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Actors Rich Kropp of Glen Ellyn (from left), Laura Leonardo Ownby of La Grange, Tammy White of Lisle and Thom Serafin of La Grange Park are in the cast of "Unnecessary Farce." (Photo provided)

Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from a frenetic farce to a jazz concert, daddy-daughter dance, Australian travelogue and Western Night replete with bull riding competition.

TWS, 4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs
WHEN: Thursday to Sunday, Jan. 23 to Feb. 2
COST & INFO: $18 and $20; 708-246-3380,
ABOUT: Theatre of Western Springs unleashes “Unnecessary Farce,” described as a side-splitting comedy for adults. The plot centers on cops and robbers – with both sides hopelessly and hysterically inept. “It has all the comedic value and physicality of the classic historical farces, combined with a modern setting and unforgettable characters," said Director David Knezz, a noted mask maker.

FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
WHEN: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
COST & INFO: $10;, 708-788-2118;
ABOUT: Jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis brings her Recession Seven to town, featuring trumpeter Bob Ojeda, clarinetist Kim Cusack, trombonist Russ Phillips, pianist Jeremy Kahn, bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Phil Gratteau. In other news, she is nominated for "Best Jazz Entertainer 2013" for next month's annual Chicago Music Awards.

Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
COST & INFO: $30 residents, $40 nonresidents, $6 for additional daughter; 708-354-4580,
ABOUT: It’s time to dust off the carriage and prepare for the Barnsdale Ball, a dance for dads and their daughters ages 3 to 8. Daddy Daughter Date Night invites kings and their princesses to don their finest attire for an evening of music by DJ Steve, accompanied by pizza and light refreshments. Cameras are welcome. Early registration is a must, as this event will sell out particularly quickly.

Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park
WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24
COST & INFO: Free, with reservations requested at 708-482-6511 or
ABOUT: An Australian travelogue, “The Land Down Under,” will be presented by Bill Helmuth, professional travel speaker and adjunct professor at Elmhurst College. Helmuth was director of sales for Time-Life Books (Asia). He traveled to more than 100 countries, flew five million miles and lived on four continents, gaining rare access to world cultures. Next, Plymouth features violinist Helen Blazie on Saturday evening, and a concert by vocalist Robbie Malkowski and jazz pianist Dave Turner on Sunday afternoon.

Village Club of Western Springs, 4221 Lawn Ave., Western Springs
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
COST & INFO: $30 to $50;, 708-246-9222
ABOUT: Get a taste of the Wild West without leaving the comfort of the suburbs at The Village Club of Western Springs’ Western Night. Adults are invited to the themed night, which will feature bull riding competition, line dancing and disc jockey. "Dust off your cowboy boots, hats and chaps, and join us for a good ol’ fashioned hoedown," suggests the club, founded in 1910. Advance ticket purchase offers savings.