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  • The light and movement show “LUMA” plays at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday, April 13.

    Sunday picks: 'LUMA' dazzles Schaumburg's Prairie CenterApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.

     
  • Comedian and Chicago native Danny Kallas performs at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora Saturday, April 12.

    Weekend picks: Local comedian hits ShrineApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rising comedian Danny Kallas is from Elmwood Park, so expect some hometown flavor when he performs this weekend at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

     
  • Auditions and art showsApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, April 11, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

     
  • Miles Zabin headlines with his band Tiny Miles & the Big Kids at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn.

    Weekend picks: Tiny Miles brings rock and bluesApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tiny Miles & the Big Kids, a Chicago blues and rock trio, headlines at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catch up with comedian Ron White and his latest hard-living exploits at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

     
  • Roots artist Chris Vallillo, pictured, joins folk musician Bucky Halker for a concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 6.

    Sunday picks: Roots rocker plays In-Laws in GurneeApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Folk musician Bucky Halker joins roots artist Chris Vallillo in a concert of folk music at the In-Laws Restaurant. Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin returns this weekend for a series of shows at Zanies. See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena.

     
  • “This Is Your Life,” by Ronnie James Dio

    2 horns up for Dio tribute albumApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album “Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life” brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer.

     
  • Singers Brandon Boyd, left, and Michelle Williams, right, perform at the “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena spectacular press performance Friday in New York.

    Star-studded ‘Superstar’ to tour North AmericaApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of ‘N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

     
  • Explosive choreography and exuberant performances define director/choreographer Marc Robin’s revival of “Cats” for Marriott Theatre.

    Marriott grooms ‘Cats’ to near purr-fectionApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" has its fans and its critics. But in a revival for Marriott Theatre, Marc Robin's savvy storytelling and fresh, exhilarating choreography make "Cats" worth seeing.

     
  • Jeff Garlin appears at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Jeff Garlin home for the weekendApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin returns this weekend for a series of shows at Zanies. See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena. And you can sample plenty of fine wines and brews at DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Mundelein.

     
  • Alternative rock band Blue October will play in Libertyville next week.

    Music notes: Blue October, Against Me! stopping in the suburbsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Punk rockers Against Me! and alternative band Blue October will makes stops in Palatine and Libertyville, respectively, during the coming week. Former Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, meanwhile, will bring her new band, the Julie Ruin, to Chicago.

     
  • “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” plays the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for seven shows between Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6.

    Weekend picks: Elmo's in trouble in 'Sesame Street Live'Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena. Pop-punk rockers Against Me! will make a stop at Durty Nellie's in Palatine Friday. And you can sample plenty of fine wines and brews at DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Mundelein.

     
  • Comedian Orny Adams performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Last chance at laughs with Orny AdamsMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    See why Orny Adams was prominently featured in Jerry Seinfeld's documentary “Comedian” when he continues performances this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase. See the popular children's book character Lyle the crocodile come to life onstage in the musical “Lyle Finds His Mother” at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. This year's International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center.

     
  • Christian rap artist Lecrae is on the bill for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, March 29.

    Weekend picks: Christian artists to raise up Sears CentreMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Newsboys, Lecrae, Colton Dixon and other Christian music stars are on the bill for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular, which plays Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. This year's International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

     
  • Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka will bring its genre-blending sound to Crystal Lake next week.

    Music notes: Ha Ha Tonka gets cozy at RaueMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka has always blurred the lines between indie and roots rock. Catch the music at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Crystal Lake. Elmhurst's own The Orwells play Lincoln Hall. And the Chicago Theatre hosts a llineup of classic hip-hop artists Saturday.

     
  • An assortment of clowns bring cheer to patients in the Arden Courts of Northbrook, shaking hands and doing a few skits.

    World Clown Convention opens to suburban audienceMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Clowning around isn't all fun and games, as more than 200 clowns from around the world gather this week in Northbrook for the World Clown Association's annual convention. Suburbanites can check out competitions pitting the world's heavyweights in makeup and acrobatics. "It's a great escape," said Bob Neil, a Des Plaines clown.

     
  • Tickets for Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas going on saleMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some might think it too early to start planning holiday-season concerts in March, but tickets are sure to move fast for two upcoming December shows at the Rosemont Theatre. Tickets for the Rosemont Theatre engagements of Johnny Mathis on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis on Saturday, Dec. 20, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28.

     
  • Three Dog Night will play old favorites for fans Friday, March 28, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Three Dog Night to rock ArcadaMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you love 1970s hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Black and White” and others by Three Dog Night, then don’t miss their concert at the Arcada Theatre. This year’s International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

     
  • Teri Dale Hansen performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert “Bring On Broadway: Behind the Mask” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

    Sunday picks: 'Bring On Broadway' at HemmensMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra celebrates the world of musical theater with vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler in the concert “Bring On Broadway: Behind the Mask” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The Illinois Brass Band opens its 24th season with its “Classic Brass” concert at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • The Rebecca McCarthy Irish Dancers, based in Algonquin, performing at a previous edition of the Village of Hoffman Estates' Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Northwest Celtic Fest caters to Irish spiritMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Extend last weekend's St. Patrick's Day celebrations with the Northwest Celtic Fest, which promises loads of Irish music, dancing, children's games, food and more this Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • “One Night of Queen” plays at the Rosemont Theatre on Friday, March 21.

    Weekend picks: 'One Night of Queen' plays at the RosemontMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Relive the revelries of such rock classics as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and more when the tribute concert “One Night of Queen” plays tonight at the Rosemont Theatre. Since the famed Swedish pop group ABBA has no plans to reunite, relive their heyday in the show ABBA Mania, which has been rescheduled to Friday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
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