November 08, 2012

Celebrate the Season at the Driehaus Museum

The Driehaus Museum decks its (marble) halls and invites guests to partake in its holiday festivities and programs, which are suited for all different ages and interests.

From November 13 through January 6, the Driehaus Museum will sparkle in seasonal splendor. During regular hours, visitors may join one of the twice-daily Highlights of the Museum tours or stroll the mansion at their own leisure, enjoying galleries decorated with evergreen trees, twinkling lights, and more.

To spread seasonal cheer, the Museum is also presenting an array of celebratory programs to delight all interests and ages:

Themed Guided Tour
Help Wanted: The Holiday Servants’ Tour
November 16 to December 30
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m.
Adults $15; Youth (6-12 years) $8

For the holiday season, by popular demand, the Servants’ Tour is back! The fastidious, yet charming, British housekeeper Mrs. Williams was charged this past summer with hiring a new domestic staff for the Nickerson family while they were away at their Cape Cod summer home. This time, Mrs. Williams is responsible for finding additional assistance during the busy holiday entertaining season.

Tour participants are transported back to the winter months of 1899, where they will discover through a servant’s eyes how the Nickersons and their Gilded Age social milieu celebrated the holidays. As applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire, and more.

Free Outdoor Family Event
Sounds of the Season
Saturday, November 17
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The tradition of carolers on the mansion’s front porch continues.  As tourists and locals, alike make their way to Michigan Avenue to shop or attend this year’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade, they should remember to stop by the Museum to hear the sweet seasonal sounds of period-dressed carolers.  Everyone, of course, is invited to make merry and sing along; it’s free!

About the Festive Singers
Featured in Disney’s 2009 major motion picture A Christmas Carol, the Festive Singers carolers bestow the best of holiday entertainment. This a cappella quartet dons its best Dickens-style apparel while enlivening listeners with both traditional and contemporary seasonal songs.

Performance
A Mark Twain Christmas
Saturday, December 1
3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Museum Members $20; Public $30

Celebrate the season with one of America’s most beloved storytellers, Mark Twain.  A Mark Twain Christmas, performed by Richard Henzel, showcases some of Twain’s best holiday material, including “The Ice Storm,” “A Letter from Santa Claus,” and the perennial paean to practical jokes, “Jim Wolfe and the Cats.” The evening also includes Mark Twain’s educational, but facetious, “Instructions In Art,” illustrated with original works created by Twain himself. By the conclusion of these ‘instructions,’ there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

About the Performer
Richard Henzel has played Mark Twain in various performances both abroad and locally, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Second City. Since 2002, Mr. Henzel has been recording and publishing the works of Mark Twain for his Mark Twain in Person audiobook library.

Performance
Magic at the Mansion
Saturday, December 8 & 15
Sunday, December 9 & 16
3 p.m.
Adults $12; Youth (8-12 years) $8

Experience the true magic of the holiday season with sleight-of-hand master magician Sean Masterson. Through entertaining stories and audience participation, Masterson’s theatrical magic show transports guests back to an earlier Gilded Age holiday. In 2011, audiences were mesmerized by his performance. This year, a game of three-card switcheroo, levitation, and an apparition all contribute to the fun.

This program is suited to children 8 years and older. Tickets include general admission to the Museum.

About the Performer
Masterson, an actor and master magician, has been entertaining Chicago audiences for 25 years. His performances include Magic Matinee in 2006 and 2008 at the Music Box Theatre and Vaudeville Magic at the Morse Theatre in 2009.

Concert
Home for the Holidays: An Evening of Cabaret
With Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael
Thursday, December 13
6 p.m.
Museum Members $35; Public $45

Enjoy one of cabaret’s most in-demand duos, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, right after their appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  In this performance, Menzie and Michael take you on a playful and heartfelt romp through the holidays with songs such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Grateful,” “Hanukkah in Santa Monica,” and many more. Critics call their shows “a divine intervention of musical genius,” “a joyous intoxicating hour of music,” and “downright thrilling.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. with complimentary drinks and light fare; the performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

About the Performers
Beckie Menzie’s rich voice and expert piano stylings sizzle on everything from sassy swing to smoky torch songs. A three-time winner of After Dark Chicago‘s “Outstanding Cabaret Artist” award, Menzie is a diva-in-demand whom WGN radio has praised as “one of the city’s finest performers.” And with a voice that Billboard magazine describes as “a revelation,” Michael’s warm, expressive style and charismatic tenor breathe new life into cabaret standards and reveal why Back Stage magazine has called him “one of the most striking singers to emerge in the last few years.”

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