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Characters welcome: Anime Central 2013, the Midwest's largest convention for fan

May 18, 2013

YellowBrix

Characters welcome: Anime Central 2013, the Midwest's largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga, returns for a weekend-long bash at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 692-2222 or . Runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Wonders of the cosmos: "Cosmic Wonder" is a new show at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, that tells the story of how humans have pieced together an understanding of the cosmos. Premium Pass costs $28 for adults; $26 for seniors and students with ID; and $22 for children (ages 3-11). (312) 922-7827 or . Runs through April 1, 2014. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19

Fit fair: Scale a 25-foot rock wall or balance on a paddle board during JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center, at Lies Road and Gary Avenue, Carol Stream. Free admission; select events require a registration fee. (630) 784-6100 or . 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Greek fare galore: Dig in to a wide variety of Greek fare at the Spring Greek Food Festival at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora. Free admission. (630) 851-6106 or . Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Starry skating: More than 275 skaters celebrate the movies in the Glenview Ice Center's 40th anniversary ice show titled "Hollywood, Skate of Fame" at 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. $6. (847) 724-2800 or . 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

'Peter Pan': Take the family to see the classic 1953 animated Disney film "Peter Pan" on a giant outdoor screen at Pirates Cove theme park, 901 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village. Free for adults; $6 for resident children; $8 for nonresident children. (847) 439- 2683. Rides and events begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18; movie starts at 8 p.m.

Last chance for 'Trumbo': 's terrific production of "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted" -- an epistolary dramedy about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo -- closes Sunday at COD's Building K Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets cost $25-$33. (630) 942-4000 or . 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Broadway cabaret: Broadway touring veteran Jason Forbach ("Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera") performs his show "A New Leading Man" in an intimate cabaret concert at North Central College's Madden Theater, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $20; $15 students/seniors. (630) 637-7469 or . 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19

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