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Halloween Party | Submitted photo
There will be plenty of Halloween events and more happening in the area. | Submitted

HALLOWEEN

“Trains, Tricks & Treats”

Enjoy trick or treating and seasonal decorations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes and stop at five trick-or-treat stations throughout the Model Railroad Garden. Event offerings include candy, a planting activity, and some small treasures for children. Tickets will be available at the Model Railroad Garden ticket booth upon arrival, and are $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 3-12. Parking fee is $25 per car. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

Spooky Pooch Parade

Held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. In addition to the parade, there will be a dog costume contest and a vendors’ area with representatives from shelter and rescue organizations. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Fee through Oct. 18 is $19 per dog; day of registration is $25 per dog. Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free; parking is $25 per car. Registration forms and rules available at www.chicagobotanic.org/dog.

Heart of Glenview Halloween Festival

Held Oct. 27-28 at The Glen Town Center, located one mile west of Waukegan Road, between Lake Avenue and Willow Road, Glenview. The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Pet Costume Parade at the Glen Town Center Navy Park. Prizes will be awarded to the pets with the best and most creative costumes. There is a $25 registration fee per pet. “Zombie Run for the Heart,” a 5K run or one mile walk/run, takes place at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 around Lake Glenview. Registration is $40 for the 5K or one mile walk/run; $60 for the 5K or one mile walk/run with a zombie hair and makeup makeover (provided for the first 100 registered participants). Festivities conclude with “Dinner and a Movie,” 3 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28 at the Regal Glen Stadium 10. The film festival includes 10 screens, five showing classic Halloween movies and five screens with new releases, ending with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Dinner is provided by local restaurants from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids, and include dinner and one film. Register for all events at www.glenviewgivingfoundation.org.

“Spooktacular”

The Glenview Park District’s indoor Halloween party, for children 2-10 years and their parents, will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Festivities include inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, entertainment and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. Pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Costumes are optional. Fee is $6 per child, payable at the door. Call (847) 724-5670.

Spooky & Scary Tales

An evening of hayrides and scary stories will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. The stories get spookier the later it gets. Refreshments included. Recommended for ages 18-adult. Fee is $10 for residents; $12.50 for nonresidents. Registration required at (847) 299-6096 or www.glenviewparks.org.

Halloween “HallaDaze”

Held 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. The event, for ages 4-12 years, includes games, live entertainment with a magic show, face painting and refreshments. Free, but reservations required. To register, call (847) 448-8254.

The Haunted Shipwreck Shores and the Trail of Terror of Lloyd Beach

Family friendly night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25; scary night, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Lloyd Park, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. Visitors can visit the Ghostly Graveyard of past sailors, walk along the Trail of Terror, and enter the Haunted Boathouse. Admission: free for family night; $3 per person for scary night. Check the hotline at (847) 446-0080 for cancellations due to inclement weather.

“Halloween Spooktacular Comedy & Spoken Word Show”

Author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman and friends perform from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St., Evanston. $4 cover charge. Costumes encouraged. Call (847) 868-8385.

“RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead”

Screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at local movie theaters, including Cinemark Evanston 18, 1715 Maple Ave., Evanston, and Regal Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

Pinstripes

1150 Willow Road, Northbrook. (847) 480-2323. Oct. 31: Trick-or-treaters welcome all day. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Halloween costume contest. First place winner receives a party for eight guests; second place winner receives a party for four guests; and third place winner receives a $25 Pinstripes gift certificate.

STAGE

“Cats”

Presented through Oct. 20 by Highland Park Players at the Northbrook Theater, 3322 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. General admission tickets are $20. Visit www.highlandparkplayers.com.

“Compulsion”

Presented Oct. 10-Nov. 17 at Next Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $30-$40, with discounts for young adults and students. Visit www.nexttheatre.org.

“Crimes of the Heart”

Through Oct. 20 at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $30. Visit www.oillamptheater.org or call (847) 834-0738.

“Detroit ‘67”

Presented Nov. 8-Dec. 15 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Performances on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (except Nov. 19 and Dec. 3); Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (except Dec. 11) and 7:30 p.m. (except Nov. 27); Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m. (except Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.); Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (except Nov. 9) and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except Nov. 17 and 24 and Dec. 15). Tickets: $25-$75; $25-$54 for previews, Nov. 8-14. Student tickets are $15 any performance, subject to availability. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.

“4000 Miles”

Through Oct. 20 at Northlight Theatre, located in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Performances on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except Oct. 20). Tickets: $25-$75; $15 students. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.

“Gershwin’s Greatest Hits”

Light Opera Works will present a concert performance of George Gershwin classics, at 8 p.m. Oct. 11; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Tickets: $40, $50, $60 for the main floor; $30, $40, $50 for the balcony; half-price for ages 21 and younger. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.lightoperaworks.com.

Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre

7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (847) 677-7761. Oct. 11-19, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: “The Bear” and “Swan Song,” a one-act plays by Anton Chekhov. $15. Oct. 18-26, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: “Twelfth Night of the Living Dead.” The show mixes text from “Twelfth Night” and “Night of the Living Dead” in addition to original material by Bryan Renaud to present just what happens when a zombie apocalypse plagues a production of one of the bard’s funniest comedies. $15.

“How We Got On”

Through Oct. 20 at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. An additional matinee will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. $35-$37.50, with discounts for students and seniors. Call (847) 735-8554 or visit www.citadeltheatre.org.

“Improvised Jane Austen”

Presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Call (847) 866-8049 or visit http://piventheatre.org.

“Mary Poppins”

Oct. 23-Jan. 5 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. From Dec. 26-Jan. 5 there will be a special family-friendly holiday schedule. Tickets are $40-$48, with discounts available for students and seniors. Dinner and theatre tickets are available for $55 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit www.marriotttheatre.com or call (847) 634-0200.

“The Mystery of Irma Vep”

Presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. $25; $22 seniors; $15 students. Call (847) 424-0089 or visit www.piccolotheatre.com.

“9 to 5, The Musical”

Through Oct. 13 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $40-$48, with discounts available for students and seniors. Dinner and theatre tickets are available for $55 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit www.marriotttheatre.com or call (847) 634-0200.

“Noises Off”

Presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 10-12 and 18-19; 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20; and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Tickets: $12 for general admission; $10 students and seniors; $5 for preview on Oct. 10. Call (847) 635-1900.

“The Old Man and The Old Moon”

The blend of storytelling, indie-folk music and puppetry will be presented through Nov. 10 at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays; with 2 p.m. matinees on select Wednesdays. $35-$70. Call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.

“Ruthless!”

Presented by Big Noise Theatre Company at 8 p.m. Oct. 11; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker, Des Plaines. Tickets: $28; $23 for students and seniors. Call (847) 604-0275 or visit www.bignoise.org.

“The Secret Garden”

Presented by Deerfield Family Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15; 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16; and 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 at Caruso Middle School, 1801 Montgomery Road, Deerfield. Tickets are $18. Visit www.deerfieldfamilytheater.org.

“Veronica’s Room”

Presented through Oct. 27 by BoHo Theatre at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. $20. Visit www.BoHoTheatre.com or call (866) 811-4111.

CLASSICAL

Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra

Performing at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The program includes Mahler-Britten: “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me”; Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; and Dvořak’s Symphony No. 8 in G. Tickets: $36-$70 with discounts for seniors and youth. Call (855) 277-8482 or visit www.arsviva.org.

Chicago Chamber Choir

Presenting “Nocturne: Music of the Night” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston. The program features three of Brahms’ “Evening Songs”; “Dark Night of the Soul” by Ola Gjeilo; “Nox Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre; and Morton Lauridsen’s “Nocturnes.” $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 students. Visit www.chicagochamberchoir.org.

Chicago Chamber Musicians

Presenting “Britten, Before and Beyond: A Centennial Celebration of Benjamin Britten” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $35-$45; $10 students. Call (312) 225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players

“A Romantic Journey: From Bohemia to the Puszta,” 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. The program includes works by Antonin Dvořák and Erno von Dohnanyi. Tickets: $15 in advance, $10 seniors; $20 at the door, $15 seniors. Visit www.chicagophilharmonic.org or call (866) 811-4111.

Free lunchtime concerts

Presented 12:15-1 p.m. one Wednesday per month at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1702 Sherman Ave., Evanston. Lunch is available for purchase from the Pret A Manger Kiosk, and free coffee will be served. For information, visit www.musicinst.org. Oct. 23: Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano, and Louise Chan, piano, present excerpts from “Seasons Change: Music Written by Black American Composers.” Nov. 13: Michael Buckwalter, French horn, Chelsea French, trombone, Amy Larsen, trumpet, and Mark George, piano, present brass chamber music. Dec. 11: Aimee Biasiello, viola, Kathy Lee, piano, and Ellen McSweeney, violin, perform chamber music. Jan. 22: Mark George, piano, and Almita Vamos, violin, perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Feb. 12: Mary Drews, piano, and Shigetoshi Yamada, violin, present Fritz Kreisler compositions and arrangements. March 19: Fred Simon, jazz piano, with Music Institute guests. April 23: Winds Chamber Music. May 21: Eric Sutz, jazz piano. June 11: Pianist Alexander Djordjevic performs Schubert’s Impromptus.

Lutkin Hall

At Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. Oct. 11, 4 p.m.: Ned@90: A Tribute to Ned Rorem, Composer Roundtable – “Reflections on the Artist, Responses to the Teacher.” Admission is free. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.: The nine-member Ensemble Recherche opens its residency at the Bienen School’s Institute for New Music with a recital. $8; $5 students. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Ralph Votapek performs music by Haydn, Schumann, Chopin and others. $8; $5 students. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Israeli ensemble MultiPiano presents “A Keyboard Celebration.” The program features arrangements for two pianos — for two to eight hands — of music by Mozart, Smetana, Ravel, Rossini and others. $8; $5 students.

“The Met: Live In HD”

Audience members can watch performances of The Metropolitan Opera’s eighth season of live performance transmissions at select local movie theaters, including Cinemark Evanston 18, 1715 Maple Ave., Evanston, and Regal Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Performances will be at 11:55 a.m., unless noted otherwise. Met opera stars serve as hosts for the series and conduct live interviews with cast, crew members and production teams, as well as presenting behind-the-scenes features during intermission. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com. For information, visit www.metopera.org/hdlive. Oct. 26: Shostakovich’s “The Nose.” Nov. 9: Puccini’s “Tosca.” Dec. 14: Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Feb. 8: Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” March 1, 11 a.m.: Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” March 15: Massenet’s “Werther.” April 5: Puccini’s “La Boheme.” April 26: Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.” May 10: Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

Alice Millar Chapel

At Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: University Chorale performs Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem,” Ildebrando Pizzetti’s “Kyrie” and Edwin Fissinger’s “In paradisum.” $6; $4 students. Oct. 27, 7 p.m.: Hymnfest XII: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” featuring Bienen School mixed choirs, the Millar Brass Ensemble and the 100-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ played by Eric Budzynski. Admission is a freewill offering.

Music Institute of Chicago

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Cellist Peter Seidenberg and pianist Hui-Mei Lin perform works by Music Institute alumnus David Macdonald, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Britten. Tickets: $30; $20 seniors; $10 students.

The Newberry Consort

“Playing with Fire,” a performance of virtuoso music from the 16th and 17th centuries, 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, Evanston. $35-$45 in advance; $38 at the door. Call (773) 669-7335 or visit www.newberryconsort.org.

Northbrook Public Library

1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Fine Arts concert series, held at 2 p.m. on select Sundays in the library’s auditorium — Oct. 20: Pianist George Radosavljevic performs works by Haydn, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. Oct. 27: Lunae Duo performs works by Copland, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

The Orion Ensemble

“Danube Destinations,” featuring music by Beethoven, Hindemeith and Mozart, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; free admission for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

At Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Ned@90: A Tribute to Ned Rorem, opening concert. The Institute for New Music’s 90th birthday celebration of composer and Northwestern alumnus Ned Rorem features Rorem compositions for voice, piano, clarinet, violin and cello. $8; $5 students. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Ned@90: A Tribute to Ned Rorem, closing concert, featuring Rorem compositions for brass ensemble, flute, piano, trumpet, saxophone and chamber ensemble. $8; $5 students. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Mandolinist Chris Thile of bluegrass group Punch Brothers plays works by Bach as well as his own compositions and contemporary music. $28; $12 students. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, with trumpet soloist Anthony Bellino, performs Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman,” No. 2, Alfred Reed’s arrangement of Bach’s “My Jesus, Oh What Anguish,” Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat Major, and Prokofiev’s March in B-flat and “Ode to the End of the War.” $6; $4 students. Oct. 20, 3 p.m.: Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble in “Requiem — Yesterday/Today.” $6; $4 students. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major (“Great”). $8; $5 for students. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.: Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform Schoenberg’s chamber symphony “Kammersimphonie,” Adams’ Chamber Symphony and more. $6; $4 students.

Pilgrim Chamber Players

“Autumn Colors,” 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Players are violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Renee-Paule Gauthier; Anthony Devroye, viola; Carol Honigberg, piano; and Steven Honigberg, cello. The program includes music by Dohnanyi, Debussy and Faure. $20; $15 seniors; $8 students. A dessert reception follows the concert. Call (847) 433-0972 or visit www.pilgrimplayers.org.

Ravinia Festival

Presenting the “BGH $10 Classics” series in Bennett Gordon Hall on the festival grounds, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park. For information or tickets, visit www.ravinia.org or call (847) 266-5100. Nov. 2, 8 p.m.: Violinist Benjamin Beilman, 2013 Elaine Frank Artist. $10. Nov. 16, 8 p.m.: The ensemble A Far Cry performs works by Ives, Gershwin, Dvorák and others. $10. Dec. 7, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: Broadway vocalist Jonathan Groff, accompanied by pianist Mary-Mitchell Campbell. $10.

Renovo String Orchestra

“Despair & Desolation,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Program includes music by Phillip Glass, Samuel Barber and Keith Jarrett. Visual works by artist Charlie DeLeonardis will be featured during the performance. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors; $10 students. Visit www.renovostrings.org.

Verdi’s “Nabucco”

Presented by da Corneto Opera Orchestra & Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The concert performance is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets: $30-$40; $15 students. Visit www.dacorneto.org.

POP/FOLK/JAZZ

The Alley

210 Green Bay Road, Highwood. (847) 433-0304. www.bowlhighwood.com. Oct. 11: New Trier Class ‘73 Jam Night with Bitter Root. Oct. 12: Meryl Rudy at 7:30 p.m.; Destination at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 7-11 p.m.: The Working Man’s Blues Jam.

Benny Goodman Jazz Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago’s festival celebrating Benny Goodman takes place Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Tickets for the performances are $30; $20 seniors; $10 students. Call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit www.musicinst.org. Screening of the 1956 film, “The Benny Goodman Story,” is at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Nichols Concert Hall; admission is $10. Festival Passes are available for $55; $35 for seniors.

Bluegrass Legends Concerts

Held at the American Legion Music Hall, 1030 Central St., Evanston. www.chicagobluegrass.com. $20; $15 for children 16 and under and seniors. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: Don Rigsby & Midnight Call.

The Celtic Knot Public House

626 Church St., Evanston. (847) 864-1679. www.celticknotpub.com. No cover unless noted otherwise. Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: You Knew Me When. Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m.: The Mark Cleveland Band. Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Traditional Irish music with Annie Andrews, Donald Terao and John Williams. Oct. 19, 9:30 p.m.: Bluegrass Advocates. Oct. 20, 5-8 p.m.: Eric Lugosch. Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.: Sunnyside Up. Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.: Curt Nilsson and Jill Horwitz.

Cubby Bear North

21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Music at 10 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Oct. 11: Stache, $5. Oct. 12: Partyhardigans, $5. Oct. 18: Country Night featuring Last Exit South, $6. Oct. 19: 97Nine, $5. Oct. 25: 8-Track, $5. Oct. 26: Hi-Infidelity, $7.

Ethical Humanist Society Second Saturday Coffeehouse

7574 N. Lincoln Ave. (at Howard), Skokie. (847) 677-3334. www.ethicalhuman.org/coffeehouse. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: Blues and modern folk by Jason Fickel, slide guitar, and Ginger Curry. $8 includes refreshments.

Glenview Concert Band

Performing at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Lakeview Room at the Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Admission $2. Visit www.glenviewband.org for more information.

Glenview Public Library

1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: KROM in Concert: Jazz Innovations. Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: Alpine Thunder: German Folk & Pop Performance.

Lake County Folk Club

Events are held at 7 p.m. Sundays at In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Concert admission is $12; $10 for Lake County Folk Club members and seniors; $5 for teens. No admission charge for Open Stage and Song Circle. Visit www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org. Oct. 13: Open Stage with host Scott Engstrom. Oct. 20: Concert Stage features guitarist Brooks Williams; Kourtney Bradfish opens. Oct. 27: Song Circle.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.: An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. $68.50-$110.50.

Regenstein Recital Hall

At Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Small Jazz Ensembles, “Strike Up the Band — The Music of George Gershwin.” $6; $4 students.

S.P.A.C.E.

1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Grouplove (acoustic) with The Ruebens (indie rock). $20. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Ben Sollee with Dylan Pratt (folk). $15-$26. Oct. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.: David Bromberg Quintet with Ed Hosltein (bluegrass/blues/jazz). $24-$58. Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: Willy Mason with Lauren Shera, $10-$18. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Ernie Hendrickson & Colin Gilmore dual CD release show (alternative country). $10-$18. Oct. 16, 8 p.m.: Robben Ford (jazz/blues). $25-$60. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Willie Nile (rock). $18-$30. Oct. 19, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Matt Duke in The Studios at SPACE, $15. Oct. 19, 8 p.m.: Loudon Wainwright III (folk). $28-$68. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Coco Montoya with The Steepwater Band (blues). $15-$27. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Mehliana, featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana (jazz). $22-$48. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: The Bright Light Social Hour with Walker Lukens (pop/rock). $10-$12. Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Iris Dement (country). $22-$48. Oct. 26, 8 p.m.: Holly Williams (pop/rock). $12-$22. Oct. 27, 7 p.m.: Al Kooper, $25-$45. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Sturgill Simpson (country). $10-$18. Oct. 29, 8 p.m.: An Acoustic Evening with Anders Osborne (blues). $24-$46. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Matt White with Jesse Thomas, $12-$18. Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Lindi Ortega (country/rock). $12-$18. Nov. 1, 10 p.m.: The Howlin Brothers with Lawrence Peters Outfit (Americana). $10-$18. Nov. 2, 10 p.m.: Cowboy Junkies (alternative country). Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Chuck Prophet (solo), $15-$28. Nov. 4-5, 8 p.m.: Living Colour (pop rock). $40-$65. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Lucy Wainwright Roche & Matt the Electrician (folk). $12-22. Nov. 6, 10 p.m.: Lord Huron (folk). $7. Nov. 7, 7 p.m.: Tony Furtado in The Studios at SPACE (bluegrass). $15. Nov. 7, 8 p.m.: JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers with The Dyes (country blues). $10-$18. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Allen Toussaint (blues/R&B). $34-$74. Nov. 8, 9:30 p.m.: Allen Toussaint (blues/R&B). $24-$64. Nov. 9, 8 p.m.: Red Wanting Blue with Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes (rock). $15-$75. Nov. 10, 8 p.m.: Red Wanting Blue with The Shams Band (rock). $15-$75. Nov. 12, 8 p.m.: Deep Dark Woods (folk/alt country). $10/$12. Nov. 13, 8 p.m.: A Silent Film (pop rock). $15-$18. Nov. 14, 8 p.m.: Leon Russell with Nathan Blake Lynn (pop rock). $40-$75. Nov. 15, 8 p.m.: Sonny Landreth with Milton (blues). $27-$46.

Sing to Live

The Sing to Live Community Chorus presents “Reflections” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors; complimentary for breast cancer survivors. Visit www.singtolive.org.

27 Live

1012-14 Church St., Evanston. www.27live.com. (855) 927-5483. Music at 9 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Los Perros Cubanos and Bitter Root. $8 advance; $10 at the door.

ART GALLERIES

Anne Loucks Gallery

309 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-8500. www.loucksgallery.com. Through Nov. 19: “Eric Abrecht and Richard Kooyman: New Paintings.”

The Art Center Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. (847) 432-1888. www.theartcenterhp.org. Through Nov. 2: “Expressions in Contemporary Glass,” an exhibit of contemporary glass sculpture, and “Dutch — Chicago, Interactions: Bert Menco,” an “accumulative retrospective” of drawings, paintings, and intaglio prints by Bert Menco.

Deer Path Art League & Gallery

Located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Nov. 15-Dec. 27: “Fire & Ice,” the holiday gift show. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Nov. 15.

Evanston Art Center

2603 Sheridan Road. (847) 475-5300. www.evanstonartcenter.org. Through Nov. 10: “In Three Moving Parts,” works by Matthew Ballou, Norbert Marszalek and Timothy P. Vermeulen.

Glenview Public Library

1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Through Nov. 3: “Barnscapes: Land, Sky & Silo,” paintings by Anne Kauff.

Hevanston Gallery

529 Davis St, Evanston. (847) 989-9832. www.hevanstongallery.com. Gallery hours 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, and by appointment. Oct. 18-Nov. 30: “perspective is EVERYTHING,” paintings by John Benedetto of Glencoe. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18.

Lake Forest College

Sonnenschein Gallery in the Durand Art Institute, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3100. www.lakeforest.edu/artgallery. Gallery hours are 2-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Nov. 4: “Unearthing the Sonnenschein: A Study of the Collections.” Presented in conjunction with Signs of Love & Family, the exhibit showcases some of the hidden treasures of Lake Forest College’s art collections.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center Gallery

927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 448-8260. Through Oct. 15: “Interpretations,” featuring textile work by members of the Art Cloth Network. Through Oct. 31: “Metamorphosis,” featuring contributions from Daniella Algarate, who combines photography with jacquard weaving, installation artist Dana Major, painter Susan Sensemann, installation artist/musician John Preus and sculptors Rodrigo Lara Zanedas and Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz.

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery

1310-1/2B Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.perspectivegallery.org. (224) 200-1155. Through Oct. 27: Marilyn Canning’s “Tank Life” and Faigie Tanner’s “Cacti: Growth and Decay.” Artist talk 7-8 p.m. Oct. 17.

Re-invent Gallery

202 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest. www.reinventlf.com. Through Nov. 9: “Catharsis,” works by Lake Forest abstract painter/sculptor Wendy Thornycroft.

Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum

At North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Through Nov. 3: “A Fountain of Gardens: Ketubot and Hebrew Paintings,” works by Northbrook artist Judith Joseph. Call (847) 432-8900, ext. 234.

“The Social Media Show”

The Northbrook Public Library’s 11th annual juried art show will be on display through Nov. 30 at the library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Visit www.northbrook.info.

Rena Sternberg Gallery

378 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-0202. www.renasternberggallery.com. Oct. 26-Dec. 31: Works by Sarah Weber. Using materials such as athletic jerseys, gouache, and metallic paper, Weber creates paintings dealing with adolescent issues that continue through adult life. Opening reception, 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26; with artist talk at 4:30 p.m.

Space 900

1040 Wesley Ave., Evanston. The gallery is open by appointment; email space900gallery@gmail.com. Gallery hours: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Oct. 12-Nov. 3: “Architectural Fragments and Other’s Heroes,” recent work by Joanna Pinsky. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12. Artist’s talk 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

Wilmette Community Photography Exhibit

In celebration of Arts Awareness Month, the Village of Wilmette Human Relations Commission presents “Frames of Mind,” works by 19 Wilmette photographers, through Oct. 31 at North Shore Community Bank, 1145 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Bank hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

Zia Gallery

548 Chestnut St., Winnetka. (847) 446-3970. Through Oct. 12: Hyper-realistic depictions of old game board covers by Tim Liddy and abstract paintings by Fumiko Toda. Oct. 19-Nov. 23: Black-and-white work by fine art photographers Clyde Butcher and Ted Preuss. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19.

AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

North Shore Harmonizers

The female a cappella/barbershop chorus will host an open house for all interested women singers at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Augustine’s Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Any level of musical experience is welcome.

BENEFITS

Helene Hoffman Memorial Cantorial Concert

Presented at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Congregation Beth Shalom of Northbrook, 3433 Walters Road. The concert, Cantor’s Cabaret, will feature three cantors, plus a former contestant of “The Voice” performing Broadway, operatic and classic tunes. Tickets start at $25. Proceeds benefit the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Call (847) 559-0909.

BOOKS & POETRY

Anthology reading

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop will host a reading of works from its member anthology, “Overcoming,” 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Garden Room of the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Contributors will read excerpts from their stories, plays, poems, essays and memoirs. Free admission. The anthology will be available for purchase and signing. Call (847) 951-0429.

Author event

Rich Cohen will read from and sign his new book, “Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football,” 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Members of the 1985 Chicago Bears team are expected to attend. Suggested donation of $10 at the door for general seating. Reservations are recommended, and may be made at www.northlight.org/bears. Books, $26, will be made available for purchase by The Book Cellar at the event.

Barbara’s Bookstore at the Glen

2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview. (847) 904-7304. Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: Lisa Barr will sign her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors.”

Book signing

Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith will sign copies of their new book, “The Welcoming House,” 2-5 p.m. Nov. 6 at MAZE Home Store, 735 Elm St., Winnetka. A reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. Visit www.mazehome.com.

Lake Forest Book Store

680 N. Western Ave. (847) 234-4420. www.lakeforestbookstore.com. Oct. 12, 1 p.m.: Lake Forest Reads: Gail Tsukiyama’s “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms.” As part of Lake Forest Reads, an educational program about the Japanese tea ceremony will be presented by Urasenke Chicago Association at Dickinson Hall, 100 E. Old Mill Road, Lake Forest. The author will not be present but books will be available for purchase. Registration required at (847) 234-2209. Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.: Luncheon with Carol Rifka Brunt, author of “Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” at Authentico, 770 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest. Luncheon $31; includes a copy of the book. Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Caryl M. Stern, author of “I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World’s Children,” appears at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave. There will be a book signing following the program with books for sale provided by Lake Forest Book Store. Oct. 23, 10 a.m.: Brunch with Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, authors of “The Tilted World,” at Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique, 270 Market Square, Lake Forest. Brunch $33; includes a copy of the book. Reservations required. Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.: Luncheon with Patricia Wells, author of “The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons From Paris and Provence,” at Froggy’s French Cafe, 306 Green Bay Road, Highwood. $35. Reservations required.

Marcel Proust celebration

Held 4-6 p.m. Oct. 16 in Lake Forest College’s McCormick Auditorium in the Johnson Science Center, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. Event highlights include a discussion panel titled “Proust and the Cultural Imagination,” featuring David Ellison, author of “A Reader’s Guide to Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’”; an adaptation of the Monty Python sketch, “The All-England Summarize Proust Competition,” performed by Lake Forest College theater students; and a display of original Proust letters and manuscript materials. Call (847) 735-5282.

Northbrook Public Library

1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.: Great Books group will discuss selected poems by Emily Dickinson. Oct. 24, 7 p.m.: Up for Discussion nonfiction quarterly reading group will discuss “After Visiting Friends” by Michael Hainey.

Poetry reading and open mic

Highland Park Poetry welcomes Deborah Nodler Rosen, an editor of the award-winning poetry journal RHINO, at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Art Center of Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road. The open mic immediately follows. Poets may bring up to six poems to share. Visit www.highlandparkpoetry.org.

Vernon Area Public Library

300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Oct. 14, 7 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mary Schmich discusses and signs “Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now.”

Writers’ Open Mic Night

Held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 11 at the Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. Writers of all ages, working in all forms and genres, are invited to share their work. Register in advance at (847) 835-5058 or www.glencoepubliclibrary.org.

CHILD’S PLAY

Citadel Theatre’s Fall Hikes

Featuring “Jenny & the Old House,” 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Suitable for children ages 10 and under. Dress warmly and be bring a blanket or chair and a flashlight. $15 general admission. In the event of bad weather, the performance will move to the West Campus Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Call (847) 735-8554 or visit www.citadeltheatre.org.

Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre

7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (847) 677-7761. Oct. 19-27, 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: “Ghouls and Ghosts,” an afternoon of scary stories for kids. $12.

Kids Fare series

Featuring hour-long concerts for children ages 3-8 and their families, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, unless noted otherwise. Call (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. All Kids Fare concerts begin at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $6; $4 for children. Nov. 9: “Brasstacular!” Gail Williams, professor of horn, leads the Bienen School of Music Brass Ensemble in a program of works for trumpets, trombones, horns and tubas. Jan. 18: “Ringing Singing,” a showcase of vocalists from the Bienen School voice and opera program. Jan. 25: “Symphonically Sensational.” Timothy J. Robblee directs Northwestern University’s Symphonic Band in a concert featuring winds, brass and percussion. Feb. 15: “¡Festejar o Ritmo de Brazil!” Brazilian percussion virtuoso Dede Sampaio and friends will perform South American rhythms on indigenous instruments, and special guests will demonstrate “capoeira,” a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. March 15: “Orchestral Dreams.” The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Robert G. Hasty, will present a concert of pieces for strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. May 17: “Prancing and Dancing,” spotlighting DanceWorks Chicago.

“Pinkalicious”

Presented by Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 23, at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave. Tickets are $12. Call (847) 291-2995.

“Snoopy! The Musical”

Presented by the Actors Training Center Repertory Company at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2, and 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Deer Path Art League

Located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Oct. 17 and 24, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: “The Joys of Painting the Live Model,” a two-day workshop taught by professional artist and art instructor Michael Latala. Students can work in either oils or pastels (a supply list will be given). A basic knowledge of painting is required. Cost: $240 plus model fee. Registration required.

Poetry writing workshops

Highland Park Poetry offers poetry writing workshops from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 31 and Nov. 14 in downtown Highland Park. Fee is $20 per workshop. To register, email jennifer@highlandparkpoetry.org.

COMEDY

Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre

7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (847) 677-7761. Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7:30 p.m.: “Funny Old Broads,” starring Caryn Bark, The Boomer Babes and Robin Riebman. $24.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: Lewis Black — “The Rant is Due.” $63, $69, $74. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: Paula Poundstone. $45, $52.

DANCE

Glenview Square Dance Club

Hosting dances 7:30-10 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month, September to May, at the Glen Grove School, 3900 Glenview Road, Glenview. Square dancing at Plus and Mainstream levels, and round dancing cued by Howard and Anna Hoffman. Experienced square dancers and round dancers are welcome. Call (847) 945-0370 or visit www.glenviewsquares.com.

Shoreline Dance Club

Playing recorded music for easy ballroom dancing at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Lessons are given by professional instructors Bob and Penny Urbon at 7:30 p.m., followed by an evening of social dancing. Adults of all ages and dancing abilities welcome. Attire is dressy/casual. Admission is $25 per couple. Call (847) 816-7602 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com/shoreline.htm. Oct. 19: Salsa. Nov. 16: Tango. Jan. 18: 4-Count Hustle. Feb. 15: Waltz. March 15: Cha cha. April 19: Fox trot. May 17: Rumba.

FILM

Glenview Public Library

1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. GlenVIEWINGS Film Series — Oct. 18, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: “42,” rated PG-13.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Presented by the World of the Weird Monster Show, screened with live cast and audience participation, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20 at 27 Live, 1012-14 Church St., Evanston. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Prop kits on sale for $3 each (or two for $5) in lobby before show. Outside audience participation props not permitted. Visit www.27live.com.

Vernon Area Public Library

300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Oct. 18, 2 p.m.: Screening of “Amour,” rated PG-13. In French with subtitles. Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Saturday Afternoon at the Movies features “Admission,” rated PG-13. Oct. 27, 2 p.m.: Director Ethan Bensinger will host a screening of his documentary, “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home,” featuring the lives of six Chicagoans who survived Nazi Germany, and a singular community in Chicago that has provided a safe haven.

LECTURES

Glencoe Public Library

320 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-5058. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. Oct. 14, 1 p.m.: Jerry Lewis (Part 1) is the subject of the America’s Musical Theater Legends program.

Glenview Public Library

1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Lyric Opera of Chicago lecture series features “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini. Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: Lyric Opera of Chicago lecture series features “Parsifal” by Richard Wagner.

Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre

7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (847) 677-7761. Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m.: Theatre historian Charles Troy presents “The Creation of Wicked.” $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

Northbrook Public Library

1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. Oct. 13, 2 p.m.: Lyric Opera lecture series features “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini. Oct. 29, 7 p.m.: “Lights Out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio.” Steve Darnall, host of “Those Were the Days,” presents a program on scary sounds from some of radio’s best known mystery and horror programs, and a look at how the “Theater of the Mind” could use music, voices and sounds to create indelible, and often frightening, “pictures.”

ORGANIZATIONS

International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 43

Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the South Conference Room at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Members will present a program of mental magic in honor of Harry Houdini who died Halloween night, 1926. The club welcomes prospective members who are interested in magic, as well as magicians of all skill levels. Guests $5 which can be applied to membership. Contact Robert K. Miller at (847) 272-3850 or miracles@magicmiller.com. For club information, visit www.ring43.org.

ET CETERA

“Circus in Progress: An Evening of Daring New Work”

Presented at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Actors Gymnasium, located in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. $15; $12.50 students and seniors. Visit www.actorsgymnasium.com.

John Lithgow

Performing “Stories By Heart,” 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two stories that were read to him as a child: “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner. Tickets: $55, $65 and $75. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northshorecenter.org.

MUSEUMS

Evanston History Center

Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. (847) 475-3410. www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission (includes optional house tour): $10; free for members. Oct. 24, 7 p.m.: “Sanctified Minds and Sharp Elbows: Northwestern University and Evanston Through History,” presented by Northwestern University archivist Kevin Leonard. $10, payable at the door, includes wine and light refreshments, 6:30-7 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4800. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Admission: $12; $8 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children ages 5-11. Through Jan. 26: “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain.” Oct. 13, 2 p.m.: Screening of the documentary, “Skokie: Invaded, But Not Conquered.” Reservations required. Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.: Ron Hirsen discusses his play, “Elegy,” which reveals the family dynamic between Holocaust survivors and the next generation. “Elegy” is on stage Oct. 31-Dec. 1 at the Victory Gardens Theater. Reservations required. Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m.: “Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust.” Two dozen Chicago area residents who survived the Holocaust as children are represented in a new book, from which they will read excerpts. Book signing to follow. Reservations required. Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.: “Against a Tide of Evil: An Evening with Dr. Mukesh Kapila.” Kapila, former head of the UN in Sudan, is renowned for his attempts to alert the world of genocide in Darfur well before 2003. His deeply personal account reveals the depths of evil and indifference in the first genocide of the 21st century. Book signing to follow. Reservations required. Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.: In Conversation With ... Survivors of the Kindertransport. Roughly 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were sent to safety in Great Britain shortly before World War II. Elliot Lefkovitz moderates a panel discussion among survivors of this rescue effort. Reservations required.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

3001 Central St., Evanston. (847) 475-1030. www.mitchellmuseum.org. Admission is $5; $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Free admission for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members; and on the first Friday of every month. Admission includes all exhibits and events, unless stated otherwise. Through Aug. 31, 2014: “Cultural Identities: Mixed Blood.” The vast and complex topic of American Indian identity — how it’s expressed through language, art, religion and cultural practices and how it’s affected by U.S. federal and tribal laws — is the focus of the exhibit.

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