Arts and entertainment calendar for May 3
Updated: May 1, 2012 7:42PM
“Alice in Wonderland,” presented by Stage Door Fine Arts June 7-10 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call (630) 323-7500 or visit www.stagedoorfinearts.com.
“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.
“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 at 8 p.m. May 4-5 and 2 p.m. May 6 at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Tickets: $15; $12 seniors; $10 students. Visit www.groveplayers.org or call (630) 415-3682.
“Legally Blonde,” presented by Stage Door Fine Arts June 14-16 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call (630) 323-7500 or visit www.stagedoorfinearts.com.
“Little Shop of Horrors,” at 8 p.m. May 3-5 at the Elmhurst College’s Mill Theater, 253 Walter St., Elmhurst. General admission is $7. Call (630) 617-3005.
“The Matchmaker” will be presented by GreenMan Theatre Troupe at 7:30 p.m. May 4-5 and 2 p.m. 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. 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.
“The Threepenny Opera” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 10-12 and 2 p.m. May 13 in Madden Theatre at North Central College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The production contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets: $10; $8 students and senior citizens. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
“Tuesdays with Morrie,” presented by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble through May 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.
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.
Salon, a Chicago-based classical vocal music quartet, will present “Chantez! A Spring Concert” at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 Maple St. Soprano Anne Marie Lewis, mezzo-soprano Martha Kasten, tenor Henry Pleas and bass-baritone Timothy Christopoulos will perform music composed for four solo voices, from classics and opera to Broadway and jazz. $15. Visit www.salonvocal.com or call (312) 429-0211 for tickets and further information.
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 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Stravinsky’s “Eight Instrumental Miniatures,” and Michael Brozick as the soloist in the Trumpet Concerto by Hummel. $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.
Fox Valley Concert Band will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. May 6 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The program features works by James Barnes, including Appalachian Overture and Danza Sinfonica. Admission is free. For information, call (847) 695-7096 or visit www.fvcb.org.
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.”
Almost Elton John & the Rocket Band, 8 p.m. May 18 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $31.50. Visit www.paramountaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.
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.
The Oak Ridge Boys perform at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Tickets: $49-$59. Visit www.paramountaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.
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 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.
Spirito! Singers present “Amazing Grace” at 7 p.m. June 2 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Tickets: $20. Call (877) 8WE-SING or visit www.spiritosingers.org.
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. June 10, 7 p.m.: Roberto Carlos “Un Millon De Amigos” (“One Million Friends”) World Tour. $65-$125. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Yes with special guest Procol Harum. $40, $50, $65, $75. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75.
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.
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.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. 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. May 6, 6 p.m.: Chicagoland Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 9, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. May 10, 8 p.m.: Exposure, featuring Borodin, Ivette Sellers and Somebody’s Sins, $5. May 11, 9 p.m.: Tony Ocean (jazz). $7. May 12, 7 p.m.: Cancer benefit show for Nick Curran, featuring Rockin’ Billy & the Wild Coyotes, Honeybees, Cadillac Casanovas, The Dyes, Eric Sheridan & the Boys, The Flat Cats, The Possum Hollow Boys, Chicago Blues Angels, Morry & the Special 20’s, Heebie Jeebies, Pearls Mahone, Lil Red & the Howlin Wolves (blues/rockabilly). $10. May 16, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Community Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 17, 8 p.m.: Mingus Awareness Project Concert, a benefit concert for the Les Turner ALS Foundation (jazz). $20; $15 under 17 with student ID. May 18, 9 p.m.: Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army in the SideBar (rock). $10. May 24, 8 p.m.: Michael Smith & Small Potatoes (roots). $15. May 25, 9 p.m.: Cannonball in the SideBar (rock). Free. May 26, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $12 in advance; $15 at the door. May 26, 9 p.m.: Uncle Lucius in the SideBar, $12. May 27, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 31, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). Free. June 1-2, 9 p.m.: Sonny Landreth CD release show for “Elemental Journey” (blues). $25. June 3, 6 p.m.: Chicagoland Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. 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. June 29-July 3: FitzGerald’s 32nd annual American Music Festival.
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. May 4: Cosy Sheridan with TR Ritchie. 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. 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. May 26 and June 23, 2-4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. 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. 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. 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 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. May 18: Mike Flynn’s Crash Landing plus Mimi Betinis of Pezband. May 19: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago tribute band).
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.
The High School Repertory Company of the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs presents “The Shakespeare Stealer” May 10-12 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The play is recommended for audiences in fourth grade and up. Tickets: $12; $6 for ages 18 and younger. Reservations are recommended. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
“The Wizard of Oz,” through 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 5, June 6-7, June 13-14). Performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 12, 19 and 26, and June 16. Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered 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 kids
Hinsdale’s BAMtheatre offers summertime educational theatre programs including BAM College Intensive, BAM Youth Theatre, and the Broadway Workshop Series. Youth Theatre, for ages 7-17, and College Intensive programs are audition-based full-length productions. Auditions for both programs will be held throughout the month of May. To register for an audition, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 923-5226. The Broadway Workshop Series offers six one-week workshops for ages 3-15, featuring “Annie,” “Glee,” “Grease,” “Wicked” and other productions. For information, visit www.bamtheatre.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 May 6, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bridgette Guerzon Mills will present a one-day immersion workshop, “Making a Mixed Media Artist Book.” Materials are included. May 15, 7-9 p.m.: More Chicks Painting will host an evening of wine and painting. Materials are included. May 19-20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Sarah Rehmer presents a photo encaustic workshop.
A concert by The Jolly Boys, The Freenotes and Cantate will be presented at 3 p.m. May 20 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. The groups will perform Broadway, folk, pop and big band era music. Tickets are $13, $5 for children, with proceeds to benefit The Community House. Call (630) 323-7500 for further information.
The West Suburban Symphony seeks string players to perform Verdi’s Requiem on June 24 in Naperville. Rehearsals begin in late May. 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. 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.
Wheaton Drama, Inc. will hold children’s auditions for “Hansel and Gretel” May 19-20 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center at 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton. Boys and girls age 5 and older are needed for the show. There are 11 speaking roles for ages 12 and older. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, singing 32 bars from a familiar song, and basic movement, so participants should be dressed appropriately. An accompanist will be provided. Contact director Jim Liesz at (630) 534-4828 to schedule an appointment. For information, visit www.wheatondrama.org.
Spirito! Singers2012-13 season auditions are now being scheduled. The Ragazze training ensemble includes fifth- through eighth-grade girls and provides multi-level classroom theory training. The Bravura Ensemble includes ninth- through 12th-grade young women, providing performance, recording and annual tour opportunities. For information, visit www.spiritosingers.org or call (630) 941-0744.
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. 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 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. May 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. May 20, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. May 25, 8:30 p.m.: Swing dance with music by The Flat Cats Band. Swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. $12; $10 for students. May 27, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 3: Waltz lesson, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20 per person. Ballroom dancing to music by the Weiss Brothers Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Zak’s Place, 112 S. Washington St., Hinsdale. (630) 323-9257. www.zaksplace.com. May 9, 7 p.m.: Five-course wine dinner with winemaker Ed Sbragia of California’s Sbragia Family Vineyards. $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
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 26th annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, 4-10 p.m. June 15 and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. June 16 at Hamilton Lakes, at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue, Itasca. The event includes Highland Dance competitions, traditional and contemporary Celtic music, a piping and drumming competition, Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship featuring traditional Scottish contests, rugby and soccer tournaments, genealogy and cultural exhibits, children’s activities, traditional Scottish and American cuisine, and shopping in the Celtic Marketplace. Admission on Friday is $12, free for children 12 and under; on Saturday $20, $5 for children ages 3-12. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Visit www.chicagoscots.org or call (708) 447-5092.
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. May 21, 7:30 p.m.: “A Separation.” June 11, 7:30 p.m.: “The Kid With a Bike.”
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Classic Movie Mondays film series — Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is 80 cents. May 7: “The Thing” (1982). May 14: “Caddyshack” (1980). May 21: “Say Anything” (1989). May 28: “Top Gun” (1986). June 4: “The Birds” (1963). June 11: “The Princess Bride” (1987). June 18: “West Side Story” (1961). June 25: “Goonies” (1985). July 2: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984). July 9: “Blazing Saddles” (1974). July 23: “Sixteen Candles” (1984). July 30: “Superman” (1978). Aug. 6: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Aug. 13: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). Aug. 20: “Grease” (1978). Aug. 27: “Terminator” (1984).
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. May 11 and June 8, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352. May 12, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Casa Margarita, 32 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, followed by a movie at the La Grange Theatre. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by May 11. May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at McCook Family Restaurant , 8300 W. Joliet Road, McCook. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by May 18. May 20, 11:30 a.m.: Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 126 Herrick Road, Riverside, followed by breakfast at Connie’s Restaurant. Reservations to (708) 788-3352. May 26, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Lone Star Steak House, 9340 Joliet Road, Hodgkins, followed by a movie at the Quarry Theatre or La Grange Theatre. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by May 25. June 2, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Chequers, 100 W. Burlington Ave., La Grange, followed by a movie at the La Grange Theatre. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 1.
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.
“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.
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. 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.”
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. May: Annual Student Show. Artists’ reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. May 19.
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.
Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside. Through June: “Revealed,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Phil Malhiot. Visit www.malhiot.com.
North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. May: An exhibit of architectural woodwork by abstract sculptor Kip Pasta.