Weekend picks: It's high time to catch comedian Doug Benson

  • Comedian Doug Benson returns to Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago.

    Comedian Doug Benson returns to Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago. Associated Press, 2017

 
 
Posted5/4/2018 6:00 AM

High humor

Who knows where the comedy will go when comedian Doug Benson ("Super High Me," "The High Court") performs standup this weekend at two Zanies locations: first at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484; then at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago. (312) 337-4027. $20 plus a two-item purchase. zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Rosemont; 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Chicago

 

Crafty connection

BrightStar Events co-sponsors a Spring Craft Fair that features home decor, jewelry, bath products and more this weekend at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. Free. (847) 263-7500 or simon.com/mall/gurnee-mills. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6

And they're off!

Horse racing fans can rejoice this weekend: Arlington International Racecourse is back for its summer season with Opening Day today and Derby Day on Saturday at 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Opening day is with online RSVP ($10 at the gate), while Derby Day general admission is $18 and $5 for youth. (847) 870-7223 or arlingtonpark.com. Opening day 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 4; Kentucky Derby Day 1:20 p.m. Saturday, May 5

International fare

Go global this weekend when downtown Elgin hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration today, followed by the sixth annual Elgin International Fest on Saturday. The Cinco de Mayo event features lots of Mexican music and art, while the International Fest abounds with dance performances, markets and even a salsa challenge. Events in downtown Elgin are near 30 DuPage Court. Free. elgincincodemayo.com or elginifest.org. Cinco de Mayo event: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4; International Festival: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Rock on

See Evanston native and Hollywood star John Cusack live following a screening of the Chicago-set 2000 film "High Fidelity" at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $49.50-$79.50; $253.50 VIP seats and photo. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4

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Tribute time

Hear hard-rock tunes from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and more as transcribed for electric violins for the band Femmes of Rock tonight at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $39.50-$52.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 4

Skyline's May showcase

Suburban rocker Danny Mazz (Downers Groove's Danny Mazzarella) kicks off the May edition of Skyline Music Series' local showcase at BaseCamp Pub. The lineup includes host and founder Aaron Williams, St. Charles' D-Classified and alternative rock band Social Que. Check out some great bands while supporting the local music scene. BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $6. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4

Down home

McHenry County Living presents Home Grown, a makers fair celebrating handicraft, food, beverages and art on Saturday at Mixin Mingle Woodstock, 124 Cass St., Woodstock. Free. (815) 900-8522 or mchenrycountyliving.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Doggy day

Tales on Trails is back, which allows dog owners and their beloved pooches the chance to walk around the grounds of the Morton Arboretum together on Saturday at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Regular admission: $15; $13 seniors; $10 kids ages 2-17; $5 extra per dog on leash. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Junior jam

Tickets are scarce for the "Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour," which features such favorite characters as Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor and more on Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $30-$88. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Mexican celebration

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, dancing, music and more this weekend at Stern Plaza, 37 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. Free. (847) 440-2021 or greaterwaukegan.org. 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6

Latin social dancing

Fans of Latin styles of social dancing won't want to miss the special Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Saturday at Dress Up & Dance, 206 Terrace Drive, Mundelein. $13. (224) 475-0984 or dress-dance.com. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Standup guy

Fans of the former cable TV comedy "Sullivan and Son" will enjoy seeing comedian Steve Byrne in a series of standup gigs at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22 plus a two-item menu. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 4; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Ballet double bill

The Russian National Ballet tours with a double bill of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Carmen" on Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $25-$40. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5

'Somewhere' serenade

The Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble performs "A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein" on Saturday to honor the late composer and conductor's centenary at Elmhurst College's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free. elmhurst.edu/music. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Tell all

Actresses and celebrities Lainie Kazan, Renee Taylor and Connie Stevens have plenty of dishy stories to tell on the tour of "Hollywood Confidential" on Sunday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6

All in the family

Dweezil Zappa pays homage to his groundbreaking rock star/composer father, Frank Zappa, when he performs with the "Choice Cuts! World Tour 2018" tonight at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$59. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Concert highlights

• Minus the Bear, The Coathangers: 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $25-$30. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Bullet to the Heart, Chainwax, Stars Aligned, Grain of Sand, Stitched Apart, Ken Markovic: 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night) and the Box Tops: 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$69. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

• Earth Lodge, The Drafts, Velours, Nightlife: 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

• Chapter 1: 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Peggy Kinnane's, 8 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 577-7733 or peggykinnanes.com.

• Concentric, 3's & 7's, White Pony: 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $6-$8. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Semple: 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. $10. (847) 852-6256 or evenflowmusic.com.

• Kevin Presbrey Band: 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Old Towne Pub, 40W290 Lafox Road, St. Charles. (630) 513-4240 or otpwasco.com.

• The Brevet, Ember Oceans: 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12-$14. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.

• Taking! Back Emo's Fueled By Ramen tribute: 10 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• Cinco de Moto party featuring Speed of Sound: Noon Saturday, May 5, at Lake Shore Harley-Davidson, 14000 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. (847) 662-4500 or lakeshoreharley.com.

• American English -- A Complete Beatles Tribute: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Round Lake Beach Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. $15. (847) 201-9032 or rlbciviccenter.com.

• Kygo "Kids In Love Tour": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $39-$99. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com.

• The Clarks, Ryan Powers & The Secret Weapons: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• Black4, Led Pig, OUTdrejas: 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• The Throwbacks: 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Spears, 723 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. Free. (847) 353-8933 or spearschicago.com.

• Boy Band Review (N*Synco de Mayo): 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Biker Awareness BBQ featuring Wunderlich, Blackmarket Democracy, Convoy and Backlash: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $10. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.

• Contra., Growing, Erabella, Deville, Fools' Brew: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Baderbrau Brewing Company, 2515 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 890-2728 or ticketfly.com.

• Jonathan Davis (of Korn), Palisades: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $35-$40. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Jake Miller "Hit And Run Tour": 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $20-$140. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Turn N' Fire, Action Boy, The Almas, Animal Factory: 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 276-9730 or ticketweb.com.

• An Evening with Jake Miller: 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $120. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• Foster, Jeff Brown & the New Black, Horrible/Beaut: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.

• Jessica Risker (record release), Emily Ritz, Ty Maxon: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $5-$8. (773) 276-3600 or emptybottle.com.

• MER's Music Showcase featuring Laura Joy, Orlando Peña, Tomorrow's Alliance and more: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• I Am Fest Artist Showcase featuring Vicoja, Chaos in Creation, Murder City Saints, Jazz Whisperer: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at The Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• Snailmate, Security Culture, Billow: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.

• SayWeCanFly, Fairview: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $12-$15. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

• The Moonlight Pickers at BrauerHouse Tire Swarm: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Free. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Ike Reilly, Michael McDermott: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $18-$20. (773) 728-6000 or oldtownschool.org.

• Ceramic Animal, The Evening Attraction, Soft Candy: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with the venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings or to add an event, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.

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