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Lincoln Park's Zoolights show, Bing Crosby's White Christmas, and more

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Victoria Zielinski & Paul Barrosse (AKA Vic & Paul), comedians from the Practical Theatre Company, who will be appearing in The Vic & Paul Show at Mayne Stage (see theater listings), light up for:

White Christmas The holiday season means it's time for us to break out the liverwurst and eggnog and enjoy White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen (of the freakishly tiny waistline). Every yuletide since the mid-1980s, our dear friend, former Chicago actress Linda Emond, has organized a screening of this classic 1954 film. When we moved to different cities our annual gathering morphed into an event we call Cyber White Christmas. At the appointed hour, we get together in an Internet chat room, start our DVDs simultaneously, and type a running, inevitably tipsy commentary as Bing and Danny scheme to save old General Waverly's snowless ski lodge in Vermont. It's an evening full of wisecracks about Bing's jazz hipster lingo, Danny's fabulous dancing, Clooney's stunning black dress in "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me," and all those great Irving Berlin tunes we know by heart.

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White Christmas

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Producer: Robert Emmett Dolan

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Richard Shannon, Grady Sutton, Sig Ruman, Robert Crosson, Herb Vigran, Dick Keene, Johnny Grant, Gavin Gordon, Marcel De La Brosse, James Parnell, Percy Helton, Barrie Chase and George Chakiris

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