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Touring behind his recently released “Soul,” (his sixth studio album), Seal (above) headlines at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $45-$75. Call (312) 902-1500; www.ticketmaster.com.

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The Fab Faux like to say their concerts are what watching the Beatles on tour would have been like if they had toured behind their later albums. This surprisingly complex tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. The Hogshead Horns and the Creme Tangerine Strings provide the musical depth the Beatles favored in their more complex recordings. Tickets are $59. Call (773) 929-1322; www.jamusa.com.

WESTERN SWING

Asleep at the Wheel, the country and western swing band founded in West Virginia in 1970, boasts nine Grammys and 20 studio albums over four decades of music making. The band, now at the center of the Austin, Texas, music scene, will perform at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. The Del Moroccos will open. Tickets are $26-$30. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtownschool.org.

IMPROV MADNESS!

The audience votes on which of the various improv teams battling for an $800 prize will move forward in an elimination tournament through April 25 at iO Chicago, 3541 N. Clark. This week’s $800 Cage Match will begin at midnight Saturday in the Cabaret Theater at iO. Tickets are $5. Call (773) 880-0199; www.ioimprov.com.

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

“Saturday Night Live” veteran Julia Sweeney rambles with intent, while singer/songwriter Jill Sobule (“Supermodel,” “I Kissed a Girl”) zings with her witty lyrics. Together they put on The Jill and Julia Show, a topical melange in its debut performance at 7:30 Friday at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway. Tickets are $25-$30. Call (773) 472-3492; www.lakeshoretheater.com.

TIE-DYE RULES

Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, who together were an evocative comedy component of the 1970s counterculture, bring their Light Up America Tour to the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee in downtown Waukegan, for 7:30 p.m. show Sunday. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50. Call (847) 263-6300; www.geneseetheatre.com.

READ A LITTLE, EAT A LITTLE

Author and Waukegan native Ray Bradbury is the subject of the 10th annual Edible Books Show & Tea on Wednesday at the Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan. Book lovers can enjoy the beauty of the creations from 6 to 7 p.m. and then help eat them from 7 to 8. Admission is $10. Chefs who enter an edible book get in free. Call (312) 369-6630; www.colum.edu/Book_and_Paper.

POSTER ART

“Aviation Posters: From Biplane to Jet Plane” will be the featured exhibition at the International Vintage Poster Fair, a world-class collection of advertisements from 1890 to 1990, today through Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. Cost is $15 for Saturday and Sunday; attendees younger than age 25 get in free. A preview party from 5 to 9 this evening is $45 and includes wine, snacks, a raffle and a lecture. Call (800) 856-8069; www.posterfair.com.

SHAKES IT UP

Josie Rourke, artistic director of London’s Bush Theatre, makes her Chicago debut directing “Twelfth Night” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand on Navy Pier. Shakespeare’s comedy, full of twists, features a cast led by CST stalwarts Scott Jaeck as Sir Toby Belch, Karen Aldridge as Olivia, Mark L. Montgomery as Orsino and Larry Yando (with Aldridge, above) as Malvolio. “Twelfth Night” begins Sunday and runs through June 7. Tickets are $44-$70. Call (312) 595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com.

DON’T MISS IT

Zanie’s in Vernon Hills, 230 Hawthorn Village Commons, is hosting A Comedy Recession Buster Show at 8 p.m. Thursday. It’s $10 for 10 comedians, with each comic presenting 10 minutes of material. Show time is 8 p.m. For a list of comedians and tickets, call (847) 549-6030; vernonhills.zanies.com.

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