in this national touring exhibition. Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Visit www.lcfpd.org.
'Transitions': 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through March 30, Independence Grove Visitors Center, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. "Transitions" is an exhibition of the photography of Debbie Walker. This exhibit focuses on universal changes in time, and the beauty and strength that are present in all seasons of life. Free. Visit www.lcfpd.org.
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