Weekend Events Around Town: 1/11 - 1/13

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

The Book of Mormon

The award-winning Broadway musical written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently extended its Chicago run to September 2013, leaving Chicagoans ample opportunity to check out one of the most critically acclaimed musicals of all time. The play, which follows two young Mormon missionaries on their quest to convert villagers in a small town in Uganda, has won seven Tony Awards and a Grammy since debuting on Broadway in 2011. The Book of Mormon is being performed at the Bank of America Theater through September. Tickets range from $67 to $367 per seat. Learn more about the show here. Purchase tickets here. We interviewed Matt Stone and Trey Parker last week about their musical and talked with the two stars of the Chicago production.

Show times:

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm (Single seats still available)
Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 pm (Single seats still available)
Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 pm (Single seats still available)
Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 pm (Single seats still available)

Bank of America Theater
18 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance

The Hypocrites' productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas -- The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance -- are the hot new thing in storefront theater. The two productions are presented in promenade style, which means there is no fixed seating and the audience physically moves around the space with the actors. Guests are encouraged to drink and make merry with the performers, creating a unique environment to enjoy the two comic operas. The Mikado has a benefit performance and party this Friday at 7:30 pm with tickets ranging from $60 to $100. All weekend shows are sold out except for a performance of The Pirates of Penzance on Sunday, January 13 at 7:30 pm for $28 a ticket. The performances take place at the Chopin Theatre, which is NOT wheelchair accessible. Learn more about the Hypocrites here. Buy tickets here. Watch interviews with the cast and clips of performances.

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642-3337

The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey, directed and performed by Lance Baker

The one-man show made famous for its previously debunked claims about the working conditions of an Apple factory in China is back, molded into a newer, “ethically made” production. This version of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, different than the one famously featured on WBEZ’s This American Life in 2012, is directed and performed by Lance Baker and has been hailed by The New York Times as “even more powerful, funny, and engaging" than the original. The show is being performed at the 16th Street Theater and runs until February 9. The VIP opening is Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm. There are shows on Saturday, January 12 at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18. Buy tickets here. Read about the controversy.

16th Street Theater
6420 16th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402

Super Bowl Cooking Class for Foodies

With the Bears out of the playoffs and Fantasy Football done, it’s time to prepare for another Super Bowl spent watching other cities’ football teams compete. For people who want to cheer up with more than delivery pizza and chicken wings is the Super Bowl Cooking Class for Foodies, a class that teaches you how to create snack food with flair.  Participants follow Chef Roger Herring as they learn how to make dishes like Pork Rillette with Pickled Vegetables, Rosemary Parmesan Potato Chips, Beer Cheese Dip, BLT Bread Pudding, Arancini di Riso and more. The class also features beer- and wine-tasting and take-home recipe cards. The class is on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 am at Socca restaurant, located at 3301 N. Clark St. The class costs $35. An RSVP is required to attend. Call 773-248-1155 to reserve a spot. Learn more here.

Socca
3301 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657

ET Indoor Triathlon Series

Still waiting to start your New Year’s resolution of getting more exercise? The ET Indoor Triathlon Series offers beginners and veterans alike the opportunity to test themselves with a unique collection of timed, indoor events meant to challenge, gauge and motivate you in your quest for physical fitness. The event consists of:

  • 10 minutes of swimming in the lap pool
  • 10-minute easy transition from the pool to the spin bikes
  • 30 minutes of bike riding on the studio spin bikes
  • 5-minute easy transition from the spin area to the treadmills
  • 20 minutes of treadmill running

Volunteers gauge your performance as you go. Participants are encouraged to complete only as much as they can, with no pressure to complete every event. The race starts on Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 am and costs $35 to participate. Participants will start in teams of four beginning at 7:00 am, but can request specific start times if they wish to compete with friends. Check it out here.

LifeStart Central Park
4225 Naperville Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532