Diversions: 4 picks for July 12-19
Updated: July 12, 2012 1:55PM
1. TexMex & Music Fest, 4-10 p.m. July 13 and 3-10 p.m. July 14 at CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate Lane, Naperville, featuring live music, Mexican-style cooking demonstrations by chef Rick Bayless, and food specials by TexMex restaurants. Performers on Friday include Carlos Ortega, 4:15-5:45 p.m., and Chris Isaak, 8-10 p.m. On Saturday, The Country Sky Band, 3-4:30 p.m., Asleep at the Wheel, 5-6:30 p.m., and Poi Dog Pondering, 7-10 p.m. Admission $20-$40; Golden Circle reserved tickets $60-$100. For information, visit www.texmexfest.com.
2. “For the Love of Being Irish,” best-selling author and inspirational raconteur Conor Cunneen’s one-man show, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 17 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. For tickets, visit www.wsirish.org.
3. Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West, perform at 8 p.m. July 14 at The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. Tickets are $69-$225. For information, call (630) 962-7000 or visit www.oshows.com.
4. Summer Symphony Series features the DuPage Symphony Orchestra presenting “Symphonic Swing!” at 8 p.m. July 14 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The concert, which includes medley tributes to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael along with a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” will take place on the lawn outside the First Division Museum. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Tickets are $12 in advance; $18 the day of show. Children under 8 will be admitted free, and parking is complimentary for ticket holders. Visit www.cantigny.org or call (630) 260-8162.