Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a hit comedy and a Miles Davis tribute to a barbecue competition, stand-up by a comedian who plays off his M.I.T. engineering training, and a music festival fundraiser to help fight cancer.
'LEND ME A TENOR'
WHERE: 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 6
COST & INFO: $13 for Thursday shows, $16 for all others; 630-260-1820, www.wheatondrama.org
Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning comedy “Lend Me a Tenor ” is the opening note of a new season by Wheaton Drama. Directed by Jim Liesz, the door-slamming farce is set in 1934. The beautiful daughter of Cleveland Grand Opera Company's general manager is caught between two romantic interests – the bumbling Max and world-famous opera singer Tito Merelli. It's Max's job to keep the high-maintenance opera star in proper shape to perform. But the best-laid plans soon go comically awry.
TRIBUTE TO MILES
WHERE: Roselle Public Library, 40 S. Park St., Roselle
WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15
COST & INFO: Free, with no registration required; 630-529-1641, www.roselle.lib.il.us
Jose Sandoval will perform "Kind of Blue,” a piano tribute to jazz great Miles Davis. It launches the Roselle Public Library’s Musical Sunday season, set in the atrium of the library on the first floor. Patrons may enjoy a cup of coffee and cookies, while they sit and listen to the program or go about their usual library activities. No registration is required.
WHERE: Maryknoll Park, Pershing Avenue and Route 53, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
COST & INFO: $40 prior to Sept.15, and then $50; livelikekatie.org,
The LiveLikeKatie Foundation presents the debut Cancerpalooza music festival. Tap House restaurateur Danny Wronkowski will serve food and refreshments at the cancer research fundraiser in honor of the late Katie Vogg, a longtime Glen Ellyn resident. Proceeds are earmarked for work at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center. Organizers note that in establishing the foundation, it is her family and friends’ mission to follow her example of unselfish service.
SCIENCE OF COMEDY
WHERE: Rice Campus of IIT, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13
COST & INFO: $20 in advance at www.drpetecomedy.com/dorkside/schedule.html or $25 at the door; firstname.lastname@example.org
"Feel the Power of the Dork Side" is a nationally touring, one-man show written and performed by Pete Ludovice, a graduate of Glenbard South High School, who holds a doctorate from M.I.T. Noting he's the world's only engineering professor who's also a professional stand-up comedian, Ludovice calls it a hilarious and educational look at science and engineering and their practitioners that will convince you that nerds can by funny, and not just funny looking. The motto of his weekly radio show on science and technology is “Science, only funnier.”
GLEN ELLYN BBQ
WHERE: Crescent Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.glenellynbackyardbbq.com; www.business.glenellynchamber.com, 630-469-0907
Come hungry to the state's biggest amateur cook-off at the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, drawing 60 teams to compete in the fifth annual contest. All proceeds benefit homeless families served in Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program. In addition to food, there will be a Piglet Playland, blues entertainment and bags tournament. Musical acts include Fruitland Jackson, Amy Kelly and the Bill Ande Band, Cadillac Dave and His Chicago Redhots, and Chainsaw DuPont. The bags tournament will begin at 12:45 p.m., with check-in starting at 11:30 a.m. Some of the favorite barbecue entrants include Brand on the Run, Smokin’ Wills, Husky Hog BBQ and Tap House Grill.