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  • "Lord of the Dance" returns to Rosemont at the Akoo Theatre for two performances on Saturday, March 2.

      "Lord of the Dance" returns to Rosemont at the Akoo Theatre for two performances on Saturday, March 2.
    Courtesy of Ken Howard

  • Mentalist Brian Imbus performs in Sugar Grove.

      Mentalist Brian Imbus performs in Sugar Grove.

  • Comedian David Brenner performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

      Comedian David Brenner performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

  • A painting by Dan Addington is featured in the show "FUSEDChicago" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

      A painting by Dan Addington is featured in the show "FUSEDChicago" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

  • Spider Saloff, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald in the jazz concert "Three Ellas" at the Prairie Center for the Performing Arts in Schaumburg.

      Spider Saloff, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald in the jazz concert "Three Ellas" at the Prairie Center for the Performing Arts in Schaumburg.

  • "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox comes to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox comes to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Associated Press

  • Rev. Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago headline College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

      Rev. Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago headline College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

  • Sounds of Blackness headlines College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

      Sounds of Blackness headlines College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

  • Legendary jazz performer Ramsey Lewis performs at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove on Friday, March 1.

      Legendary jazz performer Ramsey Lewis performs at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove on Friday, March 1.

 
 

Celtic spectacular
Let Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" help you get a jump on St. Patrick's Day festivities when the Celtic dance spectacular returns this weekend to the Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $24.50-$59.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Encaustic expo
See how local modern artists approach the ancient painting medium of encaustic (hot wax and colored pigments) in the show "FUSEDChicago: A Group Encaustic Exhibition." It launches Friday at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. No admission fee. (847) 543-2240 or gallery.clcillinois.edu. 7 to 9 p.m. opening reception Friday, March 1; exhibit continues 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; through April 7 (reduced hours March 25-31)

Comic pundit
Be it on late night TV, cable news or live onstage, comedian David Brenner isn't shy about sharing his opinions. Catch him at two Zanies locations this weekend: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342, and at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. $30 plus a two-item menu purchase. In St. Charles: 8 p.m. Friday, March 1; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2; In Rosemont: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Jazz currents
Catch Grammy Award-winning jazz great Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. $50; $48 seniors; $40 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Friday, March 1

Great gospel
Sounds of Blackness and Rev. Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago are the headlining acts to College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $19; $17 students/seniors/kids ages 12 and under. (847) 543-2300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Going mental
Is Brian Imbus a "mentalist" or a "hypnotist?" Or both? Find out when his show, "Miracles of the Minds," plays Saturday at Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. $12; $9 kids ages 12 and under. (630) 466-2360 or waubonseetickets.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

'Idol' finalist
This may be Lee DeWyze country, but that hasn't stopped "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox from accepting a Saturday concert gig at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$39. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Ladies of song
Jazz and cabaret singers Spider Saloff, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay homage to the late and great singer Ella Fitzgerald in their show "Three Ellas" this Saturday at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $26; $24 students/seniors. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Who's the best?
Find out which 12 Big Ten School will come out on top when the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament starts next week at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $15 individual sessions. $80 all sessions. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8; 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10

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