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  • The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

      The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
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  • The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

      The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

  • Zola Jesus is set to perform at the Riverfront Theater in Chicago as part of Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements.

      Zola Jesus is set to perform at the Riverfront Theater in Chicago as part of Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements.

  • Bobby Womack will perform at the Riverfront Theater in Chicago as part of Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements.

      Bobby Womack will perform at the Riverfront Theater in Chicago as part of Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements.
    Associated Press

  • Singer/songwriter Becky Johnson will perform at the Norris Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21.

      Singer/songwriter Becky Johnson will perform at the Norris Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21.

  • Christian pop group Anthem Lights will appear at the Norris Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21.

      Christian pop group Anthem Lights will appear at the Norris Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21.

  • Take part in an Oakwood Cemetery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21.

      Take part in an Oakwood Cemetery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21.

  • George Lopez will appear Saturday, Sept. 22., at the Chicago Theatre.

      George Lopez will appear Saturday, Sept. 22., at the Chicago Theatre.

 
 

Tasting time
Two local breweries and more than 100 wines are part of the Daily Herald-sponsored Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival, which also includes artisanal cheeses, hors d'oeuvres, pastries and music from the Shawn Maxwell Trio Saturday surrounding the Waterleaf Restaurant at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $40-$45. Must be 21 or older to attend. (630) 942-6881 or waterleafrestaurant.com. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Riverside variety
The Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements is back with a variety of performers like Bobby Womack, Conor Oberst, Zola Jesus and Helado Negro appearing on bills with comedians like H. Jon Benjamin, Brian Babylon, Seaton Smith and more this weekend at the Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. $10-$30. riverfronttheater.com. 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23 (some shows begin at 5 p.m.)

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Christian pop
If you want some ministry with your music, then don't miss the Christian rock quartet Anthem Lights and singer/songwriter Becky Johnson at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. $18. (630) 584-7200 or norrisculturalarts.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

Finds for Fido
Leave your furry, feathered or scaly loved ones at home and go shopping for them at the Midwest Pet Expo this weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $6. (847) 680-7200 or petshowevents.com. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23

Grave tours
Costumed actors portray local (and late) historical figures as part of Saturday's Oakwood Cemetery Walk starting at Bowen Park, 1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. $3-$5. (847) 360-4740 or waukeganparks.org. Noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Marching orders
More than 20 high school marching bands from Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village and other towns compete in the 45th Annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival Saturday at Wheeling High School, 900 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling. $10; $7 students/seniors. (847) 718-7111 or wheelingbands.org. 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Bout times
Six championship belts are on the line in more than 20 fights as part of MMA Unleashed presented by the American Predator Fighting Championship Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $23-$63; $83 VIP seats. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Laughs for Lopez
Comedian and TV star George Lopez returns to standup for a Saturday night show at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $60.50-$68. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

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