Out and About: Three Nutcracker options this weekend

The Nutcracker will be featured on ice at Robert Crown as well as on stage in a play at Mudlark and in a ballet at North Shore Center in Skokie. Piven’s Young People’s Company and Evanston Dance Ensemble also perform this weekend. And it's the last chance to catch “Twelfth Night” and “Witch” at Writers Theater or “Mansfield Park” at Northlight. Check out the shows on stage in an around Evanston this weekend.

Out and About: Holiday music for every taste

Take a break from holiday stress with a variety show at SPACE, a cappella carols at Nichols Concert Hall or a free concert at the Levy Center. Or step over to Evanston Rocks for instrumental rock Christmas music or a Big Band Christmas. Those are some of the musical options this week in Evanston.