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Best bets: Ringling's 'Fully Charged' circus comes to town

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  • The Danguir Troupe is one of the featured acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's latest tour "Fully Charged," first at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Nov. 3-13, then at the United Center in Chicago Nov. 16-27.

      The Danguir Troupe is one of the featured acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's latest tour "Fully Charged," first at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Nov. 3-13, then at the United Center in Chicago Nov. 16-27.

  • Storyteller Jim May will get into character for the 6th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: Literary Witches at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

       Storyteller Jim May will get into character for the 6th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: Literary Witches at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Cyndi Lauper will headline the Paramount Theatre in Aurora with Dr. John in "From Memphis to Mardi Gras" on Friday, Oct. 28.

      Cyndi Lauper will headline the Paramount Theatre in Aurora with Dr. John in "From Memphis to Mardi Gras" on Friday, Oct. 28.

  • Dr. John will play the Paramount Theatre in Aurora with Cyndi Lauper in the concert "From Memphis to Mardi Gras" on Friday, Oct. 28.

      Dr. John will play the Paramount Theatre in Aurora with Cyndi Lauper in the concert "From Memphis to Mardi Gras" on Friday, Oct. 28.

  • Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performs Lin Hwai-min's "Water Stains on the Wall" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performs Lin Hwai-min's "Water Stains on the Wall" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
    courtesy of Liu Chen-Hsiang

  • Zerlina (Mojca Erdmann) falls under the seductive spell of Don Giovanni (Mariusz Kwiecien) in the Metropolitan Opera's "Don Giovanni," being screened live in high definition in participating movie theaters on Saturday, Oct. 29.

      Zerlina (Mojca Erdmann) falls under the seductive spell of Don Giovanni (Mariusz Kwiecien) in the Metropolitan Opera's "Don Giovanni," being screened live in high definition in participating movie theaters on Saturday, Oct. 29.
    COURTESY OF MARTY SOHL/METROPOLITAN OPERA

  • Tennis legend Billie Jean King will serve as the celebrity host of the Tennis Opportunity Program's annual fundraiser at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 29.

      Tennis legend Billie Jean King will serve as the celebrity host of the Tennis Opportunity Program's annual fundraiser at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 29.
    Associated Press

  • A self-watering plant and a horrific creature at the 2010 North Halsted Street Halloween Parade.

       A self-watering plant and a horrific creature at the 2010 North Halsted Street Halloween Parade.
    Scott C. Morgan | Staff Photographer

  • This letter signed by President Abraham Lincoln is one of the documents featured in the exhibit "North Central College at 150 years: Selections From the Oesterle Library Collection" at North Central College's Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center in Naperville.

      This letter signed by President Abraham Lincoln is one of the documents featured in the exhibit "North Central College at 150 years: Selections From the Oesterle Library Collection" at North Central College's Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center in Naperville.

 
 

Circus Maximus

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises a slew of exciting acts ranging from "The Human Fuse" to Asian elephants in a "symphony of dance" in its latest touring extravaganza "Fully Charged," which first arrives in the Chicago area Thursday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. The show then plays the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $19-$25; $40-$60 VIP and front-row tickets; $90 "Circus Celebrity" seats. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com or unitedcenter.com. From Thursday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov. 13, in Rosemont; from Wednesday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 27, in Chicago

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Witching tales

Get ready to hear plenty of cackles when storytellers like Megan Wells, Milbre Burch, Jim May and more participate in the 6th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: Literary Witches Friday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $17. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Blues and jazz

Pop star Cyndi Lauper teams up with bluesman Dr. John for a special concert blend of jazz, blues and funk titled "From Memphis to Mardi Gras" tonight at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $59-$69. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

Water wall dance

The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan returns to Chicago with the area premiere of Lin Hwai-min's newest multimedia work "Water Stains on the Wall" this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $35-$65. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29

Serial seducer

Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Don Giovanni" directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage. See Mozart's classic tale of lust and revenge live in high definition this Saturday at participating area movie theaters from Lombard to Gurnee. Ticket prices vary, but mostly $22-$24. See fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

'Boo-tiful' music

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra invites audiences to dress up in costume for its annual "Halloween Spooktacular" family-friendly concert with special preshow activities on Saturday at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $15; $10 kids. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Tennis legend

Celebrated tennis star Billie Jean King is the celebrity host of the Tennis Opportunity Program's 13th annual fundraiser and TeamTennis Tournament this Saturday at the Midtown Tennis Club, 2020 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. $125 admission (includes dinner, cocktails and auction); $300 to play in the tournament. (312) 988-9900 or toptenniskids.com. 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

Fabulous frights

Expect to see quite a few Lady Gaga impersonators along with some of the area's most creative and outrageous costumes Monday at the 15th anniversary of the North Halsted Street Halloween Parade and contest staged between Belmont Avenue and Bradley Place up along North Halsted Street in Chicago. Free admission. (773) 883-05000 or northalsted.com. 5 to 6 p.m. parade registration; 7 p.m. parade Monday, Oct. 31

150 years and on

See letters written and signed by the likes of poet Emily Dickinson, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and more historical luminaries in "North Central College at 150 years: Selections From the Oesterle Library Collection" starting Tuesday at North Central College's Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Free. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/150. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1; continues through Tuesday, Jan. 8

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