Best Bets: Anime Central returns to Rosemont; Patton Oswalt performs at Genesee

 
 
Posted5/15/2019 6:00 AM
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  • Marvel at the many cosplay outfits at Anime Central at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Marvel at the many cosplay outfits at Anime Central at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Associated Press, 2015

  • Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason performs a cabaret revue at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason performs a cabaret revue at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

  • Egyptian pianist Wael Farouk is the featured soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony.

    Egyptian pianist Wael Farouk is the featured soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony.

'Japanimation' nation

Anime Central: The Midwest Anime and Manga Convention returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. It features costumed fans, concerts, sales and more. $30-$45 daily admission. (847) 692-2220 or rosemont.com or acen.org. 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Critic picks

The local premiere of Danny Boyle's "Yesterday," plus guest appearances by Jay Duplass, Tatiana Maslany, Jim Gaffigan and more, are all part of the 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival. Screenings and panels continue through Thursday at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12-$18 individual admission; $150 festival pass. (773) 871-6604 or chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com. Various times from Friday, May 17, to Thursday, May 23

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, May 17.
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, May 17. - Associated Press, 2018
Comedy guy

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt ("Happy," "A.P. Bio") returns to perform standup tonight at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $37.50-$67.50. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 17

New sheriff in town

The renamed Onesti's Wild West Town opens this weekend for the 2019 season, marking the new leadership of Ron Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment and the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Families can ride rides, pan for gold and do other Wild West-inspired activities at 8512 S. Union Road, Union. $19 ages 3 and up (includes all rides and attractions). (815) 923-9000 or wildwesttown.com. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through June 9; daily summer season begins June 10

Melodic missives

Hear letters from around the world turned into songs in the show "Dear Finch: Starring Jess Godwin" on Saturday, May 18, at Elgin Community College's SecondSpace Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $28. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Concerto concert

The Lake Forest Symphony features pianist Wael Farouk performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 this weekend at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $15-$49. (847) 543-2300 or lakeforestsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Composer and soprano Patrice Michaels is one of the soloists in "Notorious RBG in Song" at the Spertus Institute in Chicago.
Composer and soprano Patrice Michaels is one of the soloists in "Notorious RBG in Song" at the Spertus Institute in Chicago. -
Supreme songs

The life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrated in song in the revue "Notorious RBG in Song" on Sunday at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $18; $8 students. (312) 322-1700 or spertus.edu. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19

Day for kids

The 23rd Annual Día del Niño features games, art projects, health screenings and more family activities on Saturday at the Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 738-1503 or nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18

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