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  • Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane star in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music."

      Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane star in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music."
    Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography/Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Susanna Phillips and Wilmette native Mathew Polenzani co-star in a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcast of Mozart's unsettling comedy "Così fan tutte."

      Susanna Phillips and Wilmette native Mathew Polenzani co-star in a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcast of Mozart's unsettling comedy "Così fan tutte."
    Courtesy of Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

  • The comedy troupe 3 Blonde Moms performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, April 25.

      The comedy troupe 3 Blonde Moms performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, April 25.

  • Los Tigres del Norte performs with Joan Sebastian at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, April 27.

      Los Tigres del Norte performs with Joan Sebastian at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, April 27.

  • Joan Sebastian will appear on the same bill with Los Tigres del Norte at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

      Joan Sebastian will appear on the same bill with Los Tigres del Norte at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
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The Hills are Alive: The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its postseason experiment of producing classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals with "The Sound of Music," featuring stars from Hollywood (Billy Zane), opera (Christine Brewer) and Broadway (Jenn Gambatese) starting tonight at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $29-$199. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. Begins 7 p.m. Friday, April 25; continues various dates through Sunday, May 25

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Flashy cash: Fans of old coin and paper cash collecting won't want to miss the Central States Numismatic Society's 75th Anniversary Coin Show running Thursday through Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. (847) 303-4100 or schaumburgconventioncenter.com or centralstates.info. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 25; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26

Fear No Art: The College of Lake County hosts its 16th Annual Fear No Art festival featuring dance, music, drama, poetry and the visual arts in the James Lumber Center on the CLC campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. The event features original works by CLC students and faculty. $7-$9; children under age 12 are $3. Visit clcillinois.edu. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Funny mummies: The comedy team of 3 Blonde Moms specializes in finding humor from parenthood and suburban shenanigans. See the Moms tonight at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $31-$37. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday, April 25

Ducks, no dynasty: Die-hard duck hunters won't want to miss the 49th North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $5. (630) 584-6300 or midwestdecoy.com. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26

Provocative Persian: From his appearances on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" to being a founder of "The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour," Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani certainly gets around. Catch him live this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $33-$53. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, April 25; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 26; 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Rising comedian: The career of Chicago-area comedian Michael Palascak is climbing, especially with recent specials on Comedy Central and appearances on several late-night TV shows. Catch Palascak locally from Wednesday through Saturday at the Zanies Comedy Club at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 25; and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26

SATURDAY

Artistry in Wood: Woodcarvers from across the Midwest will step into the spotlight at the Artistry in Wood woodcarving show at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The event, presented by the North Suburban Carvers group, features one-of-a-kind items for sale, artist demonstrations and more. Free with paid $5 parking fee. Visit cantigny.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27

'Henry and Mudge': Theatreworks USA presents the new musical, "Henry and Mudge," based on the best-selling children's book series by Cynthia Rylant, at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. The show focuses on a boy named Henry and his best friend Mudge, a giant lovable canine. $6-$12. Visit northcentralcollege.edu. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26

Art on parade: Sixty juried artists and artisans from around the Midwest will showcase their works at the Art Fair at the North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield. Other event highlights include live music, food, a children's art workshop and raffles for donated art work prizes. Free. Visit nsuc.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Earth Day Festival: Carol Stream honors Mother Nature with its Earth Day Festival and Farmers Market at the Carol Stream Town Center, 910 N Gary Ave, Carol Stream. More than 40 vendors will be on hand with local produce, meat, cheeses, bread, honey, jam and baked items. Other highlights include kids' activities, live raptors, Touch-A-Tractor, nature crafts, Bug Olympics and more. Free admission. Visit csparks.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26

Sheep Shearing Weekend: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites guests to learn how wool goes from "sheep to the shop" during the annual Sheep Shearing Weekend at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Watch as the farm's sheep lose their winter woolen coats by modern and old-fashioned shearing methods. Other activities include sheepherding demonstrations by staff and border collies from Heatherhope Farm and more. Free admission. (630) 876-5900 or dupageforest.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27

Trust issues: Wilmette native Mathew Polenzani stars as one of four deceptive lovers in Mozart's bittersweet comedy "Cosė fan tutte," which is simulcast around the world Saturday as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series at participating movie theaters ranging from Batavia to Gurnee. Ticket prices vary by venue, but largely $22-$24. metopera.org or fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. Saturday, April 26

Jam please: Rock out with Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, which plays two area locations this weekend: first on Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, $35-$45. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu; then Sunday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$49. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Naperville; 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in St. Charles

SUNDAY

Toys, dolls and more: More than 600 exhibitors will showcase items at the Antique-Collectible Toy & Doll Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S Randall Road, St. Charles. Actor Jackson Bostwick of the 1970s children's show "Shazam!" will meet with fans and sign autographs. $9 admission. Kids under age 12 are free. Visit chicagotoyshow.com. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Comedy for a cure: Comedian Patti Vasquez is the headliner for the breast cancer fundraiser Shop & Laugh to Find a Cure Sunday at Zanies at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $55. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27

They're still here: The Senior Follies gives senior citizens the chance to strut their stuff and show off their talents today at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $5. (847) 895-3600 or prairiecenter.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Trills today: Singer Sarah Holman and Youth Concerto Competition winner Michael Zyzak are the featured soloists in the Fox Valley Orchestra concert "Operatic Treasures" today at Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University's Institute for Collaboration, 407 S. Calumet Ave., Aurora. $13; $11 students/seniors. (630) 891-2526 or foxvalleyorchestra.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Latin legends: Singing star Joan Sebastian plays on the same bill as Los Tigres del Norte Sunday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $49-$125; $13-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstate.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27

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