BRIAN BEER AT THE OPERA HOUSE
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12
WHERE: Sandwich Opera House, 155 E. Railroad St., Sandwich
COST & INFO: Admission is $5. Brian Beer will be playing the Chapman stick and Beer Box. The Chapman stick is a 12-stringed instrument that looks like a huge guitar neck with bass and guitar strings all on the same instrument. It is played with two hands tapping the strings to the neck where each hand is playing something different, allowing the musician to play bass, rhythm and lead parts concurrently. His music is a compilation of jazz, rock, pop, classical and new age.
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13
WHERE: Boulder Point, 0 Boulder Hill Pass, Montgomery
COST & INFO: $25. Let the Oswegoland Park District staff keep the kids while you enjoy a night out. Parents can hit the town or do as they please with a night away while the kids have fun in a safe, interactive environment. Kids ages 4-10 will enjoy a night of sports themed games and activities, gym time and pizza. Registration is required and space is limited. Visit oswegolandparkdistrict.org for more information and to register.
AURORA CUP TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION
WHEN: Jan. 12-14
WHERE: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora
COST & INFO: Watch some of the most intense and skilled table tennis players from around the world. This is a four-star USATT sanctioned tournament. For more information and full event schedule, visit fvttc.org.
'PETER AND THE WOLF'
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13
WHERE: Sexton Auditorium of the Moser Performing Arts Center, University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet
COST & INFO: Free. At the Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s special performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” children and families will have the opportunity to touch a timpani, play a piccolo or cuddle a clarinet. The casual and interactive symphony performance will begin by telling the classic fairy tale, “Peter and the Wolf.” After the performance, an “instrument petting zoo” will take place. Instruments from the string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections will be available for children to handle and try playing for themselves. The orchestra musicians will also be available to answer any questions and assist attendees. For information, visit jolietsymphonyorchestra.org.