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  • Joe Jencks performs in a Lake County Folk Club-sponsored concert in Gurnee.

      Joe Jencks performs in a Lake County Folk Club-sponsored concert in Gurnee.

  • Head to Glen Ellyn Park District's Artic Blast family event to celebrate the winter season.

      Head to Glen Ellyn Park District's Artic Blast family event to celebrate the winter season.

  • Piper Winkler, 13 of Geneva walks up the board walkway to the historic Pioneer Sholes one-room schoolhouse in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, Sunday during their winter open house.

       Piper Winkler, 13 of Geneva walks up the board walkway to the historic Pioneer Sholes one-room schoolhouse in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, Sunday during their winter open house.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Courtesy of Anna Webber Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling is set to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at College of DuPage's McAninich Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

      Courtesy of Anna Webber Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling is set to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at College of DuPage's McAninich Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

  • Courtesy of Andrew EcclesTony Award-winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters is set to perform at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Feb. 14.

      Courtesy of Andrew EcclesTony Award-winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters is set to perform at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Feb. 14.

  • The Midtown Men, featuring Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer of the original Broadway company of "Jersey Boys," perform two shows at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14.

      The Midtown Men, featuring Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer of the original Broadway company of "Jersey Boys," perform two shows at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Courtesy of Long Beach OperaKaren Marie Richardson and Keithon Gipson co-star in the Windy City debut of Duke Ellington's jazz-opera hybrid "Queenie Pie," courtesy of Chicago Opera Theater at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

      Courtesy of Long Beach OperaKaren Marie Richardson and Keithon Gipson co-star in the Windy City debut of Duke Ellington's jazz-opera hybrid "Queenie Pie," courtesy of Chicago Opera Theater at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

  • Courtesy of thinkstock.comFind out about scuba diving and more at the Our World Underwater show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 16.

      Courtesy of thinkstock.comFind out about scuba diving and more at the Our World Underwater show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 16.

  • The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe hosts The Orchid Show from Saturday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, March 16.

      The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe hosts The Orchid Show from Saturday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, March 16.

  • Courtesy of Carol RoseggOrlando Bloom and Condola Rashad starred as the title lovers of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The 2013 Broadway production is shown in select movie theaters on Friday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 16.

      Courtesy of Carol RoseggOrlando Bloom and Condola Rashad starred as the title lovers of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The 2013 Broadway production is shown in select movie theaters on Friday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 16.

  • AP File PhotoJustin Timberlake brings The 20/20 Experience World Tour to the United Center in Chicago on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 16 and 17.

      AP File PhotoJustin Timberlake brings The 20/20 Experience World Tour to the United Center in Chicago on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 16 and 17.

 
 

Jammin' with Joe: Singer Joe Jencks headlines in a concert at the In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. The event is sponsored by the Lake County Folk Club. Suggested donation is $10-$12; $5 for teens. For reservations, call (847) 602-8882. Visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

FRIDAY


Under the sea: Area scuba divers won't want to miss the Our World Underwater show this weekend with numerous workshops, lectures, films and more at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15 one-day admission; $80 three-day package; other multiday and workshop packages available. (847) 692-2222 or ourworldunderwater.com. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14; 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

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Who Loves You: Serenades from members of the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys" will fill the Paramount Theatre when The Midtown Men perform two shows today at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $45-$55. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 1:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

'Peter Pan': Spotlight Youth Theater presents the classic tale of "Peter Pan" at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia. Tickets are $10-$12 in advance at spotlight.org, or $12-$14 at the door. 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 14; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday Feb. 15; and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16

Star-crossed duo: Shakespeare's most famous lovers are brought to life by Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in special screenings of the 2013 Broadway revival of "Romeo and Juliet" at select movie theaters. $15. fathomevents.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

'The Liar': See the French farce "The Liar" at Wheaton College's Arena Theater, Jenks Hall, 433 N. Howard St., Wheaton. The comedy focuses on a handsome, pathological liar and his adventures in Paris in 1643. $8-$10. (630) 752-5800 or wheaton.edu. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Saturday, Feb. 15, Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20

Love is in the air: Pascale M. Trouillot, Sister Hubert in Steel Beam Theatre's recent production of "Nuncrackers," returns to the theater to perform for a Valentine cabaret titled "On My Way to You." 111 S. Main St., St. Charles; $20. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15

Mediocrity's curse: Near the end of his life, the refined, pious Antonio Salieri recounts his rivalry with his contemporary, the uncouth, blasphemous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in "Amadeus," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $25. (773) 327-5252 or bohotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

Garage Rep: Steppenwolf Theatre's fifth annual Garage Rep showcasing Chicago's storefront theaters begins Friday. The New Colony, past recipient of Broadway in Chicago's emerging theater award, presents "reWILDing Genius" by Andrew Hobgood and Megan Johns. Prologue Theatre, which focuses on women, minorities and the LGBTQ community, presents Katori Hall's "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning." And Walkabout Theater Company, which specializes in experimental and site-specific works, presents Thom Pasculli's "The Wild." 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Single tickets cost $20; three-play passes cost $45. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

Broadway dynamo: Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters ("Song and Dance," "Annie Get Your Gun") performs romantic song standards at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $52.50-$92.50. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

SATURDAY


In bloom: Infuse some floral color into your life via more than 10,000 blooms on display as part of The Orchid Show starting Saturday at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $10; $8 seniors and kids; $25 parking per car. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, March 16

Open House at the schoolhouse: Visit the 1872 Pioneer Sholes School, a one-room schoolhouse, at the Winter Open House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, off Dean Street, north of Route 64, in St. Charles. Tour the school and watch as junior docents perform skits, songs and poetry. Other highlights include crafts, refreshments and more. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For information, call (630) 762-9746. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16

Ellington opera: Two women get caught up in a beauty rivalry in "Queenie Pie," an opera by Duke Ellington that was unfinished at his death. Chicago Opera Theater presents a reconstruction of the work at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $45-$125. (312) 334-7777, harristheaterchicago.org or chicagooperatheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, March 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Chad Elliott: Folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Chad Elliott performs in concert at the Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Along with folk tunes, Elliott's repertoire includes Americana, country and roots selections. $15. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetchapel.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

SUNDAY


Arctic Blast: Head to Glen Ellyn Park District's Artic Blast family event to celebrate the winter season. Guests can take part in games, including a frozen disc fly event, snowball tossing, chilly paddle tennis and more. Dig in to treats like hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Arctic Blast takes place in Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn. Free. Visit gepark.org. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

Life of Lincoln: Learn how Abraham Lincoln's political life and legal career in Illinois helped fuel his journey to the White House, as attorney and author Guy Fraker presents a President's Day lecture at the Elmhurst Historical Museum's Education Center at 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Fraker is the author of "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit." Free. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

Orchestral introduction: Introduce kids to the world of orchestral music when the Skokie Valley Symphony performs a puppet-filled production of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" today at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $10-$41. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

Brill singer: Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Kurt Elling not only performs music from his latest album, "1619 Broadway -- The Brill Building Project," this Sunday, he'll also be on hand to help open the renovated and renamed Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $44; $42 seniors; $34 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

Sexy brought back: Grammy Award-winner Justin Timberlake performs songs from his latest acclaimed album in "The 20/20 Experience World Tour" at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $49.50-$175. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

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