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Sunday picks: It's May in April at the Improv

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  • Ralphie May brings the laughs to the Improv in Schaumburg this weekend.

    Ralphie May brings the laughs to the Improv in Schaumburg this weekend.

  • On Saturday, April 6, Brookfield Zoo welcomes back 24 animatronic dinosaurs, such as this Triceratops, in the return visit of its Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit.

    On Saturday, April 6, Brookfield Zoo welcomes back 24 animatronic dinosaurs, such as this Triceratops, in the return visit of its Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit.
    Courtesy of Dinosaurs Unearthed

By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Ralphie May
Since Ralphie May's debut on season one of "Last Comic Standing," audiences can't get enough of this larger-than-life comedian. See for yourself at the Improv, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $28. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7

'Busy as a Bee'
Learn how to plant a bee-friendly garden, examine a beehive, meet beekeepers and taste some honey in the one-hour Busy as a Bee program at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Program is for ages 7-12 (with an adult). $6 per person, To register, call (630) 876-5900. Sessions run on the hour and the half-hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

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. (630) 584-6342 or or 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Dinos at Brookfield Zoo
The "Dinosaurs Alive!" exhibit returns Saturday to Brookfield Zoo featuring 24 life-size, animatronic prehistoric creatures, including Styracosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus. Ferocious favorites like Tyrannosaurus rex and Dilophosaurus are back along with Stegosaurus and Triceratops. The winding trail showcases animatronic dinosaurs making a variety of sounds and movements and a tented area highlights the most recent paleontological findings, including scientific discoveries that show how birds evolved from dinosaurs. This zoo is located at 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield. Exhibit admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors 65 and older in addition to the general admission of $15 for adults, $10.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Parking is $10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 27

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. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Youngsters can get an up-close look at and sit on a tractor, while checking out other modern farm equipment at the Touch-A-Tractor event at the Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles. Other event highlights include shelling corn, viewing farm animals and a raffle for a pedal tractor. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for donation; they will receive an extra entry for the pedal tractor raffle. Free admission. (630) 584-8660 or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Stitching time
The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is back, so quilting fans can take in workshops, classes and exhibits at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $8-$10; kids 12 and younger admitted free with accompanying guardian. (847) 303-4100 or 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

'Aprons: Ties to the Past'
The "Aprons: Ties to the Past" exhibit at the Grayslake Heritage Center, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake, uses both occupational and individual aprons to tell the stories of people who have been part of Grayslake's history. Highlights include a metal mesh apron, a blacksmith's apron and many kitchen aprons. Also featured are children's aprons, hostess aprons and aprons used for special occasions. Free; donations are welcome. (847) 543-1745. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7; runs through Tuesday, April 30

Greek journey in the Windy City
Navy Pier honors the city's Greek American presence with a lively afternoon Sunday of dancing, music, wine tasting, Greek food, art exhibits and more. Enjoy performances by the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, Chicago Hellenic Choir, Cretan Youth Dance of Chicago and Pontian Young Dancing Troupe. Taste food by Greek restaurants including Athena, Greek Islands, Parthenon, Pegasus, Psistaria, Roditys, Taxim and Artopolis Bakery at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 595-7437 or Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Mike Greenberg book signing
ESPN talk show host and author Mike Greenberg discusses and signs copies of his book "All You Could Ask For" at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. (847) 446-8880 or 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Magical mime
Enjoy magic, mime and puppetry during a "Tiny Great Performances" family production at the DuPage Children's Museum, at 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Admission to the show is free with paid $8.50-$9.50 general museum admission. (630) 637-8000 or 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Spring sonic
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra marks the season with the concert "Nature's Awakening" featuring music by Haydn, Nielsen and Beethoven with guest conductor Josť Luis Gomez and flutist Amy Porter at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin ($28-$68). (847) 888-4000 or 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Moody holiday tale
Steel Beam Theatre's Donna Steele directs the company's production of "The Seafarer." Written by the great chronicler of isolation and despair, Conor McPherson, the play unfolds on Christmas Eve day, in a ramshackle Dublin house shared by brothers Richard and Sharky, whose booze-fueled poker game with friends takes a dark turn with the arrival of a mysterious guest. See it at the theater, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $25, $23. (630) 587-8521 or 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Singing Spavone
Tony Spavone will sing with your supper at a ChicaGourmets dinner at Tony Spavone's Ristorante, 266 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale. The evening includes passed hors d'oeuvres and wine, followed by traditional Italian cuisine. New members welcome. $59 members; $69 nonmembers (tax and tip included). Reserve by April 5 at (630) 529-3154 or 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7

I think I can fly
Four leading Chicago contemporary dance companies, The Dance COLEctive, Hedwig Dances, Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Zephyr Dance, have formed a new partnership called FlySpace to engage audiences in contemporary dance. The new project launches this weekend with the FlySpace Dance Series, a two-weekend series that includes six performances featuring all four companies (two each weekend) with five world premieres by six choreographers. See it at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. Tickets cost $15. (773) 871-0872 or 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7

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 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 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Skokie, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Chicago

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