A scene from ‘War Horse’
sensation arrives in Chicago just in time for the holidays


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.19.12 through Tue 12.25.12:


theatre War Horse
The main character may be a horse, but War Horse is pure human drama. After cantering across Broadway to critical acclaim, the show arrives in Chicago just in time for the holidays.
GO: Through 1/5; $30–$105. The Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com


classical Canterbury Carollers
It’s only pre-1870 songs on ye olde set list for this Victorian-dressing ensemble. But don’t worry, “Jingle Bells” and “O Holy Night” still make the cut.
GO: 12/19 at 6:30; free. Christkindlmarket, Daley Plaza. canterburycarollers.com


No matter how low the temperature drops, this simple wartime parable about soldiers stuck in the trenches during World War I will warm your heart.
GO: 12/19 at 7:30; $7.50. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th street. beverlyartcenter.org


theatre Oliver!
We can’t get enough helpings of the musical based on Dickens’ story of a boy in search of love, acceptance, and food, glorious, food.
GO: 12/22–12/31; $34–$94. Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston. light-opera-works.org


jazz Winter Solstice
For the 22nd year in a row, early birds will get the jazz worm. The veteran percussionists Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake welcome winter with a concert beginning at 6 a.m.
GO: 12/21–23 at 6 a.m.; $20. Links Hall, 3435 N Sheffield. linkshall.org


Kristen Kaza
Kristen Kaza

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Kristen Kaza, a principal as No Small Plans Productions and the host of the monthly dance parties, Slo ‘Mo: Slow jams for homos at The Whistler. The Slo ‘Mo holiday edition is on 12/20 at 9.

“Thursday is my monthly residency at The Whistler hosting, Slo ’Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans). The party is usually a hit because people love nostalgic slow jams. They mix well with the impeccable Whistler cocktails. The dance part is cozy and sexy, just what the holidays should be.

“Friday my mom and I are going to Willis Tower because she’s never been and I secretly want a photo on that suspended glass balcony. My girlfriend will be working on a Tegan and Sara photo shoot that day, so we may see their show with The Killers at UIC Pavilion. In my dreams we take them out for shots of Malört at Scofflaw and late-night, wild times at the nightclub Berlin.

“Saturday I will have to finish my holiday shopping, so I’ll hit up Una Mae‘s in Wicker Park. It’s my go-to for affordable, unique, and stylish gifts. My mom and I will have dinner at Mana. I love the candlelit intimacy, and the mushroom polenta is what dreams are made of. Then we’ll head to the House Theater’s Nutcracker. It's an interpretation of the classic and my piano teacher is the music director of the show. Afterwards, I’ll make a late night stop to the new queer hip hop party, Unicorn Hustle at Parlour to get my dance on.

“Sunday I’ll take my mom to Ina’s, because I think those two will hit it off. I love that the decor is all salmon pink and mint green, and that there are different seasonal salt & pepper shakers on each table. The vegetable hash is perfect. Then we’ll head over to the Music Box to watch [a holiday movie].” —As told to Elly Fishman


art Goshka Macuga
Don’t’ be fooled by a tempered display, everything the highly political Polish artist creates is a statement. The Smart Museum presents two large-scale pieces that originally premiered at dOCUMENTA (13) last summer.
GO: Through 1/13. Smart Museum, 5550 S Greenwood. smartmuseum.uchicago.edu


Photograph: (War Horse) Brinkhoff/Mögenburg