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  • Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" tours to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from Wednesday to Sunday, Feb. 8-11.

      Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" tours to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from Wednesday to Sunday, Feb. 8-11.

  • Guitarist Jason Vieaux joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its concert "My Passionate Valentine."

      Guitarist Jason Vieaux joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its concert "My Passionate Valentine."
    Photo courtesy of Jason Vieaux

  • The Military History Fest returns to Pheasant Run Resort's Mega Center in St. Charles.

      The Military History Fest returns to Pheasant Run Resort's Mega Center in St. Charles.

  • Troy Gentry of the country western group Montgomery Gentry performs at the tail end of the Professional Championship Bullriders: World Tour Finale VI at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      Troy Gentry of the country western group Montgomery Gentry performs at the tail end of the Professional Championship Bullriders: World Tour Finale VI at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.
    Associated Press file photo

  • Joe Pug and The Hundred Mile Band return to The Union courtesy of North Central College in Naperville.

      Joe Pug and The Hundred Mile Band return to The Union courtesy of North Central College in Naperville.

  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

      The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

  • The jazz ensemble White Ghost Shivers comes to Elgin Community College's SecondSpace Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5.

      The jazz ensemble White Ghost Shivers comes to Elgin Community College's SecondSpace Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5.

 
 

Imaginary flight
Cirque du Soleil describes its touring arena show "Quidam" as "a young girl's escape into a world of imagination." See what colorful and acrobatic characters are encountered starting Wednesday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone parkway, Hoffman Estates. $38-$103. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 8-11; also 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

Guitar passion
Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux performs Joaquin Rodrigo's romantic "Conierto de Aranjuez" with Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its concert "My Passionate Valentine" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $24-$70. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5

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Storytelling songs
Joe Pug and The Hundred Mile Band performs the title composer's pop songs for a return engagement tonight at The Union, 129 W. Benton Ave., Naperville. $10-$12. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3

Rough riding
Professional Championship Bullriders: World Tour Finale VI comes with the added attraction of the country-western duo Montgomery Gentry in performance after the competition this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $17-$54; $10-$12 kids ages 12 and under. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4

Second billing
Find out if the comedians Riki Lindhome ("The Big Bang Theory") and Kate Micucci ("Scrubs") have some second-tier celebrity issues to work out when their comedy routine "Garfunkel and Oates" plays this weekend at the UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago. $25. (312) 662-4562 or upcomedyclub.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4

Balancing dragons
Centre East celebrates the recent start of the lunar Year of the Dragon by hosting a return engagement of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats on Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $20-$38. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

Uniform central
Historical re-enactors who specialize in ancient Roman garb to World War II uniforms won't want to miss the Military History Fest 7 when it returns this weekend to the Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $20 one-day pass; $30 three-day pass. Free admission for kids ages 12 and under and veterans on Feb. 3. (630) 584-6300 or militaryhistoryfest.com. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5

Nostalgia time
Get ready for a jazzy jam when the Texas-based White Ghost Shivers play tunes from the 1920s and '30s this weekend at the Elgin Community College's SecondSpace Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $20-$25. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5

Multi-task bowl
Not content to just watch the Super Bowl from the couch? Then try Bowl During the Bowl, where you can play free rounds of bowling while watching the Super Bowl at these Pinstripe locations: 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323, or 10 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. ($4 shoe rental). (847) 844-9300 or pinstripes.com. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5

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