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Terry Jones, a founding member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python and co-director of the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will host a showing of the film at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, as part of the theater’s “Meet the Maker” series. An hour-long question-and-answer session after the screening will be a rare treat for Monty Python fans. Tickets are $39.50 to $44.50. Call (773) 472-3492 or visit

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The venerable Seattle metal band Queensryche will perform a 17+show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. The band will play extended suites from “Rage for Order,” “Empire,” and their latest album, “American Soldier.” Tickets are $37.50 to $40. Call (312) 923-2000 or visit

Formed last year by seven veterans of Chicago’s improv scene, the sketch-comedy troupe Butch LaRue tells tall tales of modern life with the help of song and satire. The group’s latest revue, “Butch LaRue and the Underwear Gang,” takes on male-female relationships at 10:30 p.m. Fridays at the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $15. Call (773) 327-5252 or visit

The charismatic jazz trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is popular yet still cool, and that is no mean feat. He grew up in Oregon and Italy, and released his first solo album, “First Wish,” in 1995. Botti will play at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $29.50 to $65. Call (312) 462-6300 or visit

Jay and the Americans had a string of hits in the 1960s that icluded “Only in America,” “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “This Magic Moment.” The group will headline “The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show” at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Cleve Duncan & the Penguins, the Vogues, The Edsels, Dick & Dee Dee and other hit-making groups from the ‘60s also will appear. Tickets are $48 to $78. Call (312) 462-6300 or visit

Comedian Jerry Lewis has had an amazing career in movies and television. At 8 p.m. Saturday he will take to the stage at the Arcada, 105 E. Main, St. Charles. Lewis’s slapstick style, his partnership with straight man Dean Martin and his fund-raising on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association have made him one of the most admired comics of his time. Tickets start at $59. Call (630) 587-8400 or visit

The annual Boat and Tackle Market will drop anchor in the South Festival lot at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Boating enthusiasts, vendors, companies and organizations will be showcasing new and used equipment in a fun environment, with games and activities for all ages, a picnic area, music and food for purchase. Admission is $5 for everyone ages 12 and older; kids under 12 are free. Free parking is available in the Waldron parking deck. Call (312) 235-7243 or visit

Fifty years after he debuted “Mark Twain Tonight!” at New York City’s 41st Street Theatre, Hal Holbrook is bringing his celebrated one-man show to the Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren, Joliet, at 8 p.m. Friday. The popular show helped launch Holbrook on a long and successful career on stage and in film. Tickets are $45 and $55. Call (815) 726-6600 or visit

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