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  • Max McLean stars in "The Screwtape Letters," which tours back to the Chicago area at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, May 19.

      Max McLean stars in "The Screwtape Letters," which tours back to the Chicago area at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, May 19.

  • The painting "Petro-Canada" is part of the exhibit "Bill Frederick: Here Comes Trouble" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

      The painting "Petro-Canada" is part of the exhibit "Bill Frederick: Here Comes Trouble" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

  • "Almost Elton John & The Rocket Band" plays at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.

      "Almost Elton John & The Rocket Band" plays at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.

  • Singer/songwriter k.d. lang will headline Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, May 18.

      Singer/songwriter k.d. lang will headline Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, May 18.
    Associated Press

  • Comedian Loni Love will perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Loni Love will perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of Dan Dion

  • Country legend Bonnie Raitt performs with Marc Cohen for two performances at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20.

      Country legend Bonnie Raitt performs with Marc Cohen for two performances at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20.

  • Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a special performance at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

      Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a special performance at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.
    Courtesy of Hans van der Woerd

 
 

Devil's work
Fans of author C.S. Lewis won't want to miss the return of "The Screwtape Letters," a highly successful stage adaptation of the novella where Satan's top psychiatrist and a creature secretary correspond with an apprentice demon. Get tempted twice on Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $29-$59; $89 premium seats. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Painterly dread
Bill Frederick: Here Comes Trouble features works by a Chicago artist preoccupied with friends, family and a nagging sense of dread. See Frederick's works starting Friday at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Free admission. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu. 7 to 9 p.m. opening reception Friday, May 18; exhibit runs through Friday, June 29

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Elton in excess
Those who missed the big and flashy 1970s heyday of British rocker Elton John can relive some of his outlandish stage shows when performer Craig A. Meyer stars in "Almost Elton John & the Rocket Band" at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $31.50. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 18

k.d. lang live
Canadian country and rock star k.d. lang teams up with the Siss Boom Bang Band at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $36-$76. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 18

America's sister
If you've loved comedian Loni Love on TV shows like "Chelsea Lately" or "Worst Week," then catch her this weekend live at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19-$22. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 18; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 19; and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20

Greek cuisine
Local Greek restaurants gather for the 3rd Annual Taste of Greece event Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1400 N. O'Plaine Road, Libertyville. Free admission, but tickets are required for food items. (224) 513-5530 or saintdemetrioslibertyville.com. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19

A lot of country
Country legends Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohen perform on the same bill for two weekend concerts at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.50-$75. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20

CSO at NCC
The world famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns for a third engagement at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the CSO in such works as Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto. $125-$150. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19

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