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Weekend picks: Richard Marx brings 'Endless Summer Nights' back

Singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Friday, Nov. 1.

Singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Friday, Nov. 1.

 

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Comedian George Lopez performs live at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Comedian George Lopez performs live at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 2.

 
Elephants appear in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show “Built to Amaze!” at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

Elephants appear in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show "Built to Amaze!" at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

 

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Niles native Doug Montgomery performs in concert at Oakton Community College's Footlik Theater in Des Plaines.

Niles native Doug Montgomery performs in concert at Oakton Community College's Footlik Theater in Des Plaines.

 
Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (“Dexter,” “Sweet Smell of Success”) bring his one-man show “Stories By Heart” to Elgin Community College’s Arts Center and to Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow ("Dexter," "Sweet Smell of Success") bring his one-man show "Stories By Heart" to Elgin Community College's Arts Center and to Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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By Scott Morgan Laura Stewart

Marx the spot
Singer and songwriter Richard Marx performs Friday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $30-$40. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

Friday

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Holiday shopping
Get a head start on the holidays and shop for homemade holiday crafts and gifts at the Christmas Bazaar at St. James Parish, 820 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. More than 80 vendors will have items for sale. Other highlights include a bake sale and a raffle. $3. Students are free. (224) 345-7200 or stjamesah.org. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

East Meets Midwest
Head into the city for an unusual night out with hip-hop artists Himanshu Suri (Heems) and Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell). Heems and Dapwell guest curate an evening of special live performances, Bollywood DJ sets, and video projections as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Art's First Fridays series. Tickets include admission to the museum, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. $14 in advance or $18 at the door. Guests must be at least 21. (312) 280-2660 or mcachicago.org. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

Celeb obsession
Crystal Lake's Mary Williamson plays Kate opposite Nick Delehanty's Sam in The New Colony's world premiere of "Kate and Sam are not Breaking Up." Joel Kim Booster's dramedy examining celebrity and obsession centers on a hot Hollywood couple whose breakup unhinges one superfan who goes to great lengths to reunite them. Buffalo Grove native Stephanie Shum, New Colony's managing director, also appears in the show. Collaboraction Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago; $15, $20; thenewcolony.org. Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

Ale's well
Ale Quest bills itself as "the first and only Medieval Craft Beer Festival." So see how a Medieval Times show mixes with craft beer brewers at Medieval Times, 2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Call for ticket prices. (888) 935-6878 or alequest.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24

'Angel Street'
The Albright Theatre Company brings the thriller "Angel Street," often known as "Gaslight," to the stage at 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. The production focuses on a couple living in Victorian England, and the events that transpire when the husband tries to drive his wife to the brink of insanity. $12-$15. (630) 406-8838 or albrighttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

Diaspora dance
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater continues its mission to explore dance inspired by the African Diaspora by kicking off a five-year repertory project titled "Generations" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $40-$65. (312) 334-7777, deeplyrooteddancetheater.org or harristheaterchicago.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

EvenFlow's Halloween party
Party with high-energy classic rock cover band Tricky Mission at EvenFlow's Halloween party -- one day late. Dress up and win a $50 gift card for best costume. Try the $3 Tricky Mission shots. EvenFlow, 302 W. State St., Geneva; (331) 248-0269 or evenflowmusic.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

Dance party at Durty Nellie's
The '90s hip-hop band The Hot Sauce Committee and the electro-rock band The Personnel team up for a dance party for ages 21 and older at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; doors open at 9 p.m.

Circus spectacular
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to the suburbs and then the city with its 143rd edition called "Built to Amaze!" at two locations: the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Also at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $15-$25; $40 VIP tickets; $50-$60 front-row seats. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Various performances in Rosemont from Friday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Nov. 11

Saturday

Celebration of cultures
The Village of Streamwood celebrates many ethnic traditions with the Cultures of Our Community festival at the Poplar Creek Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. The event features a wide variety of fare, music, dancing and displays. Admission is free. (630) 736-3800 or streamwood.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

FallBack Arts Festival
The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Elgin host the third annual FallBack Arts Festival, featuring artistic workshops including painting, writing and photography, and a town hall discussion on fine arts and the economy. Events are free and take place at various venues in Elgin. Workshops and the town hall meeting require registration at cityofelgin.com or elginfallback2013@eventbrite.com. For daily schedule, visit websites; Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3

Tickling ivories
Niles native and pianist Doug Montgomery performs in concert Saturday as a benefit for student scholarships at Oakton Community College's Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. $25 (includes post-show reception). (847) 635-1900 or oakton.edu. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

Day of the Dead
Dress up and get ready to dance at the Día de los Muertos Ball featuring the band Sones de México Ensemble this Saturday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. $35. (312) 738-1503 or nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

Sharing stories
Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow shares some of his favorite stories by P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner in his one-man show, "Stories By Heart," at two suburban locations: the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, (847) 622-0300, [/URL]elgin.edu/arts;http://elgin.edu/arts[URL], $65, and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, (847) 673-6300, northshorecenter.org; $24 college students. (847) 895-3600 or ">, $55-$75. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in Elgin, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Skokie

Lounge life
Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is this month's ARTini Lounge performer at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Guests get two complimentary drinks and mingling time before the show. $26; http://prairiecenter.org. 6:30 p.m. lounge admission and 8 p.m. show Saturday, Nov. 2

Laughs for Lopez
If you've loved seeing comedian George Lopez in his self-titled sitcom or as host of the talk show "Lopez Tonight," then don't miss him performing live at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $46-$66. For mature audiences only. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

Sunday

Tiny soldiers
Twenty vendors of toy soldiers will exhibit and sell both collectible antique and classic plastic-molded soldiers and artillery when Cantigny hosts its 14th Annual Toy Soldier Show. Some vendors will be displaying their own handcrafted creations. Cantigny Park is at 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Admission is free with paid $5 parking fee. Visit cantigny.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

Highland Park Strings
The Highland Park Strings group presents the first concert of its current 35th season at Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave., Highland Park. The program highlights classical works by Wagner, Verdi and Mozart. Soloists from the New Millennium Orchestra will also be featured. The concert will be conducted by Maestro Francesco Milioto. Free admission. Visit hpstrings.org or call (847) 543-2300. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

'Lucky 13' concert
The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band presents its fall concert, "Lucky 13," in the Miller Theater of Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. The program honors compositions, composers, jazz artists and shows that were either born or written 50, 100, 150 or 200 years ago. Selections from Wagner, Verdi, Sammy Cahn, Woody Herman and others are included. $12 at the door, $8-$10 in advance. To purchase tickets, call the Buffalo Grove village hall at (847) 459-2518. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

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