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  • Country star Josh Turner performs at Festival Park adjacent to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin on Saturday, July 12.

    Weekend picks: Country star Josh Turner to rock Festival ParkJul 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fans of country star Josh Turner won't want to miss the Roughstock and Rambler Tour on Saturday outdoors at Festival Park adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin. Comedian Kristen Toomey likes to bill herself as your favorite blue-collar aunt, so get some grounded and working-class humor this weekend when she performs at the The Comedy Shrine in Aurora. Head back in time with large-scale re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda.

     
  • Lady Gaga returns to Chicago with her tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball at the United Center on Friday, July 11.

    Weekend picks: Lady Gaga brings ArtRave to Chicago's United CenterJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Expect plenty of eye-boggling pop spectacle when Lady Gaga returns to town Friday with ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour Friday at the United Center in Chicago. Rick Springfield has scored tons of pop hits since his heyday in the '80s. See him live Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Head back in time with large-scale re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda.

     
  • The work of Bala Thiagarajan is featured in the 12th Annual Arts Festival in Bartlett.

    Sunday picks: Art in the park in BartlettJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 50 juried artists display and sell their work for the 12th Annual Arts Festival this weekend at Bartlett Park. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

     
  • Kurt Bestor performs as part of the National Piano Conference at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake Saturday, June 28.

    Weekend picks: Tickle the ivories with Kurt BestorJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Musicians Kurt Bestor and Danny Wright share the bill for the Saturday show Piano Goes Broadway, part of the weekend-long National Piano Conference at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

     
  • Pauly Shore appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

    Weekend picks: Hey, buuuddy! Pauly Shore plays SchaumburgJun 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Dan “Vapid” Schafer is a longtime fixture of the Chicago punk scene who has played with such notable bands as Screeching Weasel. He is now leading a new music project called Dan Vapid & the Cheats at Lombard's Brauer House Friday. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

     
  • See the clown Nino as part of the Italian Family Circus Zoppé in Addison this weekend.

    Sunday picks: Clown around with Italian Family Circus ZoppeMay 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    See clowns, acrobats and possibly even a few animals when the Italian Family Circus Zoppé plays this weekend at the Caputo's Fresh Market lot in Addison. Theatre Nebula presents its run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." And the Barrington High School Rithum Machine and the Jazz Consortium Big Band are the same bill for a special Mother's Day Concert today at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

     
  • Comedian Jessimae Peluso (“Girl Code”) appears at Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: MTV's 'Girl Code' star hits ZaniesMay 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you're a fan of MTV's “Girl Code,” then don't miss comedian Jessimae Peluso this weekend at Zanies. Saturday opens Theatre Nebula's run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The Barrington High School Rithum Machine and the Jazz Consortium Big Band are the same bill for a special Mother's Day Concert today at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

     
  • Air Supply headlines the Arcada in St. Charles Friday.

    Weekend picks: Air Supply croons at the Arcada FridayMay 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Air Supply, the Australian duo that melted all kinds of hearts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of soft-rock hits like “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love,” will croon away at the Arcada Theatre Friday. Saturday opens Theatre Nebula's run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The Barrington High School Rithum Machine and the Jazz Consortium Big Band are the same bill for a special Mother's Day Concert today at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

     
  • Test your knowledge of “Star Wars” films like “The Empire Strikes Back” at the “Let the Wookie Win: A 'Star Wars' Quiz” nationwide event on Sunday, May 4.

    Sunday picks: May the Fourth be with youMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The pub quiz company Geeks Who Drink will host its Let the Wookie Win: A “Star Wars” Quiz at Fizz Bar in Chicago. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate comes to a close today. And get a start on your Cinco de Mayo celebrating at Gurnee Mills.

     
  • Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, May 3.

    Weekend picks: Aretha croons at the Chicago TheatreMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington International Racecourse starts its 2014 season with Opening Day on Friday and Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday in Arlington Heights. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate begins this weekend. And wash it all down with samples of some of the more than 45 breweries on tap for the Second Annual Ballpark Brew Fest at the Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. All this and more in the suburbs this weekend.

     
  • Arlington International Racecourse opens its 2014 season on Friday, May 2, which is followed up by Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 3.

    Weekend picks: Gates open at Arlington InternationalApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington International Racecourse starts its 2014 season with Opening Day on Friday and Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday in Arlington Heights. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate begins this weekend. And wash it all down with samples of some of the more than 45 breweries on tap for the Second Annual Ballpark Brew Fest at the Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. All this and more in the suburbs this weekend.

     
  • Adé Williams

    Waukegan Symphony Orchestra celebrates 40th anniversaryApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a performance at 4 p.m. on April 13 at Waukegan High School’s Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Ave.

     
  • 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.

     
  • “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.

     
  • Ricardo Vasquez on bassoon, Jason Flaks on trumpet, and David Anderson at the piano perform “Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon Allegro spiritoso” by Paul Hindemith at Sunday’s Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Faculty Benefit Recital at Elgin Community College.

    EYSO hosts faculty benefit recitalMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The third annual Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Faculty Benefit Recital was held Sunday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center to raise funds for the EYSO scholarship fund.

     
  • An electrical fire at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has forced the cancellation of all shows through March 6. Included is the LINES Ballet’s “Constellations,” which theater officials are attempting to reschedule.

    Harris Theater halts shows due to electrical fireFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has cancelled all performances through Thursday, March 6, in light of an electrical fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

     
  • The Soapbox Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editors make know their views about the gov's budget delay, grocery voids and good deeds by prep athletes, among other topics.

     
  • The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition on an enlarged track was a big hit with the kids at a previous edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

    Best bets: Chicago Auto Show rolls into McCormick Place Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    North America's largest auto show is the Chicago Auto Show, which returns for its 106th edition this year starting this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. Or head to MB Financial Park in Rosemont to catch the Winter Frost Face Off Classic hockey matchup featuring select alumni from the Chicago Blackhawks Friday. While you're in Rosemont, don't miss the Progressive International Motorcycle Show this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

     
  •  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti announced he has signed another five-year contract, to extend his contract with the symphony through 2020.

    Muti to lead Chicago Symphony through 2020 Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maestro Riccardo Muti has extended his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020. Muti has been the symphony’s music director since 2010. On Monday, the orchestra and Muti announced he has signed another five-year contract. His first contract started in 2010 and runs until 2015. His new contract runs from 2015 to 2020.

     
  •  Senior conductor of the Berlin’s philharmonic orchestra Claudio Abbado attends a press conference in Berlin. Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world’s leading orchestras, died Monday. He was 80.

    Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80 Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors revered for developing a rapport with members of the world’s leading orchestras while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80. Abbado made his debut in 1960 at La Scala in his home city of Milan and went on to be its music director for nearly 20 years. Among his many other positions were as music director of the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin Philarmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra and as principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

     
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