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  • The country duo Thompson Square performs at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville.

    The country duo Thompson Square performs at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville.

  • Montreal-based Théâtre Puzzle performs "Plastique" as part of the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival at the Vittum Theatre in Chicago.

    Montreal-based Théâtre Puzzle performs "Plastique" as part of the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival at the Vittum Theatre in Chicago.

 
 

Country duo

Country fans keen on "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," "If I Didn't Have You" and more won't want to miss Thompson Square in concert on Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $50-$70. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Strings attached?

Be wowed at how inanimate creations come to life when international and local troupes assemble for the second Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival starting Thursday at various Chicago locations. Prices vary by production. (312) 554-9800 or chicagopuppetfest.org. Various times through Sunday, Jan. 29

Baby lambs

Ooh and ahh at the season's new lambs -- with a chance to perhaps watch babies being born -- and learn the role livestock played on farms in the 1800s in the lambing program at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Free. (630) 876-5900 or dupageforest.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 23

Sports card extravaganza

Thirty tables of collectible baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards, along with wax boxes and complete card sets, are part of the Sports Card Collectible Show at the Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road, Elgin. Free. Guests can buy, sell and trade. For information, call Corky at (847) 815-5810 or email collectibles2@yahoo.com. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Living history show

See re-enactors portraying people from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and other historical periods at the American Heritage Living History Show, in Robinson Hall at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. This juried show will feature merchants, artisans, craftsmen, seminars and demonstrations. $7 adults; $5 if in period dress; $10 for a weekend pass. facebook.com/americanheritagelivinghistoryshow. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

Home and garden

Check out the latest in home improvement products and services to help with remodeling, repairing and beautifying homes and gardens at the Oak Brook Home & Garden Show at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The free event features displays, seminars and more. Free valet parking. (630) 953-2500 or oakbrookhomeshow.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22

Travel guide author and TV host Rick Steves will appear at the Travel & Adventure Show Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Travel guide author and TV host Rick Steves will appear at the Travel & Adventure Show Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. -
Going places

Start planning future vacations at the 12th annual Travel & Adventure Show, which features keynote celebrity speakers such as Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer and more this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15 one-day admission; $22 two-day admission. (847) 692-2220 or (203) 878-2577 or travelshows.com/shows/chicago. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau star in "Roméo et Juliette," Gounod's 19th century French opera adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. The production, previously staged by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is simulcast locally in select cinemas.
Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau star in "Roméo et Juliette," Gounod's 19th century French opera adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. The production, previously staged by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is simulcast locally in select cinemas. - Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Star-crossed lovers

Critically acclaimed singers Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau tackle the title roles of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" in Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher's production that was seen last season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcast can be seen live Saturday and via a taped encore Wednesday at locations in Addison, Batavia, Bloomingdale, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Evanston, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Niles, Rosemont, South Barrington, Vernon Hills, Warrenville, Woodridge and more. Prices vary by venue, but largely $22-$24. Sung in French with English subtitles. For exact locations and ticket prices, visit fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; encore taped screening 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25

Crumply characters

The 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival continues with the return of Montreal-based Théâtre Puzzle and its show "Plastique," which shows all kinds of creatures that can be made with plastic bags. Performances begin Thursday at Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. $17; $12 youth ages 14 and under. (312) 554-9800 or chicagopuppetfest.org. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22; 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23

Political laughs

The Capitol Steps find humor from this most recent election season with the touring revue "What to Expect When You're Electing" starting Thursday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $32.50-$45.50. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

The Capitol Steps' show "What to Expect When You're Electing" plays the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie from Thursday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 22.
The Capitol Steps' show "What to Expect When You're Electing" plays the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie from Thursday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 22. -
He's got talent

Fans of comedian and musician J Chris Newberg, a contestant on "America's Got Talent," can see him live starting Wednesday at Zanies at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $22 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Comedian Jimmy Shubert performs at Zanies in St. Charles.
Comedian Jimmy Shubert performs at Zanies in St. Charles. - Courtesy of NBC
Standing comic

Fans of actor and comedian Jimmy Shubert ("King of Queens," "Last Comic Standing") won't want to miss his live standup sets this weekend at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $25 plus a two-item purchase. (630) 524-0001 or stcharles.zanies.com. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Infinity

The rock cover band Infinity, a group that specializes in tributes to the legendary band Journey, performs at the Round Lake Civic and Cultural Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. $10. villageofroundlakebeach.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Full moonwalk

Celebrate the life, music and showmanship of the late Michael Jackson when the "MJ Live" tribute tour rolls into the Rosemont Theatre Saturday with all the spectacle one would expect. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $22-$154. (847) 671-5100 or rosemont.com/theatre/events/mj-live/. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Not 'Out of Love'

Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply brings their infectious, love-laden tracks to Waukegan's Genesee Theatre Saturday. The Romantics, nearly 30-year veterans of the American rock scene, join them with time-honored hits "What I Like About You," "I Can't Tell You Anything" and more. A Lost In Love VIP Experience package is available, featuring premium seating and a VIP swag bag. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $39-$85; $162 for VIP. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Classical concert

Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic leads the Lake Forest Symphony in its concert performances of "Immortal Beethoven" featuring his Symphony No. 4 plus music of Haydn and Hindemith this weekend at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $30-$59; $15 students. (847) 543-2300 or lakeforestsymphony.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

Upcoming concerts

Trinity International University faculty concert: 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Trinity International University's Arnold T. Olson Chapel, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield. The Trinity International University Department of Music presents faculty member Joshua Harrison, who performs a double bass recital. $5-$8. Purchase tickets at the door, or call (847) 317-8021.

El Famous, Capital Vices, Davlin, Luca, Ryno: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $5. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

MJ Live -- a Michael Jackson Tribute Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. Ricer Road, Rosemont. Pop/rock. Tickets start at $22. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Infinity, a Journey-tribute band, performs at the Round Lake Civic and Cultural Center Saturday, Jan. 21.
Infinity, a Journey-tribute band, performs at the Round Lake Civic and Cultural Center Saturday, Jan. 21. - Courtesy of Infinity

Infinity: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Round Lake Civic and Cultural Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way (off Hook Drive), Round Lake Beach. Rock; a journey tribute band. $10. villageofroundlakebeach.com.

Vocalist Kara Kesselring and Sugarcreek Road: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Folk, pop, bluegrass, gospel and Americana. $30-$35. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

Chyomin, Shakedown Slim, Sails, Aaron Mitchell: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

Emerson Drive, GhostRyder, SEMPLE: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. $20. (847) 577-4663 or homebarchicago.com.

An Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19.50-$109.50. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com.

The Cleveland Orchestra: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $27. cso.org.

Air Supply: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $39-$85. (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. For information, visit geneseetheatre.com.

Lake Forest Symphony with "Immortal Beethoven" concert: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, Classical. $15-$59. lakeforestsymphony.org.

Covergurl, Orange Star: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

Roman Ring, Cokegoat, REIGN, Hellement: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

Cobalt & the Hired Guns, Jeff Brown & the New Black, Heidi Serwer, Liz & the Lovelies: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $8-$10. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

Chachuba, Electric Love Machine: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.

Afterlife: 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Annex Nightclub, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5; free before midnight. (630) 291-5986 or afterlifechi.com.

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents "1-2-3-4 Baroque": 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Baroque, classical. $9-$32. 630-941-0202 or elmhurstsymphony.org.

Frank Turner & Sleeping Souls, Masked Intruder, Arkells, Will Varley: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $28.50-$31. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

Music of the Baroque with "The Mass in C Minor": 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 22, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Classical. $27-$75. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.

Frank Turner & Sleeping Souls, Masked Intruder, Arkells, Will Varley: 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $28.50-$31. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

Faculty clarinet recital with Trevor O'Riordan: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in Pierce Memorial Chapel at Wheaton College, southeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. Tickets are available only at the door and are $10 for general audience and $5 for seniors older than 60. Admission is free for students and Wheaton College ID holders. (630) 752-5099 or wheaton.edu.

Kings of Leon: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Rock. $29.50-$65.50. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Alter Bridge "The Last Hero Tour," Nonpoint, Weapons of Anew: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, The Riviera Theatre, 4750 N. Broadway St., Chicago. $30-$34. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.

Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.

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