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  • Legendary pop crooner Lionel Richie headlines Chicago's United Center Sunday.

      Legendary pop crooner Lionel Richie headlines Chicago's United Center Sunday.
    Associated Press file photo

  • Gene Weygandt, left, Renee Matthews and Tim Kazurinsky star in the 2012 off-Broadway comedy "Old Jews Telling Jokes" at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

      Gene Weygandt, left, Renee Matthews and Tim Kazurinsky star in the 2012 off-Broadway comedy "Old Jews Telling Jokes" at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

  • Comedian Rondell Sheridan is set to perform at Zanies locations in St. Charles and Rosemont.

      Comedian Rondell Sheridan is set to perform at Zanies locations in St. Charles and Rosemont.

  • Home improvement expert Lou "Mr. Fix It" Manfredini is one of the celebrities making an appearance at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

      Home improvement expert Lou "Mr. Fix It" Manfredini is one of the celebrities making an appearance at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
    Courtesy of Kennedy Productions

  • Performers from Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl perform "Arriba el Norte!" at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Sept. 28.

      Performers from Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl perform "Arriba el Norte!" at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Sept. 28.

  • Students, teachers and conductors from the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association perform at the 20th Festival of Pianos at the Northbrook Court shopping center in Northbrook.

      Students, teachers and conductors from the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association perform at the 20th Festival of Pianos at the Northbrook Court shopping center in Northbrook.

  • The Gerald Clayton Trio will perform at the Logan Center Performance Hall during the free Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which runs Sept. 28-29.

      The Gerald Clayton Trio will perform at the Logan Center Performance Hall during the free Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which runs Sept. 28-29.

  • Sarah Brightman brings her "Dreamchaser" world tour to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 28.

      Sarah Brightman brings her "Dreamchaser" world tour to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 28.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Marie Brestel of Aurora walked her dogs Monty, left, and Danny during a previous edition of "Barkapalooza," the West Suburban Humane Society's annual dog walk and pet expo at Lisle Community Park.

       Marie Brestel of Aurora walked her dogs Monty, left, and Danny during a previous edition of "Barkapalooza," the West Suburban Humane Society's annual dog walk and pet expo at Lisle Community Park.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Musician and composer Kurt Bestor joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Voices in Harmony for "A Night at the Movies on Broadway" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

      Musician and composer Kurt Bestor joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Voices in Harmony for "A Night at the Movies on Broadway" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Hit machine
There was a time when it seemed impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Lionel Richie song. After a stint singing as part of the Commodores, the ageless pop crooner skyrocketed into the stratosphere as a solo artist in the 1980s, delivering a string of hits like "Truly," "Stuck on You," "All Night Long," "Say You, Say Me" -- the list goes on and on. Richie will run through his long set of hits during a show at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets cost $39.50-$125. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Friday

Apples aplenty
It's the season to feast on all kinds of apple delights this weekend at the Long Grove Apple Fest at the crossroads of Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove. Free. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29

It's natural
See the works of the late nature artist and illustrator Charley Harper in the "Beguiled By the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper" exhibition, running through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Lake County Discovery Museum, on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road, Wauconda. View more than 20 of the artist's prints, screen prints and illustrations involving various natural scenes, including wildlife. Visitors can also take part in their own interactive art activities. Admission is $2.50-$6 and free for kids 3 and younger. Discount Tuesday admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 17 and younger. (847) 968-3400 or lcfpd.org/charleyharper. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4:40 p.m. Sunday

Fall in love with Huntley's Fest
Can you believe it's autumn already? Celebrate the season with scarecrow building (plus a contest), a tractor show, a petting zoo, pony rides, music, food and a craft and home business show at the Huntley Fall Fest at Deicke Park, 11419 S. Route 47. The Huntley Lions Club pancake breakfast runs from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday; the 5K and 1-mile fun run are at 8 a.m. Cap off your day with fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $5 starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. huntleyfallfest.org. 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; and 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Circus stays
The Kelly Miller Circus brings its international troupe of acrobats, exotic animals and more to Water Tower Park, Route 176 near Newport Court, Island Lake. $10; $6 kids (prices increase closer to performance dates). villageofislandlake.com. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

Ballet sampler
Ballet Quad Cities brings "An Evening of Classical Ballet Scenes" to Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, 401 E. Franklin Ave., Wheaton. $45; $40 students/seniors. (630) 752-5010 or artistseries.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

Laughs and latkes
Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent's critically acclaimed 2012 off-Broadway comedy "Old Jews Telling Jokes" comes to Chicago with a local cast featuring Tim Kazurinsky ("Police Academy" movies), Renee Matthews ("Molly Picon's Return Engagement") and Gene Weygandt ("Wicked") at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $49-$59. (312) 988-9000 or oldjewstellingjokesonstage.com/home/. Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

That's so Rondell
Comedian Rondell Sheridan ("That's So Raven," "The Tonight Show") performs this weekend at two Zanies locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342; then at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a two menu-item purchase. zanies.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in St. Charles; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Rosemont

Seasonal chills
Bohemian Theatre Ensemble opens its 10th season with "Veronica's Room," a horror thriller by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Stepford Wives") in which Susan, a student, agrees to impersonate Veronica, the long-dead sister of a disturbed young woman in order to comfort the woman on her deathbed. Charles Riffenburg directs the show at Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. $20. (866) 811-4111 or bohotheatre.com. Preview at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; regular run at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29; runs through Oct. 27

LaBute 'Wrecks'
Profiles Theatre's ongoing relationship with playwright and resident artist Neil LaBute continues with the Midwest premiere of LaBute's "Wrecks," directed by American Theater Company's Jason Gerace and featuring Chicago's John Judd. The plays centers around father and successful businessman Edward Carr (Judd) whose life is torn apart by the death of his beloved wife. This marks the 11th premiere by Profiles of a LaBute work. See it at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The show opens Oct. 3. $20-$40. (773) 549-1818 or profilestheatre.org. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

Saturday

Something old, something new
Meet home remodelers, contractors and designers while exploring 300 displays with the latest in bathroom, kitchen and basement design ideas at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Celebrity appearances include home improvement expert Lou "Mr. Fix It" Manfredini of WGN Radio. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors (older than 62), and free for kids younger than 18. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. Visit kennedyproductions.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29

High art glass
More than 60 stained glass works are featured in the exhibit "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From the Driehaus Collection" starting Saturday at the Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., Chicago. $20; $12.50 seniors; $10 students and youth ages 6-12; free for kids 5 and younger. (312) 482-8933, ext. 21, or driehausmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29; exhibit runs through June 29

Music in the mall
Students, teachers and conductors from the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association perform a variety of pieces on the piano at the 20th Festival of Pianos in the lower level of Northbrook Court shopping center, on Lake-Cook Road in Northbrook. Four hundred pianists are expected to perform in the two-day musical event. Performers play duets in ensembles, under the direction of a conductor. Free. (847) 498-8161 or northbrookcourt.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29

Design stars
Design Harvest, Chicago's annual street festival celebrating design, offers tents and courtyards at Grand and Damen avenues, Chicago, filled with modern, vintage and handmade furniture and home accessories. Join art-making activities, take a hay ride or share in family activities such as a hay maze, face painting, scarecrow making and a petting zoo. There also will be live musical entertainment during the two-day festival. Admission is $5. (312) 850-9390 or design-harvest.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29

Historical Depot Museum
Head out to the grand reopening of Itasca's Historical Depot Museum, 101 N. Catalpa, Itasca, for tours, giveaways, music, popcorn, face painting and other family activities. The newly renovated museum features artifacts and photographs, looking at the history of the Milwaukee Railroad system and the village of Itasca. Youngsters can use an interactive train display. Guests can also tour the museum's 1939 Milwaukee Road rib-side caboose. Free. (630) 773-2257 or itasca.com. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Snazzy jazz
Come enjoy two days of lively grooves and bluesy musical ruminations during the seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. World-class headliners and local emerging artists converge upon venues such as the DuSable Museum, the Logan Center of the Arts, Robie House, the Rockefeller Chapel and two main stages on the Midway Plaisance in Hyde Park, Chicago. There also will be food and refreshments, along with family-friendly activities. Free admission. (773) 324-6926 or hydeparkjazzfestival.org. 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 28, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept 29

Latin heritage
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl continues its mission to explore the music and dances of Mexico in their latest show, "Arriba el Norte!," presented Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $20-$23; $17-$20 seniors; $12-$15 kids 10 and younger. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Superheros onstage
Improv Playhouse ensemble members perform classic radio scripts "The Adventures of Superman!" and "The Green Hornet" as staged radio dramas this weekend at the Libertyville theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Among the participating actors is IP executive producer David Brian Stuart, Michael Scott Blackman and George Elliott. $12.50, $17.50. Presale $10, $15. (847) 968-4529 or improvplayhouse.com. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Fly away
Hear Phoenix blast through its alternative rock lineup at the Aragon Entertainment Center, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Tickets cost $42. aragon.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Starry soprano
Sarah Brightman, the original star of "The Phantom of the Opera," recently announced her ambitions to travel to space. For now, though, she's taking off for Rosemont, bringing her ethereal soprano voice to town via her "Dreamchaser" world tour Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $63.50-$155. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

'Three Faces of Elvis' concert
Elvis Presley tribute artists Shawn Klush, Rick Alviti and Cody Slaughter headline the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $29. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Snuggery's late-night parties
Hit Snuggery McHenry's dance floor starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, where a DJ spins tunes late into the night. Saturday drink specials include $3.25 Coors Light 20-ounce drafts, $15 Coors Light buckets of five bottles, $5 Absolut Bloody Marys and $7.50 antipasto Bloody Marys with Coors Light chasers. Come early and eat the $15.99 prime rib dinner special at 801 River Road, McHenry. (815) 578-9600 or snuggerychicago.com. 9 p.m. every Saturday

Sunday

Fido frolics
The West Suburban Humane Society invites folks to bring their well-behaved dogs to the 20th Annual Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon and Expo fundraiser at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. $20 registration fee; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. barkapalooza.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

'True Companion'
Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriterMarc Cohn performs his hits like "Walking in Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird" and more at Elgin Community College's Visual & Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $36. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Broadway & Hollywood
Composer and musician Kurt Bestor teams up the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Voices in Harmony to perform "A Night at the Movies on Broadway" at Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $30-$40. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Welcome Speck
Conductor Scott Speck begins his tenure as the Chicago Philharmonic artistic director in the concert "Twilight of the Romantics: Strauss, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky" featuring pianist Kuang-Hao Huang Sunday at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. $25-$75. (847) 866-6888 or chicagophilharmonic.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

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