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  • The party band Trash Martini headlines at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville.

      The party band Trash Martini headlines at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville.

  • See 20 running model railroads at the High Wheeler Train Show at Harper College in Palatine.

      See 20 running model railroads at the High Wheeler Train Show at Harper College in Palatine.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues are just one of the groups performing in the Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend in downtown Long Grove.

      Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues are just one of the groups performing in the Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend in downtown Long Grove.

  • Ildar Abdrazakov (in coat) stars in the title role of Borodin's "Prince Igor," which is shown in select movie theaters as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.

      Ildar Abdrazakov (in coat) stars in the title role of Borodin's "Prince Igor," which is shown in select movie theaters as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.
    Courtesy of Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

  • Comedian Colin Quinn, seen here in his previous show "Long Story Short," performs "Unconstitutional" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, March 1.

      Comedian Colin Quinn, seen here in his previous show "Long Story Short," performs "Unconstitutional" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, March 1.
    Courtesy of Carol Rosegg/Rubenstein Communications

  • Lucky Boys Confusion gets the band back together for a show at Durty Nellie's in Palatine Saturday.

      Lucky Boys Confusion gets the band back together for a show at Durty Nellie's in Palatine Saturday.

  • Legendary jazz performer Ramsey Lewis leads a tribute to Nat King Cole at North Central College this weekend.

      Legendary jazz performer Ramsey Lewis leads a tribute to Nat King Cole at North Central College this weekend.

 
 

Trash Martini: Hear the rock tunes of party band Trash Martini at Mickey Finn's Brewery, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Cover charge is $5. (847) 362-6688 or mickeyfinnsbrewery.com. 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

FRIDAY


'Schoolhouse Rock Live!': Watch as the songs and characters from the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series "Schoolhouse Rock" come to life in "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The series taught kids history, civics, grammar, math and more with colorful cartoon characters and catchy tunes like "Just A Bill" and "Conjunction Junction." $15. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com. Showtimes at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28; Saturday, March 1; Sunday, March 2, and Thursday, March 6

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Nautical notions: Banish thoughts of a largely frozen Lake Michigan and start thinking about spring and summer sailing by visiting the Northern Illinois Boat Show starting Thursday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $7; $5 seniors. (847) 680-7200 or illinoisboatshow.com. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Custom autos: If customizing cars is an all-consuming hobby of yours, then don't miss the 52nd Annual World of Wheels expo this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $19; $5 kids ages 6 to 12; Free admission for kids ages 5 and under. (847) 692-2222 or autorama.com. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Try your luck: Dress up as 1920s flappers and gangsters and try your hand at gambling for a good cause at the Speakeasy Casino Night Fundraiser tonight at the DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. $75. (630) 510-4941 or dupagemuseum.org. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Double bill: Catch a strong double bill this week when power-pop legend Marshall Crenshaw teams up with roots-rock pioneers the Bottle Rockets at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Crenshaw is best known for his melodic guitar rock from the 1980s, including hits like "Someday, Someway" and "Cynical Girl." The Bottle Rockets were part of the 1990s "alternative country" movement that included Uncle Tupelo and the Old 97s. The band's acclaimed first two albums have just been reissued in a two-disc set by local label Bloodshot Records. A night of rock 'n' roll doesn't get much better. $30; oldtownschool.org. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Returning 'Revelations': The Chicago premiere of Aszure Barton's 2013 work "LIFT" is just one of many works on the bill for the return engagement of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater starting this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $32-$92. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Tribute to Cole: Acclaimed jazz musician and composer Ramsey Lewis will lead a musical tribute to the legendary 1950s pop-jazz artist Nat King Cole at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Lewis will be joined by guitarist John Pizzarelli in the "Straighten Up and Fly Right" concert event. Tickets start at $50; finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Comedy guy: Catch actor and comedian Tim Walkoe ("America's Funniest People") in a return engagement starting Wednesday 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. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?': The Albright Theatre Company in Batavia presents Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the theater at 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. The production, which is recommended for mature audiences, examines the breakdown of a middle-aged couple's marriage. $12-$15. (630) 406-8838 or albrighttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2

SATURDAY


High Wheeler Train Show: Train fans can view 20 running model railroads at the annual High Wheeler Train Show at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Event highlights include crafts, demonstrations, face painting, train-related science exhibits, drawings for train sets and more. Adults $9; seniors $7. Kids are free with online coupon from highwheelertrainshow.com. Family rate for two adults and up to four children is $18. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2

'Winter Blues Getaway': More than 70 exhibitors will be on hand at the Winter Blues Getaway Community Expo and Craft Show at Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main St., Wauconda. Other event highlights include crafts, live entertainment with Dave's Exotic Reptile Show and more. Free admission. (847) 526-5580 or waucondaareachamber.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Russian rhapsody: The Metropolitan Opera's first production of Borodin's influential Russian opera "Prince Igor" in nearly a century is screened in select movie theaters from Naperville to Gurnee as part of the Live in HD series this Saturday. Prices vary by venue, but largely $22-$24. fathomevents.com. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1; 6:30 p.m. rebroadcast Wednesday, March 5

Ice Meltin' Blues: Long Grove hosts its sixth annual Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend, featuring performances by Chicago-area blues artists in cafes and restaurants in downtown Long Grove, at Robert Parker Coffin and Old McHenry roads. Performers include Demetria Taylor & The Blues Band, The Rockin' Johnny Blues Band and others. Guests can also watch an ice-carving demonstration at Long Grove's outdoor Fountain Square. Admission to all events is free, except for the 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, performances by Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues at The Village Tavern. Those two concerts are $10. Reservations are recommended for all shows. For information and schedule, call (847) 634-0888 or head to visitlonggrove.com. Events run at various times on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2

Political humor: After exploring history in his Broadway show "Long Story Short," former "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Quinn tackles politics in his new touring show, "Unconstitutional," playing Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $40. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1

Celtic rhythms: Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations early with a performance by the Celtic band Arranmore, along with guests Marian Bradfield and members of the McNulty Irish Dancers this Saturday at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30; $35 stage tables. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1

SUNDAY


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!: Celebrate the 110th birthday of popular children's author Dr. Seuss (the late author Theodor Seuss Geisel) at the Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! program at Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Kids are invited to listen to Dr. Seuss stories, decorate cupcakes, color book plates, have their faces painted and more. Free. (630) 684-0586 or barnesandnoble.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, March 2

History reenacted: The Below Stairs: Meet the Kitchen Maid Whose Memories Inspired 'Downton Abbey' and 'Upstairs Downstairs'" Margaret Powell historian Leslie Goddard promises Sunday, at the Cuneo Mansion & Garden, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. $20-$25. (847) 362-3042 or luc.edu. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Oscar night: Celebrate the broadcast of the Academy Awards by also helping out a charity by attending Oscar Night with Dann Gire, the Daily Herald's longtime film critic. This event benefits Variety, the Children's Charity of Illinois, and includes swag bags, appetizers, a silent auction and more. Get all "glammed up" this Sunday at Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton. $40 singles or $70 for two. (312) 822-0660 or varietyofillinois.org. 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Mass appeal: The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra teams up with opera soloists and the Apollo Chorus to perform Mozart's Great Mass in C minor this Sunday at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 Brush Hill, Elmhurst. $32; $30 seniors; $9 students. (630) 941-0202 or elmhurstsymphony.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2

Get Lucky: Local rock favorite Lucky Boys Confusion will perform at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith Street, Palatine. The band formed in DuPage County in the late 1990s and became an international success on the strength of its modern rock sound, which incorporated elements of ska and hip-hop. The band members have gone their separate ways to pursue other musical projects, but they get together for hometown shows every once in a while. $12; durtynellies.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1

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