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Weekend picks: Oom pah pah at Platzkonzert Germanfest

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  • Johnny Wagner of Pingree Grove performed at the 2012 Platzkonzert, an Oktoberfest-themed festival held this year at Sears Centre.

      Johnny Wagner of Pingree Grove performed at the 2012 Platzkonzert, an Oktoberfest-themed festival held this year at Sears Centre.
    daily herald File Photo

  • The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds performed during the 2012 Waukegan Air Show at the Waukegan Airport. The event returns Saturday, Sept. 7.

       The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds performed during the 2012 Waukegan Air Show at the Waukegan Airport. The event returns Saturday, Sept. 7.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer, September 20

  • Youngsters can get an up-close look at dump trucks, fire trucks and more at the Elk Grove Park District's Touch A Truck Day event.

      Youngsters can get an up-close look at dump trucks, fire trucks and more at the Elk Grove Park District's Touch A Truck Day event.
    Courtesy of the Elk Grove Park District

  • Comedian Owen Benjamin is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Owen Benjamin is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of Comedy Central

  • Former "Kids in the Hall" star Dave Foley is set to perform at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago.

      Former "Kids in the Hall" star Dave Foley is set to perform at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago.

  • Choreographer Victor Alexander debuts his premiere evening-length work "Line of Sighs" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago this weekend.

      Choreographer Victor Alexander debuts his premiere evening-length work "Line of Sighs" at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago this weekend.

  • Marc Anthony is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Marc Anthony is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Associated Press File Photo

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Oom Pah Pah
The Platzkonzert Germanfest returns Saturday with two stages, multiple bands, kids' activities, and loads of German food and more at Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Free. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Take off!
See all kinds of aerobatic team demonstrations and classic military planes at the Wings Over Waukegan Air Show at Waukegan Regional Airport, 3580 N. McAree Road, Waukegan. $10; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. (847) 244-0055 or wingsoverwaukegan.com. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 (air show starts at noon)

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Touch a Truck!
Youngsters can get an up-close look at fire trucks, dump trucks, police cars and other vehicles at Elk Grove Park District's Touch A Truck Day in the Pirate's Cove parking lot, 901 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village. Kids can explore by blowing the vehicles' horns, flashing the headlights and more. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Cameras are welcome. Free. (847) 437-9494 or elkgroveparks.org. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7

Art galore in Mundelein
The third annual Mundelein Arts Festival in Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein, features a wide variety of artwork, live entertainment, food and family activities. Free. mundeleinartsfestival.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8

How much?
Bring treasured items from your attics and mantelpieces to the 10th Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair and find out what they might be worth Saturday at the Plaza Del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette. $10 donation to the Les Turner ALS Foundation for each item (five-item limit per person). (847) 251-7211 or plazadelago.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Guinness Oyster Fest
You'll find plenty of fresh oysters, beer and live music at the 15th annual Guinness Oyster Fest, Damen and Roscoe streets, Chicago. Visitors can dig into fresh seafood and other fare while listening to musical acts that include Rusted Riot, the Trippin Billies, Fletcher and many others. $7. (773) 868-3010 or chicagoevents.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Renegade crafters
The Renegade Craft Fair offers a curated selection of more than 300 indie crafters, a pop-up vintage market, workshops by the Lill Street Art Center, Chicago School of Shoemaking and RX Made, along with music and a photo booth to document your day. Also on hand will be some of the city's most innovative food along 2000 W. Division St., Chicago. Free admission. renegadecraft.com/chicago. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8

Fashionable ladies
See a variety of evening gowns, daytime ensembles and sportswear relating to famed Chicago fashion importer Martha Weathered at "The Ladies of Cuneo: The Martha Weathered Fashion Collection" at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Weathered's Michigan Avenue boutique catered to the wealthy ladies of the Chicago area and was open from 1922 to 1971. The self-guided exhibition features clothing displayed throughout the mansion. $10 adults; $9 students and seniors. (847) 362-3042 or luc.edu/cuneo. Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 27

Salute to Mark Twain
Theatre-Hikes invites nature-loving theater fans to "A Walk with Mark Twain." The double-bill includes Joseph McDonough's adaptation of Twain's 1865 story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and David Birney's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve," adapted from two short stories Twain wrote toward the end of his career. Frank Sjodin stars as Mark Twain. See it at 4100 Ill. Route 53, Lisle. $18, $19. (630) 725-2066 or theatre-hikes.org or mortonarb.org. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8

Lisle's Art in the Park
The "Chalk-It!" sidewalk chalk art competition is one of the artistic highlights at Lisle's Art in the Park at the Lisle Community Park band shell, 1825 Short St. The fest has artist booths, an art-car show, and an auction of wheelbarrow planters sponsored by local organizations and artists. Artwork featured includes painting, clothing, ceramics, pottery, glasswork and more. (630) 353-4303 or lisleparkdistrict.org. Free. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Dundee's pub crawl
Head out on the town with the Rotary Rock N Pop Pub Crawl Saturday in East and West Dundee. Registration starts at Rosie O'Hare's, 702 Water St., East Dundee, between 6 and 9 p.m. and then you move on at your leisure to Diamond Jim's (specials are $7 domestic pitchers, $3 mimosas, $3 screwdrivers, $3 Bloody Marys); Dylan's Pub (with $3 Dylan's punch and $5 any bombs); and Bikini Bottom Bar and Grill ($2 Rock N Pop Jell-O shots, $4 Jager shots, $3 Corona or Corona Light and $7 adult root beer pints). Dress up for a chance to win prizes. $15 registration. (847) 426-1116 or rosieoharespub.com. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Standup guy
Comedian Owen Benjamin, famed for his stints on TV shows like MTV's "Punk'd," E's "Chelsea Lately" and more, performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17-$19. (847) 240-2001 orimprov.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Batavia Broadway
The Batavia Fine Arts Centre opens its 2013-14 professional touring season with the revue "Back on Broadway" featuring a slew of young performers singing and dancing musical theater favorites. See it at 1201 Main St., Batavia. $27.50-$39.50. (630) 937-8930 or bataviafineartscentre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Another version
The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale team up to perform the Midwest premiere of composer John Adams' large-scale oratorio "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $25-$50; $10 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

'Singin' in the Rain'
The Fox Valley Theatre Company brings the classic MGM film "Singin' in the Rain" to life onstage in the Blizzard Theatre at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The story focuses on 1920s Hollywood when silent films were becoming "talkies." Tickets cost $10-$12. (847) 622-0300. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 8

Dance tangents
Choreographer Victor Alexander shows off his premiere work "Line of Sighs" at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $20 general admission; $15 students/seniors. $50 Saturday show and benefit for the American Cancer Society. (312) 337-6543 or ruthpage.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Jonny Lang
Guitarist/singer Jonny Lang, who releases his new album, "Fight for My Soul," on Sept. 17, stops at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, this weekend. Tickets start at $39. (630) 962-7000. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

From the Hall
See comedian Dave Foley ("The Kids in the Hall," "Newsradio") when he performs his standup routine this weekend at the UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., Chicago. $25. (312) 662-4562 or upcomedyclub.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

'Ladies' first
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble opens its season with "Leading Ladies" by Ken Ludwig, the playwright who penned the backstage farces "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." BTE's production stars Bryan Burke and Robert Jordan Bailey as a pair of unemployed Shakespearean actors who pretend to be who they are not, in order to fool an elderly woman into leaving them her fortune. See it at Building K Theatre, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $28-$36. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Latin sensation
Grammy Award-winning Latin superstar Marc Anthony performs salsa selections from his latest album, "Vivir Mi Vida," and other songs Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $45-$125. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Buble at the UC
Crooner Michael Buble brings his infectious pop to the stage at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets run $59.50-$115. Visit unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

'Killer Angels'
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lifeline Theatre remounts its 2004 commission of "The Killer Angels," adapted by Karen Tarjan from Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicling not just the battles that took place from July 1-3, 1863, but the thoughts, fears and hopes of them men who fought them. The production marks director Matt Miller's Lifeline debut. See it at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. The show opens Sept. 15. $20-$40. (773) 761-4477 or lifelinetheatre.com. Previews at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Late-night Breakfast
It's throwback Saturday at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville, when The Breakfast Club takes the stage and brings the '80s back on. Doors open at 9 p.m. and drink specials are $3.50 Stella, Budweiser and Bud Light drafts. $6 to $8 cover charge. (847) 549-1972 or austinsaloon.com. Show at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Musical remembrance
Chicago Folks Operetta commemorates the European composers, librettists and performers from the 1930s who faced persecution by the Third Reich in the special concert "Operetta in Exile: Their Words, Their Music, Their Story" at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. $30. (847) 967-4800 or chicagofolksoperetta.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

'Corn 101'
Garfield Farm Museum volunteer and farm lobbyist Chuck Bauer will talk about the history of corn in the "Corn 101" program at the Garfield Farm Museum on Garfield Road, off Route 38, in Campton Hills. Learn why corn was considered a staple in many diets in the 19th century and how it was dried, cooked and distilled into alcohol. Bauer will also discuss modern uses for corn, including food additives, plastics and more. $6. Refreshments are included. (630) 584-8485 or visit garfieldfarm.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Sing along with Macaroni Soup!
Families can dance and sing along with Miss Carole and Clarence from the children's performance group Macaroni Soup! at a Family Sing at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. The event is part of the closing reception for the museum's "A Kid at Heart: Looking at Childhood Play" exhibit. Refreshments will be served. The museum's Heritage Gallery will be open for viewing. Free; reservations required. (847) 255-1225. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

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