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Sunday picks: Shawn Wayans takes the stage at Woodfield Improv

Fans of films such as "Scary Movie" and "White Chicks" won't want to miss seeing Shawn Wayans perform standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase. More on this, the Chicago pop Culture Convention at Pheasant Run, Long Grove's holiday weekends and more. → Read More

Weekend picks: 'Nutcracker' leaps into Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Fox Valley Ballet stages its spin on the classic Christmas ballet with "The Fox Valley Nutcracker" this weekend. More on this, Larry Reeb at Zanies, Wicker Park Bucktown's Chillfest, Linda Eder at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and much more. → Read More

Author events: Dan Rather discusses his book at NCC

Renowned journalist Dan Rather discusses "What Unites Us" Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. More on this and other author events, like appearances by Tina Brown, Dr. Meg Jay and more, in the Chicago area this week. → Read More

Weekly picks: 'White Christmas' warms Cadillac Palace stage

Great American carols highlight the Broadway musical "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," which returns to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. More on this, Black Wednesday shows, the Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Gardens and more fun events. → Read More

Sunday picks: Scratch your itch for muscle cars at Corvette show

Drool over the stylish automobiles at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in Rosemont this weekend. More on this, America at the Arcada and other fun events. → Read More

Weekend picks: Cirque's 'Crystal' a spectacle on ice

The globally successful Cirque du Soleil straps on ice skates for its first ice arena spectacle "Crystal" at the Sears Centre Arena. More on this, Rosie and the Rivets holiday shows and other fun events. → Read More

Weekend picks: Jeffrey Osborne brings R&B to Genesee

R&B star Jeffrey Osborne shares a concert bill with Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers tonight at the Genesee Theatre. More on this, Nikki Glaser, Jerry Seinfeld, Oakton Community College's art and music show and other fun events. → Read More

Weekly picks: Cook up some science with Alton Brown

Celebrity chef Alton Brown brings his "Eat Your Science" tour to Waukegan's Genesee Theatre. More on this, Niall Horan in Rosemont, Cirque du Soleil's skating extravaganza "Crystal" at the Sears Centre and other fun events. → Read More

Weekend picks: Rock your Christmas early with Brian Setzer

Catch an early celebration of the holiday season with the Brian Setzer Orchestra's 14th Annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour," playing locally at the Genesee Theatre and Joliet's Rialto Square. More on this, Brew It Forward Veterans Day beer tasting, "The Price Is Right Live!" and more. → Read More

Weekend picks: Whose impressions will Frank Caliendo bring to Paramount?

Actor and comedian Frank Caliendo offers up impersonations and standup at the Paramount Theatre. More on this, Wheaton College's Thundertones glee club, Kansas at the Genesee, SKYD's album release show at BrauerHouse and more. → Read More

Sunday picks: 'Idol' vet Haley Reinhart headlines Chicago's Lincoln Hall

Wheeling native and "American Idol" veteran Haley Reinhart headlines an intimate concert bill Sunday with Waxworks and Todd Kessler at Lincoln Hall. More on this and other fun events happening today. → Read More

Author events: Lidia Bastianich, Jason Segal sign books in suburbs

TV chef Lidia Bastianich discusses her new cookbook Thursday, Nov. 9, at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage. Plus, meet Jason Segal, Krysten Ritter and Jeff Kinney this week at suburban appearances. → Read More

Weekend picks: Go under the sea at Aquatic Experience Chicago

See a Sea Lion Splash show and much more this weekend at Aquatic Experience Chicago in Schaumburg. More on this and other fun events happening this weekend. → Read More

Weekend picks: Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt go acoustic at the Genesee

Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt bring their combined talent to the stage for "An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt" Friday at the Genesee in Waukegan. More on this and other fun events happening this weekend. → Read More

Weekly picks: 'Stomp' brings the noise to the Paramount

The hit international percussion and dance revue "Stomp" returns Wednesday to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. More on this and other fun events happening this weekend. → Read More

Sunday picks: Creative Jack-o'-Lanterns await at Botanic Garden

Celebrate Halloween by exploring the creative carvings at Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More on this, Marlon Wayans, "Little Shop of Horrors" screenings and more. → Read More

Authors: Hillary Clinton, Denis Leary make local appearances

Hillary Clinton discusses her book "What Happened" Monday, Oct. 30, at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Denis Leary discusses his new book Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Naperville's North Central College. More on these and other author appearances this week. → Read More

Weekend picks: Judy Gold brings standup to Zanies Rosemont

Comedian, writer and podcaster Judy Gold performs a series of standup comedy shows at Zanies. More on this, "Ladies of the '80s," the Halloween Witchcraft Beer Fest and even more haunting fun. → Read More

Weekend picks: Country's young gun Easton Corbin plays Genesee

Country singer Easton Corbin brings hits such as "A Girl Like You" and "A Little More Country Than That" to Waukegan's Genesee Theatre. More on this, Freaky Deaky, Marlon Wayans, Air Supply, "Ladies of the '80s" and a whole weekend of haunting fun. → Read More

Weekly picks: Janet Jackson brings the moves to Allstate Arena

Pop and R&B star Janet Jackson makes a stop at the Allstate Arena, Warrant brings metal to the Arcada and country singer Easton Corbin plays the Genesee, More on this and a weekend of haunting fun. → Read More