Arts and entertainment calendar Sept. 20
“Dial M For Murder”
Presented through Sept. 29 at Morton College’s Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. $17. Visit www.jpactheatre.com.
“Father of the Bride”
Performed by the Progressive Village Performance Network at 8 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Maercker Grade School, 5827 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. Tickets: $10; $7 for children, students and seniors. Visit www.pvpn.weebly.com or call (630) 963-5252.
Presented through Sept. 30 at Wheaton Drama, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. Is the dashing young man interested in shy Catherine or her money? Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $13-$16. Visit www.wheatondrama.org or call (630) 260-1820.
“The Lady with All the Answers”
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents Amelia Barrett in a one-woman show drawn from the life and letters of advice columnist Ann Landers, through Sept. 23 in the Building K Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25-$33; $23-$31 for students and seniors. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.AtTheMAC.org.
“A Little Night Music”
Presented at The Village Theatre Guild, Butterfield Road and Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, Oct. 19-Nov 10. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Call (630) 469-8230 or visit www.villagetheatreguild.org.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, through Oct. 27. After a boating accident that left a husband and wife clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange, remote institute where life isn’t what it used to be. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18 general admission; $10 student rush tickets (limited amount available day of show only). Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
Performed by GreenMan Theatre Troupe Oct. 19-Nov. 4 in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $17; $15 for seniors and students. Visit www.greenmantheatre.com or call (630) 464-2646.
“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”
Presented by First Folio Theatre Sept. 26-Nov. 4 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$37. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
Through Oct. 28 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$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.
Opens its 25th anniversary season with “Performance. Art.” at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The orchestra will be joined by the Brooklyn-based chamber group PROJECT Trio, which blends classical technique with jazz and rock styles. The program includes works by Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky. Tickets: $40-$50. Call (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or visit www.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Presenting “Great Expectations” at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The program features bassoonist Peter Kolkay playing John Williams’ “The Five Sacred Trees” and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Tickets: $30; $26 seniors; $12 students. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.dupagesymphony.org.
Sinfonietta Bel Canto
The chamber orchestra and opera group starts its third season, themed “Forgotten Gems,” at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove. “SBC Tribute: Hinsdale Music Club” features works by Reinecke and Saint-Saëns. Tickets in advance $17; $14 senior citizens; $5 students; free admission for children 7 and under, accompanied by a parent. Tickets at the door are $19/$16/$7. Visit www.SinfoniettaBelCanto.org or call (630) 384-5007.
West Suburban Symphony
Performing a concert of well-known music for string, wind, and choral ensembles at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. Joseph Chapel, 1515 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. The program includes works by Vivaldi, Holst, Gounod and others. Tickets: $22; $20 seniors; $5 teens; free for children. Visit www.westsubsymphony.org or call (630) 887-7464.
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. (630) 969-9720. www.twowaystreet.org. Folk/Americana music at 8:15 p.m. Fridays for a $7 cover, unless noted otherwise. Sept. 28: Four Shillings Short, 21st century bards who play more than 30 world instruments.
VILLAGE VOICES CHORUS
Presenting a concert of music from stage and screen, patriotic tunes, gospel and spirituals, vocal jazz and more at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Beacon Hill Senior Residence, 2400 S. Finley Road, Lombard. Admission is free.
Artists of Mayslake Peabody Estate
“Poe and More,” an exhibit inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, on display now through a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Artists from Exploring Watercolor, a group that paints at the mansion of coal magnate F.S. Peabody, will present their most recent works in addition to Poe-inspired works. Call (630) 206-9566.
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. September: “Through A Traveler’s Eyes.”
AUDITIONS & WORKSHOPS
The Tower Chorale
Singers interested in joining the choral group are invited to open rehearsals from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8 at Grand Avenue Center, 4211 Grand Ave., Western Springs. The performances for “Time for Joy” will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at St. John of the Cross Church in Western Springs. For more information, visit www.towerchorale.org.
Graue Mill and Museum
The Oak Brook museum invites all photography enthusiasts to submit works for its annual juried photography exhibition. The exhibition includes divisions for both adult and youth (junior high and younger) and cash awards for each category. There are no limits as to subject but photos must have been completed during the last three years. The winning and other selected photographs will be on exhibit in the Frederick Graue House Oct. 5-13. For more information or to receive an entry application, call (630) 920-9720.
Lemont Artists Guild
Seeking 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.
BOOKS & POETRY
Roland Quest lecture series
Science writer Rebecca Skloot will discuss about researching and writing her best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. $10. Visit www.elmhurst.edu/tix or call (630) 617-3390.
Young Adult Literature Conference
The event, sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop, will be held 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville. $99; $75 for full-time students (with proof of current school registration). Registration required; call (630) 820-2802.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio
122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrange artleague.org. Sept. 22-23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Abstract painter Jeff Hirst will teach a silkscreen and encaustic workshop. Sept. 30: Joanne Laudolff presents a botanical printing and collage workshop.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Sept. 23, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes requested. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Oktoberfest Fall Family Festival
Held from 4-11 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Louise De Marillac Parish, 31st and Harrison avenues, LaGrange Park. Featuring Oktoberfest food available for purchase, children’s carnival games from 4-7 p.m., and music by The Sylvies from 8-11 p.m. Free admission. Call (708) 352-7388.
Chicago Pet Show
Presented from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Road, Darien. Admission: $7; free for seniors 65 and over and youth under 18 with a parent. www.chicagopetshow.com.
Riverside Township Radio Players
Open their 2012-13 season with “Current Events” from the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and “The Spiral Staircase” from Screen Directors Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Admission is free. For information, call Ellie Babka, (708) 442-8810.
Taps 150 Ice Cream Social
Held from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. l55th St., Countryside. The Civil War-themed event includes a reading of the Gettysburg Address, a program of patriotic songs by the Divine Infant Choir of Westchester, The Strings of Faith, Chimes Ensemble and the Marci Night Brigade Band. At the close of the show Bugles Across America will sound Taps in unison. Free admission. Visit www.Taps150.org.
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.flagg creekheritage society.com. Through Oct. 7 the Heritage Society Museum will exhibit “Post-War and Mid-Century Modern Home Life,” featuring a period den with furnishings and fabrics with 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 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. The Vial House is open 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.lizzadro
museum.org. Hours: 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. 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.