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  • "Spencers Theatre of Illusion" plays the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Sunday, Feb. 24.

      "Spencers Theatre of Illusion" plays the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Sunday, Feb. 24.

  • The 30th annual Chicago Golf Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

      The 30th annual Chicago Golf Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

  • Adam Ferrara of TV's "Rescue Me" and "Top Gear" appears at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg and at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo.

      Adam Ferrara of TV's "Rescue Me" and "Top Gear" appears at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg and at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo.
    Courtesy of Scott Gries/Comedy Central

  • David Burnham, seen here in the national tour of "The Light in the Piazza," performs in concert at North Central College in Naperville.

      David Burnham, seen here in the national tour of "The Light in the Piazza," performs in concert at North Central College in Naperville.
    Courtesy of Jean-Marie Guyaux

  • Lee Gregory, Ryan MacPherson and Suzan Hanson star in Chicago Opera Theater's production of the opera "The Fall of the House of Usher" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Lee Gregory, Ryan MacPherson and Suzan Hanson star in Chicago Opera Theater's production of the opera "The Fall of the House of Usher" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Doris C. Koplik/Long Beach Opera

 
 

Family magic
The award-winning Spencer family magicians perform their illusion and spectacle-filled "Spencers Theatre of Illusion" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Green time
Wrestling may be on the chopping block as an Olympic sport, but golf will soon be on the roster. So if you love your time on the links, don't miss the 30th anniversary edition of the Chicago Golf Show this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $5-$10; $4 kids. (847) 692-2222 or chicagogolfshow.com. Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

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Balancing acts
Cirque Ziva features an international set of 25 acrobats who can do amazing feats with contortion, balancing and more. Catch the troupe tonight at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22

Leading lady
Academy Award-winner and recent guest star on PBS' "Downton Abbey" Shirley MacLaine appears tonight to share reminiscences about her storied acting and writing career on Broadway and in Hollywood at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $42-$125 (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22

Gear head goof
Fans of comedian and "Top Gear" host Adam Ferrara can catch him this weekend at two locations: The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19-$22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com; then at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 W. Volo Village Road, Volo. $13.95; $11.95 seniors; $8.95 kids. (815) 385-3644 or volocars.com; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Schaumburg; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 24, in Volo

Opera chills
Welcome Chicago Opera Theater's new general director Andreas Mitisek with his debut production, Philip Glass' 1987 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's chilling "The Fall of the House of Usher," starting Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $35-$125. (312) 334-7777 or chicagooperatheater.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Friday, March 1; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Choral currency
The composer will be in attendance when the William Ferris Chorale presents the concert "Sacred & Profane: The Music of Grayston Ives" this weekend at two locations: Loyola University's Madonna della Strada Chapel, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago; then at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave., La Grange. $20-$25; $15-$20 students/seniors. (773) 508-2940 or williamferrischorale.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Chicago; 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in La Grange

Broadway beau
Musical theater veteran David Burnham ("The Light in the Piazza," "Wicked") performs his intimate concert "Mostly Broadway" this Sunday at North Central College's Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $30-$35. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Oscar glam
Get dolled up in your most glamorous gear and join Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire for a special Oscar Party where the proceeds go to benefit Variety, the Children's Charity of Illinois, Sunday at the Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville. $40. hollywoodpalmscinema.com. 6:30 and 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

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