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Show: Blue Nativity Now in its eighth annual incarnation, this stripped-down traveling Nativity play uses music and ten-foot-tall puppets with crescent-moon faces to evoke something even more ancient than the birth of Jesus: the primal theogony that lurks deep in the DNA of all religion.
6pm, St. Peter's Church, 110 W. Madison, 312-458-0895, free
Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.
24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243
Show: The Addams Family Nathan Lane and Bebe Newirth star in the musical based on New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams.
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, check with theater for showtimes, $28-$105
Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence. At dinner you'll find entrees incorporating regional ingredients such as a roasted Indiana duck breast with Michigan cherry couscous or Iowa pork chop with white cheddar mac 'n' cheese.
225 N. Wabash, 312-236-9300
Show: Mark and Laura's Couples Advice Christmas Special "The cast embrace their offbeat characters so wholeheartedly that they pull off a minor Christmas miracle--a holiday-special parody that foregoes snark and mere cleverness in favor of hilarious humility," writes Keith Griffith.
8pm, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549, $10
Dinner: Irazu Tiny and always crowded, it serves food that’s cheap, tasty, and plentiful.
1865 N. Milwaukee Ave, (773) 252-5687
Show: Me and Orson Welles Set in 1937, this engaging period drama by Richard Linklater focuses on Welles’s legendary Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, which transplanted Shakespeare’s play to fascist Italy.
4:40 pm, 7:20 pm, 10 pm, Webster Place 11, 1471 W. Webster
Dinner: Kith and Kin New upscale pub with an extensive beer and wine list; the chef is David Carrier (Trio, the French Laundry).
1119 W. Webster, 773-472-7070
Show: The New Year Parade Two grown siblings are blindsided by their parents' breakup in this gritty but delicately nuanced indie drama, which plays out against the backdrop of the annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.
7pm, 9pm, Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton, 773-281-4114
Dinner: Luna Caprese Pasta's made from scratch daily at Luna Caprese, a pleasantly appointed trattoria named after the weepy tune popularized stateside by Connie Francis. Gnocchi verde in sage butter was a paradigm of Italianate culinary restraint, each flavor clearly expressed and powerful in its simplicity.
2239 N. Clybourn, (773) 281-4825