Entertainment calendar for May 17
Updated: May 15, 2012 9:56PM
“Ah, Wilderness!”, by Eugene O’Neill, May 31-June 10 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. In Connecticut in 1906, the Miller family celebrates the Fourth of July as their 16-year-old son goes through the trials of young love. Tickets are $18 and $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
“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. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 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 19 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. Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. 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.
“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.
“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 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.
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 West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Lipari, performs at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Hinsdale Central High School, 55th and Grant streets, Hinsdale. The concert, entitled “Voyagers,” features Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” the opening music for the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In addition, the orchestra will perform Hovhaness’s “And God Created Great Whales,” Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave” Overture, Anderson’s “Pirate Dance,” and selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” Tickets are $20, with senior and youth discounts. Call (630) 887-7464 or visit www.westsubsymphony.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 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, 3 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; 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.
The Chicago Sinfonietta presents “Passion. Tragedy. Love.” at 8 p.m. June 16 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. The program includes music of Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Michael Abels’ “Delights and Dances,” and Benjamin Lees’ Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. Tickets: $35-$45. Call (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6 p.m. July 1 at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills. The choir has traveled the world, using story, music and dance to raise awareness about the plight of African children orphaned by AIDS/HIV. The free concert is open to all ages. For information, visit www.ccch.org.
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. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. 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, 7:30 p.m.: One Direction performs in support of its debut album, “Up All Night.” $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50. July 7, 7 p.m.: American Idol Live! Tour 2012. $29.50, $45, $65. 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. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $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. May 19: Soda (classic rock, disco, alternative and hip-hop). May 24: Vocalist Diva Montell (‘60s to present covers and originals). May 26: Windy City Rev Ups (classic rock, R&B). May 31: Vinyl Answer (classic rock and soul covers).
Tuscany Restaurant, 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. May 24, 8 p.m.-midnight: Mike Walters Trio. No cover.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. 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 18, 9:30 p.m.: Mr. Blotto (rock). $10. May 19, 9 p.m.: The Congregation plus Soul Vendor (soul/rock). $10. May 20, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 23, 7 p.m.: Newcomers & Neighbors of Oak Park and River Forest present The Z Orchestra (rock). $30-$35; $25 members. May 24, 8 p.m.: Michael Smith & Small Potatoes (roots). $15. May 25, 9 p.m.: Brother Joscephus plus BS Brass Band and Caravan of Thieves (rock). $10. 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 (roots) in the SideBar, $12. May 27, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 31, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn, featuring Mars Hill, Morning Shower Scotch and Cropduster (country). $5. 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 7, 8 p.m.: Blast! plus Kick the Cat (prog rock). $7. June 8, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks (blues). $15. June 8, 9 p.m.: John Engelmann plus Ingrid & the Unicorns in the SideBar (rock). $10. June 9, 9 p.m.: Kelly Hogan “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” CD release (roots) plus Dean and the Purvs. $15. June 14, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (roots), $15. June 15, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band (rock). $15. June 24, 5 p.m.: FitzGerald’s hosts The Earl of Old Town’s 80th Birthday Celebration concert (folk). $10-$35. 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 18: David Hawkings presents a CD release show for “Hello Mr. Death & Other Love Songs.” May 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 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 12, 7-9 p.m.: Second Tuesday Song Circle, $1. 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 18: Mike Flynn’s Crash Landing plus Mimi Betinis of Pezband. May 19: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago tribute band).
Books and poetry
Barbara’s Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. (630) 920-1500. www.barbarasbookstore.com. June 1, 7-9 p.m.: Cheryl Najafi discusses and signs You’re So Invited. June 7, noon-3 p.m.: Tsoknyi Rinpoche discusses and signs Open Heart, Open Mind.
For young audiences
“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 June 6-7, June 13-14). Performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 19 and 26, and June 16. Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered May 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 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.
DuPage Habitat for Humanity will host a concert by Beatles tribute band American English at 8 p.m. May 25 at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door. Visit http://tickets.noctrl.edu/.
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.
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.
Stage Right Productions will hold adult role auditions for “The Sound of Music” from 7-10 p.m. May 22. Bring a headshot and resume and come prepared to sing 32 bars from the show and to move. Auditions for the Von Trapp children only will be held from 3-6 p.m. May 20. Seeking to cast five girls to play stage ages from 5-16 and two boys to play stage ages from 10-14. Child actors should bring a headshot/photo and resume. Children will be taught a song and dance, and must be able to harmonize with a group. Auditions will be held at Holy Ghost Church, 254 Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. Performance dates are July 27-Aug. 5. For information, call (773) 612-5074 or (630) 569-2694.
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.
Crafters wanted for the Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale, to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave. Brookfield. Spaces are 9 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are $25; tables to rent are 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep and cost $10; electric hook-up is $5. No vendors please. Call (708) 485-1962 for an application.
Zanies Comedy Night Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. May 17-19: Larry Reeb. May 23-26: Dr. Bill Miller and Vince Martin. May 30-31: Pat McGann, host of WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Stand-Up Project.”
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. May 20, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. May 22 and 29 and June 5, 12 and 19, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. May 23 and 30 and June 6, 13 and 20, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. May 25 and June 22, 8:30 p.m.: Swing dance with music by The Flat Cats Band. Admission is $12; $10 for students, which includes swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and June 24, 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. June 15, 6 p.m.: Father’s Day celebration dinner and show with The Intruders. $25-$45. For tickets, call (312) 446-7795. Reservation deadline is June 10. June 17, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Festivals and fairs
The 11th annual Fine Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2-3 on the lawn of the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, featuring paintings, ceramics, handwoven textiles, mosaics, pastels, stained glass, jewelry and photography. Admission to the festival is free; regular admissions of $3.50, $3 for senior citizens, $1.50 for children ages 4-12, apply to the mill. Call (630) 655-2090 or visit www.grauemill.org.
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 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 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. June 8, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352.
Thunderbird Singles, (847) 266-2706 or www.thunderbirdsingles.com. Events held at the Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave., Elmhurst, unless noted otherwise. May 25, 8 p.m.: Diva Montell Love Fest, $6 before 8:15 p.m.
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. “Letters Home: A Memorial Day Remembrance,”
8 p.m. May 25-26 at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Actors from Fox Valley Repertory will recite soldiers’ letters written to friends and family during their time of service, and patriotic music will be performed by The Fox Valley Concert Band, under the direction of Gail Sonkin. $20, with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the Fox Valley Troop Support Inc. and Illinois Wounded Warriors Program. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“Loving Llanview,” an interactive fan event celebrating the soap opera “One Life to Live,” 3 p.m. June 24 at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Cast members participating include Kassie DePaiva, John-Paul Lavoisier, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Hilary B. Smith and Trevor St. John. Tickets: $125 Gold Circle, $75, $55, $35; post-show autograph and photo session, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125 (must have show ticket to attend). Visit www.lovingllanview.com or call (866) 364-0330.
Riverside Township Radio Players will present Lux Radio Theater’s version of “You Can’t Take it with You” at 7:30 p.m. May 18 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.
DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley Ave., Wheaton. www.dupagemuseum.org. (630) 510-4941. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Suggested donation amount is $4; $2 for children and students. May 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Train Day — members of the DuPage Society of Model Engineers will operate a layout of specialized ‘HO’ gauge model trains.
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 Sept. 30: “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital.” Learn about Chicago’s candy-making history while experiencing interactive displays with nostalgic photos and artifacts, watch a video narrated by Bill Kurtis, and take on the Twisted Candy Challenge to test candy-wrapping skills. 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 20: Sheep shearing and wool spinning. Hourly sheep shearing demonstrations begin at 1 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Graue Family Reunion — enjoy lunch with descendents of the Graue, Asche and Fischer families from all over the United States. Visitors can read the words of Fred Graue’s granddaughter Mathilda describing life at the mill at the turn of the century. Also on display will be the Graue family Bible and the settee that sat in the parlor of the Graue home. Advance reservations
are required. June 17, 1 p.m.: Windy City Harmonica Club performs music from polkas to blues, showcasing both the 1-inch-long “Little Lady” harmonica and the 2-foot-long Chord Harmonica. Admission to the concert is free; regular admission rates apply to the mill.
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.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Through May 24: “The Best of the Best,” works of art from the Alliance of Fine Art. Viewing hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. The show features more than 80 pieces of watercolor, oil, photography, pottery, jewelry and mixed media that have all earned awards from their respective leagues or guilds. A free closing reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 24. For information, call (630) 933-7200.
Norris Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. May 19-June 29: “Art of 9: Two,” featuring works by Tony Armendariz, Vianne Korhorn, Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, Jerri Reimann, Dennis Salaty, Michael Klaus Schmidt, Cheryl Ann Spran and Frank Tumino. Watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, collage and assemblage will be on exhibit and for sale. A free artists’ reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 15.
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.
North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-5375. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Through June 24: “Images From a Well-Traveled Lens,” featuring photographs from Hunt Harris’ travels to six continents, ranging from emperor penguins in the Antarctic to the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru.