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Article updated: 3/22/2013 6:22 AM

Weekend picks: ScrapArts Music stomps it out Saturday


Pound it out
Industrial cast offs never sounded so good thanks to the Canadian percussion ensemble ScrapArts Music, which returns to the area for a Saturday performance at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. $30; $28 seniors; $15 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Bluegrass celebration
The 19th annual Great Northern Bluegrass Music Festival takes place all weekend at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg. National touring acts and regional favorites will perform on all three days. Among the bluegrass artists on this year's bill are Special Consensus, the Boxcars, Copper Creek, Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mt. Boys and the Harmans. The festival also will include a guitar trade show, instrument workshops and more. Suburban bluegrass fans are lucky to have a festival with this much talent happen in their own backyard. Daily or weekend tickets are available at the door. For prices and a full schedule, go to bluegrassmidwest.com. Festival starts at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, and at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 24

Big top wows
See exotic animals and daring performers do amazing feats of strength, balance, timing and more when the "Circus Spectacular" plays this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $20-$45; $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22; 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 1:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Bee Gees tribute
Fans of the Bee Gees won't want to miss The Australian Bee Gees Show, which is a multimedia tribute concert to the legendary musical group. Experience it at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets cost $35-$55. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22

Rihanna returns
Superstar Rihanna headlines the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets cost $35-$150. Visit unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22

'The Gathering'
Improv Playhouse reprises its production of "The Gathering," Josephine Raciti Forsberg's contemporary adaptation of the Last Supper that takes place during a Seder. Shahab Astabraghpour, of Waukegan, stars as The Teacher in director David Brian Stuart's production at the theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $22.50, $17.50 (847) 968-4529 or improvplayhouse.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

'Easter Parade'
See the classic 1948 film "Easter Parade," starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. The film features songs by Irving Berlin. Admission is $6 for adults; $$3 for seniors, kids under age 12 and military members with an ID. Visit geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22

Inspired by Cuba
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago continues its 50th anniversary celebrations with the premiere performance of Liz Imperio's "La Belleza De Cuba" and the return of Autumn Eckman's "G-Force" this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $15-$60. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23

Aaron Carter in concert
Pop star Aaron Carter makes a stop Friday at River Rockhouse, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Nikki Flores and Petrel open the show starting at 8:10 p.m., and 7th Heaven closes out the show at 11 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for a special Meet and Greet with Aaron Carter after his show cost $50. Go to river-rockhouse.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 22

Gatsby's free sampling
Try out the various flavors of Bacardi -- free -- at Gatsby's sampling event Friday, March 22. Drink specials that night include $5 Bacardi drinks and $3.50 shots. Limited time specials include $2.50 Leinenkugel Snow Drift Vanilla Porter and $2 Shock Top Lemon Shandy. The March Beer of the Month is $4 Sam Adams Alpine Spring. Gatsby's Sports Pub is located at 427 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. (847) 253-7200 or gatsbyssportspub.com. 10 p.m. Friday, March 22

Bunnies, not Bears
Give your kids (and yourself) a chance to stand on the stadium grounds of Soldier Field for the 10th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza Saturday. It features a morning breakfast, festival games and a candy grab for tots at 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. Free admission, but advance registration required for the breakfast. (312) 235-7000 or soldierfield.net or chicagoparkdistrict.com. 8:30 to 10 a.m. ticketed breakfast; 9 a.m. festival admission; 10 a.m. candy grab Saturday, March 23

Colonna Lately
Sarah Colonna, a writer and round-table regular for "Chelsea Lately," performs this weekend at multiple Zanies locations: 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027; then at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484; and at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. $25 plus two menu-item purchase. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Chicago; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Rosemont; and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in St. Charles

Spring craft show
More than 20 artisans will display gift baskets, clothing, garden art, floral designs and much more at the spring craft show at Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Food will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Park District. Admission is free. (847) 298-3500. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Spring Weekend at the Farm
Take part in Easter egg hunts, head out on a hayride and view baby chicks, hens and bull calves at the Spring Weekend at the Farm event at Susanna Farms, 24153 Town Line Road, Lake Villa. Guests can take part in the activities, which include a spring plant sale and viewings of the farm's miniature donkeys and horses. Admission is $2 per person; hayrides are $5. (847) 838-0798 or susannafarms.com. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24

Hound Egg Hunt
The Palatine Park District hosts its Hound Egg Hunt for canines and their owners at Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Dogs can hunt for eggs filled with dog treats. Each dog will receive a souvenir photo with a costumed bunny and a goody bag for collecting eggs. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and also must wear current rabies vaccination tags. Admission is $6 in advance and $8 at the event. For details, call (847) 991-0333 or visit palatineparks.org. Noon Saturday, March 23

A woodpeckers' world
Can you walk vertically up a tree trunk or drum 20 times per second into that tree? Woodpeckers can. Learn more about them in the Wonderful Woodpeckers program at the Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills. After an educational presentation by staff, guests can search for woodpeckers in the woods. Free. (847) 381-6592 or fpdcc.com. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Curiouser & curiouser
Salt Creek Ballet pursues the White Rabbit and questions the Cheshire Cat when it revives its dance interpretation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" this weekend at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, $28; $25 for kids 12 and younger. (630) 769-1199 or saltcreekballet.org. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24

Rock on Kings
Billed as the "The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event," "Elvis Lives" features some of the best impersonators of the legendary "King of Rock" Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15-$35; $70 limited VIP tickets. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Celebrate swing
Vocal and performing ensemble Five By Design joins again with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a nostalgic look back at the 1940s with the show "Club Swing" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $18-$68. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Southern songs
Contemporary Southern rock band Sister Hazel has cultivated a national following with its guitar-based music. The band hits Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, this weekend for an intimate show that will include songs from throughout its career, including tracks from its latest record, "Heartland Highway." $35. Go to viper-alley.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23

5,000 eggs!
Capannari Ice Cream hosts its 11th annualEaster egg hunt in the park behind the ice cream shop, at 10 S. Pine St., Mount Prospect. Five thousand Easter eggs will be hidden, for youngsters ages 2-7 to find. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet guests. Free. (847) 392-2277 or capannaris.com. Noon Sunday, March 24

Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago
Celebrate the culture of the Philippines when Philippine Fest Chicago rolls into Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. It's an afternoon of free live music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, folk art and more. There will be performances by Sama Sama Project, PACF Performing Arts, the Apuli Brothers, GMA Pinoy TV, Hataw Pinoy Chicago, Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, Hinsdale Fil-Am SDA Rondalla, Transfiguration Dance Troupe and St. Isidore Simbang Gabi Dance Crew among others. Cuisine provided by Sunda New Asian. (312) 595-7437 or www.navypier.com/neighborhoods/philippine.html. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Swim with the Bunny
Meet the Easter Bunny at the Swim with the Bunny celebration at the Pavilion Aquatic Center, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. Youngsters are invited to play games, swim and collect Easter eggs in the pool. Those eggs can be traded in for prizes. The Easter Bunny himself will be on hand to meet with children and pose for photos. Participants should bring a swim suit and a basket for collecting eggs. Registration is required by Saturday, March 23. Parents must register with their children. Cost is $5 for all adults; $7 for resident children and $10 for nonresident children. Sign up in person at the pavilion, call (847) 593-6248 or visit elkgroveparks.org. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24

A tale of two rabbits
"The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny" is featured onstage at the Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. This musical adaptation is based upon "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," the classic children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. $10-$15. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Chicago Chamber Musicians
The Lake Forest Lyrica presents An Afternoon of Debussy and Beethoven,a chamber music concert by the Chicago Chamber Musicians in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel of Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. $5-$15. Free for Lake Forest College students, faculty and staff. (847) 234-3100. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Life is a carnival
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, invites families to kick off the season with its annual Spring Break Family Night event. Festivities will include an action photo booth, face painter, balloon artist, stilt walker, magician, coloring stations, cotton candy station and a special kids menu. Free admission. (312) 850-5005 or www.carnivalechicago.com. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Spider Saloff in concert
Renowned jazz vocalist Spider Saloff brings her concert "Cole Porter, Swell Party!" to North Central College's Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets cost $30-$35. (630) 637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24

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