Through Oct. 26 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
Oct. 17-Jan. 5 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$49, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $50-$74. Visit www.drurylane.com or call (630) 530-0111.
“In the Heights”
Through Oct. 6 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The contemporary musical follows three days in the lives of residents living in New York’s largely Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood. $36.90-$49.90. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
The Cole Porter revue will be presented through Oct. 20 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. $32-$42. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“Next to Normal”
Through Oct. 6 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$49, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $50-$74. Visit www.drurylane.com or call (630) 530-0111.
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”
Through Oct. 6 at Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., downtown St. Charles. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28; $25 seniors; $23 students. Visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com or call (630) 587-8521.
“A Streetcar Named Desire”
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Curtain Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17; $15 seniors. Visit www.jpactheatre.com or call (708) 656-1800.
Presented Saturday and Sunday afternoons at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Participants walk along with the action through the arboretum’s landscape. The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). Each performance lasts approximately three hours; wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. Shows in September begin at 1 p.m.; shows in October start at 3 p.m. Productions include “A Walk with Mark Twain,” through Sept. 29; and “The Passion of Dracula,” Oct. 5-27. $19; $13 children. Visit www.mortonarb.org or call (630) 725-2066.
Benjamin Britten Music Festival
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of renowned English composer Benjamin Britten with a series of performances and lectures by faculty and students. For information, visit www.atthemac.org or call (630) 942-4000. Events include: “Benjamin Britten’s Musical Language — A Guided Analysis,” a talk by College of DuPage professor of music Ken Paoli, at noon Sept. 27 in Room 107, Building K.
Classical concert series
Michael Brozick, Craig Felde and Betsy Waldon perform on timpani, keyboard and trumpet at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Christ Lutheran Church, Route 83 and 55th Street, Clarendon Hills. The program includes works by Copland, Handel and Mussorgsky. Admission is free. For information, visit www.YourChrist.org or call (630) 325-2220.
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
“Music Among Friends,” 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. The program includes works by Brahms, Sibelius and Dvorak. Call (630) 941-0202 or visit www.esosubscriptions.org.
Presenting “Amadeus!”, featuring guest pianist Nadia Azzi, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton. Tickets: $42; $40 seniors; $32 youth. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
The Orion Ensemble
“Danube Destinations,” featuring music by Beethoven, Hindemeith and Mozart, 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St., Geneva. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; free admission for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
Sinfonietta Bel Canto
Presenting “SBC Tribute: Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club,” 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. Tickets in advance are $17; $14 seniors; $5 students. Tickets at the door are $19; $16 seniors; $7 students. Visit www.sinfoniettabelcanto.org or call (630) 384-5007.
Violinist Jaime Jorge
Presenting a free concert at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 55th and Garfield, Hinsdale.
330 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont. (630) 568-3615. www.bakersfieldrestaurant.com. Live music 7-10 p.m. on the patio. Sept. 26: Nick Pontarelli. Sept. 27: Rick and Kevin (acoustic classic rock and pop).
“Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert”
Recorded live over two nights in spring 2013 in Las Vegas, the concert will be screened at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8 at local theaters, including AMC Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, and AMC Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at www.fathomevents.com.
Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket
645 Joliet Road, Willowbrook. (630) 325-0780. www.chickenbasket.com. Live music at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover, unless otherwise noted. Sept. 28: Hugh Too.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Sept. 26, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 (rock). Free. Sept. 27, 9 p.m.: Jesse Dee (soul). $15. Sept. 28, 7 p.m.: Eddie Holstein, Pickin’ Bubs (folk). $15. Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m.: “Nashville Bound” with Ryan Joseph Anderson, Jen Donahue and Friends (rock). $10. Sept. 29, 6 p.m.: Shout Section Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Everybody Says Yes featuring Meghan Murphy (pop). $10. Oct. 2, 8 p.m.: Matuto (roots). $15. Oct. 3, 8 p.m.: Naomi Ashley CD release show, plus LaRaie Zimm (roots). $10. Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m.: The Sweet Maries (folk). $10. Oct. 4, 9 p.m.: The Red Elvises (rock). $15. Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m.: School of Rock presents Rebels and Outlaws Country Rock. $10; 18 and under free. Oct. 5, 9 p.m.: Candye Kane Band, Barb Clifford Band (blues). $15. Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m.: Cole DeGenova & the People’s Republic, Golden (rock). $10. Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: Kevin Welch (roots). $15. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: Elisa Grace (roots). $10. Oct. 12, 9 p.m.: The Bad Examples (rock). $10. Oct. 15, 8 p.m.: Tommy Malone (rock). $15. Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m.: Pete Anderson (blues/country). $15. Oct. 17, 9 p.m.: Mondo Zombie Boogaloo Tour with Los Straitjackets and The Fleshtones (rock). $20. Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Slaid Cleaves (roots). $20. Oct. 18, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band featuring Anne Harris, Temple (rock). $15. Oct. 20, noon: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle (polka). $10. Oct. 23, 9 p.m.: Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys; The Black Lillies (country). $15. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: Roomful of Blues, $20.
North Central College
Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: Grammy Award and Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning recording artist Amy Grant. $65, $75. Oct. 27, 6 p.m.: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (rock/blues). Tickets are $60 and $45.
North Central College
Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Oct. 5, 8 p.m.: “The Official Blues Brothers Revue.” Wayne Catania and Kierom Lafferty, as Jake and Elwood, recreate a live concert experience, integrating the humor and songs from the original 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers.” $20, $30, $35. Oct. 19, 8 p.m.: Blood, Sweat & Tears performs its blend of classic rock and jazz. $30, $35, $45.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
The Big Band ensemble will perform at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Show-only tickets are $55; lunch and show tickets are $70. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylane.com.
Arts in Bartlett
The exhibit, “Landscapes by Kandice Husarik,” will be on display through Sept. 30 at the Bartlett Village Hall’s Second Floor Gallery, 228 Main St., Bartlett. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; closed Mondays. Admission: $5; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for children under 5 and members. Free admission Fridays. Through Jan. 5: “Inventory_The EAM Collection,” featuring art and objects from the museum’s vault. Opening celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, with free admission all day. Free Friday night artist talks and lectures — Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Artist Phyllis Bramson discusses her figurative painting practice. Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.: Art collectors Peter and Eileen Broido present “The Art of Collecting.” Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.: Chicago artist Helen Maurene Cooper discusses her love and investigation of Chicago’s unique nail art scene. Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society, presents “American Folk Artist Sheldon Peck and the Underground Railroad.” Talking About Books book discussions are held in partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library and take place at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Reservations appreciated; call (630) 834-0202. — Oct. 5, 10:45 a.m.: Storytime at the Museum, an interactive program for children ages 3-8, accompanied by an adult. Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Discussion of “Hare with the Amber Eyes” by Edmund De Waal. Nov. 8, 4 p.m.: Art Museum Book Party, based on “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg. Designed for children in grades 4-6.
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. Sept. 30-Oct. 25: “Emergence,” paintings by Charlotte Cziperle, including landscapes and abstracts. Artist’s reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 4, features music by acoustic guitarist Jason Deroche. October: “Autumn Blaze” members’ exhibit. Oct. 14-19: Junior High/Middle School Exhibit. Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Peggy MacNamara, artist-in-residence at the Field Museum, presents a free botanical drawing demonstration.
North Central College
Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Through Nov. 10: Members of the Illinois Watercolor Society present “Signature Works.” An artists’ reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12. For gallery hours or for more information, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at (630) 637-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Riverside Mall Theatre
7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. Through October: Oil paintings by Elsa J. Anaya, inspired by her Peruvian heritage.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
The Combined Church Choir of Itasca, an ecumenical choir ensemble, seeks singers for its annual Christmas concert, to be held Dec. 7 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Itasca. The concert program includes traditional Christmas carols, selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” and opportunities for solo and ensemble singing, accompanied by the Sinfonietta Bel Canto orchestra. The performance is a fundraising event for Itasca and DuPage area charities. Rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. Sundays, starting Oct. 6, at the First Presbyterian Church of Itasca, 207 Center St. Call Dan D’Andrea, (630) 322-9187.
The Tower Chorale will begin to prepare for its Christmas concert, “Spirit of the Season,” during rehearsals from 7:15-9:15 Mondays, starting Oct. 7, at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs. The rehearsals on Oct. 7 and 14 are open rehearsals open to all singers who are interested in joining the group. Visit www.towerchorale.org or call (708) 505-9570 for more information.
BOOKS & POETRY
810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. (630) 920-1500. www.barbarasbookstore.com. Oct. 17, 6 p.m.: Lisa Barr will sign her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors.”
Barnes & Noble
297 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook. (630) 684-0681. Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m.: Lisa Barr will sign her historical fiction novel, “Fugitive Colors.”
“The Stinky Cheese Man”
Organic Theater Company will present performances of the children’s show, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” at noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets: $12; $6 children under 12. An optional dessert reception is available between performances for an additional $4 per ticket. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Citadel Theatre presents “Jenny and the Old House, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 26-27 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The outdoor theater trek in Cantigny’s gardens is appropriate for children ages 10 and younger. Stroll along with the actors as they move about the grounds, performing scenes in different settings. Tickets are $10 per person ages 5 years and older. Parking is free. Call (630) 668-5161 or visit www.cantigny.org.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio
122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. All workshops held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Oct. 6: Tony Armendariz will present a watercolor workshop, “Everyday People,” focusing on painting urban scenes that feature figurative subjects.$95; $85 members.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Oct. 15, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $10. Oct. 16, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $12. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. $9 admission; $7 before 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra. $15 per person.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, at the northern end of Wolf Road Prairie. The event includes food, arts and crafts, dulcimer music, a wool spinning demonstration, and a quilt display. Free admission. For information, visit www.savetheprairesociety.org.
Presented by the Burr Ridge Park District, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Harvester Park, 15W400 Harvester Drive, Burr Ridge. The event includes entertainment, food, hayrides, carnival games, a petting zoo, and more. Fees charged for some of the activities. Visit www.brparks.org.
Held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, featuring a craft show, children’s activities, hay rides, live music and more. Nominal fees for some activities. Free admission with $5 per car parking. Call (630) 668-5161 or visit www.cantigny.org.
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 $1. Sept. 30: No movie. Oct. 7: “The Last Starfighter” (1984), rated PG.
Salt Creek Camera Club
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park. Members will present print and DPI images in general and special categories in the monthly competition. Call Ron Remley, (708) 562-1164.
Murder mystery dinner
“Murder in the Mansion,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. $95 per person includes cocktails, dinner and dessert. Advance registration required by Oct. 18. Call (630) 668-5161 or visit www.cantigny.org.
DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley Ave., Wheaton. www.dupagemuseum.org. (630) 510-4941. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Suggested donation amount is $4; $2 for children and students. Through Oct. 27: “Early Illinois Folk Art 1825-1925,” featuring more than 100 artifacts.
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 Oct. 20: “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation.” The traveling exhibit explores the life arc of members of the World War II generation, as told in their own words. Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: Rockford College history professor Catherine Forslund presents “A College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II.” Before and during World War II, college women — like so many others — helped to bring about victory through activism, factory work and military service. Nov. 8-April 20: “Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst.” Prairie poet, journalist, suburban family man, movie critic, political activist, author — Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in Elmhurst. The exhibit features rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years.
Graue Mill and Museum
3800 York Road, Oak Brook. (630) 655-2090. www.grauemill.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, through Nov. 10. Closed Mondays. Admission is $4.50; $4 for senior citizens; $2 for children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and under.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616. www.lizzadromuseum.org. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Mondays. Admission: $4; $3 senior citizens; $2 students and teens; $1 for children ages 7-12; free for children under 7. Free admission on Fridays.