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  • "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" is coproduced by Cirque du Soleil and the estate of Michael Jackson. The pop spectacular, featuring the pictured number "Black and White," plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

      "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" is coproduced by Cirque du Soleil and the estate of Michael Jackson. The pop spectacular, featuring the pictured number "Black and White," plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.
    Courtesy of OSA Images/Cirque du Soleil

  • The Flat Cats present a free concert of jazz and blues on Saturday, July 21, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

      The Flat Cats present a free concert of jazz and blues on Saturday, July 21, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of Andy Richardson

  • Comedian John Pinette comes to the new Zanies location in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

      Comedian John Pinette comes to the new Zanies location in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

  • Muntu Dance Theatre performs at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Saturday, July 21.

      Muntu Dance Theatre performs at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Saturday, July 21.

  • Opera soprano Patricia Racette teams with Broadway star Patti LuPone for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra gala benefit concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, July 21.

      Opera soprano Patricia Racette teams with Broadway star Patti LuPone for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra gala benefit concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, July 21.
    Courtesy of Devon Cass

  • Broadway star Patti LuPone teams with opera soprano Patricia Racette for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra gala benefit concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, July 21.

      Broadway star Patti LuPone teams with opera soprano Patricia Racette for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra gala benefit concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, July 21.

  • Macy Gray makes her Ravinia Festival debut in a concert with Seal on Sunday, July 22, in Highland Park.

      Macy Gray makes her Ravinia Festival debut in a concert with Seal on Sunday, July 22, in Highland Park.
    Associated Press

  • Seal makes his Ravinia Festival debut with singer Macy Gray in Highland Park on Sunday, July 22.

      Seal makes his Ravinia Festival debut with singer Macy Gray in Highland Park on Sunday, July 22.

  • DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" plays from Wednesday, July 25, to Sunday, July 29, at the United Center in Chicago.

      DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" plays from Wednesday, July 25, to Sunday, July 29, at the United Center in Chicago.

 
 

Pop King spectacular
What happens when Cirque du Soleil teams up with the estate of Michael Jackson? The result is the touring spectacular dedicated to the late King of Pop called "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," which plays this weekend at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $50-$175. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21

Pinette in Rosemont
Comedian John Pinette ("Seinfeld," "Hairspray") plays a rare club appearance this weekend at the new location of local comedy club franchise Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25-$30 plus a two-drink purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21

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Diva duo
Opera soprano Patricia Racette and Broadway star Patti LuPone team up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a benefit concert marking the 50th anniversary of the Women's Board of Ravinia Festival this Saturday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10 lawn tickets, $70-$100 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21

Toe-tapping
The Flat Cats play swinging jazz and blues that you can dance to as part of the Summer Breeze Concert Series on Saturday at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Free admission. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21

Ravinia debuts
International recording star Seal and special guest Macy Gray both make their Ravinia Festival debuts this Sunday at 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $33 lawn tickets, $80 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22

African dance
Muntu Dance Theatre explores the future of African and African-American dance as part of its new voices/new vistas summer gala and concert with new work by choreographer Jeffery Page on Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $15-$175. (312) 334-7777 or muntu.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21

See them
Classic rock fans won't want to miss the one-night-only documentary screening of "The Who: Quadrophenia -- Can You See The Real Me?" at select participating movie theaters ranging from Gurnee to Batavia on Tuesday. Tickets vary, but largely $12.50. See fathomevents.com. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24

'Dragon' tale
More than 20 oversize robotic dragons perform with live actors in the touring arena spectacular DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" for a five-day run starting on Wednesday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $26.50-$81.50. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29

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