Best bets: Malkovich makes killer return to Chicago

Killer opera

Movie actor and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member John Malkovich returns to Chicago in a chilling opera and theater hybrid drama called “The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer.” The piece focusing on literary murderer Jack Unterweger plays this weekend at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $35-$125. For mature audiences only. (312) 294-3000 or 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2

Driver designate

If you're a racing fan and you don't know about the former NASCAR and Daytona 500 champion “Fearless Freddie” Lorenzen, then don't miss the exhibit “On the Road to Glory: Fred Lorenzen.” It details many of the racing accomplishments of this Elmhurst native and starts this weekend at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Free admission. (630) 833-1457 or 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; through Sunday, May 19

Troubled muse

The distinguished Hamburg Ballet from Germany makes its Chicago debut this weekend with the new ballet “Nijinski” (based on the famed muse of impresario Sergei Diaghilev) at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $30-$75. (312) 334-7777 or 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2

Bucking trend

Rodeo and bull-riding greats like Neal McCoy are featured in the professional championship Bull Riders World Tour Finale VII this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Tickets cost $18-$85; $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2

Classical & modern

The globally celebrated Parsons Dance brings its blend of classical and contemporary modern dance to North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $10-$25. (630) 637-7469. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1

Saucy comedy

From being a finalist on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” to numerous appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” comedian April Macie brings her own brand of often explicit humor to Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $20 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2

Groban in HD

Fans of vocalist Josh Groban won't want to miss his high-definition movie theater concert called “Josh Grobin Live: All That Echoes,” which also features a live Q-&-A session. See it Monday at select participating movie theaters in the suburbs ranging from Lincolnshire to South Barrington. Ticket prices vary, but largely $15. 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4

Alumni & student art

Alumni are now in the mix among student artists competing in the President's 5th Annual Juried Competition at Lewis University's Oremus Fine Arts Building, One University Parkway, Romeoville. Free admission, through reservations requested for the reception. (815) 588-7179 or 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, through Thursday, Feb. 28; 7 p.m. reception Wednesday, Feb. 6

Oh, pioneers

Kids can learn a bit about what life was like as an American pioneer child in the touring show “Laura Ingalls Wilder,” which plays at two different venues: the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, $8.50, (630) 896-6666 or; then at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $6, (847) 782-2366 or 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Aurora; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Waukegan

“On the Road to Glory,” an exhibit about the life of professional driver and racer Fred Lorenzen, is ongoing at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
Hamburg Ballet makes its Chicago debut with the new ballet “Nijinsky.”
Comedian April Macie continues her run at Zanies in Rosemont this weekend.
Singer Josh Groban performs in concert Monday in an HD screening shown in area movie theaters. Associated Press
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