Arts and entertainment calendar for March 21
Updated: May 6, 2013 12:46PM
Presented by Artists of Concordia Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 18-20 and 2 p.m. April 14 and 21 at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 W. Madison St., Oak Park. $15; $10 students and seniors. Visit www.mstoakpark.com.
“Empanada for a Dream”
Through March 23 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. $18. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704.
“Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way”
April 4-May 11 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. $18. Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“Murder on the Midnight Cruise”
The interactive live theatre murder mystery will be at 7 p.m. April 19 at Elmwood Family Restaurant, 7725 W. Belmont Ave., Elmwood Park. $20 includes dinner and the show (cash bar). Call (708) 452-6602 or visit www.indistars.org.
Through April 7 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
Presented by Oak Park Festival Theatre through 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.
Through March 24 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. $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.
“Underneath the Lintel”
Presented March 27-April 28 by First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., Oak Brook. $26-$37. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
Presented by the Fenwick High School Blackfriars Guild at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 in the auditorium at Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park. $14; $10 students and seniors. Visit www.fenwickfriars.com or call (708) 386-0127.
“Bound Away: Songs of Traveling”
A capella ensemble La Caccina performs at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 744 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park. The program includes well-known folk tunes and popular songs, as well as choral works. $10. Visit www.lacaccina.com.
Oak Park Concert Chorale
“A cappella Joy,” 4 p.m. April 21 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division St., River Forest. $18; $10 students and seniors. Call (708) 383-4742 or visit www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest
“Spring Rhapsody,” 4 p.m. April 21 at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. The program includes works by Strauss, Rachmaninov and Beethoven. $30 encore seating; $25 general admission seating; $25/$20 seniors. Call (708) 218-2648 or visit www.symphonyoprf.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. April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Pianist Ian Hobson performs works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and Rachmaninoff.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. March 21, 8 p.m.: Salty Dogs, The Fat Babies (jazz). $10. March 21, 8:30 p.m.: Expo ‘76 (rock). Free. March 22, 9 p.m.: Phil Angotti, Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon and Tony Kidonakis play the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” album in its entirety to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, $6. March 23, 9 p.m.: Dolly Varden; Sam Llanas (roots rock). $15. March 24, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee (jazz). $10; $5 17 and under. March 27, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with BakerzMillion (jazz). $5. March 28, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Morning Shower Scotch, Honky Tonk Parade, $5. March 29, 8:30 p.m.: Elisa Grace, Michele McGuire, Nick Shaheen & Associates (rock). $10. March 29, 9 p.m.: Cannonball (rock). Free. March 30, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks with Big Head Todd (blues). $20. April 4, 8 p.m.: Luke Winslow-King plus Cole DeGenova & the People’s Republic and Alexis & the Samurai (roots rock). $10. April 5, 8:30 p.m.: The Right Now, Magnolia Sons, Golden (soul/rock). $10 in advance; $12 at the door. April 6, 9 p.m.: Jimmie Vaughan (blues). $25. April 12, 9 p.m.: Weeping Willows, Majors Junction (country). $10. April 13, 9 p.m.: Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys (country). $12. April 14, noon: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle (polka). $10 in advance; $12 at the door. April 19, 8:30 p.m.: The Special Consensus; Henhouse Prowlers (bluegrass). $20. April 26, 9 p.m.: Go Long Mule, Crane Wives (roots rock). $10. April 27, 9 p.m.: Janiva Magness (blues). $15. May 3, 9 p.m.: Southern Culture on the Skids (rock). $18 in advance, $20 at the door. May 10, 9 p.m.: American English (rock). $12. May 11, 7 p.m.: Leon Redbone (jazz/blues). $30. May 17, 9 p.m.: Red Elvises (rock). $15. May 18, 9 p.m.: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express (rock). $15 in advance; $18 at the door. May 24, 9 p.m.: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys (roots). $15. May 23, 8:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic (blues). $15.
Hanging Gardens Banquets
8301 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove. (708) 456-2900. March 26, 7-10 p.m.: Jazz Community Big Band, an 18-piece big band based in Norridge, plays the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and others. $10.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. Events are free and all ages are invited. March 30, 7 p.m.: Oak Park River Forest Alumni Chorus will perform a concert titled “Sounds of Spring.”
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. March 30, 3 p.m.: Golden Horse Ranch Band plays music for square dances, waltzes, contra and swing dances.
Open Door Theater
902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. (708) 342-0810. www.opendoorrep.org. March 22, 8 p.m.: Ring Shout plays R&B, reggae, mainstream jazz and original compositions. $8.
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.
217 Home Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-2654. www.pleasanthome.org. April 21, 4 p.m.: The Terri Sullivan Trio with guitarist Zvonimir Tot (jazz). $35; $50 per couple. Admission includes a Pleasant Home tour.
“Rhythm, Rhyme & Refrain”
The jazz concert series will be held at the Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. $15 per concert; $12 students and seniors. Call (708) 342-0810 or visit www.opendoorrep.org/tickets. March 23: The Linda Solotaire Trio in “Dreams of You, the Sun, the Moon and Johnny Mercer.” June 1: Vocalist Spider Saloff presents “The Memory of All That: A Gershwin Celebration.” June 8: The Jeannie Tanner Quartet presents “Visions from Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen.” June 15: Saalik Ziyad and Sarah Marie Young in “Chicago Duets Revisits the Rhythm & Rhyme Makers.”
Triton College Jazz Spectacular
Presented at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert M. Collins Building, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. $7; $5 seniors. Visit www.triton.edu/music.
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.
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. March 22, 6 p.m.: Wine and cheese reception for the opening of the Lifelong Learning Center’s Senior Art Show.
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 April 5: “Carved & Composed,” an exhibit of sculpture, photography, collage and digital media.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. www.oakparkconservatory.org. Through April 30: “Intimate Perspective,” works by photographer Susannah Yong.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. March: “Façade,” an exhibit of art work by four local women — Maura Checconi Crubellati, Nancy Wisti Grayson, Ann Primack and Marcia Palazzolo.
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. Through April 19: “My Home is My Brain,” paintings and drawings by Gabriel Villa.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
The Trust will hold training sessions April 16-May 2 for volunteer interpreters to lead tours at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park. Prospective volunteers must attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. Orientation sessions will take place at noon March 22 at the Rookery, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago; and 10 a.m. April 13 at Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. Visit www.gowright.org or call Linda Bonifas-Guzman, (312) 994-4045.
Writer in Residence program
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park seeks applicants for its Writer in Residence program. The writer chosen will be given use of a workspace at the Hemingway Birthplace Home for one year at no cost, and will be asked to provide cultural programming — lectures, workshops, presentations or other programs. Application deadline is June 1. Visit www.ehfop.org.
“All Kinds of Crazy”
Arlene Malinowski will perform her one-woman show about mental illness at 6 p.m. April 13 at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. $25 show only; $75 show and reception. Proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Metro Suburban. Visit www.namimetsub.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. March 24, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers History Discussion Group discusses The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans & the Battle for Europe by Andrew Wheatcroft. 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 14, 1 p.m.: Mystery Writers of America Midwest Region meeting. April 20, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting. April 20, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen. April 21, 2 p.m.: J. Michael Major discusses and signs One Man’s Castle. April 26, 6-8:30 p.m.: Special program — “Art Meets History,” an exhibition of works depicting mystery locations in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Cuba, by artist Laurie Regan Chase. April 28, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (history discussion group) discusses The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst & the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas. May 4, 2 p.m.: Michael Black discusses and signs Pope’s Last Case & Other Stories and To Hell in a Fast Car: On the Road to Death & Destruction. May 5, 2 p.m.: Henry Kisor discusses and signs Hang Fire. May 11, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting. May 11, 2 p.m.: G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago discusses The Everlasting Norwegian by Chesterton and Sigrid Undset. May 17, 7 p.m.: Michael Stanley discusses and signs Deadly Harvest. May 18, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup. May 25, 2 p.m.: Ryan Jennings Peterson discusses and signs On the Ladder of Humanity and On the Edge of Greed. May 26, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (history discussion group) discusses The Last Lion Vol. 1: Winston Churchill Visions of Glory 1874-1932 by William Manchester. June 1, 2 p.m.: Ted Anton discusses and signs The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth.
Magic Tree Bookstore
141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848-0770. www.magictreebooks.com. March 27, 8 p.m.: Jennifer Cody Epstein will discuss and sign The Gods of Heavenly Punishment.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. March 24, 2 p.m.: Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully Book Discussion Group discusses Learning to Breathe: My Year-Long Quest to Bring Calm to My Life by Priscilla Warner.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. March 22 and April 5, 7-11 p.m.: Country and western dancing, $8. March 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. March 26 and April 2, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $8. March 27 and April 3, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $10. March 29, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance, $7-$9. March 30, 7 p.m.: The Swinger’s Ball 16 — The Masquerade Ball featuring Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, $25. April 7, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14.
Winifred Haun & Dancers
Presenting a spring open rehearsal at 4 p.m. April 28 at the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard St. Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson, Chicago, featuring three works-in-progress. Audience members will have a chance to give feedback on the new works. General admission $6. 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. April 2, noon and 7 p.m.: First Tuesday Film Club features the German film “Lore.” $8.50; $6 for the matinee and seniors.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. America’s Music lecture series — March 27, 7 p.m.: The Numero Group presents “Eccentric Soul.”
River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest. March 21, 7 p.m.: Neil Samos presents “Chicago’s Classic Restaurants, Past, Present, and Future.” Free.
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. 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. 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. March 25 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. All skill levels welcome.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. ww.19thcenturycharity.org. April 8, 1:15 p.m.: “The 210-Year Journey of a Lost Princess.” Roberta L. Raymond, researcher and interviewer, and Belinda Bremner, actress portraying the French artist Elizabeth-Louise Vigee le Brun, interact in an imaginary conversation that tells the journey of a long-lost painting of a Russian princess recently found in the Chicago area. $10; program and lunch $27. Lunch reservations due by April 4.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through April 28: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; children’s shows, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. The 7:30 p.m. March 23 and April 20 shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.
Riverside Township Radio Players
Performing at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Riverside Township Hall auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. The program features The Saint in “The Corpse Said, ‘Ouch’” and “Liz gets her Portrait Painted” from My Favorite Husband. Admission is free. Call (708) 442-8810.
Triton Troupers Circus
Presented at 7 p.m. March 21-22 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 23 in Triton College’s Robert M. Collins Gymnasium, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, featuring tightrope walking, cycling, juggling and clowns. Saturday’s 1 p.m. show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. $6. Visit http://tritontrouperscircus.com.
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. 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.