Best Bets: Kevin Costner to rock the reopening of Des Plaines Theatre

  • Kevin Costner & Modern West plays the reopening of the Des Plaines Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 31.

    Kevin Costner & Modern West plays the reopening of the Des Plaines Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 31. Associated Press, 2012

  • Kevin Costner & Modern West plays the reopening of the Des Plaines Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 31.

    Kevin Costner & Modern West plays the reopening of the Des Plaines Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 31. Associated Press, 2020

  • The DuPage Children's Museum's Pumpkin Palooza returns from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

    The DuPage Children's Museum's Pumpkin Palooza returns from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

 
 
Updated 10/26/2021 5:47 AM

Hollywood rocker

The Americana rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West headlines the reopening of the renovated Des Plaines Theatre at 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $99. (630) 962-7000 or desplainestheatre.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31

 

Pinball wizards

Pinball Expo '21 -- featuring demonstrations, workshops, game play, professional competitions and more -- takes over 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

Black Violin headlines the Genesee Theatre on Friday, Oct. 29.
Black Violin headlines the Genesee Theatre on Friday, Oct. 29. - Courtesy of Mark Clennon
Classical crossover

Experience modern beats mixed with orchestral instruments when Black Violin headlines the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $29-$69. (847) 263-6300 or genseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29

Self-styled psychic stand-up comedian Karen Rontowski headlines Zanies in Rosemont.
Self-styled psychic stand-up comedian Karen Rontowski headlines Zanies in Rosemont. -
Medium comedy

Comedian and self-styled psychic Karen Rontowski performs some seasonal standup sets this weekend at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30, plus a two-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

Simulating Swedes

Celebrate Swedish pop when the tribute show ABBA Mania performs at numerous suburban venues. The first show is Friday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org; $37. Then, on Thursday, Nov. 4, they play the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 962-7000, arcadatheatre.com; $39-$59. On Friday, Nov. 5, the band headlines the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, (847) 263-6300, geneseetheatre.com; $25.50-$55.50. On Thursday, Nov. 11, they perform at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines, (630) 962-7000, desplainestheatre.com; $39. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Crystal Lake; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in St. Charles; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in Waukegan; 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Des Plaines

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ABBA Mania plays a variety of local venues over the next few weeks.
ABBA Mania plays a variety of local venues over the next few weeks. -
Pumpkin fun

Parents and kids can dress up and try their hand at creative science activities like catapulting gourds and more at the Pumpkin Palooza in the parking lot of the DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. $15; $14 seniors. Advance reservation is required. (630) 637-8000 or dupagechildrens.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

Spooky shopping

Dress up for a costume contest and go shopping for antiques and more at the Wheaton Illinois Haunted Halloween Flea Market at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $9; free for kids 12 and younger with paid guardian. (715) 526-9769, zurkopromotions.com or dupagecountyfair.org. 3-11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

A globally popular and animation-filled 2012 Berlin production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for seven performances between Wednesday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 27.
A globally popular and animation-filled 2012 Berlin production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for seven performances between Wednesday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 27. - Courtesy of Cory Weaver/Los Angeles Opera
Expressionistic Mozart

Mozart's fantasy "The Magic Flute" returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a globally celebrated Berlin production. It's jam-packed with colorful animation that is inspired by German expressionistic silent films. The first of seven performances begin Wednesday at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. In German with projected English translations. $39-$319. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 19; 2 p.m. Sunday, Thursday and Wednesday, Nov. 7, 11, 14 and 17; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27

Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason returns to Davenport's Piano Bar Cabaret in Chicago with her show "Vaccinatin' Rhythm" Nov. 4-7.
Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason returns to Davenport's Piano Bar Cabaret in Chicago with her show "Vaccinatin' Rhythm" Nov. 4-7.
Broadway cabaret

Welcome home Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason ("Sunset Blvd.," "Mamma Mia!") when she performs her new cabaret show, "Vaccinatin' Rhythm," at Davenport's Piano Bar Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $40, plus a two-drink minimum. (773) 278-1830 or davenportspianobar.com. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4-6, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7

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