Best bets: Midtown Men harmonize in Aurora; Tattoo Arts Convention draws up in Rosemont

  • The Midtown Men return to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, March 23.

    The Midtown Men return to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, March 23. Courtesy of Paramount Theatre

  • The Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    The Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Associated Press, 2017

  • The Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates the 25th anniversary of Renée Fleming's Chicago debut with a Concert & Gala on Saturday, March 23.

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates the 25th anniversary of Renée Fleming's Chicago debut with a Concert & Gala on Saturday, March 23. Associated Press, 2015

  • Mei-Ann Chen is the music director and principal conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which performs the concert "In Darkness We Rise" in Naperville and Chicago.

    Mei-Ann Chen is the music director and principal conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which performs the concert "In Darkness We Rise" in Naperville and Chicago. Courtesy of Chris Ocken Photography

  • The Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society presents its annual show and sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

    The Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society presents its annual show and sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

    Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Courtesy of Elgin Symphony Orchestra

 
 

'Jersey' originals

See stars from the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys" when The Midtown Men return to perform two concerts on Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $45-$55. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Body tracery

Be amazed at all the intricate body decorations involved at the 10th annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $20 per day; $40 three-day pass. (847) 692-2220 or rosemont.com or villainarts.com. 2 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 22; 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 23; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Blooming show

Learn about African violets and other flowers when the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society presents its annual show and sale this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but $25-$30 parking per car or van. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Whiskey flight

Sample the title vintages at the new tasting event called Wine Whiskey Bravo: A Sipping Experience on Saturday at the Chicago Executive Airport, Hangar 15, 743 Sumac Road, Wheeling. $50 (includes souvenir glass); $75 VIP pass with early tasting sessions; $90 couples package. (773) 868-3010 or chicagoevents.com. 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Soprano anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of soprano Renée Fleming's Chicago debut with a special Concert & Gala with guest singers Sondra Radvanovsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Quinn Kelsey, Eric Owens and Christian Van Horn on Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $69-$199. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23

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Planetary music

Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony along with music of Bach and Telemann this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $30-$75; $10 youth. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Rising symphony

Soprano Twyla Robinson and violinist Paul Zafer are guest soloists with the Chicago Sinfonietta and conductor Mei-Ann Chen for "In Darkness We Rise," which focuses on the Jewish experience and themes of love and loss. The concerts are Saturday and Monday at two locations: first at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, then at Mandel Hall, in Reynolds Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th St., Chicago. Note: The Chicago location has been changed from Symphony Center as a result of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike. $10-$99. (312) 284-1554 or chicagosinfonietta.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Naperville; 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Chicago

Animal activism

Animals learn to protest when Palatine Park District's Family Friendly Theatre presents Eileen Mitchell's "The Magic Circus" on Monday and Tuesday at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $6. (847) 202-5222 or cuttinghall.org. 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26

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