Weekend picks: Celebs include Rick Steves at Travel & Advanture Show in Rosemont

  • Travel guide author and TV host Rick Steves is one of many travel gurus set to make an appearance at the Travel and Adventure Show Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Travel guide author and TV host Rick Steves is one of many travel gurus set to make an appearance at the Travel and Adventure Show Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Associated Press, 2012

 
 
Posted1/13/2019 7:23 AM

Going places

The Travel & Adventure Show returns this weekend with appearances from travel writers and hosts like Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer and more at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15; $22 two-day admission; free for kids 16 and younger. (847) 692-2220 or travelshows.com/shows/chicago. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Summer planning

Get ideas for furnishing your rustic vacation getaways at the 15th annual Lake Home & Cabin Show this weekend at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $12; $5 for kids 5-15. (847) 303-4100 or lakehomeandcabinshow.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

A bog in winter

The 27th annual Winterfest at the Volo Bog State Natural Area features indoor and outdoor activities to celebrate winter. There will be music, photo contest awards, kids' crafts, bog tours, a snow-sculpting contest and more at 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. Free admission. (815) 344-1294 or dnr.illinois.gov. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

Bucking trends

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chicago Invitational brings daring competitors riding bulls and holding on for dear life to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. PBR: $20-$350; $15-$25 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

Piano recital

Award-winning Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova performs a recital as part of the St. Charles Public Library Sunday Concert series at 1 S. 6th Ave., St. Charles. Free. (630) 584-0076 or scpld.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

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'Splatter zone'

Theatergoers sitting in the first three rows of Black Button Eyes' latest production can expect to get bloodied. Those seats are known as the "splatter zone" for BBE's storefront Chicago premiere of "Evil Dead the Musical." A tuneful parody of Sam Raimi's horror film series, the musical centers on a group of college kids spending spring break at an isolated cabin who "accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons." Artistic director Ed Rutherford helms the production, which features sets, props and puppets designed by Bensenville native Jeremiah Barr. Previews at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Opens Friday, Jan. 18, at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. $30. See blackbuttoneyes.com.

Symphonic 'Surprise'

Stephen Squires conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend in performances of Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 (featuring ESO concertmaster Isabella Lippi) and more at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $30-$75; $10 youth. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13

Star gazing

At Harvard University's observatory during the early 1900s, scientist Henrietta Swan Leavitt wasn't allowed to touch a telescope. Yet the work this astronomer did, using astronomical photographic plates to map the stars, paved the way for Edwin Hubble to prove his theories about the expanding universe and the existence of galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Playwright Lauren Gunderson chronicles Leavitt's seminal work in "Silent Sky," in a revival at Steel Beam Theatre. Sean Hargadon, artistic director of Elgin's Janus Theatre, directs. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Runs through Feb. 3 at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $22-$28. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.org.

Snuz Fest

Don your jammies and head out for Snuz Fest, the annual punk rock pajama party celebrating great music from the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. The fest -- a night full of punk, pop-punk, rock and hard-core tunes -- includes headliner Guardrail along with The Blamed, Makena, Tiny Kingdoms, The Linden Method, The Flips, A Better Hand, Erabella, Butchered and Action/Adventure. To sweeten the deal even more, a portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Alison Cares Foundation, which serves to advocate for, provide resources to and educate on those suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders. 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Concert highlights

Unturned, Mt. Pocono, Sliver Age, Commonweather: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

Windy City Elvis Birthday Bash: 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$25. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

John Pizzarelli -- A Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $46. (847) 895-3600 or villageofschaumburg.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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