Best bets: See Olympic gymnasts, hopefuls compete at Sears Centre
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See Olympic athletes like 2012 team gold medalists McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross compete in the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, which features top women athletes vying for berths to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. (No, Secret doesn't mean you have to have a password to get it; it's a reference to the sponsor, Secret deodorant.) See these athletes Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $20-$69; $15 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27
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Craig Gass co-starred on the CBS sitcom "King of Queens" and he's a regular guest on "The Howard Stern Show." See Gass live this weekend at these Zanies locations: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484, $20 plus a two-item menu purchase; then at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027, $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, in Rosemont; 7, 9 and 11:15 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in Chicago
Artists and Elgin High School Class of 1973 alums Sara Risley, Daniel Teafoe and Steve Westphal combine their talents for the art show "3 from '73" starting this weekend at Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. Free admission. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. artists reception Saturday, July 27
Pianist Lang Lang teams up with conductor James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the bicentennials of the births of composers Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner and the centennial of Benjamin Britten for a gala concert Saturday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $25 reserved seating; $10 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27
Pianist Vassily Primakov and conductor Donato Cabrera perform the opening weekend of the 2013 Woodstock Mozart Festival, which continues through Aug. 11 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $30-$52; $25 students, per program. (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com or mozartfest.org. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday between July 27 through Aug. 11
Take a look at three private North Shore landscapes during The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program this weekend starting at The Gardens at 900, 900 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest (directions to additional properties will be provided). $5 per garden; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. (888) 842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28
Watch the famed Tempel Lipizzans perform to classical music and then tour the stables for these amazing horses Sunday at Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek. $25; $20 veterans; $15 kids. (847) 623-7272 or tempelfarms.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28
Kid's TV star Adriana Grande ("Victorious," "Sam & Cat") shows off more of her grown-up pop music side when she performs in concert on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $23-$33. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29
Stage and screen star Molly Ringwald ("Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles") performs cabaret songs from her recent CD "Except Sometimes" among others on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$75. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
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