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  • Michael Bolton performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Wednesday, April 4.

    Michael Bolton performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Wednesday, April 4.
    Associated Press

  • Children's entertainer Raffi will perform in concert at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Sunday, April 8.

    Children's entertainer Raffi will perform in concert at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Sunday, April 8.

 
 

Romantic crooning

Swoon to the sweet singing of Grammy Award-winner Michael Bolton when he performs in concert on Wednesday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4

Midwestern man

Indiana native Andy Woodhull shares his brand of Midwestern standup comedy starting Monday at two Zanies locations: first at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027; then at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $22 plus a two-item purchase. zanies.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Chicago; 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 6; and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Rosemont

Icelandic exposure

The Taste of Iceland festival offers up the island's food, music, design and short movies at a number of Chicago venues this week ranging from Marshall's Landing, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #225, to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Some events are free, while others have an admission charge or require a reservation. For exact locations and prices, visit icelandnaturally.com. Various times through Sunday, April 8

Chinese culture

On Thursday, the 2018 tour of "Shen Yun" shifts its Chicago-area stint of Chinese music and dance performances for a run of shows at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $80-$200. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, April 5 and 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8

Sister says

Catholic school kids of all ages can get schooled again by Sister when the long-running hit Chicago show "Late Nite Catechism" tours for a special suburban show on Thursday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30-$35. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5

Oldies & goodies

Die-hard collectors of vintage and decorative contraptions should check out the Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine, & Jukebox Show this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort's Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $7 one-day admission; $11 two-day admission; $50 three-day pass. (630) 584-6300 or chicagolandshow.com. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. early bird preview Friday, April 6; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7; 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8

No wheat

Folks with celiac and other food-related issues might want to check out the Gluten & Allergan Free Expo for new cooking and treat ideas this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, 1551 Thoreau Drive., Schaumburg. $15 one-day pass; $25 weekend pass; $5 kids one-day pass; $7 kids weekend pass. (847) 303-4100 or gfafexpo.com/expos/chicago. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8

Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher," "The Walking Dead") will appear at the Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher," "The Walking Dead") will appear at the Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. - Courtesy of Netflix
Zombie zone

Fans of "The Walking Dead" and superhero TV series such as "Daredevil" won't want to miss the chance to see stars Jon Bernthal, Élodie Yung and others at the joint Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $55 Saturday admission; $45 Sunday admission; $90 two-day ticket; $220-$1,400 VIP passes. (847) 692-2220 or walkerstalkercon.com/chicago. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, to 5 p.m. Sunday April 8

Élodie Yung of "Daredevil" and "The Defenders" is slated to appear at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Élodie Yung of "Daredevil" and "The Defenders" is slated to appear at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. - Associated Press, 2016
Beethoven bash

Pianist Wael Farouk joins with conductor Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic to perform Beethoven's five piano concertos this weekend at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $49; $47 seniors. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8

Blues cues

Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton and Nellie "Tiger" Travis are just a few of the stars on the bill for the 14th Annual Chi Town Blues Festival on Saturday at McCormick Place's Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $62-$102. (800) 745-3000 or ariecrown.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Plucky musicians

The Chicago Harp Quartet, which features artists regularly heard with acclaimed musical ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera and Civic Orchestras, will perform an intimate concert on Saturday at Bennett Gordon Hall at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $11; $50 show and dinner package. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Los Lobos performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Saturday, April 7.
Los Lobos performs at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Saturday, April 7. -
Tex-Mex tunes

The Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos performs in concert on Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $58-$68. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Comedian Maria Bamford performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
Comedian Maria Bamford performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7. - Courtesy of Comedy Central
'Lady Dynamite'

Comedian Maria Bamford, a stalwart of many standup specials on Netflix and Comedy Central, performs on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $32.50-$42.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7

'Baby Beluga' guy

The celebrated children's entertainer Raffi performs for families in concert on Sunday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $29.50-$39.50. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8

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