Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m.
The Houston Ballet performs for the first time at the Auditorium Theatre in the David Bintley-choreographed Aladdin. The classic story of love and magic comes to life with music by the Chicago Philharmonic. For $32-$92 tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com/auditorium. 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-341-2310
Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m.
Step into Jay Gatsby’s extravagant garden for the annual Gatsby Gala at the Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden. Hosted by the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Associates Board, the event features hors d’oeuvres, dancing, drinks, and a silent auction. Proceeds go toward immunotherapy research at the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Visit donatetocancer.uchicago.edu/gatsbygala for $95 tickets. 400 S. State St., 312-747-4300
Ampersand hosts a pop-up dinner with Mark Beier this week.
Thursday, March 20, 7-9:30 p.m.
Tucked away inside new resto Kinmont is Ampersand, a venue specifically designed for pop-up dinners. This week, Mark Beier—founder of locally-based nutrition brand Mark Bars—prepares a healthy wine-paired dinner using quinoa. For $75 tickets, visit ampersandpopup.com. 419 W. Superior St.
Tory Burch’s clothing line includes covetable flats, eclectic prints, and feminine silhouettes, so it’s no surprise that her foray into cosmetics is also worth checking out. Lip colors are the standouts here, with pretty, architectural packaging and 12 shades to choose from. Smack Dab’s bold tomato red adds a seasonally-apropos punch. Tory Burch, 45 E. Oak St., 312-280-0010