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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST TO STAR
WHERE: Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. May 31
COST & INFO: $10; twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720; www.michaeljohnathon.com
ABOUT: Prolific songwriter and performer Michael Johnathon is the host of the "WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour," a live-audience radio and TV broadcast with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, the RFD-TV Network nationwide plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and every military base in the world.
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST TO STAR WHERE: Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove WHEN: 8:15 p.m. May 31 COST & INFO: $10; twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720; www.michaeljohnathon.com ABOUT: Prolific songwriter and performer Michael Johnathon is the host of the "WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour," a live-audience radio and TV broadcast with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, the RFD-TV Network nationwide plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and every military base in the world.

MAY 30

TASTE OF WHEATON: May 30 to June 2, downtown Wheaton. It fills several blocks with carnival rides, local food, live entertainment, family-friendly games and crafts, a beer garden, business expo, the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and half-mile Zippity Zoo Run (wheatonparkdistrict.com), art and craft vendors, and Art in the Park. Music lovers can enjoy acts such as Vital Signs, Libido Funk Circus, Hi Infidelity and Red Woody, plus 11 others. Cost: Free admission. Information: wheatonparkdistrict.com.

"MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET" BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: 8 p.m. May 30 to June 1 and 3 p.m. 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. The show is Jeff Awards recommended. Cost: $40. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

LIZZADRO MUSEUM MOVING: Closing May 31, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. The museum prepares to move to a larger space in Oak Brook and reopen in the fall. It opened in Elmhurst in 1962, and houses one of the largest collections of lapidary art in the world. The new building will be at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook. Information: 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

"NATURE'S DIVERSITY" EXHIBIT BY MAUREEN MCKEE: Through June 8, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door number 4. She shows impressionist landscape oil paintings. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.org, 630-458-4500.

"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: drurylanetheatre.com.

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.

MAY 31

DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE'S SUMMER NIGHTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30, on Main from Maple to Franklin. Live entertainment plays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street train station. Information: www.downtowndg.org.

WHEATON'S FRIDAY NIGHT VINTAGE RIDES CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m., through Aug. 23, Front Street in downtown Wheaton. Information: www.downtownwheaton.com.

"SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET": Through June 16, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. The community theater presents the dark, witty tale of love, murder and revenge set to one of Stephen Sondheim's most memorable scores. David Pfenninger is in the title role. It is recommended for mature audiences. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $21 to $24. Cost: www.wheatondrama.org, 630-260-1820.

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESENTS "NATURE CONNECTS" ART WITH LEGO BRICKS BY SEAN KENNEY: Through Sept. 15, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features 15, nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. There will be themed programs related to the show for all ages. Adults can learn more about the animals, insects and plants in the exhibition at the June 11 program, "The Nature Behind Nature Connects." Visitors also can enjoy the Troll Hunt exhibition on display through the end of summer. Sip and Stroll in the Fragrance Garden is offered the morning of June 1, while Arbor Evenings with entertainment are planned Wednesdays, June 5 to Aug. 28. Information: mortonarb.org.

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information: dupagechildrens.org.

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.

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. 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, www.riversideartscenter.com.

SELECTIONS BY SIX PAINTERS: Until 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: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

BRICK SAFARI AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Underway, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. It features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created by a noted LEGO artist. Information: www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.

THE UNDERBELLY HOURS RADIO SHOW, BASED IN ELMHURST, BRINGING THREE BANDS TO STAGE: 8 p.m., Pheasant Run Mainstage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. They are The Darling Suns, Frequilibrium and Captain Coopersmith. Cost: $15 at the door or online, with dinner-show tickets offered online only. Information: shawurl.com/3b9z.

JUNE 1

SIMPLY CLASSIC SERIES BY ALMA DANCE THEATER: 7 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Excerpts from "Coppelia," "La Bayadere" and "Sleeping Beauty" will be presented, featuring professional ballet dancers from the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Cost: $22 to $30. Information: 630-942-4000; www.almadanceschool.com.

PIANO ENCOUNTERS – CELEBRATION OF WOMEN COMPOSERS: 7:30 p.m., Armerding Center for Music and the Arts at Wheaton College, 520 Kenilworth Ave., Wheaton. The American Liszt Society Chicago/Midwest Chapter will present the program. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3ba1.

RUN THE RIDGE 5K RUN AND ROLL AND 1K WALK: Morning start times, County Line Square Shopping Center, 150 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge. Runners, walkers and wheelchair rollers of all ages will support programs at the Ray Graham Association. For more than 65 years, RGA has been creating opportunities to empower people with disabilities and their families. Family activities will feature a petting zoo, vertical jump, obstacle course, face painting and tattoos and crafts. Cost: 5K entry fee is $45; $15 for 1K Run/Walk/Roll. Information: Register at www.runtheridge5k.com or call RIGHT FIT Willowbrook at 630-850-4050.

JUNE 2

POPS RECITAL – "FROM BACH TO BROADWAY": 3 p.m., Christ Church, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Soloists and small ensembles sing music from a variety of genres – classical, opera, music theater, jazz and religious and secular selections. Featured musicians will be members of the staff, Chancel Choir and Women’s Ensemble. Cost: Free. Information: www.christchurch.us/pops, 630-654-1882.

JUNE 4

MONTHLY GARDEN TOUR AT CANTIGNY PARK: 11 a.m., Cantigny Park Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Two staff horticulturists will focus on late spring blooming perennials. No registration required. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: cantigny.org.

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.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR LOMBARD'S FRONT YARD BEAUTIES: Now, across Lombard. Lombard Garden Club is recognizing homeowners who have made their front yards especially attractive. Up to 20 gardens can be chosen each month. A club representative will notify owners if their property is selected and offer them the opportunity to have a recognition sign placed in their yard for one month. In addition, the selected gardens may be featured on the club’s website and related media. Information: Lombard residents can nominate an address at lombardgardenclub.org or 630-620-8938.

JUNE 5

RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOURS: Between June 5 and Aug. 14, College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Participants will learn about native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre site’s restoration areas. Tours are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, July 3 and Aug. 14; and 1 to 3 p.m. July 28. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or biology professor Lynda Randa at randal@cod.edu.

JUNE 6

"SLEEPING BEAUTY" PRESENTED BY CURTAIN UP PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. June 8, First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. Information: Reservations at 630-234-2776, www.curtainupclassroom.org. 

NOTED SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRIS KNIGHT: 7 p.m., Fitzgerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $25 for the age 21 and older show. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

WESTMONT CRUISIN' NIGHTS & STREET FAIR: Thursday nights from June through August. Information: westmontevents.com.

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information: shawurl.com/3b6m, 708-582-6510.

EXHIBIT ON "WORLDS OF WONDER – REMEMBERING CHICAGOLAND'S AMUSEMENT PARKS": Through 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: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

JUNE 7

TRIBUTOSAURUS BECOMES SANTANA: 9 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $25 general admission. Information: www.wireismusic.com.

JUNE 8

ISLAND RENDEZVOUS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville.The 18th century rendezvous was a time when fur traders met to celebrate a successful season. Visitors can experience the connection between past and present with activities, games and crafts. Feel what it’s like to pull back a bow and shoot an arrow. Try to start a fire with nothing but wood. See live birds of prey and celebrate historic farms with a petting zoo. The air-conditioned museum shows new exhibits, and food and gifts will be available for purchase. No registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 815-886-1467; ReconnectWithNature.org.

JUNE 15

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 – June's is making 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.

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