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  • Trace Adkins is set to perform Saturday at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

      Trace Adkins is set to perform Saturday at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

  • Try samples from more than 50 different brewers at Barrington's Brew Fest.

      Try samples from more than 50 different brewers at Barrington's Brew Fest.
    Daily Herald File Photo by George LeClaire/gleclai

  • The first Windy City Smokeout will feature the best in barbecue and country music from July 12-14.

      The first Windy City Smokeout will feature the best in barbecue and country music from July 12-14.

  • Luiz Morera, a three-time champion for bareback riding in Brazil, holds on as he is bucked in the air during last year's IPRA Championship Rodeo at Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds in Wauconda.

      Luiz Morera, a three-time champion for bareback riding in Brazil, holds on as he is bucked in the air during last year's IPRA Championship Rodeo at Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds in Wauconda.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Comedian Christina Pazsitzky is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Christina Pazsitzky is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will be on hand at two screenings of his new film "Dealin' With Idiots" at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

      Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will be on hand at two screenings of his new film "Dealin' With Idiots" at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

  • The Barrington Concurs d'Elegance returns on Sunday, July 14.

      The Barrington Concurs d'Elegance returns on Sunday, July 14.

  • Willie Nelson performs Sunday at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

      Willie Nelson performs Sunday at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.
    Associated Press file photo

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Country cavalcade
Fans of country music won't want to miss Trace Adkins' "Country Lineup" featuring Drake White, Blackberry Smoke and Aaron Lewis at RiverEdge Park, Aurora. $50 preferred bench seating; $35 general admission. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Civil War Days
More than 600 re-enactors will portray Civil War soldiers, musicians, merchants, medical personnel and civilians at the annual Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road, Wauconda. Guests can watch battle re-enactments featuring infantry, cavalry and artillery. Other highlights include kids' activities and Civil War-era based items for purchase. $10 for adults; $5 for ages 4-17 and seniors; free for kids ages 3 and younger. (847) 968-3400 or lcfpd.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Buffalo Grove Art Festival
View the artwork of more than 160 juried artists from around the globe at the annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival at the Buffalo Grove Town Center, Route 83 and Lake-Cook Road. Other highlights include art demonstrations, kids' art activities, live music, food and more. Free. (847) 926-4300 or buffalogroveartfestival.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14

Disney cars
Get a glimpse of cars and characters made famous in Disney films in the special "Cars in Wonderland" exhibit now having its official grand opening this weekend at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 W. Volo Village Road, Volo. $13.95; $8.95 kids ages 5 to 12; $11.95 seniors and military veterans. (815) 385-3644 or volocars.com. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with Radio Disney, and noon and 2 p.m. with Princess Cabaret Sunday, July 14

Burger business
Roscoe Village Burger Fest appeals to meat and veggie eaters with burgers of all permutations as well as lots of live music. Patty lovers can enjoy traditional and gourmet burgers from restaurants such as Butcher & The Burger, Hamburger Mary's, Rockit Burger Bar, Cortland's Garage and Yoshi's Cafe, to name a few. Performers include The Ivorys, Super Happy Fun Club, Dot Dot Dot, Sister Hazel and Cowboy Mouth. Arts and crafts and a kids' zone round out the activity at 2000 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $7 suggested donation. (773) 868-3010 or www.chicagoevents.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14

Country Q
In a city of summer festivals, why not another? The first Windy City Smokeout will offer the best in barbecue and country music. Barbecue master and chef Doug Psaltis teams up with Chicago barbecue institutions Smoque and Lillie's Q as well as Texas's Salt Lick and three-time barbecue world champion and cookbook author Myron Mixon. A full lineup of country performers adds to the celebration at the corner of Rush and Illinois streets, Chicago. Tickets cost $30 for a one-day pass or $60 for a three-day pass. www.windycitysmokeout.com. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14

Grandwood Park Summerfest
Enjoy carnival rides, a fishing derby, concerts, a petting zoo and more at the Grandwood Park Summerfest at Hutchins Athletic Field, 36753 N. Hutchins Road, Gurnee. Musical performers include Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners. Free. (847) 356-0008. Noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13

The square root of summer
Chicago's Square Roots festival is a craft beer and music experience in the Lincoln Square neighborhood presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music. There will be multiple music stages, inside and out, with a mix of performers from local indie rockers to world music stars plus local and regional craft breweries offering a wide variety of beers. Dine on food from eclectic neighborhood eateries and join nightly dance parties, open jams and plenty of family activities. Performers include the Sanctified Grumblers, Birds of Chicago and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Sample the African Drum Circle for Families, yoga for kids, 11th Midwest Fiddle Championship, clogging, and Brazilian and Tahitian dance lessons. It takes place along Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson avenues, Chicago. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 seniors/kids and $20 for families. www.squareroots.org. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Drink up
Enjoy samples from more than 50 different brewers at the 10th Annual Barrington Brew Fest Saturday in downtown Barrington (Metra Station's north lot). $40 in advance; $50 the day of the event. (847) 852-3897 or barringtonbrewfest.com. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Bronco busters
Cheer on the brave wranglers and riders at the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce 50th IPRA Championship Rodeo at Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds, Case Road and Route 12, Wauconda. $15; $6 kids. (847) 526-5580 or waucondarodeo.com. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Christina, lately
If you enjoy comedian Christina Pazsitzky on the E! TV show "Chelsea Lately," then don't miss her live at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17-$19 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14

A picnic and a performance
Steel Beam Theatre stages "Icarus' Mother," Sam Shepard's apocalyptic one-act from 1965 about five people on a holiday picnic and the underlying tension that intensifies as they await a fireworks display. The performance/fundraiser, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, includes a picnic dinner courtesy of Geneva eateries Noodles and Company and The Spice House. $45. (630) 945-0052 or steelbeamtheatre.com. Picnic at 7 p.m.; performance at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Free Shakespeare
The Arc Theatre brings its abridged adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Evanston's Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St., as part of its fourth "Shakespeare on the Ridge" series, a collaboration between the theater and the Ridgeville Park District. Arc artistic director and co-founder Mark Boergers directs the free production. See arctheatrechicago.org. 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14

Big little leaguer
Morton Grove native Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will be on hand for a special screening of his new youth baseball film comedy "Dealin' With Idiots" at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 871-6604 or musicboxtheatre.com. 7:20 p.m. Saturday, July 13

'Fiddler on the Roof'
The Palatine Park District's New Second Suburbs Players present "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. The story focuses on a poor dairyman who tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. Tickets for adults cost $12 in advance; $14 at the door. Tickets for students, seniors and children cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Visit cuttinghall.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Influential fairies
See what happens when the magical fairy realm meddles in British politics in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic 1882 operetta "Iolanthe," presented by North Central College's Summer Light Opera at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. $15; $10 students/seniors. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Comedy host
Pat McGann, a Windy City comedian and host of WTTW's "The Chicago Standup Project," performs this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, $20 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13

'The Art of the Bicycle'
See more than 30 custom and vintage bicycles and learn about how different materials like steel, bamboo and titanium are used to create bicycles, plus view bicycling-related artwork, at "The Art of the Bicycle" exhibition at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. The event is presented by Wheel Werks Custom Bicycles of Crystal Lake. Free admission. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Komen brunch
Help support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Fox Valley Repertory at the "All About the Girls"breast cancer research fundraiser, which features a brunch, jazz music, a shopping boutique and a performance of the 1960s musical revue "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $64 (includes brunch, theater ticket, tax and gratuity). (630) 443-0438 or visit foxvalleyrep.org/ALLABOUTTHEGIRLS. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Auto excellence
Hundreds of rare vehicles and special displays are featured in the 7th Annual Barrington Concours d'Elegance today at the Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Hwy., Barrington; $25-$30; $75-$85 VIP admission. (847) 381-4291 or barringtonconcours.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Concert for kids
Tom Chapin and Friends headline a Kraft Great Kids concert in the Martin Theatre at Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Chapin is a Grammy Award-winning folk singer, songwriter and storyteller who specializes in music for children and families. $10; lawn seats $5. ravinia.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Bastille Day at D&J
Celebrate Bastille Day at D&J Bistro Sunday with a three-course prix fixe menu for $42.50 or a four-course prix fixe for $46.50. Appetizer choices include steamed PEI mussels in a white wine herb broth, carpaccio of beef tenderloin, les escargots du bistro and foie gras. Entrees include a 10-ounce New York Strip grilled with shallot butter; a half duck roasted crisp in a sour cherries sauce; garlic-rubbed lamb loin and rack over ratatouille; and filet of salmon. Desserts include homemade raspberry sorbet with mixed berries in an almond tuile cup. D&J Bistro is located at 466 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. (847) 438-8001 or dj-bistro.com. Sunday, July 14

Country camaraderie
Country fans won't want to miss Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., performing Sunday at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90-$100 reserved seating; $38-$43 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14

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