Best Bets: Circus Vazquez brings high-energy show to the suburbs
See death-defying motorcyclists from Colombia, the Ukrainian choreographic Troupe Bingo, the veteran clown David Larible and more when Circus Vazquez sets up its big-top tent at three locations: first at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, then at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, and then at Old Orchard Mall, 4905 Old Orchard Road, Skokie. $40-$50; $35-$45 seniors; $25 kids. For show times, visit circusvazquez.com. In Schaumburg now through May 9; in North Riverside from May 13 to June 6; and in Skokie from June 10-20
The touring Circus Vazquez features Columbia's X-Metal Riders in the Globe of Death in its shows in Schaumburg, North Riverside and Skokie.
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Get plenty of standup comedy laughs by spending "An Evening With Kevin Bozeman & Friends" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7 p.m. Friday, April 22
Kevin Bozeman and Friends perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Friday, April 22.
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Free man in London
Chicago Opera Theater presents the world premiere of composer Errollyn Wallen and librettist Deborah Brevoort's "Quamino's Map," a historical drama about an African-American veteran navigating society in 18th-century London. It plays three performances starting Saturday at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $20-$150. (312) 704-8414 or chicagooperatheater.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Friday, April 23 and 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1
The Hiplet Ballerinas, who combine classical pointe technique, hip-hop and other urban dance styles, will perform at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Sunday, April 24.
The Hiplet Ballerinas are famed for blending classical ballet with contemporary hip-hop dance. See them perform at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $35; $30 seniors; $15-$20 students and kids. (847) 543-2300 or jlcenter.clcillinois.edu. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24
Xavier Núñez, left, and Dylan Gutierrez dance in the Joffrey Ballet's world premiere of choreographer Cathy Marston's "Of Mice and Men."
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Steinbeck & 'Serenade'
The Joffrey Ballet presents the world premiere of choreographer Cathy Marston's one-act dance adaptation of "Of Mice and Men" alongside the company debut of George Balanchine's "Serenade" at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $24.95; $19.95 seniors; $35-$199. (312) 386-8905 or joffrey.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 29 and May 5-6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
Cold hard cash
See rare coins, paper cash and more at the Central States Numismatic Society convention at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $125 early bird badge; $5 daily admission; $10 public hours three-day pass. (847) 303-4100, schaumburgconventioncenter.com or centralstatesnumismaticsociety.org/. Early bird access: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and 8-10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 28-30; regular hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Carol Burnett returns to the Chicago Theatre to share anecdotes on Thursday, April 28.
- Associated Press, 2016
Hear plenty of show biz anecdotes when Emmy Award-winning actress Carol Burnett appears in conversation at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $75.50-$125.50. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28