Weekend picks: Bob Dylan headlines United Center, Alan Jackson at Sears Centre tonight
Bob and his band
Legendary rocker Bob Dylan comes to town for the Bob Dylan and His Band concert at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $50-$129.50. (800) 745-3000. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Alan Jackson, the wildly popular country singer-songwriter, will make a special stop at the Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. He's touring behind his latest album, "Thirty Miles West," which came out in June. If you're a country fan, don't miss this chance to see one of the genre's heavyweights in a comfortable setting. David Nail and Casey James open. $37 to $77. Go to searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Arts and crafts galore
More than 50 artists from the Midwest display and sell a selection of handcrafted items for autumn and the holiday season at The Grove's Arts & Craft Faire at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. $5 for adults; $1 for children, ages 12 and younger. (847) 299-6096 or groveartscraftfaire.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11
Among the many community parades and ceremonies to commemorate Veterans Day this weekend, perhaps one of the most moving is the annual Luminary Display to honor American soldiers featuring 2,200 candles on display. Contemplate the sacrifices veterans have made to the country at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free admission on Friday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 11. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. Sunset to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
'Dragons' in Rosemont
Dragon tribes take part in a circus tournament as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "Dragons" at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $13. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com or allstatearena.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
She's a TV regular on "Chelsea Lately" on E! and on Tru TV's "World's Dumbest," but you can see comedian Christina Pazsitzky in person this weekend when she performs her stand-up routine at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $17-$19 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Drury Lane revives 'Rain'
The stage adaptation of the beloved movie musical "Singin' in the Rain" comes to Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Sean Palmer ("Sex and the City") plays silent movie star Don Lockwood, who falls in love with chorus girl Kathy Selden (Jenny Guse) just as the talkies take over Hollywood. Matthew Crowle ("Spamalot") co-stars as Don's best pal Cosmo and choreographs such popular production numbers as "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Morning" among others. $35-$46. (630) 530-0111 or drurylaneoakbrook.com. Previews at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9; 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Celebrating 'The Hobbit'
Celebrate the 75th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit," along with its main character, Bilbo Baggins, at the Hobbit Anniversary Party at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Event includes trivia, balloons and all kinds of Hobbit activities. Free. No registration is required. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Browse through a world market of unique gifts, housewares, jewelry and more at the Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free admission (to the bazaar only, not to museum exhibits). (847) 967-4800 or ilholocaustmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11
'Harry the Dirty Dog'
Family members of all ages are invited to a musical performance of "Harry the Dirty Dog" at the Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Free admission. Space is limited; registration required. Call (224) 543-1486, or go to calendar.vapld.info. Guests can also register in person at the library. 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Be a part of the audience for a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" with guests like Peter Sagal ("Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me"), Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn and more at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $42-$67. (800) 982-2787or auditoriumtheatre.org. 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Let there be lights
The annual Symphony in Lights holiday show lights up the Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. The display features more than 250,000 lights, along with recorded music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Free admission. Visit thepromenadebolingbrook.com. Show begins at dusk nightly from Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Dec. 31. Every hour on the hour until 9 p.m.
Blues Bar's style
Catch Suite Molly Seven at Blues Bar, 2 W. Busse Ave., Mount Prospect, on Saturday and enjoy $12 domestic buckets. Other daily specials include $5 wines by the glass on Mondays, $3.50 premium bottles on Tuesdays, $2.50 domestic bottles on Wednesdays, $4 craft bottles on Thursdays and select bombs for $5 on Fridays. (847) 788-9977 or blues-bar.com. Saturday, Nov. 10
British band Uriah Heep has been at it for more than 40 years. The group developed a devoted following for its unique sound, which combines arty elements of progressive rock — keyboards, soaring vocals — with the guitar and rhythms of heavy metal. Uriah Heep's latest record, "Into the Wild," came out in 2011. The band will play at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $22. Go to durtynellies.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
The Elgin Choral Union performs a concert of "Sacred Connections" by composers like Handel, Faure and more with guest soprano Catalina Cuervo and composer Elbio Barilari at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $5-$23. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Myths & reality
Fans of those hands-on experimenters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery series "MythBusters" won't want to miss their arena show "MythBusters: Behind the Myths" Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $37-$177. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge rocks out with her 4th Street Feeling Tour Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $38-$103. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Legend as legend
Mary Wilson of The Supremes pays tribute to another pioneering 20th-century African-American entertainer by starring in James Gavin's "Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project." Catch this show at two locations: College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $27-$38 adults; $26-$37 seniors; $15 teens. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. Then at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $45-$50. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Grayslake, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Naperville
'Pippin' with a twist
Circle Theatre puts an international spin on the Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson musical "Pippin," about a young prince searching for meaning and fulfillment who instead encounters betrayal and disappointment. Director/choreographer Kevin Bellie re-imagines the show as a "Bollywood spectacular." Ryan Brewster serves as music director. See it at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. $15-$30. (708) 660-9542 or circle-theatre.org. Preview at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Realist Pennsylvanian painter Larry Holmes explores man's place in the animal world in his exhibit "Hear No Evil" starting Sunday at North Central College's Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. Free admission. (630) 637-5300 or northcentralcollege.edu. Exhibit runs Sunday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Jan. 10
The Elmhurst Symphony teams up with the District 205 Brass Players for the concert "Heroic Beethoven," which features the world premiere of Terry Everson's piece "Fanfare for Elmhurst" at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. $29; $27 seniors; $7 students. (630) 941-0202 or elmhurstsymphony.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
For Those Who Serve concert
The Mount Prospect Community Band presents its For Those Who Serve concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect. The program features patriotic music, honoring America's military veterans. As part of the program, 94-year-old Mount Prospect resident and World War II veteran Bob Johns narrates a piece titled, "Till Men No Longer Die in War." Tickets are $7 in advance and are available at the RecPlex at 420 Dempster St., Mount Prospect. Tickets are $9 at the door. (847) 486-9600. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Peace for Veterans Day performance
Traditional and contemporary selections are part of the Peace for Veterans Day concert at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Performers include violinist Katherine Hughes, pianist Peter Saltzman, soprano Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak and many others. Freewill offering accepted. Donations will benefit the Hands of Peace organization. (847) 724-2210, ext. 51, or visit gccucc.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Abraham and Franklin
Max Daniels portrays Abraham Lincoln and R.J. Lindsey portrays Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "FDR & Lincoln Together: America in Crisis," in the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. The two "presidents" appear together to discuss their times of challenge. Moderator Donna Daniels guides the presentation with questions pertaining to Pearl Harbor, Fort Sumter and other issues involving the role of government. For all ages. $5-$6 in advance; $6-7 on day of presentation. (630) 420-6010 or napersettlement.museum. 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Chicago Master Singers
The Chicago Master Singers present a classical program at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny. $28-$48. (800) 595-4849 or chicagomastersingers.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
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