Arts and entertainment calendar for April 19
Updated: April 17, 2012 9:18PM
“Angels in America,” “Part One: Millennium Approaches” and “Part Two: Perestroika,” through June 3 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Tickets: $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
“Breaking Up is Hard To Do,” a musical set to the greatest hits of Neil Sedaka, will be presented by Fox Valley Repertory through May 20 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $32-$42. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“The Devil’s Disciple,” by George Bernard Shaw, presented through April 22 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets are $18 and $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” presented by Wheaton Drama May 25-June 17 at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., downtown Wheaton. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 for Thursday performances; $21 for Friday through Sunday. Visit www.wheatondrama.org.
“Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions),” through May 12 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. When a terrible split turns Alicia’s world upside down, she turns to folk magic to heal her suffering. With the help of her friends and some enchanting magi, Alicia mines the underworlds of Brujeria, Santeria and Hoodoo for magic recipes, age-old traditions and ancient jar spells, looking for a cure. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $18. Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“Hairspray,”through June 17 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“Holiday” will be presented by Grove Players April 27-May 6 at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15; $12 seniors; $10 students. Visit www.groveplayers.org or call (630) 415-3682.
“Little Shop of Horrors,” April 26-May 5 at the Elmhurst College’s Mill Theater, 253 Walter St., Elmhurst. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $7. Call (630) 617-3005.
“Mark Twain Tonight,” actor Hal Holbrook’s Tony Award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain, will be presented at 8 p.m. April 27 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets: $60; $58 for seniors; $50 for youth. First- and second-row tickets are $85/$83/$75. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
“The Matchmaker” will be presented by GreenMan Theatre Troupe April 20-May 6 in Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. Widower Horace Vandergelder, a successful businessman in turn of 20th century New York, decides it’s high time to get married again. Enter Dolly Gallagher Levi, a local matchmaker, eager to help him find a suitable bride. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $17; $15 for seniors and students. Visit www.greenmantheatre.com or call (630) 464-2646.
“Route 66,” a jukebox comedy about a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who take an imaginary Chicago to L.A. road trip, through June 10 at the Paramount Theater, 8 E. Galena Blvd, in downtown Aurora. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. $29. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
“Tuesdays with Morrie,” presented by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble May 3-27 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25-$33; $23-$31 for students and seniors. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.
“The Turn of the Screw” will be presented by First Folio Theatre through April 29 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., Oak Brook. A young governess left to care for two recently orphaned children in a lonely English manor begins to see the specters of the former governess and her lover. Are the ghosts real, or merely a product of her own fevered mind? Curtain at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$37, with discounts for students and seniors. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“An Evening with Jazz Pianist Frank Caruso,” 8 p.m. April 20 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets: $15; $12 students and seniors. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
The Senior Suburban Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. April 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. The program will include Richard Rodgers’ “Victory at Sea,” Strauss’s “Tales From the Vienna Woods,” and “Siboney” by Ernesto Lecuona. Free-will offerings will be accepted. For information, visit www.seniorsuburbanorchestra.org.
Chicago a cappella performs at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission, $22 for seniors; and $12 for students. For tickets, call (773) 281-7820 or see www.chicagoacappella.org. April 21, 8 p.m.: “All About the Women,” starring actress Barbara Robertson.
The West Suburban Symphony, conducted by Peter Lipari, will perform music by Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Mendelssohn at 3:30 p.m. April 22 at First United Methodist Church of La Grange, Cossitt and Ashland avenues, La Grange. Tickets: $22; $18 seniors; $5 teens; free for children. For more information, visit www.westsubsymphony.org or call (630) 887-7464.
College of DuPage’s Chamber Singers/Concert Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $4. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
Entertainment Thursday features Voytek Falendysz playing the trumpet, flugelhorn, drums and guitar at 2 p.m. April 26 at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St., Clarendon Hills. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Call (630) 789-1135 or visit www.birches.net.
Chicago Chamber Musicians will perform at 8 p.m. April 27 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The program includes works by Max Bruch, Antonín Dvořák’s and Ernst von Dohnányi. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
The Charlie Daniels Band performs at 8 p.m. April 28 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $45, $50 and $60. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
William Ferris Chorale presents “Showstoppers and Premiers” at 3 p.m. April 29 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave., La Grange. The performance features choirs, organ, trumpets and drums, with guest artists the Loyola University Chorus & Chamber Singers. The program includes the world premiere of an early work by William Ferris, and music by Widor, Poulenc and others. Preferred seating $25; general seating $20; $5 discount for students and seniors. Call (773) 508-2940 or visit www.williamferrischorale.org.
The DuPage Chorale will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The program includes Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Tickets: $16; $14 for seniors; $6 for youth. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
Elmhurst Symphony String Ensemble presents “Strings, Swing and Gershwin,” a program of music by George Gershwin and Edward “Duke” Ellington, at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Tickets: $25; $7 for students. Call (630) 941-0202.
Folk singer David Mallett will perform his songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica at 8 p.m. May 4 at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $25. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Tower Chorale presents “A Night of Gershwin” at 7:30 p.m. May 5 and 3 p.m. May 6 in the auditorium at Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave., LaGrange Park. Tickets: $18; $15 for senior citizens and students. Visit www.towerchorale.org.
The Agape Ringers handbell ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. May 6 at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main St., Lombard. The program includes transcriptions of the classical works “Passacaglia” by Handel and “The Ball” by Bizet, hymn arrangements, original compositions for handbells, and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” $10; $5 for students. For tickets, visit www.FirstMethodistLombard.org or call (630) 627-2508. For information, visit www.agaperingers.org.
Salt Creek Sinfonietta performs at 3 p.m. May 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange. The program includes works by Sibelius and Beethoven. $20; $15 seniors; $5 students. Call (708) 749-0502 or visit www.saltcreeksinfonietta.com.
Sinfonietta Bel Canto presents “Viva Italia” at 3 p.m. May 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. Conducted by Dan Pasquale D’Andrea, the concert features two one-act comic operas — Antonio Salieri’s “Arlecchinata Pasticcia” (“Little Harlequinade Medley”) and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s “Il Segreto di Susanna” (“Susanna’s Secret”). Both operas, with orchestra accompaniment, will be semi-staged and sung in Italian with English sur-titles. Tickets: $17; $14 seniors; $7 students; free for children under 7 accompanied by a parent. Visit www.SinfoniettaBelCanto.org or call (630) 384-5007.
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents “Season Finale” at 7 p.m. May 12 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. The program, featuring guest artist Inna Faliks, piano, includes works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Berlioz. $31; $7 students; $65 family (two adults and up to three students). Call (630) 941-0202 or visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Mighty and Magical” at 8 p.m. May 12 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The program features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 with soloist Ching-Yun Hu, pianist. Visit www.dupagesymphony.org.
The Orion Ensemble performs at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva. Tickets are $26; $23 for senior citizens; $10 for students. Free for children 12 and younger. (630) 628-9591 or www.orionensemble.org. May 13, 7 p.m.: “All That Jazz!” featuring a world premiere by guest pianist Miguel de la Cerna, a Fauré quartet and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. May 19 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The program will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, and Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto, featuring soloist Gene Pokorny. Tickets are $125 and $150. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents “That ‘80s Show” at 8 p.m. May 19 at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 S Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The revue-style production features 120 singers performing hits from the 1980s. Tickets: $22.50-$35, with discounts for students and seniors. Visit www.cgmc.org.
Student music groups at College of DuPage will perform throughout May at the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. For information, call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org. May 1, 7:30 p.m.: DuPage Community Concert Band presents “Selections from Broadway Musicals,” $4. May 3, 2 p.m.: Guitar Ensemble performs 20th century American music. Free. May 3, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Orchestra performs classical repertoire, $4. May 4, 8 p.m.: Small Group Jazz Ensemble presents Student Jazz Showcase, $4. May 8, 7:30 p.m.: Percussion Ensemble, $4. May 20, 1:30 p.m.: DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble, a 20-plus piece big band, plays for the spring dance in K Commons, $6.
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. May 21-22, 1:30 p.m.:The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tickets are $50-$55; lunch is available preceding the performance for an additional $16. June 22-23, 8 p.m., and June 24, 2 p.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Lynn. Tickets are $65. A 6 p.m. dinner is available for an additional $19 on Friday and Saturday; noon lunch is available on Sunday for an additional $19.
WDCB Jazz Salon, produced by Pianoforte Foundation, features concerts at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $25 premium; $18 seniors and students. Before each concert, there will be a tour of Mayslake Hall at 6:30 p.m., $5 per person. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566 or visit www.pianofortefoundation.org. June 14: Elmhurst College Jazz Band.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. April 29, 7 p.m.: “Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature: The Motown Show.” $29-$57.50. June 10, 7 p.m.: Roberto Carlos “Un Millon De Amigos” (“One Million Friends”) World Tour. $65-$125.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. The information line is (847) 635-6601. May 4: Rammstein — Made in Germany 1995-2011 Tour. May 26, 7 p.m.: LMFAO. $25, $35, $59.50, $69.50, $99.50. May 28, 7:30 p.m.: Red Hot Chili Peppers — I’m With You World Tour. $39.50 and $59.50. May 30, 6 p.m.: Nickelback with special guests Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days. $51.50, $65, $87.50, $96.50. June 2: One Direction performs in support of its debut album, “Up All Night.” July 19, 7 p.m.: Rock of Ages Tour — Def Leppard/Poison with special guest Lita Ford. $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $95. Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Summerland Tour 2012 featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. $39.50, $49.50.
Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. (630) 512-0990. www.carluccirestaurant.com. Live music from 7-11 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, unless noted otherwise. April 19: Soda (classic rock, alternative and hip-hop). April 21: Vinyl Jacket (‘60s to ‘80s rock covers). April 26, 7:30-11:30 p.m.: Vocalist Diva Montell (Italian classics, ‘60s to present covers and originals). April 28: Second Opinion (‘60s through today dance music).
Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8900 Fairview Ave., Brookfield. May 8, 7:30-10:30 p.m.: Jazz by Lady T. with Jim Pierce, guitar, and Ben Paterson, organ. For information, visit www.ladytjazz.net.
Tuscany Restaurant, 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. April 27, 8 p.m.-midnight: Buddy Love Trio performs for the monthly music series, “Tune into Tuscany: Fourth Fridays Live.” No cover.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. April 19, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). No cover. April 20, 9 p.m.: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly/swing). $15. April 21, 9 p.m.: Reely Dan (Steely Dan tribute). April 22, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for youth under 17. April 25, 7 p.m.: Ella Gill and Scott Daniel benefit concert for Walk-In Ministry, $25 in advance; $30 at the door. April 26, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Decoy Prayer Meeting, Lisa DeRosia & Lush Budgett, Tangleweed, in the SideBar. $5. April 26, 8:30 p.m.: The Waco Brothers with Paul Burch (roots/rock). $15. April 27, 9 p.m.: Yarn plus Go Long Mule (roots/rock). $10 in advance; $12 at the door. April 28, 9 p.m.: Willie Nile with Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra (rock). $15. April 29, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 3, 8 p.m.: Leon Redbone (jazz/blues). $20 in advance; $25 at the door. May 4: Wishbone Ash in two shows with two different set lists. CD release for “Elegant Stealth” at 7:30 p.m., $25 in advance; and 10 p.m., $25 in advance; both shows for $40 in advance. May 5, 8:30 p.m.: Cinco de Mayo Festival with Tributosauras as Santana (rock tribute). $20. May 5, 9:30 p.m.: The Red Elvises (rock). $15. June 1-2, 9 p.m.: Sonny Landreth CD release show for “Elemental Journey” (blues). $25. June 9, 9 p.m.: Kelly Hogan “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” CD release (roots). $15. June 14, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (roots), $15. June 15, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band (rock). $15.
Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up At The Movies 2012 will be screened at 7 p.m. April 19 at local movie theaters, including Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, and Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. The concert was recorded July 18, 1989, at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. (630) 969-9720. www.twowaystreet.org. Folk/Americana music at 8:15 p.m. Fridays for a $7 cover, unless noted otherwise. April 20: Singer-songwriter Danny Fox. April 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16, 2-4 p.m.: Sing-Around, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. Beginners and experienced musicians can learn and/or share songs. Listeners and singers welcome. Songbooks provided. $1. April 26, May 31 and June 28, 7-9:30 p.m.: Last Thursday Open Mike, an unplugged open mike for high school and college age students. Music, poetry and other performance arts; 10 minutes maximum. April 27: Folk singer C. Daniel Boling. April 28, May 26 and June 23, 2-4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. April 28, 8 p.m.: Old Time Barn Dance Party, $5. All dances taught and called. No experience or partner needed. May 4: Cosy Sheridan with TR Ritchie. May 8 and June 12, 7-9 p.m.: Second Tuesday Song Circle, $1. May 11: Bill and Kate Isles perform folk and alt-country music. May 18: David Hawkings presents a CD release show for “Hello Mr. Death & Other Love Songs.” May 25: Andina & Rich. June 1: Wandering Endorphin. June 8: Sue Fink with Jordi Kleiner. June 15: The Once, an award-winning Canadian trio, performs maritime songs featuring bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and more. June 22, 8 p.m.: Open mike. Limited to one to two songs, 10 minutes maximum. Signup at 7:30 p.m. June 29: Diana Chittester.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. Friday Nights Live, featuring music from 8:30 p.m.-midnight in the Montrose Room, $5. Ticket prices for other shows vary. For information, visit www.montroseroom.com. April 20: Up Close @ Montrose features Cindy Bradley. $20 general admission; $30 VIP. May 4: Neverly Brothers. May 5: Jazz Series welcomes Jessy J (smooth jazz and Latin pop). $20-$40. May 11: Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Colin Gilmore perform traditional country, folk, blues and rock. $20 general admission; $30 VIP. May 11: Jimmie Dale Glimore of the Flatlandrs and Colin Gilmore. May 12: Ralph Covert & the Bad Examples plus opener Scott May and his one-arm orchestra with special guests Thadeus Project. $10 general admission; $15 VIP.
For young audiences
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000 ; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. May 3-6: Sesame Street Live — “Elmo’s Super Heroes.” Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, $25, $30, $40 Gold Circle seats and $85 Sunny Seats. Opening night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $15.
“Nate the Great” will be presented by Theatreworks USA at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 21 at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $10; $5 for children under 12. For an additional $2 per ticket, patrons can enjoy an ice cream reception from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the day of the show. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
“The Wizard of Oz,” April 25-June 16 at Drury Lane Theatre Theatre for Young Adults, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday (excludes May 2, May 5, June 6-7, June 13-14). Performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 16. Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered April 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 16 at 11:30 a.m., with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Breakfast buffet package price is $25 for adults; $22 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Classes for adults
The 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp will be presented July 22-27 at North Central College in Naperville. Participants typically range in age and background from high school and college students to adult professional vocalists and jazz educators. The curriculum is designed specifically for the solo jazz vocalist. Daily activities include workshops in jazz improvisation, performance styles and techniques, and solo performance preparation as well as artist master classes, vocal jazz history and music theory. There are also nightly faculty artist concerts, informal student jam sessions, and a final concert. Tuition is $625; housing and meals are available for an additional $300. The deadline for enrollment is June 1. Visit www.janiceborlavocaljazzcamp.org for information.
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. Immersion workshops include April 22, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Laura Lein-Svencner presents “The Fine Art of Collage.” April 22, 2 p.m.: Daniel R. Grych presents a demonstration on his artwork and photography, and will also discuss promoting art using an online fine art gallery. April 29, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Crystal Neubauer presents “Wax & Wire Works in 3D: Adornments & Embellishments.”
“Go Johnny Go,” a musical tribute to Chuck Berry, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers and others, will be presented by Johnny Rogers at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 after April 25. Proceeds benefit SEASPAR, which provides recreation services for individuals with disabilities. Call (630) 960-7600 or visit www.SEASPAR.org.
Theatre-on-the-Hill will hold auditions for “Back to the ‘80s” at 7 p.m. April 23-24 at Bolingbrook’s Performing Arts stage, 375 W. Briarcliff. Auditions will consist of readings from the script, singing and dance. Director Michael Fudala seeks a large cast, and there are roles for all ages. Production dates are June 29-July 15. For information, visit www.tothbolingbrook.com or call (630) 908-2538.
The West Suburban Symphony seeks chorus singers and string players to perform Verdi’s Requiem on June 24 in Naperville. Rehearsals begin in late April for the chorus and in late May for the orchestra. The orchestra also has openings for string players for its July 28 performance of Lizst’s “Les Preludes” and other works at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, with rehearsals in July. Choristers and players perform as volunteers; the symphony welcomes college-aged musicians who are home for the summer. For more information, visit www.westsubsymphony.org or call (630) 887-7464.
College of DuPage College Theatre will hold general auditions for two summer repertory productions from noon-3 p.m. May 5-6 in the Studio Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The schedule includes “One, Two ... What Comes Next?,” an improvisational show staged at the MAC and community venues between June 21 and July 7, and James L. Rosenberg’s “The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch,” staged June 22-July 8 at the MAC. Auditions for “One, Two ... What Comes Next?” include improvisation and “The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch” requires cold script readings. No experience is required to audition for either show. Actors are required to register for Theatre 2211 upon being cast. For information, call Canaday Howard, (630) 942-2137.
Zanies Comedy Night Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. Through April 21: Ed “The Machine” Regine. April 25-28: Rob Little.
The Parsons Dance Company performs a collection of its works at 8 p.m. April 21 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. The program includes “Kind of Blue,” a tribute to the 75th anniversary of Miles Davis’ birth; “Nascimento,” originally commissioned by the Festival in the Sun at the University of Arizona, Tucson; and “Caught,” choreographed in 1982 by David Parsons. $46; $44 seniors; $36 youth. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
Salt Creek Ballet presents “The Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s Wedding with Additional Repertoire” at 5 p.m. May 12 and 2 p.m. May 13 at the College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets: $30; $25 for seniors; $20 for youth under 18. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. April 24 and May 1, 8 and 15, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. April 25 and May 2, 9 and 16, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. April 27, 7-11 p.m.: “Boppin at the Brook” country and western dance, $8. April 29, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. May 6: Tango lesson from 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20 per person. Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, 2-5 p.m.. $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. May 20, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Festivals and fairs
Craft Brews & Chicago Blues Festival, 1-5 p.m. May 5 in the New Orleans Ballroom at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The event feature tastings of beer from 25 micro-craft breweries, samples of foods that pair well with beer, and live blues music by Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. Must be 21 or older to attend. General admission tickets are $25; designated driver tickets are available for $10 and include unlimited gourmet soda and food sampling plus live entertainment. Tickets are available online at www.brewsandbluesfestival.com or by calling (262) 245-1000.
The After Hours Film Society screens films at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Admission is $9; $5 for members, unless noted otherwise. For information, call (630) 534-4528 or visit www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com. April 23, 7:30 p.m.: “Declaration of War.”
Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. www.classiccinemas.com. May 14, 7 p.m.: “Sing-Along Sound of Music,” sponsored by the After Hours Film Society. $18. Proceeds benefit the society’s 2012 Students Short Film and Video Festival.
CAC (Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago) Single Catholics. (708) 450-8280 or www.caci.org/chicago.html. April 28, 7 p.m.: “Sunset Boulevard” at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 Central Ave., Cicero. $16. Reservations by April 27 to (708) 788-3352. April 29, 10:30 a.m.: Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 4314 Oak Park Ave., Stickney, followed by breakfast at Alexander’s Pancake House, 6725 W. Pershing Road, Stickney. Reservations to (708) 788-3352.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. The information line is (847) 635-6601. June 20-24: Cirque du Soleil presents “Dralion,” featuring an international cast of 52 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$80; $31.50-$67.50 for senior citizens, students and military; $28-$65 for children 12 and under. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion. “My Mother’s Flowers”
Mother’s Day banquet, 2 p.m. May 13 at Crystal Sky Banquets, 7941 W. 47th St., McCook, featuring entertainment by comedian Jimmie “JJ” Walker. $40; $35 before April 30; $20 for ages 12 and under. Call (708) 515-0689 or visit www.kimmcoproductions.com.
Riverside Township Radio Players present The Shadow in “Tunnel of Terror” and “The Lawn Mower Company” from “Life of Riley” at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Riverside Township Hall auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Admission is free. For more information, call Ellie Babka, (708) 442-8810, or Donna Ameismeier, (708) 788-9841.
“This American Life – Live!”, a live performance from the Skirball Center at New York University, will broadcast at 7 p.m. May 10 to movie theaters nationwide, including Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, and Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. The stage version of the radio show will include stories by writer David Rakoff, comedian Tig Notaro and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington, centered on the theme “The Invisible Made Visible.” Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Windy City Pulp and Paper Show, April 27-29 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard. Hours are noon-midnight Friday; 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event includes a dealer showroom offering vintage pulp fiction, paperbacks, old time-radio and movie memorabilia, and related collectibles, art and memorabilia displays, film screenings and more. Admission is $35 for all three days; $25 on Friday and Saturday; $15 on Sunday. Ages 13 and under admitted free with parent. Visit www.windycitypulpandpaper.com.
Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457. www.elmhursthistory.org. Admission is free. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through May 6: “Eco Elmhurst: Shaping the Future of Elmhurst.” May 11-Sept. 30: “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital.” May 17, 1 p.m.: Author Leslie Goddard presents “Sweet Home Chicago: Chicago’s Candy History.” Free. May 20, 1-5 p.m.: Elmhurst Museum Day. Celebrate International Museum Day with all four Elmhurst museums — Elmhurst Historical Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, and Theatre Historical Society of America. Park at one museum and ride a complimentary trolley to each location for free exhibits, activities and crafts.
Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. (630) 655-2090. www.grauemill.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, mid-April to mid-November. Closed Mondays. Admission is $3.50; $3 for senior citizens; $1.50 for children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and under. April 22, 12:30-3 p.m.: Earth Day celebration; free admission day. May 6, 1 p.m.: “Underground Railroad in DuPage County.” May 20: Sheep shearing and wool spinning. Hourly sheep shearing demonstrations begin at 1 p.m.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616. www.lizzadromuseum.org. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Mondays. Admission: $4; $3 senior citizens; $2 students and teens; $1 for children ages 7-12; free for children under 7. Free admission on Fridays. Through June 3: “Household Jades of Qing Dynasty China.” April 22, 1-4 p.m.: “Chinese Decorative Arts Roadshow.” Appraiser Jeffrey Moy, who specializes in Chinese antiques and collectibles, will offer informal appraisal evaluations of items of Chinese origin, including stone, ivory, ceramics and other materials. Limit two pieces per person. Reservations required. April 28, 2-3 p.m.: “Fashion Trend: Bolo Ties!” Chicago collector Norman L. Sandfield presents an illustrated talk about bolo (or bola) ties, and signs his new book, Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry.
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through April 30: “Painting from Afar, The Artist and the Traveler Journeys,” an exhibit of award-winning oil paintings by James Swanson.
Mary Vincent Fine Art Gallery Studio, 22 Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 354-8338. www.maryvincentgallery.com. April 28, 6-9 p.m., and April 29, 1-4 p.m.: Trunk show of original oil paintings and graphic works. Admission is free; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission: $7; $5 for students and senior citizens; free for children under 12 and members. Free admission on Fridays. Through June 1: “Michael x. Ryan: Holes and Flow.” Using data compiled from the Elmhurst Quarry and similar sites, Ryan builds gallery-sized, multidimensional installations. In Holes and Flow, he is particularly interested in the abstract shapes of different quarry elevations throughout stages of development and erosion, especially in the keyway, a man-made arch that allows for the flow of diverted flood waters from Salt Creek. Through June 1: “Peggy Macnamara: Field Work.” Macnamara’s work is about the study of nature, and her subjects — birds, insects, small creatures and their habitats — surround her every day as artist-in-residence at the Field Museum. Through careful observation, she gathers the precise information she needs to paint large, colorful watercolors that lyrically interweave art and science. Through June 9: “Gordon Powell: Details,” an exhibit of abstract painted wood assemblages. Through June 9: “Mario Trejo: I Defy You,” wall-size drawings of manic marks. Trejo draws hundreds of thousands of marks in each work as a method of testing the artistic limits of time, space and numerical systems.
North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. April: An exhibit of ceramics, sculptures, photos, paintings and drawings created by Riverside Brookfield High School students enrolled in art classes taught by Suzanne Zimmerman.
Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside. Through June: “Revealed,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Phil Malhiot. Opening reception will be held from 7-10 p.m. April 21. Visit www.malhiot.com.