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  • Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011.

      Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011.
    Daily Herald file photo by George LeClaire/gleclai

  • A sculpture by Nikki Renee Anderson is part of the joint art show "Transformative Visions" shared with fellow artist Joanna Mortreux at the College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

      A sculpture by Nikki Renee Anderson is part of the joint art show "Transformative Visions" shared with fellow artist Joanna Mortreux at the College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

  • A young golden retriever waits patiently for her chance to walk in a previous edition of the Bark for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      A young golden retriever waits patiently for her chance to walk in a previous edition of the Bark for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.
    Daily Herald file photo by Bill Zars/bzars@dailyhe

  • Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.

      Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.
    Courtesy Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle

  • Ragtime pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson is set to perform at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills on Saturday, Aug. 18.

      Ragtime pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson is set to perform at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills on Saturday, Aug. 18.

  • Soprano Susanna Phillips performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a concert staging of Mozart's opera seria "Idomeneo" at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre in Highland Park.

      Soprano Susanna Phillips performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a concert staging of Mozart's opera seria "Idomeneo" at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre in Highland Park.

  • Marc Anthony teams up with Chayanne and Marco A. Solis for the tour Gigantes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 19.

      Marc Anthony teams up with Chayanne and Marco A. Solis for the tour Gigantes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 19.

  • Christian Denice stars in "Dance for Life." The 21st anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 18, and returns to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

      Christian Denice stars in "Dance for Life." The 21st anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 18, and returns to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
    Photo courtesy of Sandro

  • Victoria Jaiani appears in "Dance for Life." The 21st anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 18, and returns to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

      Victoria Jaiani appears in "Dance for Life." The 21st anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 18, and returns to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
    Photo courtesy of Sandro

 
 

Million at 30
Cheer on the jockeys and horses at the 30th running of the Arlington Million this Saturday at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $16-$105. (847) 870-7223 or arlingtonpark.com. 12:25 p.m. post time Saturday, Aug. 18

Seer sculptures
Artists Nikki Renee Anderson and Joanna Mortreux team up for the exhibit "Transformative Visions" starting today at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Free admission. (847) 543-2240 or gallery.clcillinois.edu. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 21; reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24

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Mozart seria
Mozart's early opera seria work "Idomeneo" receives an intimate concert staging by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with singers like Richard Croft, Susanna Phillips, Morris Robinson and more this weekend at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $80 reserved; $10 lawn seating. $90 ticket and dining package. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Dance for Life
The Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Streed Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ron de Jesus Dance are participating companies in the HIV/AIDS prevention and services fundraiser concert Dance for Life Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $50-$75 performance only; $175-$500 gala reception (at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) and premiere seating. (312) 431-2357 or danceforlifechicago.com. 5 p.m. gala reception; 8 p.m. performance Saturday, Aug. 18

Ragtime revival
Modern day ragtime composer and pianist Reginald Robinson performs as part of the Sanfilippo Foundation Summer Concert Series this Saturday at the Sanfilippo Estate, 789 Plum Tree Road, Barrington Hills. $65. placedelamusique.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

A voice legend
After making waves last year with his famed "Duets II" album and in anticipation of a "Viva Duets" album this year, living legend-singer Tony Bennett returns again this Saturday to the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $28-$33 lawn tickets, $91 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

Dogs for a cause
The American Cancer Society Bark For Life returns again this Sunday to the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. There's a one-mile walk with your dog, plus contests and games afterward. $25 preregistration fee per dog, plus donation commitment. (888) 732-7784 or barkforlifenws.com or searscentre.com. 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Triple Latin bill
Lovers of modern Latin music won't want to miss the concert Gigantes since Marc Anthony, Chayanne & Marco A. Solis all share the same bill this Sunday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $56-$176. $20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

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