Based on the Newbery Award winning book by Eleanor Estes, family-friendly "The Hundred Dresses" tells the story of Wanda Petronski, the new girl in room 13, who wears the same faded blue dress to school every day but insists that she has a hundred bright, shiny new ones at home. Her classmates learn the secret of the hundred dresses and with it, a lesson in tolerance, in taking responsibility and in living with the consequences of our actions. Northwestern University - Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston. Call 847-491-7282. $10; $8 children under 18.
2. Benny Goodman Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday
The two-day celebration of the "The King of Swing" will feature a performances by Victor Goines and Larry Combs, a panel discussion and film screening. Music Institute of Chicago - Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Call 847-905-1500. $10-$55.
3. John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, 8 p.m. Friday
Renowned actor John Lithgow's new one-man show explores his family's involvement with acting and storytelling. He interweaves anecdotes from his life with some of the stories he was told when he was a child. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Call 847-679-9501. $55-$75.
4. 'Pinkalicious,' 10 a.m. Saturday
A girl named Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she develops Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 23. Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $12.
5. Parent Circle Semi-Annual Swap and Sale, 2 p.m. Saturday
Shop for children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, puzzles, gear and maternity clothes at great resale prices. Proceeds will help fund The Parent Circle’s community outreach and other programs. Remaining items will be donated to local charities serving children and families in need. Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St., Evanston. Call 847-448-8252. $1 entrance fee for nonmembers.
6. Pumpkin Smash & Bash, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Roll your pumpkin down the Flick Park Sled Hill in a fun competition that kicks off the event, and then smash them into piles of compost that will help nourish plants in the spring. Registration required. Flick Park Sled Hill, 3600 Glenview Road, Glenview. Call 847-724-3337. Free.
Stephen Sondheim's musical follows the life of a barber who kills his customers and bakes them into pies. Not recommend for children under 12 without a parent. Performances will be held 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 17. Devonshire Cultural Center, 440 Greenwood St., Skokie. Call 847-674-1500, ext. 2400. $10-$13.
8. Improvised Jane Austin, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
The performers will take audience suggestions and craft a story that the most prominent female author of the 19th century may have written. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Call 847-448-8260. $8-$10.
9. Putting Dance on the Map, 2 p.m. Sunday
The Evanston Dance Ensemble and seven professional dance companies will perform a moving dance performance. Attendees will enjoy two dance performances at Raymond Park then will be led to locations throughout downtown Evanston to see four other performances. Raymond Park, Chicago Avenue and Grove Street, Evanston. Free.
10. Signature Series: Britten and Borromeo, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
The Chicago Chamber Musicians honor the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten's birth with this yearlong series. With special guests The Borromeo Quartet. Music Institute of Chicago - Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Call 847-905-1500. $35-$45.