This week: Woody’s Winter Warm-Up (above), Fear No Art Presents The Dinner Party, ‘Accidentally Like a Martyr’, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and more.
January 12: Fear No Art Presents The Dinner Party
“SNL’s” Julia Sweeney and news icon Bill Kurtis join Elysabeth Alfano for an unscripted conversation and meal from Chef Kevin Hickey of Bottlefork and Duck Inn. A pre-dinner wine tasting benefits The Trotter Project.
Time: 5 p.m. wine tasting, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. event
Place: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph
Cost: $45. For tickets, call (312) 733-9463 or visit Citywinery.com.
January 15-March 1: ‘Accidentally Like a Martyr’
In this Grant James Varjas play, a motley group spars in a Manhattan bar, revealing the various ways men experience and respond to the reality of HIV/AIDS.
Place: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells
Cost: $30-$35. For tickets, call (312) 943-8722 or visit Aredorchidtheatre.org.
January 14-25: Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Founded by Blair Thomas & Co., this fest showcases more than a dozen puppet theater acts from around the world and includes workshops for teachers and families.
Cost: Prices vary. For tickets, visit Chicagopuppetfest.org.
January 15: 87th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel
Illinois Film Office Deputy Director Betsy Steinberg helms a cinephile-friendly conversation with critics, including Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones and The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson. A reception follows.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institue of Chicago, 164 N. State
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Siskelfilmcenter.org.
January 16: Woody’s Winter Warm-Up
The Wood Family Foundation partners with Harry Caray’s for the fourth annual event, which brings out sports figures past and present from the Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks for an evening of food, games and a silent auction. The organization, founded by former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah, supports various kid-centric programs and children’s charities.
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Place: Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7
Cost: $125. For tickets, visit Mlb.mlb.com/players/woodfamilyfoundation/index.jsp
January 16: Arctic White Nights
With a 15-foot ice bar, ice-statues, frozen furniture and a shot luge, this frosty aerie is one unique watering hole. Kick off the season at its Splash-sponsored winter opening: Sip a White Chocolate Martini, design your own snow cone and roast s’mores over the crystalized fire pit.
Time: 9 p.m.
Place: Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel, 2 W. Erie
January 19: Choucroute Dinner
Chefs Kurt Guzowski and Thomas Rice of TÊTE Charcuterie and Quartino’s Chef John Coletta demonstrate their chops at this family-style feast benefiting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Using an entire pig from a local Illinois farm, the talented trio will serve up inventive pork-driven dishes, whipped up under the eyes of hungry guests in TÊTE’s open kitchen.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: TÊTE, 1114 W. Randolph
Cost: $65. For tickets, call (312) 733-1178.
January 23: Eisenopoly
The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Associate Board throws this sixth annual fundraiser supporting gastrointestinal cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event showcases a Monopoly-themed game, open bar, music and more.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: The Walnut Room, Macy’s, 111 N. State
Cost: $90 general admission, $200 VIP. For tickets, visit Eisenbergfoundation.org.
January 23: The Soccer Ball
Urban Initiatives, which empowers underserved children to embrace a healthy lifestyle and value academic performance through soccer, hosts an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. ESPN 1000’s Marc Silverman and Carmen DeFalco emcee.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan
Cost: $150 or $200 at the door. For tickets, visit Urbaninitiatives.org.
January 24: Black Creativity Gala
This 32nd annual black-tie bash — co-chaired by Anne Pramaggiore and Cheryl Harris — raises funds for Museum of Science and Industry programming and events that pay tribute to the culture, heritage and scientific contributions of African-Americans and help motivate youth in the sciences. Galagoers can visit the Juried Art Exhibition, the longest-running exhibition of African-American art, which has been displayed annually since 1970.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore
Cost: $350. For tickets, call (773) 947-3729 or visit Msichicago.org.