• The final weekend at Ravinia features a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Friday, Sept. 7, accompanied by the New York ensemble known as The Knights. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Reserved seats in the pavilion go for $75, lawn seats go for $15. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
• "The Gambler" is coming to the suburbs! The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles hosts An Evening with Kenny Rogers this Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets go for $69-$125. Call (630) 962-7000 or visit the Arcada's website for more information or to purchase tickets.
• See 46 teams of amateur and professional chefs compete at the fourth annual Backyard BBQ Cook-Off in downtwon Glen Ellyn. The event, at 500 N. Main Street, runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and includes food vendors and a bags tournament (11:45 a.m., $30 per team). Click here for more information.
• You've seen him on the small screen in "Mad About You," the big screen in "Aliens," and this Saturday, Sept. 8, you can see him live at Zanies Rosemont. Actor, comedian and now author Paul Reiser will do a stand-up set at the club, 5437 Park Place, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus a two-item food or drink minimum. Call (847) 813-0484 or visit Zanies' website for more information.