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  • A scene from R. Kelly's hip hopera, "Trapped in the Closet"
A scene from R. Kelly's hip hopera, "Trapped in the Closet"
November 16, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, @juliaborcherts | For RedEye

EAT

CHEAP DATE
Red Violet
121 W. Hubbard St. 312-828-0222
Kick back with a dim sum brunch featuring salad, an appetizer of taro fries and pork dumplings and a dim sum platter with two each of bites such as shrimp shu mai, clear prawn dumplings, crab xiao long bao and vegetarian steamed buns—plus a lychee mimosa, spiced cucumber bloody mary, coffee or tea. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $20 for two.

ROASTING CHESTNUTS
Bar Toma
110 E. Pearson St. 312-266-3110
Looking to light up your life? Head to the (heated) patio to view the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (5:30 p.m.) and fireworks (6:55 p.m.) with light bites from the outdoor oven including roasted chestnuts ($5) and small pizzas ($8-$10) and warm yourself up with hot spiced apple cider ($4) and Italian-style thick hot chocolate ($4.50). 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.


DRINK

TO THE DUNGEON
Spin 
800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711
Make your dreams come true—or at least your fantasies, anyway—at Dungeons & Drag Queens: Leather and Lace IV, where local entertainer Teri Yaki hosts fetish and fantasy-themed performances. Admission includes two well cocktails, beers, wines or soft drinks and the evening benefits the One Heartland Birch Family Camp program for families affected by HIV/AIDS. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday. $20.


DO

TURKEY TIME
Headquarters
950 W. Wolfram St. 773-665-5660
The beercade—yes, that's an arcade with beer—hosts a Don't Be a Jerky, Donate a Turkey drive to collect frozen Thanksgiving birds for Lakeview Pantry. Drop one off, then reward yourself with a $7 Brickhouse Brewery American pale ale ( the gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival) and 37 vintage arcade games including Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam and the newest addition, The Simpsons. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. No cover.

KELS INTERACTIVE
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave. 773-871-6604
Get your rhyme on at the "Trapped in the Closet" Sing-Along, which features a screening of R. Kelly's 22-chapter hip hopera—in which a man's affair with a preacher's wife spins out of control—complete with on-screen lyrics, props such as condoms, spatulas and toy Berettas and a chapter-break R. Kelly dance party. 11:59 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $12. Tickets: musicboxtheatre.com.

TREATS FOR EATS
Florodora
330 S. Dearborn St. 312-212-8860
Get back when you give at the shop's Holiday Trunk Show, Sale and Food Drive, where each canned good donation—which benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository—earns you a 50 percent additional discount on a clearance item. Looking for the latest? The event also features a Nougat London clothing line trunk show with 20 percent discounts both days. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

NYC IN THE HOUSE
Spybar
646 N. Franklin St. 312-337-2191
The Martinez Brothers—whom you may have seen as brand ambassadors for both Blackberry's Be Bold campaign and the Mi Pepsi promotion for Latino artists—bring their New York City brand of house music to Chicago for a late-night set. 11:59 p.m. Friday. $7-$20; free for ladies before midnight. Tickets: residentadvisor.net.

50 SHADES OF DIRTY
Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-935-6100
Local improv troupe Baby Wants Candy gets down and dirty—and funny—with "50 Shades! The Musical," a parody of the bestselling book about a naive woman who discovers dark desires during an affair with a domineering man. The original production features 11 original songs with titles such as "They Get Nasty" and "There's a Hole Inside of Me." 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets: apollochicago.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
'Tis the season to be busy. Plan ahead with the 2012 Chicago holiday season guide on chicago.metromix.com.

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