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Article updated: 12/12/2012 12:22 PM

The Suburbs This Weekend: Holiday magic, 'Nerdist' noggin, 'The Hobbit' and Star Trek

By Sean Stangland

Holiday magic from Brookfield Zoo to Randhursst Shopping Center, "Nerdist" noggin and "The Hobbit," are among this weeks selections by Sean and Richard for The Suburbs This Weekend.

Sean's picks

'Nerdist' noggin

Comedian Chris Hardwick is not only the author of "The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)," he's also the host of the fanboy show "The Talking Dead." Catch him live this weekend at two Zanies locations: 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago. $30 plus a two-item menu purchase. (312) 337-4027; also at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Chicago; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Rosemont.

Sean also touted a special 9-minute preview of "Star Trek Into Darkness" that will be playing with "The Hobbit" at these suburban theaters:

Goodrich Randall 15 IMAX- Batavia

Regal Lincolnshire 20 & IMAX- Lincolnshire

AMC Yorktown 18 & IMAX- Lombard

AMC Showplace Naperville 16 & IMAX- Naperville

AMC Loews Streets Of Woodfield 20 & IMAX- Schaumburg

AMC Barrington 30 & IMAX- South Barrington

Richard's picks

See Brookfield Zoo all lit up with thousands of twinkly lights via its seasonal Holiday Magic displays at First Avenue and 31st St., Brookfield. $10.50-$15 general admission (extra for rides and special photos). $10 parking. (708) 688-8000 or czs.org. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and daily from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Dec. 31

View 3-D projection images of elves, icicles, snow and other holiday scenes, set to holiday music, at the Magical Animated Holiday Light Show at Randhurst Village at the Randhurst Shopping Center, at Rand and Elmhurst roads, Mount Prospect. The light show will be featured on a portion of a building at Center Court. The Elk Grove Village High School marching band will perform on Friday, Dec. 14. The John Hersey High School marching band plays on Saturday, Dec. 15. Free. (847) 259-0500 or randhurstvillage.com. Showtimes at 5, 5:30 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15

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