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Here's your chance to spend an evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, who created the daffy performers in the movies "This Is Spinal Tap" (heavy metal) and "A Mighty Wind" (folk music). Appearing as themselves, and playing acoustically, the three will perform songs from their films and crack wise in Unwigged and Unplugged, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $35-$55. Call (800) 745-3000;

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The Around the Coyote Spring Arts Festival, a smorgasbord of visual and performing arts, runs Friday through Sunday in various locations in West Town in the vicinity of Division and Milwaukee. A day pass is $10; a weekend pass is $15. Opening night festivities at the Splat Flats Gallery, 1817 W. Division, include an exhibition of "curator's choice" works, appetizers, desserts and beverages. The cost is $20. Call (773) 342-6777 or visit

The Green City Market is openfor business from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive. Find locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, cheese, honey, baked goods and more, plus chef's demonstrations, kids activities and the occasional surprise. Validated parking is $9 in the lot off Stockton at North. Call (773) 880-1266;

Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard and 1900 E. Higgins in Schaumburg, is bringing back its popular Lobster Festival, showcasing those loveable lugs from Maine, on Monday through July 31. The festival's attractions include Rocky's Lobster Deal, a traditional, family-style boil with a one-pound whole Maine lobster at the center, for just $34.99, plus tax and gratuity, with a minimum of two people. Call the Chicago restaurant at (312) 527-2722 or the Schaumburg location at (847) 517-2722;

The San Francisco alt-rock band Third Eye Blind will appear at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, at 7:30 Friday. The band's first eponymous album in 1997 yielded five hits, including "How's It Going to Be." A new album, "Ursa Major," is due for release next month. Tickets are $31. Call (800) 745-3000;

Experience food, music, dance, costumes and customs from Turkey as the Chicago Turkish Festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. Enter this free festival, now in its seventh year, through a traditional Safranbolu House to savor fashion shows, films, arts and crafts demonstrations, performances, vendors, kids activities and more. Admission is free. Visit

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will offer all the delights of a Chicago street fair, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, at the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield. The Trippin' Billies and Sixteen Candles top the music bills. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Call (773) 868-3010;

Rock and folk legends David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash are still going strong, and they will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Charter One Pavilion at 1300 S. Linn White on Northerly Island. Tickets, $36-$86 are available at or by phone at (877) 598-8703.

The master of synthesizers is back with his first U.S. tour in four years. Yanni will be joined by his symphony orchestra and four vocalists -- Nathan Pacheco, Chloe, Ender Thomas and Leslie Mills -- who add a new dimension to the showman's classic hits. Show time is 7:30 Friday at the Sears Centre, Prairie Stone Business Park, Hoffman Estates. Tickets, $25-$95. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

The Wit Hotel, 201 N. State, is hosting the exhibit "Legends: The Artwork of Rock & Roll Royalty," tonight through Sunday. Featured artists include John Lennon, Grace Slick, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia. Hours are: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday. Call (888) ART-1969. Admission is free; a suggested $2 donation to Bright Pink can be made at the door. All artwork is available for purchase.

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