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Sunday picks: Spend 'April in Paris' with Claudia Hommel

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  • Singer Claudia Hommel, left, and accordionist Pat Spaeth star in the "April in Paris" concert at the Wheaton Public Library.

      Singer Claudia Hommel, left, and accordionist Pat Spaeth star in the "April in Paris" concert at the Wheaton Public Library.
    Courtesy of Claudia Hommel

  • The internationally famed percussion revue "Stomp" plays three performances between Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

      The internationally famed percussion revue "Stomp" plays three performances between Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

  • A rare screening of "Sorcerer" Sunday night is part of the first Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Muvico in Rosemont.

      A rare screening of "Sorcerer" Sunday night is part of the first Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Muvico in Rosemont.

  • A flier for the skyride at the 1933 World's Fair is one of the items featured at the 19th annual World's Fair Memorabilia Show.

      A flier for the skyride at the 1933 World's Fair is one of the items featured at the 19th annual World's Fair Memorabilia Show.
    Courtesy of Rick Rann

  • Members of the Chicago Philharmonic perform the concert "Brahms, Beethoven and Bartok" in Park Ridge on Sunday, April 14.

      Members of the Chicago Philharmonic perform the concert "Brahms, Beethoven and Bartok" in Park Ridge on Sunday, April 14.

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

'April in Paris'
Cabaret singer Claudia Hommel presents "April in Paris," a concert featuring both French and American songs, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Hommel will be accompanied by Pat Spaeth on the accordion. Born in Paris, Hommel now calls Chicago home. Free admission. For tickets, call (630) 668-1374 or wheatonlibrary.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14

World's Fair Memorabilia Show
Collectors and dealers can buy, sell and trade items related to world's fairs from 1876 to the present at the 19th annual World's Fair Memorabilia Show at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village. More than 20 tables of items will be featured. Other highlights include continuous showings of home movies and newsreels from the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. $5-$6. Visit worldsfairshow.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Chicago Critics Film Fest
The Chicago Film Critics Association, led by the Daily Herald's own Dann Gire, unveils its inaugural film festival this weekend at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont. The event features screenings of more than 20 films and conversations with numerous filmmakers, including Oscar winner William Friedkin during a special screening of "Sorcerer" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. A number of passes are available, starting at $25, and individual tickets are on sale. For a schedule and ticket information, go to chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com. Starts at noon Sunday, April 15

Stomping ground
The internationally acclaimed percussion revue "Stomp" returns to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, for two Sunday shows. $39.50-$49.50. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. Noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Springtime on the Farm
Experience a busy spring day working on a 19th-century farm at the Springtime on the Farm event at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Help with spring planting in the large kitchen garden, sow oats in the fields or wash clothes in a washtub. Authentic demonstrations include blacksmithing, plowing with the horses, milking a cow and visiting newborn animals. Plus, there will be craft activities, refreshments and games. $3 per person ($12 per family); kids 3 and younger admitted free. (847) 985-2100 or parkfun.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

'South Pacific'
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific," awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, comes to life on the stage of the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. $40-$55. Dinner packages are available. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Hudes' trilogy concludes
Goodman Theatre premieres "The Happiest Song Plays Last," the latest from 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegrķa Hudes, whose Goodman commission completes her "Elliot Trilogy" examining war through the eyes of the members of an extended Puerto Rican family. In this final chapter, Iraq War veteran Elliott (Armando Riesco) turns action film star while his cousin Yaz (Sandra Marquez) tries to save her crumbling neighborhood. See it at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. The show opens April 22. $14-$45. (312) 443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org. Previews begin at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Three B's
Members of the Chicago Philharmonic perform string quartets in the concert "Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok" Sunday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. $15-$20; $10-$15 seniors. (866) 811-4111 or chicagophilharmonic.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14

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 publicly with the FlySpace Dance Series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph Drive, Millennium Park, Chicago. Tickets cost $15. (773) 871-0872 or brownpapertickets.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Poets in the spotlight
The Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts Division celebrates National Poetry Month by hosting an "open mic" poetry reading at the Schornick Theatre, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan. Poets of all ages are invited to read their poetry -- or to simply attend and listen to the readings. Free. (847) 360-4740 or waukeganparks.org. 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Ike Reilly residency shows
Libertyville native Ike Reilly and his band, the Ike Reilly Assassination, are in the midst of a performance "residency" at Chicago's Schuba's Tavern, 3159 N. Southport, Chicago. The band will play on Sunday and then three additional times this spring -- April 28, May 12 and May 26. The band is putting the finishing touches on its sixth full-length album, and fans will get previews of the new songs at all 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, April 14

American made
Lakeside Singers, a vocal ensemble of 26, celebrate the works of American and Windy City musicians in the concert "Home Grown: Music From Chicago and the U.S." at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121. $35; $25 seniors/students. lakesidesingers.com. 8 p.m. Monday, April 15

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