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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer theater, art and family fun

WONDERS OF WINTER AT MAYSLAKE
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1
COST AND INFO: Registration not required, with admission and most activities free; 630-933-7248, dupageforest.org
ABOUT: The DuPage Forest Preserve District will present an all-ages Wonders of Winter open house, offering such events as geocaching, snowshoeing and wildlife activities, weather permitting. Visitors can warm up around an open fire while making s’mores, and then step inside landmark Mayslake Hall for games, crafts and information about plants, animals and programs from rangers, naturalists and volunteers. Archery will be offered if there’s not enough snow and ice for other outdoor activities.
WONDERS OF WINTER AT MAYSLAKE WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 COST AND INFO: Registration not required, with admission and most activities free; 630-933-7248, dupageforest.org ABOUT: The DuPage Forest Preserve District will present an all-ages Wonders of Winter open house, offering such events as geocaching, snowshoeing and wildlife activities, weather permitting. Visitors can warm up around an open fire while making s’mores, and then step inside landmark Mayslake Hall for games, crafts and information about plants, animals and programs from rangers, naturalists and volunteers. Archery will be offered if there’s not enough snow and ice for other outdoor activities.

JAN. 23

"KICKIN' UP SOME LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's presented by the Roadrunners Soccer Club. Show is for adults age 18 and older. Information: kickinupsomelaughs.yapsody.com.

"LITTLE WOMEN – THE BROADWAY MUSICAL": Now through Feb. 9, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. Performances are Jan. 23 to 26, 30 and 31 and Feb. 1, 2, 6 to 9. Based on Louisa May Alcott's 1869 novel, it is a musical storytelling of the adventures of the four March sisters and their beloved Marmee, while their father is serving in the Civil War. Two American Sign Language-interpreted performances are planned at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, plus an audience/cast-and-crew talk-back Feb. 2. Cost: $21 to $24. Information: tickets@WheatonDrama.org, www.wheatondrama.org, 630-260-1820.

JANUARY'S FEATURED ARTIST MARY YEZEK: Through January, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. An artist of many mediums, she enjoys creating art from such objects as Scrabble boards, food can labels and envelope liners. Her unconventional materials result in highly imaginative, 3D or sculptural works of art. Information: woodridgelibrary.org, 630-964-7899.

JAN. 24

ARTIST SERIES CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Wheaton College Edman Chapel, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. It stars British tenor Ian Bostridge and Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang. The program features music by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert and other composers. A pre-concert "Grace Notes" talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Information: www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/arts/artist-series/performances/ian-bostridge-and-xuefei-yang, 630-752-5010.

ANTHONY PADILLA: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He's releasing his new CD, “There is No Such Thing as Spare Time.” Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

PETRA VAN NUIS AND DENNIS LUXION, A VOICE AND PIANO DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information: www.theclubhouse.com, 630-472-0600.

"CAUSELESS JOY": 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from now to Feb. 1, Trinity Lutheran Church, 3S460 Curtis Ave., Warrenville. In response to realizing she is suffering from chronic discontent and motherhood-overload, Theresa takes a month-long hiatus, diving head-first into the vibrant culture, tradition and mystery of India. The critically acclaimed solo show is written and performed by Theresa Puskar. Cost: $15 to $20. Information: Tickets at tinyurl.com/wpb2qyl; www.causelessjoyshow.com.

JAN. 25

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI PART OF "FILLET OF SOLO" FESTIVAL: 5:30 p.m., Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Lomnicki's Tellin' Tales Theatre presents "Change of Heart." The festival running through Jan. 26 celebrates storytelling and the live lit scene. Cost: $10. Information: 773-761-4477, www.lifelinetheatre.com.

GRAMMY-WINNING DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY ONES: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Information: 708-788-2118, www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

"MUSCLE CAR MANIA, THE ART OF SELLING HORSEPOWER": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Speaker is Mitch Frumkin, official historian of the Chicago Auto Show. He takes his audience on a multimedia journey through the development of increased horsepower and what's ahead. Refreshments are served. Cost: $5 at the door, and tickets can be reserved. Information: 630-469-1867.

"WINTER WONDER WALK": 1:30 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Explore the wonders of winter on a guided 1-mile nature hike exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River. Then warm up fireside in Traders Cabin with hot cocoa. It's for ages 10 and older. Cost: Free, with registration due by Jan. 23. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

JAN. 26

COR CANTIAMO CONCERT: 3 p.m., Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. It's a 24-voice touring chorus. Cost: Free. Information: www.christchurch.us/corcantiamo, 630-654-1882.

SOUP & BREAD EVENT BENEFITING BEDS PLUS CARE: 3 to 7 p.m., Holiday Inn William Tell Banquets, 6201 Joliet Road, Countryside. The family-friendly gathering has live music, craft beers and special food. Wendy Snyder is master of ceremonies. Soup & Bread benefits the BEDS Plus emergency overnight shelters. Cost: $25; free for children younger than 12. Information: beds-plus.org, 708-354-0858.

ZURKO's ANTIQUE VINTAGE FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information: 715-526-9769; www.dupagecountyfair.org.

LIBRARY CONCERT: 2 p.m., Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. It will feature vocalist Petra van Nuis and pianist Dennis Luxion. Information: www.ippl.info, 630-887-8760.

ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN "MOZART MAGIC": 3 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. The ESO will include two of Mozart's divertimenti for woodwinds. Information: elmhurstsymphony.org/web/events.aspx.

JAN. 27

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "PAIN AND GLORY": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The Spanish drama's cast includes Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz. It's about a film director in his decline. Cost: $6 to $10. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

JAN. 28

FILM NEWS PLUS WEEKLY 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. Now playing is the Vietnam war film "The Last Full Measure," which has a connection to a Westmont native son, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. James William Robinson Jr. Cost: Free admission to bingo. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.

JAZZ COMMUNITY BIG BAND: 7 p.m., Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. The Hinsdale Central High School Jazz Band opens at 7 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Cost: Free. Information: jazzcommunitybigband.com, 630-379-5007.

JAN. 29

COMFORT & JOY AUTHORS AND MUSIC: 7 to 9 p.m., Frugal Muse books, music and movies, 7511 Lemont Road in Chestnut Court Shopping Center, Darien. It highlights local authors doing readings along with live music. Information: frugalmusebooks.com, 630-427-1140.

WATER EXERCISE TECHNIQUES: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays now through March 11, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road. The community, adult-level class is designed to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance, with no swimming involved. Information: www.rbhs208.net, and click on community, swimming pool, WET class; or email Noelle Bajohr at bajohrn@rbhs208.net.

JAN. 30

BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE'S "THE CAKE": Jan. 30 to March 1, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Faith, family and food impact one another in the discovery that love is the key ingredient to any recipe, in the timely play from a writer of NBC’s hit “This Is Us.” Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

DUPAGE ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT: 7:30 a.m. to noon, Northern Illinois University Naperville Meeting and Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, No. 150, Naperville. How climate change affects the local ecosystems, urban green space and bird migration is the focus of guest experts. Presented by The Conservation Foundation, the summit also will feature an environmental exhibit area opening at 7:30 a.m., offering coffee, juice and light breakfast snacks. The exhibit remains open all morning. The program starts at 8 a.m. Cost: Free. Information: Register at theconservationfoundation.org.

EXPLORE WAYS TO VOLUNTEER WITH DUPAGE FOREST PRESERVES AT INFORMATION SESSION: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., district headquarters, 3S5800 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Volunteers are needed for year-round programs and one-time workdays. Information: Call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233; www.dupageforest.org.

JAN. 31

BLACK HISTORY PLAY – "LUCK OF THE IRISH": 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk St. Cost: $5 to $10. Information: csd99.org.

EARNEST & TROUBLED: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Songwriters James Curly and Ilsabe O'Connell offer harmony vocals, guitars, banjo and ukulele bass. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

TERRAPIN FLYER 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR AT BRAUER HOUSE: 9 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. It's a Grateful Dead band. Information: ww.brauerhouse.com.

DRURY LANE PRESENTS "AN AMERICAN IN PARIS": Jan. 31 to March 29, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

FEB. 1

MOTOWN REFLECTIONS REVIEW: 8 p.m., Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Professional vocalists sing Motown, soul and R&B. Cost: $35, $30 for TWS subscribers. Information: 708-246-3380, www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

"FIRESIDE STORIES": 2 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The program will feature interactive stories from the natural winter surroundings, Native Americans and historical French colonies. Participants will sing songs, with hot chocolate and tea provided. It's for ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free, with registration due by Jan. 30. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

FEB. 2

FIRST SUNDAY TEA & TALK ART LECTURE: 2 to 4 p.m., Komechak Art Gallery on the fifth-floor of Benedictine University's Kindlon Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle. It's the sixth annual free "For the Love of Chocolate – The Taj Mahal – The Eternal Love Story of Shah Jahan and Mumtz Mahal." The presenter is Teresa J. Parker, curator of the Komechak Art Gallery. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.ben.edu/komechak-art-gallery/index.cfm, 630-829-6000.

FEB. 4

GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB CELEBRATES HEART HEALTH MONTH: 1 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. A program by the Edward Hospital cardiology staff will be presented. Guests are welcome. Information: Reservations requested at 630-363-5327.

FEB. 6

"ON CLOVER ROAD": Feb. 6 to 16, Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. The thriller by Steven Dietz is directed by Michael Menendian and is the second Forum play at TWS. A desperate mother hires a private investigator to find her runaway daughter. It has mature subject matter. Cost: $22 and $24. Information: 708-246-3380, www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

TWO BROTHERS TRIVIA!: 7 to 9 p.m., Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave. W, Warrenville. It's offered every first and third Thursday. All ages are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: twobrothersbrewing.com.

FEB. 7

ENCHANTED RAILROAD: Through Feb. 23, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Children and families can experience trees and trains as they enjoy the intricate model railroad. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Included with admission. Information: mortonarb.org, 630-968-0074.

ART SHOW BY ANDREI RABODZEENKO: Through Feb. 22, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The exhibit is titled "Energy, Frequency and Vibration – Life-trembling line." It's an audio/video meditation on the dynamic nature of drawing, and an interactive installation of stone, chalk and charcoal, to enable visitors to experience firsthand the primal satisfaction of drawing on stone. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 708-442-6400, riversideartscenter.com.

CLASSES AND EVENTS AT LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART: Varied dates, in its new location at 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

DOWNERS GROVE MUSEUM'S VAULT TREASURES ON SPECIAL DISPLAY: Through June 6, museum in Wandschneider Park, 831 Maple Ave. "From the Vault" features unique artifacts the museum collection holds that haven't been on display – including a selection of the museum’s favorite items, bizarre finds and interesting histories. Hours through May are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: dgparks.org/calendar/events/from-the-vault-exhibition, 630-963-1309.

THE 2020 WINTER ART CLASSES: Various start dates, La Grange Art League, 122 N. Calendar Ave. The nonprofit league welcomes all levels and ages in a variety of mediums. Classes are held on the second floor and are accessible by stairs only. Information: lagrangeartleague.org, 708-352-3101.

THE NEXT FULL MOON TROLL HIKE FOR ADULTS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It's a special opportunity to see the trolls – mysterious forest protectors – under the light of a full moon along the west side trails. A guide will share stories about the trolls’ origins, their message of conservation, full moon lore, and what the trees and wildlife are up to during the long dark nights. It will be repeated March 10. Cost: $20. Information: Register at 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

FEB. 8

BIRD WALKS: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Search the woods, fields and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Learn about migrants and year-round resident birds with an expert guide. Cost: $14. Information: Register at mortonarb.org or 630-719-2468.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AND SNOWSHOE RENTALS: Daily in snowy conditions, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. After 4 or more inches of snow, people can embrace the season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Information: mortonarb.org; call first to confirm availability at 630-968-0074.

FEB. 9

THE JULIAN CHIN TRIO IN "THE JOY OF JAZZ": 3 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. Chin uses the instrumentation and idioms of the jazz piano while focusing on contemporary repertoire. The eclectic program will showcase his whimsical and innovative arrangements of jazz standards and musical theater tunes, as well as his original compositions. Cost: Free-will offering. Information: www.chcpc.org.

FEB. 10

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information: cosleyzoo.org, 630-665-5534.

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International usually meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information: choral-aires.com.

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. most Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.

FEB. 13

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

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon most Thursdays, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

FEB. 14

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.

FEB. 26

LEAFING THROUGH TIME BOOK CLUB: 6:30 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month through March, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. People discuss works of fiction or nonfiction that connect to natural and cultural history. The club is BYOB (beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverages only). Light refreshments will be served. The featured books are Feb. 26 – “The Last Voyageurs – Retracing LaSalle’s Journey Across America – Sixteen Teenagers on the Adventure of Lifetime” by Lorraine Boissoneault; and March 25 – “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman. It's for people age 21 or older. Cost: Free, but register by the Tuesday before each program. Information: Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or 815-886-1467.

MARCH 14

AAUW USED BOOK COLLECTION: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 14 and May 9, Eagle Storage, 555 Rogers St., Downers Grove. It's conducted by the American Association of University Women - Downers Grove Area Branch. Information: downersgrove-il.aauw.net/book-sale.

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