Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 23-30
Updated: October 29, 2012 5:42PM
Sept. 12-Oct. 7 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. Tickets: $34.90-$46.90. Visit www.paramountaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.
“The Lady with All the Answers”
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents Amelia Barrett in a one-woman show drawn from the life and letters of advice columnist Ann Landers, Sept. 6-23 in the Building K Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25-$33; $23-$31 for students and seniors. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, Sept. 20-Oct. 27. Ella and Hank Harding have drowned. Or have they? After a boating accident that left them both clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange, remote institute where life isn’t what it used to be. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18 for general admission; $10 for student rush tickets (limited amount available day of show only). Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“Moonlight and Magnolias”
The comedy will be performed Sept. 6-16 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Set in 1939, Hollywood producer David O. Selznick has big problems with his movie, “Gone With the Wind.” Tickets: $18 and $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatrewesternsprings.com.
“The Player King”
Darin Dahms’ one-man show will be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Dahms portrays Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth’s brother. The play is appropriate for teens and adults. Tickets are $30, $25 for TWS subscribers, before Aug. 18; $35 after. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
Presented by Fox Valley Repertory through Oct. 7 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday performances at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 2 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 13. Tickets: $32-$42. Dinner show packages are available from $52. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“The 39 Steps”
Through Aug. 26 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The 39 Steps” is a fast-paced comedy thriller that introduced the “man on the run” genre to Hollywood. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. $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.
Sept. 6-Oct. 28 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 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $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.
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.: Hollywood entertainer Debbie Reynolds will perform a variety show that features Broadway favorites and comedy. $55; lunch and dinner packages are available from $70-$74.
“An Evening with Danny Schmidt and Andrew Calhoun”
The concert will be presented by WDCB’s “Folk Festival” program at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at at the station’s studio complex in the Open Campus Center on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $15. Visit www.WDCB.org or call (630) 942-4200.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont
5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information about the theater, visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75. Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: Australian Pink Floyd.
6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “Twins Of Evil Tour,” featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, with special guest J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis. $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50.
The Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. Sept. 4, 8 p.m.: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. $39-$95. Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: An Evening With Kenny Rogers. $69-$125. Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Three Dog Night. $29-$75. Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: “Three Faces of Elvis,” starring winners of the international Elvis competition at Graceland. $29-$59. Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: Kansas. $39-$79. Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Branford Marsalis. $39-$89.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Aug. 24, 9 p.m.: Bill Kirchen & Candye Kane (roots/rock). $15. Aug. 25, 9 p.m.: Vanessa Davis Band (blues). $15. Aug. 26, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under with student I.D. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Honky Tonk Parade, Crazee Heart and The rEZIDUALS. $5. Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m.: Yellow Dubmarine in the tent (reggae/Beatles tribute). $10. Aug. 31, 9 p.m.: Jimmy Thackery in the Club (blues). $15. Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m.: Bonnie Koloc CD release show (folk). $25. Sept. 13, 9 p.m.: Fred Eaglesmith Tin Can Tour (country). $15. Sept. 14, 9 p.m.: The Fleshtones with Expo ’76 (rock). $12. Sept. 22, 9 p.m.: Heartsfield (rock). $15. Sept. 27, 8 p.m.: Los Straitjackets with Daddy-o-Grande plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly). $20. Sept. 28, 9 p.m.: Los Straitjackets plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly). $20. Sept. 29, 9 p.m.: Elaine Stepter and the Jackson Street Band, with The Velvet Jimis (R&B/soul). $15.
23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: “Happy Together Tour,” featuring The Turtles, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and Mickey Dolenz. $59.50. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas (bluegrass). $75, $85, $95.
1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. Aug. 24, 8 p.m.-midnight: “Tune into Tuscany: Fourth Fridays Live” features the Dave and Donna Duo. No cover.
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. Aug. 24: Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Jack Williams.
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. August: “Memories,” featuring impressionistic, realistic and abstract images done in pastels, pencil, oils, watercolor, mixed media and fiber arts, with the theme of people and experiences from the past. Aug. 24-26, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dianne Martia will present an oil and cold wax level II workshop. Fee is $280; $250 for members.
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 Aug. 25: Michael Ferris, Jr.: Kindred, large-scale sculptures of recycled wood; Billy Tokyo: The Shape of Things to Come and John Dempsey: Urban Nature, paintings that are equal parts graffiti and illustrative patterns; Anders Nilsen: Adam and Eve Sneaking Back into the Garden to Steal More Apples, an exhibition of stories from the 594-page comic book, “Big Questions”; Heather Becker: The Hidden Face, portraits of women; and Casey Roberts: Totally Free Now, paintings that are reminiscent of elegant children’s book illustrations.
Auditions & Opportunities
The volunteer acappella chamber choir that performs in the western suburbs seeks additional singers. Auditions will be held Sept. 9 in Naperville, and at other times by appointment. Tenors and basses are especially needed, but all voice parts are encouraged to audition. Concert dates for 2012-13 are Dec. 1-2 and March 16-17. For more information, visit www.acappellago.org; call (708)484-3797, ext. 2; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downers Grove Choral Society
The community chorus welcomes new singers. Placement auditions for the 2012-13 season will be held Aug. 25, with location provided at the time of scheduling.. Rehearsals for the fall concert begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Indian Boundary YMCA. To schedule an audition, call (630) 515-0030 or e-mail email@example.com.
Elmhurst Choral Union
Seeking singers for its 2012-13 season, featuring Handel’s “Messiah.” Membership is open to singers with previous choral experience or the ability to read music. Singers in all voice ranges are sought, especially tenors and basses. To reserve an audition appointment on Sept. 17 or for more information, visit www.elmhurstchoralunion.org or call (630) 758-1100. Rehearsals begin Sept. 24 on the campus of Elmhurst College.
Men of Spirito!
The chorale group of men 18 years of age or older seeks new members. The Men of Spirito! rehearse from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and perform in the western suburbs. For information, call (630) 941-0744 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of DuPage College Theatre
Holding auditions for its fall productions of “The Nerd” and “A Christmas Carol” at 10 a.m. Sept. 8 and 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in Building K, Room 103, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. “The Nerd” will be staged Oct. 19-28 and “A Christmas Carol” will be staged Nov. 22-Dec. 2. Auditions for both productions include cold readings with optional monologues. No experience is necessary. “Christmas Carol” auditions are for adults only; young actors will audition at a later date. For more information, call (630) 942-4000.
Graue Mill and Museum
The Oak Brook museum invites all photography enthusiasts to submit works for its annual juried photography exhibition. The exhibition includes divisions for both adult and youth (junior high and younger) and cash awards for each category. There are no limits as to subject but photos must have been completed during the last three years. The winning and other selected photographs will be on exhibit in the Frederick Graue House Oct. 5-13. For more information or to receive an entry application, call (630) 920-9720.
Lemont Artists Guild
Seeking entrants for its juried fine art show, “Love of Art,” to be held Nov. 3. Applications are available at www.lemontartistsguild.org. Application deadline is Sept. 30. For more information, contact Liz Pop at (815) 341-1145 or Lizzypopp@hotmail.com.
Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show
Seeking crafter for its Nov. 17 show and bake sale 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.
“The Wind in the Willows”
A theatre-hike production will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Audience members walk to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle, blanket or lawn chair. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission to The Morton Arboretum is included with ticket fees of $13-$19. Call (630) 725-2066 or visit www.mortonarb.org.
Young Adult Literature Conference
The event, sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop, will be held 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville. The day includes author appearances, breakout
sessions, book talks, continental breakfast and luncheon. $99; $75 for full-time students (with proof of current school registration). Registration required; call (630) 820-2802.
Classes and Workshops
“The Art of the Monologue”
Professional actor Darin Dahms of Los Angeles will present a workshop, “The Art of the Monologue,” from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Fee is $30. To register, call (708) 246-4043 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
The Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Andrew Dice Clay. $49-$89.
23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Sept. 8, 8 p.m.: Comedian Rodney Carrington. Rated R for strong adult language and content. $49-$59. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: Capitol Steps present political satire. Rated PG for some adult content. $30-$35.
Zanies Comedy Club
Located at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. Aug. 23-25: Larry Reeb. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Ralphie Roberts.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, 11 and 18, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, 12 and 19, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.: Swing dancing with the Flat Cats Band. $12; $10 for students with ID. Sept. 2 and 23, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission is $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after. Sept. 8, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Tejano dance with Avizo. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. Sept. 9: Foxtrot lesson from 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Sept. 16, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
Festivals and fairs
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm, an 1890s living-history farm located at 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, hosts an old-fashioned country fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 1- 2. The free event includes entertainment, contests, livestock and hayrack rides. Call (630) 876-5900.
Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival
Festival held Sept. 2-3 at Island Park in downtown Geneva, featuring music and entertainment on eight stages from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Also including an old-time community barn dance at 6 p.m. Sunday and ghost stories on the main music stage tent at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission: $15; $10 teens and seniors; free for children 12 and under. Free parking at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. In addition, there will be a Midnight Special Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 102 S. Second St., Geneva, as a live remote broadcast on WFMT 98.7 FM; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $15/$20 for students and seniors. Visit www.foxvalleyfolk.com.
Fall Fun Fest
The festival will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 8 at First United Methodist Church of Lombard, 155 S. Main St. The day includes face painting, a moonwalk, arts and crafts activities, games, music, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Handmade crafts from the Appalachians and food will be available for purchase. Visit www.FirstMethodistLombard.org.
Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival
Held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at the intersection of Main Street and Burlington Avenue, featuring works by more than 125 artists, live music, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Call (847) 926-4300 or visit www.amdurproductions.com.
West End Art Festival
Held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16 near Stone Avenue Station along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Waiola avenues, La Grange. The festival hosts more than 60 jury-selected artists, as well as local food vendors. An Evening of Art and Jazz, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14, will kick off the festival. The evening includes an artist preview and sale and live jazz music by the Marlene Rosenberg Quartet featuring Tammy McCann. A cash bar and food from local restaurants are also part of the event. Visit www.lgba.com.
The After Hours Film Society
Screening 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. Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.: “I Wish.” Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.: “Goodbye First Love.”
Clarendon Hills Public Library
7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. (630) 323-8188. www.clarendonhillslibrary.org. Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Screening of “Like Water for Chocolate,” rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles. Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m.: Monday Movie Matinee film series features “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” starring Audrey Hepburn.
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. Aug. 27: “Terminator” (1984).
Taps 150 Ice Cream Social
Held from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. l55th St., Countryside. The Civil War-themed event includes a reading of the Gettysburg Address, a program of patriotic songs by the Divine Infant Choir of Westchester, The Strings of Faith, Chimes Ensemble and the Marci Night Brigade Band. At the close of the show Bugles Across America will sound Taps in unison. Free admission. Visit www.Taps150.org.
333 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park, hosts an open house from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 29. Attendees can work with clay and try a pottery wheel. Call (708) 352-2330.
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. Through Sept. 3: “Once Upon a Time,” a collection of late-18th to mid-19th century French clothing, accessories and furniture.
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.
Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum
7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, and the Robert Vial House, 7375 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. (708) 246-1064. www.flaggcreekheritagesociety.com. Through Oct. 7 the Heritage Society Museum will exhibit “Post-War and Mid-Century Modern Home Life,” featuring a period den with furnishings, carpet and fabrics augmented by kitchen gear, toys, magazines, model cars and more. Visitors to the Robert Vial House will view “The Fabulous Fifties,” an exhibit of 1950s fashions for women and men. Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. The Vial House is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
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 Sept. 9: “Healing Stones,” showing an alternative use of minerals and rocks as a healing modality. Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: “Working with Healing Stones,” presented by Steve Rosley, owner of Rosley’s Rocks and Gems in Chicago. Regular museum admission. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-noon: Lapidary Lorel Abrell teaches participants how to carve soapstone, using simple tools and techniques. All materials are provided. $15 per person; reservations required. Sept. 29: Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day: Contemporary Stone Mosaics. As a Smithsonian Affiliate the museum will feature a special exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum. Free admission will be offered to visitors presenting a Museum Day Ticket, available online at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. At 2 p.m. Gwyn Kaitis will present contemporary mosaic techniques and the use of natural materials in mosaics.
The outdoor history museum is located at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Naper Settlement has 30 historic structures ranging from a rustic log cabin to a Victorian mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.napersettlement.museum. (630) 420-6010. General admission is $12; $10 seniors; $8 youth 4-12; free for Naperville residents, members and children 3 and under. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Aug. 26: Settlement Sundays, featuring free sundaes, family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings. Included with admission.