Return of the Exquisite Corpse Dr. Frankenstein lives on in this group show by 105 artists in which the head, torso, and feet of a figure drawing are crafted by different individuals. Printworks Gallery. Free. printworkschicago.com.
Ensemble Dal Niente The new-music ensemble premieres composer Johannes Kreidler’s Stil 1i, a musical commentary on capitalism. Constellation. $15. ticketfly.com.
Bel Canto The Lyric Opera stages its first world premiere in 11 years; this one is based on Ann Patchett’s best seller. Civic Opera House. $20 to $349. lyricopera.org.
Domesticated Bruce Norris’s new play examines a family ripped apart by a sex scandal. Steppenwolf. $49 to $86. steppenwolf.org.
Music Box Christmas Show Don’t miss the chance to binge on It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas back to back (to back to back). Music Box Theatre. $13 to $24. musicboxtheatre.com.
Shemekia Copeland’s Holiday Party Get into the Christmas spirit with the reigning queen of blues, though her most recent album, Outskirts of Love, veers country. City Winery. $28 to $38. citywinery.com.
Mike Lebovitz Expect scatological, adolescent humor with a wink of the eye and a tug of the mustache. Zanies. $25. ticketfly.com.
Waco Brothers Trade in the leftover eggnog for Jon Langford’s whiskey-soaked country tunes. Schubas. $14 to $15. lh-st.com.
Beautiful Abby Mueller steps into the lead role in this jukebox musical about the life and career of Carole King. Oriental Theatre. $30 to $135. broadwayinchicago.com.
Chicago Authored The Chicago History Museum’s first-ever crowdsourced exhibit celebrates Chicago authors past and present. Chicago History Museum. $12 to $14. chicagoauthored.com.
Byhalia, Mississippi Rising playwright Evan Linder’s latest examines what happens when a white couple has a half-black baby. Den Theatre. $15 to $30. thenewcolony.org.
Pop Art Design The contemporary answer to the Art Institute’s behemoth new show features pop art you can sit on. Museum of Contemporary Art. $7 to $12. mcachicago.org.
Another Word for Beauty José Rivera’s new musical tells the story of the annual beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison. Goodman Theatre. $25 to $77. goodmantheatre.org.
Tomorrow Never Knows The final day of Chicago’s dead-of-winter indie-rock fest features Lou Ballow and Andrew St. James. Various locations. $13 to $100. tnkfest.com.
Tortoise The jazz-rock quintet performs music from The Catastrophist, the group’s first album in seven years. Thalia Hall. $20. ticketweb.com.
Romeo and Juliet The Bard’s classic love story as performed by 55 dancers from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Harris Theater. $25 to $85. harristheaterchicago.org.
In Time This triennial fest features performance artists from around the globe, including Norway’s Ingri Fiksdal and dancer Anna Martine Whitehead. Various locations and prices. in-time-performance.org.
Fillet of Solo The annual storytelling festival cements Chicago’s reputation for great live lit. Various locations. $10 to $50. lifelinetheatre.com.
The Flick Three theater employees wax (un)poetic on art’s place in the zeitgeist in this Pulitzer winner. Steppenwolf. $49 to $54. steppenwolf.org.
Looking Over the President’s Shoulder James Still’s one-man show narrates the story of real-life presidential butler Alonzo Fields. American Blues Theater. $19–$49. americanbluestheater.com.
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