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Weekend picks: U.K. punks Members still 'sound of the suburbs'

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  • Nigel Bennett, guitarist and singer, will perform with the veteran U.K. punk group the Members this weekend in Lombard.

      Nigel Bennett, guitarist and singer, will perform with the veteran U.K. punk group the Members this weekend in Lombard.

  • Dave Wakeling and the English Beat will perform in the suburbs this weekend.

      Dave Wakeling and the English Beat will perform in the suburbs this weekend.
    Jackie Butler / Retna Ltd.

  • Chicago-area comedian Denise Ramsden performs at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles from Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Saturday, Sept. 6.

      Chicago-area comedian Denise Ramsden performs at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles from Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Saturday, Sept. 6.

  • Garth Brooks launches a new world tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena for a series of shows in Rosemont starting Thursday, Sept. 4.

      Garth Brooks launches a new world tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena for a series of shows in Rosemont starting Thursday, Sept. 4.

  • See planes fly with amazing precision at the Wings Over Waukegan air show this Saturday at Waukegan Regional Airport.

      See planes fly with amazing precision at the Wings Over Waukegan air show this Saturday at Waukegan Regional Airport.
    Daily Herald File Photo

  • Comedian Margaret Cho ("Drop Dead Diva") performs at the North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

      Comedian Margaret Cho ("Drop Dead Diva") performs at the North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
    Courtesy of Lifetime

  • Soprano Ana María Martínez is one of the "Stars of Lyric Opera" who will perform in a free concert at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 6.

      Soprano Ana María Martínez is one of the "Stars of Lyric Opera" who will perform in a free concert at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 6.
    Courtesy of Tom Sprecht

  • Carnival rides are just one of the attractions at Bartlett Heritage Days from Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

      Carnival rides are just one of the attractions at Bartlett Heritage Days from Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

  • "Homage to Kurt" by Downers Grove artist Carol Zazwick is featured in the collage exhibit "Layers" at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

      "Homage to Kurt" by Downers Grove artist Carol Zazwick is featured in the collage exhibit "Layers" at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

  • The Yanni World Tour 2014 comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Sept. 6.

      The Yanni World Tour 2014 comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Sept. 6.

  • See beads galore at the Shimmer & Bling Bead Expo.

      See beads galore at the Shimmer & Bling Bead Expo.

 
 

Punk veterans: The Members, a witty and energetic punk band, formed in England in 1977, the same year in which the Sex Pistols and the Clash released their first albums. The Members toured incessantly and put out a number of records, including the famous anthem, "The Sound of the Suburbs," before breaking up in 1983. The Members re-formed eight years ago, but they're back in the U.S. for the first time in decades, making a stop at Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, (The Jetbirds and Last Vegas will also perform.) $12; brauerhouse.com.

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Mixed media: "Amy Vogel: A Perspective" showcases the Chicago-based artist's approach to creating art with mixed media. The exhibit begins Thursday at the College of DuPage's Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the McAninch Arts Center, 4051 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Free. (630) 942-2321 or cod.edu/gallery. Exhibit continues through Friday, Oct. 25

Carnival time: Bartlett Heritage Days features a vintage car show, loads of games, rides and more this weekend at Leiseberg Park, 325 E. Devon Ave., Bartlett, and other locations. Free admission, though there is a charge for select attractions. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettheritagedays.com. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Collage central: "Layers" is a new juried gallery art show dedicated to collage and multimedia assemblage starting Friday at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center Kavanagh Gallery, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. No admission charge. (630) 584-9443 or fineline.org. Opening reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; exhibit continues through Oct. 11

Country comeback: Grammy Award-winning country mega star Garth Brooks is back in a big way with his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood, which launches with an 11-concert run starting Thursday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $59.50. $13-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 6 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; 6 and 10:30 Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14

Classic romance: An orphaned young woman becomes governess at a remote estate owned by the handsome, mysterious Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte's gothic romance "Jane Eyre" at Lifeline Theatre, at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. In previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. The show opens Sept. 14. $40, $30. (847) 761-4477 or lifelinetheatre.com.

Classical rock: The Moody Blues are famous for fusing rock and classical music together starting in the late 1960s. Catch this British band in concert Thursday and Friday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90-$100 pavilion seating; $38-43 lawn. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5

Chicago's own: Come hail Chicago native and comedian Denise Ramsden for a series of standup performances beginning Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 plus a two-item menu purchase. (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

'Of Grapes and Nuts': The Albright Theatre Company, at 100 North Island Ave., Batavia. presents "Of Grapes and Nuts," a comical story with a touch of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men." The plot follows the Joad family, who leave their Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl to head to California in search of work. $12-$15. Reservations are recommended. (630) 405-8838 or albrighttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

The Beat goes on: The English Beat burst out of the U.K. in the late 1970s with a catchy, danceable sound that was equal parts ska and punk. The band's hits, which included "Mirror In The Bathroom," "Twist and Crawl" and more, were included on mixtapes made by countless high-school kids throughout the '80s. Singer-guitarist Dave Wakeling continues to tour the U.S. under the English Beat name, and he'll bring the current iteration of the band to SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, for two shows this weekend. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, $40; evanstonspace.com.

SATURDAY

Sail on, sail on, sailor: Celebrate Venetian Night with a cruise aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue or Seadog. Or enjoy the parade from the water, cruising along Navy Pier while eating dinner and watching the decorated boats. Finish the evening with the Navy Pier fireworks display. Boarding and cruising times vary per vessel, Saturday, Sept. 6, at Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago. Reservations are required for all cruises. For Odyssey, (888) 957-2320 or odysseycruises.com; Spirit of Chicago at (888) 957-2324 or spiritofchicago.com; Mystic Blue at (888) 333-9150 or mysticbluecruises.com; Seadog at (888) 636-7737 or seadogcruises.com.

Fine arts in Mundelein: The annual juried Mundelein Fine Arts Festival features the work of 45 artists, along with food and music. Festival runs in Kracklauer Park, at 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein. Free. Visit mundeleincommunityconnection.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7

Turkish delight: Istanbul meets Chicago at the 12th Chicago Turkish Festival at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Enjoy live midday and evening shows of a marching Ottoman Military Band; authentic Turkish classical and folk music concert; Turkish Folk Dance performances; Whirling Dervishes; and a fashion show of Turkish couture and textiles. Taste Turkish pastries while sipping Turkish coffee, or relax in the beer garden and try Turkish-style grilled kebabs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, Sept. 5-6. Free admission. chicagoturkishfestival.org.

Fly a kite: Bring a kite to fly or buy one at Geneva Park District's fourth annual Kite Festival in the south athletic fields of Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Event features kite demonstrations with large kites (weather-permitting), sponsor booths, food and more. Free admission. (630)-232-4542 or genevaparks.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Take flight: Commemorate this year's 70th anniversary of D-Day by seeing vintage aircraft and amazing aerial displays at the Wings Over Waukegan air show on Saturday at the Waukegan Regional Airport, 3580 N. McAree Road, Waukegan. $10. (847) 244-0055 or waukeganairshow.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Rockin' for a cause: Jam for Autism returns with 40 Chicago-area bands like Bad Medicine, VeilSide and more performing on four stages this weekend to benefit the Autism Society of Illinois at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. $10 one-day admission; $15 for both days. (847) 201-9032 or livechicagomusic.com. Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

'April' in the woods: Theatre-Hikes returns for their production of "Enchanted April" at the Morton Arboretum, at 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Four women, who are dissatisfied with their lives, rent a remote Italian villa for a month. During that time, they and their relationships are transformed and a sisterhood develops. Performances involve walking in a wooded area. Performances begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Nonmembers: $10 child, $20 adult; members: $5 child, $10 adult. (630) 725-2066 or theatre-hikes.org.

Kelly Miller Circus: Step into the big top to see aerial artists, tigers, clowns, a fire-eater and more at the Kelly Miller Circus, in Watertower Park, on Route 176, Island Lake. Get your tickets in advance at Island Lake Village Hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., Island Lake. In advance, $10 adults; $6 children (ages 2-11). On the day of show, $15 adults; $7 children. villageofislandlake.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Greek to me: The Yanni World Tour 2014 promises performances of the artist's greatest hits and selections from his 2011 album "Truth of Touch" on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $55-$125; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Lyric Opera launch: The Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off its 60th anniversary season with a free Stars of Lyric Opera concert featuring singers Mariusz Kwiecien, Ana María Martínez, Marina Rebeka and more on Saturday at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 742-1168 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Cho time: Comedian and actress Margaret Cho ("Drop Dead Diva") returns to her standup roots this Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $38-$74. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

SUNDAY

Jolly good autos: See more than 500 cars with British automotive design and engineering at the 28th Annual British Car Festival at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Other fest highlights include classic car parts vendors, authentic British food and new car dealers, showcasing the latest imports from Great Britain. Free admission for spectators. Participant registration fee is $25. Prizes awarded. Visit britishcarunion.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Bling it on: See thousands of colorful beads as bead vendors and crafters celebrate everything bead-related at the Shimmer & Bling Bead Expo, in the Regency Ballroom at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. $5 admission. Visit shimmerandblingbeadexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Scandinavian Day Festival: Celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the 35th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival in Vasa Park, Route 31, South Elgin. Entertainment throughout the day with ABBA Salute, Swedish singer Peter Nordberg and Scandinavian dancers and singers. Also showcased are cultural displays, Scandinavian food and more. Adults $10; kids ages 12 and under are free. Visit scandinaviandayil.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

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