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  • Countertenor David Daniels stars in the title role of Handel's "Giulio Cesare" ("Julius Caesar"). Sir David McVicar's acclaimed production, previously seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is simulcast to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live HD series.

      Countertenor David Daniels stars in the title role of Handel's "Giulio Cesare" ("Julius Caesar"). Sir David McVicar's acclaimed production, previously seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is simulcast to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live HD series.
    Courtesy of Mike Hoban/Glyndebourne

  • Tony Rock will perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Tony Rock will perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of Brad Barket/PictureGroup

  • Fans dressed up as "Star Wars" storm troopers congregate at a previous edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The event returns to McCormick Place in Chicago from Friday to Sunday, April 26-28.

      Fans dressed up as "Star Wars" storm troopers congregate at a previous edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The event returns to McCormick Place in Chicago from Friday to Sunday, April 26-28.

  • Sesame Street Live brings "Elmo Makes Music" to the Rosemont Theatre from Wednesday, May 1, to Sunday, May 5.

      Sesame Street Live brings "Elmo Makes Music" to the Rosemont Theatre from Wednesday, May 1, to Sunday, May 5.

  • See "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" host Peter Sagal on the big screen as part of a live cinecast broadcast of the popular Chicago Public Radio news quiz program.

      See "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" host Peter Sagal on the big screen as part of a live cinecast broadcast of the popular Chicago Public Radio news quiz program.
    Courtesy of Stephen Voss

 
 

Antiques aplenty
Dealers from around the world share their wares for the International Antiques Fair this weekend at the Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago. $15. (800) 677-6278 or merchandisemartartantiques.com. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 29

Art sampler
Be exposed to a variety of music and dance when the College of Lake County Dance Department presents its 15th annual Fear No Art Festival this weekend at the Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $10; $8 for seniors and teenagers. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28

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Rocking comedy
Comedian Tony Rock may be the younger brother of Chris Rock, but find out how he's his own funny person when he performs this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17-$19 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, April 26; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 27; 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Earth & air fair
Bring the kids for a special Earth Day & Family Kite Fly Event this Saturday at the Village of Lindenhurst and Slove Park, 2301 Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst. There will be kid's crafts, a 5K fun run/walk and, of course, kite flying. No admission charge. (847) 356-8252 or lindenhurstparks.org. 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27

Fan magnet
Die-hard fans of comic books, sci-fi and more won't want to miss their chance to mingle with their idols and other obsessive followers at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), returning this weekend at McCormick Place (west building), 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $35-$40; $65 three-day pass. c2e2.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28

All Hail Caesar!
If you missed Handel's "Giulio Cesare" ("Julius Caesar") at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2007, then you can see director Sir David McVicar's same acclaimed production with many of the same singers in a simulcast Saturday in select movie theaters across the suburbs as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. Ticket prices vary by theater, but largely $22; $20 seniors and $18 kids. fathomevents.com. 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27

Blooming gold
More than a thousand flowers will be judged and displayed as part of the Midwest Daffodil Society Show this weekend at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe: (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Sunny days
Friendly, furry TV monsters get to sing and dance onstage when Sesame Street Live presents "Elmo Makes Music" starting this Wednesday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. Opens at 7 p.m. for a WTTW benefit performance Wednesday, May 1; also 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5

'Wait' no more
If you've ever had difficulty obtaining tickets to Chicago Public Radio's popular news quiz, "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me," co-hosted by Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell, then don't miss your chance to see it this Thursday with guest panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett at selected movie theaters as part of a live nationwide cinema simulcast. Ticket prices vary by theater, but largely $20. fathomevents.com. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2

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