Christian rockers Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle, Elevation Worship and more are part of the "Outcry Tour," tonight at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $33.95; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, April 21
Underscore Theatre Company premieres "My Name is Annie King," a new folk and bluegrass-inspired musical by Aaron Albert and Katy Rea and book writer Krista Pioppi about a young man seduced by the members of a backwater religious cult. The almost all-female cast includes Palatine native Paige Daigle and Lake Zurich native Demi Zaino. Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. The show opens April 25. $15-$30. See underscoretheatre.org.
Hear what local comedian Larry Reeb, aka "Uncle Lar," is railing about this week at Zanies at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $22 plus a two-item purchase, (847) 813-0484. zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Catch up with the popular Mexican pop group Reik tonight when its North American "Des/Amor Tour" plays the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $56-$106; $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, April 21
Comedian Rod Man is celebrated as the season eight winner of the NBC reality TV series "Last Comic Standing." See him live this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $27 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, April 20; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Illinois residents get free general admission to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, during EarthFest, a celebration of planet Earth. Events include discussions about the climate, Adler astronomers offering climate-change visualizations on the dome in the Grainger Sky Theater, a sensory station where guests can experiment with water and soil, and programs for kids, including appearances by Curious George, who reads from the book "Curious George Plants a Tree." adlerplanetarium.org. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22
The 2017 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo returns this weekend. Sample hundreds of products, receive coupons or attend informative presentations at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $15 one-day pass, $25 weekend admission; $5-$7 kids admission. (847) 303-4100 or gfafexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Lamb and Wool Festival
Watch farmhands shear sheep and see how trained border collies herd a flock of sheep at the Lamb and Wool Festival at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Plus, learn how washed wool becomes dyed-and-spun yarn and watch quilting and other artistic demonstrations. Free. (630) 876-5900 or dupageforest.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23
Bring the kids to the Bison's Bluff Grand Opening & Earth Day Celebration. Romp around a new one-acre play area featuring climbing towers, a nature art area and more on Saturday at the Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. No admission charge. (847) 985-2100 or parkfun.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Model Train Day
Model train enthusiasts can become conductors for a day by operating a variety of trains, courtesy of the Valley Model Railroad Club, during Model Train Day at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland, Libertyville. Railroad layout features a CTC computerized signal system. Train events take place in the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and in the visitors center. Guests can purchase a fun pass and head to various Lambs Farm locations for treats. Don't miss the crafts, too. Admission is free; fees apply for some activities and the fun pass. lambsfarm.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Russian soprano star Anna Netrebko returns to play the love-struck Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy "Eugene Onegin," which is simulcast locally courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday and Wednesday at select movie theaters in Addison, Batavia, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Naperville, South Barrington and other cities. Tickets vary by venue, but largely $19-$25. Sung in Russian with English subtitles. For exact prices and locations, visit fathomevents.com. 11:55 a.m. live Saturday, April 22; 6:30 p.m. retransmission Wednesday, April 26
Art and community activism combine in the annual Creating Justice Festival, which features discussions, films, workshops, food, music and a staged reading of Tina Fakhrid-Deen's drama "Powerless Gods." Everything happens on Saturday at Oakton Community College's TenHoeve Center, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Free, but $8 for the play. (847) 635-1600 or oakton.edu. 12:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22; play reading at 8 p.m.
Explore the Mary Mix McDonald Woods -- a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois -- as part of a guided Earth Day Walk on Saturday at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but $25-$30 parking. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Blue Jeans & Bling
The Greater Fox Valley chapter of the USA Dance group hosts a Blue Jeans and Bling dance in the activity center of St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Participants can learn the cha-cha during a complimentary dance lesson before the open dancing begins. Dance styles include swing, Latin, ballroom and more. Enjoy coffee and cake and a chance to win door prizes. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation for the church's food pantry. Admission is $8-$12. dancefoxvalley.org. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Krista Detor and friends
Singer/songwriter Krista Detor sings and plays the field organ, the accordion, the piano and the melodica during a folk and acoustic concert at the historic Maple Street Chapel, 200 S. Main St., Lombard. Eric Lambert and David Weber also perform. $15. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetchapel.org. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22
A visionary's end
The final days of Walt Disney's life are fictionalized in the 2013 Philip Glass opera "The Perfect American," which makes its Midwest debut courtesy of Chicago Opera Theater at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. Sung in English with projected titles. $39-$125. (312) 704-8414 or chicagooperatheater.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22
10 years of teddy bears
The 10th Annual Teddy Bear Galley Show takes place at the Wyndham Garden Schaumburg Chicago Northwest, 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg. Teddy bears made from mohair, plush, fur coats and other fabrics are all handmade by award-winning artists. See Steiff bears and collectibles and find supplies to make teddy bears at home. Chance to win door prizes. $6. bright-star-promotions.com. 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Breaking the Silence
Chicago's own Veilside again joins the fight against autism with the 9th annual Breaking the Silence fundraiser at Durty Nellie's Sunday, April 23. A $10 admission fee (children 12 and under get in free) gets you an afternoon of music featuring Electric Revolution, Kevin Lee & the Kings, Candid, Chyomin, Stellar West and Veilside; VIP tables are also available. All proceeds go to benefit not-for-profit autism awareness organizations in Illinois. Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10; $100 for VIP table for four. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23
'Sisters in Life and Song'
Soprano Mary Ann Beatty and her sister, mezzo-soprano Joanna Porackova, join forces for the classical recital "Together at Last: Sisters in Life and Song" at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest. The duo will present a concert of arias, duets and songs from the romantic, classical and contemporary periods. Selections will be sung in English, German, Chinese, Italian, French, Russian, Czech and Japanese. This concert series marks the first time the sisters have sung together as adults. Beatty has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Porackova has performed with the Washington National Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Lyric Opera. Free; donations will be accepted. (847) 234-7633 or chslf.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23
World-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman performs music of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Ravel and more with pianist Rohan De Silva for a special recital on Sunday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $25-$125. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Billy Bob on the mic
Ten years and seven albums since its formation, rockabilly band The Boxmasters is rolling across the country. The lead singer? None other than actor Billy Bob Thornton. (Who knew he could sing?) Catch the show when the band is joined by Wilmette singer-songwriter Chris Karabas. Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $10 general admission, $50 for balcony. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Advocate Condell Rocks the Cure V: 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Benefit concert for Advocate Condell Medical Center's cancer services. Event features performances by Mid Life Crisis, Off The Record and HenneBerry. $25. (847) 499-5000.
"Outcry Tour 2017" with Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle and Elevation Workshop: 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Christian music. $29.95-$33-95. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, northeast Corner of Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. $45-$75. Student admission is $15. (312) 294-3000, cso.org or wheaton.edu.
REIK: 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Pop. Tickets start at $56. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Burton Cummings: 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. Rock. Tickets start at $59. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Shiny Penny, The Linden Method, Lost Years, Break Up Lines: 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Rock, pop-punk. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Laura Stevenson, Typesetter, Sincere Engineer: 9 p.m. Friday, April 21, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Wild Skies, The Youngest: 9 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.
Studebaker John and The Hawks: 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Pianist Jeffrey Panko: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Classical concert features the works of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and others. $5-$100. bethel-ucc.org/music.
The Bad Examples: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Frankie's Blue Room, 16 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Rock. For ages 21 and older. $12. frankiesblueroom.net.
"The King," starring Trent Carlini as Elvis Presley: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rock, musical tribute to Elvis Presley. Tickets start at $39. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Shoeshine Boy Productions 17th Anniversary Party featuring Revolt Coda, Workout Music, Out for Hours, Passing Ships, Eagle Trace: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $12. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Charlie Foxtrot: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
Emanation XII featuring Von Drum (Danny Van Duerm), Alex Sokol and Metal Tongues (Quin Kirchner and Elliot Bergman from Wild Belle): 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Century Mallet, 1770 W. Berteau Ave., Chicago. $5-$10 suggested donation. (773) 248-7733 or centurymallet.com.
Happy Time, Thinner Teed: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $8. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.
Koopa & Los Mysterios, The Dirty Mules: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $5-$8. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com
Twenty Over: 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Lamplighter Inn, 60 N. Bothwell St., Palatine. $3. (847) 991-2420 or lamplighters.com.
Le Youth at Afterlife: 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Annex Nightclub, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5-$10. (630) 291-5986 or afterlifechi.com.
"Voices of Spring" with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music on the Fox, Elgin Master Chorale, Soirée Lyrique and Heartland Voices: Each organization offers a concert featuring choral or vocal works, ranging from musical theater to the "Brahms Requiem" from Saturday, April 22, through Sunday, May 7. For performance schedule, visit elginsymphony.org.
"Together at Last: Sisters in Life and Song": 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest. Soprano Mary Ann Beatty and her sister, mezzo-soprano Joanna Porackova, present a concert of arias, duets and songs from the romantic, classical and contemporary periods. Free; donations will be accepted. (847) 234-7633 or chslf.org.
Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora. Classical, with works by Mozart and Cimarosa. Free. (708) 579-2878 or fvacademy.org.
"Musical Matinee," featuring the Jazz Community Big Band: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. Eighteen-piece big band plays the music of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and others. $8 for concert/ $35 for concert/dinner package. (847) 202-5222 or cuttinghall.org.
Musichorale: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1822 E. Grand Ave., Lindenhurst. The 70-member singing group, presents a concert with a range of musical styles. Free; but a $10 donation is suggested. Visit smlc.info.
Handbell concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton. The church's four handbell ensembles, comprised of more than 40 ringers ranging in age from 8 to adult, perform. Program includes sacred and secular favorites. Free. Donations are welcome. (630) 668-3100 garychurch.org.
The Purple Xperience: 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rock; musical tribute to Prince. Tickets start at $39. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Joe's Live Rosemont, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. Rock, country. $10-$50. For ages 21 and older. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.
Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band and Buffalo Grove Jazz Band Spring Concert: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Stevenson High School's Performing Arts Center, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. Broadway tunes, classical works by Shostakovich, Strauss and Brahms and works by George Gershwin. The jazz band performs numbers from Stevie Wonder, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller. Adults are $8 in advance or $12 at the door; seniors (55 and older) and students with ID are $8. Advance tickets at tickets.bgsb.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Buffalo Grove Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd., or from any band member.
Michael W. Smith's "The Revolution Tour" with Jordan Feliz, Nathan Tasker: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. $20-$50. (630) 485-3300 or ccclife.org.
August Hotel, Capital Soirée, Kullers: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Rock, blues, pop. $39.50-$75. (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. For information, visit geneseetheatre.com.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.