Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 16
Updated: August 14, 2012 2:54PM
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 Concert from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 31. 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. Aug. 18: Prom Band. Aug. 25: Dave Tamkin & Company. Sept. 1: He Said She Said.
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. Aug. 18: 9:30 a.m., The Nightcrawlers (blues). Aug. 25: L.J. Slavin (folk). Sept. 1: Joey Edwin Duo (acoustic guitar).
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. 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.
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. 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. Aug. 19: Krista Detor.
Wauconda Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. outside the Wauconda Public Library, 801 Main St. Visit www.wauclib.org. Aug. 16: Kevin Purcell (blues).
“Dreamgirls,” the rags-to-riches story of a female 1960s Motown group, Aug. 22-Nov. 4 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, at 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. $41-$49, with 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.
“Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions),” presented by 16th Street Theater at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-22 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. When a bad break-up leaves Alicia reeling, she turns to her friends and folk magic to ease her pain. $25. Visit www.MetropolisArts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
“The Fantasticks” will be presented by Williams Street Repertory through Aug. 26 at Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets: $30. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
“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 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $40-$48, plus tax and handling fees. Discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
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 Sept. 10: Selections from Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and “Tristan und Isolde” and Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.”
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. 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. 19, 7 p.m.: Gigantes: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco A. Solis. $56, $76, $96, $126, $176. 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. Nov. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.: The Who: Quadrophenia and More. $39.50, $59.50, $80.50, $129.50.
The Buffalo Grove Park District’s BG Singers will celebrate their 20th anniversary as they present “Platinum” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Stevenson High School Performing Arts Center, One Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. Advance tickets are $17; $16 for children 12 and under and senior citizens 62 and older. All tickets purchased at the door will be $20. Tickets are available at www.bigdealproductions.org.
Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 541-4700. www.cubbynorth.com. Aug. 16, 23 and 30, 4:30-7 p.m.: Mer Happy Hour on the deck, weather permitting. No cover. Aug. 17, 24 and 31, 9 p.m.: Dueling Pianos. No cover.
eSkape Entertainment & GrillWorks Restaurant & Sports Bar, 350 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove (located in Buffalo Grove Town Center). (847) 821-9000. www.eskapeonline.com. Music by local bands at 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; $5 cover. Must be 21-plus to enter. Aug. 18: Knucklehead. Aug. 25: In Stereo (classic rock).
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.montroseroom.com. Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.: Michael McDermott’s Birthday Bash Concert in the Montrose Room. The Chicago-based folk rock singer will perform songs from his new album, “Hit Me Back.” $12-$32.
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. Aug. 19: Stage Leftovers play swing, country, folk-rock and blues. Aug. 26: Song Circle. Sept. 9: Open Stage, hosted by Scott Engstrom. Sept. 16: Concert Stage features Kat Eggleston performing folk, Celtic and traditional music. Merv Collins opens. Sept. 23: Song Circle. Sept. 30: Concert Stage features Zoe Mulford. Jim Gary opens.
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.
Sears Centre, located in the Prairie Stone Complex on Interstate 90 between the I-59 and Beverly Road exits, Hoffman Estates. (888) 732-7784. www.SearsCentre.com. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Country singer-songwriter Alan Jackson, with special guest Casey James. $37, $57, $77.
Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 21-plus, unless noted otherwise. Aug. 24: Warrant (heavy metal). $20-$40. 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. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Leon Redbone. $20-$45. Nov. 2, 7 p.m., and Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.: Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell sings classic pop standards. $20-$50. Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $10-$25. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Jazz guitarist and songwriter John Pizzarelli. $20-$55. Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.: Chicago natives Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway present “Sibling Revelry,” a cabaret act that includes show tunes, jazz and pop. $20-$50.
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300. www.woodstockoperahouse.com. Sept. 8, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Riders in the Sky, a classic cowboy quartet. $23. Sept. 14-15, 8 p.m.: Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke. $27. Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Liza Day & Broken Arrow (country/rockabilly). $20.
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. 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.
TesserAct Theatre Ensemble will hold auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 20-21 at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine, with callbacks Aug. 23. Prepare a one-minute piece, memorized, and 32 bars of a musical theater song. Be prepared to move. Production dates are Nov. 16-25 at Cutting Hall. For information, visit www.tesseractensemble.com.
College of Lake County will hold auditions for “The Horse and His Boy,” by C.S. Lewis, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21-22 in the college’s Studio Theatre, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. The director is casting up to 30 actors of all ages, from 8 to 60. Actors over age 14 should prepare a two-minute monologue that shows off their personality and stage presence. Actors under age 14 will be asked to read a short monologue. Scripts are available at the CLC Grayslake Library at the circulation desk for in-library viewing. For more information, contact Thomas Mitchell at (847) 543-2967 or email@example.com.
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.
Harper Ensemble Theatre Company will hold auditions, by appointment only, for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 28 and 30 at Harper College’s Drama Lab Theatre, Building L, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Seeking strong actors with a solid comedic timing. All roles are open. You do not need to be a Harper College student to audition. There is no pay. Prepare a one- to two-minute contemporary monologue. Bring headshot and resume. Production dates are Nov. 9-18. Contact Annie Sisson Rezac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Chorus, a non-audition community ensemble that sings a repertoire of classical, pop and Broadway, seeks new members. The season’s first rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Harper College’s Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. The chorus performs two concerts annually, accompanied by a professional orchestra. For information, call (847) 925-6659.
Chicago Master Singers will hold vocal auditions for the 2012-13 season Aug. 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.
Auditions for the College of Lake County’s Wind Ensemble and the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble will be held in Room P101 at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Auditions for the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 20 and 23. Saxophonist, trumpets and trombone will audition Aug. 20, and prospective members should be prepared to play major and minor scales in selected keys and sight read charts of varying styles; improvisation ability is a plus. Guitarists, pianists, bass players and drummers will audition on Aug. 27 and should be prepared to read charts of varying styles along with a full big band. The group rehearses on Monday nights, with fall concerts scheduled for Oct. 5 and Nov. 18. Auditions for the CLC Wind Ensemble will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 23. Prospective members should be prepared to play major and minor scales in selected keys and sight read. Consisting of 65 members, the Wind Ensemble performs four concerts per year. It rehearses on Thursday evenings, with fall concerts scheduled for Oct. 14 and Dec. 9. For more information, contact Michael Flack at (847) 543-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries are sought for the College of Lake County’s Recent Works 2012 exhibit. A total of $2,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards will be given to artists selected for the 32nd annual juried exhibit. Artists who are 18 or older and live or work in Lake County may submit up to two entries of original work completed in the past two years that have never been shown in the CLC gallery. Entry fee for one or two pieces is $20; $15 for Friends of the Gallery members. To request an entry form or for detailed information, contact Steve Jones at (847) 543-2240 or email@example.com. Entry forms can be downloaded at http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Sept. 7.
Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble will hold auditions for its 2012 “Nutcracker” production Sept. 9 at Barrington Dance Academy, 758 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Roles are available for dancers ages 7 to adult; both male and female dancers are needed. Performances are Dec. 1-2 at Barrington High School. Rehearsals are every Sunday in September, October and November at Barrington Dance Academy, and every afternoon and evening the week of Nov. 26-30 at Barrington High School. All dancers must be available for all rehearsals to participate. Call (847) 382-6333 for an audition time.
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.
Seeking players for the Non-Judgmental Talent Showcase, presented from 9 a.m.-noon most Saturdays at Lake Zurich’s farmer’s market at Lions Park on Main Street. Open to performers of any style. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books & poetry
Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. (847) 438-3433. www.eapl.org. Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber will discuss her latest releases, The Inn at Rose Harbor and Angels at the Table, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. Sponsored by the library and Lake Forest Book Store, the event includes a light lunch and a copy of her book. The cost to attend is $38. Registration is required.
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Road, between Deerfield Road and Route 22, Deerfield. (847) 968-3321. www.ryersonwoods.org. Friends of Ryerson Woods sponsor Ryerson Reads, a book discussion series focused on environmental literary classics. Book talks are held from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays in Brushwood, the historic home at Ryerson Woods, and are led by Ben Goluboff, professor of English at Lake Forest College. Fee per discussion is $15; $10 for Friends of Ryerson Woods members. Sept. 19: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann. Nov. 14: DIRT: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan.
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 email@example.com or (815) 344-1294. Sept. 9: Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer by Mireya Mayer. Oct. 13: The Man Who Lives with Wolves by Shaun Ellis and Penny Junor. Nov. 10: EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want by Frances Moore Lappe.
“The Horse and His Boy,” by C.S. Lewis, 10 a.m. Sept. 27-28; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 29; and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $7; $5 for school groups of six or more (in advance). Call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. www.marriotttheatre.com. (847) 634-0200. Through Aug. 17-18, 10 a.m.: Marc Robin’s musical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale “Sleeping Beauty.” $15.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” presented by students of Metropolis School of the Performing Arts. $7; $5 for children 12 and under.
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. Aug. 17-19: Orlando Jones, $22. Aug. 23-26: Bryan Callen: The Man Class Tour. $19, $22. Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Jon Lovitz. $33. Sept. 7-8: Frank Caliendo. $33-$38. Sept. 13-16: Tony Rock. $17, $19.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Through 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. Through Sept. 8: The Second City presents “Girls’ Night Out.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 and Sept. 1, 6 and 8; and 8 p.m. Aug. 17, 24 and 31 and Sept. 7. $28.50; $33.50 for stage tables.
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. Aug. 16-18: Michael Kosta. Aug. 22-25: John Roy. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Maria Villasenor. Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: Paul Reiser. $25.
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.
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. Sept. 8: Night Club Two-Step. Oct. 13: Samba. Nov. 10: Cha Cha. Dec. 8: Christmas party.
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.
Outdoor film festival, 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the historic home Brushwood at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. The evening will begin with a guided gallery tour of the art exhibit “Genius Loci: Listening to Nature’s Muse,” followed by a screening of films inspired by the theme “Lessons from the Prairie.” In the event of rain, films will be shown in the Welcome Center. $15; $10 for members. Call (847) 968-3345 or visit www.ryersonwoods.org.
The Arlington Camera Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Christian Church of Arlington Heights, 333 W. Thomas St. Guest speaker will be Chubzang Tangbi of Bhutan, sharing photography from the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Visit www.arlingtoncameraclub.org.
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 meeting is Sept. 19. For information, visit www.shutterbugsofvolobog.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Next Wave Art Salon will be held from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 4-10 p.m. Sept. 8 at 166 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin. Approximately 150 fine artists, musicians, actors, dancers and others will exhibit their work in an event that celebrates creative self-expression. Admission is free. Visit www.thenextwave.me/2012/.
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. 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.