Weekly picks: Elvis aficionados perform at the Paramount

 
 
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  • Elvis Presley tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter is part of the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular "Birthday Edition" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    Elvis Presley tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter is part of the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular "Birthday Edition" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Courtesy of Cody Ray Slaughter

  • Zachary Nelson as Ping, Keith Jameson as Pong, Rodell Rosel as Pang and Amber Wagner as the title princess in "Turandot" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    Zachary Nelson as Ping, Keith Jameson as Pong, Rodell Rosel as Pang and Amber Wagner as the title princess in "Turandot" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography/Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Country artist Cody Johnson headlines Saturday, Jan. 13, at Joe's Live in Rosemont.

    Country artist Cody Johnson headlines Saturday, Jan. 13, at Joe's Live in Rosemont. Courtesy of Cameron Powell

Hunka Burnin' Love

A special "Birthday Edition" of the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular features Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton, Dean Z, Cody Ray Slaughter and more on Thursday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $29.50-$60. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11

Puccini's 'Turandot'

Puccini's grand opera "Turandot" returns for five more performances beginning Wednesday at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $20-$349. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 13 and 27; 2 p.m. Jan. 17 and 21

Northern holiday

Hunters, fishers and other vacationers considering a trip north of the border won't want to miss the All Canada Show, which returns starting Thursday at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $12; $10 seniors; no admission for kids ages 17 and under. (630) 584-6300 or allcanada.com. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

Comedian Dennis Miller performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Thursday, Jan. 11.
Comedian Dennis Miller performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Thursday, Jan. 11.
Comic return

Former "Saturday Night Live" star and Fox News regular Dennis Miller performs standup comedy on Thursday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11

'Blue Jeans' girl

Lana Del Rey brings her "LA to the Moon" concert tour Thursday to the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $25-$205. (312) 455-4500 or unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11

Roast writer

Catch up with comedian Tony Hinchcliffe, a regular contributor to Comedy Central's notorious celebrity roasts, when he starts a series of standup sets on Thursday at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $25 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

Freedom struggles

See letters by activists Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, plus many other historical documents and prints in "Freedom: A History of US." The traveling exhibit opens Friday at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Free. elmhursthistory.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; runs through Sunday, March 11

Sharp teeth

Enormous and extinct creatures roam the earth again (in animatronic form) with "Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition." This walk-through family exhibit sets up shop this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $19 kids and adults; $14 seniors. (847) 692-2220 or discoverthedinosaurs.com. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to Monday, Jan. 13 to 15

Illinois artists

More than 30 Illinois artists are featured in the "Fourth Annual Adler Member Artist Exhibition." See works ranging from paintings to custom furniture starting Friday at the David Adler Music and Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Free. (847) 367-0707 or adlercenter.org. 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception Friday, Jan. 12. Regular hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; runs through Friday, Jan. 26

'Rose' returns

Linda Reiter reprises her 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award-winning performance as the titular character in "Rose," Laurence Leamer's portrait of Kennedy family matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. In this solo show, Rose chronicles the rise and fall of her politically powerful family. Steve Scott, who retired last year after 37 years as Goodman Theatre producer and director, helms the production. Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 14, at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Monday, Jan. 15. $20-$45. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org.

Comedian Dave Attell performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
Comedian Dave Attell performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. - Associated Press, 2010
He's an 'Insomniac'

Find out what's keeping famed "Insomniac" comedian Dave Attell up at night when he returns to do a series of standup shows this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $33 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

High-finance dramedy

Steel Beam Theatre stages the Chicago-area premiere of "Dry Powder," Sarah Burgess' dramedy set in the world of high finance. It centers on efforts by senior employees at a private equity firm to counter the public relations disaster that resulted from their boss throwing himself an extravagant party the same week he laid off thousands of grocery store workers. Sean Hargadon, artistic director of Elgin's Janus Theatre, helms the production. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; and 3 p.m. Sunday, jan. 14, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $22-$28. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.org.

Model world

The Great Midwest Train Show rounds the bend for another gathering of model trains and the enthusiasts who craft and covet them on Saturday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $7; kids ages 12 and under admitted free. (630) 290-1926 or greatmidwesttrainshow.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

A Morton Salt train was part of a previous run of The Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
  A Morton Salt train was part of a previous run of The Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. - Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Choo-choo! in Lisle

More than 10 model trains travel through displays of trees from around the world as part of The Enchanted Railroad. The exhibit returns this weekend for another multiweek run at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $9-$14; $8-$12 seniors; $6-$9 youth (cheaper price on Wednesdays only). (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends from Saturday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Feb. 19

Winter fun

Bundle up for some outdoor winter fun at Frosty Fest. Depending on the weather, there may be ice sculpting, sleigh rides, sledding and more Saturday at Bittersweet Golf Course, 875 Almond Road, Gurnee. Free. (847) 855-9031 or gurnee.il.us. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

Opera singers Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill sang at a topping out ceremony in 1964 during construction of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The documentary "The Opera House" is screened in select cinemas on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Opera singers Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill sang at a topping out ceremony in 1964 during construction of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The documentary "The Opera House" is screened in select cinemas on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Wednesday, Jan. 17. - Courtesy of Bob Serating, 1964
Met origins

Find out about the controversy and behind-the-scenes battles during the building of New York's Metropolitan Opera House in the documentary "The Opera House." It screens on Saturday and Wednesday at select participating movie theaters. Prices vary by venue, but largely $16. For exact locations and prices, visit fathomevents.com. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; 12:55 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17

Bucking trends

It's man versus beast when the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chicago Invitational arrives this weekend at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$500; $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

Rubens Barbosa competes in a previous PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event. The world's top bull riders compete at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14.
Rubens Barbosa competes in a previous PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event. The world's top bull riders compete at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14. - Courtesy of Andy Watson
Hallelujah chorus

Vocalists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson are joined by pianist Alvin Waddles for the return of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy perform at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy perform at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. - Associated Press, 2017
Improv masters

Wheaton's Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy make up funny material on the spot for an improvisation-filled show on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $32.50-$55. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

Country's Cody Johnson

Texas-born artist Cody Johnson has been making waves throughout the nation's country scene with his recent singles "With You I Am" and "Wild As You." But what's really earned him the nod of approval is his 2016 album "Gotta Be Me," which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country album charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart. He's joined by Jacob Bryant when he brings his guitar to Rosemont's Joe's Live. 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $18-$45. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

Seasonal celebration

Volo Bog's "Winterfest" features tours, crafts, a photo contest and a singer-songwriter tribute concert by Will Kruger. The event takes place at the Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. Free, but donations are appreciated. (815) 344-1294 or friendsofvolobog.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

Concert highlights

• Opera Mainstage presents "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 10-13, in Pierce Memorial Chapel at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton. $10. (630) 752-5010 or wheaton.edu.

• Common Allies at Haymarket Pub & Brewery 7th Beerthday Celebration: 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Free. (312) 638-0700 or haymarketbrewing.com.

• Brandon Fox, Rebecca Brunner, Taylor Mallory, Justin Ruff: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at 1st Ward at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.

• Dead/Awake, Barium, Consume The Divide, Butl3r: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $10. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.

• Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam at Winter Chamber Music Festival: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. $10-$30. (847) 491-4819 or concertsatbienen.org.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the Chris Madsen Quartet and Alyssa Allgood -- An Evening of Thelonious Monk: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $20-$25. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Tom Petty Night with The PettyBreakers: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$25. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

• Aaron Watson, Adam Doleac: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $15-$20. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• Banana Bash 5.0 (pt 1) featuring On My Six, Bareknuckle Bullseye, Genotype, A Silent Truth, Burned in Effigy: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $10. (847) 428-0562 or facebook.com.

• Mama Jimi, Bosco, Mike Gassett Band, Josh Flagg: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Johnny Automatic, Headspins, This Obsession, CHX Collective: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• The Chicago Experience: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $10-$20. (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com.

• The Devil Makes Three, Roebuck: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $23. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.

• Kick -- The INXS Experience, PriMary, DJ Greg Corner: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Coyote Riot: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Snuzfest 2018 pajama party featuring Guardrail, Talk To You Never, Glory Days, Oceans Over Airplanes, Torch the Hive, Drew Neely & the Heroes, Invictus, Little Crown: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $8; $10 with pajamas; $12 at the door. Hosted by Hope for the Day and the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast; proceeds will benefit the Veteran Hospital of Puerto Rico. (708) 669-9473 or hftd.org.

• Kali Uchis: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $27.50. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.

• Adelitas Way, Deadset Society, Manafest, Late Night Fights: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Rochaus, 98 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$38. (815) 893-9768 or rochaus.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the John Dokes Quartet -- The Music of Joe Williams and Nat King Cole: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $20-$25. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Identity Crisis: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5; free before 8:30 p.m. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

• The Inventors, The Flesh Failure, Them Dead Poets, Swell Suburbia: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

Blues rocker Jonny Lang plays St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Saturday, Jan. 13.
Blues rocker Jonny Lang plays St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Saturday, Jan. 13. - Associated Press

• Jonny Lang, Tony Lucca: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$89. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

• Hairbanger's Ball: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$13. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Led Pig, Eraserhead, The Kings Rising, She Rides Tigers: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at White Tavern, 423 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. $5. (630) 357-1890 or whitetavern.com.

• Eric Lindell & the Grand Nationals: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off featuring Fletcher Rockwell: Noon Sunday, Jan. 14, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25-$30 for appetizers, chili entries, dessert and music; proceeds benefit Opportunity Knocks. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Celebrate the release of their new album "it's not us" with Umphrey's McGee Sunday, Jan. 14, at Chicago's Park West.
Celebrate the release of their new album "it's not us" with Umphrey's McGee Sunday, Jan. 14, at Chicago's Park West. - Courtesy of Umphrey's McGee

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the George Fludas Trio: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $10. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

• Motherfolk, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• McKinley James and The Dyes: 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

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