While having a stupendous lineup in place for you to enjoy the weekend February 24-26, the Academy Awards are always this weekend.
My bet goes to La La Land for picture of the year, but I really enjoyed Moonlight and Hidden Figures better. But that’s just this writer’s opinion.
Besides the top 5 things to do this weekend February 24-26, the weekend after starts Lake County Restaurant Week: 10 Days to Savor.
Enjoy past favorites and new fare options from over 40 different restaurants at this delectable event all over Lake County.
So without further adieu, here are your top five things to do this weekend February 24-26.
1. 90s throwback with Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc at Genesee Theatre
‘If there was a problem, yo, they’ll solve it. Check out the hook while the DJ revolves it.’ Take a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ to a 90s throwback concert at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan as Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc grace the storied stage. You’ll be jumping to your feet and clapping your hands like a ‘Wild Thing’ as you ‘spend a few hours of your life,’ reminiscing ‘in a Waukegan Paradise.’
Saturday, February 25; 8 p.m. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. Waukegan.
2. Madagascar – A Musical Adventure at the Marriott Theatre
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they take the Lincolnshire stage in a musical adventure of a lifetime. Madagascar – A Musical Adventure opens this weekend at the Marriott Theatre. The gang attempts toescape from their Central Park Zoo displacement to return home to their own country – Madagascar. The show is based off of the 2005 DreamWorks animated motion picture that originally starred Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith. The show runs through April 15.
Saturday-Sunday February 25-26. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
3. The People’s Choice Exhibition
The Annual Peoples’ Choice Exhibition is on display for the final weekend at the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation. Artists present their best work in various mediums, including paintings, photography, stained glass, sketches, pyrography (wood burning), sculpture, jewelry, pottery, scarves, and so much more. Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite piece before the Awards and Reception Ceremony. The exhibition is open to the public till 4 p.m. and the Awards and Reception Ceremony will follow at 5 p.m. This is a free event.
Friday, February 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Awards and Reception at 5 p.m. Antioch Fine Arts Foundation, 41380 Rt. 83, Antioch.
4. African American History Month Lecture
February means it is Black History Month across the country. As the first naval base in the United States to integrate, the National Museum of the American Sailor in Great Lakes will feature storyteller and living-history actor Marlene Rivero. Rivero leads an African-American History Month Lecture as she portrays Ann Stokes, who is believed to be the first Black woman to serve on a U.S. military vessel during the Civil War. Stokes treated 3,000 patients onboard the first Union hospital ship, the U.S.S. Red Rover. Join the National Museum for the American Sailor Museum’s event.
Saturday, February 25; 6-7 p.m. National Museum of the American Sailor, 2531 Sheridan Rd., Great Lakes.
5. I Hate Hamlet
This marks the final weekend of I Hate Hamlet at the Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan. The modern-set play follows soap opera star Andrew Rally who has a new apartment, loving girlfriend and the opportunity to play Hamlet in Central Park. With this opportunity, nothing can stop Rally…unless his agent reveals to him that the legendary actor (and father of Drew) John Barrymore once lived in this unit. Sooner or later, Barrymore’s ghost appears and offers his advice and coaching for Rally’s performance in this quirky comedy.
Friday-Saturday, February 24-25; 8 p.m. Three Brothers Theatre, 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Continue here to learn about all of the fun things going on this weekend February 24-26.