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The Mix — Cool things to check out this weekend in Chicago

Croatian cello duo 2Cellos perform on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. | Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle | FACEBOOK
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle | FACEBOOK


Chicago’s annual Shamrock Shuffle 8K race takes place April 3, with the start and finish lines in Grant Park. In conjunction, a fitness expo runs April 1-3 at McCormick Place. For information visit

National Robotics Week at the MSI.
National Robotics Week at the MSI.


National Robotics Week arrives next week, and you can celebrate by viewing a collection of robots at the Museum of Science and Industry, April 2-10. The ’bots were created by area students and amateur teams. Details at


Veteran Rockford rockers Cheap Trick headline an album release day concert for their latest studio effort “Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello” April 1 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. $30. Show time is 8 p.m. Visit


Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2CELLOS, headline concerts at 8 p.m. April 2, and 7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets, $31.50-$51.50 are available at the theater box office or online at The dynamic duo burst onto the music scene five years ago with their unique take on Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and their Baroque spin on AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” shortly thereafter, and they’ve never looked back. They’re touring behind their third album, “Celloverse.”

“Miss Sharon Jones!” | Jacob Blickenstaff
“Miss Sharon Jones!” | Jacob Blickenstaff


Ten documentaries make their Chicago premieres this weekend as part of a new festival. Called DOC10, the fest kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with “Miss Sharon Jones!,” a profile of the Dap-Kings singer by Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County USA”), who will be present for a Q&A. The Chicago Media Project runs DOC10, and all screenings are at the Music Box Theatre. For more titles, see


YouTube goofs Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy take their stunts to a screen bigger than your phone’s with “Natural Born Pranksters,” a movie opening Friday at the AMC River East 21 and on demand. The trio is scheduled to show up for a Q&A at a special fan screening Saturday at the Athenaeum Theatre. Tickets: