The Suburbs This Weekend: Smashing Pumpkins, carving them, and Uggie the dog
The Suburbs This Weekend: Smashing Pumpkins and carving them, Uggie the dog and buffalo chicken lollipops are among choices by Sean and Richard for The Suburbs This Weekend.
Chicago's Smashing Pumpkins was arguably one of the top three bands of the alternative era, both artistically and commercially. (Nirvana and Pearl Jam being the other two.) Suburban native Billy Corgan and Co. combined the whimsy of psychedelia, the grandiosity of progressive rock and the hard edge of punk into a sound that was a huge hit on 1990s rock radio and in stadiums all over the world. The band's glory years are currently being examined via reissues of its classic albums, but don't think that the Pumpkins are resting on past laurels. Corgan has assembled a new version of the band, which released the album "Oceania" earlier this year, resulting in some of the best reviews the band has gotten since its Clinton-era heyday. See the new incarnation of the Pumpkins at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $60.50 after charges. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
EvenFlow Music & Spirits
302 W. State St., Geneva, (331) 248-0269, evenflowmusic.com
Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday
• Highlights: buffalo chicken lollipops, seared diver scallops and short ribs
• The chicken and waffles option includes four juicy legs served atop a fluffy waffle, both sweetened with a bit of honey
• Tuesdays: $2 Bottled Brews & Open Mic Night
• Wednesdays: $5 Kobe burgers
• This Friday: cover band XFactor. Saturday: The Rhythm Rockets
Uggie the author
Meet Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier star of the Academy Award-winning film "The Artist," as he and his trainer, Omar Von Muller, read from and autograph copies of their new book, "Uggie, My Story," at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Free admission for the reading program; those wanting the book signed must purchase a copy. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Join in a possible record-setting lighting of 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location during The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest in downtown Highwood. Take part in pumpkin carving, pumpkin bowling and other pumpkin-related activities, too. Other highlights include a costume contest, street vendors, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Free admission. There's a charge for some activities. For details, visit celebratehighwood.com. 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
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