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Best bets: 'So You Think You Can Dance' waltzes into Allstate

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  • See "So You Think You Can Dance" season 8 winner Melanie Moore and Pasha Kovalev, shown performing a Viennese Waltz on the show, during the national tour of the show, which stops at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

      See "So You Think You Can Dance" season 8 winner Melanie Moore and Pasha Kovalev, shown performing a Viennese Waltz on the show, during the national tour of the show, which stops at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

  • Comedian Frank Caliendo returns to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Oct. 7.

      Comedian Frank Caliendo returns to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Oct. 7.

  • Dancers from Natya Dance Theatre present the world premiere of "The Flowering Tree" on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Dancers from Natya Dance Theatre present the world premiere of "The Flowering Tree" on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

  • ScrapArtsMusic brings its musical instruments made of recycled materials to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Sunday, Oct. 9.

      ScrapArtsMusic brings its musical instruments made of recycled materials to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Sunday, Oct. 9.

  • Victoria Jaiani and Miguel Angel Blanco perform in The Joffrey Ballet's "Don Quixote" starting Wednesday, Oct. 12.

      Victoria Jaiani and Miguel Angel Blanco perform in The Joffrey Ballet's "Don Quixote" starting Wednesday, Oct. 12.
    courtesy of Herbert Migdoll

  • Composer and pianist Anthony Molinaro helps to inaugurate the Jazz Fest at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills on Thursday, Oct. 13.

      Composer and pianist Anthony Molinaro helps to inaugurate the Jazz Fest at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills on Thursday, Oct. 13.

  • Video: "So You Think You Can Dance" tour promo

 
 

Reality dance

You've seen them move on TV, so now watch this past season's contestants, including winner Melanie Moore, Sasha Mallory, Jordan Casanova, Caitlynn Lawson and more, from Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" live and on tour Wednesday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $38.50-$58.50. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12

All that glitters

The Prime XPO Jewelry and Gifts Show comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. (847) 303-4100 or schaumburgconventioncenter.com. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

Funnyman Frank

Comedian Frank Caliendo is famed for his spot-on impersonations of celebrities ranging from sports commentator John Madden to former President George W. Bush. See whom Caliendo channels in his comedy routine tonight at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $55-$65. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7

Transformative tale

Chicago's classical Indian dance company Natya Dance Theatre presents a Bharata Natyam version of the famed South Indian folk tale "The Flowering Tree" on Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $24-$50. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Classical mix

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra opens its season with music by Shostakovich, Stephen Albert and Tchaikovsky for a concert titled "Passionate and Poignant" on Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $28-$30; $25-$27 seniors; $11-$13 students. (630) 778-1003 or dupagesymphony.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

A boggy 'Boo!'

Families with kids eager to get an early dose of Halloween fun might want to check out Ghost Stories and a stroll along a Ghost Trail starting Saturday at the Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. $5; $2 kids. (815) 344-1294 or dnr.state.il.us/education/interprt/volo/VOLOBOG.htm. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Dumpster drumming

Recycled and once-trashed materials are retrofitted to make musical instruments in the high-energy concert revue ScrapArtsMusic this Sunday at the Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $36; $34 seniors; $16 teens; $8 kids. (847) 543-2300 or scrapartsmusic.com or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

Tilting windmills

The Joffrey Ballet expands its repertory of story ballets with the world premiere of choreographer Yuri Possokhov's re-imagined take on "Don Quixote" starting Wednesday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$149. (800) 982-2787 or joffrey.org. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12; then runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday (and Thursday, Oct. 20), 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 23

Jazz in the air

Composer/pianist Anthony Molinaro is just one of the Chicago-area musicians helping to inaugurate a new Jazz Fest starting Thursday at Loyola University Chicago's Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. (847) 543-2581 or cuneomansion.org. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

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