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Joint, Commodores and Polar Diving


This week’s list includes live music, the annual Polar Plunge, and an extension of Adler’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

The Chicago-born rapper, actor and activist returned to his hometown not for a concert, but to perform at the Chicago Public Library. In her interview with Chicago author Natalie Moore, she will talk about holistic approaches to healthy living and her new book “And Then We Rise: A Guide To Loving And Taking Care Of Yourself”. The event will officially kick off the library’s Black History Month program and will also be streamed on its Facebook and YouTube pages.

5 p.m. Jan. 29 Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.; more information at chipublib.bibliocommons.com

Kick up your heels in Bridgeport. The Golden Horse Ranch Band will host a night of square dancing, contra, line dancing, two-stepping, polka and waltz as one of the first major events at the brand-new Ramova Theatre.

Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Ramova Theatre, 3520 S. Halsted St.; tickets $25 (18+) ramovachicago.com

At the event titled “An Evening Full of Icons”, Motown legends Commodores will be in concert with The Spinners at the Hard Rock Live hall of Hard Rock Casino.

7 p.m. Jan. 26, Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana, 5400 W. 29th Ave., Gary; Tickets starting at $79.50 (ages 21+) www.hardrockcasinonorthernindiana.com

The psychedelic soul band from Austin, Texas is in Chicago for a short-lived gig at the Salt Shed with guests The Dip.

7 p.m. Jan. 26-27, Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave.; www.saltshedchicago.com

The weather is warmer this weekend, but is it hot enough to take a dip in Lake Michigan? Yes, for the brave few. On Saturday is the 23rd Annual Polar Plunge at Oak Street Beach, hosted by the Chicago Polar Bear Club, a nonprofit organization that raises money through event-related donations to help families in the Chicago area.

Noon Jan. 27, Oak Street Beach, 1000 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive; www.chicagopolarbearclub.com

The newest ice skating Disney tour will feature many Disney favorites, including the on-ice debuts of characters from “Magic in the Stars,” “Frozen 2” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

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through Jan. 28 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; tickets start at $35 www.unitedcenter.com

Company "Cinderella" by Chicago Lyric Opera.

Composer Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” — don’t let its associations with the Disney version fool you — is now at the Lyric Opera in a production originally directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. We expect Vasilisa Berzhanskaya to star in the title role, an emotionally rich story and visual impact; just no glass slippers.

through Feb. 10 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive; $49-$319 at 312-827-5600 and lyricopera.org

Adler Planetarium recently announced that the museum’s 43-minute planetarium show based on Pink Floyd’s album has been extended and will run at Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater through the end of the year.

Select days and times through Dec. 31 at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive; tickets $20 adlerplanetarium.org

Comedian Orny Adams performs at Ice House Comedy Club on June 9, 2023 in Pasadena, California.

The comic has specials on Netflix, Comedy Central and Showtime and was a coach on the MTV show “Teen Wolf.”

Jan. 26-27, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg; Tickets starting at $30 (ages 18+) improvisation.com


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