GROUP ART EXHIBIT TO OPEN WITH RECEPTION
WHERE: Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., West Chicago
WHEN: Reception runs 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17; exhibit on display through January
COST AND INFO: Free admission; peoplemadevisible.com/gallery-200/celebration-of-art
ABOUT: An opening reception is planned for a group exhibit called "Celebration of Art," whose artists include Nick Gurley (shown) of Warrenville. The art show and sale is sponsored by People Made Visible, of which Gallery 200 is a division. The other artists are Margaret Bucholz, Rachel DiTella, Uwe Gsedl, Judith Horsley, Fredericka Howard, Kathi Kuchler, Nate Matthews, Heide Morris and Buddy Plumlee. Event organizers said Gurley paints in oils and acrylics in a dreamy, haunting, realist manner. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
GROUP ART EXHIBIT TO OPEN WITH RECEPTION WHERE: Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., West Chicago WHEN: Reception runs 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17; exhibit on display through January COST AND INFO: Free admission; peoplemadevisible.com/gallery-200/celebration-of-art ABOUT: An opening reception is planned for a group exhibit called "Celebration of Art," whose artists include Nick Gurley (shown) of Warrenville. The art show and sale is sponsored by People Made Visible, of which Gallery 200 is a division. The other artists are Margaret Bucholz, Rachel DiTella, Uwe Gsedl, Judith Horsley, Fredericka Howard, Kathi Kuchler, Nate Matthews, Heide Morris and Buddy Plumlee. Event organizers said Gurley paints in oils and acrylics in a dreamy, haunting, realist manner. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

JAN. 16

"LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA": 7:30 p.m. now through Jan. 18, Pierce Chapel at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. Wheaton College Opera MainStage will present a fully staged production of "The Light in the Piazza," set in the mid-20th century about a mother and daughter and their summer in Florence, Italy. Critics have called it "the most intensely romantic score of any musical since 'West Side Story.'" The opera is accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. Information: $10; wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/ensembles/opera, 630-752-5010

ART SHOW BY ANDREI RABODZEENKO: Through Feb. 22, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The 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. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 708-442-6400, riversideartscenter.com.

DRURY LANE PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS": Now through Jan. 19, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

CLASSES AND EVENTS AT LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART: Varied dates, in its new location at 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

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.

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 answer questions about its 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.

"ALMA RICHARDSON AND THE PEACE PROPHET EXHIBITION": Through Jan. 22, Komechak Art Gallery on the fifth-floor of Kindlon Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle. Two Chicago outsider artists display their colorful mixed-media works. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The next First Sunday Tea & Talk Art Lecture is from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2. It's the sixth annual free "For the Love of Chocolate – The Taj Mahal – The Eternal Love Story of Shah Jahan and Mumtz Mahal." The presenter is Teresa J. Parker, curator of the Komechak Art Gallery. Information: www.ben.edu/komechak-art-gallery/index.cfm, 630-829-6000.

JAN. 17

LIONS VISION SCREENING: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 and 17, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. It's for ages 6 months and older, provided in partnership with Wheaton Lions Club. No registration is required. Information: wheatonlibrary.org, 630-668-1374.

ADAM STASICA TRIO: 7:30 p.m., Pub 78, 3733 Grand Blvd., Brookfield. The trio also includes Ben Dacoba and David Padula; John Amico and Tim Vlcek will open at 7:30 for an acoustic debut. Information: pub78.com, 708-255-5542.

COMEDIAN MATT SADLER: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Comedy open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23. Cory Michaelis will appear Jan. 24 and 25. Information: cgscomedyclub.com, 630-410-8906.

OPEN MIKE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Everyone is welcome to perform. Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m. on a first-come basis. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-699-2973.

"CAUSELESS JOY": 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from now to Feb. 1, Trinity Lutheran Church, 3S460 Curtis Ave., Warrenville. In response to realizing she is suffering from chronic discontent and motherhood-overload, Theresa takes a month-long hiatus, diving head-first into the vibrant culture, tradition and mystery of India. The critically acclaimed solo show is written and performed by Theresa Puskar. Cost: $15 to $20. Information: Tickets at tinyurl.com/wpb2qyl; www.causelessjoyshow.com.

JAN. 18

TURKISH COOKING CLASS ON TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST DISHES: 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.

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.

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.

LECTURE ON SEARS HOMES: 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. A teacher at the College of DuPage, Lara Solonickne, presents “Sears Homes of Chicagoland … and Glen Ellyn.” In the mid 1900s, kit homes were offered by Sears, Roebuck and Company via catalogue. Her multimedia program will show the homes as they look now. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Glen Ellyn Historical Society members and students age 18 and younger. Information: Advance tickets at Stacy's Corners Store or call 630-469-1867.

MEGA MODEL SHOW & SWAP MEET: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. Plane, train and automobile model hobbyists will find exhibits and merchandise. Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for ages 12 to 17. Information: sjlcdarien.org, 630-969-7987.

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR JANUARY'S FEATURED ARTIST MARY YEZEK: 2 to 4 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. An artist of many mediums, she enjoys creating art from such objects as Scrabble boards, food can labels and envelope liners. Her unconventional materials result in highly imaginative, 3D or sculptural works of art. Information: woodridgelibrary.org, 630-964-7899.

JAN. 19

INDOOR WINTER FARMERS' MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. Illinois Link cards/SNAP benefits are accepted at the market. All Link/SNAP customers can double their Link purchases up to $25 to buy fruits and vegetables. Information: villageoflombard.org.

"SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING – DOWNSIZE IN A MEMORABLE, JOYFUL WAY": 2 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. "A loved one wishes to inherit nice things from you. Not ALL things from you." Give your family the gift of a clean, organized and simple life. Registration is required. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

LYRIC OPERA LECTURE ON "MADAMA BUTTERFLY": 2:30 p.m., Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org, 630-279-8696.

JAN. 20

CLOTHING AND TOY DONATION DRIVE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., various locations across the suburbs. Cradles to Crayons invites families to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by donating new or gently-used children's items at one of more than 25 pop-up, drop-off locations. The nonprofit provides essentials such as clothing, coats, books and toys to ensure all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, have what they need to feel safe, warm and valued. Most needed are winter coats (sizes newborn to adult medium); winter boots (sizes infant/toddler 5 to adult 10); warm clothing (size newborn to youth 18/20 or adult medium); toys (especially for infants and ages 10 to 12); and books for ages newborn to 12. Information: To find a nearby drop-off location, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/mlk-day-2020.

LISLE JOB CLUB: 10 a.m. to noon, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. It's a welcoming place where job seekers and job movers come together to encourage, cajole and support each other's job search. Information: woodridgelibrary.org; Sarah Breithaupt at 630-968-2087, ext. 14.

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "PARASITE": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Meet the Park Family – the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. "Pain and Glory" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Cost: $6 to $10. Information: afterhoursfilmsociety.com, 630-534-4528.

JAN. 21

"WHAT'S NEW IN iOS 13 FOR ADULTS": 6:30 p.m., Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave. Get a new device and have no idea how to use it? Have questions about how to get the most of your computing power? Bring your device and power cords to find solutions to tech questions. Registration is required. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org, 630-279-8696.

HINSDALE TOASTMASTERS CLUB: 7:15 p.m., Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St. People looking to build their confidence and improve their communication and public speaking skills are encouraged to attend a meeting. Information: 4888.toastmastersclubs.org.

JAN. 22

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 Jan. 22 – “Last Chance to See” by Douglas Adams; 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.

JAN. 24

NEW PHILHARMONIC WILL PRESENT "THE MERRY WIDOW" OPERETTA: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It is sung in English. Cost: $57 to $59. Information:atthemac.org/events/np-merry-widow, 630-942-4000.

ARTIST SERIES CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Wheaton College Edman Chapel, 501 College Ave,. Wheaton. It stars British tenor Ian Bostridge and Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang. The program features music by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert and other composers. A pre-concert "Grace Notes" talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Information: www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/arts/artist-series/performances/ian-bostridge-and-xuefei-yang, 630-752-5010.

ANTHONY PADILLA: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He's releasing his new CD, “There is No Such Thing as Spare Time.” Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

"SPRING EPHEMERALS" PROGRAM BY LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB: 1 p.m., Lombard Commons, St. Charles Road and Grace Street. Speaker is landscape designer and organic gardener Edward Max, owner of Max's Greener Places in the West Chicago and Winfield area. His horticultural blog is at www.Maxlandscape.com. Reservations are requested by Jan. 22. The Lombard Garden Club meets at the Commons on the fourth Friday of the month. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-620-8938.

PETRA VAN NUIS AND DENNIS LUXION, A VOICE AND PIANO DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information: www.theclubhouse.com, 630-472-0600.

JAN. 25

"MUSCLE CAR MANIA, THE ART OF SELLING HORSEPOWER": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Speaker is Mitch Frumkin, official historian of the Chicago Auto Show. He takes his audience on a multimedia journey through the development of increased horsepower and what's ahead. Refreshments are served. Cost: $5 at the door, and tickets can be reserved. Information: 630-469-1867.

"WINTER WONDER WALK": 1:30 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Explore the wonders of winter on a guided 1-mile nature hike exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River. Then warm up fireside in Traders Cabin with hot cocoa. It's for ages 10 and older. Cost: Free, with registration due by Jan. 23. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

JAN. 26

LIBRARY CONCERT: 2 p.m., Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road. Darien. It will feature vocalist Petra van Nuis and pianist Dennis Luxion. Information: www.ippl.info, 630-887-8760.

ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN "MOZART MAGIC": 3 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. The ESO will include two of Mozart's divertimenti for woodwinds. Information: elmhurstsymphony.org/web/events.aspx.

JAN. 27

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.

JAN. 28

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. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.

JAN. 30

EXPLORE WAYS TO VOLUNTEER WITH DUPAGE FOREST PRESERVES AT INFORMATION SESSION: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., district headquarters, 3S5800 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Volunteers are needed for year-round programs and one-time workdays. Information: Call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233; www.dupageforest.org.

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.

"ON THE RIGHT TRACK – BY RAIL TO CHICAGO & BEYOND" EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Exhibit explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

JAN. 31

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. 1

"FIRESIDE STORIES": 2 to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The program will feature interactive stories from the natural winter surroundings, Native Americans and historical French colonies. Participants will sing songs, with hot chocolate and tea provided. It's for ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free, with registration due by Jan. 30. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467.

FEB. 7

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. It will be repeated March 10. Cost: $20. Information: Register at 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

MARCH 14

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.

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