The Sun-Times Mix — Cool Things to Do Nov. 28-30, 2014

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No weekend plans yet? The Sun-Times entertainment staff has plenty of suggestions that just might fill the bill:


Thodos Dance Chicago will kick off the Auditorium Theatre’s 125th anniversary “Made in Chicago” dance series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a program of works that in one way or another are deeply rooted in this city’s history. It will include the acclaimed 50-minute, one-act story ballet, “The White City, Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893,” and rare revivals of works by pioneering modern dance choreographer Sybil Shearer. The Auditorium Theatre is at 50 E. Congress. For tickets ($27-$67), call (800) 982-2787 or visit For a video preview visit:—Hedy Weiss


It’s closing weekend for the Greatest Show on Earth, as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Legends” continues through Sunday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. For remaining performance times and ticket prices, visit –Miriam Di Nunzio

Lions and tigers and bears — in lights!

OK, so we’re just assuming those majestic beasts will be represented, as they are in real life, when the Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights kicks off Nov. 28-30 (it picks up again Dec. 5 for the general public and goes through Jan. 4, 2014), but it’s a good bet they’ll be on hand along with a slew of other sparkly displays. And thanks to the Polar Vortex that has already brought snow to Chicago more than a month before it’s officially winter, you might even get a dose of the fluffy white during your visit — along with a case of hum-inducing Mathis-itis. — Mike Thomas


<b><i>Tatiana Maslany stars in “Orphan Black.” | Photo courtesy BBC America</i></b>

Tatiana Maslany stars in “Orphan Black.” | Photo courtesy BBC America

Clone Club members will want to pull an all-nighter or set their DVRs as BBC America airs a block of fan favorite episodes of the sci-fi drama “Orphan Black,” starring Tatiana Maslany as a bunch of people. The fun starts at 11 p.m. Thursday with the series premiere, followed by fans’ five top episodes from the first two seasons. — Lori Rackl

Whether you’re a Julie Andrews or merely a Carrie Underwood, your dulcet tones will be welcome at the Sing-Along “Sound of Music,” an annual tradition at the Music Box Theatre. The classic 1965 musical will be screened with subtitles so everyone can join in on “My Favorite Things’ and “Edelweiss” without fear of shushing. To complete the party, props will be provided to augment the experience, and a contest will recognize the best audience costume. Nine screenings over the next two weekends begin with showings at 4 and 8:30 p.m. Friday. (773) 871-6607; —Darel Jevens

Mercado Navideno!

Get your holiday season started off the right way at the Mercado Navideño Christmas market held at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The shopping extravaganza is a holiday market with exquisite artisan handcrafts from across Mexico. You will find Nativity sets made of clay, wood and tin, pottery, jewelry, textiles, toys and fine art with prices ranging from $1 to $4,000. Purchases directly support artisans from Oaxaca, Puebla, Taxco, Michoacán, Jalisco and Metepec. Plus, museum members get a 30% discount. Admission to the museum and Mercado are free. The event starts Friday and ends Sunday.  1852 W. 19th street, Chicago. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

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