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Sunday picks: Mitch Fatel provides the laughs

Comedian Mitch Fatel returns to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

Comedian Mitch Fatel returns to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

 
The Nutcracker is set to do battle with the Rat King in Salt Creek Ballet’s version of the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker,” which plays in Hinsdale, University Park and Skokie.

The Nutcracker is set to do battle with the Rat King in Salt Creek Ballet's version of the Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker," which plays in Hinsdale, University Park and Skokie.

 
Hollis Resnick, left, and Ta’Rea Campbell star in “Sister Act” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Hollis Resnick, left, and Ta'Rea Campbell star in "Sister Act" at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

 
Drive through 97 acres of holiday lights and scenery at the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills.

Drive through 97 acres of holiday lights and scenery at the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills.

 

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By Scott Morgan Laura Stewart

Fatel for fun
If you love comedian Mitch Fatel for his appearances on Comedy Central and satellite radio, then catch him live as he returns this weekend to the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $19-$22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Christmas on the Fox
Seventy crafter booths with handmade items including jewelry, photography, paper crafts, apparel and more will be on hand at the Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. $3 admission. Visit artoftheheartlandinc.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

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Taste the Q
Get a good taste of Q-BBQ for next to nothing. Sample-sized portions of pulled pork cost 12 cents this weekend. Q-BBQ is located at 70 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, (708) 482-8700, and 103 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 637-6400. Q-bbq.com. Sunday, Nov. 25

'Nutcracker' of the week
'Tis the season for battling mice, graceful snowflakes and cavorting confectionary. Yes, the Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker" is dominating local dance stages again. The Salt Creek Ballet presents its version at Hinsdale Central Auditorium, 5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, this weekend. Tickets cost $20-$37. Visit saltcreekballet.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Old man, young wife
A rich old man marries a younger woman to keep his fortune away from his nephew, but things don't go according to plan in Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale," which returns Sunday to the repertory of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It's sung in Italian with projected English translations at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $34-$239. (312) 332-2244 or lyricopera.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

'Sister Act'
"Sister Act," the musical version of the hit 1990s film that focuses on a disco singer who is hidden in a convent as part of a witness protection program, continues its run at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets cost $28-$150. (800) 982-2787 or broadwayinchicago.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

'A Christmas Carol'
Students from the College of DuPage present Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol" in the Building K Theater at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $10 adults, $9 senior citizens and youth. (630) 942-4000. 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

'Scrooge the Musical'
See the classic holiday tale of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge in the new staging of "Scrooge the Musical" at Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $23-$25. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Lights are on in Batavia!
The annual Celebration of Lights Festival returns to the Batavia Riverwalk, at Houston Street and Island Avenue. Join the Batavia Park District in a community singalong at 5:45 p.m., stay to see the ceremonial tree lighting at 6 p.m., and get a photo with Santa at the Peg Bond Center at 6:15 p.m. A story hour courtesy of the Batavia Public Library will run from 6:15 to 7 p.m. in the Batavia Depot Museum. Hayrides for $1 or a nonperishable donation to the Batavia Food Pantry. Free admission; free parking north of the Batavia Government Center. (630) 879-5235 or bataviaparks.org. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Lighting up the night
Drive through 97 acres of holiday lights and holiday scenes at the Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Cuneo Museum and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. $5 per car Monday through Thursday; $10 per car Friday through Sunday. Visit cuneomansion.org. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Monday, Dec. 31

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