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Steppenwolf Luncheon With Danai Gurira
LEGENDARY musician Bob Dylan, known for songs such as “All Along the Watchtower,” “Forever Young” and “Just Like a Woman,” has changed the landscape of music during his more than 50 years of recording and some of that contribution is featured at the American Writers Museum in the exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric. The presentation in the Meijer Exhibit Gallery features a variety of articles, including the electric guitar Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, the first time he played an electric guitar during a concert. The exhibit continues through April 30. For more information, go to www.americanwritersmuseum.org.
The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker
AWARD-winning actress and playwright Danai Gurira, known for her roles in the movie Black Panther and television's "The Walking Dead," will be honored at the 10th anniversary of the Steppenwolf Women in The Arts during a luncheon on December 10 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, her contributions have entended to the humanitarian arena with her involvement in Almasi Arts, which empowers young African artists by partnering them with western industry leaders and artistic institutions to professionalize their work. She's also involved in Love Our Girls, which builds awareness of the injustices forced upon young women around the world. During the lunch event, the actress will engage in a conversation with Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. For more information go to www.steppenwolf.org.
THE highly anticipated 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2018 arrives in Chicago on December 12 at Allstate Arena. This year’s lineup of performers features a collection of top performers, including Shawn Mendes (above), Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter. The annual, star-studded, national tour celebrates the holiday season in 12 cities and captures the holiday spirit with performances by some of the year's biggest recording artists.
THE holiday season is in full swing now that the Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker has returned to the Auditorium Theatre, where it continues through December 30. In the Christopher Wheeldon reimaged holiday masterpiece, the focus is on Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. As Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the iconic Statue of the Republic, prepare for their annual holiday party, a visit from the charming but mysterious Grand Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of sudden romance and adventure. For more information, go to www.auditoriumtheatre.org.