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Entertainment

Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook counties

ROBERT CRAY TO STAR
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 8
COST & INFO: $56 to $66; 630-942-4000, AtTheMAC.org
ABOUT: Five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, will return with his band to perform a mix of his most powerful blues and soul material from a career that spans four decades. VIP Suite Service is available for an additional $30 per person and includes a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception beginning at 6:45 p.m., followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. WDCB 90.9 FM is the media sponsor for the event.
ROBERT CRAY TO STAR WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 8 COST & INFO: $56 to $66; 630-942-4000, AtTheMAC.org ABOUT: Five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, will return with his band to perform a mix of his most powerful blues and soul material from a career that spans four decades. VIP Suite Service is available for an additional $30 per person and includes a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception beginning at 6:45 p.m., followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. WDCB 90.9 FM is the media sponsor for the event.

Check out a sampling of the fun events on tap across the area designed to knock out the winter blues.

MARCH 1

A SATIRICAL MUSICAL PERFORMED BY MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE DUPAGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION: 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour and show at 7 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It pokes fun at current events and the personalities of the DuPage legal community, during an all-inclusive night of food and drink. There will be live and silent auctions. The event is a benefit for the DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation. Information: dcba.org.

SEASPAR FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. seatings, Wheatstack, 5900 S. Route 53, Lisle. One can enjoy a meal while supporting SEASPAR’s programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Early purchase is recommended. Cost: $10 to $20. Information: www.seaspar.org/fish-fry-fundraiser-2019, 630-960-7600.

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. Information: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

"THE AMISH PROJECT": 7:30 p.m., Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, the fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy offers a glimpse into the world of the Amish. The one-woman performance stars Grayson Heyl until March 2. Cost: $5 to $20. Information: www.jpactheatre.com, 708-656-1800.

ARENA THEATER'S "ANTIGONE": 7:30 p.m., Arena Theater at Wheaton College, 433 Howard St., Wheaton. Sophocles’ timeless political thriller is about a politician determined to make the state great again. Show runs to March 2. Cost: $9 to $10. Information: wheaton.edu, 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 to April 14. Information: drurylanetheatre.com.

"RAVENSCROFT:" 8 p.m., Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. In this comic and puzzling whodunit, Inspector Ruffing is confounded by five baffling and mysterious women. Show runs to March 10. Information: theatreofwesternsprings.com.

BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS "DEFIANCE": 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. A 1971 Marine Corps base becomes a collision course over race, women and the exacting cost of doing the right thing. Show runs to March 3. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

"THE FOREIGNER" BY GLEN ELLYN'S OWN LARRY SHUE: 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center’s Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. COD College Theater presents the acclaimed comedy at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday until March 17. The show has adult language and themes. There will be a post-show discussion with director, actors and crew March 8. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for students. Information: 630-942-4000, AtTheMAC.org.

BLUES AND ROOTS DUO JOE FILISKO AND ERIC NODEN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. They are virtuosos on harmonica and guitar, respectively. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

BONO BROS BAND WITH CHRIS NEVILLE AND RYAN REID: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10 to $15. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

MARCH 2

DOG ADMISSION DAY AT MORTON ARBORETUM: 7 a.m. to sunset, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Bring your canine companion to explore the winter landscape and hike more than 16 miles of trails. Information: www.mortonarb.org.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 to 11 a.m., Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St. Guests will hear updates about the accessible tree house project at the Sensory Garden Playground. The event features performances by Step in Time Dancers and Suburban Music Rock Experience; a Scouting skills demo table; and Sensory Garden Playground activity table, plus raffle prizes. No reservations are required. Cost: Free, with $5 suggested donation at the door. Information: wheatonparks.org.

RECEPTION AT ADDISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 4 to 7 p.m., 213 N. Lombard Road. The gallery features Tania Blanco's "Traces of the Sacred," an art exhibit featuring her mixed-media works on canvas. The exhibit continues through March 15. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: www.addisoncenterforthearts.com, 630-458-4500.

PUBLIC INVITED TO ECUMENICAL DINNER OF ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Turkish American Society of Wheaton, 1415 Hill Ave. The theme is “Human Rights in the Era of Global Refugee Crisis." Speakers will be Uli Widmaier, teacher of Jewish ethics, Congregation Etz Chaim, Lombard; David Capes, associate dean of Biblical and theological studies and professor of the New Testament at Wheaton College; and professor Inamul Haq, department of religious studies at Elmhurst College. Information: Reserve seating by emailing rsvp@taswheaton.org; www.taswheaton.org.

ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. Music by Prokofiev and Mozart featured. Violinist Jasmine Lin will perform in Mozart's Concerto for Violin, No. 5, in A major. Stephen Alltop conducts. Information: elmhurstsymphony.org.

ELMHURST CHORAL UNION – "MEDLEY OF MELODIES": 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. It presents solos and ensembles from jazz, pop and novelty songs for an evening of lighter fare. No tickets needed. Cost: Free, with donations welcome. Information: elmhurstchoralunion.org, 630-758-1100.

THE TOWER CHORALE PRESENTS DVOŘÁK & PÄRT MASTERPIECES: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3 p.m. March 3, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Road, La Grange. The 90-voice choir based in Western Springs is under the direction of Patrick Godon. Cost: $20, $17 for seniors and students. Information: towerchorale.org, 708-580-0997.

JOE CROOKSTON WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHARLIE MOSBROOK: 8 p.m., Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple St. Crookston is described as songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Cost: $16 to $18. Information: acousticren.com, 630-941-7797.

MARCH 3

MOVIE FROM ONE EARTH FILM FESTIVAL: 1 p.m., Elmhurst College's Schaible Science Center, 190 S. Prospect Ave. "Paris to Pittsburgh" will be shown by The Conservation Foundation along with Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and Elmhurst College. The One Earth Film Festival is taking place at venues across the region. This film explores the social and economic impact of disasters fueled by climate change, and features everyday people from across the globe who face the resulting challenges to their everyday lives. Reservations are recommended. Cost: Free, but a donation of $8 or more is suggested. Information: shawurl.com/3awi.

ALTER BREWING TASTING BENEFIT FOR WEST SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Alter Brewing’s Barrel Room, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., suite 213, Downers Grove. The craft beer tasting will be paired with food from local barbecuer Pitty Que. There will be raffle prizes and live music. Cost: $50 to $75. Information: shawurl.com/3awf.

MARCH 4

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "BURNING": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Everyone is hungry for something in "Burning," the new film from South Korean master Lee Chang-dong. Cost: $6 to $10. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com.

MARCH 5

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FILM SERIES KICKS OFF: 7 p.m., College of DuPage's Health and Science Center, room 1234, on the campus at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The college will host a series of four films focused on sustainable energy. 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. "The Superfood Chain" will be shown March 5; "Into the Okavango," March 7; "Plastic China," April 8; and "Racing Extinction," April 22. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3awj.

MARCH 6

WEDNESDAY MOVIE MATINEE: 2 p.m., North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Ave. "Victoria and Abdul" (2017), 111 minutes, rated PG-13. Starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. Drop-in only. Refreshments provided. Cost: Free. Information: northriversidelibrary.org.

MARCH 7

CATHOLIC CHARITIES WEST REGION'S EARLY ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. It features the McNulty Irish Dancers, The Shannon Rovers and members of the Irish Musicians Association-Chicago. Hearty Irish fare, beer, wine and soft drinks are included. There will be a silent auction and raffle. The event will benefit the New Hope Housing Program, making permanent housing and self-sufficiency a reality for homeless families. Cost: $60 per person by March 4 or $65 after March 4 and at the door. Information: dgardner@catholiccharities.net, catholiccharities.net.

MARCH 8

PETRA VAN NUIS AND ANDY BROWN, A VOICE AND GUITAR DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8 and 29, The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information: www.theclubhouse.com, 630-472-0600.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. The CSO will perform Beethoven and Dvorak. Cost: $50 to $85. Information: www.wheaton.edu.

MEGHAN CARY WITH PETER FARRELL: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cary, who serves up award-winning original tunes with powerful vocals, has earned Billboard magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

CATHY RICHARDSON'S GODDESSES OF ROCK SHOW WITH MAISIE BULL: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Richardson is Jefferson Starship's lead singer. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

MARCH 9

DARIEN GARDEN CLUB'S "SPRING GARDEN INSPIRATION" WITH FARM-TO-TABLE CUISINE: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe, 8025 Cass Ave., Darien. Reservation deadline is March 2. Experts will discuss diverse topics – America's bees; a Morton Arboretum presenter talks trees; and "Birds in the Garden – Tips for Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis." Cost: $50. Information: www.dariengardenclub.com, 630-253-2125, dariengardenclub@gmail.com.

LUNASA, A NOTED BAND FROM IRELAND: 8 p.m., Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium in the Wilson Hall high-rise, off Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia or off the Warrenville entrance. Cost: $29, $15 for youth up to age 18. Information: 630-840-ARTS, events.fnal.gov.

MARCH 12

AUNT TILLIE'S STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Information: www.gehs.org.

MARCH 17

ALL-IRELAND FIDDLE CHAMPION LEXIA KENNEDY: 10:15 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn, 493 Forest Ave. She will be the featured guest musician on St. Patrick’s Day in the 10:15 a.m. liturgy, providing special music grounded in the Irish tradition throughout the service. A member of the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club in Burr Ridge, she received first place in the category of fiddle solo for ages 12 to 15 at the 2018 Music Festival of Ireland. A Green Potluck will follow; attendees are invited to bring their own nondisposable place settings and a main dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Information: info@graceglenellyn.org, 630-469-1555.

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