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  • The Holmes Brothers

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  • Associated Press/New Line Cinema ¬ Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is set to perform Howard Shore's score to "The Return of the King" live at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8.

      Associated Press/New Line Cinema ¬ Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is set to perform Howard Shore's score to "The Return of the King" live at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8.

  • Comedian Steve Byrne headlines the "Sullivan & Son" tour based upon the TBS sitcom Friday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Steve Byrne headlines the "Sullivan & Son" tour based upon the TBS sitcom Friday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • The Moody Blues play two shows at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5.

      The Moody Blues play two shows at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5.
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  • Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, one of the bands on the bill for the Summerland Tour, which stops locally at the House of Music & Entertainment in Arlington Heights on Friday, Aug. 8.

      Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, one of the bands on the bill for the Summerland Tour, which stops locally at the House of Music & Entertainment in Arlington Heights on Friday, Aug. 8.
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  • Jason Derulo is one of the artists performing at the Macy's Glamorama at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 8.

      Jason Derulo is one of the artists performing at the Macy's Glamorama at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 8.
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  • Associated PressThe Goo Goo Dolls perform on the same bill with Daughtry and Plain White T's at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 10.

      Associated PressThe Goo Goo Dolls perform on the same bill with Daughtry and Plain White T's at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • The Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden continues through Sunday, Aug. 10.

      The Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden continues through Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • Associated PressDaughtry performs on the same bill with the Goo Goo Dolls and Plain White T's at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 10.

      Associated PressDaughtry performs on the same bill with the Goo Goo Dolls and Plain White T's at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • White Mystery

      White Mystery

  • See Rachel McPheeters of DeKalb and nine other top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at the Taste of Arlington Heights at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The grand prize winner and the online Fan Favorite will be announced at the event.

       See Rachel McPheeters of DeKalb and nine other top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at the Taste of Arlington Heights at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The grand prize winner and the online Fan Favorite will be announced at the event.
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Roots-music masters: For more than 30 years, the Holmes Brothers have been moving audiences with their three-way vocal harmonies and soulful music, a mix of blues, rock and soul. The trio, consisting of Wendell Holmes (guitar, piano), Sherman Holmes (bass) and "brother-in-spirit" Popsy Dixon (drums), are playing a free show at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn; atthemac.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

Friday

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Gurnee Days: Taste a variety of different foods, take part in a bicycle parade and watch the fireworks at the annual Gurnee Days festival in Viking and Peterson parks, on Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee. Other highlights include entertainment, Ribfest and other family activities. Free. Visit gurneedays.com. 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Fireworks at dusk Saturday; parade at noon Sunday

Viva Italy: Enjoy pasta, concerts, carnival attractions and more at the Little Italy Fest-West starting Thursday at Centennial Park, 1776 W. Centennial Place, Addison. Free admission. (630) 889-2150 or oshows.com. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Rings tones: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra completes its live orchestral accompaniment of Peter Jackson's acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy with "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" Friday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $25-$50; $25 lawn. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

Fashion for a cause: Jason Derulo and Before You Exit are just two of the top acts featured in Macy's Glamorama "Fashion Rocks" for 2014, presented Friday, Aug. 8, at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $75 performance only; $175-$1,000 show and party packages to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

Sitcom tour: If you love the TBS cable TV sitcom "Sullivan and Son," then don't miss its star, Steve Byrne, at the helm this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $24 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Alternative '90s: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog are the hit 1990s bands featured on the Summerland Tour 2014, which makes a suburban stop at the House of Music & Entertainment, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. $35 standing room; $1,000 VIP booth of 10. (847) 577-4663 or homebarchicago.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

'Back to the Future': The Optimist Club of Des Plaines hosts a screening of the 1985 family film "Back to the Future," starring Michael J, Fox, at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion and Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. Free. Visit dpparks.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Popcorn, drinks and other snacks available for purchase beginning at 7 p.m.

Fab Four tribute band: The Beatles tribute band Beatolution headlines at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts at 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. The 45-minute show will feature a number of the Beatles' earliest hit tunes from the 1960s. Free; donation welcome but not required. Visit rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

Movies at Morton: Catch the family-friendly musical movies "Newsies" and "Singin' in the Rain" in two special drive-in screenings this weekend at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $40 per vehicle. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 for "Newsies" and Saturday, Aug. 9 for "Singin' in the Rain"

Local 'Mystery': Local brother-sister duo White Mystery has just released its fourth album of raw garage rock, "Dubble Dragon." Francis White's relentless drumming and Alex White's ferocious voice sound great on the record, but they're meant to be heard live on stage. At the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $10; hideoutchicago.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8

Saturday

Motor madness: The Chicago Norton Owners Club presents the 23rd Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Show at the Motor Cycle Center, 443 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park. The show is open to all makes of motorcycles, both domestic and foreign, from 1989 and earlier. Awards will be given for all classes. Free admission; $10 registration fee for those wanting to display a motorcycle. (630) 455-6954 or cnoc.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Veg out: Food demonstrations, health booths, an art show and music are part of VeggieFest Chicago 2014 at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S175 Naperville-Wheaton Road, Naperville. Free. Visit veggiefestchicago.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10

Talent at Taste: Find out the grand prize winner and online Fan Favorite of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent on Saturday as part of the outdoor Taste of Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell Street and Vail Avenue in Arlington Heights. No admission charge. (847) 253-1703 or business.arlingtonheightschamber.com or dailyherald.com/events. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; 3:30 p.m. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent show

Hometown Picnic: Old-fashioned games and contests are showcased at the Hometown Picnic at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Other highlights include an apple pie-baking competition. Activities are free with paid $8-$12 museum admission. Naperville residents, members and children younger than 4 admitted free. Visit napersettlement.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

Symphonic outdoors: The Chicago Sinfonietta makes its debut at Cantigny Park with a concert featuring music of Florence Price, Dvorak, Ravel and more on Saturday at 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. $22-$24. (630) 260-8162 or cantigny.org or chicagosinfonietta.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

On the rise: Pennsylvania hard-rock band Crobot, which has gained attention with performances at key events like South by Southwest, will perform this weekend at HOME Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. (Phosphene and 10 Years are also on the bill.) $10; homebarchicago.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

Sunday

French connection: Take a one-day trip to "France" for French Connection Day at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The French-themed festival commemorates the personal history of the park's benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. Free with paid $5 parking. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Air up there: Watch kite-flying performances or attend kite-making workshops at the Kite Festival today at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but $25-$30 parking per car or van. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Blues tribute: The Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds are all on the bill for the Rock N' Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter on Sunday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $29.50-$69.50. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Rock outdoors: Rock out on the shores of Lake Michigan when the Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry share the bill with guests Plain White T's today at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago. $28.50-$139. (312) 540-2668 or livenation.com. 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

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