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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 11.23.12

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GREY MATTER

Baby Wants Candy’s 60-minute improv show “50 Shades! The Musical,” which includes 11 original songs that include “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love” “I Got a Hole Inside of Me” and “I F#*!,”pokes fun at E L James’ best-selling erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Shows are 8 p.m. Nov. 23-24 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $20. Call (847) 673-6300; northshorecenter.org .

‘SUN’ SET

Chris Isaak, performs in support of his new album, “Beyond the Sun,” a collection of covers from Sun Records’ biggest artists (Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison) at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $44.50-$95. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

CHICAGO STAPLE

Chicago’s legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Award-winning artist Mavis Staples performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 23-24 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $48-$75. Visit citywinerychicago.com/chicago/tickets .

RISING STAR

Drawing upon the rich voices of both female and male blues legends, Nikki Hill performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. David Herrero and the Hero Brothers join the artist. Tickets are $10. Visit citywin erychicago.com/chicago/tickets .

OH, YES HE CAN

“Barack All Night” IO improv’s comedy skit has President Obama (Patrick Rowland) as a late-night talk show host having a one-on-one with guest Reggie Love (Nnamdi Ngwe), with Claire Meyer providing musical entertainment at 11:55 p.m. Nov. 24 at IO Theater, 3541 N. Clark. Tickets are $5. Visit tick etweb.com .

COVERT AFFAIR

Ralph Covert’s daughter Fiona Grey and former student Matt Pingel, performing in support of the release of Pingel’s extended play debut CD “Small Miracles,” joins Covert with The Bad Examples for a show at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets are $12. Visit fitzgeraldsnightclub.com .

PRETTY UGLY

Grab that hideous holiday sweater from the back of the closet and join in the 3.1 mile Ugly Sweater Run/Walk at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at Montrose Harbor, 600 W. Montrose. Activities at the starting line include reindeer games, holiday music and snow machines. A post-run party featuring sledding, beverages and music follows. Registration is $40. Participants are asked to bring a new toy for Toys for Tots. Visit theuglysweaterrun.com .

HALLELUJAH TRAIL

Grammy Award-winner Leonard Cohen performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. Tickets are $27.50-$250. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

LAST OF THE ‘DRAGONS’

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closes out its Chicago run of “Dragons” with shows at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24; and 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets are $13-$90. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

YELLOW FEVER

Yellowcard performs at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. The Wonder Years open. Call (312) 923-2000; house ofblues.com/tickets .

CHANCE ENCOUNTER

Chicago teen rap master Chance the Rapper spits lyrics at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets are $12. Visit metrochicago.com .

HOLIDAY TRADITION

The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, a perennial favorite,is at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Star Plaza, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $39. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

CROCIDILE ROCKIN’

The Show Below, featuring kits by the Crocidile Players and a roster of comedy troupes, is at 9 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30 at the Crocodile Lounge, 1540 N. Milwaukee. Admission is free and includes a personal pizza with drink purchase. Call (773) 252-0880.

SWING SHIFT

Brian Setzer’s Holiday Show is on the bill at 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $30-$65. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

DON’T MISS

The Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tours, two-hour evening tours of the city’s light displays and holiday scenes, runs Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Sights include Navy Pier, Daley Plaza and Lincoln Park Zoo. Tours depart at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. from the John Hancock building, 875 N. Michigan, Friday-Sunday Nov. 23-Dec. 23; daily Dec. 26-31. Tickets are $19-$26; coachusa.com/chicagotrolley .



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