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Sunday picks: Take the family to see Raffi in Aurora

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  • Children's entertainer Raffi will headline the Paramount Theatre in Aurora at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

      Children's entertainer Raffi will headline the Paramount Theatre in Aurora at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

  • Anime Central is The Midwest's largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga. It returns to Rosemont this weekend.

      Anime Central is The Midwest's largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga. It returns to Rosemont this weekend.

  • See some endangered breeds of livestock and poultry at the 27th Annual Rare Breeds Livestock & Poultry Show at the Garfield Farm Museum.

      See some endangered breeds of livestock and poultry at the 27th Annual Rare Breeds Livestock & Poultry Show at the Garfield Farm Museum.
    Courtesy of Garfield Farm Museum

  • Jason Forbach, a veteran of Broadway tours, performs his cabaret show "A New Leading Man" at North Central College's Madden Theatre in Naperville.

      Jason Forbach, a veteran of Broadway tours, performs his cabaret show "A New Leading Man" at North Central College's Madden Theatre in Naperville.

  • The Adler Planetarium opens the new show, "Cosmic Wonder," on Friday, May 17.

      The Adler Planetarium opens the new show, "Cosmic Wonder," on Friday, May 17.

  • Comedian Louie Anderson is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

      Comedian Louie Anderson is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

  • Christopher Trumbo (Bryan Burke) recalls the impact Senator Joe McCarthy's Communist witch hunts had on his father and their family in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted."

      Christopher Trumbo (Bryan Burke) recalls the impact Senator Joe McCarthy's Communist witch hunts had on his father and their family in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted."
    courtesy of Don Hood

  • Re-enactors portray Civil War soldiers at the annual Civil War Days event at Naper Settlement in Naperville.

      Re-enactors portray Civil War soldiers at the annual Civil War Days event at Naper Settlement in Naperville.
    Daily Herald file photo by Paul Michna/pmichna@dai

  • The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents the Chicago premiere of the ballet "Rodin" about French sculptor and his protégé Camille Claudel at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago from Friday through Sunday, May 17-19.

      The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents the Chicago premiere of the ballet "Rodin" about French sculptor and his protégé Camille Claudel at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago from Friday through Sunday, May 17-19.
    Courtesy of Nikolay Krusser

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

For the kids
Kids music superstar Raffi ("Baby Beluga," "Bananaphone") is back on the road in a tour to benefit the Centre for Child Honoring at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $25-$35. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19

What characters!
Anime Central 2013, the Midwest's largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga, returns for a weekend-long bash featuring autograph sessions, dances, panels, video games and more at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 692-2222 or acen.org. Runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

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Breweriana show
The Bullfrog Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America hosts its Spring Beer Can and Breweriana Show at the American Legion Hall, 514 S. Main St., Wauconda. A wide variety of breweriana items will be offered, including beer glasses, labels, signs and more. Admission is $1. For information, call Ken at (847) 202-1877. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Botanical art
A variety of artwork, along with heirloom tomatoes, flowering perennials and other plants will be for sale at the eighth annual Botanical Art Exhibition and Plant Sale, hosted by the American Society of Botanical Artists Reed-Turner Artists' Circle and the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club. It takes place at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. (847) 438-4743. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Wonders of the cosmos
Cosmic wonder isn't something you left back in the 1970s -- it's a new show that opened Friday at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, that tells the story of how humans have pieced together an understanding of the cosmos. Presented in one of the world's most technologically advanced dome theaters, "Cosmic Wonder" begins with a naked-eye tour of the night sky using constellations as a road map and explains how ancient observatories, telescopes and modern devices have advanced space exploration. Premium Pass costs $28 for adults; $26 for seniors and students with ID; and $22 for children (ages 3-11). (312) 922-7827 or adlerplanetarium.org. Runs through April 1, 2014. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Civil War Days
See hundreds of re-enactors participate in an authentic battle, staged with artillery and marching infantry, when Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, transforms into a Civil War encampment during the annual Civil War Days event. Advance tickets cost $5-$10; tickets at the gate cost $10-$15. Visit napersettlement.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Fit fair
Scale a 25-foot rock wall, balance on a paddle board or try your hand at a number of other recreational activities during this weekend's JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center, at Lies Road and Gary Avenue, Carol Stream. Free admission, though select events require a registration fee. (630) 784-6100 or justplay.org. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Rare Breeds Livestock & Poultry Show
See endangered breeds of livestock and poultry at the 27th Annual Rare Breeds Livestock & Poultry Show at the Garfield Farm Museum, on Garfield Road, off Route 38, Campton Hills. View Red Wattle piglets, Milking Shorthorn and Dutch Belt dairy calves, Dales and Hackney ponies, White Wyandotte chicks and many others. The event also features handcrafted soaps and yarns for sale, along with demonstrations, including sheep shearing and wool-spinning. $3-$6. (630) 584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Train Days
Train fans are invited to the annual Train Days event at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Kids of all ages can navigate electric trains, courtesy of the Valley Model Railroad Association. Free admission; some activities require small fees. (847) 362-4636 or lambsfarm.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Greek fare galore
Dig in to a wide variety of Greek fare, including saganaki, gyros, pastries and more at the Spring Greek Food Festival at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora. Don't miss the Greek dance performances. Free admission. (630) 851-6106 or stathanasios.org. 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Elmhurst Museum Day
Take advantage of free admission to Elmhurst's four museums on Elmhurst Museum Day Sunday. A complimentary trolley will run throughout the day between the Elmhurst Art Museum (150 Cottage Hill Ave.), the Elmhurst Historical Museum (120 E. Park Ave.), the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (220 Cottage Hill Ave.) and the Theatre Historical Society of America (152 N. York, second floor). Visitors can get stamps at the museums to qualify for entry in a prize drawing. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org, elmhursthistory.org, lizzadromuseum.org or historictheatres.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Starry skating
More than 275 skaters celebrate the movies in the Glenview Ice Center's 40th anniversary ice show titled "Hollywood, Skate of Fame." See this famed ice show at 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. $6. (847) 724-2800 or glenviewparks.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Last chance for 'Trumbo'
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's terrific production of "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted" -- an epistolary dramedy about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo -- closes Sunday. See it while you can at Building K Theatre, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets cost $25-$33. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Sculpted ballet
Expect plenty of passion and drama when the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents the Chicago premiere of the ballet "Rodin," which focuses on the tempestuous relationship of the French sculptor and his protégé Camille Claudel. See Rodin and his famed sculptures come to life this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $30-$90. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Broadway cabaret
Broadway touring veteran Jason Forbach ("Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera") performs his show "A New Leading Man" in an intimate cabaret concert at North Central College's Madden Theater, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $20; $15 students/seniors. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Life with Louie
Comedian Louie Anderson ("Family Feud," "Life With Louie") returns for a special engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22-$24 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19

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