Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from contemporary dance and an art exhibition and classes to music including John Prine hits, rockin' zombies and a bevy of bands who will be part of the fun at a family festival to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
SPOTLIGHT ON DANCE
WHERE: Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago
WHEN: Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 10 to 13
COST & INFO: $20, $15 for students and seniors; www.linkshall.org or call 773-281-0824; www.luckyplush.com
The dance-theater company Lucky Plush Productions, whose artistic director is Julia Rhoads of Riverside, presents two works in repertory – "Cinderbox 2.0" and "The Better Half." A Lucky Plush Double Feature on Saturday, Oct. 12, offers audiences a discounted ticket to see both shows, with a reception in between, featuring food, complimentary drinks and an informal discussion with the artists. The award-winning Rhoads appears in "The Better Half," a spin on the psychological thriller "Gaslight." The work was co-created by Rhoads and theater director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig.
TRAIL LEADS TO ART
WHERE: 835 S. Wolcott Ave., first-floor Arts in Healthcare Gallery in Medical Sciences Building on UIC Campus, Chicago
WHEN: Through November from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, when it closes at 3 p.m.
COST & INFO: Free; www.appalachiantrailart.webs.com
Artist Wendy Ritchey of Berwyn exhibits her Appalachian Trail oil paintings, inspired by her six-month hike of the trail last year. She also teaches beginner acrylic painting classes at Michael's Craft Store in North Riverside on Wednesday evenings through October, and Saturday afternoon Oct. 19. Participants complete a small painting in a landscape, seascape or floral theme in the $25 course. The exhibit's paintings detail the landscape, flora and fauna of the various ecosystems and mountain regions she encountered on the hike. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
FLOWERS FOR HOPE
WHERE: 6704 W. 16th St., Berwyn
WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
COST & INFO: Free admission with donations welcome for the cause; 708-788-1225, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.berwynsviolet.com
Live music, family festivities and food will help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the fourth annual Flowers for Hope created by the Violet Flower Shop. Events include bands, clowns, raffles, face painting and dunk tank. On the menu are beer, wine, burgers, hotdogs and chips. Music is by Tony Pape, The Acousticles, Classic Tymes, MudPie, Parkside, The Hurt’in Kind, Black Oil Brothers and Karen Hart Band.
JOHN PRINE REDUX
WHERE: Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn
WHEN: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
COST & INFO: Free; 708-795-8000, www.berwynlibrary.org; www.comfortfoodmusic.com, www.gmtrio.com
"Legal Smile: The Songs of John Prine" will be a musical tribute by the folk music duo Comfort Food, starring Vicki and Rich Ingle, plus the George Mattson Trio. It's an afternoon of music honoring the songs and career of Illinois singer-songwriter John Prine, born Oct. 10, 1946, in Maywood. “It is our own humble tribute to a hometown guy whom we admire, who writes really great songs,” Vicki Ingle said. “John Prine songs make you feel good – even the sad ones. The George Mattson Trio is composed of Mattson on guitar, banjo and lead vocals, with Mike Hazdra on bass, and Tommy Re on fiddle. “I've been playing his music since the early '70s, when I first heard him," Mattson said of Prine.
EASTER SEALS TWIST PARTY
WHERE: FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
COST & INFO: $50; www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118
Head to FitzGerald’s Nightclub and celebrate a partnership between Easter Seals and the legendary music venue supporting a great cause. Tickets will include a VIP pre-concert dinner party with food from Buona Catering, as well as a performance by Los Straitjackets and The Fleshtones on their Mondo Zombie Boogaloo Tour. All proceeds will support therapy services for children at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. Rock out to some great music and chow down, while raising money for the kids.