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River North Dance Chicago 'Renatus'

River North Dance Chicago in "Renatus"

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Updated: November 14, 2012 5:56PM

Dance, dance, evolution

Dance companies are in a perpetual state of evolution, forever shape-shifting as new dancers step into the ensemble and the work of new choreographers is brought into the repertoire. Both aspects of such evolution will be on view as River North Dance Chicago performs Nov. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. The engagement also will mark artistic director Frank Chaves’ 20th anniversary with the company. Two world premieres will be in the spotlight. New York-based dancemaker Adam Barruch has created “I Close My Eyes Until the End,” a work for 11 dancers set to the music of Olafur Arnalds, the Icelandic ambient/electronica-Scandinavian pop composer. Turkish-born choreographer Nejla Yatkin has created a solo for veteran RNDC dancer Jessica Wolfrum. The piece, “Renatus” (“Rebirth”), is set to the aria “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” and is a meditation on beauty, memory and transformation. Yatkin, a 2012 winner of Chicago’s 3Arts Award, was a 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow. Also on the RNDC program will be works by Robert Battle, Sabrina & Ruben Veliz and Chaves. For tickets ($30-$75), call (312) 334-7777 or visit — Hedy Weiss


Who better to kick off the holiday season than perennial favorites the Peanuts Gang and Disney characters when the 21st Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival begins 11 a.m. Nov. 17 on the BMO Harris Bank stage with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. The grand finale — following an afternoon of entertainment that includes teen band R5 and “American Idol” alum Colton Dixon — includes a tree-lighting and a parade down Michigan from Oak to Wacker at 5:30 p.m. led by grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The evening concludes at 6:55 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Chicago River. Visit .


Native Chicagoan and WWE wrestler CM Punk from USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” serves as grand marshal of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, stepping off at 8 a.m. Nov. 22 on State Street. “America’s Next Top Model” winner and Chicago native Jaslene Gonzalez joins in the parade duties, along with marching bands from around the country, performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and members from the Joffrey Ballet. The parade heads north along State Street, from Congress to Randolph. Visit chicago .


Drew Carey takes a break from “The Price is Right” to deliver his bawdy humor to a live audience at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Zanies Rosemont, 5437 Park, Rosemont. Other shows are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $30 (21+over), plus two-item minimum , at .


Country cutie Josh Turner performs in support of his new album “Punching Bag” and the hit single “Time Is Love” at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Star Plaza, I-65 at U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $40. Call (800) 745-3000; .

‘LES MIS’ RETUR NSCameron Mackintosh’s refreshed version of Victor Hugo’s classic “Les Miserables” springs to life in a 25th anniversary edition of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s award-winning musical at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. The production, opening one step ahead of the holiday release of the Hugh Jackman/Russell Crowe epic movie (in theaters Dec. 25, captures the spirit of survival and freedom in Hugo’s tale. Through Dec. 2. Tickets are $18-$95. Visit broa .


The ice skating rink at Millennium Park opens at noon Nov. 16 at Michigan between Washington and Madison. It will remain open (weather permitting) through mid-March. Admission is free; skate rentals are $10. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (beginning Jan. 5); 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit to check for holiday hours and closings.

THE SECOND COMINGSecond City’s “Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue” opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North. Tickets are $25. The show runs through Dec. 30. Visit .

‘BIG NEWS’ Usher makes a cameo appearance during the 107.5FM-WGCI Big Jam 2012 starring Rick Ross, Keyshia Cole, Wale, Future, Kelly Rowland and Fat Joe at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. Tickets are $150-$550. Call (800) 745-3000;


Come dressed as your favorite “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” character, or bring in a sign supporting your allegiance and receive a $3 discount off the $10 admission to Octavarius’ “Twilight vs. Hunger Games” night at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at ComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont. Visit; .


Chicago comedian Kyle Kinane, who has appeared on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly,” TBS’ “The Very Funny Show” and across the pond on BBC-TV’s “The World Stands Up” and Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” performs two shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17, and 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North. Tickets are $20. Call (312) 662-4562; .


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, a founding member Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Steve Kimock opens. Tickets are $42-$48. Call (312) 733-9463; .


Dutch house music artist Afrojack, who won a Grammy for his remix of Madonna’s “Revolver,” brings his “Jacked” tour — featuring R3hab, Shermanology and Quintino — to town at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $36. Visit .


Chocolatiers and pastry chefs showcase delectable treats during the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show Nov. 16-18 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Highlights include a designer-chocolate area, chocolate-and-wine pairing pavilion, a six-step chocolate-making demonstration and sculpted chocolate designs from the French Pastry School. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 17; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Admission is $35, for ages 21 and older. Visit .


Metro, 3730 N. Clark, hosts a children’s holiday concert at 9 p.m. Nov. 21. Talent includes JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Archie Powell and the Exports and DJ Ross (Kokoroko) Kelly. Admission is $17, plus a toy or book for area hospitals. A portion of the proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Visit


Street Tempo Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Land Miracle Nut Cracking Christmas Story . . . Jews Welcome,” a non-traditional holiday production for the family, opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $28. Previews are Nov. 16-18, with tickets, $15. The regular run is through Dec. 30. Call (773) 327-5252; .


Millie Jackson, Willie Clayton, Clarence Carter and Peggy Scott-Adams takes it old school at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $40-$65. Call (800) 745-3000; .

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