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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer restaurant week, comedy, theater, concerts

LIZZADRO MUSEUM WORKSHOP, JADE PAGODA LECTURE
WHERE: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook
WHEN: "Rock and Mineral Identification" at 10:30 p.m. March 14
COST AND INFO: $10; reservations required at 630-833-1616; www.lizzadromuseum.org
ABOUT: Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals for participants ages 8 to adult. They will learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Among other highlights is a lecture by museum curator Tongyn Yin on “The Odyssey of the Green Jade Pagoda" at 2 p.m. Feb. 29. The jade carving was acclaimed as the eighth wonder of the world in the mid 1930s; reservations are recommended for the lecture included with regular admission.
LIZZADRO MUSEUM WORKSHOP, JADE PAGODA LECTURE WHERE: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook WHEN: "Rock and Mineral Identification" at 10:30 p.m. March 14 COST AND INFO: $10; reservations required at 630-833-1616; www.lizzadromuseum.org ABOUT: Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals for participants ages 8 to adult. They will learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Among other highlights is a lecture by museum curator Tongyn Yin on “The Odyssey of the Green Jade Pagoda" at 2 p.m. Feb. 29. The jade carving was acclaimed as the eighth wonder of the world in the mid 1930s; reservations are recommended for the lecture included with regular admission.

FEB. 27

H FOUNDATION COMEDY FIGHTING CANCER: Doors open at 6 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Comedians are Jeanie Doogan, Mike Toomey and headliner Pat Tomasulo; master of ceremonies is WGN's Andrea Darlas. Cost: $75. Information: www.hfoundation.org, 708-352-5240.

"THE GREAT GATSBY": Now to March 8, Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Theatre of Western Springs show is directed by Artist-in-Residence Greg Kolack and adapted by Simon Levy from the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the dazzling Jazz Age, Jay Gatsby combines his desire for wealth with the dream of marrying Daisy Buchanan. Cost: $22 and $24. Information: 708-246-3380, www.theatrewesternsprings.com.

LA GRANGE RESTAURANT WEEK: Through March 1, various locations. Information: lgba.com.

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTING "SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION": Now to March 15, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Galactia, a Renaissance-era artist, is commissioned to create a heroic painting memorializing "The Battle of Lepanto," a famous naval victory. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14 to $16. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

"ALABASTER" AT 16TH STREET THEATER: Through March 1, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. The rolling world premiere of the play by Audrey Cefaly is directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer. It's a darkly comic Southern drama about love, art and the power of women. Cost: $22 to $30. Information: www.16thstreettheater.org, 708-795-6704.

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE OFFERS "JEEVES SAVES THE DAY": Through March 1, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. Reprising their roles will be Christian Gray as Bertie Wooster and Jim McCance as Jeeves, the quick-thinking butler who must devise another close escape for his employer, Bertie, again caught in an unintended romantic snare. Cost: $34 to $44 for adults. Information: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org.

BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM "THE CAKE": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through March 1, McAninch Arts Center at COD, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Faith, family and food impact one another in the discovery that love is the key ingredient to any recipe, in the timely play "The Cake" from a writer of NBC’s hit “This Is Us.” Cost: $40 and $42. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

DRURY LANE PRESENTS A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF "AN AMERICAN IN PARIS": Through March 29, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

FEB. 28

BENEFIT COMMUNITY REVUE “HINSDOPOLY”: Feb. 28, 29, March 6 and 7, The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. The Community Players show promises laughs and a lighthearted lampooning of Hinsdale. There will be hors d’oeuvres and open bar prior to the performance, as well as mid-show refreshments. Special front row seats include an opportunity to be involved in the show. Cost: Regular tickets cost $125. Information: www.thecommunityhouse.org.

GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE PRESENTING "SPEAKEASY OR DIE HARD 2" MURDER-MYSTERY DINNER THEATER: Feb. 28 and March 1 ticket availability, Angelo’s Ristorante, 247 N. York St., Elmhurst. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff. Information: 630-464-2646, www.greenmantheatre.org.

"ANNIE" MUSICAL PRESENTED BY GUARDIAN ANGEL PLAYERS: 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, Holy Guardian Angels Parish Center at St. Louise School, 1125 Harrison Ave., La Grange Park. The troupe was formerly the St. Louise Players, a parish-based community theater group. Each performance will include a raffle to benefit the Gift of Adoption Fund. Cost: $5 to $13. Information: shawurl.com/3cex.

COMEDIAN LEE HARDIN: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Next up will be Patrick Bagdon on March 6 (8 p.m. show only) and March 7. Information: cgscomedyclub.com, 630-410-8906.

FEB. 29

BLUE GRASS JAM WITH ERIC LAMBERT PRESENTED BY PLANK ROAD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY: 2 to 4 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $1 donation suggested. Information: www.plankroad.org, 630-969-9720.

"MEDLEY OF MELODIES" BY ELMHURST CHORAL UNION: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst. The singers' cabaret is filled with solos and ensembles from Broadway, opera and jazz plus novelty songs. Cost: Donation requested, with no ticket needed. Information: elmhurstchoralunion.org, 630-758-1100.

MAPLE STREET CONCERTS: 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Annie and Rod Capps' songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. Also playing will be the $11 Supper ensemble. Cost: $18. Information: www.maplestreetconcerts.org, 630-627-0171.

"DAY & NIGHT – RUTTER, COPLAND AND MORE": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and 3 p.m. March 1, First United Methodist Church of La Grange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. Cost: $17 to $20. Information: towerchorale.org, 708-580-0997.

MARCH 1

ART RECEPTION FOR SHOW BY OLI WATT: 3 to 6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., Riverside. Watt, a woodworker, printmaker and sculptor, is an associate professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The show runs to April 4. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

ELMHURST SCOUT TROOP 82'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: 8 a.m. to noon, American Legion Post, 310 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst. Cost: $5 in advance, $6 at the door and free for kids age 5 and younger. Information: troop82.ticketleap.com.

RECEPTION FOR "CLASSIC CHICAGO – THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE” BY JACK NIXON GOING ON EXHIBIT MARCH 1: 7 to 9 p.m. March 6 reception, Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. The solo show runs until March 27. Cost: Free reception. Information: elmhurstartistsguild.org, 630-279-1009.

"ELSA & ANNA'S FROZEN EXTRAVAGANZA": Noon to 2:30 p.m., Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. Elsa and Anna will offer a special showing of "Frozen," sing the soundtrack, do meet-and-greets and provide activities and group games. Cost: $15 to $30. Information: shawurl.com/3chk.

COMEDIANS TYLER FOWLER AND STEVEN HAAS: 3 p.m., Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Cost: $15. Information: MapleStreetChapel.Org.

WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY AND CHORUS: 3:30 p.m., Hinsdale Central High School, 5501 S. Grant St. The concert features music rooted in the legend of Johann Faust's bargain with Satan, including Franz Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz." Information: westsubsymphony.org, 630-887-7464.

LEGION AUXILIARY'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 to 11 a.m., Lockport American Legion, 151st and Archer Avenue, Lockport. The post serves Lemont, Bolingbrook, Romeoville and beyond. The menu offers all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and homemade biscuits and gravy. Proceeds will help local area veterans. Cost: $8 for adults, free for age 5 and younger.

CURTAIN UP CLASSROOM'S AUDITIONS FOR "THE WIZ-DOM OF OZ ": Beginning March 1, Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Director Maria Bakalis has teamed with the Glen Ellyn Historical Society to produce the play June 11, 12 and 13. Audition schedule is 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. (grades 2 and 3); 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. (grades 4 and 5); 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. (grades 6 to 8); and 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. (high school and adults). Auditions will involve improvisation, pantomime and script reading. Information: 630-234-2776 or www.curtainupclassroom.org.

MARCH 3

"SMALL ISLAND" PLAY TELECAST BY LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE: 7 p.m. March 3 and 2 p.m. March 8, McAninch Arts Center at COD, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the United Kingdom. Cost: $24. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

MARCH 4

"THE ART OF SISTERS": March 4 to 7, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. It's the Midwest premiere of a play about faith and the Bronte sisters adapted and directed by Vision Productions Artistic Director Miriam Canfield. Information: visionproductionsact.com.

GLOBAL FLICKS FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH "VIRUNGA" (CONGO): 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center's Belushi Performance Hall at COD, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Screenings continue Wednesdays through March 11. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion. Next up will be “Shoplifters” (Japan) on March 11 in the Playhouse Theatre. Cost: Free. Information: 630-942-4000.

MAKER MARKET AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 4, Glen Ellyn. One can show and sell products, services or ideas from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 15, in the Student Services Center Atrium at COD. The Maker Market, hosted by COD’s E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentorship program, provides students the opportunity to show, share and sell their products with other makers, students, staff and the community. The market is open to all COD students, recent alumni and District 502 high school students. Information: cod.edu/maker_market or contact Bev Carlson at carlsonb@cod.edu or Peter James at jamesp@cod.edu.

MARCH 5

HOW TO SORT, DE-CLUTTER AND ARRANGE HOME SPACE: 7 p.m., Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. Caralyn Kempner is a home-organizing professional and author of "Top-to-Bottom Home Organizing: A Complete Guide to Organizing." Cost: Free, with registration required. Information: clarendonhillslibrary.org, 630-323-8188.

THE MOTHER CLUCKERS COMEDY NIGHT: 8 p.m., Anderson's Bookshop, 26 S. La Grange Road. The La Grange-based comedy troupe returns. Cost: Free. Information: www.andersonsbookshop.com.

TWO BROTHERS TRIVIA!: 7 to 9 p.m., Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave. W, Warrenville. It's offered every first and third Thursday. All ages are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: twobrothersbrewing.com.

MARCH 6

AN EVENING WITH THE MUSICAL MOMS: 7 p.m. March 6 and 3 p.m. March 7, College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. It features the vocal ensemble of Christian artists and Wheaton residents in the spring benefit for STARS Family Services. Cost: Free, with first-come seating. Information: starsfamilyservices.org, 630-206-0243.

"TALKING WITH," WRITTEN BY JANE MARTIN: March 6 to 8 and 13 to 15, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Director Rebecca Lange will bring Martin's series of monologues to life, each vignette shining a spotlight on a different type of woman in today's society. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $17 to $20. Information: www.groveplayers.org.

CHRIS VALLILLO: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The award-winning Midwestern singer-songwriter makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life. “Vallillo’s guitar playing flows like warm honey and is a true aural delight,” wrote a critic. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

"EXPRESSIONS – ART & VERSE" EXHIBIT: Until March 14, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, off door 4. It's a collaborative visual art exhibit and ekphrastic poetry event between the Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village and the Illinois State Poetry Society. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.org, shawurl.com/3cd7, 630-458-4500.

MARCH 7

FAMED VIOLINIST AND GLEN ELLYN NATIVE JENNIFER KOH TO JOIN CHICAGO SINFONIETTA'S WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. "Sight & Sound" is a sonic art exhibition that takes audiences through visual art by way of music. It is led by CS Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. Koh will play a world premiere commissioned work, "Syzygy," by Courtney Bryan. The new work celebrates female artists Frida Kahlo, Maya Lin and Alma Thomas. Cost: $10 to $62 if purchased in advance online. Information: www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

"DISCOVERING MARIE CURIE" PLAY: 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Playwright and actor Maria Boundas Bakalis portrays Curie's extraordinary life dedicated to the pursuit of scientific discovery. Cost: $10, $5 for students age 18 and younger. Information: 630-469-1867, www.glenellynhistory.org.

"NATURE FOLKLORE AND SUPERSTITIONS": 2 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. A naturalist discusses whether a ring around the moon means rain real soon. Can the colors on a woolly bear caterpillar really predict a harsh or mild winter? It's for people age 10 and older. Cost: Free, but register by March 5. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-886-1467.

NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTES: 7 to 9 p.m. every first Saturday in 2020, Chef Shangri-La, 7930 W. 26th St., North Riverside. Singer Steve Richards will perform his Neil Diamond tribute concert at Chef Shangri-La, a restaurant and lounge featuring Asian fusion cuisine. He has portrayed Diamond in concert for more than 20 years around the world. Richards also is known for his heartfelt salutes to singers such as Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and Elton John. Cost: Free admission. Information: www.chefshangri-la.com, 708-442-7080.

MARCH 9

NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF CULTURE: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Student Resource Center's room 2000 at COD, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It includes dance, song and drumming by members of the Midwest SOARRING (Save Our Ancestors Remains & Resources Indigenous Network Group) Foundation. Cost: Free. Information: John Paris at parisj@cod.edu or 630-942-2141.

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTING "VARDA BY AGNES": 7:30 p.m., Classic Cinemas' Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

MARCH 10

AUNT TILLIE'S STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. The stories are geared to children ages 2 to 5. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom portrays Aunt Tillie and includes a craft project with her storytelling. Cost: Free, with no reservations required. Information: 630-469-1867.

THE NEXT FULL MOON TROLL HIKE FOR ADULTS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It's a special opportunity to see the trolls – mysterious forest protectors – under the light of a full moon along the west side trails. A guide will share stories about the trolls’ origins, their message of conservation, full moon lore, and what the trees and wildlife are up to during the long dark nights. Cost: $20. Information: Register at 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

WEEKLY 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.

MARCH 13

CHINESE BRONZES AND JADES EXHIBIT: Through June 20, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. It features 11 bronzes from the MacLean Collection and 16 jade carvings from the Lizzadro Museum. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

MARCH 14

"WAIL OF THE BANSHEE – TALES OF CELTS AND DRUIDS": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. It's presented by actor and historian Terry Lynch as a St. Patrick's celebration. Lynch spins ghostly Irish tales and legends for families, kids and adults. Cost: $6 at the door. Information: 630-469-1867, www.glenellynhistory.org.

AAUW USED BOOK COLLECTION: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 14 and May 9, Eagle Storage, 555 Rogers St., Downers Grove. It's conducted by the American Association of University Women - Downers Grove Area Branch. Information: downersgrove-il.aauw.net/book-sale.

BIRD WALKS: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Search the woods, fields and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Learn about migrants and year-round resident birds with an expert guide. Cost: $14. Information: Register at mortonarb.org or 630-719-2468.

MARCH 16

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information: cosleyzoo.org, 630-665-5534.

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International usually meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information: choral-aires.com.

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. most Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.

MARCH 17

RAIL EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. The exhibit titled "On the Right Track – By Rail to Chicago & Beyond" explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: Full lineup of related events at elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

DOWNERS GROVE MUSEUM'S VAULT TREASURES ON SPECIAL DISPLAY: Through June 6, museum in Wandschneider Park, 831 Maple Ave. "From the Vault" features unique artifacts the museum collection holds that haven't been on display – including a selection of the museum’s favorite items, bizarre finds and interesting histories. Hours through May are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: dgparks.org/calendar/events/from-the-vault-exhibition, 630-963-1309.

THE 2020 WINTER ART CLASSES: Various start dates, La Grange Art League, 122 N. Calendar Ave. The nonprofit league welcomes all levels and ages in a variety of mediums. Classes are held on the second floor and are accessible by stairs only. Information: lagrangeartleague.org, 708-352-3101.

MARCH 19

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information: dupagechildrens.org.

MARCH 20

WEDDING BANNED PART OF LINEUP: 9 p.m., The WC Social Club, 920 Roosevelt Road, West Chicago. Among upcoming shows will be actress and pop singer Meg Donnelly in concert at 6:30 p.m. April 10; and metal and rap band Attila at 6:30 p.m. April 15. Cost: Usually $10 to $25 for general admission. Information: www.thewcsocialclub.com, thewcsocialclub@gmail.com.

ELMHURST ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through April 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. The museum displays a broad survey exhibition showcasing the works of the late artist-curator Sandra Jorgensen, plus "Could Be Architecture – McCormick AfterParti." The collaborative duo of Joseph Altshuler of Chicago and Zack Morrison of Elmhurst designs “seriously playful spaces, things and happenings that celebrate what your world could be.” Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum, 630-834-0202.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AND SNOWSHOE RENTALS: Daily in snowy conditions, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. After 4 or more inches of snow, people can embrace the season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Information: mortonarb.org; call first to confirm availability at 630-968-0074.

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.

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