Children with Special Needs Open Play

The Krampus Christmas

Friday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. to Midnight, Black Moon Gallery: 

The newest gallery in the Harrison Street Arts District will have new works on display from its artist collective, refreshments and festive lights. 1740 Confection Lab will be selling handmade chocolates. 17 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Festival Theatre’s “A Dickens Carol”

See “A Dickens Carol” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m., through Dec. 24.
 A play that re-imagines the story of Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ point of view and real-life events. Ages 10+. $30; $25, seniors; $15, students. Tickets/more: 708-445-4440, Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.


Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

View a showing of the documentary that recalls when twenty 6- and 7-year-old schoolchildren and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago on this date and how the town came together after the tragedy. Not suitable for younger viewers. Put on by Gun Responsibility Advocates. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

CAST Theater Festival

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16 to 18, 7:30 p.m., Julian Middle School: 

On Friday, see the story of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters as they spend an afternoon with a French feminist and revolutionary in My Vacation in Paris. In Aftershock, two young people struggle to survive in the face of Hurricane Katrina; see these historical stories of survival and endurance on Saturday. On Sunday, see Young Masters, the true story of an inner-city middle school, which was the first to win the U.S. Chess Federation’s national high school championship. $10; $5 students/seniors. Tickets:  416 S Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

“All About Eve”

Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

The Free Readers Ensemble is presenting encore performances to celebrate its 25th season. This show is from the classic screenplay by Joseph Mankiewicz and was originally performed during the 1998-99 season. Free. More:, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

20 Bands of Xmas (plus stand-up)

Friday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, 2 p.m., Wire:

On Friday, come out for an evening of comedy acts. Saturday and Sunday   brings alternative and metal bands, including Surrender, Landon Tewers, Dreamhouse, Sworn In and more. 18 and up. Tickets/info: $18; $20, at the door; $50, three-day pass. 6815 W Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Holiday One Hundred

Now through Dec. 23, Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.,
Oak Park Art League:

Featuring original artwork by OPAL artist members, priced from $50 to $300. Find homemade gifts and fine art while supporting local artist and the Oak Park Art League, which is raising funds to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. Info: 708-386-9853, 720 Chicago Ave.

Out of the Box Art Market 

Now through Dec. 24, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., across from Scoville Park:

Shop creations from 19 local artists, including jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, crafts and gourmet chocolate sauce. 146 N. Oak Park Avenue. 

Khanike Night

Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:

It’s Mameloshn’s 20th year at the Buzz Café. There are two seatings for songs and latkes. First, 6 to 7:15 p.m., for children; second, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., for teens and adults. Buzz provides latkes, salad and Mameloshn. Guest provide singing and freylach. $7.95 per person. Reservations: Questions: 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

INTUIT Dance! In A Nutshell

Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 and 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University: 

Expect choreographic surprises at every turn in this nutty interpretation of The Nutcracker. A new contemporary work presented by ChoreoSpace and set to live, original music by OPRFHS student Ari Schwartz opens the concert. $16; $130, for a group of 10. Tickets: 708-488-5000,, 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Caroling with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m., Scoville Square:

Hear the Pro Musica Youth Chorus along with seeing the jolly old man in the red suit. Hosted by Magic Tree Bookstore and Scoville Square. 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Children with Special Needs Open Play

Thursday, Dec. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Wonder Works:

This Oak Park children’s museum is inviting children 0 to 8 and their families to come during a quieter time with enhanced accessibility. This month, there are special holiday crafts in the art room. Continuing to stay open late the second Thursday each month for children with special needs. $5; free, members and children under 1. Info: 6445 W. North Ave. 

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