Arts and entertainment calendar for June 21
Updated: June 19, 2012 7:37PM
Arts In the Park summer concerts, 7 p.m. at Ty Warner Park, corner of Plaza and Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. See www.wpd4fun.org. June 27: Mr. Meyers (Caribbean). July 18: Taylor Street (jazz). July 25: Blue Road (rock/blues/soul). Aug. 1: The Flat Cats (jazz/swing).
Concerts on the Green, 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Burr Ridge Village Center, 801 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. See www.brparks.org. June 22: Connexion. June 29: The Flat Cats. July 6: 1969 (rock). July 13: Pamela Rose and Windy City Country. July 20: Guitarra Azul (Latin guitar). July 27: Billy Elton (music of Billy Joel and Elton John). Aug. 3: The Moods (Motown). Aug. 10: Tropixplosion (Caribbean). Aug. 17: ABBA Salute.
Concerts in the Park in the South Pavilion at Darien Community Park, Clarendon Hills and Plainfield roads. Call (630) 968-6400 or see www.darienparks.com. July 18, 7-8:30 p.m.: Andrew Salgado (country/pop). Aug. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: K.O. Bossy (’60s-’80s classics).
Dancin’ in the Street, on Prospect Avenue between Park and Burlington avenues, Clarendon Hills, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. See www.clarendonhills.us/concerts.cfm. June 27: Neverly Brothers. July 4: Sorry For Partying. July 11: South Of Disorder. July 18: Hello Nuvo. July 25: 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago tribute band).
Music Under The Stars, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Memorial Park Amphitheater, Woodlawn Avenue and LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park. June 27: West Suburban Band (patriotic music). July 11: ABBA Salute. July 18: X Factor — local talent finalists with 60 Carat Band. July 25: Vinyl Highway. Aug. 1: Jin & Tonic (country). Aug. 8: Mr. Blotto. Aug. 15: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bums (Caribbean/beach party).
Naper Nights concert series, June 22-Aug. 25 at Naper Settlement outdoor history museum, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Concerts are from 5-10 p.m. Friday night tickets are $10; $5 youth ages 4-12. Saturday night tickets are $15; $10 youth ages 4-12. Admission is free for Naperville Heritage Society members. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. For information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum. June 22: American English (Beatles tribute band). Opening act is The Hix Brothers. June 23: The Smithereens (rock). Opening act is Mimi Betinis. July 27: Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). Opening act is Kimi Hayes. July 28: Buckwheat Zydeco (Creole party music). Opening act is Ska To Catch ‘Em. Aug. 24: ARRA (classic rock). Opening act is DownPour. Aug. 25: Al Stewart. Opening act is Dave Nachmanoff.
Oak Brook Park District Summer Concerts at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Central Park at the Gazebo, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. See www.obparks.org or call (630) 990-4233. June 28: Anthony Kawalkowksi Orchestra. July 5: Soda. July 12: Decatur Park Singers. July 19: Stockwood (Beatles). July 26: Rythmn Rockets. Aug. 2: The Chicago String Artists.
Rotary GroveFest, June 22-24 in downtown Downers Grove, around the Metra Station. See www.rotarygrovefest.com. Free before 6 p.m. Main Stage performers — June 22: 5 p.m., Shy Violet (pop/rock); 7:15 p.m., The Cryan’ Shames (’60s band); 9:30 p.m., Jin & Tonic (country). June 23: Noon, Rock Academy Of DuPage; 2 p.m, Guided Path (Motown); 4:30 p.m., The Flat Cats (jazz/blues); 7 p.m., Judges’ Nite Band (rock); 9:30 p.m., Dave Specter Blues Band. June 24: 2 p.m., Undefined (rock); 4:15 p.m., Billy Elton (music of Billy Joel and Elton John); 6:30 p.m., Evolution (rock); 8:30 p.m., Maggie Speaks. GroveFest Fishel Park Stage Folk Fest in Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion — June 23: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., All Volunteer String Band; 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., Andrea Bustin; 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., Bluegrass Escape; 11:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., David Hawkins; 12:20 and 2:20 p.m., Patchouli. June 24: 2 p.m., Downers Grove Choral Society.
Summer Symphony Series at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The themed musical events take place on the lawn outside the First Division Museum. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Concert tickets are $12 in advance; $18 the day of show. Children under 8 will be admitted free, and parking is complimentary for ticket holders. Visit www.cantigny.org or call (630) 260-8162. June 23, 8 p.m.: “Salute to Broadway!” with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, featuring selections from “Oklahoma!”, “My Fair Lady,” “Les Misérables” and “Carousel.” July 14, 8 p.m.: “Symphonic Swing!” with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, featuring medley tributes to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, along with a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” July 28, 8 p.m.: “Heroes,” with the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Peter Lipari will conduct a selection of music inspired by heroes, both real and legendary.
Uniquely Thursdays summer concert series, sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale. Call (630) 323-3952 or visit www.hinsdalechamber.com. June 21: Libido Funk Circus. June 28: 25 or 6 to 4 The Chicago Experience (Chicago tribute band). July 5: Denny Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute). July 12: Shy Violet. July 19: Final Say. July 26: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute). Aug. 2: Trippin’ Billies (Dave Matthews tribute). Aug. 9: Vinyl Highway. Aug. 16: 7th Heaven.
“All Kinds of Crazy,” presented by 16th Street Theater Aug. 9-18 at the Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Peformances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Arlene Malinowski, sauthor of “What Does the Sun Sound Like?” and “Aiming for Sainthood,” returns to 16th Street to complete her trilogy of true tales. Tickets: $14-$18. Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch,” at 7 p.m. June 23-24, June 29-July 1 and July 6-8 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The comic parody speaks to the idea of living life to the fullest. Tickets: $13; $11 for seniors and youth. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
“Hello, Dolly!”, presented by The Theatre of the Highlands June 22-24 at the Lyons Township High School’s Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard, La Grange. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15; $10 for children 12 and under and senior citizens. Visit www.theatreofthehighlands.com or call (708) 824-8684.
“Love Thy Neighbor ... Till it Hurts,” July 5-14 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. The fully staged solo piece that takes place in Rogers Park examines what it means to be a good neighbor in a community where everyone has differing views. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. $18 general admission. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704.
“The Merchant of Venice” will be presented by First Folio Theatre July 11-Aug. 19 as part of its Shakespeare-under-the-Stars series on the outdoor main stage at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring lawn seating, attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, or rent one for $2 each at the concession stand. Concessions as well as pre-ordered box suppers from La Cuisine (prepaid 48 hours in advance) are also available. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $26-$36, with discounts for students and seniors. First Folio will also present a fully staged reading of “Shylock and His Daughter,” by Maurice Schwartz, at 8:15 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2, 9 and 16. Originally written for the Yiddish theater and translated into English, the play tells the same story as “The Merchant of Venice,” but from Shylock’s perspective. Tickets are $10. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Picnic,” through June 30 at Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., Aurora. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: $12-$15. Call (630) 897-9496 or visit www.riverfrontplayhouse.com.
“Route 66,” a jukebox comedy about a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who take an imaginary Chicago to L.A. road trip, through Aug. 19 at the Paramount Theater, 8 E. Galena Blvd, in downtown Aurora. No shows July 4-8, July 14 and Aug. 18. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. $29. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
“Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein,” presented by Fox Valley Repertory through July 22 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday performances available June 28 and July 19 at 2 p.m. The show is rated PG. Tickets: $32-$42; dinner show packages are available from $52. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“The 39 Steps,”July 5-Aug. 26 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The 39 Steps” is a fast-paced comedy thriller that introduced the “man on the run” genre to Hollywood. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“The Wizard of Oz” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 29-30, July 6-7 and 2 p.m. July 1 and 8 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Two shows will be interpreted in sign language for the hearing impaired: 2 p.m. July 1 and 7:30 p.m. July 7. Tickets: $15; $10 students and senior citizens. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. June 22-23, 8 p.m., and June 24, 3 p.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Lynn. Tickets are $65. A 6 p.m. dinner is available for an additional $19 on Friday and Saturday; lunch is available on Sunday for an additional $19.
The West Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Singers performs Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Peter Lipari, at 4 p.m. June 24 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Featured as soloists are Chicago-area opera singers John Concepcion, Paul Grizzell, Deborah Guscott and Ann McMann. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.westsubsymphony.org.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6 p.m. July 1 at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills. The choir has traveled the world, using story, music and dance to raise awareness about the plight of African children orphaned by AIDS/HIV. The free concert is open to all ages. For information, visit www.ccch.org.
“Hot Jazz - 6 Cool Nites” concert series, 7:30 p.m. July 21-27 at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville. The series is presented in conjunction with the 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, and features the jazz artists who comprise its faculty roster for the weeklong educational workshop. Each evening of the series will feature a different combination of artists and musical selections. Featured vocalists are Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Suzanne Pittson, and instrumentalists include trumpeter Art Davis, pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse. Tickets to the concerts Saturday through Thursday are $20, $15 for students and senior citizens. A four-night concert pass is $60; $45 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Friday performance are $10; $5 for students and seniors. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Yes with special guest Procol Harum. $40, $50, $65, $75. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. July 7, 7 p.m.: American Idol Live! Tour 2012. $29.50, $45, $65. July 19, 7 p.m.: Rock of Ages Tour — Def Leppard/Poison with special guest Lita Ford. $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $95. Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Summerland Tour 2012 featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. $39.50, $49.50. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50.
The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. June 22, 8 p.m.: Rik Emmett of Triumph. $29-$69. July 14, 8 p.m.: Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West. $69-$225.
“Linkin Park One Night Concert Event: Recorded Live in Berlin,” 7:30 p.m. June 25 at local movie theaters, including Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard; and Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Tuscany Restaurant, 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. June 22, 8 p.m.-midnight: “Tune into Tuscany: Fourth Fridays Live” features singer Cindy Cronin. No cover.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. June 21, 8:30 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the Club. No cover. June 22, 9 p.m.: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Roy Kay Trio, Nate Gibson & the Hi-Fly Rangers (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: The Bellfuries with The Honeybees (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: Old Californio in the SideBar (roots). No cover. June 24, 6 p.m.: FitzGerald’s hosts “The Earl of Old Town’s 80th Birthday.” Live folk concert inside FitzGerald’s Nightclub to be broadcast on closed circuit TV on a 14-foot screen in the Festival Tent. $10. June 28, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Smith & McMann, For Pilots and Jen Sygit, $5. June 29-30, July 1 and 3: FitzGerald’s 32nd annual American Music Festival. Cover charge is $30 per day; four-day passes are $100 at www.ticketweb.com; no single-day tickets sold in advance. Children 12 and under $5 and can stay until 9 p.m. The festival takes place on three stages; food will be served throughout the day and night, including Cajun specialities and Italian favorites. June 29 — Joel Paterson & The Modern Sounds, 5 p.m.; Sons of Fathers, 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Anna Fermin Band, 6:45 p.m.; Puffins, 8 p.m.; Elephant Revival, 8:30 p.m.; Garland Jeffreys, 9 p.m.; Go Long Mule, 9:30 p.m.; Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, 10:15 p.m.; Robbie Fulks as the Everly Brothers. June 30 — WPA Barn Dance, 1:30 p.m.; The Deadstring Brothers, 2:15 p.m.; Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, 3 p.m.; Kevin Gordon, 4 p.m.; Joe Pug, 4:45 p.m.; Randall Bramblett Band featuring John Keane, 5:45 p.m.; Tyler Krienitz, 6 p.m.; Webb Wilder & the Nash Vegans, 6:30 p.m.; Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, 7:45 p.m.; Parlours, 8 p.m.; Kenny Neal, 8:30 p.m.; Ike Reilly, 9:30 p.m.; Chandelier Swingers, 10 p.m.; JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, 10:30 p.m.; Brave Combo, 11:15 p.m. July 1 — Gina Knight Orchestra, 1:30 p.m.; Ryan Brunet & the Malfacteurs, 2 p.m.; John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee, 3:15 p.m.; Peter Karp and Sue Foley, 3:30 p.m.; The Congregation, 5 p.m.; The Derailers, 5:15 p.m.; Kyle Douglas, 6 p.m.; Otis Taylor featuring Anne Harris, 6:30 p.m.; Paul Thorn Band, 7 p.m.; Blue Ribbon Glee Club. 8 p.m.; Marcia Ball, 8:30 p.m.; Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, 9 p.m.; Sanctified Grumblers, 10 p.m.; CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 10:30 p.m.; Honey Island Swamp Band, 11 p.m. July 3 — Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, 5 p.m.; Walter Salas Humara, 6 p.m.; Expo ‘76, 6:45 p.m.; Bunkertown, 7:15 p.m.; Lydia Loveless, 7:45 p.m.; Honey Island Swamp Band, 8:30 p.m.; Cannonball, 9 p.m.; Chuck Prophet, 9:30 p.m.; Tributosaurus becomes Creedence Clearwater Revival, 10:15 p.m.; Cannon-Town, 11 p.m.; Waco Brothers with Paul Burch, 11:30 p.m.
Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. (630) 969-9720. www.twowaystreet.org. Folk/Americana music at 8:15 p.m. Fridays for a $7 cover, unless noted otherwise. June 22, 8 p.m.: Open mike. Limited to one to two songs, 10 minutes maximum. Signup at 7:30 p.m. June 23, 2-4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. June 28, 7-9:30 p.m.: Last Thursday Open Mike, an unplugged open mike for high school and college age students. Music, poetry and other performance arts; 10 minutes maximum. June 29: Diana Chittester.
Books and poetry
Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665. www.andersonsbookshop.com. June 21, 7-8 p.m.: Gillian Flynn discusses and signs her new novel, Gone Girl.
For young audiences
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000 ; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Getting Strong — The Wiggles! Live in Concert. Tickets: $15.50-$85.50.
Classic Cinemas theatres, including North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside; Ogden 6 Theatre, 1227 E. Ogden, Naperville; Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove; York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst, presents the Wednesday Morning Movie Series through Aug. 8, featuring family-friendly films for $1 admission. Show time is 10 a.m.; doors open at 9 a.m. for appearances by costumed characters, games and other activities. For information, visit www.classiccinemas.com. June 27: “Puss In Boots,” rated PG. July 11: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” rated G. July 18: “Arthur Christmas,” rated PG. July 25: “The Smurfs,” rated PG. Aug. 1: “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh,” rated G. Aug. 8: Surprise movie, PG rating.
“The Great Snipe Hunt,” an outdoor roving theater performance, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 30 and July 1 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and older. Tickets are $10 per person. Visit www.cantigny.org or call (630) 260-8162.
“One, Two ... What Comes Next?” presented by College of DuPage Summer Repertory Theatre June 24-July 7 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 5 p.m. Saturdays, June 24, 30 and July 7, and Sundays, June 24 and July 1. An additional performance is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Early Childhood Education Center on the Glen Ellyn campus. $9. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit: www.atthemac.org.
“Seussical!” will be presented by the DuPage Conservatory of Fine Arts at 7 p.m. June 22-23 and 3 p.m. June 24 at the Hinsdale Community House, 8th Street and Madison, Hinsdale. Tickets: $15; $12 for children and senior citizens. Call (312) 919-5004.
Classes for kids
Hinsdale Center for the Arts, 5903 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale, in Katherine Legge Memorial Park. (630) 887-0203. www.hinsdalearts.org. July 16-Aug. 4: Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” performing arts camp for third- through eighth-graders. Students learn how to sing, dance and act, with final performances Aug. 3-4. Fee is $480.
A Summer Garden Soiree, a fundraiser for 16th Street Theater, will be held from 2-5 p.m. June 23 at the Arthur J. Dunham Home, 3131 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn. The event features a performance of “Stories of Love, Faith & the Unknown,” live music, and refreshments. $40 per person; $75 per couple. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704, ext. 107.
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra is seeking middle school and high school musicians for the 2012-13 season. For information or to schedule an audition, visit www.wsyo.org.
Lemont Artists Guild seeks entrants for its juried fine art show, “Love of Art,” to be held Nov. 3. Applications are available at www.lemontartistsguild.org. Application deadline is Sept. 30. For more information, contact Liz Pop at (815) 341-1145 or Lizzypopp@hotmail.com.
Crafters wanted for the Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale, to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave. Brookfield. Spaces are 9 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are $25; tables to rent are 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep and cost $10; electric hook-up is $5. No vendors please. Call (708) 485-1962 for an application.
Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. June 21-23: Closed. June 27-30: Baby Boomer Comedy Show.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. June 22, 8:30 p.m.: Swing dance with music by The Flat Cats Band. Admission is $12; $10 for students, which includes swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 26 and July 3, 10 and 17, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. June 27 and July 11 and 18, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. June 29, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. July 1, 2-5 p.m.: July 6, 7-11 p.m.: Country and Western Dance, $8. July 7, 8 pm.: Tejano Dance with Boni Maurico and Linda Escobar. $20 per person until 9 p.m.; afterwards $25 per person. For more information, visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. July 8: Cha cha lesson, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. July 13, 6 p.m.: Heidi Burtner’s Girl Power Zumba Dance Party. $10 at the door, cash only. July 15, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. July 22, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Ron Smolen Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook. (630) 954-0000. www.gibsonssteakhouse.com. July 10, 6 p.m.: Seven-course Silver Oak Cellars 40th anniversary wine dinner. $225 per person, all inclusive. Reservations required.
Festivals and fairs
TexMex & Music Fest, 4-10 p.m. July 13 and 1-10 p.m. July 14 at CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate Lane, Naperville, featuring live performances by Chris Isaak, Asleep at the Wheel, Carlos Ortega, Wil Gravatt Band and The Country Sky Band, Mexican-style cooking demonstrations by chef Rick Bayless, and food specials by TexMex restaurants. Admission $20-$40. Visit www.texmexfest.com.
The After Hours Film Society screens films at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Admission is $9; $5 for members, unless noted otherwise. For information, call (630) 534-4528 or visit www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com. June 25, 7:30 p.m.: “Monsieur Lahzar.” July 9, 7:30 p.m.: “Headhunters.” July 23, 7:30 p.m.: “Marley.”
Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. (630) 323-8188. www.clarendonhillslibrary.org. Registration required unless noted otherwise. June 21, 6:30 p.m.: “Julie & Julia,” rated PG-13. June 25, 1:30 p.m.: “Dinner at Eight.”
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Classic Movie Mondays film series — Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is 80 cents. June 25: “Goonies” (1985). July 2: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984). July 9: “Blazing Saddles” (1974). July 23: “Sixteen Candles” (1984). July 30: “Superman” (1978). Aug. 6: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Aug. 13: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). Aug. 20: “Grease” (1978). Aug. 27: “Terminator” (1984).
Screening of the documentary “Heist — Who Stole The American Dream?”, sponsored by Uncommmon Citizens, 7:30 p.m. June 27 at Park Place of Countryside Banquet Halls, 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside. Free, donations accepted. For information, call (708) 912-8232.
Turner Classic Movies presents “Singin’ in the Rain” 60th anniversary event at 7 p.m. July 12 local theaters including Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Tickets available at participating theater box offices and www.FathomEvents.com.
CAC (Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago) Single Catholics. (708) 450-8280 or www.caci.org/chicago.html. June 30, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Matton’s Restaurant, 9 E. 31 St., La Grange Park. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 29. July 3, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Rocky’s Pizza/Restaurant, 10421 Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 2. July 7, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Tony’s Restaurant, 9414 Ogden Ave., Brookfield. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 6. July 13 and Aug. 10, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352. July 15, 11 a.m.: Mass at St.Odilo’s Church, 2244 East Ave. Berwyn, followed by breakfast at the New Seneca Restaurant. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 14. Aug. 11: Dinner at Francesca’s, 75 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by Aug. 10.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. The information line is (847) 635-6601. Through June 24: Cirque du Soleil presents “Dralion,” featuring an international cast of 52 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$80; $31.50-$67.50 for senior citizens, students and military; $28-$65 for children 12 and under. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion. “Loving Llanview,”
an interactive fan event celebrating the soap opera “One Life to Live,” 3 p.m. June 24 at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Cast members participating include Kassie DePaiva, John-Paul Lavoisier, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Hilary B. Smith and Trevor St. John. Tickets: $125 Gold Circle, $75, $55, $35; post-show autograph and photo session, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125 (must have show ticket to attend). Visit www.lovingllanview.com or call (866) 364-0330.
Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457. www.elmhursthistory.org. Admission is free. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Sept. 30: “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital.” Learn about Chicago’s candy-making history while experiencing interactive displays with nostalgic photos and artifacts, watch a video narrated by Bill Kurtis, and take on the Twisted Candy Challenge to test candy-wrapping skills. June 24, 1-4 p.m.: Sweet Home Spectacular, a celebration of summer and the “Sweet Home Chicago” exhibit. Award-winning musician and children’s author Jim Gill performs at 2 p.m., and there will be tours of the exhibit, treats from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, games and activities, face painting and more. June 26, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Create-Your-Own Compass, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 3, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Festive Tambourines, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 10, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Pocket Sundials, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 17, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Make-Your-Own Monocular, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 19, 1 p.m.: The Sweet Smell of Success: The History of Blommer Chocolate. Mike Auda of Blommer Chocolate will share the story of this family-run Chicago institution that has become the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and a leader in sustainability efforts in cocoa growing regions. July 24, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Leapin’ Lizards!, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 31, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Shark Tooth Necklaces, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Hand Puppet Fun, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. Aug. 9, 1 p.m.: It’s History: Adventures in Candyland. Third-generation candy maker Amy Wertheim of R.G.W. Candy Company will share the company’s tradition of making small batch, hand-dipped chocolates, toffees, caramels and more on the family farm in downstate Illinois. Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Back-to-School Tote Bags, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members.
Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, and the Robert Vial House, 7375 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. (708) 246-1064. www.flaggcreekheritagesociety.com. Through Oct. 7 the Heritage Society Museum will exhibit “Post-War and Mid-Century Modern Home Life,” featuring a period den with furnishings, carpet and fabrics augmented by kitchen gear, toys, magazines, model cars and more. Visitors to the Robert Vial House will view “The Fabulous Fifties,” an exhibit of 1950s fashions for women and men. Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. The Vial House is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. June: “Happy Days,” works by The Bookies, six women who have combined their love of books, bindings, papers, knot-tying to create an art form. Jacque France will present a one-day immersion workshop, “Introduction to Oils,” on June 24.
A public display of 60 hand-painted and working six-foot clocks has been installed in La Grange as part of an outdoor art exhibit throughout the downtown business district and West End. Local businesses sponsored the clocks and secured local artists, both professional and amateur, to design the timepieces which will be exhibited on the sidewalks throughout the summer. With the theme “Hour Town La Grange — Time Well Spent,” the artists have created clocks ranging from sophisticated to outlandish, contemporary to traditional. The clocks will be auctioned for charity on Sept. 7. An exhibit walking map is available at various La Grange businesses and is posted online at www.lgba.com.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission: $7; $5 for students and senior citizens; free for children under 12 and members. Free admission on Fridays. Through Aug. 25: Michael Ferris, Jr.: Kindred, large-scale sculptures of recycled wood; Billy Tokyo: The Shape of Things to Come and John Dempsey: Urban Nature, paintings that are equal parts graffiti and illustrative patterns; Anders Nilsen: Adam and Eve Sneaking Back into the Garden to Steal More Apples, an exhibition of stories from the 594-page comic book, “Big Questions”; Heather Becker: The Hidden Face, portraits of women; and Casey Roberts: Totally Free Now, paintings that are reminiscent of elegant children’s book illustrations.
Norris Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 29: “Art of 9: Two,” featuring works by Tony Armendariz, Vianne Korhorn, Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, Jerri Reimann, Dennis Salaty, Michael Klaus Schmidt, Cheryl Ann Spran and Frank Tumino. Watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, collage and assemblage will be on exhibit and for sale.
North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. June: Oil paintings by Oak Park artist Tadeusz Troczynski.
Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside. Through June: “Revealed,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Phil Malhiot. Visit www.malhiot.com.
North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-5375. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Through June 24: “Images From a Well-Traveled Lens,” featuring photographs from Hunt Harris’ travels to six continents, ranging from emperor penguins in the Antarctic to the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Artist Don Larson and Connie Weiss Gallery will exhibit “Rock On,” a collection of oil portraits of rock stars, through June 30 at Caribou Coffee, 5100 Main St., downtown Downers Grove. For information, visit www.dalj67.com.