Hip Nut

November 18, 2010
Time Out Chicago
Zac Whittenburg

Your little Sugar Plum or Mouse King is going to accumulate a baker’s dozen anthropomorphic nutcrackers—a common merde (good luck) gift—for each year he or she performs in Tchaikovsky’s bulletproof ballet. Standing out in the wooden, white-bearded crowd is Bob the Joffrey Monskey ($30, keychains $10), a special edition of the popular Japanese collectible that’s adorably Rotofugly. Spin his head around to mismatch the Mouse King’s mug with the Prince’s body, and vice versa. Available at the Joffrey Ballet box office, 10 E Randolph St (312-739-0120). Its Nutcracker runs December 10–26 at the Auditorium Theatre.