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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 04.05.13

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are joined by special guest, Joe Walsh, for its “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” 2013 tour stop at 8 p.m. April 6 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets are $65-$95. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Jeff Award-winning director Matt Hovde heads a cast that includes fellow Jeff Award-winning actor Edgar Blackmon when The Second City’s 101st revue “Let Them Eat Chaos” opens April 5 at The Second City Mainstage Theatre, 1616 N. Wells. Shows are 8 p.m. (sold out) and 11 p.m. Tickets are $28. For full schedule and ticket prices, visit .


Grammy Award-winner Toni Braxton headlines WVON’s 50th anniversary celebration “Impact 50” at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets start at $53. VIP packages available. Visit .


The Lounge Puppets bring on the hair, leather and attitude of the biggest “hair bands” of the 1980s including Poison, Def Leppard and Guns & Roses during a tribute show at 9 p.m. April 6 at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway, Lincolnshire. General admission is $10. Visit .


The Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener 1:20 p.m. April 8 at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison. Ticket prices vary. Visit .


Anthrax, performing their “Among the Living” album, headlines the Metal Alliance Tour at 7 p.m. April 5 at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Supporting acts include Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. Tickets are $29.99-$32.50. Visit .


Artists’ work and living spaces are open to the public during Wicker Park/Bucktown First Fridays at 6 p.m. April 5 at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. A $5 donation is suggested. Through Oct. 3. Visit .


Paul Thorn performs in support of his new album “Pimps and Preachers” at 8 p.m. April 5 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Husband and wife Bruce Robison and Kelly Wellis open. Tickets are $28-$35. Visit .


Autism Speaks to Young Professionals hosts Illuminate: A Light it Up Blue Cocktail Reception, benefitting Autism Speaks, at 7 p.m. April 6 at Joffrey Ballet Tower, 10 E. Randolph. Tickets, $100-$110, are available at .


Chicago’s Andy Woodhull from Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” performs headlines at 7, 9 and 11:15 p.m. at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells. Admission is $25, plus a two-drink purchase. Visit .


Tamela Mann (April 5) and Faith Evans (6:30 p.m. April 6) perform live during the 19th Annual Black Women’s Expo April 5-7 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore, North Building, Hall C1. Seminars begin at 11 a.m. daily. Tickets are $12; $6, ages 3-11. Visit .


Galactic performs at 8 p.m. April 6 at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Nigel Hall Band opens. Tickets are $30. Visit .


The Chicago Improv Festival, featuring performances at various venues, closes April 7. Show prices vary. For a complete list of entertainers, visit .


Soul jazz saxophonist and singer Rahsaan Patterson performs at 8 p.m. April 5 at the Shrine, 209 S. Wabash. Tickets are $27.50. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and L’Renee are also on the bill. Visit .


The Chicago College of the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra presents Vivid 2013, a free concert showcasing the music of Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Gerswhin, at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. A ticket, which can be picked up at the box office or, is required. Call (312) 341-2310.


Sandy Hackett, as Joey Bishop, recreates an evening with the legendary “Rat Pack (Sinatra, Martin, Davis, Bishop and Lawford),” during Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show at 8 p.m. April 6 at North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie, Skokie, Tickets are $48-$63. Visit .


DJ Kid Color, DJ John Mork, Trancid, Alinka, Ryan Paradise and Chris Grant perform during the monthly NU: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago dance party at 10 p.m. April 5 at Neo, 2350 N. Clark. Tickets are $5. .


More than 500 artisans will be in attendance during the Spring Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair April 5-7 at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa, Villa Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 5; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7. Admission is $9, children under age 10 are free. Visit .

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