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Top pick

September 1, 2013


Top pick

Dance tangents

Choreographer Victor Alexander shows off his premiere work "Line of Sighs" starting Thursday at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $20 general admission; $15 students/ seniors. $50 Saturday show and benefit for the American Cancer Society. (312) 337-6543 or . 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 5-7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Last Huzzah

This is your last chance to enjoy the Bristol Renaissance Faire for the season, since it closes up shop on Monday. The faire is just north of the Illinois border at 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha. $19.95; $9.50 kids ages 5 to 12. (847) 395-7773 or . 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-2

Union soldiers

See how the 10th Illinois Regiment might have lived life in a military camp at the Civil War Encampment presentation today at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. Free. (630) 920- 9720 or . 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1

Foxy folk

The 37th Annual Fox Valley Folk and Storytelling Festival features 35 different music acts with storytelling, workshops and more at Island Park, routes 25 and 38, Geneva. $15 daily admission; $10 teens and seniors; $40 for a family; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. . 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-2

Crossover kids

The famed Italian youth singing trio Il Volo performs opera arias, pop songs and other crossover classics Wednesday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39-$99. (312) 462-6300 or . 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4

Standup guy

Comedian Owen Benjamin, famed for his stints on TV shows like MTV's "Punk'd," E's "Chelsea Lately" and more, performs this week at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $17-$19. (847) 240-2001 or . 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Keyboard kin

Hear the famous brother-sister pianists known as The Five Browns perform music of Gershwin, Stravinsky and more on Thursday at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $40-$60; $10 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or . 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5

Big screen opera

Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD 2013-14 season of 10 live simulcast matinees to more than 745 U.S. movie theaters (including several in Chicago's suburbs) are on sale now. Some of the featured operas include: "Eugene Onegin" (Oct. 5), "The Nose" (Oct. 26), "Falstaff" (Dec. 14), "Werther" (March 15), "Cosi Fan Tutte" (April 26) and more. Tickets vary by venue. Visit or for details. 11:55 a.m. select Saturdays, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, for "Prince Igor"

Treats & talk

Host Elysabeth Alfano, host of "Fear No ART," oversees a dining and discussion series called "The Dinner Party." Featured guests for the session on Monday, Sept. 16, are David Eigenberg, right, ("Chicago Fire," "Sex and the City"), Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls, comedian Katie Rich, chef Jason Vincent of Nightwood with opening act Yemi Marie. See them all at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $40. (312) 733-9463 or . 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner and discussion Monday, Sept. 16

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