Three things to blot out 2016 election static Nov. 3-6

Instead of subjecting oneself to all the election noise on TV and social media, try to feel good about the world, at least for a little while, by going to a fun event. An old fashioned musical opens this week.  See what creative folks are doing with functional art. Visit an outdoor destination that has an unusual indoor exhibit this weekend.

Danny Gardner as Don Lockwood in 'Singing in the Rain' at Marriott Theatre. Justin Barbin photo
Danny Gardner as Don Lockwood in ‘Singing in the Rain’ at Marriott Theatre. Justin Barbin photo

Singing in the Rain, MGM’s 1953 musical comedy about how the stars of a movie handle the switch from silent film to talkies opens this week at the Marriott Theatre. Marriott productions, known for really excellent voices and choreography, are a good antidote to election depression. Remember the joyful poster of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor splashing along in the rain? OK, if too young, just Google it. Marriott Theatre is at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL at Milwaukee Avenue south of Illinois Highway 22. For tickets and other information call (847) 634-0200 and visit Marriott Theatre.

SOFA, not your great-room couch but an annual art event that is so good it has lasted 23 years, is back at Navy Pier this weekend. Thursday night is a benefit but there are lectures Friday through Sunday.  The art festival features Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art and Design from about 70 galleries. For lecture information, a list of galleries and tickets visit SOFA.

Fine Art of Fiber, starts Thursday night at the Chicago Botanic Garden and continues through Sunday. Hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, it has featured works that look like paintings, museum quality quilts and wearable art from gorgeous scarves to beaded jewelry. For other show information visit Fiber Art . For Chicago Botanic Garden exhibit info see CBG Fiber.