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Weekend picks: Yo-Yo Ma closes out Ravinia season

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  • Yo-Yo Ma performs with The Knights at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday, Sept. 7.

      Yo-Yo Ma performs with The Knights at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday, Sept. 7.

  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band bring the Wrecking Ball Tour to Wrigley Field this weekend.

      Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band bring the Wrecking Ball Tour to Wrigley Field this weekend.
    Associated Press

  • Kenny Rogers is set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      Kenny Rogers is set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Emmett Malloy pours a glass of wine for a customer during last year's Festival of the Vine in Geneva. This year's fest starts Friday.

       Emmett Malloy pours a glass of wine for a customer during last year's Festival of the Vine in Geneva. This year's fest starts Friday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Rusted Root headlines Viper Alley in Lincolnshire on Friday, Sept. 7.

      Rusted Root headlines Viper Alley in Lincolnshire on Friday, Sept. 7.

  • See a variety of airborne performers including the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the "Wings Over Waukegan" air show.

      See a variety of airborne performers including the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the "Wings Over Waukegan" air show.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO BY GILBERT R. BOUCHER II/G

  • Comedian Paul Reiser brings the laughs to Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

      Comedian Paul Reiser brings the laughs to Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

  • Dogs and their human companions can spend time together this weekend at the annual Dog Days of Dundee event in West Dundee.

      Dogs and their human companions can spend time together this weekend at the annual Dog Days of Dundee event in West Dundee.

  • Historian and re-enactor Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" at the Naper Settlement in Naperville.

      Historian and re-enactor Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" at the Naper Settlement in Naperville.
    Courtesy of the Naper Settlement

  • Video: The Suburbs This Weekend: Sept. 7-9

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Closing Knights
The New York-based orchestra The Knights closes out the Ravinia Festival's 2012 summer season with some special star guests: cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and opera soprano Dawn Upshaw in three weekend concerts at 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10-$15 lawn tickets, $75 pavilion or Martin Theatre tickets. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. Yo-Yo Ma at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7; Itzhak Perlman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; and Dawn Upshaw at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Festival of the Vine
Sample a variety of wines at the Festival of the Vine, at Third and State streets, Geneva. Other events include an arts and crafts show, a flower market and a variety of food from local restaurants. Free; charge for wine and food tastings. Visit genevachamber.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Bartlett Heritage Days
The annual Bartlett Heritage Days in downtown Bartlett offers a plethora of activities including an antique fair and flea market, a baggo tournament, arts and crafts, historical re-enactments, pony rides, inflatable playgrounds, a carnival, food, concerts and more. Free admission; some activities require fees. (630) 924-4263 or bartlettheritagedays.com. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Fleming's bottle wars
Experience "Bottle Wars" every Friday in September at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 980 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. Rival wines are highlighted at four unique wine tastings. Each night, try eight to 10 wines for $25. On Friday, Sept. 7, the war is a "Pinot Smackdown," featuring pinot noirs from California's Central Coast competing against pinot noirs from Sonoma, Oregon and the Anderson Valley. (847) 793-0333 or flemingssteakhouse.com. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Wrecking Ball Tour
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will undoubtedly get the crowds rocking this weekend during two shows at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago. Tickets run $45-$103. (800) 843-2827. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8

Gamblin' man
Hear country star Kenny Rogers sing his hit songs from the 1970s and '80s like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands in the Stream" and more when he performs in concert at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Dwayne Perkins
Stand-up comedian Dwayne Perkins, recently seen on television's "Conan" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," headlines Zanies comedy club at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. Admission is $20, plus a two-item food/beverage minimum. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 9 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Kooky Judy
See how the nonsensical gets taken to new heights when award-winning comedian Judy Tenuta performs with guests Greg Glienna (a writer on "Meet the Parents") and host Alan Grafton this weekend at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway St., Chicago. $20-$35, plus a two-drink minimum purchase. (773) 327-3175 or laughfactory.com. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8

Rooted rock
Rusted Root, the Pittsburgh band famed for blending rock with roots music, performs with opening acts Mr. Blotto and Mike Himebaugh of Hello Dave at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. $30-$50; $75 meet-and-greet tickets. (847) 499-5000 or viper-alley.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

'Local' rock
Local H, the hard-rock band consisting of suburban natives Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair, has never been reluctant to play in the suburbs. The duo will perform Friday at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, just weeks away from the Sept. 18 release of its long-anticipated new record, "Hallelujah! I'm a Bum" (Slimstyle). The band has described the new record as a concept album that's responding to today's divided political climate. Lucas and St. Clair are known for their energetic live shows, and this show offers fans a chance to see them in a small setting. $13. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Vintage music collectors
Dig out that old record player from the attic and head to the Record and CD Show at the Best Western, 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg. Browse though and/or purchase records and CDs, with music from the 1950s to the present, DVDs, posters and celebrity autographs. Admission is $3. For information, call Bill at (847) 409-9656. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Flashy chassis
Expect to see plenty of custom and classic vehicles from decades past and recent years at the Cruzin' the Mills Car Show Saturday at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Parking Lot H, Gurnee. Free admission. (847) 23-7500 or gurneemills.com. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Dog Days of Dundee
Dogs and their human friends can spend time together at the Dog Days of Dundee festival at Randall Oaks Park, 17N350 Randall Road, West Dundee. The annual event includes contests, demonstrations, music, an Adoptable Pooch Pageant, free pet microchipping, rescue groups and specialty vendors. Dogs also can check out the doggy play area and agility area. Food, blankets and monetary donations will be accepted. Items will be given to local shelters and rescue groups. All pets must be on a leash, under control of the owner and current on all vaccinations including rabies. Free admission. (847) 428-7131 or dtpd.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Hot town, harvest in the city
Celebrate the harvest season at the historic Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. During Harvest Days, enjoy the conservatory's big backyard with numerous family-focused activities that include horse-drawn hay rides, corn husk crowns and crafts, worm picking and compost harvesting, live goats and chickens, honey harvesting and tasting from the conservatory's hives plus beekeeping demonstrations. There also will be live music and dance lessons, lawn games and cooking demos. Admission is $3, children ages 3 and younger admitted free. (773) 638-1766 or garfield-conservatory.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9

Wings Over Waukegan
The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds will show off their skills at the Wings Over Waukegan air show at the Waukegan Regional Airport, 3580 N. McAree Road, Waukegan. Other performers include the Navy F-18 Superhornet, Warbird planes and more. Tickets cost $10 for adults; free for kids younger than 12. (847) 244-0055 or wingsoverwaukegan.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Charity Corn Roast
Have fun for charitable causes at the Fourth Annual Charity Corn Roast at Prairie House Tavern, 2710 Main St., Buffalo Grove. The event features live music, games, raffles, cotton candy, a cookout and a corn roast. Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit organizations including the Placing Paws animal rescue group and the Remembrance Rescue Project for fallen firefighters. (847) 415-2255 or prairiehousetavern.com. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

'Tempest' hike
Theatre-Hikes brings Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle, in September. The play centers on Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan and a powerful sorcerer, who has been exiled on a remote island. There he works his magic, with the help of the sprite Ariel and the slave Caliban, to find a prince for his daughter and to regain his throne for himself. Thrisa Hodits directs the show, which features music by David Kornfeld of Underscore Theater Company. $8, $12 members; $13, $19 nonmembers. (630) 725-2066 or theatre-hikes.org or mortonarb.org. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-30

Mad about Paul
Comedian Paul Reiser is famed for TV sitcoms ("Mad About You," "My Two Dads"), films ("Beverly Hills Cop," "Aliens") and humorous books ("Couplehood," "Familyhood"). Catch him in a special standup comedy appearance Saturday at Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Turkish delight
It's not exactly the courtyard of Topkapi Palace, but Daley Plaza, at 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, makes a fine open-air setting for the 10th annual Chicago Turkish Festival. There will be demonstrations of Turkish art, film, dance, music and food and a chance to learn a bit about the history, culture, heritage and cuisine of the Asian-European country. Watch performances of Turkish folk dances and authentic Turkish music, demonstrations of silk carpet weaving, paper marbling and calligraphy and more. Free admission. (847) 722-3884 or chicagoturkishfestival.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 9-12

Fast and the curious
More than 60 high-performance, vintage and newer model Ferraris will be on display at the Ferraris in the Loop event outside the Italian Village restaurant, at Monroe Street between Clark and Dearborn streets, Chicago. The 85-year-old restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Italian feast, along with live music and special activities just for the bambinos. Tickets cost $30; kids 5 and younger admitted free. (312) 332-7005. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Cornfest
Head out to an old-fashioned family picnic at the Cornfest celebration at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. The fest features plenty of fare, including pies, taffy apples and corn. Other highlights include games, races and music. Free admission. Tickets are required for food and some activities. (630) 655-2090 or grauemill.org. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Tom Chapin & Friends
Tom Chapin & Friends play a variety of music in a kids' concert in the pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10; lawn $5. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

'A Change in the Air'
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra opens its 63rd season with its "A Change in the Air" concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Pianist Joyce Yang performs and guest conductor and ESO music director finalist Dorian Wilson leads the orchestra. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

BG Singers
The Buffalo Grove Park District's BG Singers present their "Platinum" concert in the performing arts center at Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets are $16-$17 in advance; $20 at the door. Visit bigdealproductions.org or call Lindsay at (847) 850-2132. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

'Mr. Madison's War'
Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" in the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. The program is part of the "History Speaks" lecture series. For all ages. Tickets cost $5-$6 in advance; $6-$7 at the door. (630) 420-6010 or napersettlement.museum. 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

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