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Concerts

Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

COUNTRY FEST HEADED TO FITZGERALD'S
WHERE: FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: 4 p.m. March 30
COST & INFO: $15 in advance at https://bitly.com/ASaturdaySpecial, $20 day of show;  www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118
ABOUT: Chicago Honky Tonk presents "A Saturday Special," featuring music by 11 bands on two stages plus food and a vintage pop-up market. Among the acts will be The Hoyle Brothers (shown), The Lawrence Peters Outfit, The Modern Sounds, The Family Gold, Gin Palace Jesters, Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders, The Westerlees, Matt Campbell, Bailey Dee and the Saluda Moonlighters, Cox’s Army and The Mountainaires. Earlier in the week, the nightclub will showcase The Pat McLaughlin Band, starring one of Nashville's most revered songwriters, at 8 p.m. March 29.
COUNTRY FEST HEADED TO FITZGERALD'S WHERE: FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn WHEN: 4 p.m. March 30 COST & INFO: $15 in advance at https://bitly.com/ASaturdaySpecial, $20 day of show; www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118 ABOUT: Chicago Honky Tonk presents "A Saturday Special," featuring music by 11 bands on two stages plus food and a vintage pop-up market. Among the acts will be The Hoyle Brothers (shown), The Lawrence Peters Outfit, The Modern Sounds, The Family Gold, Gin Palace Jesters, Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders, The Westerlees, Matt Campbell, Bailey Dee and the Saluda Moonlighters, Cox’s Army and The Mountainaires. Earlier in the week, the nightclub will showcase The Pat McLaughlin Band, starring one of Nashville's most revered songwriters, at 8 p.m. March 29.

MARCH 29

ART OPENING FOR "DELICATE BEAUTY," PHOTO MONTAGES BY JOANNE BARSANTI: 6 to 8 p.m., Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door 4. Japanese garden images underlie the show, which runs through April 26. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.com.

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR SHARON SLEEZER AND RYAN KAREY: 6 to 8 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Cost: Free. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

GNOME HUNT: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in March, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Animals may have hibernated, but not the Children’s Garden gnomes. Cost: Free with paid admission. Information: mortonarb.org.

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.

ST. LOUISE PLAYERS PRESENTING "CRAZY FOR YOU": 7 p.m. March 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. March 31, St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center, 1125 Harrison Ave., La Grange Park. The parish-based community theater group returns with a zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy featuring a Gershwin score. Cost: $5 to $13. Information: m.bpt.me/event/4068455.

"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 Wednesdays to Sundays until April 14. Information: drurylanetheatre.com.

DRURY LANE THEATRE PRESENTS "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": daytime curtain various days of the week through June 15, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.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. The exhibit will be closed through March 31 for spring recess. Cost: Free. Information: elmhurst.edu/news/jelena-berenc-exhibit-humanity-runs-through-april-13.

PAT MCLAUGHLIN BAND: 8 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. McLaughlin, one of Nashville's most revered songwriters, will be joined by his band featuring Kenny Greenberg, Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow; also appearing will be The Bono Bros Band. Cost: $20. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

MATT WATROBA: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Many know Watroba as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET-Detroit Public Radio. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org.

"TWELVE ANGRY JURORS" BY GALAXY THEATER COMPANY: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to April 6, in its new location at First Congregational Church of La Grange, 50 E. Cossitt Ave. Cost: $10 to $15. Information: galaxytheatercompany.wixsite.com/galaxytheatercompany.

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.

NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF POLITICAL POSTERS: March 29 to 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.

MARCH 30

ALL AROUND THE HOUSE QUILT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 and 31, Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave., Bensenville. Quilts of all sizes, colors and ages will be on display. The barn will be full of sewing items for sale. Appointments are offered with Sherry Branson, A.Q.S. certified appraiser, at 815-712-1963. Cost: $4 for people ages 18 and older, $1 for youth ages 5 to 17, payable at the door. Information: www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.

"EMMETT TILL – THE SPARK OF THE MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Historian Mike Small will discuss Till's murder and its role in driving the modern civil rights movement. Guest speakers are both Mike and Tina Small, who were close to Emmett Till's mother. Cost: Free. Information: 630-469-1867, www.glenellynhistory.org.

MARCH 31

ANNUAL SENIOR EXPO: Noon to 4 p.m., Homeland Security Education Center's room 1022 on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. COD Continuing Education will host “Wisdom, Wonder and Wellness.” Registration is encouraged, but not required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-942-2208, ce@cod.edu.

HISTORY PROGRAM RECREATING LINCOLN VERSUS DOUGLAS DEBATES: 2 p.m., Elmhurst City Hall's council chambers, 209 N. York St. Political gladiators Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss) and Stephen Douglas (Tim Connors) meet again in a program by the Elmhurst History Museum. Registration is required. Cost: $5 for nonmembers. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-530-6879, 630-833-1457.

FROGWATCH USA VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 3 p.m. March 31 or 6 p.m. April 26, 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.

OAK PARK CONCERT CHORALE IN "JUBILATE": 4 p.m., Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road. The program conveys themes of peace, serenity and joy. The chorale will premiere "Oak Park Jubilate" by composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski. Cost: $12 to $20. Information: shawurl.com/3b0q.

APRIL 2

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.

HISTORIAN AND ACTOR TIM WILSEY WILL PRESENT "REMEMBERING WALT DISNEY": 1 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Guests are welcome at this Woman's Club program. Information: Reservations requested at 630-469-4516.

EARTH DAY PRESENTATION: 6 p.m., Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Learn how to turn a garden into a haven for butterflies, birds, bees and other beneficial pollinators. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: sfvpld.org, 708-749-1050, ext. 120.

RON RAPOPORT BOOK SIGNING ABOUT ERNIE BANKS: 7 p.m., Frugal Muse Books, 7511 Lemont Road, suite 146, Darien. Former Chicago newspaper columnist and author Ron Rapoport will discuss and sign his newest book, "Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, The Life of Ernie Banks." Cost: Free. Information: frugalmusebooks.com, 630-427-1140.

"VERDANT VISIONS" EXHIBITION AT RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: April 2 to 27, 32 E. Quincy St. A reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. April 12. Yva Neal of Riverside's collection of works explores people's connection with nature and how it affects the psyche through interaction. Each piece uses natural materials and invites the viewer to have a relationship by either misting the moss or stacking the rocks. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

APRIL 4

CLEAR THE CLUTTER: 6 p.m., North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Ave. People can improve their life by recognizing and eliminating clutter. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Cost: Free. Information: northriversidelibrary.org, 708-447-0869.

BRYAN SMITH, ROCKY WIRTZ, TONY ESPOSITO BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION: 7 to 9 p.m., Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Road, Darien. On hand will be award-winning journalist Bryan Smith and special guests Rocky Wirtz and Tony Esposito for a discussion about Smith's book titled "The Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks." Cost: Free. Information: frugalmusebooks.com, 630-427-1140.

APRIL 5

"THE DINING ROOM" BY A.R. GURNEY: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5 to 7 and 12 to 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.

EXPLORE THE BUDDING SCIENCE OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES: 7 p.m., Jack H. Turner Conference Center, Student Resource Center room 2000 at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Northwestern University’s Shane Larson shares discoveries related to gravitational waves during “Songs from the Stellar Graveyard: Probing the Cosmos in Gravitational Waves.” Registration is required. Information: www.cod.edu/academics/stem/steminars.aspx, 630-942-3021.

CIRCO HERMANOS VAZQUEZ: April 5 to 28, North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Circus will be in town. Information: www.circovazquez.com.

JOEL CURTIS OF KENTUCKY AT TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE: 8:15 p.m., 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

APRIL 8

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FILM SERIES UNDERWAY: 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. "Plastic China" will be shown April 8; and "Racing Extinction," April 22. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3awj.

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