Best bets: Miley, Charlie Murphy coming to town

Hannah Montana no more

See if Miley Cyrus is worth all of the tabloid ink when she brings her Bangerz Tour with Icona Pop tonight to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $49.50-$89.50. (800) 745-3000 or 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7

Murphy's law

If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's "Chappelle's Show," "Boondocks" and more, then don't miss his standup set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $33 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, March 7; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Time for tykes

Bring the kids for lots of indoor fun to the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo. The event promises loads of games, activities, a special Radio Disney concert and more this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $10; $5 kids ages 3 to 12. (847) 303-4100 or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 (Radio Disney concert at 12:50 p.m.); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Musical mash-up

"Glee" star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison ("Hairspray," "The Light in the Piazza") performs at the 34th Annual Trustee Benefit and Gala this Saturday at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. $27-$77; $350 gala package with concert, reception and dinner. (708) 488-5000 or 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8

Dance architecture

The winter concert of Thodos Dance Chicago features a new piece co-created with Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, a revival of the Helen Keller-inspired story ballet "A Light in the Dark" and more this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $20-$60. (312) 334-7777 or or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9

A classical great

Conductor Andrew Lewis leads the forces of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Choral Union and the UIC Symphony Choir for the concert "Beethoven Inspired" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$60. (847) 888-4000 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Comic opening

There are very few tickets remaining so grab them up now to see Wheaton native and comedian Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy perform on Saturday as they officially open College of DuPage's recently renovated McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $44; $42 seniors; $32 kids. (630) 942-4000 or 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8

Appalachian suites

Get a concentrated dose of folk music at The 20th Annual Great Northern Bluegrass Music Festival from Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, at the Marriott Hotel, 1801 Naper Blvd., Naperville. Ticket packages vary, but $55-$60 for a weekend pass. (217) 243-3159 or 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, March 28; 10:30 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29; 10 a.m. Sunday, March 30

He's a believer

Mickey Dolenz of "The Monkees" fame teams up with The Cowsills for a special concert on Friday, May 2, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St., Charles. $39-$69. (630) 962-7000 or 8 p.m. Friday, May 2

Comedian Charlie Murphy appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from March 7 to 9.
Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees will perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, May 2.
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison appears at Dominican University in River Forest on Saturday, March 8. Courtesy of Carin Baer/Fox
Jim Belushi appears with The Chicago Board of Comedy to officially open the renovated McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Associated Press File Photo
Thodos Dance Chicago revives "A Light in the Dark: The story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan" as part of the company's winter engagement at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Courtesy of Cheryl Mann
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