The weather forecast indicates it’s gonna be a crisp fall weekend in Chicago. Which only means there’s a lotta cool stuff to check out around town. Here are our picks:
Pop songstress Ariana Grande headlines the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Prince Royce is also on the bill. Tickets, $20-$79.50. Visit ticketmaster.com
The world-renowned UniverSoul Circus, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is back in Chicago with a lineup that includes a host of acts from Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, China, Ecuador, Guinea, Colombia, Ethiopia and the United States. The fun runs through Oct. 18 at Washington Park. For show times and ticket prices, visit Ticketmaster.com
LYRICAL FAIRY TALE
Chicago’s Lyric Opera’s production of Rossini’s “Cinderella” (“La Cenerentola”) opens Sunday at 2 p.m. with performances through Oct. 30. The production stars mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee and Alessandro Corbelli. Tickets: $52-$142. Visits lyricopera.org
FILMS FROM THE VAULTS
This year’s preserved 35mm selections fromthe UCLA Film & Television Archive unspool in a festival continuing through Oct. 31. Kicking off the series this weekendisJohn Ford’s “The Long Voyage Home” (1940), setting Eugene O’Neill’s one-act plays on a World War II freighter. John Wayne stars. 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ucla2015
SHUTTER TO THINK
Photographer Tyler Shields rattled the fashion world in 2012 when he torched and chainsawed a $100,000 Birkin handbag for a photo shoot with Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca. It was part of an ongoing series of provocative images from Shields, who will hold his first Chicago show Friday and Saturday at a pop-up space at 2107 W. Irving Park.
JOLIET COUNTRY JAM
“Nashville Star” winner Chris Young (“The Man I Want to Be”) headlines a Saturday country music concert at Joliet Memorial Stadium that also includesJana Kramer, Michael Ray and Stephen Neal. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets: jolietpark.org.
TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREET
For the first time in history, the Super Crown World Championship is being held in Chicago. The ISF-sanctioned skateboarding finals will take place starting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine.Eight competitors will be going for the $200,000 prize: Luan Oliveira, Nyjah Huston, Kelvin Hoefler, Chaz Ortiz, Paul Rodriguez, Shane O’Neill, Cody McEntire and Chris Cole. Tickets, $20-$180, are available at Ticketmaster or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For complete info, visit StreetLeague.com.