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Cathy Richardson will appear at FitzGerald's Nightclub in Berwyn.
Cathy Richardson will appear at FitzGerald's Nightclub in Berwyn.


DRURY LANE THEATRE PRESENTS "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": daytime curtain various days of the week through June 15, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:

PETRA VAN NUIS AND ANDY BROWN, A VOICE AND GUITAR DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8 and 29, The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information:, 630-472-0600.

ART RECEPTION: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. A special after-hours event will kick off the exhibit by artist LuEllen Joy Miller-Giera. Information:

ELMHURST ARTISTS' GUILD GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION: 7 to 9 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. The show runs to March 29. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL'S "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" MUSICAL: 7 p.m. March 8 and 5 p.m. March 9, 4436 Main St. Information:

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. Information:

ELMHURST COLLEGE MILL THEATRE PRESENTING "VIOLET": 8 p.m., 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. For Violet, it was the day her papa’s axe blade flew off its handle and struck her in the face. Curtain is at 8 p.m. March 8, 9 and 14 to 16; 7 p.m. March 10; and 2 p.m. March 17. Information:, 630-617-5186.

"MAMMA MIA!" MUSICAL: 8 p.m., Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show uses the hit songs of ABBA to tell a comic and touching story of marriage, family and finding where you belong. Show runs Wednesdays to Sundays until April 14. Information:

"THE FOREIGNER" BY GLEN ELLYN'S OWN LARRY SHUE: 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center’s Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. COD College Theater presents the acclaimed comedy at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday until March 17. The show has adult language and themes. There will be a post-show discussion with director, actors and crew March 8. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for students. Information: 630-942-4000,

SENSORY ILLUSIONIST JEANETTE ANDREWS: 8 p.m. March 8 to 10 and 3 p.m. March 10, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Andrews will appear in her “Impossible Apples” performances. She uses the scent of wet dirt and apples as catalysts in a series of guided, interactive illusions, where participants can create the impossible and seemingly predict the future. Andrews’ work uses magic, scientific oddities and sensory anomalies to bridge everyday life to a heightened world. The program is for ages 12 and older. Cost: $20. Information: Register at or 630-206-9566.

MEGHAN CARY WITH PETER FARRELL: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cary, who serves up award-winning original tunes with powerful vocals, has earned Billboard magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.


WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT CANTIGNY: multiple events, Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Living history performances and lectures include a family program on the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote from noon to 3 p.m. March 9, with no registration necessary. Next will be Ellie Carlson portraying cold-handle sad iron inventor Mary Florence Potts at 3 p.m. March 9; and Leslie Goddard as Queen Elizabeth II at 7 p.m. March 20. Both are ideal for families with children ages 10 and older. They are free, but advance registration is required at 630-260-8162 or Cantigny is open seven days a week. Cost: Parking for $5. Information:

THE CAPITOL STEPS: 4 and 8 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Founded by former U.S. Senate staffers primed to satirize the political world in which they were employed, Capitol Steps uses song parodies and original sketches to play up the comedic political footing in the U.S. Cost: $42 to $49. Information:, 630-942-4000.

LUNASA, A NOTED BAND FROM IRELAND: 8 p.m., Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium in the Wilson Hall high-rise, off Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia or off the Warrenville entrance. Cost: $29, $15 for youth up to age 18. Information: 630-840-ARTS,


GREAT MIDWEST TRAIN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. It's billed as the world's largest monthly model train show featuring operating model train displays, LEGO layout, and HO layout for kids to operate. Cost: $7, free for children younger than 12. Information:, 630-290-1962,


RIVERSIDE BRANCH OF AAUW PRESENTS LESLIE GODDARD AS RACHEL CARSON: 7 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Biologist Rachel Carson warned the world of the potentially dire environmental impact of chemical pesticides in her best-selling 1962 book, "Silent Spring." The Riverside branch of the American Association of University Women and library jointly offer the program. Information:, 708-442-6366;

REHEARSALS: 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The Elmhurst German ladies' and men's choruses hold combined rehearsals for the upcoming spring season every Monday night. Information:


AUNT TILLIE'S STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Information:


"BAD GENIUS," A GLOBAL FLICKS FILM FROM THAILAND: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Lynn is a genius high school student who finds her path out of poverty by making money helping others cheat on tests. Cost: Free. Information:

GRAPHITE ON YUPO PAPER: 7 p.m., Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 108 S. Bloomingdale Road. Presenter Ellen Rottsolk teaches fundamental drawing, figure drawing, portrait studies and pastel painting at the DuPage Art League. People can bring graphite supplies to experiment on a different drawing surface. Yupo is a waterproof, synthetic, watercolor paper. Cost: $10 per visitor for materials. Information: Bev at or 630-624-9545.


VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES FEATURING SAMPADA ARANKE: 1 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The artist, writer and lecturer will discuss her research interests, including performance theories of embodiment, visual culture and black cultural and aesthetic theory. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

PATRICK AND THE SAINTS OF THE EMERALD ISLE BROUGHT TO LIFE BY TERRY LYNCH: 7 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Lynch will give a first-person presentation on St. Patrick, who also will share stories about fellow saints. It's for teens through adults and registration is required. Information:

"BIG FISH" MUSICAL BY ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE: 7 p.m. March 14 to 16 and 1:30 p.m. March 17, the school's Kuhn Cultural Arts Center, 2130 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. Brandon Lewis directs the story of Edward Bloom, who has lived a fantastical life, populated by witches, giants and mermaids. Edward’s son Will is not amused by his father’s tales and insists on a rational account. When Will learns he and his wife are going to have a son, Will decides to find his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Information:

BLUES-ROCK TRIO SHAW DAVIS AND THE BLACK TIES: 9 p.m., BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, no. 13, Lombard. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: 630-495-2141,


TANIA BLANCO'S "TRACES OF THE SACRED," A VISUAL JOURNEY INTO A SERENE VISIONARY HAVEN: through March 15, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road. It features the artist’s mixed-media works on canvas. She has served as the president and vice president of the Midwest Collage Society since 2003. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

WESTMONT PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS "STEEL MAGNOLIAS": March 15 to 24, The Commons, 117 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12, $10 for seniors and children. Information:;

LOCAL DANCERS FROM THE BETH FOWLER SCHOOL OF DANCE APPEAR IN PROKOFIEV'S "CINDERELLA": March 15 to 17, Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., downtown DeKalb. Curtain is at 7 p.m. March 15; 2 and 7 p.m. March 16; and 2 p.m. March 17. The 25th anniversary production by the Beth Fowler Dance Company includes receptions in the lobby after each performance. Every child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Cinderella onstage after the show, where photos may be taken in the pumpkin coach. From West Chicago are Emily Fox as the Summer Fairy, and Olivia Brown as the Autumn Fairy. Cost: $21 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Information:, box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour before performances.

DUPAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: 7:30 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Watch the orchestra rehearse Irish-themed music and work with its 2019 Young Artists Auditions winner for the first hour, then check out the instrument petting zoo provided, and join Maestra Barbara Schubert and the DSO musicians for refreshments. The "Luck o' the Irish" regular concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 16. It's preceded by refreshments and pre-concert lecture and entertainment. Cost: Rehearsal free for students and subscribers and $5 for others, with reservations requested. Information:


ACAPPELLAGO'S "ESCAPE TO ALL THE RIGHT PLACES" CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Acappellago, founded in 2002, is an acappella chamber choir. Cost: $17, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 708-484-3797.


ALL-IRELAND FIDDLE CHAMPION LEXIA KENNEDY: 10:15 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn, 493 Forest Ave. She will be the featured guest musician on St. Patrick’s Day in the 10:15 a.m. liturgy, providing special music grounded in the Irish tradition throughout the service. A member of the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club in Burr Ridge, she received first place in the category of fiddle solo for ages 12 to 15 at the 2018 Music Festival of Ireland. A Green Potluck will follow; attendees are invited to bring their own nondisposable place settings and a main dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Information:, 630-469-1555.


BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB PROGRAM ON THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE: 7 p.m., St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Michelle Nichols, a scientist at the Adler Planetarium, will put politics on the back burner and focus on the science evidence. Visitors are welcome. Information:,


PAPER FILAGREE QUILLING PRESENTED BY BETTY BURIAN KIRK FOR THE LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Kirk, a noted fiber artist, will do an interactive program on quilling, in which narrow strips of paper are coiled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs and images. Participants may purchase a kit for $3 that includes a tool to make quills, a card with envelope, a snowflake design and strips of paper. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free admission, with a donation for the local food pantry appreciated. Information: Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145,


SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FILM SERIES UNDERWAY: 7 p.m., College of DuPage's Health and Science Center, room 1234, on the campus at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in the same room and are open to the public. Discussion will follow. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for additional information on the environmental topic addressed in the film and to connect with local community organizations on ways to tackle the issues raised. "Plastic China" will be shown April 8; and "Racing Extinction," April 22. Cost: Free. Information:

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