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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 06.01.12

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Motown legend Gladys Knight, fresh from her gig on “Dancing with the Stars,”
performs at 8:30 p.m. June 2 at Star Plaza, I-65 at US 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $50. Call (800) 745-3000;


Sierra Leon Refugee All Stars (above) perform at 9 p.m. June 2 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Call (866) 468-3401;


The Second Annual SausageFest Chicago, noon to 10 p.m. June 2-3, takes place outside of Wrigley Field at 3600 N. Sheffield. Entertainment includes Treaty of Paris (6:40 p.m. June 2); Lucky Boys Confusion (8:30 p.m. June 2); Australian Dancers Art vs. Science (5:45 p.m. June 3); Ha Ha Tonka (6:40 p.m. June 3) and Company Thieves (8:45 p.m. June 3). Admission is $5. Call (773) 868-3010;


The 57th Street Art Fair returns to Hye Park June 2 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and June 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). More than 250 artists’ booths will be featured in this, the oldest juried art fair in Chicago. Free. Visit


Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, teams with Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports venue, 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, to hit the lanes for his charity (the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation for critically ill children) with the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament fund-raiser 6 to 10 p.m. June 7. Tickets are $75. Visit

Oenophiles can sample from 32 wineries from around the world gathered for the 2012 Wine Riot at Chicago’s Great Hall at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. June 1; $60; 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. June 2; $50 per session. Visit second

The opening ceremony for the 10th Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer two-day series is at 6:30 a.m. June 2 at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus. The 26.2- or 39.3-mile walk steps off at 7 a.m. Call (888) 541-WALK;


“Biggest Loser” fitness trainer Dolvett Quince hosts SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at Butler Field in Grant Park. Hot new fitness workouts from CRUNCH will be unveiled, including “Fly Girls,” “POUND Rockout Workout,” and “Hippie Yoga.” Health and beauty experts also will be on hand. Admission, payable in advance only at, is $20.


If you loved the hit musical “Jersey Boys” you’re gonna flip for the real thing when Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons headline at 8 p.m. June 2 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $65-$95. Call (800) 745-3000;

Music headliners at the Do-Division Fest and Sidewalk Sale’s, (along Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt) include:JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, 8:30 p.m. June 1; White Mystery, 4:45 p.m. June 2 and Pinebender, 7 p.m. June 3 on the Leavitt and Damen stage. Action on the Main Stage includes the Shakespeare All Stars, noon June 2 and Changs Martial Arts demo, 3 p.m. June 3. The Family Fun Fest, a two-block stretch on Hoyne operating noon to 6 p.m. June 2-3), features a visit from the Shedd Aquarium with aquatic animal-theme games like Penguin Plunge. Hours for the Do-Division Fest are 5-10 p.m. June 1; noon to 10 p.m. June 2-3. Admission, $5 donation. Call (312) 850-9390;


“Dancing Queen” featuring Abba’s greatest hits, opens at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago. The show runs through June 24. Tickets are $35-$90. Call (888) 556-9484;

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