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Out and About: Thanksgiving weekend

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Looking for something to do besides eat, shop and watch football this weekend? Whatever your taste — Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Bach, Shrek or a good old fashioned musical — you’ll find something on stage that suits you in an around Evanston.

Holiday Inn
Based on the classic film, this musical tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July.
At Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Jan. 6, tickets $50-60

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Shakespeare’s romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant—or more hilarious!
At Writers Theater, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, runs through Dec. 16, tickets $50

Mansfield Park
When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her impoverished parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. Fanny soon learns that beneath the glitter of wealth and status, people aren’t always what they seem, in a new take on the classic social satire by Jane Austen.
At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, runs through Dec. 16, tickets $30-52

Witch
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.
For ages 14 and up.
At Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, runs through Dec. 16, tickets $50

Shrek the Musical
A tale of an unlikely hero on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.
At Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Dec. 30, tickets $50-60

Music

The Manhattan Transfer
A cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits.
At North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Saturday, Nov. 24, tickets $48-68

Music of the Baroque: The Christmas Oratoria
From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative, moving arias, and inspiring chorales.
At North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Sunday, Nov. 25, tickets $39-78

Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallager
Not a tribute to Rory, but more a celebration of his life and music. The band consists of musicians who played with Rory as his rhythm section for years and is fronted by the incomparable Davy Knowles!
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m., tickets $20-35

Coco Montoya
Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths.
At Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St. on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m., tickets $30

Howie Day
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., tickets $20-40

Little Miss Ann Band: Post Turkey Family Jam
This upbeat, down-to-earth, fun, interactive family concert will have your kids clapping, singing, and jumping along!
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. on Sunday, Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m., tickets $10

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