Weekend picks: Last night for The Who at Allstate
The legendary rock band The Who will play their double album "Quadrophenia" in its entirety plus some of their classics at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets cost $39.50-$129.50. Parking is $20. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Call them crazy, but five actors from the local improv troupe K.C. Redheart will perform improvised comedy for 30 hours nonstop (with guests from other comedy troupes) to benefit children's literacy as part of The Playground Improv Marathon at the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $5-$10 per hourlong show; $25 for a full 30-hour pass to benefit the Illinois Coalition of Reach Out and Read. (773) 871-3793 or the-playground.com. 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, through 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck to help Wauconda celebrate the season at the Wauconda Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival event at the Wauconda Park District, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda. Families can hear stories, make crafts, play games and take pictures with Santa. Free. (847) 526-3610 or waucondaparks.com. 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Liza times 3
About Face Theatre celebrates the holiday season with the world premiere of "We Three Lizas," a musical by Scott Bradley (book and lyrics) and Alan Schmuckler (music and lyrics) about Conrad and Reggie, who wish for youth, wealth and beauty and wind up with Liza Minnelli bearing holiday gifts. Danielle Plisz plays Liza Then and Bradley plays Liza Now in the production, which includes a preshow "cocktail hour" featuring guest artists. See it at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $25. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. Previews: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1; opening performances: 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
Nutcrackers of the week
This weekend sees the addition of two contrasting approaches to Tchaikovsky's classic Christmastime ballet, one seen on a national scale and one that's locally produced. On the local side, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble presents its take on "The Nutcracker" at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $26; $18 students/seniors. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. The touring Moscow Ballet brings its "Great Russian Nutcracker" to the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $26-$85.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 9 in Schaumburg; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Rosemont
Lewis at Zanies
Veteran standup and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" regular Richard Lewis, who for decades has mined his own neuroses for comic gold and who Mel Brooks reportedly described as the "Franz Kafka of modern day comedy," headlines Rosemont's Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, this weekend. The author of several books, including his 2000 memoir "The Other Great Depression," Lewis also appeared in the film "Vamps" released earlier this month. $30, plus a two item food or beverage minimum. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Ray LaMontagne brings his rock/acoustic/solo show to the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago, this weekend. Tickets cost $49.50-$69.50. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Feeling nostalgic for the music of the 1990s? Then go to Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, this weekend for '90s Night, which will include tributes to such Clinton-era heroes as Sublime, the Beastie Boys, Weezer and 311. $7. Go to durtynellies.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
'A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas'
See the 2011 holiday film "A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas" at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The film, starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is rated R. Admission is $5 (3-D glasses are free). Visit classiccinemas.com. Screening at midnight Friday, Nov. 30
Native American art
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian hosts a Native American Holiday Bazaar at the museum's Central Street building, 3009 Central St., Evanston. Native American artists from across the Midwest will display and sell their traditional, handmade works including drawings, beadwork, corn husk dolls, pottery, children's quilts and more. Admission to bazaar is $5 for adults (includes admission to the museum). Free for kids 12 and younger and for museum members. (847) 475-1030 or mitchellmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
Help raise funds for local food pantries and other meal programs by taking part in Empty Bowls at Oakton sponsored by the Ceramics Club at Oakton. Buy a ceramic bowl Saturday at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. $14 (includes handcrafted bowl, soup and bread). (847) 635-1699 or oakton.edu. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Claws and Claus
Guests can visit with Santa Claus and get up-close views of some of the Willowbrook Wildlife Center's raptor residents at the Talons and Claus Open House at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Other options include crafts, refreshments and horse-drawn carriage rides (weather permitting). Free admission. Note: Guests can purchase a photo CD or a print photo of their visit with Santa for $10. Proceeds from the photos will aid the wildlife center's rehabilitation efforts. (630) 942-6200 or dupageforest.org. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Find out more about the weeklong African heritage celebration of Kwanzaa with a special Pre-Kwanzaa Demonstration and Marketplace at College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus, 111 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Free admission. (847) 543-2191 or jlc.clcillinois.edu. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Candlelight at the Inn
Experience the tradition of winter visits with neighbors, as practiced by families in the 1800s, at the Candlelight at the Inn event at Garfield Farm Museum, on Garfield Road, off Route 38, Campton Hills. Hospitality, food, music and a bake sale are featured. Free; donations welcome. (630) 584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2
Step into a world resembling an old-fashioned vignette with horse-drawn wagons, live reindeer, a grand tree lighting and Victorian carolers at the Frosty Fest celebration in downtown West Chicago. Free general admission. Note: The cookie-decorating activity cost a $1 donation, which will go to assist a local food pantry. Dress for the weather, as many activities are outdoors. (630) 293-2200, ext. 135, or westchicago.org. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Celebrate the Season fest
A tree lighting, ice-carving demonstrations, carolers, reindeer and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus are all part of the Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Admission is free with paid $2 parking fee. Some activities require fees, including sleigh rides ($1 per person). (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Get into the spirit of the season when the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis performs contemporary arrangements of holiday classics with multimedia sound and lighting effects at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $28-$79. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
A Cosby show
Groundbreaking comedy legend Bill Cosby ("I Spy," "The Cosby Show") returns to perform Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $39.50-$75. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Get into the holiday spirit by checking out the "Jingle Bell Rock" show this weekend at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The songs will be performed by 1980s hitmakers Eddie Money, John Cafferty and Edgar Winter. $35 to $89. Go to oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Trey Songz brings his hip-hop/R&B blend to the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place, 2301 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Tickets cost $48-$103. (800) 745-3000. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
'Once Upon a Christmas'
Lisle's "Once Upon a Christmas" celebration features holiday crafts, music, brick-oven baking, a blacksmith, model trains and Santa Claus at the museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street, Lisle. Free. (630) 968-0499. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
'They're Playing Our Song'
Liberty Town Productions presents "They're Playing Our Song," Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon's hit 1970s Broadway musical about two quirky songwriters who fall in love. The show takes place at Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. $10-$20. Visit libertytownproductions.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli headlines with the World Festival Symphony and guest vocalist Katherine Jenkins at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. The program features classical, pop and miscellaneous selections. $75-$350. Parking is $20 (cash only). (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 2
Shake it up
Band of Horses and Alabama Shakes bring their rock/roots/holiday show to the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $50. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
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