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Best bets: Spend a great day with the Fresh Beat Band

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  • The Fresh Beat Band -- Shout (Thomas Hobson), left, Marina (Tara Perry), Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) and Twist (Jon Beavers) -- plays two shows at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont Sunday.

      The Fresh Beat Band -- Shout (Thomas Hobson), left, Marina (Tara Perry), Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) and Twist (Jon Beavers) -- plays two shows at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont Sunday.
    Courtesy of Nickelodeon

  • See the famed Bigfoot truck alongside other customized cars at the World of Wheels event this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

      See the famed Bigfoot truck alongside other customized cars at the World of Wheels event this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

  • Jerry Seinfeld performs two shows at The Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on Saturday, March 3.

      Jerry Seinfeld performs two shows at The Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on Saturday, March 3.
    Associated Press File photo

  • Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will play Saturday, March 3, at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

      Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will play Saturday, March 3, at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

  • The comic ensemble "Southern Fried Chicks" brings the laughs to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, March 3.

      The comic ensemble "Southern Fried Chicks" brings the laughs to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, March 3.

  • "Amazing Race" winner Cindy Chiang (pictured with fiancee Ernie Halvorsen) will appear at the Brides, Bubbles & Bliss Bridal Soiree in Chicago on Wednesday, March 7.

      "Amazing Race" winner Cindy Chiang (pictured with fiancee Ernie Halvorsen) will appear at the Brides, Bubbles & Bliss Bridal Soiree in Chicago on Wednesday, March 7.

 
 

'Great Day' band

Those peppy and talented musician friends who make up "The Fresh Beat Band" on Nick Jr. are set to play two Sunday concerts at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $20-$30. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4

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Wowing wheels

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of World of Wheels showing off an amazing array of hot rod cars and more in the Chicago area this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $18; $5 kids ages 6-12; free for kids 5 and younger. (847) 692-2222 or autorama.com. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Bluegrass mass

Bluegrass band Monroe Crossing teams up with the Heartland Voices for composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain's unique choral mass titled "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" at Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $28. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2

Beethoven bounty

Conductor Tania Miller leads the Elgin Symphony Orchestra with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez for an all-Beethoven concert this weekend at two locations: the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $36-$48. Then at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $24-$70. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. In Schaumburg: 8 p.m. Friday, March 2; in Elgin: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Play time

The 2012 Chicagoland Kids Expo features a petting zoo, hands-on activities, stage shows, play areas and so much more this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $10; $5 kids ages 3-12. (847) 303-4100 or chicagokidsexpo.com. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Seinfeld says ...

If tuning in to reruns of "Seinfeld" and re-watching "Bee Movie" isn't giving you enough exposure to famed comedian Jerry Seinfeld, then catch one of his two Saturday standup shows at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $45-$75. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Eclectic energy

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are famed for blending blues, bluegrass, folk and more when they perform in concert. Catch their eclectic act this Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $70-$80. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Comic magnolias

Laugh along with these comic belles and their humor drawn from their experiences south of the Mason-Dixon Line when "Southern Fried Chicks" plays this Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $38.50. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Nuptial fun

Get planning ideas for forthcoming weddings at the Brides, Bubbles & Bliss Bridal Soiree featuring CBS-TV's "Amazing Race" winner Cindy Chiang this Wednesday at the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago. $20-$65. A portion of the proceeds benefits Hephizibah Children's Association for abused and neglected children. (312) 988-9900 or bridesbubblesandbliss.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

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