Weekend picks: Share a laugh with Lynne at The Improv
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If you've loved seeing comedian Lynne Koplitz on TV ranging from CBS's "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" to her national commercial campaign for Midol, then don't miss her live this weekend at the The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, March 29, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Painter Pamela Hart reworked several of her older paintings after a moment of inspiration, and those make up the new exhibit "Through New Eyes" at North Central College's Schoenherr Gallery, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Free admission. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/show. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days from Friday, March 29, through Wednesday, May 29
Zoo's new addition
See the new Angolan colobus monkey, born on Saturday, March 9, at Brookfield Zoo, at First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. The baby monkey and its mother live in the zoo's Tropic World exhibit, and this is the first birth of this species of colobus at Brookfield Zoo. (708) 688-8000 or czs.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
'Elmhurst Goes to the Fair'
Find out more about three Elmhurst residents who impacted and experienced the Chicago World's Fairs at the "Elmhurst Goes to the Fair" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. See World's Fair items from the museum's collection and learn about residents such as Dorothy Brush, who, as a youngster, made numerous trips to the 1933-1934 Columbian Exposition. Free admission. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. Runs through Sunday, April 21. Open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 29-31
This bunny can skate!
Ice skaters of all ages are invited to participate in the Skate with the Easter Bunny event at the Nelson Sports Complex Ice Arena, 3900 Owl Drive, Rolling Meadows. The Easter Bunny will be on the ice meeting and greeting guests. Participants are invited to bring their own skates; skate rental fee is $3. Youngsters can have their photo taken with the bunny. Free candy for all kids. The cost is $5 for residents; $7 for nonresidents. (847) 818-3210 or rmparks.org. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30. A free Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, before skating with the bunny begins at 1:30 p.m.
'The Birthday Party'
See Harold Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' in the Upstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. At a seaside boardinghouse in England, the humdrum routine is interrupted by the appearance of two mysterious strangers. $55-$78. (312) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31
Na Palm, a rising star in Chicago's hip-hop scene, has gained notoriety for combining traditional rapping with the exploding genre known as electronic dance music. A tireless performer, Na Palm makes a stop at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. Go to durtynellies.com. 9 p.m. Friday, March 29
Kumar & Co.
Sapna Kumar and Friends is a show that features the Indian-American Chicago comedian with other acts like Mike Wiley this weekend at The Laughing Chameleon, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview. $10-$15 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 834-0291 or thelaughingchameleon.com. 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Tiny Miles and The Big Kids
The blues trio Tiny Miles & The Big Kids plays rock and blues music at Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. $6 cover. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 29
Kids can try catching rainbow trout in the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve's 9-acre Grove Lake during the annual "Trout Fishing for Kids" event. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County hosts this event for kids ages 15 and younger at the preserve, on Wood Dale Road, south of Oak Meadows Drive, Wood Dale. Adults are invited to join their kids at the event but may not fish. Loaner fishing poles are available while supplies last. Free admission and bait. No fishing license or registration required. (630) 933-7200 or dupageforest.org. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30
Meet up with the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Eggcellent Easter Adventure and Parade, which concludes at Williams Park, Williams and Main streets, Antioch. $3 for kids up to age 10. (847) 395-2160 or antiochchamber.org. 10:30 a.m. parade start; activities through 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30
'Freckleface The Musical'
See "Freckleface The Musical," a new production based on The New York Times best-selling children's book "Freckleface Strawberry" by actress Julianne Moore, at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. The story looks at a young girl who wants to make the freckles on her face go away. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. (847) 291-2367 or northbrooktheatre.org. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Hunt in the ballpark
The Schaumburg Boomers minor league baseball team hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Open House at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. The event features five different egg hunts for kids, raffles, stadium tours, a silent auction and more. Youngsters are invited to bring baskets to hunt for eggs that will be scattered on the field. Free. Visit boomersbaseball.com. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30
Tom Swenson performs Americana music at the Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Cafe, 320 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Free. (847) 821-0011. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Blues Bar, at 2 W. Busse Ave., Mount Prospect, surrenders to Goose Island Saturday with a tap takeover. Grab a freshly tapped Goose Island brew from the following: Marisol, Golden Goddess, Gran Gas, Fleur, Matilda, Pere Jaque, Pepe Nero, Night Stalker, Big John, 2012 Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout and Bourbon County Cherry Rye Stout. Beers range from $6 to $12. No cover. (847) 788-9977 or blues-bar.com. Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Local H, the powerful rock duo from Lake County, will play a "hometown" show Saturday at the Montrose Room, located inside the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Singer-guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair are touring behind their acclaimed release from last year, "Hallelujah! I'm a Bum," a sprawling and intense record that bristles with political tracks like "They Saved Reagan's Brain" and "Ruling Kind." Local H burst onto the rock scene at the height of the 1990s alternative era, and they've put out a series of smart, hard-edged records since. Here's a chance to see this group in an intimate suburban venue. $15. Go to montroseroom.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Bee Gees bop
Dust off those bell-bottom trousers and relive the 1970s when the Bee Gees Tribute concert "Stayin' Alive" plays Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $32. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Singin' the blues
Big Head Todd joins Ronnie Baker Brooks on the bill Saturday for an evening of blues and soul at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $20. Visit fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Candy Man can
Top off your Easter Sunday sugar rush with a special screening of the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." There will be candy, a film costume contest and goody bags at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 871-6604 or musicboxtheatre.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31
Bands & bulls
Jaripeo de Oro features Latin acts like Los Rieleros del Norte and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga Sunday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $47-$67 VIP tables; $37-$52; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31
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