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  • Comedian Bobby Lee headlines at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Bobby Lee headlines at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
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  • See civil rights-themed photographs by Bernard J. Kleina at "The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography" exhibit at North Central College in Naperville.

      See civil rights-themed photographs by Bernard J. Kleina at "The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography" exhibit at North Central College in Naperville.
    Courtesy of Susan Kummerow

  • Sport cards are some of the collectible items featured at the Collectibles Show at the Holiday Inn in Elgin.

      Sport cards are some of the collectible items featured at the Collectibles Show at the Holiday Inn in Elgin.
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  • Guests can learn to scuba dive at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show.

      Guests can learn to scuba dive at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show.
    Photo courtesy of Colleen Richardson

  • Mechanized dinosaurs are just part of the fun at the interactive exhibit "Discover the Dinosaurs" returning to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, Jan. 17, through Monday, Jan. 20.

      Mechanized dinosaurs are just part of the fun at the interactive exhibit "Discover the Dinosaurs" returning to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, Jan. 17, through Monday, Jan. 20.

  • The a capella group Ball in the House is set to perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, Jan. 18.

      The a capella group Ball in the House is set to perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, Jan. 18.

  • The Lake County Folk Club presents a concert by folk artist Michael Peter Smith Sunday.

      The Lake County Folk Club presents a concert by folk artist Michael Peter Smith Sunday.
    Courtesy of The Lake County Folk Club

  • Actor Jon Heder is set to host special screenings of the cult hit film "Napoleon Dynamite" at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville over the weekend.

      Actor Jon Heder is set to host special screenings of the cult hit film "Napoleon Dynamite" at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville over the weekend.

 
 

MADtv man: Fans of the former sketch comedy show "MADtv" won't want to miss cast member and comedian Bobby Lee performing live this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $24 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

SATURDAY


Collecting collectibles: Sports cards, wax boxes and other collectibles are featured items at the Collectibles Show at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 495 Airport Road, Elgin. Admission is free. For information, send email to collectables2@yahoo.com. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

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'The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography': See photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights marches in Chicago taken by photographer Bernard J. Kleina in "The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography" exhibit in the Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. An artist's reception runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Refreshments served. For information, call (630) 637-5375. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show: See the latest equipment and trends in the world of RVs, boating, camping and travel at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place, North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Other highlights include appearances by John Godwin from A&E's "Duck Dynasty," scuba diving lessons, fishing in the Huck Finn Trout Pond and more. Admission is $12 adults; free for ages 15 and younger. Visit chicagoboatshow.com. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Coldblooded crew: More than 40 animatronic prehistoric dinosaur replicas return with the interactive Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. New this year are extra attractions like rides, miniature golf and inflatables. $18; $16 seniors; $15-$22 kids ages 2-12. (847) 692-2222 or rosemont.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

'Winnie the Pooh': Head to the fictional Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and his pals Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit and others, as the Palatine Park District hosts a screening of the animated family film "Winnie the Pooh" at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. Tickets are $3 per person. (847) 202-2222 or visit cuttinghall.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Those dancin' feet: Get your fill of Broadway tap dance production numbers when the Tony Award-winning musical "42nd Street" begins Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $36.90-$49.90. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Vote for Pedro: Actor Jon Heder rose to fame as the star of "Napoleon Dynamite." He will sign autographs and host screenings of the cult indie film this weekend at two locations: Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, and at the Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville. $8 film admission; autographs and photos with Heder cost extra. (630) 427-1880 or atriptothemovies.com. 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Naperville; 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Woodridge

Gospel Messiah: The ninth annual"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" concert returns this weekend as an all-American reinterpretation of Handel's great 18th-century oratorio at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$68. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Vocal heights: The five-member vocal group Ball in the House brings a blend of influences -- including classic R&B and pop -- to perform this Saturday at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia. $22.50-$34.50. (630) 937-8930 or bataviafineartscentre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Metal lives: Heavy metal is alive and well this weekend in the suburbs, with two classic bands -- Queensryche and Quiet Riot -- taking the stage in St. Charles. Queensryche -- the version of the band led by original frontman Geoff Tate -- will deliver its epic brand of progressive metal, while Quiet Riot will run through MTV-era hits like "Cum On Feel the Noize," at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $29. Go to oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Habit-forming: See how five Sisters of Hoboken try to put on a fundraising variety show in Dan Goggin's 1985 off-Broadway hit "Nunsense," starting Thursday with the blessing of Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $32-$42. (630) 584-6342 or foxvalleyrep.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Still 'Super': The great band Superchunk was one of the cornerstones of the 1990s punk/alternative scene in Chapel Hill, N.C. The band had an energetic and ferocious style that combined buzz-saw guitars and driving rhythms with smart, witty lyrics. After a much-too-long hiatus during the 2000s, the band roared back to life in 2010 with the album "Majesty Shredding," which was followed up in 2013 with the acclaimed "I Hate Music." (When not writing or performing, band members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance run the independent record label Merge, which remains one of the most respected rock labels in the world.) Superchunk hits Chicago this weekend as part of the annual Tomorrow Never Knows rock festival, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. Roomrunner and Split Single will also perform. $21. Go to metrochicago.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

SUNDAY


Bird behavior: Arlington Heights photographer Arlene Koziol documents bird behavior in the "Back From the Brink Art Exhibit," which goes on display today at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. No admission charge. (847) 968-3321 or brushwoodcenter.org. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

U.S. Coast Guard's Cadet Chorale: The United States Coast Guard's Cadet Chorale presents a concert at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The program includes patriotic tunes, sea chanteys, show tunes and more. Free. (630) 968-0219. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Organist memorial: Pay tribute to Jim Shaffer, the late resident organist of the Arcada Theatre, at the concert and silent film event Jim Shaffer Day today at 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $10 donation to benefit the Arcada Theatre Pipe Organ Maintenance Fund. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

MLK Tribute: Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an orchestral concert including the North American premiere of Jacob Ter Veldhuis' multimedia work "Mountain Top" this weekend at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, $42-$54. (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or chicagosinfonietta.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Folksy evening: The Lake County Folk Club presents folk artist Michael Peter Smith in concert at the In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Folk singer and guitarist Brett Johnson also performs. Reservations are recommended. Call (847) 602-8882, or visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org. $10-$12; $5 for teens. 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

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