Sunday picks: Snakes on a plain at Chicagoland Repticon
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See a variety of reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals and purchase merchandise at Chicagoland Repticon in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Admission is $10; $5 for ages 5-12. Visit repticon.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Find plenty of art for purchase accompanied by a variety of live music acts at the 11th Annual Arts Festival this weekendat Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues, Bartlett. No admission charge. (630) 837-0800 or artsinbartlett.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Good as gold
If you have time for just one city festival or fair this summer, make it the 56th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair in Chicago's Grant Park, 400 E. Monroe St. There will be 350 local, national and international talents for a showcase of first-rate, one-of-a-kind art in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodwork, photography, clothing and mixed media with prices ranging from $25 to $25,000. There also will be free live art demonstrations, art activities for kids, food and live music. Free. (847) 926-4300 or www.gcartfair.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returns to the role of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's new London play "The Audience" (about the weekly meeting between the monarch and the Prime Minister), catch it this week at two Chicago locations: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., and the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St. Ticket prices vary by venue. Visit ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk for details. 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30 at Century Centre; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Music Box
The "dog days of summer" become literal in artist Dale Rogers' traveling outdoor sculpture exhibit "Big Dog Show"presented alongside other dog-related events this June around Highland Park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park. (847) 780-4293 or downtownhp.com. Sculptures on display throughout downtown Highland Park until Friday, July 26
The third annual Music Box Summer Music Film Festival brings the best new documentary and concert films available about performers and music. There will be five days and nights of great music movies, featuring everything from break dancing ("Wild Style") and Detroit punk ("A Band Called Death") to air guitar ("Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") and the new documentary, "Ain't in It for My Health." See the new documentary "Downloaded," about the rise and fall of Napster, with director Alex Winter (co-star of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") also scheduled to appear. The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Single tickets cost $8-$15 and festival passes cost $70. www.summermusicfilmfestival.com. Screening times vary Sunday through Tuesday, June 30-July 2
CSO at Morton
For the first time, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, will host the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a series of open-air concerts. Tickets cost $25-$30 for the Saturday show and $15-$20 for the Sunday show. (312) 294-3000, cso.org/morton or mortonarb.org/calendar.html. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Meet 'Folding and Doodling' author
Meet author Tom Angleberger as he signs copies of his book "Art 2 Ds's Guide to Folding and Doodling" at Anderson's Bookshop, 5112 Main St., Downers Grove. (630) 963-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30
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