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Best bets: Chazz Palminteri plays the Arcada

Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri brings his own stage play

Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri brings his own stage play

 
Poet Carl Sandburg circa 1922.

Poet Carl Sandburg circa 1922.

 
The Shananigans Big Band is set to perform at the Let's Dance "November Splendor" weekend at the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

The Shananigans Big Band is set to perform at the Let's Dance "November Splendor" weekend at the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

 
Elgin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Isabella Lippi is set to perform a Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Isabella Lippi is set to perform a Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

 
Baritone Thomas Hampson appears in the new Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Wagner's "Parsifal."

Baritone Thomas Hampson appears in the new Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Wagner's "Parsifal."

 
Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta.

 
A contingent from Case Construction tends to an oversized balloon of Fred Flintstone in a previous edition of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

A contingent from Case Construction tends to an oversized balloon of Fred Flintstone in a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

 

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Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri ("Bullets Over Broadway," "Modern Family") brings his autobiographical Broadway show "A Bronx Tale" for a special Sunday performance at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $49-$79. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Poetic 'Shoulders'
Find out about the celebrated poet who first deemed Chicago as the "City of Big Shoulders" in the exhibit "Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst" starting Saturday at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Free. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from Saturday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, April 20

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Wagner grail
"Les Miserables" co-director John Caird helms a new Lyric Opera of Chicago production of composer Richard Wagner's final opera, "Parsifal," starting Saturday. There are only six performances of this epic German work at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $34-$274. (312) 332-2244, ext. 5600, or lyricopera.org. 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Wednesday, Nov. 13, Friday, Nov. 22 and 29, Monday, Nov. 25; 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17

Weekend swing
Grab a dance partner to jive and jitterbug at Let's Dance "November Splendor" featuring John Smith and Shananigans Big Band on Saturday and the Johnnie Kaye Orchestra on Sunday at the Northern Illinois University Duke Ellington Ballroom, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb. $65-$110 package deal per person. (815) 753-1444 or justmakeithappen-dekalb.com. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Painful history
Kristallnacht 75 is a solemn event to mark the 75th anniversary of the first organized act of Nazi violence against the Jewish people of Germany and Austria. Cantors Albert Mizrahiand Benjamin Warschawski are just two of the participants this Saturday at the Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Free. (847) 967-4800 or kristallnacht75.org. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9

Home team
Conductor Andrew Grams and concertmaster Isabella Lippi lead the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in music of Sibelius, John Adams and Tchaikovskythis weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$60. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10

Musical 'Muertos'
The Chicago Sinfonietta may be a bit late to officially mark "Día de los Muertos," but that hasn't stopped music director Mei-Ann Chen from gathering the talents of violinist Ade Williams, soprano Elizabeth Norman, the DePaul University Singers and Redmoon Theater for a special Latin concert at two venues: Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $42-$54; then at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $15-$54. (312) 236-3681 ext. 2 or chicagosinfonietta.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 in Naperville; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Chicago

Plan ahead

Art & wine inside
If you're already impatient for the outdoor summer art fair season, then go indoors for The Inside Art and Wine Show at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park. No admission; $10 wine tasting. (847) 926-4300 or theinsideshow.com. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24

Love a parade?
Start deciding now if you're going to attend the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in person or catch it on TV. This year is the parade's 80th anniversary, and the grand marshal is Drew Sidora of the VH1 biopic "CrazySexyCool." Cheer it on Thursday, Nov. 28, on State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street in Chicago. Free. chicagofestivals.org. 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28

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