Best Bets: Branford Marsalis at Ravinia, Bobcat Goldthwait headlines Zanies Rosemont

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Branford Marsalis performs at Ravinia Sunday, July 25.

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Branford Marsalis performs at Ravinia Sunday, July 25. Courtesy of Eric Ryan Anderson

 
 
Posted7/20/2021 6:00 AM

New York jazz

Get ready to swing when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Branford Marsalis performs at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90-$130 pavilion seating; $38-$53 lawn seating; $25 parking. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25

 

Bobcat Goldthwait performs at Zanies in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, July 23-24.
Bobcat Goldthwait performs at Zanies in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. - Associated Press, 2018
'Cat' comedian

Comedian, actor, director and DuPage County resident Bobcat Goldthwait ("World's Greatest Dad," "Police Academy 2 & 3") performs a series of standup sets at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or rosemont.zanies.com. 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 23, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 24

Funny on the front line

Comedian Rob Ward invites firefighters, police officers, paramedics and the general public to see his "First Responders Tour" this weekend at the The Comedy Shrine at Fox Valley Mall, 2228 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora. $25 plus a two-item purchase. (630) 585-0300 or comedyshrine.com. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 23-24

The Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora screens the 2016 Disney animated film "Moana" outdoors on Friday, July 23.
The Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora screens the 2016 Disney animated film "Moana" outdoors on Friday, July 23. - Courtesy of Disney
'You're Welcome'

Families can bring their blankets and chairs for a special outdoor screening of the Disney 2016 animated feature "Moana" at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St., Aurora. Free admission, but donations appreciated. (630) 859-3418 or wesleyumcaurora.org. 8 p.m. Friday, July 23

Downtown art

More than 90 artists sell their wares as part of the Glencoe Festival of Art this weekend around 700 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Free, but timed entry reservations recommended. (847) 926-4300 or amdurproductions.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25

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Bog recognition

Celebrate International Bog Day locally with a special art show and reception plus music performers at the Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside. Free. (815) 344-1294 or friendsofvolobog.org. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25; artist reception from noon to 2 p.m.

"A Night With Anthony Michael Hall," featuring an appearance by Hall and a screening of the 1985 film "The Breakfast Club," happens Monday, July 26, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.
"A Night With Anthony Michael Hall," featuring an appearance by Hall and a screening of the 1985 film "The Breakfast Club," happens Monday, July 26, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. - Associated Press, 2003
'Club' to 'Class'

Spend "A Night With Anthony Michael Hall," the famed "Brat Pack" star of "The Breakfast Club." Hall will be on hand for a special screening of the classic 1985 John Hughes film, plus a Q&A session featuring cast members of the in-production film "The Class" on Monday at Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. $40 for screening and Q&A session; $100 VIP tickets with meet & greet photo op and signed photo; $250 after party VIP tickets. This is a fundraiser for a friend of Hall's who is living with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). (630) 968-0360 or classiccinemas.com. 5 p.m. VIP meet-and-greet; 7:30 p.m. Q&A session; 8 p.m. film screening Monday, July 26

James Taylor performs at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, July 29.
James Taylor performs at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, July 29. - Associated Press, 2018
'You've Got a Friend'

Relive more than 50 years worth of musical memories when James Taylor and His All-Star Band perform with special guest Jackson Brown at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $55-$155.50. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29

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