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  • Singer Beverly Crawford will perform as part of CLC's 30th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

      Singer Beverly Crawford will perform as part of CLC's 30th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.
    Courtesy of College of Lake County

  • Comic books and other comic-related items are featured at the Mighty Con Comic Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.

      Comic books and other comic-related items are featured at the Mighty Con Comic Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.
    Courtesy of Bill Ahart

  • The string quartet Well-Strung is set to perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, April 12.

      The string quartet Well-Strung is set to perform at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, April 12.

  • A variety of sculptural and funtional ceramic pieces are part of "The Nature of Clay" exhibit, opening Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

      A variety of sculptural and funtional ceramic pieces are part of "The Nature of Clay" exhibit, opening Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

  • Pedigreed and  household cat competitions are part of the fun at the 54th Anniversary All-Breed Cat Show at Harper College in Palatine.

       Pedigreed and household cat competitions are part of the fun at the 54th Anniversary All-Breed Cat Show at Harper College in Palatine.
    Daily Herald file photo | Staff Photographer

  • The Race and Performance Expo returns to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Among the vehicles at a past event was Schwartz Performance's 1981 Pontiac Trans-Am.

      The Race and Performance Expo returns to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Among the vehicles at a past event was Schwartz Performance's 1981 Pontiac Trans-Am.
    Courtesy of Prestige MotorCar Photography

  • Comedian and ventriloquist Taylor Mason is set to perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Saturday, Feb. 22.

      Comedian and ventriloquist Taylor Mason is set to perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Saturday, Feb. 22.

  • Soprano Ana María Martínez stars in the title role of Dvorak's fairytale tragedy "Rusalka," which makes its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut on Saturday, Feb. 22.

      Soprano Ana María Martínez stars in the title role of Dvorak's fairytale tragedy "Rusalka," which makes its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut on Saturday, Feb. 22.
    Courtesy of Tom Sprecht

  • See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the "Circus Spectacular" comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the "Circus Spectacular" comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • The Naperville Winter Ale Fest debuts from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

      The Naperville Winter Ale Fest debuts from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
    Daily Herald File Photo

 
 

High praises: Singer and psalmist Beverly Crawford is the special guest star for the College of Lake County 30th Salute to Gospel Concert, which also features the award-winning Voices of Acme choir Saturday at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $19; $17 seniors and kids. (847) 543-2191 or (847) 543-2300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

SATURDAY


Bark stars: See many groomed breeds of dogs, agility tests and new canine products at the International Kennel Club of Chicago 2014 International Cluster of Dog Shows this weekend at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $20; $15 seniors; two-day pass $25 or $20 for seniors. (773) 237-5100 or ikcdogshow.com. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23

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All tricked out: Gear heads who love customizing their cars won't want to miss the 7th Annual Race & Performance Expo, which features vehicle displays, vendors and more this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15. (630) 584-6342 or raceperformanceexpo.com. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

All-Breed Cat Show: The Lincoln State Cat Club hosts its 54th anniversary All-Breed Cat Show in the Wellness and Sports Center Gym at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Highlights include an education ring, pedigreed and household cat competitions, meet-the-breed booths and more than 30 vendors offering pet-related collectibles and products. $6-$8. Children under age 6 are free. Visit lscats.org or harpercollege.edu. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23

Comic books galore: Comic book fans can look for unique comic books, toys, posters, collectibles and more at the Mighty Con Comic Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $5 adults; free for kids ages 12 and younger. Visit geekinccomics.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Big-top fun: Carden Entertainment brings its 51st Circus Spectacular with exotic animals, graceful aerialists, skilled acrobats and more to the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $20-$45; $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; and 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Olympic views: Get two very contrasting views of the Sochi Winter Olympics at two different exhibits in Chicago this week. The United States Olympic Committee Road to Sochi Tour features appearances from Olympic champions like Vonetta Flowers and Derek Parra, plus many interactive exhibits on winter sports this Wednesday and Thursday at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. teamusa.org. Meanwhile, the ongoing photography exhibit "The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus" features images from 2009 and beyond showing a former Soviet city amid its transformation into an Olympic city at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. depaul.edu/museum. Free admission to both events. Sochi Project exhibit on display from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23

Cheers!: More than 120 craft beers by 60 different breweries can be tasted at the Naperville Winter Ale Fest this weekend at Frontier Park, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville. $45 (includes tastings, commemorative glass and program); $15 designated drivers. Must be 21 or older. napervillewinterale fest.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

'The Nature of Clay': See a variety of functional and sculptural ceramic works by the ClayMirth group of potters at "The Nature of Clay" exhibit and sale at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center's Kavanagh Gallery, 37W570 Bolcum Road in St. Charles. Free. (630) 584-9443 or fineline.org. An artists' reception is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Many of the show's artists will be on hand to discuss their works. Exhibit runs Saturday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Winter Carnival: Celebrate winter, snow and ice at Hawthorn Woods' inaugural Winter Carnival in Hawthorn Woods Community Park, at Old McHenry and Quentin roads. Highlights include entertainment, an ice-sculpting demonstration, ice skating, sledding, a laser light show and more. (847) 847-3531 or vhw.org. Events begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Tea & Talk: Tuck in to tea and other treats while discussing the current fourth season of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" at the Tea & Talk program in the meeting house at Naper Settlement, on the corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue, Naperville. Guests can play trivia games related to the show and wear accessories from the 1920s. $15. Registration required. Call (630) 420-6010. Visit napersettlement.com. 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Who's talking?: Award-winning comedian and ventriloquist Taylor Mason ("Star Search," "Last Comic Standing") brings his standup routine (and many felt alter egos) to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $25. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Mermaid relation: Antonin Dvorak's 1901 fairy-tale opera "Rusalka," famed for its "Song to the Moon" aria and its similarities to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," finally has its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut Saturday in a new production by Sir David McVicar starring soprano Ana Maria Martinez, above, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Sung in Czech with projected English translations. $65-$319. (312) 332-2244 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

'Arsenic and Old Lace': Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, at 777 S. Meacham Road, Elk Grove Village, presents the classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace." The story focuses on two spinster sisters who befriend older men and poison them. $12-$14. Visit overshadowedproductions.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Comedy conduit: Local comedian Pat McGann, host of WTTW's "The Chicago Stand-Up Project," which helped comedy amateurs craft new routines, shows off his own standup material at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 plus a two menu-item purchase. (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

SUNDAY


'Radio Noir': RG Productions features four detective stories in its "Radio Noir" production at PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch. Costumed actors bring the adventures of fictional detectives like Sam Spade to life, along with showcasing spoofs of "Dragnet" and more. The event also features 1940s jazz music from The Together Again Duo. Tickets are $10. Visit pmltheatre.com. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

Beatles singalong: As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on American television, the Arcada Theatre is hosting a special singalong screening of "A Hard Day's Night," the classic and influential musical film from the Beatles and filmmaker Richard Lester. The event will include a preshow concert by the Ralleys and other activities.at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15, $25; oshows.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

All Mozart: Guest pianist Roger Shen teams up with The Northbrook Symphony for an all-Mozart concert titled "Devine Genius" today at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. $8-$45. (847) 272-0755 or northbrooksymphony.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23

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