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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

WHERE: McAninch Arts Center on the campus College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn 
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 11; free MAC Chat at 6:30 p.m.
COST & INFO: $49 to $59;, 630-942-4000
ABOUT: Ballet Hispánico, a leading Latino dance organization in America, will present its All-Latina Choreographers Program. Led by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico is known for a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance. For an additional $30 per person, VIP Service is available including a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. Shown is “Sombrerísimo,” inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte.
BALLET HISPANICO WHERE: McAninch Arts Center on the campus College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 11; free MAC Chat at 6:30 p.m. COST & INFO: $49 to $59;, 630-942-4000 ABOUT: Ballet Hispánico, a leading Latino dance organization in America, will present its All-Latina Choreographers Program. Led by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico is known for a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance. For an additional $30 per person, VIP Service is available including a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. Shown is “Sombrerísimo,” inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte.


"MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET" BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2, McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Ever since the miraculous night in 1942, when the Blessed Mother appeared to grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. Post-show discussion with director, actors and crew is planned May 10. Cost: $40. Information:, 630-942-4000.

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information:, 708-582-6510.

"ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL": Wednesday through Sunday through 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. Information:

LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY LILAC BUSH SALE: May 9 to 11, Lilacia Park, one block west of Main Street and one block south of St. Charles Road, Lombard. The sale is open from 3 to 7 p.m. May 9; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10; and 8 a.m. until sold out May 11. The club also is selling Lilac Time Garden Flags. Information:

CHAMBER SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Director is Lee Kesselman. Cost: $6. Information:, 630-942-4000.

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:

MAY 10

THE GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 3 p.m. May 11, College Church, 335 E. Seminary, Wheaton. Composer, conductor, educator, church musician, organ performer, adjudicator and workshop clinician Keith Hampton will conduct his piece “Celebrate!” in the all-American concert program. Cost: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for students. Information:, 630-415-3066.

"PETALS FOR PETS" PLANT SALE TO BENEFIT WEST SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY: 3 to 7 p.m. May 10 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11, Doggie Depot, 635 Rogers St., Downers Grove. A wide variety of flats, hanging baskets, perennials, vegetable plants and native plants will be available. Information: 630-960-9600,

DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD – A GRR-IFIC EXHIBIT: Through May 12, DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. It brings to life the themes presented in the PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Cost: $12 included with museum admission. Information:

ANIMA – GLEN ELLYN CHILDREN'S CHORUS: 7 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. It features works by contemporary composers including Timothy Takach, Erik Whitacre, Gwenneth Walker and Lee Hoiby. Cost: $15 to $23. Information:, 630-858-2471.

C.S. LEWIS AND DOROTHY L. SAYERS – A FEISTY FRIENDSHIP: 4:15 p.m., Wheaton College's Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium, 351 Lincoln Ave., Wheaton. The Wade Center’s new co-directors, Crystal and David Downing, share excerpts from personal letters between C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-752-5908,

JOEL MABUS: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He is described as a skilled guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin player and songwriter, who plays traditional folk to bluegrass, blues and original songs. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

LILAC TIME EVENTS: Until mid-May, Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard. The Lombard Park District's Lilacia Park is an 8.5-acre horticultural showcase featuring hundreds of lilacs and thousands of tulips, along with special events for the festival. Information:

GLEN ELLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH VILLAGE LINKS OF GLEN ELLYN TO OFFER THREE MINIATURE GOLF HOLES: month of May, library at 400 Duane St. “Putt Putt FORE Fun” holes feature books and other fun obstacles. Youth ages 8 to 16 can register to win a free half-day golf lesson or a free bucket of range balls. The free event kicks off summer programs at the library and golf course. Information:, 630-469-0879;

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:

EXHIBIT: Through June 15, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" highlights work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish; an Artists' Talk is offered at 2 p.m. May 25. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. The center's FlexSpace displays "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing your air," an installation by Yoonshin Park, featuring self-breathing pillows on the floor; the show runs until June 11. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

MAY 11

SELECTIONS BY SIX PAINTERS: May 11 to Aug. 25, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. The show's title "With a Capital P" is a reference to an approach that doesn’t always use paint or brush. The group exhibition consists of six rooms, each using different criteria to interpret artistic approaches and a wide-ranging conversation about process and media. Cost: $10 to $12; free for youth younger than 18. Information:

FAREWELL CONCERT BY CONDUCTOR OF ACAPPELLAGO: 7:30 p.m., Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Founding maestro Dennis Smith will lead Acappellago's current members and alumni in a selection of favorite pieces from its 17 seasons, plus surprises, in a performance titled "Escape to … Another Sentimental Journey." The new music director will be Vicki Linich. Cost: Free, but a $15 donation is welcomed at the door. Information:

BRICK SAFARI AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Opens May 11, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. It features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created from millions of individual colored LEGO bricks. Information:

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA, DESCRIBED AS THE NATION'S MOST DIVERSE ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The "SoundSketch" concert will feature guest violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The program highlights musical icons – many female – in a string-centric program in rhythm, blues and beyond, honoring visionaries, composers, musicians and conductors. The program is repeated May 13 at Symphony Center in Chicago. Cost: $10 to $62 in advance online. Information:

MARK DVORAK LEADS ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP ON SONGWRITING, FINGER-PICKING AND HARMONY: 1 p.m., First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. Dvorak of Riverside is a distinguished teaching artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Those who play an instrument other than guitar also are welcome to attend. Cost: $30 for the public, $20 for Plank Road members; one can become a member upon registration. Information: Mark Dvorak at;;

SHOW BY FASHION STUDIES STUDENTS AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE: 3 and 7 p.m., at Street Scene inside Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center on main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The "CODe” show will feature original designs created by fashion design students; it is produced by fashion merchandising students. Cost: $10 for the 3 p.m. show and $15 for the 7 p.m. show. Information: 630-942-2619,

PSYCHOLOGIST'S BOOK SIGNING PAIRED WITH REPTILE SHOW AND LIVE MUSIC: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Barbara's Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. Gene Carroccia has written “Treating ADHD/ADD In Children and Adolescents: Solutions for Parents and Clinicians.” The book launch will feature Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures reptile show and music by recording artist Noah Gabriel. Information:;

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, municipal parking lot at Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton. It's presented by Bensidoun USA. Information:

MAY 12

CHICAGO BRONZE HANDBELL ENSEMBLE: 4 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Information:

MAY 13

LIFE IN A JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMP: 7 p.m., Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Historian Sarah Okner, a descendant of internees, shares photos and details of daily life in an internment camp. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 708-485-6917, ext. 130, or

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTING "BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY": 7 p.m., Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Information:

MAY 14

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,

MAY 15

PHOTOGRAPHY – LIGHT TECHNIQUES AND DIGITAL EDITING PRESENTED BY LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Mike Bessler will introduce what is available from the online ADOBE photograph editing programs ( Cost: Free, with a donation for the food pantry appreciated. Information: Call Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145 or

FITZGERALD'S BIG BAND DANCE PARTY: 7 p.m., 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. The Big Band Swing Dance Party will feature the APOL Big Band (APOL short for Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders). Free dance lessons are offered during the break. Cost: $10. Information:

MAY 16

BENSENVILLE SPRING CARNIVAL: May 16 to 19, Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville. Information:

TASTE OF GLEN ELLYN: May 16 to 19, downtown Glen Ellyn on Main Street and Crescent Blvd. Information:

TASTE OF THE TOWN – FOOD FOR LIFE: 6 to 10 p.m., Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The UCCA event features food and wine and beer tastings from 17 Elmhurst businesses. UCCA provides food to Elmhurst school children and their families. Price: $60 to $70. Information: Tickets at

MAY 17

SPIRITO! SINGERS: 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 4 p.m. May 18, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. "Songs of Lives Unfolding" offers songs from "Hamilton" and "Godspell," lyrics by Emily Dickinson and Shakespeare, and pieces by Eric Idle and Stephen Foster. In addition, auditions are being scheduled in Elmhurst, Downers Grove, La Grange and Oak Brook. Cost: Concert tickets cost $25. Information:

DUPAGE COMMUNITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 8 p.m., Normandy Banquet Hall in Elmhurst. Cost: No cover charge at the door, with reservations suggested. Information: Call Normandy Banquet Hall at 630-833-7800 for reservations.

PROKOFIEV'S MUSICAL TALE OF "PETER AND THE WOLF": 4 to 4:30 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The event opens a new Kinder Concert Series at the church. A special invitation is extended to children and their families, as well as community members of all ages. Using the composer’s adaptation for piano of the orchestral work, Bethel’s Minister of Music Jeffrey Panko will be pianist, with Bethel Learning Center teacher Georgia DeClark as narrator. Eleven-year-old Nathan Li will open with Copland’s "The Cat and the Mouse." Cost: Free, but a donation of $5 per family is suggested. Information: 630-279-4040.

THE CABARET ROOM AT DRURY LANE FEATURING "KAREN MASON – FOR THE FIRST TIME": 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 6:30 p.m. May 19, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Broadway star Karen Mason debuts at Drury Lane Theatre’s intimate Cabaret Room. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. A small plates menu is featured. Cost: $60 to $70, with $25 food and beverage minimum per person. Information: Tickets at 630-530-0111, TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or 

EXHIBIT ON "WORLDS OF WONDER – REMEMBERING CHICAGOLAND'S AMUSEMENT PARKS": May 17 to Aug. 18, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The iconic venues are captured through rare photos and video, memorabilia and artifacts. Interactive, family-friendly stations include a Skee-Ball game, marble roller coaster track and virtual reality roller-coaster experience. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-833-1457.

MAY 18

CHORUS OF DUPAGE, AN A CAPPELLA MEN'S FOUR-PART HARMONY BARBERSHOP CHORUS: 3 p.m., Goodwin Hall on the campus of Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle. The show includes the 40-member chorus, as well as the chapter's quartets and a special musical comedy routine. The 2017 Illinois District Champion Barbershop Quartet called South of Normal will be the featured guest act. Cost: $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and younger. Information: Tickets at; 331-444-2740.

BROOKFIELD ZOO'S ROARS & POURS FOR ADULTS: 4 to 8 p.m., 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Information:

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and June 15, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers the club. There are monthly themes – May's is creating 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:

MAY 19

ELMHURST MUSEUM DAY WITH FREE ADMISSION AND ACTIVITIES: 1 to 5 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave.; Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave.; and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. Visitors of all ages are welcome to board the complimentary Explore Elmhurst trolley as it transports guests to each location in downtown Elmhurst. Participants can pick up a Museum Day flier and get a stamp at each museum to qualify for a prize drawing. Information:, 630-834-0202;, 630-833-1457;, 630-833-1616.

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