Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from “Hey There Delilah” faves – the suburbs' own Plain White T’s – to theater under the stars, a tropical concert, a bocce ball tournament for some serious cash, and the giant garage sale that swallowed a village.
PLAIN WHITE T'S
WHERE: Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, 5700 College Road, Lisle
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
COST & INFO: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; www.ben.edu/BenFest
Ticket sales are underway for the return of Plain White T’s to headline Benedictine University’s BenFest. Opening is Vicci Martinez, first-season finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Plain White T's hits include the Grammy-nominated single “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm of Love.” The concert will feature lead singer Tom Higgenson of Elmhurst and fellow founding member Dave Tirio of Villa Park, plus Tim Lopez of Austin, Texas, and Chicagoans De’Mar Hamilton and Mike Retondo. Martinez' latest album includes the single “Come Along,” with Grammy winner CeeLo Green. There's a choice between football stadium seating or standing-room-only tickets along the stadium track.
WHERE: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, July 31 to Sept. 1
COST & INFO: $30 to $37, or $22 for preview tickets through Aug. 2; special discount offered season subscribers until Aug. 15; 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org
First Folio Theatre launches a new season with the poignant, romantic drama "The Rainmaker," playing on the outdoor stage. The production is directed by Jeff Award nominee and First Folio co-founder Alison Vesely of Clarendon Hills. When a charming con man named Starbuck comes to a drought-stricken Western town on a hot summer day, he sets a family’s world on end, romancing their spinster daughter and promising to change everything. The Depression-era tale brings out the true power of hope and humor during difficult times.
PINSTRIPES BOCCE TOURNAMENT
WHERE: Various Pinstripes locations, with championship in Oak Brook at 7 Oakbrook Center
WHEN: Qualifying rounds Saturday, Sept. 21, and championship Sunday, Sept. 22
COST & INFO: Team entries must be submitted by Aug. 21; $400 per team includes meals; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-575-8744
Known for its food and gaming experience, the Italian-influenced Pinstripes debuts a Bocce Tournament, drawing players of all ages to compete for a grand prize of $15,000. Qualifying rounds for four-member teams take place at various Pinstripes locations, with the championship set in Oak Brook. “From the bocce tournament to the wine dinner kickoff event, there is something for players and spectators alike at our 40,000-square-foot venues,” said Pinstripes founder Dale Schwartz. The five-course wine dinner Sept. 21 in Oak Brook is priced at $75, with reservations at 630-368-1874. The tournament will be played according to modified U.S. Bocce Federation Open Rules.
PEACH’S BEACH PARTY
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, East Richmond Street and Linden Avenue, Westmont
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7
COST & INFO: Free; 630-963-5252, www.wpd4fun.org
It’s summer in the suburbs, and although you’d rather have your toes in the sand on a faraway beach, Westmont’s Concert in the Park will have the next best thing: Peach’s Beach Party. The six-piece tropical rock band covers everything under the sun, but focuses mostly on the music of Jimmy Buffett and fellow beachcombers. Picnic baskets, chairs and blankets are all suggested, so grab the flip-flops and the rest of the family and make it a party.
ALL VILLAGE GARAGE SALE
WHERE: Echo Point Park, 8115 Woodridge Drive, Woodridge
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
COST & INFO: Free to attend; www.woodridgeparks.org, 630-353-3300
Whether you’re looking to sell or buy any items, the All Village Garage Sale in Woodridge is where you want to be. The 20th annual event is the biggest garage sale of the year, and will offer plenty of items to browse for hidden treasures. Concessions will be available for purchase from a local Relay for Life team. The event is free to attend, but if you want to make a sale of your own, you must register for a table to display your goods. Bargain hunters will find a shaded trail wending its way through the wares.