GUNG HAY FAT CHOI!
That’s the traditional “Happy New Year!” greeting in Cantonese. Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Ox at 1 p.m. Sunday with a parade featuring a 100-foot-long dragon float and traditional Chinese dance. The parade kicks off at Wentworth Avenue and 24th Street and heads north on Wentworth to Cermak Road. For more information on the free event, call (312) 326-5320 or visit www.chicagochinatown.org. For those looking to start their Lunar New Year celebrations a day earlier, the Uptown neighborhood hosts its own parade beginning at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Floats, bands, kung fu demonstrations and the traditional dragon and lion dances all will be on view starting at Argyle and Sheridan and continuing south to Lawrence and North on Broadway to Argyle. Call (847) 668-1387; uptownbusinesspartners.com.
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Keep the Chinese New Year ringing with Cirque D’Or, featuring daring feats by the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets are $32. Call (847) 673-6300; www.centreeast.org.
IF THE SHOE FITS
The world-renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Vladimir Vasiliev’s choreographed take on the classic children’s fairy tale Cinderella tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. Tickets are $25-$75. Call (312) 334-7777; www.harristheaterchicago.org.
COME SAIL AWAY
The Strictly Sail Chicago show at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, docks at the pier’s Festival Ballrooms A and B today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now in its 14th year, the show features all of the latest boats, gear and accessories. Admission is $24 for a two-day pass, $12-$15 for daily. Children age 15 and under are free. Call (312) 595-5700; www.strictlysailchicago.com.
The last show of the 16-date January run by Buddy Guy will open Saturday night with steel-lap-totin’ Matt Hendricks and his grainy take on ragtime numbers. Hendricks will be followed by Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, who will unleash a bazooka assault of foot-stompin’, party blues, highlighted by chug-a-lug cuts about runaway trains and many an ode to the finer qualities of women. Then Guy, still going strong at age 72, promises to keep the dance floor hot, probably inviting both openers onstage to jam with him. Show time is 9:30 p.m. at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 754 S. Wabash. Tickets, $40. Call (312) 427-0333; www.buddyguys.com.
Slipknot, the greatest heavy metal band ever to come out of Des Moines, Iowa, rocks the Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, tonight. Opening acts for the 7 p.m. concert include Coheed and Cambria and Trivium. Tickets are $37.50-$45. Call (312) 559-1212; www.ticketmaster.com.
HELP HIM MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
Actor, composer, singer and political activist Kris Kristofferson displays all of his multifaceted talents at 8 tonight at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee in downtown Waukegan. Tickets are $35-$95. Call (312) 559-1212; www.ticketmaster.com.
The dark side of the moon appears to be well-lit at the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at 7:30 tonight and Saturday night at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $25.50-$27. The psychedelic rock band’s music will be the soundtrack to a trippy laser light show. Call (312) 923-2000; www.hob.com.
BeauSoleil mixes it up Cajun-style at the Old Town School of Folk Music with shows at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The Lafayette, La.-based group is composed of brothers Michael Doucet (fiddle, vocals) and David Doucet (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Breaux (accordion), Billy Ware (percussion), Tommy Alesi (percussion) and Mitchell Reed (bass, fiddle). Tickets are $21-$25. The venue is located at 4544 N. Lincoln. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtownschool.org.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
It will be a celebration of the spoken word Wednesday night at the Art Institute of Chicago, 230 S. Columbus, when public radio personalities Ira Glass (“This American Life”), Scott Simon (“Weekend Edition”) and Peter Sagal (“Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!”) present Chicago Public Radio’s Audible Feast at 8 p.m. The evening of storytelling also includes a pre-show seated dinner (6 p.m.) and/or wine reception (6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $75-$500. Call (312) 948-4717.
DON'T MISS IT
The Windy City Rollers women’s roller derby home opener is a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Saturday at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. The Manic Attackers will skate against the Double Crossers and Hell’s Belles will take on the Fury. Tickets are $20-$40. Visit www.windycityrollers.com.