Best bets: Bull riders tough it out at Allstate
The top 35 bull riders in the world compete to ride the country's fiercest bucking bulls when the 2013 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series comes to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $15-$120. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Violinist Jennifer Frautschi is the featured soloist in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in an Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert that also includes pieces by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducts the weekend performances at both the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg ($28-$48), then at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin ($18-$68). (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Schaumburg; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Elgin
A standup guy
The career of comedian John Heffron gained extra exposure after he won season two of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Catch him this weekend live at the Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19-$22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Sing, swing, sing
Jazz vocalist Terry Blaine teams up with pianist Mark Shane and clarinetist Dan Levinson for the concert "Swingin' The Benny Goodman Songbook" at the College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $16-$31. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11
Chrissy Hogue transforms into seven different women to comically comment on "The Stupid Economy," which returns to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11
Celebrate the season with indoor crafts, outdoor tours and more as part of the family-friendly Volo Bog's Winterfest Sunday the Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. (815) 344-1294 or friendsofvolobog.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
The After Hours Film Society screens the documentary "Head Games" exploring head injuries in sports with special guest speakers producer Steve Devick alongwith featured soccer player Mary Rounce and her mother, Laura Rounce, Monday at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. $9; $5 members. (630) 534-4528 or afterhoursfilmsociety.com. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14
Fringe on the top
Fringe theater pieces get the spotlight in Curious Theatre Branch's 2013 Rhinoceros Theatre Festival (aka Rhinofest), which features troupes like Boy Girl Boy Girl, The Neofuturists and more performing new and daring works at the Prop Thtr, 3504 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. $15 or pay-what-you-can admission; $12 in advance. Call (773) 539-7802 or visit rhinofest.com for a full schedule. Various shows performed Thursday through Monday from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 17
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