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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

GUITAR GREAT GOMES
WHERE: BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, no. 13, Lombard
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. March 15
COST & INFO: $12 to $15; www.brauerhouse.com
ABOUT: Anthony Gomes, 2017 European Blues Award Winner for Best Musician/Live Performance, brings his tour to town. His "Peace, Love & Loud Guitars" was named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian magazine. Gomes, joined by bassist Sean Holland and drummer Jeremy Howard, will showcase songs from his latest release and perform fan favorites from past albums.
GUITAR GREAT GOMES WHERE: BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, no. 13, Lombard WHEN: 9:30 p.m. March 15 COST & INFO: $12 to $15; www.brauerhouse.com ABOUT: Anthony Gomes, 2017 European Blues Award Winner for Best Musician/Live Performance, brings his tour to town. His "Peace, Love & Loud Guitars" was named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian magazine. Gomes, joined by bassist Sean Holland and drummer Jeremy Howard, will showcase songs from his latest release and perform fan favorites from past albums.

MARCH 15

HEAD HONCHOS BAND READY TO ROCK THE BLUES: 9 p.m., Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Rocco Calipari Sr. since 1995 also has played lead guitar for a noted Chicago-based blues group, Howard and The White Boys. His namesake son is co-featured on guitar in Head Honchos. Cost: $6. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com, 708-484-3610.

LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING TO CIRCLE OF FIFTHS BAND AT COOPER'S CORNER: 7:30 p.m., Cooper's Corner, 27W150 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. Cost: No cover, but $15 purchase requested. Information: cooperscorner.com.

SHADES OF TIME & FRIENDS APPEARING IN SANTANA TRIBUTE: 9:30 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: www.wireismusic.com.

ELMHURST COLLEGE'S MILL THEATRE PRESENTING "VIOLET": 8 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. March 17, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. For Violet, it was the day her papa’s axe blade flew off its handle and struck her in the face. Information: mill@elmhurst.edu, 630-617-5186.

"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.

"THE FOREIGNER" BY GLEN ELLYN'S OWN LARRY SHUE: 8 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. March 17, McAninch Arts Center’s Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. COD College Theater presents the acclaimed comedy, which has adult language and themes. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for students. Information: 630-942-4000, AtTheMAC.org.

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.

"BIG FISH" MUSICAL BY ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE: 7 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 1:30 p.m. March 17, the school's Kuhn Cultural Arts Center, 2130 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. Brandon Lewis directs the story of Edward Bloom, who has lived a fantastical life populated by witches, giants and mermaids. Edward’s son Will is not amused by his father’s tales and insists on a rational account. When Will learns he and his wife are going to have a son, Will decides to find his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Information: www.sfhscollegeprep.org.

WESTMONT PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS "STEEL MAGNOLIAS": March 15 to 24, The Commons, 117 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12, $10 for seniors and children. Information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4065508; westmontparks.org/wpa.

LOCAL DANCERS FROM THE BETH FOWLER SCHOOL OF DANCE APPEAR IN PROKOFIEV'S "CINDERELLA": March 15 to 17, Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., downtown DeKalb. Curtain is at 7 p.m. March 15; 2 and 7 p.m. March 16; and 2 p.m. March 17. The 25th anniversary production includes receptions after each performance. Every child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Cinderella onstage after the show, where photos may be taken in the pumpkin coach. From West Chicago are Emily Fox as the Summer Fairy, and Olivia Brown as the Autumn Fairy. Cost: $21 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Information: BethFowlerDanceCompany.com, box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door.

DUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: 7:30 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Watch the orchestra rehearse Irish-themed music and work with its 2019 Young Artists Auditions winner for the first hour, then check out the instrument petting zoo, and join Maestra Barbara Schubert and the DSO musicians for refreshments. The "Luck o' the Irish" regular concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 16. It's preceded by refreshments and pre-concert lecture and entertainment. Cost: Rehearsal free for students and subscribers and $5 for others, with reservations requested. Information: www.dupagesymphony.org.

MARCH 16

ACAPPELLAGO'S "ESCAPE TO ALL THE RIGHT PLACES" CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Acappellago, founded in 2002, is an a cappella chamber choir. Cost: $17, $15 for students and seniors. Information: acappellago.org, 708-484-3797.

TRINITY IRISH DANCERS AT DOWNERS GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10:30 a.m., 1050 Curtiss St. The performance by dancers of all ages will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and children can learn a jig. Registration is requested. Information: kidsdesk@dglibrary.org or 630-960–1200, www.dglibrary.org.

LYONS DEN ENTERTAINMENT GRAND OPENING WEEKEND: 9 p.m., 7905 Ogden Ave., Lyons. Saladin will be part of the lineup; tickets through eventbrite. Information: shawurl.com/3ayg.

MARCH 17

CHICAGOLAND MG CLUB'S BRITISH CAR PARTS SWAP MEET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information: www.dupagecountyfair.org, 630-858-8192.

ALL ANIMAL EXPO: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: $5. Information: www.dupagecountyfair.org, 630-668-6636.

ICHIYO IKEBANA SCHOOL FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION: 12:30 p.m., Bensenville Park District, 1000 W. Wood St. The public is invited to an ikebana demonstration from Ichiyo School, and to meet Ikebana International Chicago Chapter members and ikebana lovers. The school was founded in 1937 in Japan. Registration is requested. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3ayh.

TRINITY IRISH DANCERS: 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Dancers ages 4 to 16 take over the lobby for a festive, traditional Irish dancing celebration. The drop-in program is for all ages. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

ALL-IRELAND FIDDLE CHAMPION LEXIA KENNEDY: 10:15 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn, 493 Forest Ave. She will be the featured guest musician on St. Patrick’s Day in the 10:15 a.m. liturgy, providing special music grounded in the Irish tradition throughout the service. A member of the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club in Burr Ridge, she received first place in the category of fiddle solo for ages 12 to 15 at the 2018 Music Festival of Ireland. A Green Potluck will follow; attendees are invited to bring their own nondisposable place settings and a main dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Information: info@graceglenellyn.org, 630-469-1555.

MARCH 18

STUDENT CLARINET RECITAL BY ALBRECHT ESCOBAR: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, 132 Recital Hall, Wheaton College, 520 E. Kenilworth Ave., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099, www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/music-events-calendar.

MARCH 19

BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB PROGRAM ON THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE: 7 p.m., St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Michelle Nichols, a scientist at the Adler Planetarium, will put politics on the back burner and focus on the scientific evidence. Visitors are welcome. Information: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com, www.bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

AAUW DOWNERS GROVE AREA BRANCH PROGRAM ON 10 PEOPLE FROM ILLINOIS WHO CHANGED HISTORY – BESIDES LINCOLN: 6:30 p.m., Downers Grove Public Library, 1020 Curtiss St. Historian Leslie Goddard is the presenter. Cost: Free. Information: downersgrove-il.aauw.net.

THE RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE WORLD – A VIEW FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT: 7:30 p.m., Elmhurst College's Frick Center Founders Lounge, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Presenter is Hannah Rosenthal, daughter of a rabbi and Holocaust survivor, recently retired as head of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Under President Obama, she served the U.S. State Department as a special envoy, heading the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3ayj.

MARCH 20

STUDENT VIOLA RECITAL BY MEGHAN RAZZINI: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, 132 Recital Hall, Wheaton College, 520 E. Kenilworth Ave., Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099, www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/music-events-calendar.

PAPER FILAGREE QUILLING PRESENTED BY BETTY BURIAN KIRK FOR THE LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Kirk, a noted fiber artist, will do an interactive program on quilling, in which narrow strips of paper are coiled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs and images. Participants may purchase a kit for $3 that includes a tool to make quills, a card with envelope, a snowflake design and strips of paper. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free admission, with a donation for the local food pantry appreciated. Information: Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145, www.lemontartistsguild.org.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT CANTIGNY PRESENTING LESLIE GODDARD: 7 p.m., Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Goddard will portray Queen Elizabeth II in a program described as ideal for families with children ages 10 and older. Although the event is free, advance registration is required at 630-260-8162 or register@cantigny.org. Cost: Parking for $5. Information: www.cantigny.org.

"THE INSULT," A GLOBAL FLICKS FILM FROM LEBANON: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. A Lebanese Christian and Palestinian refugee argument turns violent and escalates to a court case. The feud dredges up the past issues from Lebanon’s civil war, which threatens to erupt all over again. Cost: Free. Information: atthemac.org.

MARCH 21

BAROQUE CHAMBER CONCERT: Noon and 1:15 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, 132 Recital Hall, Wheaton College, 520 E. Kenilworth Ave., Wheaton. The performances feature Jennie Oh Brown on traverso, Jeremy David Ward on gamba and Emily Jane Katayama on harpsichord. Cost: Free. Information: Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099, www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/music-events-calendar.

DUPAGE HOUSING INFORMATION TABLE: 5 to 8 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. Members of the DuPage County Continuum of Care will staff an information table on the library's main floor to help those in need of securing affordable housing. Information: wheatonlibrary.org.

"A RICH AND FERTILE LAND" LECTURE: 7 p.m., DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Join Bruce Kraig and museum manager Michelle Podkowa as they discuss "A Rich and Fertile Land,” including a look at culinary history. Registration is requested. Cost: $5 for adults. Information: dupagemuseum.org/events/rich-and-fertile-land.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF GLEN ELLYN'S COMMUNITY MEETING ON WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: 7:30 p.m., Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St. Taking part will be Emily Worth, a staff attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, and Rita Dragonette, author of "The Fourteenth of September." Information: www.lwvge.org.

MARCH 22

WHEATON DRAMA'S "MURDERED TO DEATH": March 22 to April 14, Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. Take a high-energy, comedic spoof of Agatha Christie-type whodunits, set in a proper English manor with multiple doors and windows for quick comings-and-goings, a script chuck full of malapropisms and puns, a cast full of talented, but decidedly Midwestern actors, and a genuine British director, and one has a recipe for a hilarious production, announces the troupe. 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.

ERIC LAMBERT: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He mixes feel-good Americana with bluegrass, blues, rock and soul. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

ST. LOUISE PLAYERS PRESENTING "CRAZY FOR YOU": 7 p.m. March 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. March 24 and 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.

THE LEGENDARY VOCALS OF TAKE 6: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Its members heralded by Quincy Jones as the "baddest vocal cats on the planet," the group is the most awarded in history. Cost: $55 to $67; $30 extra for VIP Suite Service. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

THE BIG LAGNIAPPE, INFLUENCED BY NEW ORLEANS ROOTS MUSIC: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

WHEATON COLLEGE'S CONCERT CHOIR PERFORMING THE DURUFLE REQUIEM: 7:30 p.m., College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. The program will include Duruflé's masterwork with organ, as well as two world premieres by Wheaton College composers, both reflections on Augustine's "Confessions." Tickets are available only at the door. Cost: $10, $5 for seniors age 60 and older, and free to all students. Information: Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099, www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/music-events-calendar.

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 23

PILOBOLUS PERFORMING SHADOWLAND, THE NEW ADVENTURE: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Famed contemporary dance company Pilobolus brings the sequel to its most popular show. The Chicago area premiere uses mixed media to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic quest to save an imaginary bird. Dancers employ animation, video and shadow-theater. Cost: $55 to $65. Information: atthemac.org.

"THE LADY AND THE LOCKET – THE LOVES OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Actress Maria Bakalis presents an original one-woman show about the loves of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Learn about the women in his complicated life. He was a well-known, successful actor from a well-to- do family in Maryland, who just weeks before the assassination of Lincoln became engaged to the daughter of a U.S. senator. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for GEHS members, and $5 for students age 18 and younger. Information: 630-469-1867, www.glenellynhistory.org, with tickets also available at the door.

MARCH 25

REHEARSALS: 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The Elmhurst German ladies' and men's choruses hold combined rehearsals for the upcoming spring season every Monday night. Information: elmhurstdamenchor.com.

MARCH 26

ELMHURST ARTISTS' GUILD GALLERY EXHIBITION: Through March 29, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

MARCH 27

FIRST FOLIO PRESENTING "THE FIRESTORM": March 27 to April 28, First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail, are thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick’s past surfaces. As the pressure intensifies, the politics become explosively personal and the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture. Previews are offered March 27 to 29. Information: firstfolio.org.

MARCH 29

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.

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. To display a quilt in the annual show, contact Jonathan at 630-834-3152 or jsebastian@bensenvilleparkdistrict.org. 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.

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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