Arts and entertainment calendar for Feb. 21
Updated: May 6, 2013 12:46PM
“Empanada For a Dream”
Through March 16 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. $18. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704.
“Jeeves Takes a Bow”
Presented through March 3 by First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $30-$37; $26-$32 for seniors and students. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in Dominican University’s Martin Recital Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. $15. Call (708) 488-5000 or visit www.dom.edu/pac.
Presented by Oak Park Festival Theatre March 14-April 21 at the Madison Street Studio Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”
At 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at Open Door Repertory Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. $25; $22 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 342-0810 or visit www.opendoorrep.org.
Through March 24 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
“Great Love Stories,” 3 p.m. March 3 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. WFMT program host Carl Grapentine will narrate the program, which features dancers from the Elmhurst Dance Theater. $29; $27 seniors; $7 students. Free concert preview with Ted Hatmaker at 1:45 p.m. Call (630) 941-0202 or visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org.
Handel Week Festival
Concerts are held at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park. Visit www.handelweek.com or call (708) 524-0695. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.: “A Mezzo Soprano in Love and Life! The Intimate Handel — Music for Soprano, Recorder & Basso Continuo.” $35. March 3, 3 p.m.: The Oratorio “Theodora.” $45.
The Orion Ensemble
Presenting “A Voice from Heaven,” featuring soprano Patrice Michaels, 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the PianoForte Salon in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra
Performing at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. The program features J.S. Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, with the chorus formed by members of the adult choirs from First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church, Grace Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church, all of LaGrange. $15; $12 seniors; $5 students. Visit www.saltcreeksinfonietta.com or call (708) 749-0502.
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest
“Celestial Sojourn,” 4 p.m. March 3 at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. The program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” and Holst’s “The Planets.” $30 encore seating; $25 general admission seating; $25 seniors. Visit www.dom.edu/pac.
Unity Temple Concert Series
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $17-$33; proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure. (708) 445-8955. www.utconcerts.com. March 23, 7:30 p.m.: Shishonnah presents world music with classical and contemporary influences. April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Pianist Ian Hobson.
“Celebration of Music”
Featuring the St. John Choristers, Adult Choir, Walther Academy Choir, Bell Choir and Praise Team, 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park. Free. Call (708) 345-8252.
102 Harrison St., Oak Park. www.eastgatecafe.net. Feb. 22, 7-10 p.m.: Art Harrison’s Bluegrass All Stars.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Feb. 21, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with The Black Willoughbys, Jeremy David Miller with the Louvin Lovers, Decoy Prayer Meeting, $5. Feb. 22, 9 p.m.: An Evening with the Freddy Jones Band (rock). $20 in advance; $22 at the door. Feb. 23, 9 p.m.: Tab Benoit (blues/rock). $20. Feb. 24, 1 p.m.: After Brunch Bash with The Teflons and Sunnyside Up (bluegrass/country). $12, $4 ages 12 and under. Feb. 24, 4 p.m.: Kathleen O’Bryan Kurrle fundraiser featuring Mr. Blotto and Friends (rock). $40. Feb. 24, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 27, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with BakerzMillion (jazz). $5. Feb. 28, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 (rock). Free. March 1, 9 p.m.: Bumpus, Great Divide (rock). $10. March 8, 9 p.m.: Elaine Stepter & the Jackson Street Band with guests The Great I Am, Fel Davis, comedian Dirty Red and DJ Mello (R&B). $20. March 9, 9 p.m.: Kids These Days with special guest Elaine Stepter (R&B). $15. March 13, 8 p.m.: Wishbone Ash (rock). $25. March 21, 8 p.m.: Salty Dogs, The Fat Babies (jazz). $10. May 3, 9 p.m.: Southern Culture on the Skids (rock). $18 in advance, $20 at the door. May 18, 9 p.m.: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express (rock). $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
The New Budapest Orpheum Society
The Chicago-based ensemble will perform Jewish cabaret music and political songs from the turn of the century to the present at 8 p.m. March 9 at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. The program of songs sung in German, Yiddish, Hebrew and English will include pieces composed for the golden age of German-Jewish and Yiddish film during the 1920s and 1930s. $35. Call (708) 366-9000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. Events are free and all ages are invited. Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Jazz pianist Jeremy Kahn’s “American Masters Concert.”
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Concert by folk singer-songwriter Ben Bedford.
Performing at 1:30 p.m. May 13-14 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $55 show only; $70 lunch and show. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Unity Temple Concert Series
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $17-$33; proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure. (708) 445-8955. www.utconcerts.com. Feb. 23: Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Mexican folk musicians and dancers). March 23, 7:30 p.m.: Shishonnah presents world music with classical and contemporary influences.
O’Connor Art Gallery, fourth floor of Lewis Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through Feb. 27: “Urban Insights,” a visual examination of social justice through works by Jesse Howard and Jason Reblando.
149 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 648-3131. www.gallerypink-elkinsstudio.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through March 30: “Possibilities,” paintings by Janice Elkins, ceramic sculpture by Gina Lee Robbins, and works by outsider artist Howard McClain.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through March 15: Quilted wall hangings by Veronica Hallissey, an artist and author.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 5: “Body Language,” an exhibit of artwork with the human figure as the subject.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. www.oakparkconservatory.org. Through Feb. 27: “The Beauty of Nature,” watercolors by Susan Becker, and art glass by Oak Park artist Jim Katovich.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through Feb. 27: “The Blues Highway: From Mississippi to Chicago,” photographs by Oak Park resident Nancy Rose Ortenberg.
Triton College Art Gallery
Located in the Fine Arts Building (J-Building), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3589, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment. Feb. 25-April 19: “My Home is My Brain,” paintings and drawings by Gabriel Villa. Reception from 6-9 p.m. March 1.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust seeks volunteer interpreters to lead tours at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park. A training session will be held March 5-21. Prospective volunteers must attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. An orientation session will be held at noon Feb. 22 at The Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago. Visit GoWright.org or call (312) 994-4045.
The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest’s eighth annual Concerto Competition takes place March 16, and is open to all instrumental musicians who have not completed their high school senior year as of the time of the competition and whose primary residence is within 10 miles of Oak Park. The winner will receive $500 and will perform with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest at its May 13 concert. Application deadline is March 1. Call (708) 218-2648 or visit www.symphonyoprf.com.
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Champagne brunch benefit, at noon March 3 at The Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, featuring scenes from upcoming productions, raffle and silent auction. $55. Register at www.oakparkfestival.com.
Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala
Broadway singer Audra McDonald will perform at 5 p.m. March 9 in Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 Division St., River Forest. Concert tickets start at $25. Tickets to the gala, including the concert, cocktail reception and dinner, are $350. Proceeds benefit student scholarships at Dominican University. Call (708) 488-5000 or visit www.dom.edu/pac.
BOOKS & POETRY
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers History Discussion Group discusses The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe by Andrew Wheatcroft. March 9, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting with guest speaker Hank Phillipi Ryan, Boston investigative reporter and author. March 9, 2 p.m.: G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago discusses Edmund Campion: Jesuit & Martyr by Evelyn Waugh. March 24, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers History Discussion Group discusses Agent Zig Zag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre. March 16, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio. April 10, noon: William Ken Krueger discusses and signs Ordinary Grace. April 13, 2 p.m.: G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago discusses The Ball & the Cross. April 20, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup. April 28, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers History Discussion Group discusses The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas.
Franklin Park Public Library
10311 Grand Ave, Franklin Park. (847) 455-6016. March 14, 7-8:30 p.m.: Franklin Park resident Kenneth C. Kent will hold a book signing event for his novel, Spy One.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully book group discusses Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Featuring activities, refreshments and a raffle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 3 at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. Free. Visit www.oakparkconservatory.org.
“Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”
Presented by Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children through Feb. 27 at the Stahl Family Theater, located inside St. Patrick’s High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $12. Call (773) 205-9600 or visit www.chicagokidscompany.com.
“The Wizard of Oz”
Presented by Spotlight Youth Theater Feb. 22-March 3 at The Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2; and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 1 and 3. $9-$12 in advance; $11-$14 at the door. Call (847) 588-2298 or visit www.spotlight.org.
The Joffrey Ballet
Presenting “American Legends,” a mixed repertory program of four ballets by master choreographers Jerome Robbins, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch, through Feb. 24 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $31-$152. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.joffrey.org.
The Black Heritage Council will host its seventh annual Stepper’s Set, 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 23 in Triton College’s Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B-Building, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The Chicago-style dance event will include a soul food buffet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3322.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Feb. 22, 7-11 p.m.: “Boppin at the Brook,” country and western dancing, $8. Feb. 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Ron Smolen Orchestra, $14. No jeans; no gym shoes. Feb. 26, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $8. Feb. 27, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $10. No jeans; no gym shoes. March 1, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance, $7-$9. March 3, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans; no gym shoes.
Winifred Haun & Dancers
Presenting a Winter Open Rehearsal at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Intuit Dance, 237 Harrison Ave., Oak Park, featuring three works-in-progress. $6 includes drinks and snacks. Visit www.WinifredHaun.org.
Young at Heart
Ballroom dancing for all ages at 8 p.m. Fridays at the American Legion, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park. $10; $8 members. Call (773) 961-7525 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com/youngatheartclub.htm.
1022 Lake St., Oak Park. www.classiccinemas.com. Feb. 21 and 27, 7 p.m., and Feb. 24, noon: Screening of the BBC Films wildlife documentary “One Life.”
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. America’s Music film series — Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m.: “La Bamba,” with Lou Diamond Phillips as singer Richie Valens. Feb. 26, 7 p.m.: “Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: The Velocity of Celebration.”
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science will host Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book illustrator Ed Young at its inaugural Butler Lecture at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluhm Lecture Hall, Parmer Hall Room 108, on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing from 7-8 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Call (708) 524-6844.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturycharity.org. Feb. 25, 1:15 p.m.: “Daisy’s Girls (or Camping with Juliette Gordon Low).” Performer Betsey Means portrays Juliette Gordon Low founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States. $10.
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
break :: the :: box lecture series explores creative nonconformity across architecture, art and culture, in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. For tickets, call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.: David Patterson: The Music of William Carey Wright, featuring words and music of Frank Lloyd Wright’s father, William Carey Wright, a musician and composer. $15-$18. March 11, 7 p.m.: Wiel Arets :: A Wonderful World, featuring Dutch architect Wiel Arets. $12-$15. April 18, 7 p.m.: Roman Mars :: 99% Invisible: Telling Stories about the Built World. With his “tiny radio show about architecture and design,” Mars calls attention to the hidden elements and activities that shape our world. $12-$15.
Wright Around Chicago
A year-long series exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s local influences, hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and taking place at 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room of Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. Free; registration required at www.gowright.org. March 6: “From Country Hamlet to Urban Village: The Transformation of Oak Park in the Wright Years and Beyond,” presented by Frank Lipo, executive director of the Oak Park Historical Society. April 3: “J.L. Silsbee and the Making of an Artful Residence,” presented by architect Christopher Payne.
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. All skill levels welcome.
Antique American Glass Sale
Held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10 at the Concord Plaza Midwest Conference Center, 401 W. Lake St., Northlake. Offerings include Depression era glass, handmade glass, pottery and related items. $8 admission. Visit www.20-30-40society.org or call (630) 851-4504.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Feb. 24: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; children’s show, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. On Feb. 23, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday show will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.
Storytelling and DJ event held at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Each storyteller is invited to share a five-minute story inspired by the monthly tune. March 5: “Oh Danny Boy.” April 9: “When Fools Rush In.” May 7: “Mama Told Me Not To Come.” June 4: “My Father’s House.” July 2: “Coming To America.” Admission $8. Visit http://maureenmuldoon.wix.com/voice-box.
Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. www.ehfop.org. Tea for Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 26, featuring tours of the historic home where Hemingway was born, along with complimentary tea. Free admission.