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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 12.21.12

NEW YORK - APRIL 2:  Comedian Kyle Grooms performs NokiTheater April 2 2006 New York City.  (Phoby Brad

NEW YORK - APRIL 2: Comedian Kyle Grooms performs at the Nokia Theater on April 2, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

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BLUES PRIMER

Electric blues guitarist John Primer performs at 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash. Sonic Soul opens. Tickets are $20. Visit etix.com .

NEW ROAD AHEAD

Eighties boy bands Boyz II Men and Mint Condition partner for a show at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $65-$75. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .

CHILDREN’S STORY

Storyteller Oba King helps visitors learn the principles of Kwanzaa through stories, songs and crafts during Happy Kwanzaa! at the Bronzeville Children’s Museum, 9301 S. Stony Island. Admission is $5; free for members. Call (773) 721-9801; bronzevillechildrensmuseum.com .

‘TONGUE’ AND CHEEK

Follow the evolution of the art of stripping during the world premiere “Strip of the Tongue: a Study of Contemporary Burlesque” at 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 7924 Lincoln, Skokie. Tickets are $15. Call (773) 598-4549; gorillatango.com .

SANTA MANIA

How do you look in a Santa suit? Find out when the Third Annual Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl gets underway at noon at McGee’s Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster. Participants receive a complimentary Santa suit with the purchase of an event ticket ($30). Stops along the crawl include Duffy’s Tavern, 420½ W. Diversey, Durkin’s, 810 W. Diversey, Redmond’s Ale House, 3358 N. Sheffield, Wrightwood Tap, 1059 W. Wrightwood and Maeve, 1325 W. Wrightwood. Visit bar1events.com .

WOLF PACT

Chicago’s Lauren Wolf, whose vocals have been compared to rock legend Janis Joplin, claims her grand prize as winner of Live Nation/Mamba Battle of the Bands’ national contest when her band, performing in support of their fist album “All My Secrets,” hits the stage at 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets $10. Simpleton and Cityfolk and Xoe Wise are also on the bill. Visit livenation.com .

MAKE ROOM FOR GROOMS

A hot act on New York’s comedy scene Kyle Grooms, best known for his half-hour “Comedy Central”special and appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” VH1, and The Dave Chapelle show, steps up to the mic at 8, 10 p.m. Dec. 21-22 at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Tickets are $25-$35. Visit laughfactory.com/content/chicago.html .

A KWANZAA TALE

Gloria Bond Clunie’s “Merry Kwanzaa,” in its third annual production, features a multi-generational and multi-racial cast delivering the message of unity and faith through the adopted African-American holiday celebration. The show is at 3 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster, Evanston. Admission is free. Call (847) 448-8254.

WINTER’S ARRIVAL

Kick off the winter season during the Winter Solstice Walk 6-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Activities include storytelling and the procession of the Solstice King and Queen around Meadowlake. Visit, mortonarb.org .

CHRISTMAS SMACKDOWN

London Calling (Clash tribute band) All Mods Conned (Jam tribute band) headline the “Chicago Calling A Very Special Clash Christmas” at 9 p.m. Dec. 22 at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets are $12. Proceeds benefit MDA’s Augie’s Quest, an accelerated research program for ALS. Visit schubas.com .

TUBA TUNES

The roar of 400 tubas, played by musicians of all ages, can be heard during the music spectacular Merry TubaChristmas: A Concert of Christmas Music at noon Dec. 22 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe. Admission is free. Call (312) 726-7500.



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