'Reaper' men: If you love heavy metal music, then don't miss the appearance of the band Blue Oyster Cult this Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$69. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17
Japanamation station: Meet up with other Japanese cartoon and comics fanatics this weekend at the annual Anime Central: The Midwest Anime and Manga Convention at two locations: the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $53-$60; $10-$15 kids. (224) 676-0003 or acen.org. 24-hour events between 10 a.m. Friday, May 16, and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18
'Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil War': Learn about the long-standing major league baseball rivalry in Chicago at the new "Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil War" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Retrace the history of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox through fan souvenirs, interviews with former players, videos and more. Free admission. Visit elmhurst.org. Exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 28. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Blooming Fest: West Chicago celebrates spring at its 14th Annual Blooming Fest, on Main Street and West Washington Street. This garden-themed festival features the West Chicago Garden Club's plant sale, a bike parade, car show, crafts, music, food, children's activities and more. Free. (630) 293-2200, Ext. 135, or visit westchicago.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17
Gardenology Festival: Experts in horticulture fields such as farming and landscape design will discuss everything from herbs and vegetables to wildlife control, attracting butterflies and birds to a garden, composting and more at the Gardenology Festival, at Third and State streets, in downtown Geneva. Other highlights include children's activities, demonstrations, speakers and more. Event runs rain or shine. Free. Visit gardenologygenevail.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17
Fun at the farm: Purchase organic plants and get an up-close look at baby goats and chickens as the Prairie Crossing Farm hosts its Organic Plant Sale and Farm Open House. Visitors can meet with the farmers, see vintage tractors and tour the farm. Youngsters can head out on a scavenger hunt. Guests can bring a picnic lunch to eat on the farm's south lawn. Baked goods are available for sale. Event runs rain or shine. The Prairie Crossing Farm is at 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake. Free admission. Visit libertyprairie.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17
'Sleeping Beauty': Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $15. (630) 530-8300 or drurylane.com. Showtimes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17; 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22
Taste of Glen Ellyn: Sample a wide variety of food, hop on carnival rides and watch music and dance performances at the 34th Annual Taste of Glen Ellyn, on Main Street, in downtown Glen Ellyn. Other highlights are a craft festival and a business expo. Performers include the McNulty Irish Dancers, Maggie Speaks and Hi Infidelity. Free admission. Visit glenellynchamber.com.noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 17; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Welles Film Festival: The Woodstock Theatre and the Woodstock Celebrates organization team up to present the three-day Welles Film Festival, honoring the late legendary actor and director Orson Welles (1915-1985), from May 16-18. Screenings of four of Welles' best-known films will be shown at the Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St., Woodstock. Welles attended school in Woodstock and worked as a theater director at the Woodstock Opera House early in his career. Tickets are $5 per person for each film. Visit welleswoodstock.com or classiccinemas.com. Showtimes are: "Lady From Shanghai" at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17; "The Stranger" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17; "Citizen Kane" at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18.
Does your mother know?: Disco lovers won't want to miss the return of "Mamma Mia!" The international hit jukebox musical features all ABBA songs and a script about a grown daughter seeking her birth father. "Mamma Mia!" plays eight performances starting Tuesday at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $15-$87. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Dance debuts: The Salt Creek Ballet unveils the world premieres of choreographers Viktor Plotnikov's "My Best Friend" and Sergey Kozadayev's "Prelude" on the same bill with "Carnival of the Animals" this weekend at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $15-$29. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18
Bronx boy: Comedian Mark Viera ("30 Rock," "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand Up") draws from his New York roots for a standup show this weekend, at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 17; 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Choreographic master: The Paul Taylor Dance Company will soon start adding other classic choreographic works besides those of its 83-year-old title founder. But in the meantime, see such Taylor pieces like "Black Tuesday," "Mercuric Tidings" and "Sunset" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$68. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17; 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Jump up: The New Orleans-based band Imagination Movers is famous for targeting its educational rock songs for the toddler set on the Disney Junior cable channel. Catch them live today for two shows at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $29; $20 kids ages 12 and under. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18
The speaking dead: Learn about some local residents who are no longer with us via the Palatine Historical Society Annual Cemetery Walk, which features costumed volunteers sharing life stories of the deceased today at the Hillside Cemetery at Smith Street (north of Colfax Street) in Palatine. $5; $2 kids ages 7 to 15. (847) 991-6460 or palatinehistoricalsociety.com. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Going baroque: Conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads the final concert of the Music of the Baroque's 2013-14 season, "Royal Fireworks Music -- and More," at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $38-$75. (312) 551-1414 or baroque.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18 in Skokie