Weekend picks: Pumpkins take over Highwood fest
Pumpkins light up the night
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is once again trying to break the Guinness World Record for most lit jack-o'-lanterns on display. Bring a carved pumpkin to donate to the cause and get free admission. Nightly lightings at the giant wall of jack-o'-lanterns will brighten City Park at Highwood City Hall, 17 Highwood Ave., at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Stick around for the live music, hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin-carving contest, a 5K Pumpkin Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, a parade at noon Sunday followed by a pet costume contest at 1 p.m. and a kids costume contest at 2 p.m. and more. Plus, meet HGTV cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is a $2 donation. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Illinois. highwoodpumpkinfest.com. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
More than 100 handcrafted scarecrows, carnival rides and more are among the major draws for the 30th Anniversary Scarecrow Fest starting up Friday at several locations in downtown St. Charles. No admission charge; $25 for unlimited carnival rides. (800) 777-4373 or scarecrowfest.com. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
Mileski at Mac's
Palatine singer-songwriter Kevin Mileski brings his first-rate guitar skills and fresh take on the indie genre to Mac's on Slade, 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. The Kevin Mileski Trio's songs -- featuring Mileski, Bryan Sansom and Gregg Rodriguez -- are powerful and engaging, and word is their sense of humor is witty, which should make for a fun Friday night of live music. Free. (847) 907-9621 or macsonslade.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
Power up your Halloween playlists with the addition of "Ghoul Yer Delusion," a three-song EP of creepy covers by local rockers Mutts. The EP -- the Mutts' takes on Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," a particularly intense "I Put a Spell on You" from Screamin' Jay Hawkins and, my personal favorite, a haunting take on "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -- is available on iTunes and Bandcamp for $3, with free downloads available at Mutts shows. Look for the gents Friday as they play at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago, with Fox Lake's The C-Sides to kick off their four-week tour with Two Cow Garage, a trio of punky rockers from Columbus, Ohio. $10-$12. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9
A Robot Block Party tied to the temporary exhibit "Robot Revolution" features performances by the musical act Human-Tim+Robot-Tim, a robot dance party, stations to make your own robot antennas and more this weekend at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $18; $17 seniors; $11 kids ages 3-11. The "Robot Revolution" exhibit requires a timed-entry ticket. (773) 684-1414 or msichicago.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to Monday, Oct. 10 to 12
Best in blooms
Individual orchids in 128 classes compete for red, white and blue ribbons at the Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but $30 parking per car or van. (847) 835-5440 or iosoc.com or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11
Bensenville back in time
Meet historical military re-enactors and hear music from Keith Baumann & The Hard Times Bluegrass Band during Heritage Day at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Ave., Bensenville. Other events include candle making, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, the firing of a cannon on the hour and more. Free admission and parking. A $5 wristband gets children younger than 12 a pumpkin (while supplies last), pony rides and unlimited access to the petting zoo. Food available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, the event will run Saturday, Oct. 24. bensenveilleparkdistrict.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
A straw maze, magic shows and many seasonal treats are featured in the 5th annual Harvest Fest now on at Santa's Village Azoosment Park, 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee. $22.75. (847) 426-6751 or santasvillagedundee.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1, and Monday, Oct. 12
Help homeless animals by taking part in the Bark-N-Art fundraising event at City Limits Harley-Davidson, 2015 N. Rand Road, Palatine. Local artists and vendors will be showcasing their works and wares. Plus, listen to music, sample fare from food trucks and meet adoptable dogs. Proceeds will benefit the animals cared for by The Buddy Foundation. Free; donations are welcome. (847) 358-2112 or citylimitshd.com. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
The Fox Lake Harvest Wine Walk promises participants a complimentary bottle of wine or beer, a souvenir wineglass and plenty of samplings on Saturday in downtown Fox Lake along Grand Avenue in Fox Lake. $39. (847) 587-7474 or discoverfoxlake.com. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Egyptian limbo dancers, Gabonese tumblers and South African gumboot dancers and contortionists are all featured in the African-influenced spectacular Cirque Zuma Zuma Saturday at Belushi Performance Hall at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $46-$51; $36 youth. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Violinist Aleksey Semenenko is the guest soloist with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for the concert "Two Times Tchaikovsky" on Saturday at the North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $14.50-$37.50. (630) 637-7469 or dupagesymphony.org or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
The "America's Got Talent All Stars" promises top acts such as Recycled Percussion, comedian Taylor Williamson and more Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, $32-$65, (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Four Shillings Short
The husband-and-wife folk duo Four Shillings Short performs with more than 30 instruments, including the mandolin, hammered and mountain dulcimers, recorders, banjo, guitar and tin whistles, at the Acorn Coffeehouse in the Burning Bush Art Gallery, 216 N. Main St., Wheaton. Aodh Og O'Tuama of Ireland and his wife, Christy Martin, perform selections from the Celtic lands, North and South America, India, Renaissance Europe and more. $10. (630) 393-1247 or acorncoffeehouse.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 10
Nearly 70 equines ranging from ponies to Percherons are featured at the Danada Fall Festival today at the Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton. No admission charge. (630) 668-6012 or dupageforest.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
CLC Wind Ensemble
The College of Lake County's Wind Ensemble will perform works from composers including Charles Ives, John Mackey and John Philip Sousa and selections from the musical "Beauty and the Beast" during its autumn concert in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the CLC campus, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake. The 45-member group is made up of both CLC students and community members. $5-$6; free for kids younger than 18. (847) 543-2300 or jlc.clcillinois.edu. 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
The 17-piece Jazz Consortium Big Band performs jazz classics such as "Satin Doll" along with movie themes and compositions by the band's members at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. The concert is family-friendly and open to all ages. $10 adults; $5 for students ages 17 and younger. Reservations encouraged at (847) 358-9150, ext. 0, or see durtynellies.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
Master improvisation comics Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray share the stage for the on-the-spot comedy show "Whose Live Anyway?" at two locations: first at Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $45-$55. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts; then on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Batavia Fine Arts Center, 1201 Main St., Batavia. $37-$67. (630) 937-8930 or bataviafineartscentre.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Elgin; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Batavia
Grammy Award-winning pop star Ricky Martin brings his "One World Tour 2015" with guest Wisin on Sunday to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20.15-$125; $13-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
The "We're Alright Tour" featuring Dave Days, Alex Preston, Future Sunsets, Fairview and The House on Cliff: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Reggie's, 2105 South State, Chicago. Rock, pop rock. $12-$15. (312) 949-0121 or reggieslive.com.
Lisa Rock with "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters": 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Singer Lisa Rock and her band present musical tribute to Karen and Richard Carpenter. $20-$25. palatinepres.org.
Expo '76: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Jazz, folk, rock. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
Jamie Lono & Noble Heart: 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Mickey Finn's Brewery Libertyville. Acoustic rock, covers. Free. (847) 362-6688 or mickeyfinnsbrewery.com.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra with "Two Times Tchaikovsky" concert: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave, Naperville. Classical. (630) 778-1003. $14.50-$37.50. dupagesymphony.org.
Four Shillings Short duo: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Acorn Coffeehouse, in Burning Bush Art Gallery, 216 N. Main St., Wheaton. Celtic music and more. $10. (630) 393-1247 or acorncoffeehouse.com.
"America's Got Talent Live! The All Stars Tour": 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Taylor Williamson, Emily West and others perform. $32-$65. geneseetheatre.com.
Howard & The White Boys: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Rhythm and blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Los Lonely Boys with Dennis Caravello: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$125. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $30-$44. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.
The Harry James Orchestra: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$49. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
I See Stars: 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, The Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., Chicago. Heavy metal. $15. (773) 478-4408 or abbeypub.com.
Ricky Martin: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Latin, pop. $20-$125. ticketmaster.com.
Symphonic Band Children's Concert: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Wheaton College, Edman Memorial Chapel, Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. Wheaton College's Conservatory of Music offers concert designed for young audiences. Free; due to limited space, reservations are required. (630) 752-5099 or wheaton.edu.
Night Ranger: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$59. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Dustbowl Revival: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, The Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., Chicago, Bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues, swing and more. $12. (773) 478-4408 or abbeypub.com.
Mary Chapin Carpenter: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$89. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet. Blues, rock, country, folk. $55-$95. (815) 726-6600 or rialtosquare.com.
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