Best bets: PBR’s Unleash the Beast tour, Disney on Ice, illusionist Michael Grandinetti, Daniel Tiger and more

From PBR’s Unleash the Beast tour to illusionist Michael Grandinetti to British Invasion pop-rock from Herman’s Hermits to “Disney On Ice Presents Magic in the Stars,” there’s plenty of fun to be had this weekend.

Bucking bulls

PBR’s Unleash the Beast tour comes kicking into the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, for two nights of hard-riding rodeo action featuring the top bull riders in the world. Tickets start at $20; a two-day admission package is also available. 7:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

Illusionist and magician Michael Grandinetti performers at the Raue Center for the Arts. Courtesy of Michael Grandinetti Magic

Magic for all

Master illusionist Michael Grandinetti, a veteran of NBC and CW, headlines an interactive, all-ages show featuring magic, music and comedy at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets are $27-$35 general admission; $18-90-$24.50 for RaueNOW members. (815) 356-9212 or 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

British invasion band Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Daily Herald File Photo

Something good

Famed British Invasion pop-rock band Herman’s Hermits (featuring Peter Noone) brings classic favorites such as “Silhouettes,” “I’m Into Something Good,” “I'm Henry VIII, I Am” and more to Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. $25-$55. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

John Prine revisited

Storyteller Billy Prine shares tales of his brother John Prine’s life along with songs by the late country-folk singer-songwriter in a tribute performance at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$69. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

MLK tribute concert

The Chicago Sinfonietta pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at its annual tribute concert “Pulse” at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. Mei-Ann-Chen conducts the program, which includes the overture from Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha,” reimagined for the orchestra by Gunther Schuller; Xavier Dubois Foley’s “Victory Concerto” featuring the composer playing double bass; and Margaret Bonds’ “Montgomery Variations,” a work that showcases the beauty and complexity of Black spirituals and folk songs. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! King for a Day” plays Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Courtesy of Mills Entertainment

Can’t wait to be king

Bring your little tiger cubs to see PBS Kids characters Daniel Tiger, "O" the Owl, Miss Elaina, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday and more as they learn what it’s like to be “King for a Day” in a family-friendly musical production at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $25-$80. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18

Anna and Olaf return to the Allstate Arena in “Disney On Ice Presents Magic in the Stars,” starting a two-weekend run in Rosemont Thursday, Jan. 18. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Frozen fun

Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the rest of the “Frozen 2” gang hit the ice at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, for an extended visit filled with songs, dances and all the Disney magic families have come to love as “Disney On Ice Presents Magic in the Stars.” A special entry package before each show is also available featuring Family Fun with Elsa and Mirabel. Tickets start at $20; visit for details. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21; 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4

Indonesia's Papermoon Puppet Theater performs the family-friendly “A Bucket of Beetles” during the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Courtesy of Papermoon Puppet Theater

Celebrating the art of puppetry

Puppeteers from around the world converge for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, which showcases theater artists from Chicago, the U.S., Chile, Indonesia, Kenya and Poland, among other nations. “These puppets have stories to tell,” said founder and artistic director Blair Thomas. “They will speak to us in their own rare language, beyond mere words or the physical world, offering us entry into our own transcendent experience.” Performances take place at multiple venues and include Manual Cinema’s “Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster,” adapted from Mo Willems’ tale about a monster who just isn’t scary; puppeteer Basil Twist’s “Book of Mountains and Seas,” consisting of Chinese fables; “Krabat,” about a boy facing hard times from Germany’s Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel; and “A Bucket of Beetles” from Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre. Most tickets range from free to $45. Thursday, Jan. 18, through Jan. 28

“Crystal,” Cirque du Soleil's ice-centered extravaganza, comes to the NOW Center in March. Courtesy of Olivier Brajon

Coming soon: Cirque du Soleil on ice

Tickets are available for “Crystal,” Cirque du Soleil’s 2017 circus arts performance on ice featuring aerial artists, acrobats, jugglers and hand balancers, among other performers. Performances take place at the Now Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m. March 22; 3 and 7 p.m. March 23; and 1 and 5 p.m. March 24

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