5 things to do today: Thursday, December 12

December 11, 2013
Time Out Chicago
Jessica Johnson

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Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker With designs that suggest a pop-up book come to life and choreography that honors both the narrative and Tchaikovsky's score, Robert Joffrey's 1987 Nutcracker (with contributions by Gerald Arpino) is among the country's best versions of the holiday ballet. The Chicago Sinfonietta provides live accompaniment, along with a children's choir, which performs in the lobby before curtain and during the intermission. Through Dec 28; visit joffrey.com for further details. Auditorium Theatre. 7pm. $31–$117.