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Sunday picks: John Lithgow tells 'Stories' in Skokie

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  • 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.
    AP File Photo/Boneau Bryan-Brown

  • 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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By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

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

'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. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

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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 through Monday, Nov. 11

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; Sunday, Nov. 3

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 the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, (847) 673-6300, northshorecenter.org; $24 college students, $55-$75. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Skokie

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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