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Weekend picks: Time's running out to see Charlie Brown at MSI

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  • A 1950s drawing of "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz is part of "Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit" at the Museum of Science and Industry.

      A 1950s drawing of "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz is part of "Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit" at the Museum of Science and Industry.
    Courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry

  • An animatronic model of an Allosaurus is displayed during a previous "Discover the Dinosaurs" show, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

       An animatronic model of an Allosaurus is displayed during a previous "Discover the Dinosaurs" show, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concert at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

      The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concert at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

  • Chicago singer/songwriter Heather Styka headlines the Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove on Friday, Jan. 18.

      Chicago singer/songwriter Heather Styka headlines the Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove on Friday, Jan. 18.
    Courtesy of Heather Styka

  • Comedian Paul Reiser returns this weekend to Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

      Comedian Paul Reiser returns this weekend to Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.
    Associated Press File Photo

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

'Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit'
Get an up-close look at the life of "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz and the legendary comic strip characters that he created in "Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit" at the Museum of Science and Industry, at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. General museum admission is $9-$15; the special exhibit requires an additional $3-$5 timed ticket. (773) 684-1414 or msichicago.org. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Monday, Feb. 18

Elmhurst Artists' Guild
Members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild showcase their newest works of art at the EAG Winter Members Show in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. More than 50 entries in a wide variety of media will be on display with nearly all of the artwork for sale. Admission is $3-$5; kids younger than 5 admitted free. On Fridays, museum admission is free. Visit elmhurstartistsguild.org. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 (final day of exhibit)

Walk with the dinosaurs
More than 60 museum-quality prehistoric beasts are on display in the family-friendly Discover the Dinosaurs experience, which returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $17; $12 seniors and kids ages 2-11. (847) 692-2220 or discoverthedinosaurs.com. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 20-21

McLovin's band
The Young Rapscallions, an up-and-coming garage-rock band from California, will make a stop at the Montrose Room, located inside the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont, this weekend. The band has attracted notice because its drummer is Christopher Mintz-Plasse, an actor best known for playing the character McLovin in the comedy "Superbad." But reviews of the band's earlier shows suggest this band is the real deal. Tickets start at $12. Go to montroseroom.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

'Bringing Up Baby'
In celebration of what would have been actor Cary Grant's 109th birthday on Friday, Jan. 18, the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, presents a screening of Grant's 1938 comedy "Bringing Up Baby." Katharine Hepburn co-stars. Admission is $3-$6 (cash only). (847) 782-2355 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

'Float'
Students from North Central College perform "Float," a play about a woman forced to confront life's big issues, at the Madden Theater, North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville: Admission is $5 adults; $3 for students and senior citizens. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19

Social satire at BTE
Next up at Buffalo Theatre, Carl Sternheim's early 20th-century farce "The Underpants," adapted by actor/comedian Steve Martin. The satire centers on a beautiful young wife living in Germany who to the chagrin of her husband, drops her drawers while watching the king's parade. Ensemble member Kurt Naebig stars in director Amelia Barrett's revival of this satirical examination of the price of fame. See it at Building K Theatre, northwest end of the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets cost $25-$33. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Reiser returns
Acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Paul Reiser ("Mad About You," "Aliens," "Couplehood") comes back to Rosemont for a return engagement of standup comedy this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

Heather Styka
Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka takes to the stage with folk and Americana tunes at the Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $7. (630) 969-9720 or twowaystreet.org. 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

Home, suite, home
"Open House: Art About Home" is the first exhibit assembled by newly appointed chief curator Staci Boris at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. See various artist interpretations of home for $5; $3 students/seniors; free on Fridays. (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

'Snow White'
The Northbrook Theatre brings the classic fairy tale "Snow White" to the stage. The tale focuses on a young princess who is so beautiful, her jealous stepmother -- the queen -- plots to rid the world of her. See it at 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $10. (847) 291-2367 or nbparks.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

Grand gospel
After a month of traditional "Messiahs," get warmed up with the return of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah." It features soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson backed up by a 150-voice choir and a 50-piece orchestra and jazz ensemble. Catch it as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $30-$74. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Still rocking
Rocker Jim Peterick's World Stage event features Dave Bickler, Lisa McClowry, Jeff Adams (Starship), Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions), The Ides of March and more Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$89. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

Remembering Ricky
Singers and musicians Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present a musical tribute to their late father, legendary 1950s singer Ricky Nelson, with "Ricky Nelson Remembered" at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. The concert features performances of many of Ricky Nelson's biggest hits, including "Travelin' Man" and "Hello Mary Lou." Tickets start at $31. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

Meet 'Super Immunity' author
Physician and best-selling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman discusses and signs copies of his book "Super Immunity: The End of Diabetes" at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville. Tickets are available with the purchase of Fuhrman's book at Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Puppet play
Audiences can get a behind-the-scenes look at how theater productions come together when Blair Thomas and Company present excerpts from "Moby Dick" through a family-friendly puppet play at the Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph St., Chicago. The presentation is part of In the Works, a Chicago arts residency program. Free, but reservations recommended. (312) 742-8497. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Chamber music
The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concertSunday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. $15-$20; $10-$15 seniors. (866) 811-4111 or chicagophilharmonic.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Music for MLK Day
Opera bass-baritone Eric Owens sings and makes his conducting debut at the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also on the bill is Metropolitan Opera clarinetist Anthony McGill and the Mosaic Choir.Catch this concert at two locations: Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, ($26-$50), then at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, ($40-$50). Special $10 tickets available for students. (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or chicagosinfonietta.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Chicago, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Naperville

Musical tribute to MLK
The Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God presents a concert in tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The concert features traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz. Free. (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit musicinst.org. 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

New plays showcase
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, unveils the winning submissions to its New Play Festival with staged readings beginning with Chris Swanson's "The Principle of the Thing," about marriage and counseling; followed by Scott Glander's "Shakespeare Restored." Next up, is "Grin and Bear it" about three scouts attempting to earn a merit badge by teen winner Naomi Rawitz, of Buffalo Grove, followed by fellow teen winner Joey Lubelfeld's "Not Far from the Tree" a coming-of-age-story about a boy struggling with loss. The festival concludes with first-place winner Norma Simon's "Griffiths," about a boy's acceptance into an exclusive school. $15. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. Live readings at 7 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20-Feb. 17

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