Arts and entertainment calendar for May 17
Updated: May 15, 2012 9:48PM
“After Miss Julie,” presented by Focal Point Theatre Company through June 10 at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. Miss Julie, a wealthy politician’s daughter, finds herself entangled in a perilous web of class conflict, seduction and betrayal when she spends the evening with her father’s ambitious valet, John, and loyal cook, Christine. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20; $15 students and seniors; $10 for previews, May 17-18. Visit www.focalpointtheatre.com.
“The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead,” May 22-July 29 at Writers’ Theatre, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Thwarted housewife Rhonda Russell loses herself in a heated moment of passion, setting into motion an unbelievable series of events that ripple through the lives of everyone around her. Performances are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2 p.m. (June 27 and July 25 only) and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. (performances May 31 and June 1 are at 7:30 p.m.); Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (no 6 p.m. performance July 1 or 29). Tickets: $45-$65. Call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.
“The Boy Scout Musical,” created by a cast of Eagle Scouts, 8 p.m. June 21 at The Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Going to Philmont Scout Ranch is every Boy Scout’s dream. Dying, however, is not. Two troops embark on what’s supposed to be a fun camping trip only to end up in the middle of a disastrous plane crash. $15. Ages 21-plus show. For tickets, call (847) 251-7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.
“Camelot,” presented by Light Opera Works June 1-10 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Performances are at 2 p.m. June 1, 3, 6 and 10; and 8 p.m. June 2, 8 and 9. Main floor $48, $68, $77, $92; balcony $32, $48, $68, $77; half-price for those age 21 and younger. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com.
“Encores: After the Theatre and Other Stories,” through May 20 at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25. Call (847) 866-8049 or visit www.piventheatre.org.
“Hero,” the story of a talented young artist and comic book illustrator living anything but a superhero life, June 20-Aug. 19 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The performance schedule is 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $40-$48, plus tax and handling fees. Discounts available for students and senior citizens. Dinner and theatre tickets, $55, are available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Dinner is at Kings Wharf Restaurant or the Fairfield Inn (based on dining availability). Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
“Lend Me a Tenor,” through June 3 at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$37.50 general admission, with discounts for students and senior citizens. Call (847) 735-8554 or visit www.citadeltheatre.org.
“The Light in the Piazza” will be presented by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre through May 20 at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $34-$39, with discounts available for groups, students and seniors. Optional dinner available, with three courses for $20 excluding beverages, taxes and tip. Call (800) 595-4849 or visit www.theo-u.org.
“A Little Night Music,” through July 8 at Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.
National Theatre Live rebroadcast of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” 2:30 p.m. May 20 at Northwestern University’s Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. $20. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
“The Pirates of Penzance,” through June 10 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The performance schedule is 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $41-$49, plus tax and handling fees. Discounts available for students and senior citizens. Dinner and theatre tickets, $55, are available Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Dinner is at Kings Wharf Restaurant or the Fairfield Inn (based on dining availability). Call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
“Seven Shades Of Man,” 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 27 and 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 26 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Through songs, individual reflections and a narrator’s observations, the musical explores the conundrum that is man and his volatile relationship with those around him, especially woman. Tickets are $30. Visit www.gorillatango.com or call (773) 598-4549.
“[title of show],” a Broadway musical about creating a Broadway musical, through June 10 at Northlight Theatre, in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (May 29 only); Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (except May 23) and 7:30 p.m. (except May 30); Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except May 20 and June 10). Tickets: $25-$65; Young Adult tickets (25 and under) $10. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org. Salon Series, a panel discussion led by local experts, will be held at 1 p.m. May 20. Reservations are required; call (847) 679-9501, ext. 3555.
“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, 8 p.m. May 17-19; and 2 p.m. May 20 at Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Tickets: $10-$25. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
“Albert Herring,” Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera, will be staged by Northwestern University Opera Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 17-19 and 3 p.m. May 20 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Set in the spring of 1900, the three-act opera tells the story of Albert Herring, a reticent young grocery clerk who is chosen as May King, when none of the local girls in the town are pure enough to be elected Queen of the May. $18; $8 for students. Call (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.
Baha’i Choral Festival, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. May 27 at the Baha’i Temple, Sheridan Road and Linden Avenue, Wilmette. The performances are a cappella and include classical liturgical music of the Baha’i faith and other religions, as well as gospel music and other multicultural selections. Free. For information, visit www.bahaichoir.org or call (847) 853-2330.
Baroque Band, a period-instrument orchestra, performs in Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Tickets are $35; $30 senior citizens; $15 students. Call (312) 235-2368 or visit www.baroqueband.org. June 1, 7:30 p.m.: “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” The program includes Jean-Fery Rebel’s ballet, “Les Elemens,” Handel’s Concerto Grosso Opus 3, No. 2, and Telemann’s “Ouverture des nations anciens et modernes.”
Cantate, conducted by Benjamin Rivera, presents a concert featuring American works from the 1960s to the present at 3 p.m. June 3 at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman, Evanston. The program includes Stacy Garrop’s “Lo Yisa Goy,” John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill” and Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” In addition, Ramirez’s “Misa Criolla” will be performed in Spanish with traditional South American instruments. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.cantatechicago.org or at the door.
Chicago Chamber Musicians. (312) 225-5226. www.chicagochambermusic.org. Concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on Northwestern University’s campus, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Tickets: $25-$45; $10 for students. June 3: Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ensemble’s Signature Series concerts. The program includes Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”; John Stevens’ “Seasons, A Symphony for Brass Quintet”; and Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op.11.
The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. Sundays at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University campus, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 866-6888. www.chicagophilharmonic.org. Tickets are $20-$75; $10 for students. May 20: “The Romantic Violin.” CPO music director Larry Rachleff conducts Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with soloist David Perry.
Chroma Chamber Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The program includes Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” with WFMT’s Peter Van De Graaff, narrator, CSO musicians and members of Concert Dance Inc., and the world premiere of David Crane’s “Ode to the Telegraph.” Tickets: $32; $27 seniors; $20 students. Call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit www.musicinst.org.
Coriolis, an a cappella ensemble, presents choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries at 4 p.m. May 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave., Evanston. $20 at the door. Call (847) 869-0223 or visit www.coriolisacappella.org.
The Highland Park Strings, conducted by Stephen Burns, presents “Now and Then” at 3 p.m. May 20 at Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave. The program includes works by Haydn, Schubert and Mozart, as well as “Serenade for Flute, Strings and Percussion” by Deerfield resident Armando Susmano. Admission is free. Preconcert lecture by Stephanie Ettelson at 2 p.m. For information, visit www.hpstrings.org.
Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Alan Heatherington, performs at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the College of Lake County campus in Grayslake. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.; pre-concert talks by musicologist Jim Kendros at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32-$54, with discounts for senior citizens and students. For tickets, call (847) 295-2135 or visit www.lakeforestsymphony.org. May 19: “Beethoven Fest,” with guest artists Ilya Kaler, violin, Alon Goldstein, piano, and Amit Peled, cello.
Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra presents “Killer Bs” at 3:30 p.m. June 3 at Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago. The program includes Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra; Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances; and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. Tickets: $18; $12 for seniors and students; free for children 12 and under. Call (312) 409-5670 or visit www.lsso.org.
Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. May 20, 3 p.m.: Northwestern University Guitar Ensemble performs works by Bach, Mertz, Henze and Turina for solo and duo guitar, quartet and guitar ensemble. $6; $4 for students. May 31, 1 p.m.: Jeremy Denk piano master class. Admission is free.
Midwest Young Artists Center, 878 Lyster Road, Highwood. (847) 926-9898. www.mya.org. May 19, 7 p.m.: Music at The Fort Concert Series features Molly Yeh, percussion, and Doug Rosenthal, trombone. Free.
Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. May 22, 7:30 p.m.: University Singers present program featuring Norman Dello Joio’s “A Jubliant Song,” as well as choral works by John Rutter, Franz Biebl and Benjamin Britten. $6; $4 for students.
Music of the Baroque performs at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Evanston, unless noted otherwise. (312) 551-1414. www.baroque.org. Tickets are $30-$75. May 20, 7:30 p.m.: “Friends,” with the Music of the Baroque Orchestra, Jane Glover, conductor. The program includes works by Vanhal, Haydn, Dittersdorf and Mozart.
Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. May 19, 7:30 p.m.: Conrad Tao performs in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Emilio del Rosario Distinguished Alumni Concert. The program includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, and works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Stravinsky. $25; $15 for seniors; $10 for students.
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg, presents “25 Great Years” at 3 p.m. June 10 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The program includes madrigals, part songs by Haydn, Rossini, Schumann and others, folk songs from Bulgaria, Canada, South Africa and England, and show tunes by Ellington and Loesser. $15; $10 for seniors; $7 for students. In addition, the Chorale will present Summer Sing-alongs at 7:30 p.m. June 27 and July 25 in Room 9 at the Music Institute’s Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. On June 27 the group will sing Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, conducted by Frank Winkler. On July 25, sing-along participants will perform Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg. Cost to participate is $10 per person. Each sing-along has an optional free rehearsal the day before — June 26 and July 24, respectively — at 7:30 p.m. in Room 9 at the Music Institute’s Evanston East Campus. Call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble presents “The Bach Boys,” a concert of music by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Christian Bach and Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, at 4 p.m. May 20 at the North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe. $35 general admission; $25 seniors; $10 students and children. Call (847) 835-1227 or visit www.chamber-arts-ensemble.org.
North Shore Chamber Music Festival, June 6, 8 and 9 at the Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Led by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, the festival will feature performances by the Pacifica String Quartet, and Avery Fisher Award winners clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, pianist Adam Neiman and cellist Mark Kosower. Henry Fogel, former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appears as a narrator and in a lecture/demonstration discussing instruments of Stradivari and Guarneri DelGesu. Early bird 10% discount for ticket purchases made before May 21. For details, visit www.nscmf.org or call (847) 370-3984.
North Shore Choral Society, under the direction of Julia Davids,performs Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at 3 p.m. June 10 at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. The concert features a full orchestra and soloists Máire O’Brien, soprano, Angela Young Smucker, mezzo-soprano, Kurt R. Hansen, tenor, Ryan O’Mealey and Peter Van De Graaff, basses, and Donald Chen Young Artist Award winner Alison Wahl. A free pre-concert talk will be presented by Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press classical music writer, at 2 p.m. Tickets in advance are $22; $20 seniors; $12 students; tickets at the door are $25; $22 seniors; $15 students. Call (773) 956-8400 or visit www.northshorechoral.org.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Symphonic Wind Ensemble. $6; $4 for students. May 20, 3 p.m.: Concert Band presents a program of band standards. $6; $4 for students. May 22, 7:30 p.m.: Evening of Brass. Gail Williams will conduct a program of works composed, transcribed and arranged for brass ensemble. $6; $4 for students. May 23, 7:30 p.m.: Contemporary Music Ensemble presents a concert highlighting the work of John Luther Adams. $6; $4 for students. May 24, 7:30 p.m.: Philharmonia performs works by Wagner, Mozart and Schumann. $6; $4 for students. May 31, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra performs works by Copland, Gershwin and others. $6; $4 for students.
Presbyterian Homes Westminster Place campus, Elliott Chapel, 3131 Simpson (Golf) Road, Evanston. (847) 492-2915. Gift of Music recital series — May 21, 1:30 p.m.: Eric Budzynski, organist at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel, will perform a free organ recital of works by J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, David Johnson and Felix Mendelssohn. He will be joined by Stephen Noon, tenor.
Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. May 30, 7:30 p.m.: Lars Mlekusch saxophone recital. Admission is free.
Ridgeville Band of Evanston, under the direction of Monty Adams, will present “Viva Italia!” at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. The program will feature music by leading Italian and Italian-American composers, including concert marches, operatic adaptations, and Italian-themed music by Verdi, Puccini and others. Admission is free. Call (847) 899-8410.
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra presents a pops concert at 3 p.m. May 20 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The program includes Russo: “Street Music: A Blues Concerto,” with soloist Corky Siegel, harmonica; Gould: “American Suite”; and Grofe: “Hollywood Suite.” All seats $50. For tickets, call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.svso.org.
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. Opera in Cinema series features performances from opera houses throughout the world. Tickets are $20, unless noted otherwise. June 17, 2:30 p.m., and June 20, 7 p.m.: “Peter Grimes,” from La Scala, Milan, Italy. June 27, 7 p.m., and July 1, 2:30 p.m.: “Ernani,” from the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy. Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m., and Aug. 8, 7 p.m.: “Anna Bolena,” from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy.
Bertucci’s Italian Steakhouse, 246 Green Bay Road, Highwood. (847) 432-6663. May 19, 8 p.m. Donny DeMarco & Friends play easy listening music at the bar. May 26, 9 p.m.: Karoake with Lay Down Sally.
The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston. (847) 864-1679. www.celticknotpub.com. No cover unless noted otherwise. Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight: American roots music with The Mudflapps. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.: Celtic music session with Gus Friedlander and friends. May 19, 9:30 p.m.: The Mark Cleveland Band. May 20, 5-8 p.m.: Eric Lugosch. May 24, 8 p.m.: Traditional Irish music with Annie Andrews, Donald Terao and John Williams.
“God Bless America — For Those Who Gave Their All,” a Memorial Day concert featuring the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m. May 30 at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Free. For information, call (847) 724-2210.
Hogeye Folk Arts hosts concerts at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St., Evanston. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. $15 general admission; $13 for senior citizens; $5 for students; free for children under 12. Admission may be paid at the door in cash or by check, or by credit card in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com. For information, visit www.hogeyefolkarts.org. May 19: Jim Craig & Friends.
Lake County Folk Club events are held at 7 p.m. Sundays at Aleks’ Restaurant, 525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff. Concert admission is $12; $10 for Lake County Folk Club members, students and senior citizens.No admission charge for Open Stage and Song Circle. Reservations encouraged for all concerts; call (847) 602-8882. For information, visit www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org. May 20: Concert Stage features Chris Walz, formerly the lead singer and guitarist with the Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. Kourtney Bradfish opens. May 27: Song Circle.
The Laughing Chameleon, located in The Glen Town Center, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview. (888) 685-2844. www.TheLaughingChameleon.com. May 31: Recording artist, actor and night club entertainer Howard Shraiberg performs pop, jazz and blues.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. May 18, 8 p.m.: Contemporary cabaret ensemble The Chicago Red Line presents “Never Land.” $20-$28. May 24, 8 p.m.: Chris Greene Quartet CD release party with Paul Abella Trio. $15 general admission; $20 reserved; $35 VIP package (includes CD and signed poster). May 25, 8 p.m.: Third Coast Percussion. $15 general admission; $20 reserved. May 26, 8 p.m.: The New Orleans Suspects. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. June 2, 9 p.m.: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. June 3, 7 p.m.: For Singing OUT Loud, a pride celebration of singers, songwriters and icons. $23 general admission; $28 reserved. June 6, 8 p.m.: Solo acoustic performance by Jon Anderson of Yes. $75 general admission. June 9, 9 p.m.: Megitza Quartet Farewell Concert. $15 general admission; $25 reserved. June 14, 7:30 p.m.: Octopus Nebula (rock/acid jazz). $15 in advance; $18 at the door. June 15, 8 p.m.: Pat Travers Band (rock). $23 in advance; $28 at the door. June 16, 9 p.m.: Angel Melendez Orchestra tribute to “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe (salsa/mambo). $15 general admission; $25 reserved. June 24, 8 p.m.: Acoustic Alchemy (jazz/folk rock). $30-$45. June 29, 9 p.m.: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Afro-Cuban). $20 in advance; $25 at the door. July 6, 10 p.m.: Afro-Peruvian electronica band Novalima. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. July 11, 8 p.m.: Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou (Afro pop). $28 general admission; $38 reserved. July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation. $18 general admission. July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Dot Dot Dot, $15 general admission. Aug. 17-18, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular featuring “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” a showing of “The Wizard of Oz” synchronized to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” soundtrack. The second half of the show features The Best of Pink Floyd including “The Wall.” $30 general admission.
Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. May 23, 7:30 p.m.: Small Jazz Ensembles, “We Must Protect the Groove.” $6; $4 for students.
Rock the Green, a musical talent showcase and competition, will be held from 6-9 p.m. June 8 at Village Green Park, Shermer and Meadows roads, Northbrook. Audience members can help choose the winner of the third annual Battle of the Northbrook Youth Bands. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2995.
S.P.A.C.E.,1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. May 18: Michelle Shocked (folk). $20 standing room; $30 general admission seating; $40 reserved table seat. May 20, 7 p.m.: Jazz guitarist Frank Vignola, $15/$18. May 21: Dark Dark Dark (Americana/folk). $10/$12. May 22: The Barr Brothers (folk). $12/$15. May 23: Peter Himmelman (folk-rock). $24, $34, $44. May 25: Anders Osborne (blues). $22/$25. May 26: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (Caribbean/R&B). $12/$15. May 27, 6 p.m.: Bob Carter benefit concert, $30/$40. May 29-30: Todd Rundgren. $40/$65/$85. May 31: SPACE INterns present Theo Katzman plus Love Massive with Communist Daughter & Pat McKillen (indie/soul). $10/$12. June 2: Freddy Jones Band (roots rock). $20/$25. June 3, 7 p.m.: Al Stewart (folk). $18/$22. June 5: Steve Moakler, $10/$12. June 6: Dave Specter and John Primer, $12-$22. June 7: Charlie Musselwhite (blues). $20/$28/$38. June 8, 7 p.m.: Kelly Hogan CD release show. $12/$15. June 9, 9 p.m.: 93XRT Blues Breakers welcome Joe Louis Walker with The Steepwater Band. $17/$20. June 10, 7 p.m.: Rickie Lee Jones, $38-$78. June 12: Lauren Shera and David Ramirez (folk). $10/$12. June 13: Lake Street Dive with Midnight Moxie (jazz, rock/folk). $10/$12/$22. June 17: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, “Stripped Down and Fully Clothed” (folk rock). $20. June 19: Singer/songwriter Steve Poltz. $12/$15. June 22: Ruthie Foster (blues/folk). $18. June 23: Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & the Monsters, $20-$34. June 24: Booker T Jones (R&B/soul/blues). $28-$68. June 27: Bearfoot (bluegrass). $12/$15. June 28: Soul Rebels Brass Band (New Orleans jazz). $15/$18. June 30: Phil Angotti Band and Steve Dawson Band (indie rock). $12/$15/$22. July 1, 2 p.m.: Bitter Melon, $15. July 1, 7 p.m.: Kinky Friedman (country). July 6: Fountains of Wayne (alt rock). $28-$48. July 7: Heartsfield Band (country/rock). $17/$20. July 8, 7 p.m.: Dick Dale (surf rock) with Ambassadors to Earth. $25-$45. July 10: James Vincent McMorrow, $15/$18. July 11: Marc Cohn, $32-$68. July 12: Judy Collins. $40-$85. July 13: Otis Clay with The Revelations featuring Tre Williams (soul). $17/$20. July 14: Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks (country/jazz). $22-$42. July 15, 7 p.m.: The Ragbird with Chicago Farmer (folk/rock). $8/$10. July 18: Birds of Chicago (featuring JT Nero and Alison Rusell) and Matt the Electrician (roots). $10/$14. July 19: Edie Carey with Robbie Hecht (folk). $12/$15. July 20: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Cajun). $20/$40. July 21: Jimmy Webb, $20-$42. July 22, 2 p.m.: Eugenia Elliot CD release show (folk). $5-$10. July 22, 6:30 p.m.: Callaghan in The Studios at SPACE (pop). $15. July 22, 7 p.m.: John Gorka (folk). $18/$22. July 25: Erwin Helfer’s Chicago Boogie Ensemble & Ann Rabson (blues/jazz). $12/$15. July 26: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats (blues). $15/$20. July 27: James Carter Organ Trio (jazz). $17/$20. July 29: Stooges Brass Band (jazz/funk). $12/$15. Aug. 1: Catbon Leaf (alt country). $17-$30. Aug. 3: Chuck Prophet (Americana/rock). $15/$18. Aug. 4: Chicago Women in Blues. $12-$22. Aug. 5, 7 p.m.: Davina & the Vagabonds (blues/jazz). $12-$20. Aug. 11: Curtis Salgado (blues/R&B). $15-$28. Aug. 15: Tom O’Brien (bluegrass/country). $18-$30. Aug. 17: Claire Lynch Band (bluegrass/folk). $18-$30. Aug. 18: Marshall Crenshaw. $18-$38. Aug. 23: Jesse Colin Young (folk). $22/$34/$44. Aug. 24: Maria Muldaur (blues/pop). $17-$30. Aug. 25: Seth Glier Residency in The Studios at SPACE, $10. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Dan Navarro. $15-$28. Aug. 30: Canned Heat (blues/rock). $28-$68. Aug. 31: The Fabulous Thunderbirds (blues/rock). $28-$68. Sept. 7: Tony Lucca (pop). $18-34.
Stained Glass Coffeehouse features live music at the Congregational Church of Deerfield, 225 Wilmot Road. Performances begin at 7 p.m. $15 donation; proceeds benefit local and international charities. Visit www.stainedglasscoffeehouse.com. May 19: Joe Jencks.
Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. www.viper-alley.com. (866) 463-3401. Shows are for ages 21-plus, unless noted otherwise. May 18, 8:30 p.m.: Vanilla Ice. $20-$50. May 19, 7:30 p.m.: Heartache Tonight (Eagles tribute). $10-$25. May 19, 10:30 p.m.: Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Pat McCurdy. $6-$8. May 25, 9 p.m.: Mr. Blotto: Recreating the Altamont Speedway Festival of Dec. 6, 1969. $10-$20. May 26, 8 p.m.: Generation: The Sixties Experience with special late set with Fortunate Sons presenting a tribute to CCR. $10-$15. May 29, 7 p.m.: Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Orchestra. $10-$20. June 1, 8:30 p.m.: Bruce in the USA (Bruce Springsteen tribute). $20-$37. June 8, 8:30 p.m.: Jon Anderson: The voice of YES. $26-$65. June 9, 6:30 p.m.: Elvis Tribute: Rick Saucedo — Summer Nights, City Lights. $10-$15. June 16, 7:30 p.m.: Pat Travers Band (guitar rock). $15-$30. June 26, 8 p.m.: Tower of Power (R&B). $35-$65. June 29, 8 p.m.: Blues guitarist and singer Coco Montoya. $18-$30. June 30, 7:30 p.m.: Reely Dan (Steely Dan tribute). $10-$30. July 3, 8 p.m.: Victor Wooten with Spare Parts, $20-$50. July 11, 8 p.m.: Edwin McCain, $20-$50. July 13, 8 p.m.: John Parr with Sam Llanas, $15-$35. July 14, 9 p.m.: The Prince Experience, $15-$30. July 28, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Contemporary vocalist Linda Eder presents her “Songbirds” show. $30-$75. July 31: 1960s English pop band The Zombies with Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent. $30-$70.
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. July 27, 8 p.m.: Jess Godwin. $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Anne Loucks Gallery, 309 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-8500. www.loucksgallery.com. Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and by appointment. Through June 8: “Pegan Brooke and Yaz Krehbiel: Recent Paintings.” Brooke’s paintings are part of her River/Sea series, which focuses on the meditative movement, color and light of water. Krehbiel’s paintings capture the rich and varied landscape of the northern California coastline.
As You Like It Gallery, 827 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 864-3101. www.asyoulikeitsalon.net. Through May: “Just a Moment,” photographs by Evanston artist Greg Keupfer exploring everyday life in Chicago’s Loop.
Deer Path Art League & Gallery, located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturdays by appointment. Through May 25: “Art is … Lasting Landscape,” an exhibit of traditional images featuring unique use of color and technique by landscape artists.
Dittmar Memorial Gallery at Northwestern University’s Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. www.norris.northwestern.edu/dittmar.php. (847) 491-2348. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Through June 7: “Liminal End: MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice.” The exhibition features the work of the Class of 2012 undergraduate art majors enrolled in Northwestern’s department of art theory and practice. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 18.
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. Through June 28: “Art Naturally: Nature in the Abstract,” landscapes by Glenview Art League member Judith Edelman.
The Highland Park Art Walk, a juried exhibition of artwork by Illinois artists displayed in downtown Highland Park shops and businesses, will be held June 1-30. Meet the Artists Day, 2-4 p.m. June 16, will feature participating artists at their display locations. Party with the Artists, an awards ceremony and silent auction, will be held from 4-6 p.m. June 16 at Blue Rose Gallery, 667 Central Ave., Highland Park. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.highlandparkartwalk.org or call (847) 440-6542.
Lake Forest Senior Center, 100 E. Old Mill Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-2209. Through June 14: Kay Thomas, Highland Park artist and teacher, will exhibit watercolor and sumi paintings. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Open Studio Project Gallery, 903 Sherman Ave., Evanston. (847) 475-0390. www.openstudioproject.org. May 18-June 10: Works by Karla Rindal, featuring found-object sculpture, masks, paper-weavings and more. Artist’s reception will be from 6-9 p.m. May 18.
Perspective Group and Photography Gallery, 1310-1/2B Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.perspectivegallery.org. (224) 200-1155. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Through May 27: “Student Perspectives,” 49 images by students from 16 high schools.
Re-invent gallery, 202 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; Sundays by appointment. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. May 19-June 22: Multi-media art show of works by the McMahon family of artists. The show includes watercolor paintings, sculptures, glasswork, neons, metalcraft and other media by six members of the family, all Lake Forest natives.
Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes, Celebrating Experience: A Gallery of Art by Older Adults, 1123 Emerson, Suite 200, Evanston. (847) 864-7274. www.SASIathome.org. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays or by appointment. All art is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting SASI, a community nonprofit that helps adults in Chicago and the north/northwest suburbs who, due to aging, illness or injury, need assistance in the home. May 18-Nov. 4: Works by Robert Leopold, Delores Rix and Howard Tyner. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 18.
Stella Boutique, 2116 Central St., Evanston. (847) 864-5565. www.stellaevanston.com. May: Pop Up Indoor Art Fair with jewelry, home decor and other handcrafted items by local and national artists.
Auditions & opportunities
The Savoyaires will hold auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience” from 2-5 p.m. June 2 and 2-6 p.m. June 3 at First Congregational Church House, 1417 Hinman Ave., Evanston. Available roles include five men, five women, and large mixed chorus. Prepare one song in English, preferably by Gilbert & Sullivan; a second song is encouraged but not required. An accompanist will be provided. Performances Oct. 5-14 at Chute Auditorium in Evanston. To schedule an appointment, visit www.savoyaires.org/auditions.
Highland Park Players will hold auditions for “42nd Street” from 1:30-4 p.m. June 2 and 7-9:30 p.m. June 4 at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park. All roles are available for ages 14 and older. Actors should prepare 32 bars of a song to sing and come ready to tap dance and do cold readings. Rehearsals begin Aug. 6, with production dates Oct. 12-27 at the Northbrook Theatre. For information, visit www.highlandparkplayers.com.
“Spotlighters Intergenerational Salute to Movie Music from The Jazz Singer to All That Jazz” auditions take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2 and June 5 at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Adults over the age of 55 and young people between ages 9 and 19, of all vocal ranges, are invited to audition. Show dates are Sept. 23-30. For information, contact Judy Samuelson at (847) 849-9070 or Judy@wilmettetheatre.com.
Chicago Master Singers will hold vocal auditions for the 2012-13 season Aug. 9, 14, 16 and 21 in Palatine. Dedicated singers are invited to call (877) 825-5267 or send an e-mail to email@example.com to make an audition appointment. CMS is a 130-voice ensemble directed by Alan Heatherington featuring singers from throughout the Chicago area. The ensemble will perform this season with the Ars Viva Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony. For details, visit www.chicagomastersingers.org.
The Northbrook Public Library seeks entries for its 10th annual international juried art show, to be held Oct. 12-Nov. 30, open to artists 18 years and older, working in all two-dimensional and three-dimensional art media. The exhibition is limited to original artwork created within two years of the entry date. Artwork must be viewable for all ages. Artists should consider the theme, “Journeys.” Prizes include a $2,000 purchase prize. Entry fee is $35 for up to three submissions. Deadline for submission is May 31. For a prospectus and entry form, visit www.northbrook.info/journeys or send a self addressed stamped business size envelope to: Journeys, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook IL 60062. For information, call (847) 272-7074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custer’s Last Stand festival of the arts is accepting applications from arts and crafts vendors for the 2012 edition of the fair, slated for June 16-17 in Evanston’s Main Street Station shopping district. For an application, call (847) 328-2204 or visit www.custerfair.com.
Artists are invited to jury to participate in the 18th annual Edens Art Fair to be presented by the American Society of Artists July 21-22 at Edens Plaza in Wilmette. For information, call (847) 991-4748 or visit www.americansocietyofartists.org.
The Northbrook Youth Commission seeks entries for its third annual Youth Film Festival, to be held June 11 at the Northbrook Public Library theater. Students in junior high school through college are invited to have their film or video showcased at the festival. Any genre film or video (two to 12 minutes in length) will be considered. Films or videos must be submitted by May 31 to the third floor Media Department of the library or to the General Government Department located on the first floor of the Northbrook Village Hall. For more information, call Kendal Maltas, (847) 664-4017.
Highland Park Poetry invites amateur, semi-professional and professional poets of all ages who live, work or go to school in Illinois to submit original poetry not to exceed 30 lines for the Prairie State Poetry Contest 2012. There is no theme or structure required. Cash prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second place, $25 for third place. There is a reading fee of $3 per poem; limit five poems. Poets will receive their awards at a contest reading on July 13 at The Art Center of Highland Park. Send poem(s) as text in the body of an e-mail to Jennifer@highlandparkpoetry.org, and put “Prairie State Poetry Contest 2012” in the subject line of the e-mail. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. June 8.
Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, will host Spring for Art, its 2012 benefit, from 6:30-11 p.m. May 19. The evening includes wine, food, and silent and live auctions of fine art. Tickets are $100 per person; $65 for those 35 years old and under. For information call (847) 475-5300 or visit www.evanstonartcenter.org.
“Walk with Children,” a benefit concert for the orphans of the 2011 Japan disaster, will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Music Institute of Chicago Academy alumnus Kai Talim hosts the concert, featuring performances by Academy alumni, current students and friends. $15; $10 students. Call (847) 905-1500.
Citadel Theatre Company will hold its 10th anniversary gala, “Copacabana,” from 7 p.m.-midnight June 8 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. The evening includes dinner, dancing to music by the Robert Cole Orchestra, and door prizes. $125 per person. To RSVP, call (847) 735-8554 or visit www.citadeltheatre.org.
Bridie McKenna’s Irish Pub, 254 Green Bay Road, Highwood, will host a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 7-10 p.m. June 15, featuring Irish food, drinks, entertainment and prizes. Tickets are $45, available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/244883.
Books & poetry
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. (847) 446-8880. www.thebookstall.com. May 17, 7 p.m.: Steve Lowenstein discusses and signs For the Love of Israel. May 21, 7 p.m.: Kyle Cramer discusses and signs American Frankenstein: How the United States Created a Monster. May 22, 7 p.m.: Joel Peckham discusses and signs Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery. May 23, 6:30 p.m.: Non-Fiction Book Club discusses In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. May 24, 7 p.m.: Charles Wheelan signs 10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said. May 29, 7 p.m.: Rebecca Makkai talks about her debut novel, The Borrower. May 30, 6:30 p.m.: John McEvoy discusses and signs Photo Finish. June 11: Women Writers Series features Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone, at a luncheon at Avli Restaurant, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka. $46 includes a copy of the book. Reservations required.
Book Worm Angels will sponsor an appearance by children’s author Blue Balliett from 3-5 p.m. May 20 at the Lakeview Center in Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive, Wilmette. Balliett will read excerpts from her books, Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3, and explain how she began writing mysteries. Tickets are $35; free for children accompanied by adults. To purchase tickets, call (773) 332-8091 or visit www.bookwormangels.org.
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-5058. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. June 9-11: Used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-noon Monday. June 13, 1 p.m.: Discussion of The Submission by Amy Waldman. June 14, 7:30 p.m.: Discussion of Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road. (847) 729-7500. www.glenviewpl.org. June 5, 7 p.m.: Neal Samors and Eric Bronsky will discuss and sign their new book, Chicago’s Classic Restaurants: Past, Present & Future. June 4, 1 p.m.: Page Turners will discuss The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.
Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave. (847) 432-1573. www.hplibrary.org. May 22, 1 p.m.: Discussion of Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman. June 11, 7 p.m.: Literary critic William Deresiewicz will discuss and sign A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. May 17, 7 p.m.: Sam and Peter Stamatis discuss and sign Dandelions for Dinner, their family memoir set in Greece. May 20, 1 p.m.: Meeting of the Illinois State Poetry Society. New members are welcome; bring 10-12 copies of two of your poems.
RHINO/the Poetry Forum invites all poets to its Poetry Workshop & Peer Exchange, to be held from 1:30-4:30 May 26 in Room 108 of the Evanston Public Library, Church and Orrington streets. The session will be led by Andrea Witzke Slot, author of To find a new beauty, who will discuss organizing a book manuscript for publication. $5-$10 donation. Attendees are encouraged to bring 17 copies of a poem to be critiqued, and participate in a discussion of poetry and poetics.
Academy at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, offers summer performance camps, including “School House Rock Live Jr.,” for grades 1-4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 11-July 7; and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” for grades 5-12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 11-July 11. Fee is $899 per student. Visit www.citadeltheatre.org/education/summer-performance-camp.html.
The Bookmarket at Hangar One in The Glen, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview. (847) 904-7304. First Thursday of the month, 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Storytime with Nili Yelin, the Storybook Mom. Free. www.storybookmom.com. June 7: “Summertime, Summertime!”
Deer Path Art League, located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Summer Art Camp, for grades K-8, meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Fee is $150 per week, which includes all materials. June 11-14: Painting & Drawing with O’Keefe. June 18-21: Painting & Expression with Kandinsky. June 25-28: Painting & Collage with Beardin. July 2-5: Painting with Rausenberg. July 9-12: Illustration & Books. July 16-19: Assemblage Like Joseph Cornell.
Everybody Move, Inc. offers early childhood movement and music classes for ages 12-28 months, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays, through May 25, at Foster Dance Studios, 915 Foster St., Evanston. To register, call (847) 864-1877.
Improv Playhouse offers summer performing arts camps in Highland Park for children in first grade through high school, including “Hairspray” and “Camp Glee” musical theater camps, teen film making, fashion modeling, and improv comedy. For information or to register, call (847) 968-4529 or visit www.improvplayhouse.com.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600. www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays (open until 5 p.m. June through August); 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Special members-only hours from 9-9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is $9.50; $8.50 for senior citizens; free for children under 1 year old and members. The museum offers 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8. June 1, 6-8:30 p.m.: Daddy Daughter Date Night and Dance. $65-$75.
Light Opera Works offers musical theater summer workshops at its rehearsal center, 516 Fourth St., Wilmette. Youth ages 8-13 will learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a public performance of a mini-musical. No experience or audition required, and everyone gets a part. Each workshop meets from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with a final dress rehearsal on Saturday at 1 p.m. and performance at 4 p.m. Workshops include “The Wizard of Oz,” June 18-23; “The King and I,” June 25-30; “The Little Mermaid,” July 9-14; “The Mikado,” July 16-21; “Guys and Dolls,” July 23-28; and “Stage Struck,” advanced workshop for ages 12-15, Aug. 1-11. Fee is $350 per student per workshop; $450 for “Stage Struck.” Visit www.LightOperaWorks.com or call (847) 920-5360.
Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (847) 291-2367. www.northbrooktheatre.org. May 19, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: “No Dogs Allowed!,” a musical adaptation of the 2004 award-winning children’s book by Sonia Manzano. The production runs about one hour and is appropriate for ages 4 and older. $8-$10.
Olly Olly Play Café, 321 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-2004. First Saturdays Storytime with Nili Yelin, The Storybook Mom, free with admission of $12 first child, $6 siblings. June 2: “Sizzlin’ Summertime Stories.” “The Secret Garden”
will be performed by Actors Training Center Rep Company at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. $12. Call (847) 251-7424 or visit www.actorstrainingcenter.com.
Three Cat Education offers summer theatre camps at Virtuoso Performing Arts, 3 Waukegan Road, Glenview. Cost for a one-week session, running 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, is $275. Camps for grades 2-5 include Choose Your Own Fairytale Adventure, June 11-15; Acting Out — Storybook Villains, June 18-22; Puppet Masters and Storytelling, July 9-13; Acting Out — Scallywag Stories, July 23-27; and Puppet Masters and Storytelling, Aug. 6-10. In addition, Shakespeare: Characters Through the Canon, will be offered July 30-Aug. 3 for teenagers. To register or for information, visit www.threecatproductions.com or call (312) 725-6859.
Wilmette Theater, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. Kids Concert Series at the Mette — All shows are from 10-11 a.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. May 26: Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies. June 30: Little Miss Ann. Aug. 4: Laura Doherty and Band.
YEA! (Young Evanston Artists) Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 on the sidewalks of the Chicago/Dempster business district, Evanston. Rain site is Roycemore School, Church Street and Ridge Avenue. Art exhibits and the YEA! Stage will showcase more than 1500 students from 40 schools. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Visit www.yeaevanston.org.
Classes & workshops
Deer Path Art League, located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-3743. www.deerpathartleague.org. Spring and summer classes include Fearless Watercolor, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 23-June 27; Painting — Start from Where You Are, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 29-July 3; Etching & Printmaking, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, May 30-July 11; Realistic Watercolor, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 31-July 5; Pastel Painting, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, May 31-July 5; Introduction to the New Acrylics, 9:30 a.m.-noon June 2; Drawing and Painting, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, June 4-July 9; Landscape Painting, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9-July 28; How to Start in Watercolor — The Basics, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 16; Abstract Painting, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29-Aug. 17.Linda Lee Goldman
, registered and board certified art therapist and educator, offers art classes for individuals and small groups in Northbrook. All ages, all levels. Call (847) 498-2738 for time, dates and cost.
Northbrook Arts Commission presents spring art painting workshops at the Village Green Center, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook, open to all levels of artists. Offerings include contemporary realism drawing and painting, taught by David Jamieson, May 19-20. For information, visit www.northbrookarts.org or call (847) 921-5239.
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. (847) 272-6224. www.northbrook.info. Registration required for all programs unless noted otherwise. May 19, 2 p.m.: A writing workshop, led by author Kathleen Anne Fleming, will focus on dialogue.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Through June 29, 8 p.m. Fridays (except 10 p.m. May 25): Chicagoland Stand Up Round Up, hosted by local comedienne Kelsie Huff. $20.
The Laughing Chameleon, located in The Glen Town Center, 1830 Tower Drive, Glenview. (888) 685-2844. www.TheLaughingChameleon.com. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 9 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $10-$25. Doors open for pre-show food and drinks at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 8:30 p.m.: Funny Monday Showcase, featuring local talent presenting comedy, music, improvisation, magic and illusion. $5 cover. May 17-19: Stand-Up Comedy Showcase with Matt Drufke and Dale Zawada. May 24-26: Comic rock impressionist Skip Griparis. May 30: Jenniffer Weigel.
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. June 14, 7:30 p.m.: “Mr. Olsen’s Neighborhood.” In celebration of Father’s Day, screenwriter/comedian Dana Olsen presents a comedic variety showcase with special guests Shelly Goldstein, Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse (from the Vic and Paul Show) and Steve Rashid. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Northwestern University’s Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. May 17-19, 8 p.m.: 2012 Senior Dance Concert, “The Golden Year,” the final project of Northwestern University senior dance majors. $10; $5 students. Call (847) 491-7282.
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. (847) 251-7424. www.wilmettetheatre.com. Ballet in Cinema series features performances from opera houses throughout the world. Tickets are $15, unless noted otherwise. May 20, 2:30 p.m.: “The Bright Stream,” from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. June 3, 2:30 p.m., and June 6, 7 p.m.: “La Fille Mal Gardee,” from the Royal Ballet, London. July 22, 2:30 p.m., and July 25, 7 p.m.: “Raymonda,” from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. Aug. 26, 2:30 p.m., and Aug. 29, 7 p.m.: “Sleeping Beauty,” from the Royal Ballet, London.
Ballroom Chicago North Shore Dance, 8-11 p.m. May 26 at Lodge Hall, 1799 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. $10 per person. Free mini-lesson from 7:15-7:45 p.m. (with paid admission). Visit www.ballroomchicago.com or call (847) 757-2227.
Glenview Square Dance Club dances the first and third Fridays of each month, from September to May, at the Glen Grove School, 3900 Glenview Road, Glenview. Round dancing, cued by Howard and Anna Hoffman, starts at 7:30 p.m. Square dancing at the Plus level at 8 p.m. Experienced square dancers and round dancers are welcome. Call (847) 945-0370 or visit www.glenviewsquares.com.
Highland Park Players offer Broadway-style tap dancing classes taught by the group’s choreographer, Jennifer Cupani, at West Ridge Center in Highland Park. Classes will be held from 11 a.m.-noon May 19 and8:30-9:30 p.m. May 21. Prior tap experience is helpful, but not necessary. Classes are open to anyone 14 and older. Cost is $15 per class, per person. Visit www.highlandparkplayers.com.
Shoreline Dance Club plays recorded music for easy ballroom dancing in the Stuart Community Room of the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Lessons are given by professional instructors Bob and Penny Urbon at 7:30 p.m., followed by an evening of social dancing. Adults of all ages and dancing abilities welcome. Attire is dressy/casual. Admission per couple is $20 for members; $25 for guests. Membership is $20 per year per couple. Call (847) 816-7602 or visit www.ballroomchicago.com/shoreline.htm. May 19: Rumba.
Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Road, Glenview. (847) 724-0692. www.theglenviewhouse.com. May 22-26: “Beerbeque” menu in honor of Chicago’s Craft Beer Week and BBQ Month, celebrated in May. The three-course menu will feature dishes off the grill, highlighting sauces, glazes and brines, paired with craft beers on tap. $35 per person with food and beer pairings; $25 per person without beer pairings.
Quince Restaurant, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston. (847) 570-8419. www.quincerestaurant.net. May 30, 6:30 p.m.: Spanish wine dinner, a four course menu created by chef Andy Motto, paired with wine. Leo Ciminio of Rodinia Wines and winemaker Carmelo Camara Santos of Spain’s Vintae wine group will lead the event. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
Fairs & festivals
Taste of Mexico, noon-6 p.m. June 16-17 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Guests will enjoy tastings of tequila, specialty cocktails and Mexican beers, and local restaurants will sell light fare originating from regions such as Oaxaca, Jalisco, Veracruz, and Guanajuato. An entertainment stage will host live bands and dancers, presentations on Mexican cuisine as well as demonstrations and tips about choosing, buying and preparing drinks. Advance tickets are $30; $25 for garden members. Day-of tickets cost $35; $30 for garden members. Price includes a wristband to participate in tastings, souvenir glass, event program and ten tasting tickets. Must be 21 to purchase. Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free. Parking is $20 per car; free for garden members. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/mexico or call (847) 835-5440.
Artists on the Bluff will sponsor an art show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23-24 on the village green in Lake Bluff. Orginal artwork on display and for sale will include paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery. There will also be vendors offering refreshments, live musical entertainment, a children’s tent, and opportunities for visitors to participate in sketching and figure drawing. For information, call (847) 735-0620 or (847) 650-2125.
Block Cinema, in the Pick-Laudati Auditorium at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-4000. www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema. Admission is $6; $4 for Block Museum members, students with ID and senior citizens, or as noted below. All films shown at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise. May 18, 8 p.m.: “Sonic Celluloid,” an event that features musicians performing their compositions or improvised scores to silent and experimental films. May 19, 1 p.m.: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “La maman et le putain” (1973). May 24: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “Cleo from 5 to 7” (1962). May 25: Eighth annual NU Student Film Festival. Free admission. May 31: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “35 Shots of Rum” (2008). June 1: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “Paris Blues” (1961). June 7: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “The Sign of Leo” (1962). June 8: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “Summer” (1986). July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels.
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave. (847) 835-5056. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. June 4, 1 p.m.: “The Chorus” will be screened and discussed. June 6, 6:30 p.m.: Screening of “Louder than a Bomb,” a documentary film about a high school poetry slam competition in Chicago. Monday at the Movies screenings at the Woman’s Library Club, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe — May 21, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: “Today’s Special.”
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. www.northbrook.info. (847) 272-6224. All films shown at 1 and 7:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise. May 23: “The Nanny,” starring Bette Davis. May 30: “All About Eve,” starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter.
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe. (847) 835-5058. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org. June 11, 1 p.m.: Cole Porter is the subject of the America’s Musical Theater Legends program by Susan Benjamin.
Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston. May 25, 3-5 p.m.: “A Conversation With Alice Stuart,” in the Forum Room on the second floor of the south tower. The folk, blues and rock guitarist and singer visits as part of the ongoing digital humanities project, “The Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project and the Digital Study of Vernacular Music.” Free admission. For information, contact Michael J. Kramer at email@example.com.
Tours & outings
Art Encounter presents Milwaukee Art Bus Tour, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20, featuring the Lynden Sculpture Garden, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and a tour of a private art collection. Fee of $105, $95 for members, includes lunch, entry tickets and bus transportation. Bus departs from the Wilmette Metra station at 8:30 a.m. and Edens Plaza at 8:45 a.m. Registration required. Visit www.artencounter.org/Milwaukee.html or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Glenview Library will sponsor an outing May 30 to see “Married Alive!” on stage at the Metropolis Theater in Arlington Heights, preceded by a three-course lunch at Peggy Kinnanes Irish Restaurant and Pub. $50 per person for lunch and theater package. To register, call Andrea Downing, (773) 848-3583.
Circus in Progress — An Evening of Daring New Work, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 19 at The Actors Gymnasium, located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. The performance features professionals from the Chicago area circus community and advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium, as well as the Evanston Children’s Choir, Evanston Dance Ensemble and others. $10-$15. Visit www.actorsgymnasium.com or call (800) 838-3006.
Great Age Daytime Program Series offers the following programs at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, unless noted otherwise. Call (847) 849-9070 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com. May 24, 1:30 p.m.: “Life Matters Series: Something to Live For.” Documentarian Leonard Aronson presents films from his WTTW archives. May 30, 1:30 p.m.: “Fannie & Gracie: Lovely Ladies of Laughter.” Cultural historian Barry Bradford presents anecdotes and film clips of Fannie Brice and Gracie Allen. June 6, 2 p.m.: “Old Time Radio and the Great American Songbook,” presented by Those Were the Days host/producer Steve Darnall. June 13, 2 p.m.: “Berlin in Hollywood.” Musical theatre historian Charles Troy’s multimedia presentation focuses on Irving Berlin as he conquered Hollywood in the mid-1930s. June 21, 2 p.m.: “Life Matters Series: Health — Who Cares?” Documentarian Leonard Aronson presents films from his WTTW archives. June 27, 2:30 p.m.: ENCORE! Choral Group presents “Going Places,” a program of pop, Broadway and classic music. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston. www.library.northwestern.edu. (847) 491-7658. Exhibits are open from 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Through June 15: “Papering Over Tough Times: Soviet Propaganda Posters of the 1930s.”
Short Story Theatre, a newly formed story-telling troupe of local writers and actors, will perform at 7 p.m. May 30 at Vibe at 1935, 1935 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Performers include Susan Block and Rick Leslie of Highland Park, Donna Lubow of Riverwoods, and Benita Haberman of Vernon Hills. No cover. Call (847) 432-6663 to reserve a table.
Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-4000. www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free; unless noted, admission to all programs is also free. Through Aug. 26: “Art on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Photographs from the Block Museum.” The exhibit celebrates the depth and diversity of the Block’s permanent collection and its role within Northwestern’s intellectual and cultural life, with works by artists such as Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Mary Cassatt and Ed Paschke. May 24, 6 p.m.: Gallery Talk, “Unique Perspectives.” Art Institute of Chicago curator Mark Pascale will join Block senior curator Debora Wood to address works in the Block’s “Art on Paper” exhibition from the viewpoints of museum professionals and educators. May 30, 6 p.m.: The State of the Art: Insight into the Conservation of Prints and Drawings. Harriet Stratis, head of paper conservation and senior curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss the care and conservation of works of art on paper, and will provide guidelines for proper storage and display. Through June 17: MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice, in the Alsdorf Gallery. Through June 17: “The Immortal Art Project Exhibit,” a displayed scroll of colorful thumbprints made by members of the Northwestern University community is a collaboration of the Block Museum and One Book One Northwestern.
Evanston History Center, Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. (847) 475-3410. www.evanstonhistorycenter.org. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Admission (includes optional house tour): $10; free for members. Through Jan. 28, 2013: “Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Boudoirs,” a look at the evolution of the home’s most personal of spaces and customs from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. Documenting sleeping and hygiene habits, the exhibit also explores how the introduction of modern comfort and conveniences, such as the spring mattress and indoor plumbing, changed these spaces.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Admission: $12; $8 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children ages 5-11. Special exhibitions are free with museum admission. Through June 17: “Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War.” The exhibition explores the achievements of Jewish men and women who were part of the American war effort on and off the battlefield. June 3, 1-4 p.m.: Screening of the documentary “Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home,” the story of a community that for 60 years has brought more than 1,000 Western European Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors under one roof. Free with museum admission; reservations required. June 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Leila Levinson discusses her book, Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma. A book signing follows the presentation. Free with museum admission; reservations recommended.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston. (847) 475-1030. www.mitchellmuseum.org. Admission is $5; $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Free admission for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members; and on the first Friday of every month. Admission includes all exhibits and events, unless stated otherwise. May 20, 2 p.m.: Frances L. Hagemann (Ojibwe-Métis), a past president of the Mitchell Museum board, and Barbara Johnson, a founding member of the museum’s education task force, will present “Don’t Know Much About the War of 1812,” a presentation about the role of Native Americans in the conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain. Free with museum admission. Through May 27: “Treasures of the Collection,” a diverse array of Native art from the museum’s 10,000-piece collection. The items date from the mid-1800s to the late 20th century, and include basketry, Southwest art, beadwork, Inuit art and more. Through Aug. 5: “Carving a Tradition: Inuit Carvings.”