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  • Johnny Weir, pictured in "Ice Dreams" at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, will appear in "Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin" at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      Johnny Weir, pictured in "Ice Dreams" at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, will appear in "Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin" at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Aretha Franklin sings classic songs and material from her new album, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," as part of "Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin" at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday, Sept. 24.

      Aretha Franklin sings classic songs and material from her new album, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," as part of "Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin" at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Ignat Solzhenitsyn, principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "Love and War: A Russian Spectacular" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      Ignat Solzhenitsyn, principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "Love and War: A Russian Spectacular" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • The adults-only comedy revue "Stuffed and Unstrung -- Henson Puppets Behaving Badly" comes to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, Sept. 24.

      The adults-only comedy revue "Stuffed and Unstrung -- Henson Puppets Behaving Badly" comes to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! It's Time to Dance" plays four shows at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

      "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! It's Time to Dance" plays four shows at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25.

  • Former "Saturday Night Live" star Molly Shannon will discuss and sign her new children's book, "Tilly the Trickster," at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

      Former "Saturday Night Live" star Molly Shannon will discuss and sign her new children's book, "Tilly the Trickster," at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
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  • Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo is set to perform at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

      Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo is set to perform at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

 
 

Soul and ice

America's legendary "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin performs classic material and songs from her new album, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," alongside fashionably dressed world-famous figure skaters like Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, Sarah Hughes and more in "Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin" on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $45-$152. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

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Tchaikovsky & Co.

Principal guest conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "Love and War: A Russian Spectacular" featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Glazunov this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $24-$70. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Teeming green

A mass recycling event, a recycled art contest, a FashionEcoNista Show and more activities are all part of the Cantigny Green Fair Saturday at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free admission. $2-$5 parking. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Play date

The Worldwide Day of Play is celebrated with organized kid's games, Zumba classes, a supervised climbing wall and more this Saturday at The Field House Sports and Fitness Center at Hinkston Park, 800 N. Baldwin Ave., Waukegan. Free admission. (847) 782-3300 or waukeganparks.org. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Puppets and profanity

It's grown-ups only for "Stuffed and Unstrung -- Henson Puppets Behaving Badly," an uncensored comedy sketch puppet revue created by Brian Henson that tours this Saturday to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $38; $36 seniors; $28 students. For mature audiences only. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Go, go 'Gabba!'

Cool kids and their hipster parents won't want to miss the latest live touring version of the popular Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! It's Time to Dance!" this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $25-$75. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Star author

Anderson's Bookshops presents former "Saturday Night Live" star Molly Shannon in a special discussion and book signing for her new kid's book, "Tilly the Trickster," featuring illustrations by Ard Hoyt, on Wednesday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $20 (includes a copy of her book). A limited number of $5 admission-only tickets for kids ages 10 and younger will be available. (630) 637-7469 or andersonsbookshop.com or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

Italian pop

The Italian teenage pop-opera trio Il Volo perform Neapolitan songs, Spanish numbers and more in concert this Wednesday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $29.50-$69.50. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

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