Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 9
Updated: August 7, 2012 9:22PM
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. 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. Aug. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: K.O. Bossy (’60s-’80s classics).
Music Under The Stars, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Memorial Park Amphitheater, Woodlawn Avenue and LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park. Aug. 15: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bums (Caribbean/beach party).
Naper Nights concert series, 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. Aug. 24: ARRA (classic rock). Opening act is DownPour. Aug. 25: Al Stewart. Opening act is Dave Nachmanoff.
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. 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 Merchant of Venice” will be presented by First Folio Theatre through 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. Aug. 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.
“Sirens,” presented by Fox Valley Repertory Aug. 16-Oct. 7 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday performances at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 23 and 2 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 13. Tickets: $32-$42. Dinner show packages are available from $52. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“The 39 Steps,”through 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.
Jam on the Fox outdoor musical festival, 2-10 p.m. Aug. 18 at the North River Street Park, New York and River streets, in downtown Aurora. Performers include Red Woody, 2:30 p.m.; Heartsfield, 4:30 p.m.; The Georgia Satellites, 6:30 p.m.; and The Charlie Daniels Band, 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5; free for children 12 and under. Visit www.downtownaliveaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.
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. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75. Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: Australian Pink Floyd.
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. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50. Aug. 19, 7 p.m.: Gigantes: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco A. Solis. $56, $76, $96, $126, $176. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “Twins Of Evil Tour,” featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, with special guest J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis. $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50.
The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: “Back to Woodstock” with Big Brother & the Holding Co., Marrakesh Express (tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and The “The Band” Band (tribute to Levon and “The Band”). $39-$69. Sept. 4, 8 p.m.: Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. $39-$95. Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: An Evening With Kenny Rogers. $69-$125. Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Three Dog Night. $29-$75. Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: “Three Faces of Elvis,” starring winners of the international Elvis competition at Graceland. $29-$59. Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: Kansas. $39-$79. Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Branford Marsalis. $39-$89.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Aug. 10, 9 p.m.: Steepwater Band with Kinsey Report plus Paige DeChausse and Nick Boettcher (blues). $15. Aug. 12, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for those under 17 with student I.D. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Consortium Big Band. $10; $5 for those under 17 with student I.D. Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.: Milk Drive in the SideBar Music Room (bluegrass). $10. Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m.: An Evening with Janiva Magness (blues). $15. Aug. 16, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). No cover. Aug. 18, 9 p.m.: Billy Prine CD release show (folk). Aug. 19, 6 p.m.: C-11 Hedberg Jazz Orchestra. $10; $5 for those under 17 with student I.D. Aug. 22, 9 p.m.: Yarn (roots/rock). $10. Aug. 24, 9 p.m.: Bill Kirchen & Candye Kane (roots/rock). $15. Aug. 25, 9 p.m.: Vanessa Davis Band (blues). $15. Aug. 26, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under with student I.D. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn, $5. Sept. 7: Bonnie Koloc. Sept. 13, 9 p.m.: Fred Eaglesmith Tin Can Tour (roots/rock). $15. Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m.: The Fleshtones with Expo ’76 (rock). $12. Sept. 22, 9 p.m.: Heartsfield (roots/rock). $15. Sept. 27-28, 9 p.m.: Los Straitjackets plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly/surf). $20. Sept. 29, 9 p.m.: Deacon Blues (Steely Dan tribute).
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: “Happy Together Tour,” featuring The Turtles, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and Mickey Dolenz. $59.50. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas (bluegrass). $75, $85, $95.
Tuscany Restaurant, 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. Aug. 24, 8 p.m.-midnight: “Tune into Tuscany: Fourth Fridays Live” features the Dave and Donna Duo. No cover.
For young audiences
Movie Night at the Park, sponsored by the Greater LaGrange YMCA, 7 p.m. Aug. 17 in Memorial Park Amphitheater, 132 Oak Ave., La Grange Park. The event begins with entertainment by the IncrediBulls, followed by a screening of the Disney film, “The Incredibles” at dusk. Free.
“The Wind in the Willows” theatre-hike, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 26, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Audience members walk to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle, blanket or lawn chair. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission to The Morton Arboretum is included with ticket fees of $13-$19. Call (630) 725-2066 or visit www.mortonarb.org.
Acappellago, a volunteer acappella chamber choir that performs in the western suburbs, seeks additional singers. Auditions will be held Aug. 12 in Forest View and Sept. 9 in Naperville, and at other times by appointment. Tenors and basses are especially needed, but all voice parts are encouraged to audition. Concert dates for 2012-13 are Dec. 1-2 and March 16-17. For more information, visit www.acappellago.org; call (708)484-3797, ext. 2; or e-mail email@example.com.
The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance will hold auditions on Aug. 19 at the orchestras’ rehearsal location, Eden Supportive Living in North Aurora. The Academy’s ensembles, open to ages 8 to 18, include the Fox Valley Youth Strings, Fox Valley Academy Orchestra, and the Fox Valley Philharmonic. Highly advanced high school and college-aged musicians may be accepted to play with Maestro Maryann Flock in the Philharmonic. The Academy orchestras rehearse in the late afternoon on Sundays. Positions are available in all sections. The Philharmonic is acccepting auditions in all strings, trombone and percussion. For information about the orchestras and auditions, visit www.FVAcademy.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.
The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Andrew Dice Clay. $49-$89.
Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. Aug. 9-11: Warren B. Hall. Aug. 15-18: Tim Clue. Aug. 22-25: Larry Reeb. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Ralphie Roberts.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Aug. 10 and 17 and Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission is $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after. Aug. 12 and Sept. 2, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Aug. 14, 21 and 28 and Sept. 4, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Aug. 15, 22 and 29 and Sept. 5, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Aug. 19, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.: Swing dancing with the Flat Cats Band. $12; $10 for students with ID. Sept. 8, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Tejano dance with Avizo. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. Sept. 9: Foxtrot lesson from 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
Festivals and fairs
Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at the intersection of Main Street and Burlington Avenue, featuring works by more than 125 artists, live music, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Call (847) 926-4300 or visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. (630) 323-8188. www.clarendonhillslibrary.org. Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Screening of “Like Water for Chocolate,” rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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. Aug. 13: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). Aug. 20: “Grease” (1978). Aug. 27: “Terminator” (1984).
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 Sept. 3: “Once Upon a Time,” a collection of late-18th to mid-19th century French clothing, accessories and furniture.
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. 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.
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. Through Sept. 9: “Healing Stones,” showing an alternative use of minerals and rocks as a healing modality. Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Fossil-collecting field trip to Irene Quarry in Belvidere, Ill. $40 per person. Reservations required. Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: “Working with Healing Stones,” presented by Steve Rosley, owner of Rosley’s Rocks and Gems in Chicago. Regular museum admission. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-noon: Lapidary Lorel Abrell teaches participants how to carve soapstone, using simple tools and techniques. All materials are provided. $15 per person; reservations required. Sept. 29: Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day: Contemporary Stone Mosaics. As a Smithsonian Affiliate the museum will feature a special exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum. Free admission will be offered to visitors presenting a Museum Day Ticket, available online at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. At 2 p.m. Gwyn Kaitis will present contemporary mosaic techniques and the use of natural materials in mosaics.
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. August: “Memories,” featuring impressionistic, realistic and abstract images done in pastels, pencil, oils, watercolor, mixed media and fiber arts, with the theme of people and experiences from the past. Aug. 24-26, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dianne Martia will present an oil and cold wax level II workshop. Fee is $280; $250 for members.
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. Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m.: “Conservation and Collection,” presented by Heather Becker, CEO, Chicago Conservation Center. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.: Second Saturday with Billy Tokyo.
North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-5375. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Through Aug. 12: Painter Kimble Bromley’s “Resurrection,” an exhibit reflecting on perseverance and rebirth.