Arts and entertainment calendar for July 26
Updated: July 24, 2012 10:06PM
Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. www.arlingtonpark.com. Track general admission is $6-$10; $15 on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 18. Miller Lite Party in the Park on Fridays features live music, plus food and beverage specials. Bands perform on the main band stage from 4:30-8:30 p.m.; After Dark Concerts from 6-10 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 31. July 27: The Personnel. Aug. 3: A Thousand Julys. Aug. 10: Petty Cash. Aug. 17: Hey Jimmy. Aug. 24: DuPage Band. Aug. 31: Wedding Banned. Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash features live music by local bands from 1-5 p.m., plus food and beverage specials. July 28: Cover Gurl. Aug. 4: Red Pop Fury. Aug. 11: Hooked on Sonics. Aug. 18: Prom Band. Aug. 25: Dave Tamkin & Company. Sept. 1: He Said She Said.
Barrington Park District summer concert series, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road (at Route 14), Barrington. For information, visit www.barringtonparkdistrict.org. Aug. 1: Jack Salamander Band (rock).
Buffalo Grove Rotary Village Green Concert Series, 7 p.m. Thursdays on the Green immediately north of the post office at Buffalo Grove and the Old Checker roads. Call (847) 459-2500. July 26: U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes. Aug. 2: Glenview Concert Band.
Deerfield Plaza Pleasures, 10 a.m. Saturdays, unless otherwise noted, in the Farmers Market in the commuter parking lot at Deerfield Road and Robert York Avenue, Deerfield. Call (847) 945-5000 or visit www.deerfield.il.us. July 28: Joel Frankel Musical Merriment. Aug. 4: Jodi Koplin & Her Jigglejam Band. Aug. 11: 9:30 a.m., Kettle Moraine String Band (bluegrass). Aug. 18: 9:30 a.m., The Nightcrawlers (blues). Aug. 25: L.J. Slavin (folk). Sept. 1: Joey Edwin Duo (acoustic guitar).
Eat to the Beat Deerfield Park District concert series geared for young audiences at Jewett Park Pavilion, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.dfpd.org or call (847) 945-0650. Aug. 1: Little Nashville. Aug. 8: Super Stolie. Aug. 15: Scribble Jim, a solo acoustic performance from ScribbleMonster.
Fridays in the Park concert series, 6:30-9 p.m. at Community Park, Old McHenry and Quentin roads, Hawthorn Woods. Free admission. Visit www.vhw.org. July 27: Triple Dawg Dare. Aug. 3: Ron’s Peach Beach Party. Aug. 10: Aunt Janet Band. Aug. 17: Save the Clocktower. Aug. 24: Karen Hunt Band. Aug. 31: Shelter Dogs. Sept. 14: Crossfire. Sept. 21: Grey Rock Band. Sept. 28: Eight Miles South.
Lawn Chair Lyrics Concert Series, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Willow Stream Park South, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. Visit www.bgparkdistrict.org/ev_lawnchairlyrics.htm. July 31: Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm (country). Aug. 7: Neverly Brothers (’50s/’60s rock).
Schaumburg Library concerts 6:45 p.m. at Town Square Park, 210 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Rain dates will be held at the library, 130 S. Roselle. Call (847) 985-4000 or see www.stdl.org. July 30: Bobby Sanders Orchestra. Aug. 6: The Associates (Motown).
Sounds of Summer Concert Series, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in Harmony Park, Vail Avenue and Campbell Street, Arlington Heights. Aug. 2: Jack Salamander featuring Jon Rogers (classic /alternative rock). Aug. 3: Trippin’ Billies (Dave Matthews Band tribute). Aug. 9: Skip Towne & the Greyhounds (blues, jazz, swing and ballads).
Sounds of Summer, presented by the Palatine Park District at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Rain date information at (847) 705-5123, # 274. Information at www.palatineparkdistrict.com. July 27: Bopology (Sinatra/swing). Aug. 1: Palatine Concert Band. Aug. 3: Ronnie Rice from New Colony Six.
Summer Breeze Concert Series, 7 p.m. Saturdays at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. Pets are not permitted on the grounds during concerts. Visit www.prairiecenter.org. Aug. 11: The Voices (Motown tribute band). Aug. 18: Heartache Tonight (Eagles Tribute band). Aug. 25: Frank Winkler and the Symphonic Pops Orchestra.
Summer concert series at 4 p.m. Sundays at Fountain Square in the historic Village of Long Grove, located near Route 83 and Old Route 53. Free admission; bring blankets or chairs for seating. For information, visit http://thelonggroveblog.com. July 29: Rory Block (acoustic blues). Aug. 5: Vance Gilbert. Aug. 12: The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. Aug. 19: Krista Detor.
Summer concert series, 7-9 p.m. on select Thursdays at the Vernon Hills Memorial Arbortheater, 50 N. Fairway Drive. In bad weather, concerts will be at Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive. Call (847) 367-3700 or see www.vernonhills.org. July 26: Midwest Dueling Pianos. Aug. 9: White Saddle Band (country/rock).
Summer Sampler Deerfield Park District Concert Series, Mitchell Park, Hazel Avenue and Wilmot Road, Deerfield, 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.dfpd.org or call (847) 945-0650. July 29: ABBA Salute. Aug. 5: Big Guitars From Memphis (rockabilly/surf music). Aug. 12: Piano Man (Vegas glitz).
Summer Sounds on the Green Concert Series, presented by the Hoffman Estates Park District Arts Commission at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the amphitheater of Village Green, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. In inclement weather, concerts will be canceled. Call (827) 252-5448. July 26: Barefoot Hawaiians. Aug. 2: Decatur Park Singers. Aug. 9: Jin & Tonic (country).
Wauconda Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. at Cook Park, 600 Main St., and outside the Wauconda Public Library, 801 Main St. Visit www.wauclib.org. July 26: Library, Chi Town Dixie Stompers (Dixieland). Aug. 2: Library, The Chauffeurs (’50s & ’60s). Aug. 9: Library, Limited Edition Big Band. Aug. 16: Library, Kevin Purcell (blues).
“Hero,” the story of a talented young artist and comic book illustrator living anything but a superhero life, through Aug. 19 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The performance schedule is 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $40-$48, plus tax and handling fees. Discounts available for students and senior citizens. Dinner and theatre tickets, $55, are available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Dinner is at Kings Wharf Restaurant or the Fairfield Inn (based on dining availability). Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 27-Aug. 4 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: $16-$20. Call (847) 895-3600 or visit www.prairiecenter.org.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the St. James Parish Center, 820 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Tickets: $10-$17. Visit www.stjamestheatre.org.
“Legally Blonde” will be presented by ArtReach Educational Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Meadows Center Auditorium, 2850 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows. Tickets: $16 in advance; $18 at the door. Call (630) 808-5852 or visit www.artreachspotlite.com.
“Sabrina Fair,” presented by Theatre in the Woods through July 29 at The Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. Curtain at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Call (847) 604-1990 or visit www.theatreinthewoods.net.
“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” through July 29 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The production contains mature themes and is not appropriate for children age 12 and under. Tickets: $16 general admission; $13 for seniors. Call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” presented by ECC Musical Theatre through Aug. 5 in the SecondSpace Theatre at Elgin Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20; $18 students and seniors; $12 for children ages 12 and under. Call (847) 622-0300 or visit www.elgin.edu/arts.
Opera in Focus, Rolling Meadows Park District Park Central Facility, 3000 Central Road. Puppets performing scenes from popular operas at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. $12, $11 for senior citizens, $7 for children under 12. Reservations required. (847) 818-3220, ext. 186, or www.operainfocus.com. Through Aug. 11: Selections from Massenet’s “Thais”; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”
Woodstock Mozart Festival, July 28-Aug. 12 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 3 p.m. Pre-concert introductions Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Single tickets are $30, $40, $52; $25 students. Subscriptions are $90, $102, $133. Visit www.mozartfest.org or call (815) 338-5300. Week One, July 28-29, features David Schrader, pianist and conductor. The program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 29; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8 (“Lützow”); and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 (“Jeunehomme”). Week Two, Aug. 4-5, features Igor Gruppman, violinist and conductor, and Vesna Gruppman, violin. The program includes Bach’s Concerto for two Violins; Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 9 (“Swiss”); Grieg’s Holberg Suite; Mahler’s Adagietto for Strings and Harp; and Arnold’s Concerto for two Violins, Op. 77. Week Three, Aug. 11-12, features Arthur Arnold, conductor, and Alex Klein, oboe. The program includes Pleyel’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 3 in D Major; Mozart’s Oboe Concerto; Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat; and Choro no Capricho, a Brazilian choro version of Paganini’s 24th Caprice.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 3-4, 8 p.m.: Il Divo. $85, $125. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Yes with special guest Procol Harum. $40, $50, $65, $75. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75. Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: Australian Pink Floyd.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Summerland Tour 2012 featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. $39.50, $49.50. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “Twins Of Evil Tour,” featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, with special guest J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis. $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50.
“A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event” will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at local movie theaters, including Century 16 Deer Park, 21600 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park, and Lincolnshire 21, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com.
Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. July 26, 4:30-7 p.m.:: Mer Happy Hour weather permitting, on the deck. No cover. July 27, 9 p.m.: Chicago Dueling Pianos, no cover. July 28, 10 p.m.: Twista, with special guests. $25 in advance; $30 day of show.
eSkape Entertainment & GrillWorks Restaurant & Sports Bar, 350 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove (located in Buffalo Grove Town Center). (847) 821-9000. www.eskapeonline.com. Industry Night at 9 p.m. Wednesdays with DJ Bobby D from Dance Factory Radio, hosted by Mike Taylor Entertainment. Karaoke Fridays with Infinity Sounds, at 10 p.m. No cover; ages 21-plus. Music by local bands at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; $5 cover. Must be 21-plus to enter. July 28: Leaving Scarlet ( dance rock).
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. For information, visit www.montroseroom.com. July 27, 8:30 p.m.: Kill Hannah (rock). $15 general admission.
Lake County Folk Club events are held at 7 p.m. Sundays at Aleks’ Restaurant, 525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff. Concert admission is $12; $10 for Lake County Folk Club members and senior citizens; $5 for teens. No admission charge for Open Stage and Song Circle. Reservations encouraged for all concerts; call (847) 602-8882. For information, visit www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org. July 29: SongSisters, featuring Amy Dixon-Kolar, Sue Fink, Patti Shaffner and Claudia Anderson. Singer-guitarist Chuck VanderVennet opens. Aug. 12: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Aug. 19: Stage Leftovers play swing, country, folk-rock and blues. Aug. 26: Song Circle.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. July 28, 7:30 p.m.: Revelation: A Tribute to Journey. $30; $35 for stage tables. July 28, 10:15 p.m.: Serendipity, an all-girl teen band, plays hit pop and rock songs. $15.
Porter’s Pub, 1250 Bowes Creek Blvd., Elgin. (847) 214-5877. www.bowescreekcc.com/porters. Music at 8 p.m. Fridays, unless noted otherwise. July 27: Luv Shak Trio (dance and party rock).
Sanfilippo Foundation 2012 Summer Concert Series at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills. Doors to the Place de la Musique open at 6:30 p.m. and guests may enjoy the Sanfilippo Collection of antique music machines and phonographs before the 8 p.m. concerts. $65 per concert; tickets must be purchased online at www.placedelamusique.org. Aug. 18: Reginald Robinson, ragtime pianist, composer, recording artist and lecturer. Robinson will play the Sanfilippo 1927 Knabe Concert Grand in an evening of classic and original ragtime, while highlighting the history of ragtime. Sept. 22: Limited Edition Big Band with vocalist Julie Caselli perform swing, jazz and dance music.
Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 21-plus, unless noted otherwise. July 27, 8 p.m.: The Association, $20-$60. July 28, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Contemporary vocalist Linda Eder presents her “Songbirds” show. $30-$75. July 31, 7:30 p.m.: 1960s English pop band The Zombies with Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent. $35-$55. Aug. 4, 8 p.m.: Ron Hawking. $25-$55. Aug. 9, 8 p.m.: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. $25-$60. Aug. 11, 9 p.m.: Blues/rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd. $35-$75. Sept. 1: The Duke Robillard Band (blues). $15-$30. Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m.: Rusted Root with Mr Blotto and Mike Himebaugh of Hello Dave. $30-$50. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.: John Mayall. $25-$50. Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: The Smithereens, $20-$40. Sept. 28, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks with Cedric Burnside Project. $15-$38. Oct. 6: Heartache Tonight, $10-$25.
College of Lake County Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Call (847) 543-2240 or visit http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 10: “Joe Price: Serigraphs.”
Lake County Discovery Museum, located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176, west of Fairfield Road, near Wauconda. (847) 968-3400. www.LCFPD.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6; $3 for senior citizens; $2.50 for children ages 4-17; free for children 3 and younger. Aug. 25-Nov. 4: “The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012,” works by 49 finalists in the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation’s farm art competition. An artists’ reception will be held from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 26, featuring awards for first through third place. For information, visit www.lchff.org.
Northwest Cultural Council presents “Group 22, Expressions in Art” through Oct. 1 at Arlington Green Executive Centre, 2101 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4. For more information, call (847) 991-7966 or visit www.northwestculturalcouncil.org.
Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. (847) 968-3345. www.ryersonwoods.org. Through Aug. 31: “Genius Loci: Listening to Nature’s Muse,” a group exhibition by artists and designers whose work responds to the specifics of different ecosystems: grasslands, forests, mountains and coastal areas.
Deerfield Family Theater will hold auditions for “The King and I” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27-28 for adults and high school students, and Aug. 29 for grades 4-6 at 6:30 p.m. and for grades 7-8 at 8 p.m. Auditions for those in grades 4-8 are open only to those who reside within Deerfield Park District boundaries or attend school in Deerfield. Callbacks are at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30. All auditions are held at Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield. Prepare 16 bars of a song, provide sheet music, and bring appropriate footwear for dance auditions. Production dates are Nov. 9-18. Audition forms are available at www.deerfieldfamilytheater.com.
Chicago Master Singers will hold vocal auditions for the 2012-13 season Aug. 9, 14, 16 and 21 in Palatine. Dedicated singers are invited to call (877) 825-5267 or send an e-mail to email@example.com to make an audition appointment. CMS is a 130-voice choral ensemble directed by Alan Heatherington featuring singers from throughout the Chicago area. The ensemble will perform this season with the Ars Viva Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony. At the auditions, singers are encouraged to sing a prepared piece of their choice, and bring three copies of the music. Auditioners without a prepared piece will be asked to sing a familiar song provided at the audition. A pianist will be provided for accompaniment. Auditioners will also be asked to vocalize and sight-read an unfamiliar piece. Members pay dues of $100 per year and purchase their own music. Chicago Master Singers rehearsals are held from 7-10 p.m. Mondays in Palatine, beginning Aug. 28, and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays of concert weeks. For more information, visit www.chicagomastersingers.org.
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble will hold open auditions for “The Nutcracker” Aug. 18-19 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Schedule for Saturday — 8:30-10:30 a.m., ages 8 and 9, minimum one year classical ballet training; 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., ages 10-11, minimum two years classical ballet training; 2-3:45 p.m., ages 12-13, minimum three years classical ballet training; 4-5 p.m., boys ages 7-13, no dance training necessary (boys with dance experience should attend audition at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 2 p.m., according to age). Schedule for Sunday — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ages 13 to adult, advanced/intermediate dancers (pointe and non-pointe roles available). Auditions for salaried roles for professional dancers will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 25. Roles include Ballerina Doll, Chinese Male Soloist, Nutcracker, Mouse King, Snow Queen, Snow Demi, Reed Flute Soloist, Trepak Female Soloist, Trepak Male Soloist, Waltz Queen and Waltz Demi. Dancers must register one-half hour before auditions and are requested to bring a photo. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the start of the audition. Cast member participation fee (for those selected) is $100 for performers cast in a single role and $150 for performers cast in multiple roles. Performances are Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at the Prairie Center. For information, visit www.prairiecenter.org or call (847) 885-3370.
Entries are sought for the Elgin Short Film Festival, scheduled for Sept. 22 at The Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films (20 minutes or less in length, including credits) for the competition. Films in any genre and subject matter will be accepted. Awards and monetary prizes will be presented to the top three films. Deadline to submit films is Aug. 17. For a complete list of rules and regulations, and to download an application, visit www.hemmens.org/annualfilmfestival.
Books & poetry
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 North Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 392-0100. Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Aug. 5, noon-4:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale.
Volo Bog, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west of Highway 12 between State Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Of Bogs & Books Reading Group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. The small, informal book discussion group is for adults interested in environmental, outdoor and natural history literature. Books selected for discussion range from classic to contemporary. Reservations are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 344-1294. Aug. 11: One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Quest to Preserve Quiet by Gordon Hempton.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000 ; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: The Wiggles! Celebration Tour. Tickets: $15.50-$85.50.
Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. (847) 438-3433. www.eapl.org. Registration required for programs unless noted otherwise. July 27, 10 a.m.: Award-winning entertainer Charlie Hope performs songs from her album “I’m Me!”, a collection of songs for children. Open to children from birth to 35 months, accompanied by an adult. Registration not required.
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. www.marriotttheatre.com. (847) 634-0200. Through Aug. 18: Marc Robin’s musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday. $15.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. July 27, 7 p.m., and July 28, 10:30 a.m.: School of the Performing Arts students will perform “James and the Giant Peach.” $7; $5 for children 12 and under. Aug. 3-4: Performances of the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts summer camp shows, including “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids” at 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, $7; $5 for children 12 and under; and “Swimmy: The Greatest Fish Story Ever!” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, $5; $3 for children 12 and under. Aug. 5, 2 p.m.: Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest. Free. Aug. 6-11: Chicago Kids Company presents “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Performances are at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday; and 1 p.m. Saturday. $14; $12 for children 12 and under.
Village of Hoffman Estates Arts Commission presents children’s entertainment at noon on alternating Fridays at the Vogelei Park pavilion, 650 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. July 27: Catch This!, a comedic juggling duo. Aug. 10: Music by Carole Peterson & Macaroni Soup. Admission is free; bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. For more information, call (847) 285-5432.
The Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant, in Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. (847) 240-2001. www.improv.com. Showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays; 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Must be 18 or older. Two-item minimum per person in showroom. July 26-28: Broken Lizard’s Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan. $22. Aug. 2-5: Rocky Laporte, $17 and $19. Aug. 17-19: Orlando Jones, $22.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Aug. 2-Sept. 8: The Second City presents “Girls’ Night Out.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 and Sept. 1, 6 and 8; and 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and Sept. 7. $28.50; $33.50 for stage tables. Aug. 3-Sept. 1, 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: “Thinking with Your Head ... Men Exposed,” a glimpse into the minds of 20-something men. $20.
Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. Showtimes at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two-item food/beverage minimum. July 27-28: Steve Rannazzisi. Aug. 1-4: Nick Vatterott. Aug. 10-11: Sebastian Maniscalco. Aug. 15-18: Michael Kosta. Aug. 22-25: John Roy. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Maria Villasenor.
Mazur Dance Festival, featuring ballet, folk and ballroom, at noon Aug. 18 at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. Tickets: $20-$35. For information, call (847) 506-9390 or visit http://cuttinghall.org.
Arlington Squares Square Dance Club offers a summer Plus workshop, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through August, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. Singles are welcome. The callers/instructors are Wally Smulson and Barry Johnson. $5 per person, per week. For information, call (847) 397-4381.
Barrington Dance Academy, 758 W. Northwest Highway (in the Foundry), Barrington. (847) 382-6333. Aug. 2, 4-7 p.m., and Aug. 8, 5-7 p.m.: Fall registration open houses. Aug. 17-18: Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble will host master classes in pas de duex (partnering) with guest artist and instructor Guillermo Leyva. Class covers supported turns, lifts, and couple ensembles. The intermediate class will be conducted with ladies in ballet slippers, and the advanced class will be presented with ladies on pointe. Students are not required to attend with a partner. Aug. 18-19: Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble will host master classes in Graham Modern Dance Technique with Chicago-based choreographer Winifred Haun. The classes are open to intermediate and advanced dancers. Registration and payment for all classes must be received by Aug. 8.
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. www.chevychasecountryclub.com. (847) 465-2311. Ballroom dancing to music by the Dick Elliot Orchestra, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; lesson by Bob and Penny Urbon at 7 p.m. $13 per person; tickets can be purchased at the door. Aug. 22: Rumba. Sept. 19: Mambo/salsa. Oct. 24: Swing.
Dance World presents dances at the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Triphahn Community Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. An optional one-hour lesson is offered at 7:30 p.m., followed by open dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m. A variety of recorded music is played for ballroom, Latin, swing and hustle dance styles. Dress code is dressy casual; no jeans or athletic shoes. Adults of all ages and dancing abilities are welcome. Admission is $10; $5 for members. There is an additional $3 charge for guests participating in the lesson. Membership is $20 per year. For information, call (847) 429-5922 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com/dance_world.htm. Aug. 11: Waltz. Sept. 8: Night Club Two-Step. Oct. 13: Samba. Nov. 10: Cha Cha. Dec. 8: Christmas party.
PL8 Simply Asian, 736 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington. (847) 382-1988. www.pl8simplyasian.com. Passport to the Far East reception-style events, featuring passed hors d’ouevres from each region’s cuisine along with cocktails. $25 per person, all-inclusive for each event. Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m.: Journey to the South Pacific, with rumaki, crab rangoon and other Polynesian specialties. Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m.: Singapore and the Philippine Islands, with Shanghai Lumpia, Kilaw Crisps, Curried Samosas and Ukoy.
Fairs & festivals
Long Grove Art Fest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in the Archer Parking Lot behind Enzo & Lucia Ristorante, 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Featuring works by more than 100 juried artists, music and food. Free admission and parking. Visit www.longgroveartfest.com.
Lincolnshire Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18-19 at the Village Green, Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, with works by 120 juried artists, live music and activities for children. Free admission. Call (847) 926-4300 or visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Little Bear Ribfest, presented by the Vernon Hills Park District, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 24 and 3-11 p.m. Aug. 25 at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Five local BBQ restaurants will offer a full slab of ribs for $20; half-slab for $12; $6 for a sample portion. Each vendor will also carry sandwiches, sides, and a dessert item. Live music includes Friday — Jamie Lono, 7 p.m., and Los Lonely Boys, 9 p.m. Saturday — Red, White & Blues, 5 p.m., Tallan Noble Latz, 7 p.m., and Matt Andersen, 9 p.m. Admission: $5; free for children 5 and under. Free parking is available at the Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, with a free shuttle from 6-11:30 p.m. Visit www.littlebearribfest.com or call (847) 996-6800.
Art in the Barn 38th annual juried fine art show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22, Barrington. Featuring works by more than 175 artists in all media, entertainment, food concessions, children’s art and pony rides. Admission: $5; free for children 12 and under.
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Aug, 3, 2 p.m.: “Big Night,” rated R. Aug. 11, 2 p.m.: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” rated PG-13.
Shutter Bugs Camera Club meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, except December, at Volo Bog, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, west of Highway 12 between State Routes 120 and 134, Ingleside. Meetings include how-to workshops, members’ photos and competitions. Ages 13 to adult are welcome. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. For information, visit www.shutterbugsofvolobog.org.
New Beginnings, a nondenominational social support organization for the divorced, widowed, separated, remarried and single. Meetings at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month (except holidays) at St. Hubert’s Church, 729 Grand Canyon St., Hoffman Estates. Donation is $3-$5 per meeting. Visit www.nbsingleshe.org. July 28, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Ti Amo’s Café Italiano, 1001 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates. Reservations to (847) 322-1976. July 29, noon-11 p.m.: Streamwood Summer Celebration at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road, Streamwood. Reservations to (630) 253-3787. July 30, 7 p.m.: Mount Prospect Community Band concert at the Veterans Memorial Bandshell, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Milano Ristorante Italiano, Campton Hills. Reservations to (847) 322-1976.
Northwest Cultural Council presents poetry workshops from 9 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of the month at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Cost is $15 per session. Participants are encouraged to bring 12 copies of their own work to share with the group. Register by calling (847) 991-7966 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-3650. www.vapld.info. Aug. 8, 6:30-8:45 p.m.: Writer’s Support Group. Newcomers welcome.
Brand-X Rallye Team presents “Field of Dweebs 20,” a gimmick rallye based on the Olympic games, on July 28, starting at Woodfield Mall’s parking area B2, near the Firestone Tire Center, Schaumburg. Registration begins at 6 p.m.; free rallye school for beginners at 6:30 p.m.; first car off at 7:30 p.m. Entry fee $15 per car with two people, $1 for each additional person over the age of 6. For information, call (847) 678-3615 or visit www.brandxrallyeteam.com.
Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth. (847) 623-7272. www.tempelfarms.com. Performances by the Tempel Lipizzan stallions, set to classical music, with the stable open for touring following the show. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors. Matinee performances are 1-3 p.m. July 29, Aug. 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. Tickets in advance are $25, $20 active military and veterans, $15 children under 15; tickets at the door are $30, $20 for children and military/veterans. Evening toast and performance, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 18 and Sept. 8. Evening performances begin with a champagne toast to the Lipizzan breed and honored guests. Following the performance, guests are invited into the stable courtyard where complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served as the sun sets. Advance tickets only for evening shows, $50; $45 active military and veterans, $20 children under 15.
Lake County Discovery Museum, located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176, west of Fairfield Road, near Wauconda. (847) 968-3400. www.LCFPD.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6; $3 for senior citizens; $2.50 for children ages 4-17; free for children 3 and younger. Through Sept. 5, free admission will be offered to all active duty military personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program. Through Aug. 19: “The Blues: From the Heart and Soul,” featuring playbills and autographs, as well as the original musical instruments that created some of the most influential music in American history.