Top 5 picks for the week
Updated: December 13, 2012 1:15PM
Folk-rock singer Michael McDermott is celebrating with a Birthday Bash Concert at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Montrose Room at InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. He’ll perform songs from his new album, “Hit Me Back.” Tickets are $12-$32. Call (847) 544-5300 or visit www.montroseroom.com.
Tilting at Windmills
Famous optimist Don Quixote is on stage in Light Opera Works’ “Man of La Mancha,” at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets are $32-$92. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com.
Dine on authentic Armenian food, listen to music and check out cooking demonstrations at Taste of Armenia Festival, noon-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at St. James Armenian Church Evanston, 816 Clark St., Evanston. Free admission. Visit www.tasteofarmenia.org.
Salsation, a Latin improv and sketch comedy troupe, presents the Word Up! poetry slam at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. $10. Visit www.gorillatango.com or call (773) 598-4549.
Jazz Community Big Band, an 18-piece big band, plays the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 28 at Mullen’s Bar & Grill, 8313 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. Call (708) 452-3190.