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New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

New Year's Eve 2012 In Times Square

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In her third tour Lady Gaga ups the ante on her already unique stage presence with an electrifying display of visuals and songs in her electro metal-pop opera “Born This Way.” In the Oz-like fantasy setting of the “Kingdom of Fame” the five-time Grammy Award-winner powers through selections from her “Born This Way,” “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster” albums to deliver an empowering message of self esteem and bravery. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Lady Starlight and Madeon join the tour. Tickets are $49.50-$175. Visit .


Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winner Ricardo Arjona , whose earlier careers include basketball player and school teacher, performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. A second show is at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are $21-$150. Visit .


Iris DeMent performs in support of her new album, ‘Sing the Delta’ at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $32-$45. The 8 p.m. show featuring Jason Wilber is sold out. Visit .


Hundreds of cars hot off the assembly line roll into the 105th showing of the Chicago Auto Show Feb. 9-18th at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore. Special events include visits by Chicago sports legends like Blackhawks great Tony Esposito and Keith Van Horne from the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl team, cooking demos by chef Paul Virant , special women-oriented programs on purchasing and leasing cars; accessories and auto-related exhibits including an antiques and collectors’ cars showing. A food drive benefitting A Safe Haven Foundation is Feb. 13-15, bring three canned goods and receive a discounted admission coupon. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Admission is $12; $6, ages 7-12 and seniors over 62. Visit .


Carnaval! continues through Feb. 12 at Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron, with an authentic Rio de Janeiro celebration including Brazilian samba dancers, a family-style churrascaria dinner ($45 per person; $72 with cocktail pairings), DJ music Feb. 8, Brazilian Fight Dancing at 10 p.m. Feb. 9, half-price tapas for happy hour (5-7 p.m.) Feb. 11 and a performance from Brazilian jazz band Rio Bamba at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Visit or call (312) 664-2727.


California rock band dada , Michael Gurley (guitar/co-lead vocals), Joie Calio (bass/co-lead vocals) and Phil Leavitt (drums), performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Jerad Finck and 7Horse open. Tickets are $25. Visit; .


American jam band moe. , featuring Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Al Schnier (guitar, vocals, keyboard), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals), Vinnie Amico (drums) and Jim Loughlin (percussion), performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine. Tickets are $27.50-$31. Visit


‘Original King of Comedy’ D. L. Hughley is joined by Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Mark Curry on the Royal Comedy Tour at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore. Tickets are $42-$75.90. Visit .


More than 60 hard cider makers from around the globe fill the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, during Cider Summit Chicago from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $20-$25, and include a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Ages 21+over. Proceeds benefit WBEZ public radio; Heartland Alliance and. Visit .


Chicago Opera Theater expands beyond the stage to partner with Chicago’s cultural institutions for “Viewpoints,” an initiative designed to introduce subjects of its upcoming productions to a broader base. Up first are three events featuring the music of composer Philip Glass leading up to the COT’s season opener Glass’ “The Fall of the House of Ushers (Feb. 23).” The first event is a screening of the 1915 silent film “The Raven,” at noon Feb. 10 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Live piano music will accompany a Glass score from the film. In addition, COT members will perform live excerpts from “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Admission is $11; $6 for COT members. Visit .


Laura Doherty, affectionately referred to as the “pop sweetheart for kids” performs her third annual family Valentine’s Day concert, with full band, at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Songs include tunes from Doherty’s 2012 “Shinning Like a Star” and 2009 “Kids in the City” albums. Tickets are $8; ages 2 and under free. Visit


A humorous look at the ongoing battle of the sexes is the subject of Rob Becker’s hit Broadway comedy “Defending the Caveman” coming to the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet at 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $20-$55. Visit


Ken Stringfellow, founder of the Posies debuts songs from his upcoming release “Danzig in the Moon” during a performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Jeremy David Miller opens. Ages 21+. Tickets are $12; $14. Visit .

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