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  • The Winter Meltdown IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Competition comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Jan. 4. The team from Conant High School performs at a previous edition of the IHSA State Competitive Cheerleading Finals.

      The Winter Meltdown IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Competition comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Jan. 4. The team from Conant High School performs at a previous edition of the IHSA State Competitive Cheerleading Finals.

  • The Winter Meltdown IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Competition comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Jan. 4. The team from Conant High School performs at a previous edition of the IHSA State Competitive Cheerleading Finals.

      The Winter Meltdown IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Competition comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Jan. 4. The team from Conant High School performs at a previous edition of the IHSA State Competitive Cheerleading Finals.

  • Comedian April Macie performs this weekend at Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago.

      Comedian April Macie performs this weekend at Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago.

  • Cat Guardians' annual art auction fundraiser takes place in Naperville.

      Cat Guardians' annual art auction fundraiser takes place in Naperville.

  • The Fortunate Sons performs a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

      The Fortunate Sons performs a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
    Courtesy of Nicolas Cote

  • Pianist Jeff Jacobs performs music by famed piano rock stars at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

      Pianist Jeff Jacobs performs music by famed piano rock stars at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

  • Conductor Randal Swiggum takes part in an Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra fundraising faculty concert.

      Conductor Randal Swiggum takes part in an Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra fundraising faculty concert.

  • Salute to Vienna New Year's concert returns at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, to Symphony Center in Chicago.

      Salute to Vienna New Year's concert returns at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, to Symphony Center in Chicago.

  • "The Magic of Bill Blagg" comes to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21.

      "The Magic of Bill Blagg" comes to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21.

 
 

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Rah! Rah! Rah!
See which of 75 Illinois cheering and dance squads come out on top at the Winter Meltdown IHSA Cheerleading & Dance Competition Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $10. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

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This weekend

'Standing' comic
Comedian April Marie, a famed finalist of "Last Comic Standing" and a frequent guest on "The Howard Stern Show," performs this weekend at two Zanies locations: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $22 plus a two-item menu purchase. Then at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027. $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. Visit zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in Rosemont and 7, 9 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, in Chicago

Kitty art
Get catty over art at the New Hope Art Auction, which features fine feline art for sale to benefit the Lombard-based shelter Cat Guardians. It's this Saturday at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville. Free admission. (630) 543-3395 or catguardians.org. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

Folk tribute
Fox Valley Repertory presents the bandFortunate Sons, which performs a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act Saturday at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $32. (630) 584-6342 or foxvalleyrep.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

Piano man
Pianist Jeff Jacobs plays many of your favorite piano rock tunes by the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John and more Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $20-$25. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

Fundraising recital
Support students by supporting their teachers at a fundraising Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Faculty Concert Sunday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Free, but donations appreciated. (800) 622-0300 or tickets.elgin.edu or eyso.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5

Waltz right in
There's still time to celebrate the arrival of 2014 with the return of the orchestral and danced Salute to Vienna concert Saturday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $39-$105. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5

Plan ahead

Celtic crowd
Clap your hands and tap your feet to the Emerald Isle music performed by The Irish Rovers on Sunday, Feb. 23, at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $20-$30. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Magic to do
If you missed the recent Aurora performances of "The Magic of Bill Blagg," the illusionist and Zion native will magically reappear with his act on Friday, March 21, at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $22-$30; $21-$29 seniors; $15 students; $12 kids. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21

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