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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

SALUTE TO LATE POET, WRITER AND FOLK MUSICIAN CARL SANDBURG
WHERE: Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave.
WHEN: 2 p.m. April 14
COST & INFO: $5; registration required at www.elmhursthistory.org (in the adult programs section) or by calling 630-530-6879; 630-833-1457
ABOUT: The Elmhurst History Museum presents a concert by Chris Vallillo to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sandburg settling in Elmhurst. Vallillo, described as Illinois’s pre-eminent prairie-poet, singer-songwriter, presents a combination of Sandburg’s poetry paired with his own original music and several selections from Sandburg’s American folk song collection.
SALUTE TO LATE POET, WRITER AND FOLK MUSICIAN CARL SANDBURG WHERE: Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. WHEN: 2 p.m. April 14 COST & INFO: $5; registration required at www.elmhursthistory.org (in the adult programs section) or by calling 630-530-6879; 630-833-1457 ABOUT: The Elmhurst History Museum presents a concert by Chris Vallillo to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sandburg settling in Elmhurst. Vallillo, described as Illinois’s pre-eminent prairie-poet, singer-songwriter, presents a combination of Sandburg’s poetry paired with his own original music and several selections from Sandburg’s American folk song collection.

APRIL 11

WHEATON DRAMA'S "MURDERED TO DEATH": Through April 14, Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. It's a spoof of Agatha Christie-type whodunits, featuring Midwestern actors led by a genuine British director. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $16 to $19. Information: 630-260-1820, www.wheatondrama.org.

ARENA THEATER AT WHEATON COLLEGE STAGING "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": 7:30 p.m. April 11 to 13 and 2 p.m. April 13, Jenks Hall, 433 N. Howard St., Wheaton. Cost: $9 to $10. Information: Tickets at www.wheaton.edu or at box office, with details at 630-752-5800.

"MAMMA MIA!" MUSICAL: 8 p.m., Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show uses the hit songs of ABBA to tell a comic and touching story of marriage, family and finding where you belong. Show runs through April 14. Information: drurylanetheatre.com.

TOM HANKS – ORDINARY MAN … EXTRAORDINAIRE WITH BOB BURTON: 7 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Information: www.berwynlibrary.org, 708-795-8000.

LAUGHS ON TAP: 7:30 p.m., Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., suite 213, Downers Grove. Each month offers a fun program back in the barrel room. Cost: $10. Information: www.alterbrewing.com/events/laughs-on-tap-3, 630-541-9558.

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE HOSTING ASIA SYMPOSIUM ON "SRI LANKA – HISTORY ROOTS, CULTURE AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES": 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the College of DuPage Student Resource Center, room 2000, on Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Cost: Free. Information: Lubna Haque at haquel@cod.edu.

APRIL 12

THEATRE-ON-THE-HILL STAGING "A DOLL'S HOUSE" BY HENRIK IBSEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through April 20, Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 West Briarcliff Road. The play examines basic human questions about individual freedom, social justice, moral autonomy and the right to self-governance. Although the play is based on the true story of his friend, Laura Kieler, Ibsen believed women's rights are human rights. The show will have an all-female ensemble cast. Cost: $17 cash or check. Information: Reservations at 630-908-2538; TOTHauditions@gmail.com, www.theatreonthehill.org.

"THE DINING ROOM" BY A.R. GURNEY: 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 3 p.m. April 14, Gallery Theater, 129 Main St., West Chicago. Gathered around the dining room of a well-to-do household, the actors change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers and giggling teen girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events. Cost: $16, $14 for seniors. Information: GalleryTickets@gmail.com, gallerytheaterstudio.com, 630-234-5919; gallerytheaterstudio@gmail.com.

CHRIS SMITHER: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

CIRCO HERMANOS VAZQUEZ: Through April 28, North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Circus is in town. Information: www.circovazquez.com.

"DELICATE BEAUTY" EXHIBIT OF PHOTO MONTAGES BY JOANNE BARSANTI: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until April 26, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door 4. Japanese garden images underlie the show. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.com.

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

ARTIST JELENA BERENC'S EXHIBIT CALLED "HUMANITY": Through April 13, Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurst.edu/news/jelena-berenc-exhibit-humanity-runs-through-april-13.

NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF POLITICAL POSTERS: Through April 28, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The museum will host "Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012." Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

OIL PASTEL EXHIBIT BY YELLOW HOUSE ARTISTS, COMPRISED OF MEMBERS FROM ACROSS DUPAGE, COOK AND BEYOND: Through April 19, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, 1012 N. Dearborn, Chicago. A reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Area artists are Eve Sofferman of Bartlett; Carol Kazwick of Downers Grove; Donelle Flanyak of Glen Ellyn; Darlene Nawrocki of Lisle; George Bruce and Maureen McKee, both of Naperville; Carol Kincaid of Wheaton; Barbara Holmes and Vicki Wortley, both of West Chicago; and Nancy Gillespie of Winfield. Cost: Free. Information: yellowhouseartists.com, yellowhouseartists@yahoo.com.

WHEATON COLLEGE MEN'S GLEE CLUB CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. Guests include spoken word artist Stevener, and instrumental guests Joel Campau (trumpet), Cameron Harro (French horn) and Stuart Hoskin (snare drum). One of the Glee Club members, Jeffrey Hitchcok, will be featured on violin. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for all students. Information: wheaton.edu/calendar-of-events/arts-and-performance-calendar, 630-752-5099.

APRIL 13

CHURCH GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1244 W. Army Trail Road, Carol Stream. Information: oursavior.com, 630-830-4833.

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 to Nov. 9, municipal parking lot at Main and Liberty, Wheaton. Information: bensidounusa.com.

FUN RUN IN COLOR: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. The color-filled run/walk is for all ages and abilities. Information: wheatonparkdistrict.com.

4A SONG VINYL AND JUKEBOXES MARKING RECORD STORE DAY: 6 a.m., 1045 Burlington Ave., suite 6, Lisle. There are 6 a.m. wristbands. Information: www.4asongvinyl.rocks.

FINAL WEEK OF "THE WHOLE WORLD A BAUHAUS" TRAVELING EXHIBIT: through April 20, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.

"UNVEILED" – A ONE-WOMAN PLAY PERFORMED BY PLAYWRIGHT ROHINA MALIK: 2 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Registration is required for the award-winning show. Information: www.berwynlibrary.org, 708-795-8000.

SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Wheaton College's Edman Chapel Auditorium, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. Information: www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/music-events-calendar.

CURTIS & LORETTA IN CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Acorn Coffeehouse, 216 N. Main St., Wheaton. The folk singer-songwriter duo delight in writing story-songs about real-life people. Reservations requested. Cost: $10. Information: acorncoffeehouse.com.

THE JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA STARRING IN FUNDRAISING CONCERT: 8 p.m., Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Information: theatreofwesternsprings.com/on-stage-now/special-events.

APRIL 14

THE CHAMPION OF TREES 10K RUN: 8 a.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Information: www.mortonarb.org.

GREAT MIDWEST TRAIN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: $7 for ages 12 and older. Information: dupagecountyfair.org, 630-290-1962.

PUBLIC TOUR OF THE MCCORMICK HOUSE WITH ARTIST CLAUDIA WEBER: 1:30 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.

DANA AND SUSAN ROBINSON, A NOTED AMERICANA-ROOTS AND FOLK DUO: 2 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. They combine vivid songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies and rich harmony. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

ELMHURST COLLEGE SPRING CHORAL CONCERT: 2 p.m., Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on campus, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The concert by various choirs will be the final one for director Susan Moninger, retiring after 30 years. Cost: Free. Information: www.elmhurst.edu/news, 630-617-3515.

AMERICAN WIND BAND CONCERT: 3 p.m., Nazareth Academy, 1209 Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. Information: americanwindband.org.

CONCERT FOR CONSENT: 5 to 10 p.m., Salerno's Pizza & Sports Bar, 9301 W. 63rd St., Hodgkins. A 1960s through 1990s rock concert brings awareness to Pillars Community Health’s sexual assault and domestic violence programs during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Information: pillarscommunityhealth.org.

APRIL 15

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY SCREENING "CAPERNAUM" ("CHAOS"): 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy. Cost: $6 to $10. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

APRIL 16

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.

LEVI STRAUSS, THE GOLD RUSH AND THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS PAIR OF PANTS: 1 p.m., Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Learn about Strauss and his amazing life. Historian Anette Isaacs presents a fascinating journey into the 1800s Gold Rush. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: brookfieldlibrary.info.

APRIL 17

LADY T. JAZZ COMBO: 6:30 p.m., North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Ave. Local vocalist Toscanellie Marcelain (Lady T.) and her band perform jazz standards and songs from Lady T.'s CDs to promote Jazz Appreciation Month. Registration is requested. Cost: Free. Information: northriversidelibrary.org, 708-447-0869.

"COMEDY FOR CANCER": 7 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The evening of comedians and raffles will support cancer research. Cost: $50 to $90. Information: www.hfoundation.org/comedy-for-cancer.

LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD'S WATERCOLOR DEMO: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. The presenter is Dan Danielson. A donation for the local food pantry is appreciated. Information: guild President Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145 or www.lemontartistsguild.org.

SPRING SESSION OF WATER EXERCISE TECHNIQUE CLASSES FOR ADULTS: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside. The water-based exercise class is meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance. No swimming is involved. Information: www.rbhs208.net, clicking on community, swimming pool, WET class or email Noelle at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

MORTON ARBORETUM HOSTING PANEL ON ROLE TREES CAN PLAY IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. The public is invited to hear leading environmental experts discuss promising new research and ongoing initiatives regarding trees and their significant environmental benefits in "How Trees Can Help the World: Re-treeing Communities and Making the World a Cooler Place to Live." Cost: $25 includes one drink ticket and light snacks. Information: Register at mortonarb.org.

APRIL 18

THE BELVEDERES: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $5 to $8. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

APRIL 19

"EURYDICE" BY SARAH RUHL: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 to May 4, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Ruhl, an Illinoisan, reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. It is funny, sad, dramatic and surprising. Cost: $15 to$20. Information: www.jpactheatre.com/eurydice.

CHRIS FARRELL: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Farrell is a 40-year-plus faculty member of the Old Town School of Folk Music. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

THE STEEPWATER BAND: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

AN EVENING WITH MOJO – A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $10 to $13. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

PETRA VAN NUIS AND ANDY BROWN, A VOICE AND GUITAR DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information: www.theclubhouse.com, 630-472-0600.

APRIL 22

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FILM SERIES: 7 p.m., College of DuPage's Health and Science Center, room 1234, on the campus at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in the same room and are open to the public. Discussion will follow. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for additional information on the environmental topic addressed in the film and to connect with local community organizations on ways to tackle the issues raised. "Racing Extinction" will be shown April 22. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3awj.

APRIL 26

FROGWATCH USA VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 6 p.m., Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. People with an interest in frogs and toads can become a FrogWatch USA volunteer; no expertise is required. Cost: $7 per person or $20 per family. Registration is required. Information: frogwatchcosleyzoo@wheatonparks.org; cosleyzoo.org/programs.

MAY 5

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Noon to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Isle a la Cache Brigade portrays cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen from the 18th-century fur trade era in all-ages programs. May’s theme focuses on fire-starting methods. In addition, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer the Busy Beavers Craft Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20, May 18 and June 15. There are monthly themes – April's is create an exotic bird mask; May, create a caterpillar to travel with you on your walks; and June, make a fish-themed craft. The program is for kids ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free. Information: www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/visitor-centers/isle-a-la-cache-museum.

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