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  • Jason Derulo is on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Jason Derulo is on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Associated Press

  • The Jonas Brothers -- Nick, left, Joe and Kevin -- will perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont during the 2013 Jingle Bash.

      The Jonas Brothers -- Nick, left, Joe and Kevin -- will perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont during the 2013 Jingle Bash.
    Associated Press

  • Austin Mahone is set to return to the Jingle Bash concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Austin Mahone is set to return to the Jingle Bash concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Daily Herald file photo by Jeff Knox/jknox@dailyhe

  • Beyoncé returns to Chicago's United Center with her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013."

      Beyoncé returns to Chicago's United Center with her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013."
    Associated Press

  • "A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show" plays the Rosemont Theatre for four shows on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15.

      "A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show" plays the Rosemont Theatre for four shows on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15.

  • The ensemble of Chamber Opera Chicago's production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" returns to the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

      The ensemble of Chamber Opera Chicago's production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" returns to the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

  • The Elgin Choral Union and the Elgin Children's Chorus team up with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert.

      The Elgin Choral Union and the Elgin Children's Chorus team up with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert.

  • Soprano Elizabeth Norman performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its holiday concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      Soprano Elizabeth Norman performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its holiday concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • Robbie Fulks is set to perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Friday, Jan. 10.

      Robbie Fulks is set to perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Friday, Jan. 10.

 
 

Jingle pop
The Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Armin Van Buuren, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Avicii and Emblem3 are just some of the bands on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $30-$125. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

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This weekend

Fists up
The X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO) 49 Mixed Martial Arts brings a series of fighting bouts to the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $25-$60. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

Nutcracker in Naperville
Dance West Ballet presents its takeon Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet "The Nutcracker" this weekend at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $30; $23 seniors/kids. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

Former Single Lady
Pop star Beyoncé Knowles returns withThe Mrs. Carter Show World Tour at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $45-$250. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

Ho, Ho, Yo
Kids and parents who are die-hard fans of the Nickelodeon TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba" should check out"A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show!" this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $22-$72. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

Orchestral magic
Soprano Elizabeth Norman, the Elgin Choral Union and the Elgin Children's Chorus are combining artistic forces with theElgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend for a few Magical Holiday Concerts conducted by Stephen Squires. See them at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$45. (847) 931-5900 or hemmens.org. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 (sold out)

Miracle opera
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" doesn't get regular play on TV nowadays, so see it live this weekend when Chamber Opera Chicago brings Gian Carlo Menotti's 1950s holiday opera to the Harold Washington Library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St., Chicago. $25; $20 students; $10 kids. (312) 951-7944 or chamberoperachicago.org. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15

Plan ahead

Country close to home
Country and folk singer Robbie Fulks is set to perform an intimate music set on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $25. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10

Those dancin' feet
The quintessential fictional story of an understudy elevated to Broadway stardom is brought to life in the 1980s musical "42nd Street," which is inspired by the best songs featured in Busby Berkeley's famed Depression-era films of the 1930s. Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell directs this Tony Award-winning musical starting Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $36.90-$49.90. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. Various performances between Wednesday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 9

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