Weekend picks: New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein talks graphic novel

Posted4/14/2019 7:23 AM

Cartoon creator

Ken Krimstein, a cartoonist regularly featured in The New Yorker, appears as part of a Gallery Talk tied to an exhibit on his graphic novel "The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt" at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Free, but RSVP registration is requested. (312) 322-1700 or spertus.edu. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Crafty folk

The 37th annual tour of the Spring Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair features hundreds of artists from more than 30 states displaying and selling their work this weekend at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. $10; $9 seniors (kids ages 10 and under admitted free with guardian). (630) 941-9292 or hpifestivals.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Artsy river

Fifty art attractions are part of the sprawling Fox River Arts Ramble this weekend with displays in Elgin, Campton Hills, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and Aurora. Free. For exact locations, visit foxriverarts.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Science for kids

The Unearth Science Festival features more than 40 hands-on exhibits for kids to learn about the intersection of nature and the sciences this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but parking is $25-$30 per vehicle. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Audio experts

The world's top audio brands reveal their latest gear at the Axpona Audio Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $25 one-day pass; $98 VIP gold pass; $10 one-day student pass. (847) 303-4100 or axpona.com. Exhibition hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Halal gathering

Learn more about the halal economy and products at the second I Heart Halal festival this weekend at Navy Pier Festival Hall A & B, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. $10-$20 general admission; $5-$10 kids ages 2-13; $50-$75 all-access; $100 VIP pass. (312) 595-7437 or ihearthalal.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Folk histories

Catch up with local folk musician Chris Vallillo at two concerts next week. "The Poetry of Carl Sandburg, Music of Chris Vallillo" celebrates the famed poet's 100th anniversary of settling in Elmhurst on Sunday at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. $5. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. Then Vallillo performs "Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement" on Thursday at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Free. (847) 968-3400 or lcfpd.org/museum. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Elmhurst and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Libertyville

'Gathering' returns

For the 11th year, Improv Playhouse remounts its production of "The Gathering," Josephine Raciti and Rolf Forsberg's contemporary take on the last hour of the Last Supper. Artistic director David Brian Stuard adapted and directs the production, which features Tyler Ankey of Crystal Lake as The Teacher. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $5-$20. (847) 968-4529 or improvplayhouse.com.

Concerto by Choi

Pianist Winston Choi performs Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in concert with the New Philharmonic this weekend at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Also on the bill is Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. $49. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Court call

City Lit Theater concludes its season with a pair of one-acts rooted in the law. Dubbed "Two Days in Court," the double-bill includes "The Devil and Daniel Webster," Stephen Vincent Benet's tale of a New Hampshire farmer who sells his soul to the devil then enlists statesman/lawyer/orator Daniel Webster to get him out of the deal. The second offering is Gilbert and Sullivan's first hit, the 1875 operetta "Trial By Jury," about the breaking of a marriage contract. Artistic director Terry McCabe directs both productions. Previews at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. The show opens April 23. $12-$32. See citylit.org.

Concert highlights

Stop the Insanity Part 5, featuring Grimm Trigger, When the Sun Sets, Cleveland Avenue, BoxHouse and Misstep Forward: 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. $1o, proceeds benefit Hope for the Day. (815) 517-1788 or thcdekalb.com.

Haley Reinhart "Lo-Fi Soul Tour" with Jennah Bell: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $30-$75. (773) 929-1322 or parkwestchicago.com.

Solution Unsatisfactory, This Obsession, Dead Freddie, CHX Collective Acoustic: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $7. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.

The Michael Ledbetter Celebration of Life & Fundraiser featuring The Nick Moss Band, Charlie Baty, Jimmy Johnson, Rick Estrin, Lurrie Bell, Mike Welch, Jason Ricci and many more: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago. $35; $150 for VIP; proceeds will benefit Michael's family. (312) 427-1190 or buddyguy.com.

Fire Cat, Torch the Hive: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Crown Liquors, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 252-9741 or crownliquorschicago.com.

International Pop Overthrow

Friday, April 12, through Saturday, April 20, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10 per day. See the full schedule at internationalpopoverthrow.com.

• 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14: Almond & Olive, Christopher Elam, Arwin, Mark Watson, The Red Moons

• 8 p.m. Monday, April 15: Van Go, Dave Rave and Hailee Rose, The Red Wigglers, Pelicans and Their Allies, I Am Spartacus

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16: Michael Steven Cohen, Troy Anderson, Rob Schultz Band, The Webstirs, Drew Neely & The Heroes

• 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17: Johnny Stanec, Andrew Robert Palmer, Phil Yates & The Affiliates, Leisure McCorkle, Rollo Time

• 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18: Aaron Williams, Scott Niekelski (of Go Time), Treeshakers, The Artist Formerly Known As Vince Band, Mike Vanderbilt & The Suburban Garage Sound

• 8 p.m. Friday, April 19: Waiflike, The Unswept, Collectors, The Spindles, Thrift Store Halo, BingBong

• 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20: The Injured Parties, Celia Rose, Freetoed, Kenny Sommer, Tom Schraeder, Rainy Day Crush

• 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20: Vee Sonnets, Douglas & Tucker, Three Hour Tour, The Band Calderisi, The Mixture, Young Distractions

• 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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