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Updated: March 12, 2013 3:54PM


Next year, Muse will observe its 20th anniversary as a band, though mainstream America just started catching up with them when they landed on the “Twilight” soundtrack and then headlined Lollapalooza in 2011. The Canadian power-trio bring the prog-rock in their high-octane arena shows, but with plenty of shout-along choruses and punishing riffs. 7 p.m. March 4 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets: $35-$59.50. Call (800) 745-3000;


Audiences and critics in Europe and Australia agree — International Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss this out-of-this-world experience at 5 p.m. March 3 at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main, St. Charles. Tickets are $22-$39; $12 for children under 12. Visit .


Jim Belushi & the Chicago Board of Comedy, which includes Belushi’s son Robert, and comedians Larry Joe Campbell, Jo n Barinholtz and Brad Morris, bring down the house 8 p.m. March 2 at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets $29.75-$55. Visit .


Major Lazer (DJ/producer Diplo with new partners Walshy Fire and Jillionaire) presents their new dancehall project 3.2 Major Lazer 2013 Free the Universe Tour featuring Dragonette, Rockie Fresh, Gent and Jawns, Congress and Zebo at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $24.99 (18+over). Visit .


Streeterville’s Fifth Annual St. Practice Day Pub Crawl starts at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks. Featured drinks are 20-oz green beer ($4), leprechaun shots ($4) and Jameson shots ($5). Other spots along the route are D4 Irish Pub & Cafe, 345 E. Ohio (Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, $5 each), Quay, 465 E. Illinois (Guinness, $5; Absolut cocktails, $6 and Jameson shots, $6) and Lizzie McNeill’s, 400 N. McClurg (Bud Light drafts, $3 and Jameson shots, $4). Guests are encouraged to wear festive garb. Visit .

Sons of the Silent Age, playing the music of Brit rocker David Bowie, perform at 8 p.m. March 7 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Chicago electronic music artist Magas opens. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (866) 468-3401; .


Celebrating their 51st anniversary six-time Grammy Award-winners The Chieftains, fronted by Paddy Moloney, perform at 8 p.m. March 1 at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $17-$95. Call (312) 294-3000; .

This earnest Jersey rock band — hey, Bruce likes ’em — just released a 15-minute short film, “Every Word Handwritten,” that’s its own love song to vinyl and the enduring power of pop music. A robust blend of classic rock and punk spirit, the Gaslight Anthem has soared from tiny grubby clubs to sizable theaters and last year’s high-charting, major-label “Handwritten” album. 8 p.m. March 1 at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. Tickets: $26.50. Call (800) 514-ETIX;


The “Gone Too Soon” memorabilia traveling show, saluting 14 of the music industry’s best and brightest that died far too soon including Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, will be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario, through March 3. Visit .


The 13th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago, starts at 9:30 a.m. March 3 at North Avenue Beach, North and Lakeshore. Register at .


The Irish Rovers, after nearly 50 years, is calling it quits. The band’s two-year farewell tour “The Long Goodbye,” set to end in March 2015, makes a stop at 8 p.m. March 1 at North Shore Center, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $48-$58. Call (847) 673-6300; .


The Fourth Annual Chicago Dance Marathon (13.1 hours of non-stop music, entertainment and patient story sharing), benefitting the patients and their families at Lurie Children’s Hospital, steps into motion with a family run at 8 a.m. March 2 at Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker. Hourly power dances and stories continue until 8:15 p.m. when the final story will be shared followed by a check presentation. Register at .


Score tickets to the P!nk concert during a giveaway at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club’s, 3700 N. Halsted, P!nk pre-show party and brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3. One guest will win a pair of tickets for the March 9 show at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Brunch is $25 for a two-course prix-fixe menu with specialty cocktails; Visit .

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