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Weekend picks: Peter Yarrow goes solo at Raue Center

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  • Peter Yarrow is set to perform at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

      Peter Yarrow is set to perform at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

  • All ages are invited to celebrate the planet at the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday at Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines. Guests can learn about gardening, plant seeds, tour the conservatory's greenhouse and more.

      All ages are invited to celebrate the planet at the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday at Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines. Guests can learn about gardening, plant seeds, tour the conservatory's greenhouse and more.

  • Learn about the benefits of native plantings, and take a bird walk at the "Wings and Wildflowers" event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

      Learn about the benefits of native plantings, and take a bird walk at the "Wings and Wildflowers" event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    COURTESY OF JEFF REITER/CANTIGNY PARK

  • Authentic railroad schedules are some of the items highlighted at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine.

      Authentic railroad schedules are some of the items highlighted at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine.
    Courtesy of Joe Mazanek

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Folk icon
Peter Yarrow, a former member of the famed folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs in concert Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $32. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Wings & Wildflowers
Learn how to create a sustainable backyard habitat and about the benefits of native plantings at the Wings & Wildflowers workshop at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The event begins with a bird walk around Cantigny's 3-acre prairie area, featuring not only birds, but also butterflies and insects. Following the walk, a presentation on the native plantings begins in the education center. Registration is required. Admission is free; parking is $5. Call (630) 260-8162, or visit cantigny.org. 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20

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Dollhouses galore
Shop for dollhouses and miniature dollhouse accessories at the 3 Blind Mice Miniature and Dollhouse Show and Sale at the Best Western, 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg. More than 95 tables of dollhouse items will be available for viewing and purchase. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for kids ages 5-15; free for kids younger than 5. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Visit 3blindmiceshow.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Remembering the war
The DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton, hosts its semiannual National Civil War Show & Sale. Visitors can view and purchase historical Civil War artifacts from 300 tables of items including uniforms, books, tokens, ribbons, coins, autographs, drums jewelry and more. $9; kids 16 and younger admitted free with paying adult. Free parking. Visit zurkopromotions.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20

A really bad day
North Central College presents Theatreworks USA's family-friendly production of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville. The musical is based on the children's book by Judith Viorst. $5-$10. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Gluten be gone
Folks who can't eat certain foods might not want to miss out on the latest products available at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo this weekend at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $20; $5 admission for kids ages 3 to 12. (847) 303-4100. gfafexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21

Earth Day Celebration
Honor our planet at the Earth Day Celebration at Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road in Des Plaines. Learn tips on gardening and lawn care, tour the conservatory's greenhouse, and join in games and activities for kids. Guests can also plant seeds, decorate a clay pot and take home a tree for planting. Free admission. (847) 298-3500. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Brewery tours
Get a good look at the Two Brothers brewing process with free brewery tours offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The tour lasts 45 minutes and includes three free samples at the conclusion. Afterward, try out the new pale ale Sidekick for $5 per pint or the anniversary beer, Monarch, for $5 per pint. Sidekick is now also available in cans. No reservations required for tours. Two Brothers Tap House is located at 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville. (630) 393-2337 or twobrotherstaphouse.com. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Learn from a zombie expert
Zombie expert and author Max Brooks presents "10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack" in the auditorium of Waubonsee Community College at Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove. Tickets cost $39 and are available at waubonseetickets.com. Brooks, the son of actor Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft, is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, "The Zombie Survival Guide" and "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War." For information, call (630) 466-2360. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Griffin at Zanies
Erik Griffin, a regular on Comedy Central's "Workaholics," headlines Zanies at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, this weekend. A veteran of Showtime and Comedy Central, the multicultural comedian/actor was also featured in national commercials including Bud Light's "Swear Jar." $25, plus a two item food/beverage minimum. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Party people
Clockwise Theatre presents the world premiere of artistic director/playwright Madelyn Sergel's "The Party in the Kitchen," set in the place where party guests invariably congregate. Andrea Dymond directs the play, set in September 2001 and centered on three couples -- a high-powered tycoon and his wife, a newly pregnant couple just starting out and a happily married, middle-class duo -- whose lives are affected by events unfolding halfway around the world as well as close to home. See it at 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $20. (800) 838-3006 or clockwisetheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Go with the flow
Rapper and in-demand hip-hop producer Jelly Roll, who has worked such prominent hip-hop figures as Snoop Dogg and Xzibit, will perform to fans at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $20. Go to pennyroadpub.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Porchlight's 'Pal Joey'
Adrian Aguilar stars as the womanizing entertainer Joey Evans in Porchlight Music Theatre's revival of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical "Pal Joey," inspired by John O'Hara's short stories. Susic McMonagle stars as socialite Vera and Laura Savage plays good girl Linda in the production helmed by Porchlight artistic director Michael Weber with music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Lincolnshire's Brenda Didier. See it at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Tuesday, April 23. $30, $39. (773) 327-5252 or porchlightmusictheatre.org or stage773.com. Previews at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Back in time
Remember the '90s -- flannel shirts? PDAs? "Beverly Hills 90210"? You can take a trip back to that decade this weekend at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, which will host three tribute bands that re-create the music of some Clinton-era favorites. On the bill are Secondhand Smoke, a tribute to the band Sublime; Hot Sauce Committee, which honors the Beastie Boys; and Don't Speak, which will play songs from the band No Doubt. The low ticket price will seem like a relic of the past, too! $7. Go to durtynellies.com. 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Railroad and Collectibles Show
More than 250 tables of real railroad artifacts including china, timetables, lanterns, locks and more, will be featured at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show in Building M of Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. $5. Visit graylandstation.com or email joe.mazanek@gmail.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Arbor Day in advance
Learn how to be greener in terms of your impact on the environment at the EcoFest Sunday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $12; $11 seniors; $9 kids ages 2-17. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

A self-made man
The Grayslake Heritage Center is one of 11 venues in the nation to host the "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" traveling exhibition. Guests can see high-quality reproductions of items from Abraham Lincoln's childhood to his years in the White House. Items include everything from Lincoln's surveying instruments to the gloves he wore at Ford's Theater on the night he was assassinated. Free, but donations are welcome. The heritage center is at 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. (847) 543-1745 or villageofgrayslake.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21

'Alice in Wonderland'
Salt Creek Ballet takes a magical trip down a rabbit hole into the world of Wonderland with "Alice in Wonderland" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie. The multimedia dance performance is for all ages. $26-32. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Traveling Music concert
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents its Traveling Music family concert featuring classical and miscellaneous selections at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $8-$16. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. Kids' activities at 2 p.m., concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Doo Wop on in
The Doo Wop Project, featuring former "Jersey Boys" stars Jarrod Spector and Dom Scaglione, takes the stage at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21

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