DuPage, Will and Cook to offer art, fashion, family fun, garden programs

FEB. 13

AUTHOR KRISTINA KUZMIC: 7 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle-Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. An Anderson's Bookshops event celebrates the release of "Hold On, But Don't Hold Still." Delivering inspiration and "parenting comedy at its finest," here is one woman's story of ditching her fairy-tale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life. Information: www.andersonsbookshop.com/event/kristina-kuzmic.

AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL OF "THE WIZARD OF OZ": 10 a.m. Feb. 13 and 15, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's by AlphaBet Soup Productions, a professional troupe for young audiences. The show targets preschoolers through fourth-graders. Information: absproductions.com, 630-932-1555.

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

"ALABASTER" AT 16TH STREET THEATER: Now to March 1, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. The rolling world premiere of the play by Audrey Cefaly is directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer. It's a darkly comic Southern drama about love, art and the power of women. After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When Alice, a prominent photographer, arrives to take pictures of June's scars, all are tipped to the breaking point in the beautiful story of life after death. It plays various Thursdays through Sundays. Cost: $22 to $30. Information: www.16thstreettheater.org, 708-795-6704.

DRURY LANE PRESENTS A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF "AN AMERICAN IN PARIS": Now to March 29, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE OFFERS "JEEVES SAVES THE DAY": Now through March 1, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. Reprising their roles will be Christian Gray as Bertie Wooster and Jim McCance as Jeeves, the quick-thinking butler who must devise another close escape for his employer, Bertie, again caught in an unintended romantic snare. Cost: $34 for Wednesdays and Thursdays ($29 for seniors and students), and $44 for Fridays through Sundays ($39 for seniors and students). Information: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org.

BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM "THE CAKE": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through March 1, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Faith, family and food impact one another in the discovery that love is the key ingredient to any recipe, in the timely play "The Cake" from a writer of NBC’s hit “This Is Us.” Cost: $40 and $42. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

FEB. 14

COMEDIAN ABI SANCHEZ: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Comedy open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Next up will be Manny Acosta on Feb. 21 and 22. Information: cgscomedyclub.com, 630-410-8906.

FOTOMUSES EXHIBIT AT EAG GALLERY: Through Feb. 28, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild will host an exhibit by the fotoMuses, a group of 15 women photographers from the Chicago area. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: elmhurstartistsguild.org, 630-279-1009.

"FOR THE LOVE OF BROADWAY – AN EVENING WITH KLEA BLACKHURST": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, Drury Lane's Cabaret Room, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. She's a New York theater and cabaret star. There is a $25 food and beverage minimum per person. Cost: Tickets at $75 to $85. Information: 630-530-0111, www.DruryLane.com.

WHEATON COLLEGE ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS THE REAL GROUP: 7:30 p.m., Wheaton College's Edman Chapel on the campus at 501 College Ave., Wheaton. The Real Group is a Swedish vocal ensemble with five singers and musicians, bridging jazz, pop and northern European choral music. Cost: $30. Information: www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/arts/artist-series/performances/new-the-real-group, 630-752-5010.

ROBIN BIENEMANN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Bienemann is a singer-songwriter whose wickedly funny and poignant original songs mix contemporary themes with early jazz and country guitar, according to concert organizers. He is a Kerrville songwriting finalist. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

MULTICULTURAL FASHION SHOW: 6:30 p.m., The Carlisle banquet hall, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard. Cost: $35 to $150. Information: shawurl.com/3cd8.

FEB. 15

CHICAGO SUBURBAN ORCHID SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: Free admission. Information: dupagecountyfair.org, 630-406-8460.

"THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY" COMEDY SHOW: 5 and 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $32 to $46. Information: www.atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

"A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERGARMENTS": 2 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. It's titled "What’s Under There? – A ‘Brief’ History of Undergarments.” It includes a peek at the people of Illinois country from the 18th century French Canadian era to today. Cost: Free and open to people ages 16 or older. Information: Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS LESLIE GODDARD IN A PLAY ABOUT THREE FIRST LADIES: 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. "Tea for Three" describes in three scenes what it is like for a woman whose husband becomes U.S. president, covering "Lady Bird" Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Advance purchase of tickets can be made at Stacy's Corners Store, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for GEHS members and $5 for students. Information: 630-469-1867.

ELMHURST SYMPHONY STANGER AUDITIONS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. The community can hear talented young musicians play. One may come and go throughout the day. A luncheon is offered at the church from noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Information: elmhurstsymphony.org.

"EXPRESSIONS – ART & VERSE" EXHIBIT: Reception from 2 to 5 p.m., with show running until March 14, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, off door 4. It's a collaborative visual art exhibit and ekphrastic poetry event between the Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village and the Illinois State Poetry Society. Everyone is welcome to the combined artists' reception/poetry reading in the studio theater and the art gallery. Cost: Free. Information: addisoncenterforthearts.org, shawurl.com/3cd7, 630-458-4500.

GEOLOGY LECTURE AMONG LIZZADRO MUSEUM PROGRAMS: 2 p.m., Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Reservations are recommended for "Shifting Chicago: A Tale of Ice and Water." Roy Plotnick, earth science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delves into the geologic influences on Chicago's development. "French Art Nouveau Jewelry: Nature Re-Imagined - circa 1895-1914" will be presented by Dorothy Mikuska at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The style of art in France significantly changed with the opening of trade with Japan through the efforts of a Parisian art dealer. Information: 630-833-1616, dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

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

FEB. 16

FAMILY VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT: 1 p.m., North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. There's live music, a balloon artist and a character appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. All festivities take place in Center Court. Cost: Free. Information: northriversideparkmall.com, 708-442-1111.

BALLET FOLCLÓRICO NACIONAL DE MÉXICO DE SILVIA LOZANO: 5 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $59. Information: www.atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

BOY SCOUTS TO HOST SPAGHETTI DINNER: 1 to 6 p.m., St. Scholastica Activity Center, 7800 Janes Ave., Woodridge. Boy Scout Troop 512 will hold its 37th annual dinner, offering bread, salad, spaghetti and dessert. Information: shawurl.com/3cey.

ALL ANIMAL EXPO: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and March 7 and 15, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: $5. Information: dupagecountyfair.org, 630-917-0366.

FEB. 17

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "HONEYLAND": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The highly lauded documentary is about Macedonian beekeepers. Cost: $6 to $10. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

LECTURE ON CHICAGO'S BLACK EXPERIENCE: 6:30 p.m., Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. It's presented by historian and musician Clarence Goodman; registration is required. Information: cantigny.org, 630-260-8222.

SNOWDRIFTERS SKI CLUB: 5:30 p.m., Four Lakes Ski Area and Basecamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. Planned is a ski and pizza party. The club will offer games and prizes. The event will start with dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., serving all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and pasta for $15. People are asked to RSVP in advance for the dinner on the website. The group will offer ski games on the slopes. A discount ticket for the evening can be purchased for $21 at the ski area, or one can play games and watch others ski. The club usually meets the third Monday of the month at Old Towne Pub & Eatery in downtown Geneva, including March16. Information: Call Joan at 630-567-6407 or visit fvssc.wildapricot.org.

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

FEB. 18

ART SHOWS: Through Feb. 22, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The Andrei Rabodzeenko exhibit is titled "Energy, Frequency and Vibration – Life-trembling line." It's an audio/video meditation on the dynamic nature of drawing, and an interactive installation of stone, chalk and charcoal, to enable visitors to experience firsthand the primal satisfaction of drawing on stone. The Freeark Gallery presents a two-person exhibition by Diana Gabriel and Azadeh Gholizadeh, who hail from Bogota, Colombia, and Tehran, Iran. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 708-442-6400, riversideartscenter.com.

FILM NEWS PLUS WEEKLY BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Now playing is the Vietnam war film "The Last Full Measure," which has a connection to a Westmont native son, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. James William Robinson Jr. Cost: Free admission to bingo. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.

BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS "CITY BEE SAVERS": 6:15 p.m., Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Presenter Bill Whitney has kept a small honey bee farm in West Chicago for over 20 years. He is a certified member of the Illinois Queen Rearing Initiative, a group developing a superior honey bee suited for the rigors of Illinois. He will talk about how to plant for pollinators and about his efforts for the future of bees. Visitors are welcome. Social time and announcements begin at 6:15 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m. Information: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or www.bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

FEB. 19

THE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION'S AWARDS LUNCHEON: 11:30 to 2 p.m., Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. The topic will be urban wildlife and human interactions. Cost: $35 per member or $50 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Information: www.theconservationfoundation.org/event/winterluncheon.

GLOBAL FLICKS FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH "Z": 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It will be in the Playhouse Theatre. Screenings continue Wednesdays through March 11. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion. Cost: Free. Information: 630-942-4000.

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

FEB. 20

CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATRE CHICAGO'S DUPAGE CHAPTER PRESENTS "NEWSIES": Feb. 20 to 23, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Eighty young people stage the Disney musical. Cost: $13 to $17. Information: cytchicago.org.

NAMI DUPAGE INFORMATION TABLE: 1 to 3 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. Representatives from NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) DuPage will be at an information table on the main floor to answer questions about their services. Information: wheatonlibrary.org, 630-668-1374.

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

FEB. 21

GREENMAN THEATRE TROUPE PRESENTING "SPEAKEASY OR DIE HARD 2" MURDER-MYSTERY DINNER THEATER: Feb. 21 to March 1, Angelo's Ristorante, 247 N. York St., Elmhurst. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff. Information: 630-464-2646, www.greenmantheatre.org.

WHEATON COLLEGE ARTIST SERIES PRESENTING MORTEN LAURIDSEN'S "LUX AETERNA": 7:30 p.m., Edman Chapel on the Wheaton College campus, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. It features Grammy-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone, the Wheaton College choirs, organist Nicole Simental, Gaudete Brass and guest composer Lauridsen. Information: www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/arts/artist-series/performances/morten-lauridsens-lux-aeterna, 630-752-5010.

CURTIS & LORETTA: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Husband-and-wife duo Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet dazzle audiences with their harmonies and musicianship. They were named “best acoustic Twin Cities artists.” Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

"ANNIE" MUSICAL PRESENTED BY GUARDIAN ANGEL PLAYERS: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1, Holy Guardian Angels Parish Center at St. Louise School, 1125 Harrison Ave., La Grange Park. The troupe was formerly the St. Louise Players, a parish-based community theater group. Each performance will include a raffle to benefit the Gift of Adoption Fund. Cost: $5 to $13. Information: shawurl.com/3cex.

FEB. 22

TURKISH COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TAS Wheaton Cultural Center, 1415 Hill Ave. "The program will include cooking together and, of course, at the end, we will enjoy the wonderful dishes we have made." Cost: $10. Information: Reservations at info@taswheaton.org.

FEB. 24

LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB: 1 p.m. Feb. 28, with Feb. 24 registration deadline, Lombard Commons, St. Charles Road and Grace Street. The club welcomes The Wild Ones of DuPage County to discuss why native plants should be part of every garden. Guests are welcome; register by Feb. 24. Information: 630-620-8938.

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

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

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

FEB. 25

ELMHURST ART MUSEUM SHOWS: Through April 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. It presents a broad survey exhibition showcasing the works of the late artist-curator Sandra Jorgensen, plus "Could Be Architecture – McCormick AfterParti." The collaborative duo of Joseph Altshuler of Chicago and Zack Morrison of Elmhurst designs “seriously playful spaces, things and happenings that celebrate what your world could be.” Information: www.elmhurstartmuseum, 630-834-0202.

RAIL EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. The exhibit titled "On the Right Track – By Rail to Chicago & Beyond" explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

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

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

FEB. 26

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

FEB. 27

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

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

FEB. 28

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

FEB. 29

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


LEGION AUXILIARY'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 to 11 a.m., Lockport American Legion, 151st and Archer Avenue, Lockport. The post serves Lemont, Bolingbrook, Romeoville and beyond. The menu offers all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and homemade biscuits and gravy. Cost: $8 for adults, free for age 5 and younger. Proceeds will help local area veterans.


NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTES: 7 to 9 p.m. every first Saturday in 2020, Chef Shangri-La, 7930 W. 26th St., North Riverside. Singer Steve Richards will perform his Neil Diamond tribute concert at Chef Shangri-La, a restaurant and lounge featuring Asian fusion cuisine. He has portrayed Diamond in concert for more than 20 years around the world. Richards also is known for his heartfelt salutes to singers such as Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and Elton John. Cost: Free admission. Information: www.chefshangri-la.com, 708-442-7080.


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


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