The Mix: Really cool things to do

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The Pretenders will rock the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Expect songs from their most recent album, Break Up the Concrete, as well as hits from its 30-year repertoire. American Bang will open. Tickets are $43. Call (312) 559-1212;


The Portuguese fado singer Mariza will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. While fado is a distinctly Portuguese folk music, it is like American blues in that it follows a recognizable structure, is often about love gone wrong and is best served up full of feeling. Mariza, who grew up in Mozambique, stands in a line with the great fado divas. Tickets are $20-$60. Call (312) 294-3000;


Jazz at Symphony Center presents We Insist Max Roachs Freedom Now Suite, in tribute to the late composer-musician Oscar Brown Jr. and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincolns birth. The tribute features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Coleman, Lewis Nash, Billy Harper, Neil Clarke, Ray Mantilla, Cecil Bridgewater and Billy Harper. Also on the bill: Songs of My Father, a tribute to Oscar Brown Jr., featuring vocals by Maggie Brown. Show time is 8 tonight at 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $24-$83.


Travel to some of the most exotic spots on earth with Under the Sea 3D, a new IMAX 3D show opening today at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre. You will feel like you are swimming with the sea creatures as director Howard Hall and his crew roam the deep oceans off Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The film, narrated by Jim Carrey, runs 40 minutes and is rated G for general audiences. Tickets are $9-$11. Call (312) 595-5629;


Never before has Black History Month had quite the effervescence of this one. Perseverance and Persistence: An Exhibition of Pride, an exhibit open through Feb. 27 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, chronicles the campaign and election of President Barack Obama through photos, video and front-page articles, as well as photos of other African-American pioneers in medicine, science, sports, literature, business, politics and other fields. Free. Call (312) 595-7437.


Strike a blow for financial freedom with a Tax-Free Weekend over the three-day Presidents Day weekend at the 900 Shops, 900 N. Michigan. Participating retailers, including Michael Kors, J. Crew, Club Monaco and more will offer all shoppers a 10.25 percent discount, equal to the sales tax Chicago residents pay. Not only that, but shoppers can get a special Alexander Hamilton parking rate, $10 for the day, with a purchase at the shops. Call (312) 915-3916;


Jeff Tweedy is planning two solo benefit performances this weekend at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tonights 8 p.m. concert will benefit the Near North Montessori School scholarship program, while an 8 p.m. concert Saturday will benefit NNM and other charities. Tickets are $100 to $250. Call (312) 559-1212 or visit


Bronzeville struts its style from 6 to 10 tonight in Mahogany: An Evening of Bronzeville Style, a fashion show at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King. You can meet the designers at a pre-show reception, and a cash bar and appetizers also will be part of this benefit for Centers for New Horizons, a community-service organization. Tickets are $40-$50. Call (773) 373-4320.


February is American Heart Month, and one emphasis is on reminding women how important it is to take care of their heart health. Participating spas and salons are joining in the effort, offering some serious pampering like hot-stone massages, facials and laser hair removal for a flat rate of $59 per treatment through Feb. 28. Visit the Web site to find a participating salon, and be sure to mention when you book that you are taking part in the Love You promotion.

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