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Weekend picks: Holiday Magic lights up zoo

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The Brookfield Zoo is lit up for the season on weekends and around Christmas for Holiday Magic.

The Agape Ringers show off amazing handbell skills with the concert "Sounds of the Season" at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The Gaudete Brass Quintet presents an afternoon concert of brass chamber music on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing in Grayslake.

Courtesy of the Gaudete Brass Quintet

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Pianist Rich Ridenour is part of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's concerts "Let it Snow!" which also feature soprano Rachel DeShon, the Elgin Choral Union, the Elgin Children's Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective.

Lindsey Ray stars as Clara in Dancenter North's "The Magic of the Nutcracker" at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

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Singer and musician Ralph Covert teams up with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for A Ralph Covert Holiday concert at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

Comedian Chris Hardwick appears at Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont.

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"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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See Brookfield Zoo all lit up with thousands of twinkly lights via its seasonal Holiday Magic displays. Also, former "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken is one of several performers in town this week. Aiken will be at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Comic Chris Kattan of "Saturday Night Live" fame will perform at The Improv. There also is a wide variety of seasonal performances, such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert "Let It Snow!"
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    • The Brookfield Zoo is lit up for the season on weekends and around Christmas for Holiday Magic.
    • The Agape Ringers show off amazing handbell skills with the concert “Sounds of the Season” at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, Dec. 15.
    • The Gaudete Brass Quintet presents an afternoon concert of brass chamber music on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing in Grayslake.
    • Pianist Rich Ridenour is part of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s concerts “Let it Snow!” which also feature soprano Rachel DeShon, the Elgin Choral Union, the Elgin Children’s Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective.
    • Lindsey Ray stars as Clara in Dancenter North’s “The Magic of the Nutcracker” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.
    • Singer and musician Ralph Covert teams up with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for A Ralph Covert Holiday concert at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville.
    • Comedian Chris Hardwick appears at Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont.
    • “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
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