North Shore entertainment: Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams play Evanston's Out of Space weekend
Out of Space with Costello, Williams, Lewis and Guy
Evanston SPACE introduces the first of its two 2022 Out of Space concert series this weekend, with four shows set under the stars at the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston. On Thursday, indie folk singer Jenny Lewis headlines the show, joined by the bluegrass-inspired Tramped By Turtles. Friday, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets and Nicole Atkins join Elvis Costello & the Imposters in the spotlight. Saturday brings Lucinda Williams and Waxahatchee, along with Liam Kazar, to town. And Sunday, Todd Park Mohr (of Big Head Todd & the Monsters) and Bobby Rush warm things up for Chicago's own blues legend Buddy Guy. Bring blankets or lawn seats and enjoy the show from the course's first and second holes.
• Jenny Lewis: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston. $45 for general admission; $145 for VIP. outofspaceconcerts.com.
• Elvis Costello: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores. $49.50 for GA; $189.50 for VIP.
• Lucinda Williams: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores. $49.50 for GA; $149.50 for VIP.
• Buddy Guy: 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, (gates at 5 p.m.), at Canal Shores. $45 for GA; $160 for VIP.
Fans of slasher flick franchises such as "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" won't want to miss the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention. Catch stars like Robert Englund, Alex Winter and more at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. $40 Friday and Sunday; $45 Saturday. Kids 7-11: $10 daily; $25 weekend pass. (847) 647-3124 or flashbackweekend.com. Begins at noon Friday, Aug. 5; 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6; and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7
Rising stars at Lincoln Hall
Talk about a hot show! Some of Chicago's indie rising acts-to-know head to Lincoln Hall this weekend as ZORILA -- featuring North Shore native Michael Brook -- brings its recent single "Honey," a new EP and an increasingly lush alt-rock sound to the headlining slot, joined by indie pop stars The Mild West, Chicago hip-hop and recording artist Young Xav and dream-popsters Capital Soirée. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15 ($20 at the door). lh-st.com.
More than 60 visual artists will participate in the 41st Annual Festival of the Arts at Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. The free event includes music from Sneezy, the Highland Park Pops, Inversion Jazz Band and more. (847) 367-0707 or adlercenter.org. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7
Southern rock meets modern alternative when The Revivalists head to Ravinia Festival Saturday, Aug. 6.
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The Revivalists at Ravinia
With one foot in classic Southern rock, the other in modern alternative and their head in the clouds belting out soaring soulful melodies, The Revivalists harness their Louisiana roots in their fiery stage performances and platinum-selling hits. The eight-member New Orleans outfit pays a visit to Highland Park for an outdoor show full of heat and heart, joined by rock singer-songwriter Grace Potter.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, (gates open at 5 p.m.) at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. $44 for lawn, $75-$110 for reserved pavilion seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.
Broadway stars Heather Headley, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alexandra Billings and more star in "Yours, Stephen Sondheim: His Letters, Mentorship and Music." This Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert celebrating the legacy of the late theater composer and lyricist takes the stage at the Ravinia Festival, 201 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. $35-$145 pavilion seating; $15 lawn seating; $65 premium lawn blocks. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7
Tony Award-winner Heather Headley performs as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert "Yours, Stephen Sondheim: His Letters, Mentorship and Music" at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 7.
Educators who have shared their humor online join together for a live gathering with the Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $33-$53. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8
Suds and supper
If you're looking for some new brews to try, consider the Founders Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Wildfire as a place to start. The $70 four-course dinner begins with spicy shrimp mac and cheese and bacon-wrapped pickle spears paired with Founders All Day Vacay Session Wheat Ale. Next up is duck potpie paired with Founders KBS Stout. Then dine on coffee-rubbed New York strip steak while sipping Founders 4 Giants IPA. End with a savory mango cocktail and Founders Rubaeus Raspberry Ale. Learn more about each of the pairings from a brewery rep. Area dinners are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in Glenview; and Thursday, Aug. 11, in Lincolnshire. Wildfire is at 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363; and 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900, wildfirerestaurant.com/.
Music Theater Works, in association with Ensemble Espacol, presents the regional premiere of "Zorro: The Musical," featuring a score by The Gipsy Kings and John Cameron and a book by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson. Cisco Lopez stars as the nobleman who leads a double life as a masked hero determined to protect his people from a tyrant, while also attempting to win the heart of a beautiful woman. Preview at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. $39-$106. Face masks required. (847) 673-6300 or musictheaterworks.com.
For the kids
Now through Wednesday, Aug. 24, Maggiano's is hosting a special fundraiser called Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish. When diners order the smoked salmon dip, Tuscan shrimp and chicken, berry tiramisu, Wish Lemonade or Vera's Lemon Drop Martini, a portion of the sales will be donated to Make-A Wish, which makes wishes come true for kids with critical illnesses.
Maggiano's is at 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 536-2270; 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-0300; 1901 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, (847) 240-5600; 307 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, (847) 918-0380, maggianos.com/.
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