Big Week: February 26 - March 4

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RBHS Theatre presents "Big Fish"

Riverside Brookfield High School Theatre presents the hit musical "Big Fish," based on the movie and novel by the same name on Feb. 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside.

"Big Fish" introduces audiences to Edward Bloom's world of giants, witches and other larger-than-life characters while touching the hearts of the young and old alike.

Tickets are $12 adults ($7 seniors/students) are available at bpt.me/4503341 or at the door.

 

Renowned trumpeter at LTHS

The Lyons Township High School Jazz Bands will perform with guest jazz trumpeter Pharez Whitted on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road., Western Springs. Admission is free and open to the public.

Whitted is the jazz director for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Over his career, he has worked with the biggest names in jazz, has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas, works with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ravinia's Jazz Scholar program and has been director of jazz studies at Chicago State University.

Whitted, will perform with the LT Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Band from LaGrange Highlands Middle School.

 

New show at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., unveils its newest exhibition, "What?" featuring the work of Oli Watt on March 1 through April 4.

Watt is a woodworker, printmaker and sculptor whose works engage with popular culture, the everyday and an egalitarian-experiential reality in their material sources.

There will be an opening reception on Sunday, March 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Jazz up your Thursday

Join the Brookfield Jazz Society for a night of live music featuring the Eric Schneider trio at the club's monthly concert on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the lower-level Jazz Room of Sawa's Old Warsaw, 9200 W. Cermak Road in Broadview.

All are welcome. There's a $10 cover charge for the show, which starts promptly at 7:15. For more info visit brookfieldjazz.org.

 

Relive radio's golden age

The Riverside Township Radio Players present recreations of two shows from the Golden Age of Radio on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. 

The troupe presents a "Mr. and Mrs. Blandings" episode titled "First Anniversary of Moving In" and a "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" a story called "Man from Another World."

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information go to

riversidetownshipradioplayers.com.

 

Tower Chorale features Rutter, Copland

Tower Chorale will perform John Rutter's "Mass of the Children," alongside the chamber ensemble and the Pro Musica Youth Choir from Oak Park at "Day and Night: Rutter Copland and More" on Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave.

Also on the program are selections by Randall Thompson, Max Bruch, Aaron Copland, Morten Laurisden and Daniel Gawthrop.

Tickets ($23 adults, $20 seniors/students) can be purchased in advance at www.towerchorale.org. For more info call 708-580-0997

 

And more

Lyons Township High School's Fashion Club hosts an upcycled fashion show, Cupid's Closet, on Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the North Campus Reber Center, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. Admission is $2, with all proceeds going to the club. The show includes clothing upcycled by club members or donations from staff, students or The Hope Chest, a local resale shop.

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its February Business After Hours event on Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Café Tere, 8420 Brookfield Ave. in Brookfield.

Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield presents its first juried photography exhibition "Stand Alone," through Feb. 29. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites you to join Jim Flanagan, author and founder of Bentron Financial Group for "Essentials of Estate Planning" on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites adults and seniors to Spanish-Language Book Club on Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Intro to Android on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; Move and Groove (stretching exercises while sitting) on March 3 at 2 p.m.; and Movie Matinee featuring the 2018 film "On the Basis of Sex," inspired the story of young Ruth Bader Ginsburg on March 4 at 2 p.m. To sign up for senior and adult events, call 708-447-0869 or visit www.northriversidelibrary.org/events.

For kids there's Lapsit Storytime (thru age 5) on Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m.; Wii Play Games and Watch Movies (grades 6-12) on Feb. 29 from 1-3 p.m.; Make a Mini Movie (grades 5-12) on March 3 at 6 p.m.; Messy Mornings with Munchkins (ages 2-5) on March 3 at 11:30 a.m.; and Every Child a Reader/Cada Nino un Lector (ages 6+) on March 4 at 4 p.m.

Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave. in LaGrange, invites seniors to a Hearing Loss Support Group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Free. No registration required, Contact Alyson at 708-603-2259 or at AWN@agingcareconnnections.org with questions.

The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. Minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

The community is invited to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session through March 20. Free.

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