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Let's Get Physical—from acrobatic & artistic shows to arm wrestling!

Winter in Chicagoland is heating up with an array of upcoming dance performances and athletic events.

The Peking Acrobats will perform one-show-only on Sunday, February 16 at 5 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre on 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora. Tickets are $25 for children 12 and younger; $35 for adults. To order, call 630-896-6666, or visit

Blue Man Group announces additional performances for Valentine’s weekend and President’s Day at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted Street. For a full show schedule, visit

The work of local choreographer Brock Clawson and international choreographers Alexander Ekman and Christopher Wheeldon is featured in the Joffrey Ballet's Contemporary Choreographers (February 12-23) at the Auditorium Theatre. Single tickets ($31 - $152) are available by telephone at 800-982-2787, or online at

As part of a 23-city U.S. tour, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs four Chicago premieres as well as classical favorites at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University from February 28 to March 9, 2014. Tickets ($32 – $92) are available online at, by calling 800-982-ARTS or visiting the box office on 50 E Congress Parkway.

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is hosting a series of hip hop events in February: France's Compagnie Kafig (also featuring Brazilian dancers) performs February 20-22, followed by Philadelphia's Raphael Xavier from February 27 to March 1. Also happening before and during these consecutive residencies is a collection of free events exploring hip hop and house music under the banner B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements. For more information, visit

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) will strut their stuff at CLLAW XVIII on Saturday, March 8 at Logan Square Auditorium on 2539 N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. Presented by Sideshow Theatre Company, tickets for CLLAW’s 18th bout are $10 with a cash bar available. Doors open at 10 p.m. with the first match beginning at 10:30 pm. To order, visit

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