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The Mix — EXO (and more cool things to check out this weekend in Chicago)

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

South Korean band EXO performing in 2014. | Photo by Starnews/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean band EXO performing in 2014. | Photo by Starnews/AFP/Getty Images

K-Pop boy band EXO brings their EXO’luXion Tour to the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont, for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Feb 19. Their million-copy-selling debut album “XOXO” made the Korean popsters a worldwide super-phenom. Tickets for the group’s U.S. debut tour, $75-$195, are available at ticketmaster.com

Bigger is better

The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, follows up on its successful holiday screenings of “The Hateful Eight” in 70 mm with a three-week festival of films in the eye-popping, high-resolution format. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” kicks off the series at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by “Ghostbusters” at 11. On Saturday, “Vertigo” returns at 11:30 a.m., leading into a Paul Thomas Anderson double whammy: “The Master” at 7 p.m and “Inherent Vice” at 10:30 p.m. Upcoming offerings include both timeless classics (“West Side Story,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lawrence of Arabia”) and more recent favorites (“Interstellar”). Tickets and full schedule: musicboxtheatre.com

James Stewart in “Vertigo.” | PROVIDED PHOTO
James Stewart in “Vertigo.” | PROVIDED PHOTO

A new player in Slayer

Thrash-metal warhorses Slayer have been rebuilding since the 2013 death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The band’s first new album in six years, “Repentless,” arrived last fall with licks from new guitarist Gary Holt, and now the musicians are on the road with opening acts Testament and Carcass. Following up on their 2014 Riot Fest gig, Slayer comes to the Riviera Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Tickets: jamusa.com

Slayer plays at Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times
Slayer plays at Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times

Baby, it’s cold outside!

That old song’s lyrics normally would fill the bill for Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Drive. But this weekend, the weather forecast is calling for unseasonably warm temps. But don’t let that change your mind about taking in the natural terrain and fun that includes visits with birds of prey, Siberian Huskies and wolves, folk music, storytelling, snowshoe walks (if there’s snow!), nature-inspired arts and crafts. Admission is free. Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 20. Visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Lunar Landing

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, with a 3 p.m. concert by the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Pang Kapang, in their Chicago. The program will feature popular and traditional Chinese works. To purchase tickets (starting at $20), click here. Arrive early because ticketholders can also take in a special performance featuring the Chinese Fine Arts Society Confucius Competition winners from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Symphony Center’s Grainger Ballroom.

You say potato, I say….

It’s time for Chicago’s annual Poutine Fest, a celebration of cheese, curds and gravy (and more). This Canadian dish of crispy french fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy will be devised in myriad fashion and served up by area restaurants in this day-long battle to crown the “King of Poutine.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North.