A critical look
War serves as the backdrop for Donald Margulies' Tony Award-nominated relationship drama "Time Stands Still." In the play, injured photojournalist Sarah and her foreign correspondent boyfriend, James, re-evaluate their relationship and their journalistic ethics after a visit from her editor and his young girlfriend. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble artistic director Connie Canady Howard directs the company's revival of the 2009 play. The cast includes Lisle resident Lisa Dean as Sarah and ensemble member Kurt Naebig of Lombard as Sarah's editor Richard. The preview is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. $37. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org.
The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre warms up winter with French playwright Marc Camoletti's 1962 farce "Boeing-Boeing," which centers on bachelor Bernard's attempts to simultaneously romance three flight attendants and prevent them from finding out about each other. He manages quite well until his American friend Robert arrives and a newer, faster airplane disrupts his carefully planned trysts. Joe Lehman directs Metropolis' revival of the comedy, which earned the 2008 Tony Award for best play revival. Previews are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2, and Thursday, Feb. 8; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $35, $40. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.
Puppeteers bring prehistoric creatures to life on stage for the tour of "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live" on Thursday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $24.50-$44.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1
Laura Eason's controversial drama "Sex with Strangers," first staged in 2011 at Steppenwolf Theatre, returns in a new production at the Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. $37.50-$40. For mature audiences only. (847) 735-8554 or citadeltheatre.org. Previews Thursday, Feb. 1; opens Friday, Feb. 2; performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; through Sunday, March 4
Screenings of the beloved 1993 film "Groundhog Day" are part of Groundhog Days this weekend at the Harold Ramis Auditorium at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St., Woodstock. No admission charge for the film. (815) 334-2620 or woodstockgroundhog.org. Film screenings 10 a.m. Friday to Sunday, Feb. 2 to 4; various times for other activities
See snippets of narrative features, documentaries, animated shorts and more tonight at a special Sneak Preview event to promote the forthcoming Geneva Film Festival in March. It's at Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., Geneva. $5. (630) 232-4542 or rectrac.genevaparks.org. 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a detective in hot pursuit of the Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda in "Neruda." The acclaimed 2016 Chilean film is screened as part of an International Film Series in Room C105 at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Free. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. (847) 543-2300 or jlcenter.clcillinois.edu. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
We could be gigantic
The United Kingdom's indie-popsters The Wombats first rose above the din with their 2007 studio debut album, "A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation," and the breakout hits "Moving to New York" and "Let's Dance to Joy Division," a rhythmic treat that self-referentially points out the irony of its own existence. They've since released two follow-up albums, with a fourth on the way. See the Liverpool dance-pop artists when they play Palatine's Durty Nellie's for 101-WKQX's first Sound Lounge On the Road show of the year. Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Free, but tickets are first come, first served; doors open at 6, so make sure you arrive early or register for a chance to win a guaranteed pass at 101wkqx.xom. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
B.o.B at BaseCamp
Six-time Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B is conjuring up a party out in Lisle for Friday's show at BaseCamp Pub. Tickets for the December show, rescheduled because of inclement weather, will be honored for this show. BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $30-$35. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
History and heritage
The Black History Family Festival features a keynote speech by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, craft projects, a performance by the Chicago West Community Music Center and more on Saturday at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. Free. (847) 742-2411 or gailborden.info/bhff. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Get ready for some revealing stories by comedian Dan Cummins ("This is Not Happening," "World's Dumbest") when he continues his run of standup shows this weekend at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Tickets are scarce to catch the tour of "Dancing with the Stars: Live! -- Light Up the Night." Season 25 Mirrorball Champions Jordan Fisher ("Hamilton," "Grease: Live!") and Frankie Muniz ("Agent Cody Banks," "Malcolm in the Middle") will appear with dancers such as Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten and more on Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $63-$79; $15-$20 parking. (800) 345-7000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Ron White, famed for tours "Behavioral Problems" and "Blue Collar Comedy," performs his brand of hard-living standup comedy on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $45.75-$244.75. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Choirs from all over the Chicago area converge for the 30th anniversary Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $15; $10 seniors and students. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Gospel gem Mavis Staples
Chicago's music scene burns a little brighter because of Mavis Staples. The legendary rhythm and blues singer channels her signature love and hope, albeit through pursed lips, on "If All I Was Was Black," her recent release and collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. See her in all her spirited glory when she takes the stage at the Vic Theatre this weekend, joined by Chicago soul band The Congregation. Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $40-$65. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
Bel canto drama
Bellini's English Civil War-inspired opera "I Puritani" returns to the repertory of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for seven performances starting on Sunday at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $34-$269. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
Big screen bowl
Join a big theater crowd to cheer on either the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl Party hosted on Sunday by the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. No admission charge; $3 food and domestic draft beer; $1 hot dogs for kids. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
• Low Swans, Forty Piece Choir, Farkus, DeYoung & Jones: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
• K. Flay, Sir Sly: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.
• Faculty Recital Series -- Duo-Piano Concert by Pianists Karin Redekopp Edwards and Mark Edwards: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Wheaton College's Pierce Memorial Chapel, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. $10 for general audience; $5 for seniors over 60; free to students and Wheaton College ID holders. (630) 752-5099 or wheaton.edu.
• Young Cub, Honeystone, Brian Allison, Where's Fernando?, Matt Burke Band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
• Elvis & Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $26-$58. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com.
• Obsidian Switch, Chaos in Creation, Hedgehog and the Fox, Trident Deep: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Silvie's Lounge, 1902 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. $10. (773) 871-6239 or silvieslounge.com.
• A Silent Truth, POLARIZER, Craving Strange, Via Clara: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.
• Echoes of Pompeii -- A Tribute to Pink Floyd: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$49. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
• Randy Rogers Band with Mike Ryan: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Joe's Bar, 940 W. Weed St., Chicago. $19. (312) 337-3486 or joesbar.com.
• Twenty Over: 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Mac's on Slade, 117 W. Slade, Palatine. Free. (847) 907-9621 or macsonslade.com.
• Spare Parts West -- A Night of Music and Stand Up Comedy featuring Off With Their Heads, The Bollweevils, Spells, Stacey Dee and Seth Anderson: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $12-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• Silent Lucidity, Hoodlums: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• Glen David Andrews: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb, 2, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
• Super Diamond: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. $22-$25. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.
• Bob Marley birthday bash featuring Natty Nation, Concrete Roots: 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. $10. (815) 363-7040 or mackeyshideout.com.
• The Casimir Effect, Daniel Young, The Phonographs, Sam Stucky: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
• Blues Traveler, Los Colognes: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. $30-$35. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.
• American Arson, The Almas, Man Eating Lion, Zero the Hero, Action Boy: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Cracken Cakes, 38594 N. Sheridan Road, Beach Park. $5 suggested donation. (847) 603-4966 or crackencakes.com.
• Weakened Friends, The Flips, Engines, lettering: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Subterranean downstairs, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• Boy Band Review: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5-$10. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
• The Throwbacks, Teenage Mutant 90's Turtles: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• Still Alive, Turbovamps, The Duis, The Kreutzer Sonata: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• Teed, The Good Batch: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. Free. (815) 363-7040 or mackeyshideout.com.
• The Giving Moon, Wilde: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Bourbon on Division, 2050 W. Division St., Chicago. $7-$12. (773) 796-5879 or ticketfly.com.
• Dave Specter Band, Jimmy Johnson: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
• Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of Rusted Root: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $15-$27. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
• Josh Bryant, Matt Tatum: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
• Billy Don Burns, Liar's Trial: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
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