Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from diverse theatrical offerings to a workshop on silk painting and the kickoff festivities for Symphony in Lights.
WHERE: Promenade Bolingbrook Shopping Center, 631 E. Boughton Road
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.thepromenadebolingbrook.com
ABOUT: A festival featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, children's crafts and a Santa tent will kick off Symphony in Lights, a kinetic display beginning at dusk each evening through Dec. 31, with shows on the hour. The visual symphony choreographs more than 250,000 computer-controlled lights to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. On Saturday, the first 300 people who bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation receive a goodie bag; the day's activities are sponsored by The Promenade, the village of Bolingbrook and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD'
WHERE: Philip Lynch Theatre in Lewis University's Oremus Fine Arts Center, Route 53, Romeoville
WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 21 to 23; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24; and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
COST & INFO: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and non-Lewis students; www.lewisu.edu/plt, 815-836-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT: "To Kill a Mockingbird" is presented by Lewis University students, including Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook as Calpurnia; Briana Reidy of Darien as Miss Maudie; and Austin Hill of Naperville as Boo Radley. The show is recommended for ages 13 and older, with advance ticket purchase suggested. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is the only novel by Harper Lee, who rarely makes public appearances. "The novel is a love story pure and simple," she once explained. "My love of the South, a father's love for his children and the love they give in return." The novel was published in 1960, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961.
WHERE: Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20
COST & INFO: Donation for food pantry suggested; details from guild President Liz Popp at 815-341-1145, www.lemontartistsguild.org
ABOUT: Lemont Artists Guild presents a demonstration of silk painting by Karen Snow, who will give a short history of the art form, and will provide different silk fabric samples to examine. Snow, who uses nontoxic dyes to create her work, is a member of Silk Painters International and founded the local chapter, Second Sunday Silk Painters. “The only thing I like better than painting my own silk designs is having the opportunity to teach someone else this intriguing, ancient art," she said. The owner of Silk for All Seasons (silkforallseasons.com), Snow is a designated Illinois Artisan and serves on the faculty of the La Grange Art League. Refreshments will be served.
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 to 24
COST & INFO: $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students; reservations at www.groveplayers.org or 630-415-3682
ABOUT: Grove Players starts off its 78th season with William Inge’s "Picnic," a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and longing. Set in 1953, the play examines the arrival of a handsome drifter who upsets the equilibrium of a small Kansas town on a steamy Labor Day weekend. Alex Koelsch of Wheaton (shown) has the role of the drifter, Hal. Alissa Leone of Villa Park portrays Millie Owens, and Akeila LeClaire of Downers Grove (shown left) her sister, Madge. Susan O’Byrne of Hinsdale plays their mother, Flo, who suspects Hal might spell trouble for her girls. The production marks the 100th birthday of the late playwright.
'THE 39 STEPS'
WHERE: Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24
COST & INFO: $15, 630-908-2538; www.tothbolingbrook.com
ABOUT: An antic spin powers Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," playing at Theatre-on-the-Hill, in which dozens of characters are conveyed by the cast of four. The woman who starts the whodunit rolling is Meredith Strombeck of Lisle. “I describe it as Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python,” said producer and director Michael Fudala. “It’s an exciting spy story told with a large dose of silliness. … we worked some fantastic gags into every aspect of the show.”