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Theater

Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOURS
WHERE: College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, July 3 and Aug. 14; and 1 to 3 p.m. July 28
COST AND INFO: Free; contact Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or biology professor Lynda Randa at randal@cod.edu
ABOUT: Participants will learn about the rich diversity of native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre prairie site’s restoration areas.
RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOURS WHERE: College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, July 3 and Aug. 14; and 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 COST AND INFO: Free; contact Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or biology professor Lynda Randa at randal@cod.edu ABOUT: Participants will learn about the rich diversity of native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre prairie site’s restoration areas.

MAY 23

LIZZADRO MUSEUM MOVING: Closing May 31, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. The museum prepares to move to a larger space in Oak Brook and reopen in the fall. It opened in Elmhurst in 1962, and houses one of the largest collections of lapidary art in the world. The new building will be at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook. Information: 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

"NATURE'S DIVERSITY" EXHIBIT BY MAUREEN MCKEE: Through June 8, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door number 4. She shows impressionist landscape oil paintings. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.org, 630-458-4500.

"ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL": Wednesday through Sunday through June 23, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show, which won five Tony Awards, is the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her reclaim her life. Cost: $55 to $70. Information: drurylanetheatre.com.

DRURY LANE THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES 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.

MAY 24

PUB TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 p.m. Tipsters Village Pub, 8839 Cermak Road, North Riverside. It's a battle to be the best-of-the-best for the North Riverside Library Trivia Crown. All are welcome and can bring a team or be placed on one. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Cost: Free. Information: To sign up, call 708-447-0869; www.northriversidelibrary.org.

WHEATON'S FRIDAY NIGHT VINTAGE RIDES CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, May 24 to Aug. 23, Front Street in downtown Wheaton. Information: www.downtownwheaton.com.

"SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET": May 24 to June 16, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. The community theater presents the dark, witty tale of love, murder and revenge set to one of Stephen Sondheim's most memorable scores. David Pfenninger is in the title role. It is recommended for mature audiences. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $21 to $24. Cost: www.wheatondrama.org, 630-260-1820.

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESENTS "NATURE CONNECTS" ART WITH LEGO BRICKS BY SEAN KENNEY: May 24 to Sept. 15, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features 15, nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. New highlights include a bee mid-flight, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, and a pileated woodpecker with a bright crimson crest. There will be themed programs related to the show for all ages. Adults can learn more about the animals, insects and plants in the exhibition at the June 11 program, "The Nature Behind Nature Connects." Visitors also can enjoy the Troll Hunt exhibition on display through the end of summer. Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden is offered the morning of June 1, while Arbor Evenings with entertainment are planned Wednesdays, June 5 to Aug. 28. Information: mortonarb.org.

VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD STAGING "LUNA GALE": May 24 to June 15, near the northwest corner of Butterfield Road and Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. Who should decide the safest environment in which to raise a baby – parents, grandparents, social service agencies? “Luna Gale” will explore the issue in the Rebecca Gilman play. Curtain is at 8 p.m. May 24, 25 and 31 and June 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, with 3 p.m. matinees June 2, 8, 9 and 15. The play contains adult themes and strong language. Cost: $19.99 for all tickets. Information: www.villagetheatreguild.org.

LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB'S HUMMINGBIRD PROGRAM: 1 p.m., Lombard Commons at St. Charles Road and Grace Street. Nancy Carroll, member of The Hummingbird Society, will lecture on "Our Flying Jewels." Find out how anyone from kids to adults can have a hummingbird zoom into their yard. The speaker also provides ideas about making hummingbird art, whimsical ideas for attracting hummingbirds, handouts and giveaway items. Guests are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: Reservations are requested at 630-620-8938; www.lombardgardenclub.org.

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

GLEN ELLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH VILLAGE LINKS OF GLEN ELLYN TO OFFER THREE MINIATURE GOLF HOLES: month of May, library at 400 Duane St. “Putt Putt FORE Fun” holes feature books and other fun obstacles. Youth ages 8 to 16 can register to win a free half-day golf lesson or a free bucket of range balls. The free event kicks off summer programs at the library and golf course. Information: www.gepl.org, 630-469-0879; www.villagelinksgolf.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.

EXHIBIT: Through June 15, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" highlights work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish; an Artists' Talk is offered at 2 p.m. May 25. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. The center's FlexSpace displays "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing your air," an installation by Yoonshin Park, featuring self-breathing pillows on the floor; the show runs until June 11. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

SELECTIONS BY SIX PAINTERS: Until Aug. 25, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. The show's title "With a Capital P" is a reference to an approach that doesn’t always use paint or brush. The group exhibition consists of six rooms, each using different criteria to interpret artistic approaches and a wide-ranging conversation about process and media. Cost: $10 to $12; free for youth younger than 18. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

BRICK SAFARI AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Underway, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. It features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created by a noted LEGO artist. Information: www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.

May 25

VEGGIE FEST PRESENTS VEGETARIAN COOKING DEMO OF RAW CUISINE: 1 p.m., Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center, 4105 Naperville Road, Lisle. Guest chef is Karyn Calabrese, a premier vegan and raw restaurateur and champion for holistic living. Recipes are for Zesty Lemon Cheesecake and Tuna-Free Tuna Salad. Cost: Free. Information: 630-955-1200, lislecenter@sos.org; www.veggiefestchicago.org

GARDEN BROS CIRCUS: May 25 to 27, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information: 630-668-6636, secure.gardenbroscircus.com; www.dupagecountyfair.org.

"SUPER SEEDS" TALK: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The program will discuss seeds and participants will make a traveling seed and a seed “bomb” to take home and plant. The program is for ages 5 and older. Cost: Free. Information: Register by May 23 at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.

MAY 27

FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY ROOTED IN 1890s TRADITIONS AT KLINE CREEK FARM: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Memorial Day, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. The program partner is West Chicago City Museum. Registration is not required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-876-5900, dupageforest.org.

MAY 28

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.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR LOMBARD'S FRONT YARD BEAUTIES: Now, across Lombard. Lombard Garden Club is recognizing homeowners who have made their front yards especially attractive. Up to 20 gardens can be chosen each month. A club representative will notify owners if their property is selected and offer them the opportunity to have a recognition sign placed in their yard for one month. In addition, the selected gardens may be featured on the club’s website and related media. Information: Lombard residents can nominate an address at lombardgardenclub.org or 630-620-8938.

MAY 30

TASTE OF WHEATON: May 30 to June 2, downtown Wheaton. It fills several blocks with carnival rides, local food, live entertainment, family-friendly games and crafts, a beer garden, business expo, the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and half-mile Zippity Zoo Run, art and craft vendors, and Art in the Park. Cost: Free admission. Information: wheatonparkdistrict.com.

MAY 31

LA GRANGE CARNIVAL: May 31 to June 2,  on Harris Avenue between La Grange Road and Ashland Avenue. It includes music, a beer and wine tent, and food from local establishments, according to the La Grange Business Association. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. May 31; noon to 10 p.m. June 1; and noon to 9 p.m. June 2. The La Grange Pet Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. June 1 from Cossitt Avenue and La Grange Road, organized by Pet Parade Charities. Afterward, Dunk-a-Cop will raise funds for the Pet Rescue and Resource Center/Hinsdale Humane Society. Information: LaGrangeEvents.com.

FRIENDLY MUSIC FEST: 6 to 11 p.m. May 31 and 5 to 11 p.m. June 1, Friendly Music Community, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, at intersection of Euclid Avenue and Roosevelt Road. The Friendly Music Community's first annual outdoor fest lineup includes the Yellowhammers, Yarn, Waco Brothers, Bendita, Cannonball, Hayes Carll and Cathy Richardson. The venue encompasses a bar, coffee lounge and school of folk music. Cost: $25 single-day pass, or $40 for both; $80 for one-day family pass. Information: shawurl.com/3b7q; tickets at bpt.me/4238546; www.friendlymusic.community.

MICHAEL JOHNATHON: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The songwriter and performer is the host of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, a live-audience radio and TV broadcast with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, the RFD-TV Network nationwide plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and every military base in the world. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720; www.michaeljohnathon.com.

JUNE 5

RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOURS: June 5 to Aug. 14, College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Participants will learn about native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre site’s restoration areas. Tours are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, July 3 and Aug. 14; and 1 to 3 p.m. July 28. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or biology professor Lynda Randa at randal@cod.edu.

JUNE 6

"SLEEPING BEAUTY" PRESENTED BY CURTAIN UP PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. June 8, First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. Information: Reservations at 630-234-2776, www.curtainupclassroom.org. 

WESTMONT CRUISIN' NIGHTS & STREET FAIR: Thursday nights from June through August. Information: westmontevents.com.

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information: shawurl.com/3b6m, 708-582-6510.

JUNE 15

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers the club. There are monthly themes – June's is making 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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