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  • Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band perform Friday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

      Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band perform Friday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

  • Vendors display a variety of antique slot machines when the The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show returns to St. Charles.

      Vendors display a variety of antique slot machines when the The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show returns to St. Charles.
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  • Josť Luis Gomez is the guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for "Nature's Awakening."

      Josť Luis Gomez is the guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for "Nature's Awakening."

  • Comedian Warren B. Hall appears at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

      Comedian Warren B. Hall appears at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

  • Tim Piper portrays John Lennon in the tribute "Just Imagine" at Elgin Community College's Arts Center on Saturday, April 6.

      Tim Piper portrays John Lennon in the tribute "Just Imagine" at Elgin Community College's Arts Center on Saturday, April 6.

  • Music of the Baroque music director Jane Glover, left, conducts Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt" in Skokie and Chicago.

      Music of the Baroque music director Jane Glover, left, conducts Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt" in Skokie and Chicago.

 
 

Family folk fun
Teach the kids how much fun folk music can be by taking in a performance of the playful Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band Friday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $17-$25; $6 students. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5

Antique machines
Try your luck at finding a collectible "one-armed bandit" or a classic player of 45 vinyl singles at the Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $7 per day; $50 preview and three-day admission. (630) 584-6342 or pheasantrun.com or chicagolandshow.com. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. early bird preview Friday, April 5; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

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Spring sonic
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra marks the season this weekend with the concert "Nature's Awakening" featuring music by Haydn, Nielsen and Beethoven with guest conductor Josť Luis Gomez and flutist Amy Porter at two locations: Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg ($28-$48), also at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin ($28-$68). (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Schaumburg; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Elgin

Warren B. funny
Comedian Warren B. Hall has appeared on "Comics Unleashed" and opened for acts ranging from Lewis Black to Tommy Davidson. Catch Hall as a headliner this weekend at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 plus a two-item menu purchase. (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Crafty
If handicrafting is your hobby, then don't miss the chance to see the merchandise and many displays on hand at this weekend's Festival of Arts and Craft Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 Peterson Road, Grayslake. $3. stepbysteppromotions.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Do some good
International musicians, aid organizations and social justice lecturers all converge for the 6th Annual Global Activism Expo Saturday at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Free admission. chicagopublicmedia.org. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Last of Lennon
Tim Piper portrays the legendary late Beatles member John Lennon in the concert "Just Imagine" playing Saturday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $33-$35. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Moves like Jagger
Maroon 5 just announced a summer tour, but you don't have to wait to see Adam Levine and company if you snag tickets to their Saturday concert at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $29.50-$79.50. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Never forget
Deborah E. Lipstadt, the author of the book "The Eichmann Trial" about the 1960 capture and trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, appears Sunday as Elmhurst College's 2013 Holocaust Guestship Lecturer at the Frick Center's Founders Lounge, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free admission. (630) 617-3390 or elmhurst.edu. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Biblical chorus
Chicago's Music of the Baroque, led by conductor Jane Glover and a choral ensemble, tackle Handel's large-scale oratorio "Israel in Egypt" at two locations starting Sunday: the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, (847) 673-6300, then at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $27-$75. (312) 334-7777 or baroque.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Skokie, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Chicago

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