Best Bets: Good vibrations as Brian Wilson, Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin play Genesee

  • Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 23.

    Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 23. Associated Press, 2017

 
 
Updated 10/21/2021 8:32 AM

Gourds aglow

There's still time to marvel at the nearly 1,000 carved gourds on display as part of Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Saturday is Superhero & Cosplay Day, while Oct. 30 is Halloween Family Day. Free admission, though some attractions have fees. (800) 595-7437 or navypier.org. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 31

 

Michael Keaton stars in the classic 1988 Tim Burton film "Beetlejuice," which screens as a drive-in event at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills on Friday, Oct. 22.
Michael Keaton stars in the classic 1988 Tim Burton film "Beetlejuice," which screens as a drive-in event at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills on Friday, Oct. 22. - Courtesy of Warner Bros.
'It's showtime!'

Have a happily haunted fun time with a special drive-in screening of the classic 1988 Tim Burton horror comedy "Beetlejuice" at Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. $10 per vehicle; proceeds go to Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter. (847) 362-2964 or shophawthornmall.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; parking opens at 6 p.m.

Political satirist Randy Rainbow performs at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Oct. 22.
Political satirist Randy Rainbow performs at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Oct. 22. - Associated Press, 2019
Parody man

See the social media political song spoofer Randy Rainbow in concert with "The Pink Glasses Tour" at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.50-$59.50. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22

Will Liverman, a former member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, stars in The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD screenings of "Fire Shut Up in My Bones."
Will Liverman, a former member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, stars in The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD screenings of "Fire Shut Up in My Bones." - Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera
Met milestone

Before it comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in spring of 2022, composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons' 2019 opera "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" receives a Live in HD screening from The Metropolitan Opera in select movie theaters on Saturday, and then on Wednesday in a taped encore. The opera, inspired by the memoir of the same name by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, is the Metropolitan Opera's first work created by African American authors. Ticket prices vary by venue, but largely $24.95. For a list of venues, see fathomevents.com. Live simulcast at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23; taped encores at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live rolls into the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates this weekend.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live rolls into the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates this weekend. - Associated Press, 2014
Big trucks

See titan-sized trucks crush other vehicles and do tricks at the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live show at the NOW Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $29-$54; $10 kids. (847) 649-2270 or nowarena.com. 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24

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Grounded and soaring

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater performs works by choreographers Ulysses Dove, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott and more in the repertory program "Roots & Wings" at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $32-$71. (312) 341-2310 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

Silver surfer

See a living rock legend during the touring concert Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live! with special guests Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $65-$105. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

George Lopez brings his "OMG HI! Comedy Tour" to the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, Oct. 23.
George Lopez brings his "OMG HI! Comedy Tour" to the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, Oct. 23. - Associated Press, 2016
Standup guy

Catch up with actor and comedian George Lopez when he performs his "OMG HI! Comedy Tour" at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $39-$67.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

Pinball Expo '21 comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel starting Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Pinball Expo '21 comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel starting Wednesday, Oct. 27. - Daily Herald File Photo
Pinball wizards

Get lots of game play in and see the professionals compete at the Pinball Expo '21 starting Wednesday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $30-$35 single-day admission; $90 three-day package; $210 post-registration package. (330) 716-3139 or pinballexpo.com. 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-29; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30; and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31

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