Dan Dailey, "Imagist," 2011. | BILL TRUSLOW ~ HABITAT GALLERIES
SOFA CHICAGO 2012
The Art Fair Company’s 19th Annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design show is Nov. 2-4 in Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Works from more than 70 galleries representing 10 countries will be on display and available for purchase. Highlights of SOFA CHICAGO 2012 include Studio Glass Movement’s 50th anniversary celebration’s display of historic pieces along side works from emerging artists. Daily activities include booth talks, lectures, film screenings and book signings. Admission is $15; $25, for a three-day pass. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2-3; noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Visit sofaexpo.com .
CEDRIC TAKES A STAND
He was an original “Kings of Comedy” and is currently the star of TV Land’s “The Soul Man.” Cedric the Entertainer performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $35-$140. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
Folk rock duo the Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) perform in support of their latest album “Beauty Queen Sister” at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. The Shadowboxers open. Tickets are $45-$55. Call (630) 896-6666; paramountaurora.com .
Lycee Francais de Chicago’s Eighth Annual Fall French Market gets under way with a cocktail party from 7-10 p.m Nov. 2 at 640 W. Irving; $40 (adults only). In addition to shopping, market activities include French cooking demonstrations and family entertainment. A supervised children’s pavilion for ages 3 and up, where parents can leave kids while they explore the market, is $10, for the first child; $5, each additional. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4. Admission is $5; free for children. Visit lyceefallfrenchmarket.com.
WORSHIP AND PRAISE
Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Michael W. Smith’s “Wonder, Worship and Glory” tour with special guest L’Angelus, arrives in town 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 at U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $39-$49. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY
Chicago hip-hop duo Stick & Move Dance Crew, who made it to the Vegas Round in season seven of “America’s Got Talent” is a headline act in Dance Chicago 2012’s season opener at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Carl Sandburg Theatre, 13300 S. LaGrange, Orland Park. Joining them on the bill are Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Mexican Dance Ensemble, NoMi Dance Company, Tre Dumas’ Jus’ LisTen, Full Effect Dance Threatre, Aerial Dance Chicago and Kate Jablonski. Tickets, $17-$30, can be purchased 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Administration Building, 14600 Ravinia, Orland Park, or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Call (708) 403-7275.
‘ONE’ FOR LAUGHS
There’s still fun to be had at the 2012 presidential hopefuls expense when the characters (Barack Obama, Jesus, anarchists and gay rappers) of “One Nation Under 1%” present their satirical look at the 2012 election at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Nov. 14 at Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North. Special performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-8. Tickets are $25. Visit upcomedyclub.com.
Steve Tyrell’s prolific career producing albums for some of pop music’s greatest legends, writing songs and more recently performing the standards (his unforgettable on-screen performance of the timeless “The Way You Look Tonight” in the Steve Martin vehicles “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride II,” took his talents to a whole new generation of music lovers), are among the reasons his concerts are a must-see. Catch the classy performer at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Viper-Alley, 275 Parkway, Lincolnshire. Tickets are $20-$50. Visit viper-alley.com.
The Chicago Comedy Film Festival opens at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Cinema and Interactive Media Theatre at DePaul University, 247 S. State. The three-day event features the best of independent comedy films including the Chicago premier of Janeane Garofalo’s “Bad Parents,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Films range from four-minute shorts to feature-length movies. Tickets are $10; one-day pass, $20-$30; weekend pass, $75; weekend pass and after party at Rockit Bar & Grill, $95. Visit chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com .
Blues artist Joe Bonamassa performs in support of his album “Driving Towards the Daylight” at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 at U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $54-$84. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
‘THE HUMP’ IS BACK
Engelbert Humperdinck, whose mellow voice and romantic lyrics charmed millions for decades, performs hits from his 2012 album “Release Me: The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck,” which includes “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin” and “Release Me,” headlines at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $38-$68. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull resurrects the past and celebrates the present on his “Thick as a Brick” tour, featuring the songs from the band’s 1972 critically-acclaimed, ground-breaking album of the same name, along with songs from Anderson’s 2012 follow up, “TAAB2,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $48-$103. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
In a show rescheduled from Sept. 28, Brooklyn singing duo Sleigh Bells, Derek Edward Miller (guitar) and Alexis Krauss (vocals), unleash their rhythmic pop harmony in support of their current album “Reign of Terror” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Opening acts are Jel and Sumsun. Tickets are $21-$23 (Sept. 28 tickets will be honored). Visit metrochicago.com .
Chicago M Charity’s 7th Annual Casino Night is 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus. Tickets are $150-$175. Proceeds benefit the Leslie F. Schwartz Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Visit eventbrite.com .
WORKING FOR PEANUTS
He envisions a hard-luck boy named Charlie, an arrogant dog that goes by Snoopy and a loud mouth, know-it-all girl named Lucy as the main characters for a comic strip. These characters and the rest of the Peanuts Gang are the creations of illustrator Charles Schulz and the subject of the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.” Learn more about the creator and his iconic cgharacters through a personal history of the artist along a display of original and reproductions of his works. “Peanuts Tour of Holidays,” an exhibit within the exhibit showcases the gang’s association with the holidays. The exhibit runs through Feb. 18, 2013. Tickets, which do not include museums entrance fee, are $5; $3, kids age 3-11. Visit msichicago.org
The Reel Club, 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, hosts a lunch benefiting the Greyhound Alliance’s Sunburst Project’s Greyhound rescue efforts from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 3; $69. Call (708) 383-7543.
Renown poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni speaks out on life during The Courage: for Equality, Love, Work, Society at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Governors State University, 1 University, University Park. Admission is free. However, guests must register to attend. Visit eventbrite.com .