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  • The Merce Cunningham Dance Company is set to disband following its legacy tour. See the piece "Antic Meet" on Friday, Nov. 18, at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      The Merce Cunningham Dance Company is set to disband following its legacy tour. See the piece "Antic Meet" on Friday, Nov. 18, at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
    Photo courtesy of Yi-Chun Wu

  • Broadway veteran Liz Larsen performs with her husband Sal Viviano for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra pops concert "Broadway Romance" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      Broadway veteran Liz Larsen performs with her husband Sal Viviano for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra pops concert "Broadway Romance" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • Tenor Richard Croft, center, portrays Gandhi in Philip Glass' opera "Satyagraha," which will be shown worldwide in movie theaters as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.

      Tenor Richard Croft, center, portrays Gandhi in Philip Glass' opera "Satyagraha," which will be shown worldwide in movie theaters as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.
    Photo courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

  • A quilt to be featured in the exhibit "Stitched Together: Art and Science" at the Fermilab Art Gallery in Batavia.

      A quilt to be featured in the exhibit "Stitched Together: Art and Science" at the Fermilab Art Gallery in Batavia.

  • Shawn Mullins performs at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights and at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.

      Shawn Mullins performs at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights and at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.

  • A Dodge Diamante is one of the featured cars on display at the 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

      A Dodge Diamante is one of the featured cars on display at the 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

 
 

Last dance
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company is going, going and soon to be gone. The late namesake choreographer and founder dictated that his company should disband following a legacy tour after his death. On the bill tonight is a repertory program, while the evening-length "Roaratorio" plays Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $25-$65. (312) 334-7777 or colum.edu/dancecenter. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19

Broadway love
Husband-and-wife Broadway veterans Sal Viviano and Liz Larsen team up with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a concert of pops standards in "Broadway Romance" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$74. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

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Quilted science
Science-inspired quilts make up the exhibit "Stitched Together: Art and Science" very appropriately at the Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Free admission by appointment. (630) 840-2787 or fnal.gov. Public reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; exhibit continues through Friday, Jan. 20

Muscle motors
Lovers of vintage vehicles won't want to miss the chance to ogle all sorts of lovingly restored automobiles at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15. (847) 692-2222 or musclecarandcorvettenationals.com. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Gandhi/Glass opera
Philip Glass' 1980 opera "Satyagraha" explores the nonviolent teachings developed by Mohandas Gandhi while he was living in South Africa. A critically acclaimed 2007 production codirected and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch is screened worldwide via the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series this Saturday at participating area movie theaters. Prices vary, but largely $20-$22. fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Horsing around
The Equestrian Lifestyle Expo & Holiday Market offers 50 presentations and educational sessions on owning and caring for horses this weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $8 daily admission; $14 two-day pass. (847) 680-7200 or lcfair.com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Sing we merrily
The North Shore Choral Society teams up with the Arlington Heights Prairie Brass Band for the concert "A Holiday Celebration." Get an early dose of seasonal song favorites at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. $25; $22 seniors; $15 students. (773) 956-8400 or northshorechoral.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Skate away
Naperville-based charity Creative Ice Skating presents the fundraiser "Hope, Dream, Skate" to benefit the Edward Foundation on Sunday at Seven Bridges Ice Arena, 3520 Seven Bridges Drive, Woodridge. $10; $5 kids ages 3-12. (630) 527-5187 or creativeiceskating.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

More of Mullins
Grammy Award-winning folk and rock artist Shawn Mullins shares his talents at two suburban venues this weekend: First at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $35-$40; (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. Also at Viper Alley with guest Callaghan, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. $20-$25 (must be 21 or older). (847) 499-5000 or viper-alley.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 in Arlington Heights; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in Lincolnshire

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