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Sunday picks: Be inspired at SOFA Chicago 2012

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  • Lino Tagliapietra's "Fenice," represented by the Schantz Galleries, is one of the objects featured in the SOFA Chicago 2012 at Navy Pier.

      Lino Tagliapietra's "Fenice," represented by the Schantz Galleries, is one of the objects featured in the SOFA Chicago 2012 at Navy Pier.

  • See a variety of miniature military figurines at Cantigny's Toy Soldier Show.

      See a variety of miniature military figurines at Cantigny's Toy Soldier Show.
    Courtesy of Cantigny

  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is set to perform at Zanies locations in Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont.

      Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is set to perform at Zanies locations in Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Video: The Suburbs This Weekend: Nov. 2

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Objects d'art
The international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 displays masterworks of contemporary and modern art and design, sculpture and more for purchase this weekend at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. $15 single-day admission. (312) 587-7632 or sofaexpo.com. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Small soldiers
An estimated 20 miniatures dealers display and sell their products at Cantigny's Toy Soldier Show in the visitors center at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Guests can see the works of dealers who make and paint toy figures, both military and civilian. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle ($2 before 10 a.m.). (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Pizza showdown
Who makes Palatine's best pizza? Decide for yourself Sunday at the annual pizza showdown hosted by the Palatine Jaycees. More than 20 Palatine-area pizza restaurants, including Artistic Cuisine, Papa Saverios, Slice of Chicago, Pizza Bella and Vini's Pizza, will put their pies and reputations on the line at Durty Nellie's Bar and Grill, 120 N. Smith St., Palatine. A $10 donation gets you samples and a ballot. Find out more at (847) 604-0288 or palatinejaycees.org. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Pumpkins away!
See how physics and pumpkins combine at the Annual Pumpkin Drop at Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Free to view. (847) 566-0650 or mundeleinparks.org. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

'Fuddy Meers'
See "Fuddy Meers," David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy about a woman who wakes every day with her memory erased, at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Show is for mature audiences. $10-$13. (630) 406-8838 or albrighttheatre.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Painterly music
Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and the U.S. premiere of Michael Daugherty's Georgia O'Keefe-inspired "Ghost Ranch" are featured in Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts this weekend under conductor Steven Jarvi at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $18-$68. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Opposites attract
To borrow a line from the TV sitcom inspired by Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple": can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Audiences find out when Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, revives the classic 1960s comedy under artistic director BJ Jones. Chicago-area theater veteran Marc Grapey and Tim Kazurinsky star as the mismatched roommates in a production that also features 1979 Second City alumni Danny Breen and Bruce Jarchow. Tickets cost $25-$72. (847) 673-6300 or northlight.org. Previews at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The show opens Friday, Nov. 9.

Unconventional affair
The itinerant Guild Theater opens its 2012-2013 season with David Harrower's "Blackbird," about a 27-year-old woman who seeks out the now 55-year-old man who went to prison for sexually abusing her when she was 12. David Schaplowsky and Jocelyn Adamski star in the adults-only show at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin. $15. (847) 297-6365 or theguildtheater.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Classical Sunday
The Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra presents a classical concert featuring works by Brahms, Sibelius and Shostakovich at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $36-$75. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Northbrook Symphony
The Northbrook Symphony presents its "Eastern European Folk Fest" concert at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts at Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Visit thenso.org. Tickets are $25-$45 for adults; children and students (with an ID) are $8. (847) 272-0755. 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Oh Gilbert!
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried may have been fired as the voice of the Aflac duck, but you can't stop him from doing standup. Catch him at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. zanies.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Folkloric fest
Cultura Festival 2012, which features regional folklore from Mexico and flamenco from Spain with performances by award-winning folkloric groups, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Folkloric Ballet and Soul & Duende Flamenco, takes over the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets cost $10-$20. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

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