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Weekend picks: Steely Dan goes '8 Miles to Pancake Day' at Ravinia

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  • Steely Dan -- Walter Becker, left, and Donald Fagen -- bring their "Mood Swings Tour 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day" concert to Ravinia Festival.

      Steely Dan -- Walter Becker, left, and Donald Fagen -- bring their "Mood Swings Tour 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day" concert to Ravinia Festival.

  • Comedian Al Madrigal is set to perform at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

      Comedian Al Madrigal is set to perform at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.
    Courtesy of Comedy Central

  • Backstreet Boys playsthe FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island this weekend.

      Backstreet Boys playsthe FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island this weekend.

  • Comedian Greg Warren is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Greg Warren is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Harrison Rumney grips the wheel of the aerial bucket truck as his dad, Marshall, watches to make sure he doesn't lose control at a previous year's Big Trucks event in Barrington.

       Harrison Rumney grips the wheel of the aerial bucket truck as his dad, Marshall, watches to make sure he doesn't lose control at a previous year's Big Trucks event in Barrington.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Soprano Latonia Moore stars in the title role of a special concert of Verdi's grand opera "Aida" at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 3.

      Soprano Latonia Moore stars in the title role of a special concert of Verdi's grand opera "Aida" at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 3.

  • Corky Siegel is set to perform in Long Grove.

      Corky Siegel is set to perform in Long Grove.

  • Blake Shelton brings his "Ten Times Crazier Tour" to the First Midwest Band Amphitheatre in Tinley Park Saturday.

      Blake Shelton brings his "Ten Times Crazier Tour" to the First Midwest Band Amphitheatre in Tinley Park Saturday.

  • Sean and Karen Slavin of Woodstock sing "Over the Rainbow" during Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. They will be competing against the other nine finalists on Sunday, Aug. 4.

       Sean and Karen Slavin of Woodstock sing "Over the Rainbow" during Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. They will be competing against the other nine finalists on Sunday, Aug. 4.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Taiko Japanese drummers will be part of the celebration at Mitsuwa Marketplace's Bon-Dancing Festival in Arlington Heights.

      Taiko Japanese drummers will be part of the celebration at Mitsuwa Marketplace's Bon-Dancing Festival in Arlington Heights.
    Daily Herald file photo by Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@da

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Steely Dan live
America's quirkiest jazz-rock icons, Steely Dan, return to Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, to perform their "Mood Swings Tour 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day" concert. Tickets cost $90-$105 reserved seats; $38 lawn. ravinia.org or (847) 266-5100. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1-2

Port Edward's caviar and seafood dinner
Port Edward, 20 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin, hosts the queen of caviar, Collins Caviar founder Carolyn Collins, at a seafood and caviar dinner Friday. Begin with a Riverita cocktail and Collins Caviars on the boat deck patio. A buffet dinner features the lobster bisque, smoked salmon and trout, steamed mussels, seafood stuffed mushrooms, crab legs, paella valenciana, bouillabaisse, snapper Vera cruzana, grouper in Mango Chutney, blackened Catfish and more. $99 per person all-inclusive. (847) 658-5441 or portedward.com. 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Racing retitles
See if your racing rubberized reptile will win you a $500 prize at the 9th Annual Turtle Trek at Twin Lakes Golf Course and Recreation Area, 1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive, Palatine. $5 per turtle or $20 for a five-pack. (847) 934-6050 or saltcreekpd.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Boy band bash
Fans of the 1990s boy band Backstreet Boys won't want to miss their "In a World Like This Tour," which also features Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago. $18-$170. (312) 559-1212 or livenation.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Walk about in Elgin
Spies, double agents, good cops, bad cops and thieves are among the characters featured in Janus Theater Company's sixth annual short theater showcase titled "Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet." Theatergoers walk from the Elgin Public House to Side Street Studio Arts to Chooch's Pizzeria to Al's Cafe. At each venue, they'll enjoy a different play, inspired by James Bond. $18 online. $20 at the door. (847) 841-1713 or elginwalkabout.com or janustheater.com. Tickets at elginwalkabout.eventbrite.com. Tours begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 4, from 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin, and continue every 15 minutes through 8 p.m.

Cinema combing
"Hair" and "Hairspray," two major motion pictures inspired by smash hit Broadway musicals with an emphasis on 1960s coiffures, receive grand movie theater screenings this weekend at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $6; $3 seniors/students. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, for "Hair" and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, for "Hairspray"

Madrigal man
Award-winning comedian Al Madrigal ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart") brings his standup routine to Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, and MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in St. Charles; and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in Rosemont

'Caveman' returns
"Defending the Caveman," Rob Becker's comic examination of how men and women relate to each other, returns to Fox Valley Repertory for a brief run at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $42. (630) 584-6342 or foxvalleyrep.org. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 2-10

A long journey
Steve Augeri may not be a household name, but for nearly a decade he fronted one of the biggest American pop groups ever. In 1998, Augeri took over as the lead singer of Journey -- the band's first "official" vocalist since the departure of Steve Perry. Augeri and band toured the world and released new albums until 2006, when Augeri left and launched a solo career. The Steve Augeri Band will play at the Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, in a concert that will raise money for research into a cure for Parkinson's disease. Noah's Arcade and Fargo will also perform. Tickets start at $29. Go to oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Midwestern man
Comedian Greg Warren draws from his Midwestern roots for his brand of standup comedy this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19-$22 plus a two-menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Doggie date
The Buffalo Grove Park District invites everyone to bring their dogs to "Movies Under the Stars," a free outdoor program at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. Watch DreamWorks' 2012 film "Rise of the Guardians" with your family and your four-legged friend(s). Bring snacks and dog treats. Dogs must be leashed during the event. For information, call (847) 850-2100 or go to bgparkdistrict.org. Dusk Friday, Aug. 2

Time to jam
Mr. Blotto is one of Chicago's longest-running and most durable bands. Mr. Blotto's renowned live shows feature of a mix of original songs and expertly chosen covers, all displaying a jam-band aesthetic. The band performs at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Ethereal Groove Inc. will also perform. $5. Go to durtynellies.com. 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2

Tots & big trucks
Give little kids a chance to get their hands on some heavy machinery at the 14th Annual Big Trucks Event Saturday at Ron Beese Park, 50 Rotary Drive, Barrington. Free. (847) 381-0687 or barringtonparkdistrict.org. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

Dog Days
Bring your canine friend for a day of entertainment and socializing at the annual Dog Days fest at Cantigny, Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Watch dog agility demonstrations, meet representatives from dog rescue organizations and animal shelters and buy pet supplies from vendors. Dogs can mingle with other four-legged guests in the dog play area and cool off in small pools in the splash park. Free admission (with paid $5 parking fee). (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

World of Faeries Festival
Enter a world of faeries and magical tales at the ninth annual World of Faeries Festival, Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. Festival features storytelling, arts and crafts, food and games. Guests are welcome to dress in costumes. Admission (cash only) is $11 adults; $8 for seniors; free for children ages 12 and younger. (815) 788-1630 or theworldoffaeries.com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

American Glass and Dinnerware Show & Sale
The Midwest Glass and Pottery Club sponsors its 19th Annual Antique American Glass and Dinnerware Show & Sale at the Players Indoor Sports Center, 1740 Quincy Ave., Naperville. Twenty-six dealers from 11 states will showcase a variety of midcentury modern glass and dinnerware. Guests can also bring in their own glass items for the experts to identify at the glass-identification services booth. Admission is $7 per person (good for both show days). For information, visit midwestglassandpottery.com or email tuckant@gmail.com. Glass-identification services available from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Two from Vex
Vex Theatre's contribution to Elgin's Art & Soul on the Fox art fair includes a free children's show by Vex founder Cathleen Ann, about a plucky princess who follows her dream of piracy and adventure, at the Art & Soul on the Fox Kids Stage in downtown Elgin. The company also performs an original, one-act show for adults titled "Muse" about the humorous and harrowing moments involved in creating art at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin. $5. (847) 991-8081 or vextheatre.org. "Ninja Pirate Princess" is at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4. "Muse" is at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 4

Winning at Wrigley
There hasn't been much to celebrate within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field for more than 100 years, but outside the stadium things just keep rocking and rolling along. The 11th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest serves up plenty of food and beverages from local eateries, music courtesy of Hairbanger's Ball, Hey Jimmy and Too White Crew, and a kids' zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities. Come by on Sunday and worship in the middle of Seminary Street and listen to a live choir, which will perform during a free Gospel Brunch. Join the fun at 3300 N. Seminary, Chicago. Admission is $5. (773) 665-4682 or wrigleyvillesummerfest.com. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5

Edge Fest
This relatively new festival in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood will include live music on two stages, wares from more than 40 local artists and food from neighborhood eateries. This year Edge Fest's focus is bacon, so expect lots of goodies highlighting crispy pork at 5900 N. Broadway, Chicago. Admission is $5. (773) 665-4682 or starevents.com/festivals/edge-fest. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Celebrate the culture of Japan
Mitsuwa Marketplace's Bon-Dancing Festival, a traditional Japanese summer festival, features Japanese dancers, Taiko drummers, authentic fare, games and more. Free. Mitsuwa Marketplace is at 100 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. (847) 956-6699. 2 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

Viva Verdi
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Conlon commemorate the bicentennial of composer Guiseppe Verdi's birth with a performance Saturday of his grand opera "Aida" starring such famed luminaries as Latonia Moore, Michelle DeYoung, Roberto Alagna, Morris Robinson, Mark Delavan and others. Experience it at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $25-$100 reserved seating; $10 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27

Shelton sounds
Enjoy the country sounds of Blake Shelton during his "Ten Times Crazier Tour" Saturday at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. Don't miss Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer, too. Tickets cost $29.25-$59. (800) 653-8000 or livenation.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

A little night music
The majestic 1889 opera house in Woodstock is home to the annual Mozart Festival. The intimate size of the hall means that the audience is enveloped by music performed by internationally recognized guest artists and conductors. This weekend features concerts by cellist Nazar Dzhuryn and French saxophonist Daniel Gauthier. The Woodstock Opera House is located at 121 Van Buren St. Tickets start at $33-$55. (815) 338-5300 or WoodstockOperaHouse.com. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 3-4

In a pickle
Learn how preservation by pickling was crucial for 19th-century families to make their food last at the Pickling Party at the Durant House Museum in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve on Dean Street, one mile west of Randall Road on Route 64, St. Charles. Watch pickling demonstrations and learn why the pickling process is still important today. Donation requested: $2 for adults, $1 for kids. (630) 377-6424 or visit ppfv.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Clown remembrance
Remember circus entertainers of the past at the 14th Annual Celebration of International Clown Week, which features performances, kids' activities and more today at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park. No admission charge. performforthelove.com/showmensrest. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

1812 blasts
Real cannons are featured in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "Tchaikovsky Spectacular," which features James Conlon as conductor with violinist Gil Shaham and soprano Oksana Dyka as guest soloists, at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $25-$80 reserved seating; $10 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; family events begin 3 p.m.

Blues for free
The Siegel-Schwall Band performs its blend of Chicago blues music in a free concert Sunday at the Sunset Foods Pavilion in downtown Long Grove. Free. (847) 722-8989 or lgamc.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Suburban Chicago's Got Talent
See the top 10 finalists and vote for your favorites in the next round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent on Sunday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $15. (The top 10 finalists also perform at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 10, when the contest winner and the "Fan Favorite" will be announced). (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Tween heartthrobs
The tweens will be screaming when Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice take the stage at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. Tickets run $20-$105. (800) 653-8000 or livenation.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

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