SPINNING THE ‘TRUTH’
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Pink, riding on the wings of her new video “Just Give Me a Reason,” brings her sixth world tour — The Truth About Love — to the United Center (1901 W. Madison) at 8 p.m. March 9. The Hives open. Tickets are $29.50-$99.50. Call (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com .
SECOND TIME AROUND
Leonard Cohen has sold over 20 million albums during a career that has spanned five decades. The prolific word master/singer/songwriter and 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, on a second U.S. leg of his “Old Ideas World Tour,” performs at 8 p.m. March 13 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $29.50-$253. Call (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com .
Chicago celebrities dust off their dancing shoes for the Eighth Annual Dancing with Chicago Celebrities Charity Ball, in support of breast cancer research at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker. Tickets are $175. Proceeds benefit the Northwestern Memorial Foundation research efforts for a breast cancer vaccine trial and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Chicagoland affiliate. Visit www.amdwcc.org .
Dog sleuth Scooby-Doo, along with gumshoe buddies Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred, rolls into town in the Mystery Machine van for two performances of “Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mystery” at 2 and 5 p.m. March 10 at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $16-$78. Visit www.rialtosquare.com or www.ticket
SOUTH SIDE PRIDE
The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets underway at noon March 10 down Western from 103rd to 115th. The day’s activities also include the one mile B-tag Emerald Isle Mile race at 11 a.m., which heads north up Western from 112th to 104th. On-site registration is 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western. Visit www.southsideirishparade.org .
THE POWER OF ‘LOVE’
Previews of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical “Aspects of Love,” in its first area staging since 1992, begin at 8 p.m. March 8 at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood. Tickets are $20-$45. The show’s regular run opens 7:30 p.m. March 11. Through April 21. Tickets are $35-$64. Visit www.theoubique.tix.com .
Janis Ian (winner of the 2013 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for “Society’s Child: My Autobiography”) and Livingston Taylor perform at 8 p.m. March 14 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $36-$50. Call (847) 673-3000; www.northshorecenter.org .
Local wedding planner Meghan Andalman of Lovebrid Wedding & Event Styling, and Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, host the Martha Stewart Wedding Party 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus. The event includes wedding and honeymoon discussions, celebrity speakers and more. Admission is $65-$175. Call (312) 752-0882; www.wedding
ROCKIN’ IN ROSEMONT
Gary Mullen and the Works, celebrating 10 years performing the music of Freddy Mercury and Queen, rocks the house during the One Night of Queen tribute show 8 p.m. March 8 at the Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River, Rosemont. Tickets are $30-$45. Call (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com .
TWO IRISH GUYS
Brian Vaughn and David Ivers take on the role of 15 characters in Mary Jones’ “Stones in his Pockets,” a tale of two Irishmen hoping to hit it big when an American film crew arrives in their town of County Kerry Village, Ireland. Previews begin 8 p.m. March 8. Tickets are $25-$44. The regular run is March 15-April 14. Tickets are $25-$57. Visit www.northlight.org .
Duncan Wall gives a behind-the-scene view of the big top during “Circus Now! A Celebration of Contemporary Circus and the Ordinary Acrobat,” a performance and presentation based on his book “The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wonderful World of Circus, Past and Present,” at 7 p.m. March 11 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Wall will also sign copies of his book. Tickets are $10. Visit www.citywinery.com/chicago .