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Weekend picks: Jim Breuer brings stand-up to Schaumburg

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  • Comedian Jim Breuer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Jim Breuer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
    Associated Press 2007

  • Rod Stewart performs in concert with Santana on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Rod Stewart performs in concert with Santana on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Associated Press 2013

  • Crowds gather to cheer for Thomas The Tank Engine as the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

      Crowds gather to cheer for Thomas The Tank Engine as the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

  • The celebrated crooner Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 16.

      The celebrated crooner Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 16.

  • Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet in publicity shots for "Dance for Life." The 23rd anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

      Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet in publicity shots for "Dance for Life." The 23rd anniversary of the concert raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities is Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Sandro

  • Comedian Michael Palascak returns to Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles from Wednesday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 16.

      Comedian Michael Palascak returns to Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles from Wednesday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 16.
    Courtesy of Brian Feulner/Comedy Central

  • Dan Konopka, of Elmhurst, and his band OK GO will play a hometown show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago Friday.

      Dan Konopka, of Elmhurst, and his band OK GO will play a hometown show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago Friday.

  • The field enters the "clubhouse turn" on their first time around the track for the 2013 Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.

       The field enters the "clubhouse turn" on their first time around the track for the 2013 Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer 2013

 
 

Baked Breuer: Comedian Jim Breuer ("Saturday Night Live," "Half Baked") returns to town to perform standup comedy this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $28 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

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Beatles bash: The 38th Annual Fest for Beatles Fans promises the chance to buy memorabilia plus performances by artists of a similar vintage like Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and more on this weekend at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. $46 Friday; $69 Saturday or Sunday. (847) 696-1234 or thefest.com. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 15; noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17

Mozart matters: Conductor James Conlon leads a Mozart opera performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" in the Ravinia Festival's intimate Martin Theatre, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90 indoors tickets; $10 broadcast lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 ("Figaro")

'The Lego Movie': See the 2014 computer-animated family film "The Lego Movie" as part of the Crystal Lake Park District's Movies in the Park series at Main Beach in Crystal Lake, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. An ice cream-eating contest begins prior to the screening. The film is rated PG. Register in advance for the ice cream-eating contest at jweber@crystallakeparks.org. Free. crystallakeparks.org. Contest begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Movie begins at 8 p.m.

Midwest man: Comedian Michael Palascak got his comedy start in Chicago, and now he's appearing on TV on Comedy Central and late night talk shows. Catch him live starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 plus a two-item purchase. (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

An OK show: Quirky alt-pop band OK Go, which formed in Chicago and features a member from Elmhurst, is coming back to its old stomping grounds for a show Friday at Lincoln Hall, 2224 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The band has a knack for creating offbeat and catchy pop songs, but its videos may be even more noteworthy. The clips, which have spread like wildfire via the web, combine humor and inventive visuals. (Who can forget the dancing-on-treadmills video for the song "Here It Goes Again"?) OK Go has a new album, "Hungry Ghosts," coming out this fall. $22; visit lincolnhallchicago.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15,

Rapid-fire rapper: Twista, the hip-hop artist from Chicago known for his lightning-fast rapping style, will celebrate the release of his new record, "The Dark Horse" -- it came out this week -- with a show at HOME Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Tickets start at $16. Go to homebarchicago.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15

SATURDAY

Animated train: If your little ones love all things associated with "Thomas the Tank Engine," then you shouldn't miss the Day Out with Thomas events starting this weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. $21. (866) 468-7630 or ticketweb.com/thomas.html or irm.org. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, 23 and 24

Festival of the Horse & Drum: Head to the Festival of the Horse & Drum, a multicultural, multimedia equestrian festival geared to horse lovers of all ages at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The fest features demonstrations, a pow wow and more. $15 adults; $7.50 for children ages 6 to 15; free for ages 5 and younger. (630) 377-2252 or festivalofthehorseanddrum.com. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

And they're off!: See which horse comes out on top at the Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing this Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $53.66 Million Party Zone ticket package; $22 general admission. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com. 10 a.m. gates open; post time 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Dog Days of Summer: Humans and their canine pals are invited to the Dog Days of Summer event at Knupper Nursery & Landscape, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. The Buddy Foundation, Save-A-Pet and Orphans of the Storm will have dogs available for adoption. Dress up your pooch for the dog parade. Other highlights include dog-washing and nail-clipping, an animal communicator providing readings, dog-training demonstrations and more. Admission is free. There is a charge for readings and a donation is requested for dog baths. (847) 359-1080 or knuppernursery.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Afro/Jamaicafest: Experience the dance, food, music and marketplaces of African-American and Caribbean cultures at Afro/Jamaicafest at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 N. Green Bay Road, North Chicago. Dine on ribs, jerk chicken and other fare for sale. Free. lcfpd.org. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Rockin' Rod: Get ready to swoon at the romantic song stylings of Rod Stewart and Santana in concert on Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $39.50-$250 extra parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Choreographed cause: Leading Chicago dance troupes like the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago and more team up for the 23rd annual Dance for Life, a fundraising concert for HIV/AIDS prevention and services on Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $25-$600. (312) 922-5812 or (800) 982-2787 or danceforlifechicago.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

Standard man: Veteran singer Tony Bennett makes his next area engagement a family affair by performing with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, on Saturday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $94-$101 pavilion seating; $34-$39 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

'Betty,' 20 years later: The New York band Helmet brought the weighty crunch of heavy metal to the alternative 1990s with its hit debut record, "Meantime." The follow-up, 1994's "Betty," added unusual sonic accents to the monster guitar riffs, including some jazzy grooves. "Betty" was a hit with critics, and Helmet will celebrate its 20th anniversary by performing the entire album this weekend at Reggie's Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $25. Go to reggieslive.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

SUNDAY

Get up and go: The DuPage Children's Museum co-sponsors Naperville Plays!, which features all sorts of vintage games and activities for families today at the co-hosting venue of Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. $12; $11 seniors; $8 kids ages 4-12. (630) 420-6010 or napersettlement.org or dupagechildrensmusuem.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Pickling Party: Learn how 19th-century families used pickling to make their food last at a Pickling Party at the historic Durant House Museum in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, on Dean Street one mile west of Randall Road on Route 64, St. Charles. (630) 377-6424 or ppfv.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Jazz in Fountain Square: The gypsy-jazz band Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan performs at an outdoor concert in Long Grove's Fountain Square, at Robert Parker Coffin and Old McHenry roads in downtown Long Grove. Free. lgamc.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

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