Best Bets: Jay Leno brings laughs to the Genesee and Paramount this weekend

  • Comedian Jay Leno plays Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, March 25, and Aurora's Paramount Theatre on Saturday, March 26.

    Comedian Jay Leno plays Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, March 25, and Aurora's Paramount Theatre on Saturday, March 26. Courtesy of Mitchell Haaseth, NBC

 
 
Updated 3/24/2022 7:55 AM

Leno laughs

Comedian and former host of "The Tonight Show" Jay Leno performs standup sets twice this weekend at two suburban locations: first at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, (847) 263-6300, geneseetheatre.com, $60-$120, then at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com, $89-$109. 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, in Waukegan and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in Aurora

 

2CELLOS headlines the Allstate Arena on Saturday, March 26.
2CELLOS headlines the Allstate Arena on Saturday, March 26. - Courtesy of Sony
Rocking cellos

The rocking duo known as 2 CELLOS -- famed for their symphonic spectacle -- bid farewell with "The Dedicated Tour" at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $39.50-$69.50; $400-$500 Platinum VIP ticket. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26

Blocky pirates

Families can go on a pirate adventure as part of the new "Hunt for the Golden Treasure" attraction starting this weekend at the Legoland Discovery Center at Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. $25.99-$40.99. (847) 592-9700 or legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago. Various hours through Monday, May 2

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company tours to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Friday, March 25.
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company tours to College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Friday, March 25. - Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
Ballet artistry

Rising dancers with the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company take over the stage at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, for one night only. $50-$55. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams' score alongside a screening of the 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park" on Friday and Sunday, March 25 and 27.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams' score alongside a screening of the 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park" on Friday and Sunday, March 25 and 27. - Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Symphonic dinosaurs

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the classic John Williams' film score to "Jurassic Park" in Concert alongside a special screening of the 1993 blockbuster this weekend at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $85-$295. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27

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Suburban Chicago native Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role of Verdi's historical epic "Don Carlos" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. A Live in HD screening takes place Saturday, March 26, with a taped encore on Wednesday, March 30.
Suburban Chicago native Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role of Verdi's historical epic "Don Carlos" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. A Live in HD screening takes place Saturday, March 26, with a taped encore on Wednesday, March 30. - Courtesy of Zenith Richards, Metropolitan Opera
Epic tragedy

Suburban Chicago native Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role of Verdi's epic Spanish Inquisition tragedy "Don Carols" via a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screening on Saturday and Wednesday at select movie theaters. Prices vary by venue, but largely $27. Sung in French with English subtitles. For locations and prices, visit fathomevents.com or metopera.org. 11 a.m. live simulcast Saturday, March 26, and noon and 6:30 p.m. taped encores Wednesday, March 30

Ballet Hispánico performs "Doña Perón," a dance piece inspired by the life of Eva Perón, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27.
Ballet Hispánico performs "Doña Perón," a dance piece inspired by the life of Eva Perón, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27. - Courtesy of Christopher Ash
Argentine power

New York City-based Ballet Hispánico explores the life of the late Argentine first lady Eva Perón in the dance piece "Doña Perón" at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $37-$83. (312) 341-2310 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27

Alex Koffman is a violinist and band leader with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, which performs at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday, March 31.
Alex Koffman is a violinist and band leader with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, which performs at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday, March 31. -
Wandering players

Get a dose of Yiddish theater and big band music when the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band featuring Cantor Pavel Roytman play the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31

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