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Hot Tickets: Chicago

November 23, 2011 10:00 AM
 
Every Wednesday at noon, CST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the Chicago area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike. Know of any other events happening in the Chicago area this week? Post them in the comments section.

Starts Friday, November 25 I Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs "A Christmas Carol." Again. In 1853, ten years after having dashed off his surprisingly successful holiday story, "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of the work. The effort was so well received, as well as providing much needed cash, that he continued to perform these celebrated readings for the rest of his career. Now, almost 160 years later, performances of "A Christmas Carol" have become one of our most enduring holiday traditions. The only problem is that Dickens himself has long grown tired of this annual reading. Reports of his death in 1870 were greatly exaggerated, and year after year he has sustained himself with these solo performances albeit with dwindling enthusiasm as he has moved from the grand concert halls of London to finally, this year, The Building Stage in Chicago's industrial West Loop. Now, facing his 200th birthday, Dickens has reached the breaking point. He knows he must grant the holiday wishes of his audience but desperately hopes to entertain them with anything but another performance of "A Christmas Carol."

Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 I Santa Stories: The Naughty One  The adults-only version of the true origin of Santa. Did you know the origin of Santa Claus was one of the most disturbing, dirty and hilarious origin stories ever? Well it is.

Saturday, November 26 & Sunday, November 27 I Seven Doors / Sieben Turen  Acclaimed German playwright Boltho Strauss's nine, darkly comic, vignettes on the absurdity of modern life and whatever comes next. Swift, playful and humorous, the stories move along at a pace that reflects the brisk swirl and chaos of contemporary life.

Tuesday, November 29 I Sweetgrass Productions presents SOLITAIRE in Chicago  In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, "Solitaire" is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina's legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru's Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia. Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse's saddle and a paraglider's wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark. "Solitaire" fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

Tuesday, November 29 I The Chicago Ensemble: Jet Whistle: Duets & Trios  Known for its "lively, offbeat programming," The Chicago Ensemble concerts combine beloved chamber music classics, rarely performed gems and exciting new works by contemporary composers, including winners of the Ensemble's Discover America competition for new American chamber works. The distinctive flute solos of H. Villa-Lobos' vivid "Assobio a Jato" (Jet Whistle - 1950) will add a startling touch to December's program of duets and trios for flute, strings and piano. The title, "Jet whistle" refers to an effect produced by the flutist in the last measures of the piece. The program includes the equally evocative but contemplative "Duo" (1971) by Aaron Copland. The program will open with J.S. Bach's "Trio-Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039," in which cello and piano provide the continuo for the flute and viola parts. A. Roussel's abstract "Trio, Op. 40" (1929) will provide a modern contrast to its Baroque predecessor. Rounding out the program is J. Brahms' richly textured "Sonata No.2 in Eb Major, op. 120 no 2, for viola and piano" and Hindemith's intricate and virtuosic "Duet" (1934) for viola and cello, the latter an infrequently heard but excellent composition with a touch of the ironic. Ensemble members Susan Levitin, flute; Paul Vanderwerf, viola; Andrew Snow, cello; and Artistic Director Gerald Rizzer, piano, will perform.

Know of any other events happening in the Chicago area this week? Post them in the comments section.
 

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