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Weekend picks: 'Three Ellas' sing Fitzgerald's hits

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  • Spider Saloff, left, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald in the jazz concert "Three Ellas" Saturday at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts.

      Spider Saloff, left, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald in the jazz concert "Three Ellas" Saturday at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts.

  • Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" takes to the Akoo stage Saturday.

      Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" takes to the Akoo stage Saturday.

  • A painting by Dan Addington is featured in the show "FUSEDChicago" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

      A painting by Dan Addington is featured in the show "FUSEDChicago" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake.

  • Mentalist Brian Imbus is set to perform in Sugar Grove.

      Mentalist Brian Imbus is set to perform in Sugar Grove.

  • "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox is set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox is set to perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
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  • Courtesy of Jim CurrySinger Jim Curry, pictured, presents a musical tribute to legendary recording artist John Denver with the "Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver" concert on Saturday, March 2, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

      Courtesy of Jim CurrySinger Jim Curry, pictured, presents a musical tribute to legendary recording artist John Denver with the "Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver" concert on Saturday, March 2, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Comedian David Brenner performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

      Comedian David Brenner performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Ladies of song
Jazz and cabaret singers Spider Saloff, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay homage to the late and great singer Ella Fitzgerald in their show "Three Ellas" Saturday at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $26; $24 students/seniors. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Encaustic expo
See how local modern artists approach the ancient painting medium of encaustic (hot wax and colored pigments) in the show "FUSEDChicago: A Group Encaustic Exhibition." It launches at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. No admission fee. (847) 543-2240 or gallery.clcillinois.edu. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; through April 7

World of Wheels
Ogle more than 500 classic cars, customs, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and more during the O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Don't miss the celebrity appearances, car-related exhibits and more. $5-$18; kids 5 and younger admitted free. (847) 692-2220 or visit autorama.com or rosemont.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend
A variety of blues performers headline the fourth annual Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend in downtown Long Grove, near Route 83 and Robert Parker Coffin Road. The Demetria Taylor Blues Band, the Corey Dennison Blues Band and others will perform at various Long Grove shops and restaurants, including the Village Tavern and the Beans and Leaves cafe. Free; reservations are requested. Go to visitlonggrove.com for a full schedule. (847) 634-0888. Runs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3

Celtic spectacular
Let Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" help you get a jump on St. Patrick's Day festivities when the Celtic dance spectacular returns this weekend to the Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $24.50-$59.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

'Little Women'
See "Little Women," based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, when it is brought to life at Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield. "Little Women" tells the story of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth, as they grow up in Civil War-era New England. $5. Tickets are available at the school office or at the door. (847) 446-5252 or christianheritage.org. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Great gospel
Sounds of Blackness and Rev. Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago are the headlining acts to College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $19; $17 students/seniors/kids ages 12 and under. (847) 543-2300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Going mental
Is Brian Imbus a "mentalist" or a "hypnotist?" Or both? Find out when his show, "Miracles of the Minds," plays Saturday at Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. $12; $9 kids ages 12 and younger. (630) 466-2360 or waubonseetickets.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Tommy Davidson
Stand-up comic and actor Tommy Davidson headlines the Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Davidson is perhaps best known as one of the original stars of the hit television show "In Living Color." $22. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Comic pundit
Be it on late-night TV, cable news or live onstage, comedian David Brenner isn't shy about sharing his opinions. Catch him at two Zanies locations this weekend: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342, and at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. $30 plus a two-item menu purchase. In St. Charles: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2; In Rosemont: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Band of steel
The Northern Illinois University Steelband presents a concert including a wide variety of musical genres at the Dellora A Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. $5 students; $10 adults. (630) 584-7200, ext. 10, or norrisculturalarts.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2

'Take Me Home' tribute
Love John Denver? Then you'll probably enjoy Jim Curry's musical tribute to the legend with "Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Tickets cost $30-$35. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

'Idol' finalist
This may be Lee DeWyze country, but that hasn't stopped "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox from accepting a Saturday concert gig at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$39. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Tribute time
Think Floyd USA plays the music of rock group Pink Floyd at the Montrose Room in the InterContinental O'Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets cost $15. (847) 544-5300 or montroseroom.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Irish music
Irish duo Mary Barrett and Paul Wood, known as BANNA, perform Irish music in a concert at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows. The program features singing and guitar music with electronic background instruments. Free. Call (847) 259-6050 or visit rmlib.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3

'The Sound of Music'
Students ages 8-18 of Spotlight Youth Theater present "The Sound of Music," at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St. Batavia. $9-$14. (847) 516-2298 or spotlight.org or bataviafineartscentre.org. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3

'In the Garden With Jane Austen' author
Author Kim Wilson discusses her book "In the Garden With Jane Austen" at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Free. Wilson explores the role gardens played in the lives and loves of author Jane Austen and her characters. This is a "One Book, One Batavia 2013" event, celebrating Austen's book, "Pride and Prejudice." Register online at onebookonebatavia.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. For more information, visit bataviapubliclibrary.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Residency shows
Libertyville native Ike Reilly and his band, the Ike Reilly Assassination, will begin a residency at Chicago's Schuba's Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. The band will play on Sunday and then five additional times this spring. The band is putting the finishing touches on its sixth full-length album, and fans will get previews of the new songs at the Schuba's shows. This is a great chance to see a local favorite in one of Chicago's best rock venues. $10. Go to schubas.com. 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3

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