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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

JANE GOODALL MUSICAL TO INSPIRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 7 p.m. April 25
COST AND INFO: $14 for youth, $20 for adults; AtTheMAC.org, 630-942-4000
ABOUT: The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presents the musical, “Me … Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall.” Using anecdotes taken directly from Goodall’s autobiography, the show is recommended for ages 6 and older. Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She would become the first person to study chimpanzees in their native African habitat.
JANE GOODALL MUSICAL TO INSPIRE YOUNG AUDIENCES WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 7 p.m. April 25 COST AND INFO: $14 for youth, $20 for adults; AtTheMAC.org, 630-942-4000 ABOUT: The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presents the musical, “Me … Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall.” Using anecdotes taken directly from Goodall’s autobiography, the show is recommended for ages 6 and older. Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She would become the first person to study chimpanzees in their native African habitat.

APRIL 19

GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE STAGING "MOON OVER BUFFALO" COMEDY: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through April 28, First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York St. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; discount for Easter Sunday performance. Information: 630-464-2646, www.greenmantheatre.org.

SPRING DANCE SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The College Dance program showcases the work of student and guest choreographers, plus faculty. Cost: $10 for all adults, $5 for students. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

FIRST FOLIO PRESENTING "THE FIRESTORM": Wednesday to Sunday through 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. Information: firstfolio.org.

THE STEEPWATER BAND: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

AN EVENING WITH MOJO – A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $10 to $13. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

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.

CIRCO HERMANOS VAZQUEZ: Through April 28, North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Circus is in town. Information: www.circovazquez.com.

"DELICATE BEAUTY" EXHIBIT OF PHOTO MONTAGES BY JOANNE BARSANTI: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until April 26, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door 4. Japanese garden images underlie the show. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.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.

NATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF POLITICAL POSTERS: Through April 28, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The museum will host "Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012." Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

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.

APRIL 22

GREEN SPEAKER SERIES' SEED SWAP AND PLANT EXCHANGE: 3 p.m., Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave. Bring unused seeds and transferred plants to the library, swap with like-minded gardeners, and learn about the Westmont Seed Library. Registration requested. Cost: Free. Information: westmontlibrary.org.

GREEN SPEAKER SERIES ON COMPOSTING – BUILDING YOUR GARDEN FROM THE GROUND UP: 7 p.m., Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave. Registration required. Cost: Free. Information: westmontlibrary.org.

TOP TIPS FOR BEING ORGANIZED: 7 p.m., Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Learn how to live a simple and organized life at home and in the office. Registration requested. Cost: Free. Information: 708-485-6917, www.brookfieldlibrary.info.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FILM – "RACING EXTINCTION": 7 p.m., College of DuPage's Health and Science Center, room 1234, on the campus at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Discussion will follow. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for additional topic information. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3awj.

STUDENT WORKS PLUS "VERDANT VISIONS" EXHIBITION AT RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: Through April 27, 32 E. Quincy St. Yva Neal of Riverside's collection of works explores people's connection with nature and how it affects the psyche through interaction. Each piece uses natural materials and invites the viewer to have a relationship by either misting the moss or stacking the rocks. RAC also celebrates artworks by Riverside Brookfield High School AP art students. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

APRIL 23

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.

APRIL 24

SPRING SESSION OF WATER EXERCISE TECHNIQUE CLASSES FOR ADULTS: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside. The water-based exercise class is meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance. No swimming is involved. Information: www.rbhs208.net, clicking on community, swimming pool, WET class or email Noelle at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

APRIL 25

"KINDERTRANSPORT": 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25 to May 5, Elmhurst College's Mill Theatre, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Following Kristallnacht in 1938, the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany was formed. In nine months, almost 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent to Britain, most of them Jewish. Playwright Diane Samuels interviewed adults who were these kinder who survived the Holocaust, weaving their experiences of loss, guilt and discovery into the play. Information: Tickets at mill@elmhurst.edu.

BERWYN LIBRARY WRITER'S GROUP: 7 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Information: www.berwynlibrary.org.

RYAN CHRYS & THE ROUGH CUTS: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $10 to $13. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

STUDENT VOICE RECITAL BY KATHRYN RISCHE: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, 132 Recital Hall, at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton. Cost: Free. Information: Call the Conservatory of Music at 630-752-5099, www.wheaton.edu/calendar-of-events/arts-and-performance-calendar.

APRIL 26

"ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL": Wednesday through Sunday from April 26 to 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; $50 to $65 for previews. Information: drurylanetheatre.com.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM CHILDREN'S PARTY: 6:30 to 9 p.m., DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Activities will include a screening of “An American Tail.” All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Cost: $12. Information: dupagemuseum.org/events/night-at-the-museum, 630-510-4941.

AVA MORSE EP RELEASE CONCERT: 7 p.m., Alter Brewing Company's Barrel Room, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. Cost: $8 in advance or $15 at event. Information: Tickets at shawurl.com/3b39; avamorse.com.

"A BUTLER DID IT" BY GROVE PLAYERS: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 to May 5, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. In the Robert Scott play, the three Butler brothers can't seem to agree on anything except that they don't care for each other's company. Add a detested Aunt Francesca plus a briefcase containing $1 million and the comic plot thickens. Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors. Information: www.groveplayers.org.

ANDREW CALHOUN AND CASEY CALHOUN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St, Downers Grove. Casey joins her father, veteran Chicago folk artist Andrew Calhoun, on vocals. Her voice shines on songs by many artists, and adds new dimensions to her father’s vast repertoire of original and traditional songs. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

AMERICAN ENGLISH, THE BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

FROGWATCH USA VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 6 p.m., Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. People with an interest in frogs and toads can become a FrogWatch USA volunteer; no expertise is required. Cost: $7 per person or $20 per family. Registration required. Information: frogwatchcosleyzoo@wheatonparks.org; cosleyzoo.org/programs.

APRIL 27

NATIONAL CIVIL WAR, COLLECTOR ARMS AND MILITARY SHOW AND SALE: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, Manchester and County Farm roads, Wheaton. Items span the Civil War, Revolutionary War, Indian Wars and recent war eras. Cost: $9 per adult, free for children 16 and younger. Information: Zurko Promotions at 715-526-9769 or chicagocivilwarshow.com.

TURKISH FOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Turkish American Society of Wheaton, 1415 Hill Ave. Food will be available for purchase. Information: taswheaton.org or email info@taswheaton.org.

"ARTISTRY IN WOOD" PRESENTED BY NORTH SUBURBAN CARVERS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and 28, Cantigny's Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road., Wheaton. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: cantigny.org.

OPERA HIGHLIGHTS WITH SINFONIETTA BEL CANTO SOLOISTS: 4 p.m., Le Jardin restaurant at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: sinfoniettabelcanto.org.

APRIL 28

'THE WONDER BREAD YEARS" STARRING PAT HAZELL: 3 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

MAY 2

"MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET" PRESENTED BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, May 2 to June 2, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

MAY 3

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER AND MEMPHIS SOULPHONY: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

MAY 5

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Noon to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Isle a la Cache Brigade portrays cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen from the 18th-century fur trade era in all-ages programs. May’s theme focuses on fire-starting methods. In addition, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer the Busy Beavers Craft Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20, May 18 and June 15. There are monthly themes – April's is create an exotic bird mask; May, create a caterpillar to travel with you on your walks; and June, make 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.

MAY 7

GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB SPRING LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m., Glen Oak Country Club, 21W451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. The club celebrates its 124th annual spring luncheon, and guests are welcome. Cocktails are served at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program featuring Nostalgia Entertainment with Cynthia and Matt Gruel at 1:30 p.m. Fifties-era music is the theme of the program titled “Unforgettable.” Cost: $50. Information: To make a reservation or buy a ticket, call Mary Ann Zeitz at 630-858-8264.

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