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  • Joshua Whitaker competed in bronco riding during a previous edition of the IPRA Rodeo hosted by the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Oaks rodeo grounds.

       Joshua Whitaker competed in bronco riding during a previous edition of the IPRA Rodeo hosted by the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Oaks rodeo grounds.
    Daily Herald file photo | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Baur's sculpture "Mainstay" is featured in the exhibit "Rugged Elegance" at Fermilab in Batavia.

      Mike Baur's sculpture "Mainstay" is featured in the exhibit "Rugged Elegance" at Fermilab in Batavia.

  • Kevin Costner will perform in concert with Modern West at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      Kevin Costner will perform in concert with Modern West at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Associated Press

  • American Girl doll fans can set sail as part of The American Girl Dinner & Chicago's First Lady River Cruise in Chicago on select Sundays this summer.

      American Girl doll fans can set sail as part of The American Girl Dinner & Chicago's First Lady River Cruise in Chicago on select Sundays this summer.

  • ComedySportz competitors from Europe and the United States converge on Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre for the ComedySportz World Championships from Wednesday, July 18, through Saturday, July 21.

      ComedySportz competitors from Europe and the United States converge on Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre for the ComedySportz World Championships from Wednesday, July 18, through Saturday, July 21.

  • Barbara Cook performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, July 15.

      Barbara Cook performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, July 15.

  • Barry Manilow comes to the the Chicago Theatre through Saturday, July 14.

      Barry Manilow comes to the the Chicago Theatre through Saturday, July 14.
    Associated Press

 
 

Bronco busters
See routines by the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team or watch rodeo events like saddle bronco riding and steer roping at the 49th Annual IPRA Wauconda Rodeo this weekend at Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds, Route 12 and Case Road, Wauconda. $15; $6 kids. (847) 526-5580 or visit waucondarodeo.com. 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14; 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15

He writes the songs ...
Pop singer/songwriter/producer Barry Manilow continues his run of three Windy City concerts (rescheduled from last February after a medical postponement) this weekend at Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $24.99-$224.99. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14

Nosh central
Get a sampling of food from the area's top restaurants at the 11th Annual Taste of Lincolnshire this weekend at Village Green, Olde Half Day Road and Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. Cash sales for food with tickets for the beer tent and kid's game area. (847) 793-2409 or lincolnshirechamber.org. 4 and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15

Rocking Costner
Academy Award winner Kevin Costner ("Dances With Wolves") shows off his rock 'n' roll skills by teaming up with the band Modern West in concert on Saturday at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$225. (888) 695-0888 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14

Classical Cook
Broadway veteran Barbara Cook ("The Music Man," "Sondheim on Sondheim") celebrates her 85th birthday by singing in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman on Sunday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10 lawn tickets, $50-$95 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15

Dolls ahoy
Parents, daughters and their favorite American Girl dolls are the target audience for The American Girls Dinner & Chicago's First Lady River Cruise on select Sundays with a dinner starting at 835 N. Michigan Ave., then at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, Chicago. $70 (reservations required). (877) 247-5223 or cruisechicago.com. 5:30 p.m. Sundays on July 15, 29, Aug. 5 and 12

Weighty art
Artists Mike Baur and Stephen Mueller combine their sculptural efforts in steel, concrete and other mediums for the exhibit "Rugged Elegance," starting Tuesday atthe Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. No charge. (630) 840-2787 or fnal.gov. Exhibit runs from Tuesday, July 17, to Friday, Sept. 14; artist reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20

K.O. comedy
Competitive ComedySportz from across the United States and Europe converge together starting Wednesday for the four-day ComedySportz World Championship at theAthenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $25; $110 festival pass. (773) 935-6875 or athenaeumtheatre.org. 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 18-20; 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21

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