FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
sports/rec Killerspin Spinvitational Table Tennis Challenge
Need a break from armchair quarterbacking? See top players—including a 2008 Chicago single, Biba Golic—in an all-out table tennis smackdown.
GO: Dec 26 at noon; Dec 27 at 8 a.m. Donations accepted for Best Buddies. Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand. killerspin.com
galleries Barbara Crane
The Chicago photographer is the subject of not one but two concurrent retrospectives and just had a new monograph of her work published by Aperture. Not bad for 81 and still shooting.
GO: Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision. Thru Jan 10. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org. Then/Now: The Eternal Thread of the ID Aesthetic. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, 35 W 33rd. art.iit.edu
BONUS! FIVE WAYS TO RING IN 2010
Our top choices for New Year’s Eve concerts (tickets still available as of presstime):
classical New Philharmonic
Count down to 2010 at the Phil’s fifth annual Viennese Pops concert. The Illinois soprano Amanda Majeski, who shone in Chicago Opera Theater’s La Clemenza di Tito earlier in 2009, joins the Champagne-capped celebration.
GO: Dec 31 at 4 and 9. $40-$65. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
rock Local H
With the powerhouse drummer Brian St. Clair at his side, H’s frontman, Scott Lucas, is a pro at balancing a damn-the-world attitude with catchy melodies and hard-rock hooks.
GO: Dec 31 at 9:30. $65. Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee. doubledoor.com
folk Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters
It’s out with the old, in with the old-timey at this concert pairing two hot young American roots groups.
GO: Dec 31 at 7 and 10:30. $36-$40. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org
jazz E. Faye Butler
We adore the five-time-Jeff-winning E. Faye Butler, whether she’s singing the heck out of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change or putting her pipes to Ella. Here she cracks open the Great American Songbook for an unforgettable corker of a concert.
GO: Dec 31 at 8. $55. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie, Skokie. northlight.org
rockabilly Bobby Bare, Jr.
Son of a rock ‘n’ roll gun, Bare keeps the legacy alive with outsize swagger and galloping hooks. Maybe you’ve seen him in a Bloodshot Records showcase. If not, here’s your chance—for cheap.
GO: Dec 31 at 9:30. $20-$25. Schubas, 3159 N Southport. schubas.com
Photography: Kristin Lidell