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WRITER TO STAR IN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ‘METHTACULAR!’
WHERE: North Berwyn Park District’s 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St. in Berwyn
WHEN: March 19 to April 4
COST AND INFO: $22, $18 for Berwyn residents; 16thstreettheater.org
ABOUT: "Methtacular!" is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs and honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimately, redemption from his drug addled, sex-crazed life. The show is directed by Adam Fitzgerald, with Sam Groisser on piano. Rave reviews include “Highly recommended’ from The Village Voice. Strafford's play "Small Jokes About Monsters" was a critically acclaimed hit at 16th Street.
WRITER TO STAR IN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ‘METHTACULAR!’ WHERE: North Berwyn Park District’s 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St. in Berwyn WHEN: March 19 to April 4 COST AND INFO: $22, $18 for Berwyn residents; 16thstreettheater.org ABOUT: "Methtacular!" is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs and honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimately, redemption from his drug addled, sex-crazed life. The show is directed by Adam Fitzgerald, with Sam Groisser on piano. Rave reviews include “Highly recommended’ from The Village Voice. Strafford's play "Small Jokes About Monsters" was a critically acclaimed hit at 16th Street.

MARCH 12

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.

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.

ART SHOW BY OLI WATT AMONG EXHIBITS: Through April 4, 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. FlexSpace presents "Deirdre Fox: Drawing Lines of Poetry" through May 2; connected to the exhibit is the Earth Hour "Lights Out" event from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 28. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

"CLASSIC CHICAGO – THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE” EXHIBIT BY JACK NIXON: Through March 27, Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Information: elmhurstartistsguild.org, 630-279-1009.

DUPAGE BIRDING CLUB: 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. DBC members discuss what they have seen while birding this past year. Information: dupagebirding.org.

MAPLE SYRUPING EVENTS: Various dates in March. They are offered by the DuPage Forest Preserve District, and registration may be required. Information: dupageforest.org.

MARCH 13

"STEEL MAGNOLIAS": March 13 to 21, First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 Sixth Ave., entering off East Cossitt Avenue. Galaxy Theater Company presents the heart-warming comedy-drama. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. March 15. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information: gtcsteel.brownpapertickets.com.

CHICAGO BLUES GREAT TORONZO CANNON: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Tickets: $15. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

BLIND HILLS: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The ensemble features Chuck VanderVennet and Diccon Lee. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

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.

COMEDIAN BRIAN ALDRIDGE: 8 p.m. March 13 and at 8 and 10:30 p.m. March 14; CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Next up will be Rodney Lumpkins on March 20 and 21. Information: cgscomedyclub.com, 630-410-8906.

"TALKING WITH," WRITTEN BY JANE MARTIN: March 13 to 15, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Grove Players 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.

MARCH 14

DUPAGE AREA MOMS CHILDREN'S CLOTHING & TOY RESALE: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. It's one of several clothing sale events at the venue that day, with details at www.dupagecountyfair.org/calendar-of-events. Information: dupageareamoms.org, 630-765-5707.

CASINO NIGHT BENEFIT FOR MUSEUM: 7 to 10 p.m., DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. An after-party follows at Ivy, 120 N. Hale St., downtown Wheaton. Information: wheatonparkdistrict.com.

PLANK ROAD OLD-TIME BARN DANCE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The barn dances are informal, with no special attire or partner needed. The Plank Road String Band provides music, as a caller walks one through all the dances. Cost: $5. Information: plankroad.org.

GARNET ROGERS: 8 p.m., Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 11 W. Maple St. Acoustic Renaissance Concerts presents the folk artist who was hailed by the Boston Globe as a "charismatic performer and singer." Cost: $18 to $20. Information: acousticren.com, 630-941-7797.

SPRING FLING CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave. It offers one-of-a-kind, handcrafted decorations for the home, treats, garden decor, wearables and jewelry. Information: www.darienparks.com.

ANIMAL OLYMPICS: 1 to 2 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Kids age 5 to 9 learn about Illinois animals that excel at moving fast, balancing and hopping, and then test their own skills and strengths compared to what animals can do. Cost: Free; with registration due by March 12. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

"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.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE BAND PART OF LINEUP: 6:30 p.m., The WC Social Club, 920 Roosevelt Road (Route 38), West Chicago, just east of Route 59. The band is described as "Canadian tech-death force." It is touring with Origin. Information: www.thewcsocialclub.com, thewcsocialclub@gmail.com.

MARCH 15

DRUM TAO: 2 and 6 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It combines highly physical, large-scale Japanese drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals. Cost: $39 to $47. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

SPRING PALETTE ART SHOW: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gregg House Museum, 115 S. Linden Ave., Westmont. Works by 40 artists will be featured. Cost: Free. Information: westmontparks.org, 630-960-3392.

MARCH 16

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTING "INVISIBLE LIFE": 7:30 p.m., Classic Cinemas' Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The Brazilian film is by Karim Aïnouz. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

MARCH 17

ILLINOIS PRAIRIE WEAVERS PRESENTS "BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WEAVING MILL": 10 a.m., Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. Presenter is Emily Winter, co-founder of Chicago's The Weaving Mill. Cost: Free. Information: illinoisprairieweavers.org.

FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Recital Hall on the campus of Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. It's presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Cost: Free admission, with tickets at the door. Information: wheaton.edu; www.fifth-house.com/events/rivers-empyrean-at-wheaton-college.

FINAL MONTH OF SPECIAL EVENTS FOR 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.

MARCH 18

FRIDA KAHLO 2020: 7 p.m., Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. Justin Witte, director and curator of the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the College of DuPage, discusses the life and work of the artist Frida Kahlo and the gallery's upcoming exhibition, Frida Kahlo 2020, the largest Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years. Information: ippl.libcal.com.

WATER EXERCISE TECHNIQUES: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from March 18 to May 22, except March 25, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside. The community, adult-level class is designed to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance, with no swimming involved. Cost: $54 for nine classes. Information: www.rbhs208.net, and click on community, swimming pool, WET class; or email Noelle Bajohr at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

MARCH 20

WESTMONT PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON'S "BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS": 7 p.m. March 20 and 3 and 7 p.m. March 21, Westmont Commons, 117 N. Cass Ave. A semi-autobiographical comedic drama recounts the love and laughter, strain and struggle of a Jewish family living in Brooklyn in 1937. Information: westmontparks.org, 630-963-5252.

"JUST LIKE US" PLAY: March 20 to 29, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. The documentary play is a remount of the work by playwright Karen Zacarias, based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book. It follows four Latina teenage girls – two of whom are documented and two who are not – through young adulthood. It is presented by Visión Latino Theatre Company. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. March 22 and 29. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, free for MC students. Information: Tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/just-like-us-tickets-96649941577 and at the door; www.visionlatino.com.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH FRY: 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 27 and April 3, St. Petronille Church Parish Life Center, 420 Glenwood, Glen Ellyn. Cost: $15, free for children younger than 7, and $40 for families. Information: www.stpetschurch.org.

ERIC LUGOSCH: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. A National Fingerpicking Champion, he plays folk, blues, pop and jazz. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

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.

MARCH 21

ESCONI GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois offers demonstrations, book sales, the Juniors Booth, Kids Corner, live and silent auctions, museum exhibits, door prizes, geode splitting, dealers' exhibits, and jewelry. Cost: Free. Information: 847-931-0856; www.dupagecountyfair.org/calendar-of-events; www.esconi.org.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: 7 p.m., Millhurst Charhouse, 1901 S. Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace. Cost: $45 to $55. Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-mystery-dinner-tickets-92786844951.

"ALL ABOUT JADE" LECTURE: 2 p.m., Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Gemologist Sakina Bharani will discuss the gem's origins, historical aspects and its presence in ancient and modern cultures. She then will lead a short tour of carved jade pieces of the Lizzadro Collection. It's included with regular admission, and reservations are recommended. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

MARCH 24

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.

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.

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 25

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE PRESENTS A WORLD PREMIERE OF "LITTLE WOMEN": March 25 to April 26, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. The production of the Louisa May Alcott book is adapted for the stage by Heather Chrisler, and directed by Tara Branham. It previews March 25 to 27. Cost: Preview tickets at $25; regular tickets range from $29 to $44 depending on day; special $10 teen tickets for students ages 18 and younger. Information: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org.

MARCH 26

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

MARCH 27

GALLERY THEATER STUDIO PRESENTING "STELLA & LOU": 7:30 p.m. March 27 and 28, April 3 and 4 and 3 p.m. March 29 and April 5, Gallery Theater, 129 Main St., West Chicago. It is written by Bruce Graham, and directed by Gail Cannata. It stars Carol Townsend, Gary Murphy and Brian Koester. Cost: $18, $16 for seniors. Information: Reservations at gallerytickets@gmail.com; 630-234-5919; www.gallerytheaterstudio.com.

SCARCE RECYCLING PROGRAM LECTURE PRESENTED THROUGH LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB: 1 p.m., Lombard Commons at St. Charles Road and Grace Street. Kay McKeen, director of the SCARCE recycling agency in DuPage County, will speak about the "Founding Fathers' commitment to sustainability and today's efforts to sustain soil, water and air." Cost: Free, and guests are welcome. Information: Reservations requested by March 25 at 630-620-8938.

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.

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.

MARCH 28

TURKISH COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TAS Wheaton Cultural Center, 1415 Hill Ave. "The program will include cooking together and, of course, at the end, we will enjoy the wonderful dishes we have made." Featured dish is Tantuni. Cost: $10. Information: Reservations at info@taswheaton.org.

MARCH 30

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.

APRIL 2

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.

APRIL 4

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.

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