There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues.
Alice in Wonderland
May 1-3, Th.-Fri. 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m. A Metropolis School of the Performing Arts Production. Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121, metropolisarts.com.
Sculpture in the Park
May 1-Sept. 30, dawn to dusk. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this exhibition of original and unique sculpture. A must-see experience. Located along Ill. Rt. 31 at Prairie Street, along the beautiful and historic downtown St. Charles. Mt. St. Mary Park, Ill. Route 31/Prairie Street, St. Charles, (630) 584-1055, stcparks.org.
Micky Dolenz & The Cowsills
May 2, 8 p.m. The drummer/lead singer with hits like “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” joined by the family group that inspired “The Partridge Family,” with hits like “Hair” and “Indian Lake.” Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, oshows.com.
Barefoot in the Park
May 2-11, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. A newlywed couple – straight-laced attorney Paul and spontaneous free spirit Corie – adjust to married life in a minuscule, fifth-floor, Manhattan brownstone walkup, with no heat, no elevator, a leaky skylight, oddball neighbors and Corie’s well-meaning mother, in Neil Simon’s first runaway hit. Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org.
The Curious Savage
May 2-17, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Savage, a recently widowed millionaire who wants to use her money for good, is committed to a sanitarium by her greedy stepchildren, where she befriends a group of misfits who help her to thwart her relatives. Albright Theatre Co., 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia, (630) 406-8838, albrighttheatre.com.
Echoes of Pompeii
May 3, 8 p.m. This Pink Floyd tribute band plays all of the influential rock band’s hits, with striking accuracy and showmanship. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
DSO: Diamond Treasures
May 3, 8 p.m. Barbara Schubert, conductor; DSO Young Artists. Diamond: Orchestral Essay; Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, (630) 778-1003, dupagesymphony.org.
KSO: Shostakovich and Steel
May 3, 7:30 p.m. Linc Smelser, conductor; Northern Illinois University Steel Band. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10. Northern Illinois University, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, 300 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb, kishorchestra.org.
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park Presents
May 3, 3 p.m. The Elegant Music of Mark Ponzo and Jeong Soo Kim, both professors of Music at Northern Illinois University. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, (815) 455-8000, lakesidelegacy.org.
8th Annual Antioch Art Crawl
May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy Antioch’s artistic talents throughout downtown and browse the works of students and professionals. Visual art on display along with musical interludes. Downtown Antioch, (847) 395-2233, antiochchamber.org
ESO: Solzhenitsyn Plays Mozart
May 3-4, Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor; Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K 414 Piano; Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major “Romantic.” Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, (847) 888-4000, elginsymphony.org.
Sunday Afternoon Concert: Opus 24
May 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments after the concert. Free. Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin, (847) 531-7271, gailborden.info.
Fox Valley Concert Band
May 4, 3 p.m. Fox Valley Concert Band presents their spring concert, “Earth, Wind and Fire.” Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road St. Charles, (847) 695-7096 fvcb.org.
The 10 Tenors
May 4, 8 p.m. This internationally touring Australian musical ensemble performs everything from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a Meat Loaf medley to opera and native Aussie tunes. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
May 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Wendy, John and Michael head off to Neverland with Peter Pan in this stage version of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale of pirates, pixies and perpetual childhood. For grades 1-5. From Theatreworks. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-6666, paramountarts.com.
May 9, 8 p.m. Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell are still melting hearts all over the world with their amazing ballads, including, “Every Woman In The World,” “Makin’ Love Out of Nothin’ at All,” “All Out of Love.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Be My Baby
May 9-June 1, Fri.-Sun. A comedy by Ken Ludwig. Steel Beam Theatre, 111 S. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8521, steelbeamtheatre.com.
May 10, 7 p.m. Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Alltop, conductor; York Community High School Symphony Strings. Mussorgsky/Korsakov: Night on Bald Mountain; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Suite No. 1; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, on the work’s 101st anniversary, with original costumes and choreography. Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, esosubscriptions.org.
Dean Regan: Broadway Hits
May 10, 8 p.m. The Broadway star of Music Man & Man of LaMancha sings hits from Broadway and The Great American Songbook. James Lumber Center, College of Lake County, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake, jlcenter.clcillinois.edu.
May 10, 7 p.m. Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy, daredevil stunts and magic, starring the duo of Jean Saucier & Patrick Côté. Fermilab, Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, (630) 840-2787, fnal.gov/culture.
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park Presents
May 10, 8:00 p.m. Broadway star Kim Shriver sings hit show tunes. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, lakesidelegacy.org.
Alan Parsons Live Project
May 10, 7 & 9:30 p.m. This progressive rock band of the ’70s & ’80s scored hits with “Eye in the Sky,” “Time,” “Games People Play.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Bronx Wanderers Sock Hop
May 11, 8 p.m. This dynamic group of musicians recreates the magic of the era with favorite hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
3 Redneck Tenors
May 16, 8 p.m. Add their classically trained voices to their backwoods saga and you’ve got an evening of pure entertainment. Paramount, Aurora, paramountarts.com.
May 16, 8:30 p.m. This popular Indian singer and composer, known for his work in Slumdog Millionaire and other films, performs pop-rock, classical and semi-classical, backed by a 45-piece orchestra. Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St., DeKalb, (815) 758-1215, egyptiantheatre.org.
May 16, 8 p.m. Queen Tribute Band. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
The King, The Killer & Cash
May 17, 4 & 8 p.m. Three incredible tribute artists from Million Dollar Quartet pay tribute to Sun Studios in Memphis, the birthplace of rock-n-roll, with music from its three biggest stars: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Paramount, Aurora, (630) 896-6666.
An Evening With Groucho
May 17, 8 p.m. Frank Ferrante as the legendary Groucho Marx, in this fast-paced comedy packed with the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes, songs, stories and inspired audience interaction. Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org.
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park Presents
May 17, 8 p.m. Chicago jazz musician Jeremy Kahn performs. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, lakesidelegacy.org.
Blue Oyster Cult
May 17, 8 p.m. This super ’70s group plays hits such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” Burnin’ for You.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
May 17-18, Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Lake Forest Symphony, Jacamo Bairos, guest conductor; Rachel Barton Pine, violin. Copland: Fanfare for a Common Man; Schoenberg: Finding Rothko; Barber: Violin Concerto; Copland: Appalachian Spring; Márquez: Danzón No. 2. James Lumber Center, College of Lake County, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake, jlcenter.clcillinois.edu.
May 18, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. They’re the hottest live kid’s show on Disney Junior and their concerts are unmatched. You’ll be singing, dancing, laughing, learning, and most importantly, you’ll be doing it with your kid or kids. Paramount, Aurora, paramountarts.com.
The Tale of Snow White
May 17-June 1, Sat. 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8521, steelbeamtheatre.com.
Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School Band
May 22, 8 p.m. Part of “Sounds of Summer” from Palatine Park District. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater at Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Info: palatineparks.org.
The Guess Who
May 24, 8 p.m. Hear all the hits including, “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “Share the Land,” more. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
16th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show
May 24-25, 10 a.m. This juried art show along the banks of the Fox River features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists awards. Free admission and parking. Downtown St. Charles, (630) 443-3967, downtownstcharles.org/events/saint-charles-fine-art-show.
Barrington Art Festival
May 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 120 juried artists from around the region display and sell original works of ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors, wood, more. Cook & Station streets, Barrington, (847) 304-3400.
Prairie Arts Festival
May 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A free outdoor event featuring fine art, entertainment, food, and the Prairie Plein Air Competition depicting scenes within Schaumburg’s borders by area artists. Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, (847) 895-3600, ci.schaumburg.il.us.
Peter Noone & Herman’s Hermits
May 30, 8 p.m. With special guests Jay & the Americans. Hear Noone sing hits like “Henry VIII,” “Mrs. Brown,” “Kind of a Hush,” “I’m into Somethin’ Good.” Guests scored with hits “Come a Little Bit Closer,” “This Magic Moment.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Whose Live Anyway
May 30, 7:30 p.m. Hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions, with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis. Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1401 W. Wilson St., Batavia, bataviafineartscentre.org.
June 1, 7:30 p.m. A British pop singer, Engelbert Humperdinck is best known for his Top 40 Hits “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin’,” “A Man Without Love” and “Quando Quando Quando.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Mr. Speed Tribute to Kiss
June 6, 8 p.m. Not only does Mr. Speed nail all of the KISS hits dead-on, they also look identical to the band! The black-and-white face paint, the flamboyant outfits, the fabulous hair. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Sisters of Swing
June 6-July 27, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Call for Thursday dates. Rated PG. The Andrews Sisters were one of the best-selling female vocal groups of all time, selling over 90 million records with more Top 10 hits than the Beatles or Elvis. Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, foxvalleyrep.org.
Palatine Concert Band
June 11, 8 p.m. Palatine’s own 75-member ensemble with selections ranging from classical to popular. Sounds of Summer concert series. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
June 7, 8 p.m. Local Led Zeppelin tribute band sounds just like the original, with favorite hits including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Stairway to Heaven,” more. Festival Park, Elgin. oshows.com.
June 13, 8 p.m. Considered by many to be the best Beatles tribute band today, with vintage costumes, authentic instruments and fun special effects. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
June 13, 8 p.m. Let’s Dance Big Band will perform. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, lakesidelegacy.org.
Palatine Children’s Chorus
June 18, 8 p.m. Sounds of Summer concert series. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
June 19, 7:30 p.m. Discovered at the age of 16, this blues rock phenomenon has bridged the gap between blues, rock and gospel. Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Motor City Music Machine
June 20, 8 p.m. Detroit’s premier Motown, R&B and blues band. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
June 20, TBA. Hear this young Italian pop vocal tenor trio perform with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Concert updates: oshows.com. Tickets: grandvictoriacasino.com. Event: Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin.
June 20-21, Fri. 6 p.m. Deacon Blues plays Steely Dan; 8:15 p.m. Michael McDermott & the Duke Street Kings play Bruce Springsteen. Sat. 6 p.m. Fortunate Sons plays Creedence Clearwater; 8:15 p.m. Mike & Joe. Bring blankets/lawn chairs; food & beverage vendors; wine & beer. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.museum.
June 21, 8 p.m. Hear the genre-busting group perform hits such as “Whip It” and “Are We Not Men?” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
June 22, TBA. The Mötley Crüe singer is joined by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tom Keifer of Cinderella. Tickets: grandvictoriacasino.com. Event: Festival Park, Elgin.
June 25, 8 p.m. Country music hits. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
June 26, 8 p.m. Acoustic versions of rock, blues and country classics. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
June 27, 8 p.m. English rockers with charm, great looks and most of all, unbelievable talent, The Yardbirds rocked a string of hits including “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” and “Heart Full of Soul.” Arcada, St. Charles, oshows.com.
Three Dog Night
July 3, TBA. Original founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton bring a catalog of hits including “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Shambala,” “Old Fashioned Love Song.” Concert updates: oshows.com. Tickets: grandvictoriacasino.com. Event: Festival Park, Elgin.
Chicago, Dennis DeYoung, CCR Revisited
July 4, TBA. Chicago 6 Band, Dennis DeYoung Formerly Of Styx, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Concert updates: oshows.com. Tickets: grandvictoriacasino.com. Event: Festival Park, Elgin.
Palatine Concert Band
July 9, 8 p.m. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
July 11, 8 p.m. Polynesian-style performing troupe with dynamic dances, dramatic drumming, vibrant costumes and displays of the islands. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
July 12, TBA. Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart-toppers): “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” Concert updates: oshows.com. Tickets: grandvictoriacasino.com. Event: Festival Park, Elgin.
July 16, 8 p.m. This young all-girl band performs rock, pop and originals. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
29th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival
July 20, v12:30-6 p.m. Performers include Amy Black, Andrew Calhoun, Harpeth Rising, the Honey Dewdrops, among others. Historic Woodstock Square, woodstockfolkfestival.org.
July 23, 8 p.m. These classically trained musicians play everything from Bach to rock to metal to pop. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
Harper Guitar Extravaganza
July 24, 8 p.m. Some of Harper College’s students perform classical guitar favorites. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
July 25, 8 p.m. Fun, high-energy classic rock favorites in an electro-acoustic format. Free. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine, palatineparks.org.
Geneva Arts Fair
July 26-27, all-day event. Browse and shop at this outdoor gallery of juried fine art from 140 esteemed artists from around the country. South 3rd Street, Downtown Geneva, (630) 232-6060, genevachamber.com.