The Mix — 6 cool things to check out in Chicago this weekend

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“Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage,” a nationwide 100 city concert tour featuring the legendary, award-winning music from virtually all installments of the franchise. | CINECONCERTS

Still haven’t locked down your plans for the weekend? Here are some suggestions sure to fill the bill:


Well, not really. But you can take in an interplanetary symphonic celebration at “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage,” when the concert tour arrives at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, on March 19. The production, celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2016 of “Star Trek,” is currently on a 100-city tour of North America, and features a live symphony orchestra and “international solo instruments” performing the music from the various TV series and films, accompanied by footage from the franchise projected on a 40-foot screen. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets, $43.50-$78.50, are available at

Charlton Heston stars as Moses in the epic film “The Ten Commandments.| FATHOM EVENTS

Charlton Heston stars as Moses in the epic film “The Ten Commandments.| FATHOM EVENTS


Moviegoers just named it their favorite biblical movie of all time in a survey condcuted by, and just in time for Easter, you can take in “The Ten Commandments” fully restored and on the big screen at 2 and 7 p.m. March 20 and March 23 at area theaters. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of its release, the iconic film, directed by the legendary Cecil B. DeMille, stars Charlton Heston in the role of Moses, with Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, along with Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Harwicke, Nina Foch, Judith Anderson, Martha Scott, Vincent Price and John Carradine, in the biblical story of the Hebrews’ flight from the tyranny and slavery of ancient Egypt. Tickets can be purchased at


Everything’s in bloom at Macy’s courtesy of the 2016 Macy’s Flower Show at the State Street store, 111 N. State. Running May 20-April 3, this year’s show theme is “America The Beautiful,” and will feature an array of plants, flowering plants, coastal grasses, cacti and tropical blooms among other varieties of flora from across the country. For the first time in the show’s history, patrons can take an audio tour of the show on any smart device by visiting In addition, a 60-minute “Macy’s Flower Show and History Tour” will be presented March 25 and April 1. The cost is $12 and includes a guided tour of the historical State Street building’s history and a walk through the show. Tour info is available at Flower show info is available at


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2, the annual extravaganza celebrating the world of comics, television, toys, movies, anime, video games and more, runs March 18-20 at McCormick Place South, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Hundreds of exhibitors, artists, panel discussions, screenings, autograph sessions and  merchandisers are among the offerings. Celebrity guests scheduled to attend include John Cusack, Edward James Olmos, D.B. Sweeney, John Ratzenberger, Chloe Bennet and J. August Richards. At 1:30 p.m. Friday, our own Richard Roeper moderates a panel on adapting books for the screen with authors Irvine Welsh, Sara Paretsky, Neil Hayes and Grady Hendrix. A wide range of tickets and weekend passes are available here.

They Might Be Giants | Provided photo

They Might Be Giants | Provided photo


Why a 3 p.m. start time for the They Might Be Giants show on Sunday? Any later and they might run into the target audience’s bedtime. This is a family show by the Brooklyn alt-rock duo, who have reached out to the younger set with children’s albums including “Here Comes Science” and “Why?” For tickets to the show at the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, go to

Sinbad | Getty Images

Sinbad | Getty Images


A veteran of the road, comedian Sinbad stops over for Zanies shows this weekend: Friday at 1548 N. Wells and Saturday in St. Charles. The Benton Harbor native has racked up a string of credits in his almost four-decade career, including TV’s “A Different World” and the movies “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger.” For tickets, see

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