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  • When Super Grover, center, loses his powers, his friends Telly Monster, Elmo, Zoe and Abby Cadabby help to recover them in Sesame Street Live's "Elmo's Super Heroes," which plays at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont from Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6.

      When Super Grover, center, loses his powers, his friends Telly Monster, Elmo, Zoe and Abby Cadabby help to recover them in Sesame Street Live's "Elmo's Super Heroes," which plays at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont from Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6.
    Courtesy of VEE Corporation

  • Anime Central: The Midwest Anime and Magma Convention returns to Rosemont Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

      Anime Central: The Midwest Anime and Magma Convention returns to Rosemont Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

  • Fabrice Calmels and Victoria Jaiani dance in Edwaard Liang's 2008 piece "Age of Innocence," which is being revived as part of the Joffrey Ballet's "Spring Desire" repertory concert at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

      Fabrice Calmels and Victoria Jaiani dance in Edwaard Liang's 2008 piece "Age of Innocence," which is being revived as part of the Joffrey Ballet's "Spring Desire" repertory concert at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Herbert Migdoll

  • The Illinois Orchid Society presents their 60th anniversary show called "Celebrate Orchids" at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

      The Illinois Orchid Society presents their 60th anniversary show called "Celebrate Orchids" at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

  • Jay Leno will perform Saturday, April 28, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago at a benefit for OMNI Youth Services.

      Jay Leno will perform Saturday, April 28, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago at a benefit for OMNI Youth Services.

  • Megon McDonough plays "Posi-Palooza" at Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines.

      Megon McDonough plays "Posi-Palooza" at Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines.

  • The national tour of "Cats" returns to Chicago from Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-6, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

      The national tour of "Cats" returns to Chicago from Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-6, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
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Super 'Sesame'
What's Super Grover to do when he loses his super powers? Find out when Sesame Street Live "Elmo's Super Heroes" plays starting Thursday at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15-$30; $40 gold circle seats and $85 VIP Sunny Seats. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 3-4; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6

It's 'Japanamation'
Anime Central: The Midwest Anime and Manga Convention returns to give fans of Japanese animation and comics a weekend-long fix of fun at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $25-$35 single day badges. (847) 692-2222 or acen.org. 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, through 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29

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Ballet bouquet
The Joffrey Ballet continues its "Spring Desire" repertory concert featuring works by Jerome Robbins, Edwaard Liang and Val Caniparoli for the next two weekends at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$149. (800) 982-2787 or joffrey.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday now through May 6

Mozart & Co.
Celebrate Austrian operas and operettas like "The Magic Flute" and "The Merry Widow" when opera star William Powers and guest artist Aaron Wardell join with Elgin Opera in concert for "April in Austria" this weekend at the Sears Gallery of Elgin Academy, 350 Park St., Elgin. $15; $10 seniors/students. (800) 838-3006 or elginopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Orchid milestone
Individual orchids in 128 classes vie for prizes at the 60th Anniversary Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $20 parking fee per car. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29

Leno live
Jay Leno, the host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," appears for a special performance to benefit Buffalo Grove-based charity OMNI Youth Services. "An Evening of Laughs With Jay Leno Presented by Allstate" plays Saturday at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $135-$150; $350 and $400 show and gala. (847) 353-1772 or omniyouth.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28

'Posi' performers
The "Posi-Palooza Concert Tour" features performers like Megon McDonough, David Roth, Harold Payne and more winners of the emPower Posi Awards for inspirational music this Sunday at Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road, Des Plaines. $20. (847) 297-0997 or unitynorthwest.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29

Dancing kitties
"Cats," composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic 1980s dance musical that uses poetry by T.S. Eliot, returns for an eight-performance run starting Tuesday at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $25-$75. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, May 1-4; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6

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