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Sunday picks: What will Bill Maher say at the Genesee?

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  • Bill Maher gives his political perspective at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    Bill Maher gives his political perspective at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14.

  • German beer and food are part of the fun at Long Grove's annual Oktoberfest.

      German beer and food are part of the fun at Long Grove's annual Oktoberfest.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer/2009

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By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Politically minded
Outspoken political comedian Bill Maher, famed for his TV hosting gigs on "Politically Incorrect" and HBO's "Real Time," is bound to share his thoughts on the current election season in a performance Sunday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $39.50-$69.50. (847) 782-2366 or 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Be a sport
Head to the Kane County Sportsmen's Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Buy, sell, trade firearms, war souvenirs, Indian artifacts, books, Indian jewelry, clothing and much more. All local and state laws apply. $5 admission. Free parking. (815) 758-2773 or 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Horses, of course
The annual Danada Fall Festival celebrates all things equine at the Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Watch equestrian performances and a parade of breeds during continuous performances throughout the day, or enjoy hayrides, family activities like pumpkin painting and crafts, educational displays, food and more. Free admission; fees for some activities. (630) 668-6012. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Racing robots
Which locally made robot can race the fastest? And which robot can navigate through a maze the best? Find out when the Chibots Chicago Robotics Annual Robot Contest returns Sunday at the C&A Robot Factory, 326 Peterson Road, Libertyville. (847) 996-0123 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Oktoberfest in Long Grove
Long Grove's annual Oktoberfest includes a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, live music with a variety of German bands, folk dancing, German fare, hayrides, children's activities and more. Find it all in the historic downtown area, at Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove. Admission and parking are free. (847) 634-0888 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Fox Valley Oktoberfest
The 10th annual Fox Valley Oktoberfest takes place at the Batavia Riverwalk, Houston Street and Island Avenue, Batavia. Event features German food, music and more. Free admission. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

New arts hub
The University of Chicago's new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts makes its official public debut this weekend with the three-day Logan Launch Festival featuring a wide variety of music, theater and discussions at 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. The majority of programming is free. (773) 702-2787 or Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Heirloom Apple Fest
Costumed guides take guests back to the 19th century at the Heirloom Apple Fest at the Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. Watch demonstrations such as apple drying. Learn about 19th-century fare. Sample savory ciders prepared in an 1840s hearth and a Victorian wood-burning stove. $1-$2. Visit 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Chills in St. Charles
Fox Valley Repertory remounts its production of "The Woman in Black," Stephen Malatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost tale about a London lawyer who hires an actor to recount the lawyer's otherworldly experiences tending to the affairs of a deceased client at her secluded estate. Artist director John Gawlik directs the show, which reunites Alex Hugh Brown and Ron Rains, who starred in last year's production. See it at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $32, $42, dinner packages available. (630) 584-6342 or 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Chicago Brass Band
The Chicago Brass Band Players, a 10-member ensemble founded from the 30-piece Chicago Brass Band, presents a concert in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. The program includes a variety of selections from the Renaissance age through the 20th century. Free. (815) 479-7814 or go to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

'Genius in the Synagogue'
Chicago a cappella presents its "Genius in the Synagogue: A Musical Portrait of Max Janowksi" concert at the West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. The program features classical, Jewish selections by composer Janowski. Songs include some of his works for the high holidays, including "Sim Shalom." $12-$35 (additional $2 for each ticket purchased at the door). (773) 281-7820 or 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Boo at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo's "Creatures of the Night" brings out spooky and non-spooky events for families. Walk the Trail of Terror or ride The Haunted Tram through Zombieville. For younger children, there's a Crazed Maize, a Monster Mash Dance Party and more. Guests can also explore the zoo's temporary Xtreme BUGS exhibit at zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield. Activities are free with paid $8-$12 zoo admission. Free parking after 6 p.m. (708) 688-8000 or 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

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