Top Stories Top stories from Planit Life. Wheaton native performs music behind reinvented 'Nutcracker'Wheaton native Anthony Scandora is percussionist in The House Theatre of Chicago’s unusual "Nutcracker." The production is a ballet-free rendition of the familiar tale, combining the puppetry and theatricality for which the award-winning company is known.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/wheaton-native-performs-music-behind-reinvented-nutcracker/aozvlu4/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/wheaton-native-performs-music-behind-reinvented-nutcracker/aozvlu4/Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:00 GMTHoliday choral concert to showcase regional composersThe Oak Park Concert Chorale, conducted by Director Paul Lindblad, will present "The Eastern Star" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/holiday-choral-concert-to-showcase-regional-composers/a8ak9g1/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/holiday-choral-concert-to-showcase-regional-composers/a8ak9g1/Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMTChildren's concert nears at Glen Ellyn Public LibraryWendy Morgan and DB will present an interactive music program with scarves, bubbles and twists from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in the Glen Ellyn Public Library.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/childrens-concert-nears-at-glen-ellyn-public-library/aekklyz/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/childrens-concert-nears-at-glen-ellyn-public-library/aekklyz/Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:45:00 GMTMorton Arboretum Photographic Society shows works in WoodridgeThe Morton Arboretum Photographic Society shows a collection of more than 50 framed photographs in the “Ringing in the Bells of Nature” exhibit through Dec. 29 in the Woodridge Public Library.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/morton-arboretum-photographic-society-shows-works-in-woodridge/af580my/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/morton-arboretum-photographic-society-shows-works-in-woodridge/af580my/Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:00 GMTBrookfield Zoo gears up for Zoo Year’s Eve during Holiday MagicUsher in the New Year with friends, family and the animals at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/brookfield-zoo-gears-up-for-zoo-years-eve-during-holiday-magic/aho0s3q/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/brookfield-zoo-gears-up-for-zoo-years-eve-during-holiday-magic/aho0s3q/Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMTRobbie Fulks to blend humor, music at FitzGerald's in BerwynRobbie Fulks Raps Up 2014 will feature the alt-country hero as he takes a biting, humorous look at events of the past year at FitzGerald's in Berwyn.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/robbie-fulks-to-blend-humor-music-at-fitzgeralds-in-berwyn/azdwn9m/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/18/robbie-fulks-to-blend-humor-music-at-fitzgeralds-in-berwyn/azdwn9m/Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:30:00 GMTPuppets to bring Frosty to life at Elmhurst LibraryDave Herzog’s Marionettes will introduce families to Frosty and his friends when the Elmhurst Public Library presents a puppet show from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/17/puppets-to-bring-frosty-to-life-at-elmhurst-library/aky804r/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/17/puppets-to-bring-frosty-to-life-at-elmhurst-library/aky804r/Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:30:00 GMTCheck out select events in Planit 5Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from a Sunday afternoon of ballroom dancing to a musical homage to David Bowie, a school-break camp for kids, the dramatic presentation "'Twas the Night" about the season's customs, and a gift-making opportunity for children.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/17/check-out-select-events-in-planit-5/a2jc669/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/17/check-out-select-events-in-planit-5/a2jc669/Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMTMystery Diner: Union House serves big flavor on small platesIt was a sunny and chilly December day when my companion and I decided to head to Union House American Kitchen in Winfield for lunch.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/mystery-diner-union-house-serves-big-flavor-on-small-plates/axbp2tz/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/mystery-diner-union-house-serves-big-flavor-on-small-plates/axbp2tz/Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:00:00 GMTNativity exhibit on display at Benedictine University in LisleAs the Christmas season approaches, creches, or scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, become a popular sight. Running now through Saturday, Jan. 10, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will host the joint exhibition “Creches.”http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/nativity-exhibit-on-display-at-benedictine-university-in-lisle/ac4fh8i/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/nativity-exhibit-on-display-at-benedictine-university-in-lisle/ac4fh8i/Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:30:00 GMTGlen Ellyn performer stars in holiday revue at Pheasant RunFox Valley Repertory caps its 2014 theater series with Rick Lewis' holiday music revue, "Christmas on Broadway." In the cast is Erica Stephan of Glen Ellyn, a 2010 Glenbard West High School graduate and 2014 Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts graduate.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/16/glen-ellyn-performer-stars-in-holiday-revue-at-pheasant-run/agfwg9o/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/16/glen-ellyn-performer-stars-in-holiday-revue-at-pheasant-run/agfwg9o/Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:42:06 GMTSpecial menu to mark anniversary of prasino LaGrangeAs it celebrates its fifth anniversary this month, prasino LaGrange debuts “5 for $35,” a compilation of the most popular dishes the restaurant has served during the past five years.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/16/special-menu-to-mark-anniversary-of-prasino-lagrange/a7br9we/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/16/special-menu-to-mark-anniversary-of-prasino-lagrange/a7br9we/Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:18:00 GMTStephen Alltop to conduct Apollo Chorus in 'Messiah' With raves still ringing for the first performance of Handel’s “Messiah” this season by the Apollo Chorus, Chicago’s oldest musical organization, audiences have one more chance to catch the musical fireworks. The concert will be conducted by Stephen Alltop, known to suburban audiences as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/11/24/stephen-alltop-to-conduct-apollo-chorus-in-messiah/auxoqn4/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/11/24/stephen-alltop-to-conduct-apollo-chorus-in-messiah/auxoqn4/Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:30:00 GMTArtist deadline extended for West Chicago banner projectThe West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission has extended the deadline for art submissions for the 2015 Community Banner Art Project to Jan. 15.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/artist-deadline-extended-for-west-chicago-banner-project/anc4tvw/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/artist-deadline-extended-for-west-chicago-banner-project/anc4tvw/Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:28:00 GMTArrowhead Restaurant and Bar serves up holiday lineup in WheatonArrowhead Restaurant and Bar offers guests a little something special this holiday season, including a gift-wrapping service for diners.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/arrowhead-restaurant-and-bar-serves-up-holiday-lineup-in-wheaton/a1xgfcy/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/15/arrowhead-restaurant-and-bar-serves-up-holiday-lineup-in-wheaton/a1xgfcy/Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:41 GMTCheck out select events in Planit 5Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from the Anima chorus to "Nutcracker" ballet, a wearable art exhibit, visits with Santa, and the "Community Trees" charity project at Cantigny.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/14/check-out-select-events-in-planit-5/a6jsres/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/14/check-out-select-events-in-planit-5/a6jsres/Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:30:00 GMTTributosaurus to play homage to David Bowie at Wire in BerwynThe sound-shifting band Tributosaurus will become David Bowie in two nights of shows, including New Year's Eve at Wire in Berwyn.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/14/tributosaurus-to-play-homage-to-david-bowie-at-wire-in-berwyn/ajvurk1/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/14/tributosaurus-to-play-homage-to-david-bowie-at-wire-in-berwyn/ajvurk1/Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:42:14 GMTElmhurst art gallery owner Donna Pope creates angelic seriesArtist and Elmhurst gallery owner Donna Pope celebrates the 20th anniversary of her “Encounter with Angels” series.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/12/elmhurst-art-gallery-owner-donna-pope-creates-angelic-series/aj9clls/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/12/elmhurst-art-gallery-owner-donna-pope-creates-angelic-series/aj9clls/Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMTYouth can game Native American style in RomeovilleA “Native American Games Workshop” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in Romeoville.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/12/youth-can-game-native-american-style-in-romeoville/aig3a2m/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/12/youth-can-game-native-american-style-in-romeoville/aig3a2m/Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:00:50 GMTDreamWorks presents Santa adventure led by Shrek at Oakbrook CenterFor a multimedia, interactive experience, Oakbrook Center is home to the DreamWorks DreamPlace, where Shrek will lead children on a journey to the North Pole to find Santa.http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/11/dreamworks-presents-santa-adventure-led-by-shrek-at-oakbrook-center/a2u5ggj/http://www.planitlife.com/2014/12/11/dreamworks-presents-santa-adventure-led-by-shrek-at-oakbrook-center/a2u5ggj/Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:00:00 GMT