"The Nutcracker" by Salt Creek Ballet
Updated: December 13, 2012 3:14PM
‘THE NUTCRACKER’ — SWEET
Area performances of “The Nutcracker” include Salt Creek Ballet’s rendition at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $31.50-$39.50. Visit northshorecenter.org . The House Theatre offers a darker (still family-friendly), large-scale version of the ballet featuring puppets, through Dec. 30 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $25. Call (773) 278-1500. Ballet Legere’s 29th annual production of the classic tale is at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. For tickets call (773) 237-1874; legeredancecentre.com .
Lisa Rock, with her six-piece band, rekindles the magic of 1970s sister/brother pop duo The Carpenters during a performance of songs from their classic holiday albums and shows, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. Tickets are $25. Visit metropolisarts.com .
There’s still time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list during the sixth annual Randolph Street Market, an indoor/outdoor shopping extravaganza taking place Dec. 15-16 at Beaux Arts Plumbers’ Hall, 1340 W. Washington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $5, for students with valid identification. Visit randolphstreetmarket.com .
Former “SNL” cast member Chris Kattan performs at 10:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. Tickets are $22 (18+over), plus a two-drink minimum. Call (847) 240-2001; improv.com .
The Natural Gas Jug Band Christmas holiday sketch is at 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee. Find out what’s funny about the holidays. Tickets are $10; $5, for students. Visit thegifttheatre.org .
Take a break from shopping to enjoy a holiday tea service, 2 to 4 p.m. through Dec. 30, in the lobby of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E. Monroe. $38; $18, for children. Reservations required. Call (312) 917-3404; palmerhousehiltonhotel.com .
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Chicago-based world beat band and five-time Chicago Music Award-winner Funkadesi celebrates its 16th anniversary during sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 14 at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets are $20; $10, ages 12 and under. Visit ticketweb.com .
Florida’s alternative rock band Sister Hazel holds two shows 9 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Vintage Blue and Russell Howard open. Tickets are $28-$50. For ages 17+. Call (312) 923-2000; houseofblues.com .
Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Stephanie Mills and James Ingram headline the Colors of Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind., $60. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
Rudolph, Santa, Frosty and other holiday icons join in Corn Productions’ BYOB audience-participation show Happy Holly-Daze: A Drinking Game Performance, running through Dec. 29, at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $7-$15. Call (773) 650-1331.
Wyclef Jean performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $60-$125. Visit citywinery.com/chicago/tickets .
The creators of “Late Night Catechism” deliver a new comedy sketch in time for the holidays, “Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, $30. Call (847) 577-2121; metropolisarts.com .
Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main, St. Charles, hosts two holiday shows this weekend. The Diamonds, whose rock ’n’ roll hit “Little Darlin’ is still racking up sales 53 years after its release, perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $29-$59. Catch Clay Aiken’s Joyful Noise Tour 2012 at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $39-$95. Call (630)962-7000; oshows.com .
Close to two million lights brighten the paths of Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, during the 17th Annual Zoolights. Special attractions include ice-carving demonstrations, crafting activities and photos with Santa (through Dec. 23). Hours are 5-9 p.m. Check schedule for dates. Admission is free. The event runs through Jan. 6. Visit lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights .
Experience the golden age of radio during a live production, airing in simulcast on WJOL-AM 1340, of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $10. Visit rialtosquare.com .
JUST DO IT
Always a holiday favorite, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah returns for its 37th anniversary performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $10. Visit harristheaterchicago.org .
An evening of entertainment, socializing and last-minute shopping awaits visitors to Bizarre Bazaar: A Holiday Special, featuring live dance, theater, music and improv performances followed by a display of goods, available for purchase, by local artisans at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont. Tickets are $15. Visit redtapetheatre.org .