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Episode 83: Kicking Off the Holidays in Style

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It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s time to unwrap another great episode of Show & Tell with Andrea Darlas. We kick off the show with John Jesensky, Conductor of Elf in Concert! You’ve got two chances coming up to experience everyone’s favorite elf alongside the sounds of live orchestral accompaniment. Then, we’re joined by Chicago pianist Ben Lewis to talk about his one-night-only show honoring jazz legend, Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. After that, we get in the spirit with Kris Tsitis as she previews the 2023 Holiday Faire at the SS Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. Finally, we light up the holidays! It’s time for Sparkle Lights Festival in Rosemont, and Shawn Hunter walks us through this year’s details. 

Over the final half hour, you’ll hear about two incredible (and incredibly different) shows playing now in Chicagoland. First up, Co-Directors Maggie Popadiak and Miguel Angel Rodriguez join us to describe APTP’s unique and immersive show set in our very own Albany Park, “Port of Entry.” Then, director Jessica Finch walks us through the life and legacy of Carole King as she tells us about “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.” We hope you enjoy this little holiday gift and are inspired to see a show…or two!  

Guest info: 

*John Jesensky, Conductor of Elf in Concert, tells us about his experience conducting live alongside one of everyone’s favorite Christmas films. The show is playing Saturday, November 25 at the Auditorium Theatre, and Sunday, November 26 at the Rosemont Theatre. For tickets and information, visit www.cineconcerts.com

*Legendary pianist Ben Lewis tells us about his performance honoring jazz legend, Bill Evans. Catch it one night only, on December 1, at Studio 5 in Evanston. For tickets, visit http://studio5.dance

*Kris Tsitis, Philanthropy co-chair, tells us all about the 2023 Holiday Faire at the SS Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. The event, on December 2, runs from 10 am - 4 pm, with the new drive-through open from 5pm - 7pm. Admission is a freewill donation. 

*Producer Shawn Hunter walks us through the ever-dazzling Sparkle Light Festival out in Rosemont! This always festive event runs now through the end of the year. For details, visit www.sparklerosemont.com

*Co-Directors Maggie Popadiak and Miguel Angel Rodriguez walk us through the unique and immersive world of APTP’s “Port of Entry.” The show runs through 12/16 at APTP On Montrose. For tickets, visit www.portofentrychicago.com.

*Director Jessica Finch shares her love for music and Carole King as she tells us all about “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.” The show plays at the Marriott Theatre now through the end of the year. For tickets, visit tickets.marriotttheatre.com.

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