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Best bets: Dancers channel nature in 'Botanica'

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  • The acclaimed modern dance troupe Momix performs Moses Pendleton's "Botanica" at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

      The acclaimed modern dance troupe Momix performs Moses Pendleton's "Botanica" at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

  • St. Charles-based teen band The Giving Moon performs at the House of Blues in Chicago as part of the IamFest Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Aug. 25.

      St. Charles-based teen band The Giving Moon performs at the House of Blues in Chicago as part of the IamFest Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Aug. 25.

  • Comedian Bryan Callen appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Bryan Callen appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • The Chicago Bandits' pitcher Monica Abbott fires into home plate for the team's home opener from earlier this year in Rosemont.

       The Chicago Bandits' pitcher Monica Abbott fires into home plate for the team's home opener from earlier this year in Rosemont.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Wailers perform reggae at Bands in the Sand IV at Sideouts in Island Lake.

      The Wailers perform reggae at Bands in the Sand IV at Sideouts in Island Lake.

 
 

Nimble nature
Modern dance mixes with mind-bending illusions based upon nature's flora when the acclaimed dance troupe Momix performs choreographer Moses Pendleton's "Botanica" this Thursday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10 lawn tickets, $45 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28

Go Bandits!
Cheer on the Chicago Bandits at the National Pro Fastpitch Championship this weekend at the new Ballpark at Rosemont, 27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont. $5-$15 per game. Package pricing available. (615) 232-2900 or profastpitch.com. Games at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 (more games will be scheduled as necessary)

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Manly laughs
Expect plenty of testosterone-fueled laughs when comedian Bryan Callen ("The Hangover," "The Hangover II") brings "The Man Class Tour" this weekend to the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $19-$22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26

The young ones
Catch the St. Charles-based teen band The Giving Moon this Saturday at the Independent Arts and Music Festival (IamFest) at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $17-$22. (800) 745-3000 or battle.iamfest.com. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

Bands on sands
Bands like The Guys, Scott Wesley Band, Second Hand Smoke and The Wailers are all on the bill this Saturday for Bands in the Sand IV at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake. $5. (847) 526-7174 or sideouts.com. 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

Symphonic breeze
Broadway favorites and light classics will be played by The Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago at a Summer Breeze Concert scheduled this Saturday at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

Golf for veterans
Help support The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans this Sunday by joining the Golf Outing and Texas BBQ fundraiser at Klein Creek Golf Club, 1N633 Pleasant Hill Road, Winfield. $125 individual golfer; $500 golf party of four; $50 dinner-only reservation. (630) 871-8387 or helpaveteran.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26

Lions and lagers
Eye the animals as you try 40 craft beers offered by 14 breweries this Sunday at the new Zoo Brew event at Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st St., Brookfield. $45 per person; $25 designated drivers. (708) 688-8000 or czs.org. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26

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