You'd think from all the noise that self-appointed religiously oppressed Republicans make that Christmas doesn't exist in secular Blue State cities like Chicago. Not so. Let's take a look at selections from the December calendar at the Chicago Cultural Center, a municipal institution that is funded with my approval by my secular humanist, atheistic, exorbitant property taxes:
Protégé Philharmonic Sunday, December 11, 3pm Preston Bradley Hall The Protégé Philharmonic present a Christmas Holiday Concert with classical orchestra, popular Christmas selections and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.
The Rose Ensemble: Celebremos el Niño: A Mexican Baroque Christmas Thursday, December 15, 6:30pm Preston Bradley Hall Join this engaging group of singers for an evening of joyful Mexican music - a celebration featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos. Accompanied by viola da gamba, vihuela da mano and several percussion instruments (including African drums), solos and choruses burst forth in this holiday program that's anything but predictable.
Ohm series: Holiday Xmix Party Thursday, December 15, 7pm Randolph Cafe This digital holiday celebration features local DJs and laptop artists performing original remixes of classic holiday tunes. Snowbot (aka Brobot) gives a special live performance leading audience members brave enough to join the robotic karaoke sing-along to digital versions of seasonal songs. The evening also showcases the release of Christmas Remixed 2 from Six Degrees Records, which features top-notch producers, DJs, turntablists and remix artists in a second vibrant collection of joyfully twisted takes on holiday tunes.
500 Clown (sings) Christmas Carol(s) November 16, 2005 - January 7, 2006 Storefront Theater Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm Additional Christmas performances: December 19 - 21 at 7:30pm No shows on November 24, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 Tickets: $15, $10 for students and seniors with valid ID This raucous Christmas celebration features three clowns as Dickensian rock stars, performing A Christmas Carol-based songs by John Fournier. Think Dickens plus a live band plus 500 Clown's signature blend of circus arts, improvisation, and action-based performance. We'll have even the tiniest Tim dancing in the aisles. For tickets, visit www.storefronttheater.org or call 312-742-TIXS.
But please note: "The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed in observance of Christmas Day."
Liberals aren't scared of Christianity, but Republican Christians are scared to death of pluralism. They are social agoraphobics who can't bear the sight of anyone who doesn't look and behave exactly like them — narrow-minded, fearful, greedy, and provincially Caucasian at heart.