Weekend picks: Elayne Boosler plays the Comedy Shrine
Elayne Boosler is known for being a comedian, writer and animal activist. See what she has to say when she performs standup comedy on Friday and Saturday at the Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora. $30 plus a two-item purchase. (630) 585-0300 or comedyshrine.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Get dazzled in the great outdoors with the return of the interactive sight and sound holiday experience Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $17-$20; $11-$13 kids. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday, Jan. 2 (final admission at 8:30 p.m.; closed most holidays and select Mondays)
Hear high-pitched and speedy takes on current pop and rock classics when "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical" plays this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $25-$75. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Cantigny hosts a Family Movie Night with a screening of the 2013 animated family film "Free Birds" at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free with paid $2 parking. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. Children's craft activities start at 4:30 p.m.; movie at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
Aurora kicks off the holiday season with its annual Winter Lights celebration, which includes a parade, fireworks, holiday tree-lighting, live music, costumed characters, treats and more, at Downer Place and Stolp Avenue and on the Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Free. aurora-il.org. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; fireworks along the banks of the Fox River at 7:20 p.m.; pop-up shops on Water Street Mall will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.
Babies, Van Goghs go Debonair
If the Beach Boys joined an indie band and played Lollapalooza, it'd probably sound a bit like the Cooled Out Babies. The songs off their 2014 album, "Emotional Crimes," are a fascinating blend of modern-day lyricism, harmonies that evoke songs I heard growing up, and fuzzed-out production and jangly percussions straight out of the modern indie scene. The band pairs perfectly with The Van Goghs, local rockers who dabble in throwback classic rock sensibilities while holding true to modern indie sounds, particularly on their epic "Higher to the Sun." Post-punk indie band I Lost Control opens the night at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 297-7990 or debonairsocialclub.do312.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
Tommy sings the blues
Tommy Castro -- a six-time Blues Music Award-winner from the San Francisco Bay Area -- puts the fun and funky in the blues. Crank it up and you'll see that his songs bear the standards of traditional fiery blues but take a more soulful approach, with smooth lyrics and melodies you feel rather than just hear. He and his critically acclaimed band The Painkillers bring jams from their new album, "Method to My Madness," to rock FitzGerald's Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, Friday. $20. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
Ogle plenty of shiny and customized vehicles at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $20. (847) 692-2220 or rosemont.com or mcacn.com. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
The Great Train Show
Model railroad enthusiasts can see items from 40 exhibitors from across the country at The Great Train Show, a national traveling show at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Hundreds of tables will be filled with train-related items, including HO Scale and American flyer pieces to train whistles, books, railroad gifts and more. See a large Lego train display and speak with model railroading experts. $7 adults; free for kids 11 and younger. greattrainexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22
The Lake County Model Railroad Club hosts its Fall Open House at 107 S. Main St. (rear entrance), Wauconda. The club operates an HO scale permanent operating model railroad. Kids can take part in a scavenger hunt. Free; bring an item for donation to the Wauconda Food Pantry to receive a raffle ticket for a door prize. lcmrr.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22
See how acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge illuminated Alban Berg's controversial final opera "Lulu" when it is screened Saturday as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series at select movie theaters in Deer Park, Mount Prospect, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Crystal Lake, Bloomingdale, Addison, Batavia, Warrenville, Naperville, Woodridge and other cities. Prices vary by venue, but largely $17-$25. In German with English subtitles. For mature audiences only. fathomevents.com. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; encore screening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
Violinist Isabella Lippi is the featured soloist for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts "French Connection" with music by Chausson, Berlioz and more this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $30-$65; $10 students. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
If you love radio hits such as "Ride Like the Wind," "Sailing," "Say You'll Be Mine" and more, then don't miss Christopher Cross in concert this weekend. Saturday he'll be at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com, $39-$79. On Sunday he'll perform at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com, $33-$73. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in St. Charles; 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Waukegan
"Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn" is the culminating concert of Chicago's Billy Strayhorn Festival honoring the late great jazz songwriter who had a close collaboration with Duke Ellington. On the bill are Broadway star Darius de Haas, cabaret artist Joan Curto, arranger/orchestrator/pianist Alan Broadbent with the Too Hot to Handel orchestra, The Rookery Festival Chorus and the Joel Hall Dancers. See it Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$68. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Strike up the band
Get ready for a musical afternoon when the MCC Concert Band and Chorus perform in McHenry County College's Luecht Conference Center, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. The band will perform selections including "The Glory of the Yankee Navy" by John Philip Sousa and "Missouri Shindig" by H. Owen Reed. The chorus performs music from the Renaissance to the present, with folk, gospel and classical selections. Free. For details, call Michael Hillstrom at (815) 479-7814. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
The Lysander Piano Trio teams up with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and more on Sunday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $14.50-$37.50. (630) 637-7469 or dupagesymphony.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
The folk trio Harpeth Rising performs folk, bluegrass, roots, classical and rock songs on the violin, cello and banjo, along with three-part vocals, at the Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. $15. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetchapel.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
CLC Jazz Ensembles
Musicians from the College of Lake County's Monday and Tuesday Night Jazz Ensembles present an afternoon concert of big-band jazz classics and contemporary selections in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the CLC campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $5-$6. (847) 543-2300 or jlc.clcillinois.edu. 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Panamanian pianist, educator and social activist Danilo Pérez performs with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and the Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura as part of the Latino Music Festival on Sunday, at the Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago. $20-$35. (312) 922-1999 or latinomusicfest.org. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short ("Three Amigos") share the bill with the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers for the sarcastically titled music and comedy concert "An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life" tonight at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 River Road, Rosemont. $49.50-$156. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $24-$99. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Cooled Out Babies, The Van Goghs, I Lost Control: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Indie rock. (773) 297-7990 or debonairsocialclub.do312.com.
The Accidentals: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Old Towne Pub and Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, St Charles. $5. Visit otpwasco.com.
Fletcher Rockwell: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Quigley's Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson St., Naperville. American rock. No cover. (630) 428-IRSH or quigleysirishpub.com.
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Blues rock. $20. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
Ron Sorin & The Blue Coast Band: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 South Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Blues, harmonica. $6. (708) 484-3610, harlemavenuelounge.com.
Rumor Hazit: 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W Lake St, Bartlett. Rock. For information, call (630) 830-7200 or visit cadranch.com.
Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Blues and more. $15 Advance; $20 at the door. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.
Glen Hansard: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. Folk, rock, Irish tunes and more. $39.50-$49.50. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com.
Julian Bliss Septet with "A Tribute to Benny Goodman": 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, Swing, featuring tunes from the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. $25-$40. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu.
Christopher Cross: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Pop, rock. $39-$79. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
The Mizzerables, Horrible, Death and Memphis, This Obsession: 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Quencher's, 2401 North Western Ave., Chicago. Break:Hunger fund-raiser to raise food, money and awareness for the hungry. Rock, punk. $10. (773) 276-9730, quenchers.com or phantomnote.com.
Lake Forest College Lyrica presents The Core Barbershop Quartet: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. $10-$25. lakeforest.edu.
Harpeth Rising: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Folk, roots, classical bluegrass and rock. $15. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetchapel.org.
Xtension Chords: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mt. Prospect. The Prospect High School Boys' a cappella Ensemble, One-Stop, also performs. Freewill offering taken. (847) 439-0950 or trinitymp.org.
Knuckle Puck, Seaway, Sorority Noise, Head North: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Double Door, 1551 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. Pop punk. $15-$18. (773) 489-3160 or doubledoor.com.
Robbie Fulks, Mini Mekons: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. Folk. $10. (773) 227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com.
Local H, JIP: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, Q Bar, 2240 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. $15-$30. Alternative rock. (630) 893-9346 or qbarglendaleheights.com.
Carl Palmer with "The Legacy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer": 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$59. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Starstruck, PGS, Burn Rebuild, Post Script: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Rock, pop punk. $10-$15. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.
Expo '76: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, Rock. Family show. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
T-Pain, Miss DJ Meg, Kings of Class: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Rap, house, DJs. $25-$45. (847) 577-4663 or homebarchicago.com.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings visit dailyherald.com/calendar.