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Top Five Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: A toe-tapping troupe brings some holiday cheer… the rocker Graham Parker takes the stage… free art, plus the weekend plans of the Apartment Therapy executive editor, Janel Laban

The Rockettes
A HOLIDAY HIGH-KICK The Rockettes take the stage for the eleventh year in a
row at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.12.12 through Tue 12.18.12:


holidays The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Fashions may come and go, but leggy ladies never go out of style. For the eleventh year in a row, the Rockettes high-kick their way into the holiday season. What’s not to love?
GO: 12/14–12/30; $30–$89. Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N River Road. akootheatre.com


rock Graham Parker & the Rumour
It’s the new adventures of the old Graham Parker. After 31 years apart, the bristly singer has reunited with his first—and best—band for the new, barroom rock album Three Chords Good.
GO: 12/18 at 7:30; $35. Park West, 322 W Armitage. parkwestchicago.com


dance Tidings of Tap!
The toe-tapping troupe at Chicago Tap Theatre brings out a beat-boxing Nutcracker, an a cappella “Carol of the Bells” and a spunky “Hava Nagila” in its annual offering.
GO: 12/14–12/16; adults $35, seniors $25, students $20. Chicago Tap Theatre, University of Illinois Chicago Theater, 1044 W Harrison. chicagotaptheatre.com


new music Dal Niente
The Chicago-based ensemble spurn visions of sugarplums and good cheer in favor of a program of virtuosic pieces paired with themed cocktails.
GO: 12/14 at 8; $10–$25. Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse. dalniente.com


theatre The Chimes
Long before vampires bit their way onto the bestseller list, goblins ruled the literary roost. Dickens’s other Christmas story features the creatures waxing on redemption.
GO: 12/15–12/31; $12.50–$20. Remy Bumppo Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln. greenhousetheater.com


Janel Laban
Janel Laban

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Janel Laban, the executive editor of the popular design blog Apartment Therapy.

“On Thursday there is a don’t-miss annual auction at Wright. I’ll head there because it’s always a rare and wonderful treat to see pieces from some of my favorite 20th century designers, like Greta Grossman, Tommi Parzinger and Gio Ponti, in person.

“Friday afternoon, I’ll check out the Bouroullec Brothers show (again) at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Everything in the show looks fresh and on point for 2013 and beyond, even the pieces from a decade ago. Later that night, I’ll head to Yusho for dinner. They have great vintage furniture in the dining room and project old-school Godzilla movies on the brick wall in the back room. And I love the grilled oysters and pumpkin tempura.

Saturday, I’ll do some holiday shopping at Unison. The designers behind the brand and shop are a super-talented couple with a great eye for design. I’ll probably try and run over to the French Market and grab a sandwich from Saigon Sisters. The “Porky” is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy tastes on a light-as-air rice flour baguette and it goes perfectly with an Asian Pear flavored kombucha. The French Market is great because I can also pick up some veggies, cheese and wine for dinner. After lunch espresso pick-me-up from Lavazza.

“Sunday, I’m going to see a matinee of Pillow Talk at the Siskel Center. The 1959 film has Doris Day, Rock Hudson and great ‘50s fashion and the most outrageous “bachelor pad” interior design. I’ve never seen it on the big screen, so it’s about time!” —As told to Elly Fishman


art The Charm of Quasi-Parallel Lines
Who knew straight lines could be so fascinating and diverse? Rhona Hoffman Gallery opens a new group show that features several interpretations of “quasi-parallel” lines.
GO: 12/14 at 5. Rhona Hoffman Gallery, 118 N Peoria. rhoffmangallery.com


Photography: (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) Courtesy of Carol Fox & Associates (Laban) Allard Laban



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