Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
1. TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER
WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Tom Becker takes a musical journey into the many facets of John Denver’s songwriting, from the foot-stomping fun of “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy,” to the tenderness of “Annie’s Song.” Presented by One Zero Charlie Productions. Tickets: $38. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
2. AN EVENING OF PERCUSSION WITH THE CRYSTAL LAKE STRIKERS
WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 22
WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Performances by the Crystal Lake All-Star Drumline as well as talented ensembles from around McHenry County. The bill includes Potts and Pans, Hannah Beardsley, Prairie Ridge High School Percussion, Martin Elementary and more. The Strikers also will award a local high school drummer the Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Tickets: $15 adults, $6 students. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauce.center.org.
3. 2014 HUNTLEY CHAMBER HOME & BUSINESS EXPO
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23
WHERE: Marlowe Middle School, 9625 Haligus Road, Lake in the Hills
COST & INFO: Open to the public. Annual event sponsored by the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity to meet businesses under one roof. There will be giveaways and chances to win prizes. Free admission. Information: 847-669-0166 or www.huntleychamber.org.
4. SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
WHEN: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21
WHERE: Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: An evening of music with talented local and regional songwriters sharing their music and the inspiration behind them. Tickets and information: $7 at the door or in advance at mixinmingle.com.
5. JENAE CHERRY BAND
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22
WHERE: Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock
COST & INFO: A native of Wonder Lake and based out of Nashville, Tenn., 23-year-old singer/songwriter Jenae Cherry will perform to help District 200 Music Boosters kick off the “Music in Our Schools Month” celebration. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets and information: www.d200musicboosters.org.
6. PIPE ORGAN CONCERT
WHEN: 4 p.m. Feb. 23 (3 p.m. organ workshop for all ages precedes the concert)
WHERE: Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: In honor of Black History Month, acclaimed organist Anthony Williams, a professor of music at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., will host a workshop and perform works by contemporary African-American organ music composers as well as European composers. The church held a similar workshop last year, hosting the organ’s builder Halbert Gober (above) in celebration of the organ’s 10th anniversary. A free-will offering will be collected. Information: www.bethanylc.com.
7. BLUE SKIES & BROADWAY
WHEN: 3 p.m. Feb. 23
WHERE: Community Church of Richmond, 5714 W. Broadway, Richmond
COST & INFO: Art Series Concert featuring Maureen Christine and Michael Bazan will include a variety of selections, such as great American standards, big band, Broadway show tunes and inspirational selections. Christine is a national recording artist. Bazan is a professional woodwind player, director of bands at Wredling School in St. Charles and adjunct faculty at McHenry County College and elsewhere. Free-will donations will be accepted. Information: 815-678-6521.
8. DECADES DANCE
WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22
WHERE: Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Annual fundraiser for JourneyCare (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois). Event offers guests the opportunity to relive (or experience for the first time) the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s by dressing in vintage clothing and dancing to the sounds of Libido Funk Circus. Includes dinner, drink tickets, wine service, raffles, silent auction and more. Tickets: $75. Tickets and information: 224-770-2416 or www.journeycare.org/decadesdance.
9. SHUNNALO BROWN: BLUES JAM
WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 22
WHERE: The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Features variety of blues music by Shunnalo Brown and her blues band. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets and information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org.
10. WACM FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 (Concert begins at 7 p.m.)
WHERE: Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Road, Woodstock
COST & INFO: Includes a community concert featuring local talents from several churches, an art sale and a turkey dinner. All funds raised support people in need in Woodstock and Wonder Lake. Tickets: $14 adult dinner and concert, $10 child dinner and concert, $5 concert only. Tickets and information: www.wacmgroup.org.