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  • "Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing" plays the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for seven shows between Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6.

      "Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing" plays the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for seven shows between Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6.

  • Cellist Carter Brey performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Schaumburg and Elgin.

      Cellist Carter Brey performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Schaumburg and Elgin.
    Photo by Chris Lee

  • José Luis Gomez is the guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert of music by Nielsen and Dvorak in Elgin and Schaumburg.

      José Luis Gomez is the guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert of music by Nielsen and Dvorak in Elgin and Schaumburg.

  • Jeff Garlin appears at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago and Rosemont.

      Jeff Garlin appears at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago and Rosemont.

  • Comedian Robert Klein performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Saturday, April 5.

      Comedian Robert Klein performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Saturday, April 5.

  • Crooner Franc D'Ambrosio sings Hollywood tunes at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, April 4.

      Crooner Franc D'Ambrosio sings Hollywood tunes at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, April 4.

  • Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea teams up with Bela Fleck for a concert at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on Saturday, April 5.

      Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea teams up with Bela Fleck for a concert at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on Saturday, April 5.

  • DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is Friday, April 4, at DoubleTree by Hilton in Mundelein.

      DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is Friday, April 4, at DoubleTree by Hilton in Mundelein.

  • Courtesy of Norm KocolSee an HO scale operating model railroad at the Lake County Model Railroad Club's Spring Open House.

      Courtesy of Norm KocolSee an HO scale operating model railroad at the Lake County Model Railroad Club's Spring Open House.

  • Courtesy of Chris VallilloRoots artist Chris Vallillo, pictured, joins folk musician Bucky Halker for a concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 6.

      Courtesy of Chris VallilloRoots artist Chris Vallillo, pictured, joins folk musician Bucky Halker for a concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 6.

  • Dance performances are part of the fun at the eighth annual Celebration of Cultures at the Pavilion in Elk Grove Village.

      Dance performances are part of the fun at the eighth annual Celebration of Cultures at the Pavilion in Elk Grove Village.

 
 

Elmo's song: See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in "Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing" at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $21-$93, $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6

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Celebration of Cultures: The Elk Grove Park District and the Community Coalition of Elk Grove team up to present the eighth annual Celebration of Cultures at the Pavilion at 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. Highlights include music, dancing, multi-language storytelling, handmade items for sale, games, crafts and more. Free. (847) 437-9494. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday April 4

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Powerhouse punk: Pop-punk band Against Me! will make a stop at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, touring behind its acclaimed new album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," which came out earlier this year. The album is the band's first since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed herself as a transgender person in 2012. (Before that, she was known as Tom Gabel.) Critics are praising the record's intense, stripped-down music and revealing lyrics. $18; durtynellies.com. 7 p.m. Friday, April 4

Bulk comedy: If you've loved watching comedian Ralphie May on TV's Comedy Central, see him live starting Thursday for a six-performance run at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road in Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $31-$55. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5; and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6

Danish and Czech: Conductor Jose Luis Gomez and cellist Carter Brey are the guest artists of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in three concerts by Nielsen and Dvorak at two locations: the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, then at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$60. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Schaumburg; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6

Musical military: The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants headline at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. This symphonic wind ensemble performs popular favorites, classical works and more. Free. Visit atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Friday, April 4

Silver-screen sing: Italian-American crooner Frank D'Ambrosio pays tribute to Hollywood song classics in a concert devoted to silver screen music tonight at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, April 4

Garlin of 'Goldbergs': Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin ("The Goldbergs," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") returns this weekend for a series of shows at two Zanies locations: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484; then at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago. $25 plus a two-item purchase. (312) 337-4027 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, April 4; 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Rosemont; 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Chicago

Jazz stylist: Jazz singer Janice Borla is joined by fellow faculty members trumpeter Art Davis, guitarist John McLean, bassist Jim Cox and drummer Jack Mouse when she performs songs from her new album, "Promises to Burn," on Friday at North Central College's Madden Theater, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $15-$20. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Friday, April 4

Latin star: Die-hard fans of best-selling Mexican crooner and songwriter Juan Gabriel have snatched up most of the tickets to his upcoming two-concert engagement starting Thursday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $59-$250. (800) 745-3000 or allstate arena.com. 9 p.m. Friday, April 4

SATURDAY


Antique show: Visitors can find everything from carnival items and tin signs to music boxes, video and sports games at the The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Admission is $7 per person. Visit chicagolandshow.com. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6

Model Railroad Club Open House: The Lake County Model Railroad Club hosts its annual Spring Open House at 107 S. Main St., Wauconda. See an operating model railroad, which occupies more than 1,500 square feet. Other highlights include a scavenger hunt for kids and a door prize. Admission is free. Individuals who bring a donation for the Wauconda Food Pantry will receive a free raffle ticket toward a door prize. Visit lcmrr.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6

Sip & sample: Hundreds of fine wines and brews can be sampled at DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 510 E. Route 83, Mundelein. $35 (includes souvenir wineglass). (847) 566-4600 or dicarlofinewine.com/events. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5

Arch comedy: Actor and comedian Robert Klein shares his wry sense of humor this Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $44-$50. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5

Corea & Fleck: Grammy Award-winners Chick Corea and Béla Fleck team up for a jazzy, folksy fusion concert this Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$86. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5

SUNDAY


'Seussical': Theatreworks USA presents the musical "Seussical" in Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. See characters from the pages of classic Dr. Seuss books, including "Horton Hears a Who" and "Horton Catches the Egg" come to life on stage. The program is an adapted version of the Broadway musical and is recommended for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families. $6-$12. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6

Chris and Bucky: Folk musician Bucky Halker joins roots artist Chris Vallillo in a concert of folk music at the In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. The program, hosted by the Lake County Folk Club, will feature selections by Woody Guthrie, along with original material. $10-$12; $5 for teens. For reservations call (847) 602-8882. Visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6

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