Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a gospel jazz festival to Shakespeare playing indoors and rocked out to a major art show, the musical "Nine" and miniature golf pursued in the dark.
GOSPEL JAZZ FEST
WHERE: Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29; seating opens at 4 p.m.
COST & INFO: Tickets cost $15 in advance, or $20 at the gate; www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/tickets
The debut Gospel Jazz Fest is presented by the Wheaton Park District, complemented by food and wine tasting. The lineup features jazz saxophonist Greg Vail, nominee for the 2010 American Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year; vocalist Robin Alexis; and Tanya Egler and the Steven Lambert Quintet, with master of ceremonies Jerry Rose, founder of the Total Living Network. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended; limited bench seating is available. Outside refreshments are not permitted. “We’re highlighting … top talent in the genre," said Tracy Scott of Wheaton, founder of WPJC.fm and event co-organizer.
ROCK 'N ROLL 'ROMEO'
WHERE: Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, June 28 to July 7
COST & INFO: $10; www.wheatondrama.org, 630-260-1820
"Romeo and Juliet" set in modern-day New Orleans provides a gritty, rock-and-roll fueled take on Shakespeare’s tragedy. While the classic language is retained, the adaptation has a shortened running time and women inhabit several roles traditionally played by men. Wheaton Drama's Summer Studio Show contains mature themes. It's directed by Jeni Dees, assisted by Jo-Ann Ledger, who note it's an accessible way for audiences to experience the passion and drama of the star-crossed lovers.
BARTLETT ARTS FESTIVAL
WHERE: Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30
COST & INFO: Free admission; full lineup at www.artsinbartlett.org
The 11th annual Arts Festival produced by Arts in Bartlett offers a juried show with nearly 50 artists in diverse media, plus musicians, children's activities, food, and a beer and wine tent. Donated art in the kids tent is available to "YoungArt Appreciators" for $1 to $5 to raise funds for Arts in Bartlett grants. Singers, dancers, folk, rock and classical groups will perform until sundown. The World Tent features drumming circles and a henna artist. Children can have their faces painted and create their own art led by Color My World Children’s Art Studio teachers.
WHERE: Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 30, with two casts
COST & INFO: $20, $18 for seniors; www.bamtheatre.com; show has adult content
"Nine," the Tony winner inspired by the life of Fellini, is presented by BAMtheatre, co-founded in Hinsdale by Director Melanie Lamoureux. The troupe's college intensive production is the story of a film director's attempts to come up with a plot for his next movie, while pursued by hordes of beautiful women. Cast and crew include Molly Hernandez and Maddie Scott, both of Glen Ellyn, and Emily Santiago of Carol Stream. “Its sheer appraisal of the life of an artist is truly magnificent," Lamoureux said of the show.
COSMIC GOLF NIGHT
WHERE: Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, 27W650 North Lane, West Chicago
WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29
COST & INFO: $5; www.csparks.org, 630-784-6100
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy playing a round of mini golf, announces the Carol Stream Park District. A glowing course and glow-in-the-dark golf balls put a twist on your traditional game. Don’t mind the dark, when Coyote Crossing Mini Golf offers Cosmic Golf Night for family and friends to enjoy. The fun begins at dusk Saturday.