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Best bets: Parsons' modern moves take over the McAninch stage

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  • The modern dance troupe Parsons Dance performs at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, April 21.

      The modern dance troupe Parsons Dance performs at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, April 21.
    Courtesy of Paula Lobo

  • Frank Ferrante, left, stars as the late comedian Groucho Marx in "An Evening With Groucho" on Friday, April 20, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

      Frank Ferrante, left, stars as the late comedian Groucho Marx in "An Evening With Groucho" on Friday, April 20, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

  • Barbara Robertson teams up with Chicago A Cappella for the concert "All About the Women" in Chicago and Naperville.

      Barbara Robertson teams up with Chicago A Cappella for the concert "All About the Women" in Chicago and Naperville.

  • Stephen Squires conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in "The Magical Music of Disney" at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg and at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      Stephen Squires conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in "The Magical Music of Disney" at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg and at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.
    Courtesy of Jim Nonneman

 
 

Modern repertory
Parsons Dance has been touring since 1985, presenting more than 80 contemporary dance works created by dancer/choreographer David Parsons. See this acclaimed dance troupe perform Saturday at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $46; $44 seniors; $36 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Heirlooms & new blooms
Antique hunters and gardeners can combine their hobby passions at the Antiques & Garden Fair this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $20 three-day pass; $17 single-day admission. $20 parking fee per car. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 20-22

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Groucho guy
Actor Frank Ferrante has been acclaimed around the world for his portrayal of the zany comedian Groucho Marx. So laugh along when "An Evening With Groucho" plays at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $25-$35. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 7 p.m. Friday, April 20

Wish upon a star
Conductor Stephen Squires leads the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in "The Magical Music of Disney" this weekend at two locations: The Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $36-$48. Also at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$74. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Schaumburg; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Elgin

Feminine view
Jeff Award-winning actress Barbara Robertson teams up with Chicago a cappella to narrate the concert "All About the Women" at Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago. The group also performs at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $28-$35; $22 seniors; $12 students. (773) 281-7820 or chicagoacappella.org. 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Chicago and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Naperville

Daddy humor
Get a grown-up and fatherly perspective on child rearing when the Stand Up Dads perform at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $23-$31. For mature audiences only. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 8 p.m. Friday, April 20

Blue/Gray mementos
Re-enactors and fans of American history shouldn't miss the National Civil War Show and Military Extravaganza this Saturday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. $9; kids ages 16 and younger admitted free with a paying adult. (630) 668-6636 or zurkopromotions.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Medea in music
Chicago Opera Theater concludes its multiyear series of Baroque operas inspired by the Greek mythological character of Medea with the Chicago premiere of Handel's "Teseo." Catch one of four performances starting Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $45-$125. (312) 704-8414 or chicagooperatheater.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Friday, April 27, Wednesday, May 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29

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