Weekend picks: Against Me! brings punk to Palatine
Against Me at Nellie's
Satisfy your punk rock itch when Florida's native Against Me! hits Durty Nellie's Friday, Feb. 24. The band's lineups may have changed, and the sound might have morphed in the process, but the power of the protest-filled lyrics is still strong. Mobina Galore and Typesetter join the band on tour. Durty Nellie's 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $20-$140. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Take a plunge
Scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will want to check out the Our World Underwater Chicago Dive & Travel Expo, which returns this weekend with seminars, displays, parties and more at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Prices vary by ticket package, but mainly $14-$120. (630) 209-2445 or ourworldunderwater.com. 5 to 9 p.m. with gala party from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Cheer on your favorite international competitors at the Glory 38 Glory Kickboxing event at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $35-$170; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
The Irish House Party features a variety of All-Ireland champion musicians, dancers and presenters. See this distinctly Irish arts experience at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $20. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
'A glorious feeling'
See the 1952 movie musical "Singin' in the Rain," starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, in the John and Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. $5. Buy tickets in advance at gortoncenter.org. (847) 234-6060. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Former Schaumburg resident Dan Sperry, known as "The Anti-Conjuror," is a featured performer in "The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible," which plays the Oriental Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Feb. 26.
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Uh oh, it's magic
The hit Broadway revue "The Illusionists" -- featuring magicians such as former Schaumburg resident Dan Sperry, An Ha Lim, Jeff Hobson and more -- returns for another touring run at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $13-$77. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Draft Week plays its final alternative rock show together Friday, Feb. 24, at Chicago's Metro.
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End of the Week
The guys of the alternative rock band Draft Week have taken big steps from their starter years in southern DuPage County to playing some of Chicago's most celebrated venues. But after nearly eight years together, they're headlining their final show as a quartet Friday, Feb. 24, at the Metro. Catch the deep-rocking, blues-infused band one more time before saying "So long!" to Kevin McNamara, Chad DeLeon, Mike Zevin and Mike Plahm. Joining them are Sugar Free Guns, Scotch the Filmmaker, Namorado and The Prairie Fires. Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Mardi Gras Mojo
The Arcada Theatre highlights feisty southern Louisiana traditions when it hosts Cajun and zydeco artists Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies Friday, Feb. 24. The night, which will cast a spell with its raucous musical performances punctuated with accordion, fiddle and fiery vocals, is the Arcada's third annual Mardi Gras celebration, so expect a good time. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $20-$100. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Piff the Magic Dragon, a finalist on "America's Got Talent," returns to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
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Piff the Magic Dragon, a memorable costumed magician/comedian seen on "America's Got Talent," returns for another standup comedy run starting Thursday at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $28 plus a two-item purchase; $54 VIP meet-and-greet. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
DuPage Comic Con
See comic-related items at more than 100 artist tables and vendor booths, take part in video and tabletop gaming tournaments and more when Geek Inc. Comics hosts DuPage Comic Con. Everyone attending the event, in Building 1 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, gets a free comic book. (630) 855-3453 or geekinccomics.com. $8 for ages 13 and older; free for kids younger than 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
'Young People's Concert'
Hear classical works such as "Concerto for Two Trumpets" by Vivaldi, "Toy Symphony" by Mozart and more when the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents its "Young People's Concert" in the Trapp Auditorium at Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside Ave., Waukegan. Free admission for students; $5 for adults when accompanying a child. waukegansymphony.org. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
Paintings and pinball
The interactive exhibit "Kings and Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago," which looks at the history of Chicago's role in pinball machines and imagist art, opens Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. Guests can play pinball on Chicago-designed and built pinball machines from the 1960s to the 1980s and also see prints, paintings and sculptures made in Chicago. (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org. Admission is $7-$8; free for students and kids 18 and younger. Free admission on the first Friday of each month. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday, from Saturday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, May 7.
If you can't make it to New York to catch Chicago director Mary Zimmerman's new production of "Rusalka," see it simulcast locally as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. Dvorak's tragic "Little Mermaid"-inspired fairy tale can be seen in select cinemas in Addison, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Evanston, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Rosemont, South Barrington and other locations. Sung in Czech with English subtitles. Prices vary by venue, but largely $25. For exact locations and prices, visit fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 6:30 p.m. taped encore Wednesday, March 1
'Medley of Melodies'
The Elmhurst Choral Union lets the music flow during its "Medley of Melodies" concert, where singers perform both solo and ensemble pieces, featuring opera, folk, Broadway selections, novelty songs and more, at the First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Free; donations are welcome. elmhurstchoralunion.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
The Apollo Chorus teams up with the Renovo String Orchestra and soloists Scherazade Panthaki, Richard Ollarsaba, Kate Tombaugh and Charles Blandy for the concert "Choral Classics -- Bach's Mass in B minor" at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $20-$40. (630) 637-7469 or apollochorus.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
John Cartwright's 2014 duet "Flawed" is featured in Thodos Dance Chicago's repertory concert "Timeless Motion" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Feb. 25.
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Thodos Dance Chicago presents two world premieres in the dance concert "Timeless Motion." See Melissa Thodos' "Changing Strangers" and "Acid Reign" by guest choreographer Brian Enos alongside recent repertory pieces at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $28-$50. (847) 673-6300 or thodosdancechicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
Coolio joins Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc for a "'90s Throwback" concert at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25.
Ice, Coolio and the 'Wild Thing'
Show the kids why music was better when you were growing up when Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc team up to commandeer the mic at the Genesee Theatre's "'90s Throwback" concert, featuring the hits of all three. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $37.50-$79.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
See host Ira Glass of "This American Life" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn Saturday, Feb. 25.
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An 'American Life'
Fans of Chicago Public Media's radio and podcast program "This American Life" won't want to miss seeing its host in "Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening With Ira Glass" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $69-$76; $175 meet & greet tickets. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
On your feet
Ever been to a barn dance? Here's your chance. Learn a variety of dances during an old-fashioned, all ages Barn Dance at Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Jonathan Whitall and Friends perform fiddle music while contra dance caller Meg Dedolph teaches and calls. Free. (630) 469-1555 or graceglenellyn.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Elgin Symphony Orchestra cellist and fused-glass artist Elizabeth Start and other ESO members present the "Fused Art" family concert, a look at poetry, music and visual arts, at the Gail Borden Public Library District, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. Guests can hear poems, view works in fused glass and work with other audience members to create a musical piece and story. Free, but tickets are required. (847) 429-4597 or gailborden.info. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Seeking out summer
Parents and kids can check out potential places to go once school lets out at the Daily Herald Summer Camp Expo 2017, which is featured as a part of the Chicago Wolves vs. Iowa Wild hockey game Sunday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $11-$38; $15-$20 parking. (847) 635-6601 or chicagowolves.com/campexpo. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Ring those bells
See the Agape Ringers handbell ensemble use more than 200 bells and chimes during a performance at St. John United Church of Christ, 308 N. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights. Free; donations accepted. agaperingers.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Revolt Coda, Johnny Kilroy, Brandon James, The Giving Moon and Dina Bach: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Joe's on Weed Street, 940 W. Weed St., Chicago. $8. (312) 337-3486 or joesonweedst.com.
Go Time, Panic Switch, Rough Draft Rocks: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $8. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com.
Wheaton College Artist Series with "Songs of Praise -- Masterworks by Bach and Mendelssohn" concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, at northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. Grammy Award-winning conductor John Nelson is featured. Choral and orchestral groups of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music perform in a program that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. $10-$45. (630) 752-5010. artistseries.org.
Bassel & The Supernaturals (album release), Molehill, The Maytags, Willy Dynomite: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 252-6179 or logansquareauditorium.com.
The Irish House Party: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Raue Center For the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Irish music and dance, hosted by the All-Ireland champion musicians and dancers. $20. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.ticketforce.com.
Out Cold 2 w/Milk N Cooks, Trap House, Kings of Class, Hi Five, Chris U: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5-$30. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb 24, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $20-$39. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
King by Friday, OUTDrejas: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Trophy Room, 170 W. Ontario St., Chicago. $7.18. (312) 600-6920 or trophyroombar.com.
The Red Moons, Wild Adriatic, She Rides Tigers: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$13. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Harry Garner Blues Band: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Nation of House/Unlisted featuring Zebo, Joe Buddha, Eddie Riot, Tecko, Mark Matras: 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Exit, 1315 W. North Ave., Chicago. Free; $5 after midnight. exit-chicago.com.
Waukegan Symphony Orchestra with "Young People's Concert": 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Trapp Auditorium at Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside Ave., Waukegan. Classical selections and more. Free admission for students; $5 for adults when accompanying a child. waukegansymphony.org.
Elmhurst Choral Union with "Medley of Melodies" concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Singers perform both solo and ensemble pieces, featuring opera, folk, Broadway selections, novelty songs and more. Free; donations are welcome. elmhurstchoralunion.org.
My Metal Heart, Fool's Brew: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
Charlie White with Fantasia and Johnny Gill: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $45-$130. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
RUNA: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Celtic band performs tunes of Ireland and Scotland. $15. Tickets in advance at maplestreetconcerts.org, or with cash or check at the door. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetconcerts.org.
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Renovo String Chorus with "Bach's Mass in B Minor": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Classical. Tickets are $20-$40 when purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com. For information, visit apollochorus.org.
"90s Throwback" with Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $37.50-$79.50. Tickets at Genesee Theatre Box Office, ticketmaster.com or at (800) 982-2787.
Orange Star: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Filling Station, 300 Main St., St. Charles. No cover. (630) 584-4414 or filling-station.com.
Shwayze: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $13-$16. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Meat Wave (record release), Paper Mice, Melkbelly, Foul Tip: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 276-3600 or emptybottle.com.
Roger Sanchez & S Man at Afterlife: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Annex Nightclub, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5-$20. (630) 291-5986 or afterlifechi.com.
Rita Moreno: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $49-$89. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra with "Moonlighting Sonata": 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, $10-$15. (847) 895-3600 or schaumburgyouthorchestra.org.
Agape Ringers: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. John United Church of Christ, 308 N. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights. Handbell ensemble use more than 200 bells and chimes. Free; donations accepted. agaperingers.org.
Emanation XI featuring Robby Haynes, Snowman (Mike Burns), Makaya McCraven: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Century Mallet, 1770 W. Berteau Ave., Chicago. $5-$10 suggested donation. (773) 248-7733 or centurymallet.com.
Music of the Baroque: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Baroque; featuring works by Handel, Vivaldi and others. $27-$75. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.
The Ides of March feat. Jim Peterik: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $28-$38. (312) 733-9463 or citywinery.com.
Brantley Gilbert: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Country. $37-$217. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Ezra Furman, Christopher The Conquered, Delmar and The Dedications: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.