Friday, March 18, 2011

Play Locally 2-Rock & Theatre Round Up-Adult & Kids Shows

Here's an eco-friendly, kindie rock and theatre round up, of what else is great and goin' on.   There's a crazy number of cool shows for the way under agers and for parent's nights out.   Here are a few of our favorites.

Purple Asparagus will once again host the Kids’ Activity Corner at the FamilyFarmed EXPO on Saturday, from 10:00am - 6:00pm.  There will be lots of fun activities for parents and kids including arts and crafts, story time, a reading corner of books related to food, farming and nature, taste testing of local food items, an explanation of label reading and face painting. 

Purple Asparagus is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating.  For more information about Purple Asparagus - contact Purple Asparagus President Melissa Graham at or 773-991-1920.


For the wees

  • Kindie:
1.   Our usual weekly haunt, Beat Kitchen, has a sweet show lined up for noon Sunday.   Check out Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans.   Big fun for the littles/ bloody marys for the bigs. 

Critically acclaimed, packing shows across the Midwest, and in heavy rotation on the nationally renowned satellite radio network XM Kids… she owes it all to children. Not only her own — two strapping boys who are her true inspiration — but also the neighborhood kids who say the darnedest things…things that end up as irresistible pop songs.
Jeanie B! is a lifelong singer/songwriter who started playing the guitar at the age of 12. The rest of the Jelly Beans band is made up of professional, seasoned, fun-loving veterans on the rock, country and roots music circuit. Their sound is Americana roots music — a mixture of bluegrass, country, blues, and enough rock 'n' roll to keep everyone dancing! Jeanie B! delivers a live show that is a dance party with young and old alike up on their feet and singing along. Kids are often invited on stage to join in the fun. According to Jeanie B!, "It's the perfect job, doing what I love and sharing it with my kids while touching the lives of other kids and their families."  
*Our family 4 pack ticket winner will be there enjoying the show with her family.   Enter here each week for your chance to win tickets, signed collector posters, CDs, DVDs, books and more.

Sunday at noon and 3:00pm

3.  The Boogers-some of our favorite, hard rockin' Chi-town punk Dads are playing Wonderworks in Oak Park, also on Sunday.   Check out ChiIL Mama's quote on their main page along with all the show details.   They've been a frequent Win A Disc Wednesday band and our interview with the guys and live video tracks from their Let's Go! release party at Schubas can be found on ChiIL Mama's YouTube Channel.

  • Theatre:

Here's the Madlive web site for show info, games, video and more.   Check out our Madagascar review then move it-move it on out to Rosemont Theatre for this short run.   It's a lemur lovin', booty shakin' good time for the whole family.

1.  Arnie The Doughnut at Lifeline-We'll have a full review for you after next weekend.   We've seen many marvelous productions at Lifeline over the years.    They're also renowned for bringing in the original authors of book based theatre for signings.

Arnie, a lovable chocolate-covered doughnut with sprinkles, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he’s finally selected to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Embark upon a hilarious quest to redefine human/doughnut relations with a pair of true originals, in this world premiere musical adaptation by the creators of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.
Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.
A new musical based on the whimsical children's book by Laurie Keller
Adapted by Frances Limoncelli
Music by George Howe
Directed by Elise Kauzlaric

AUTHOR EVENT: Join author/illustrator Laurie Keller on Sunday, April 10th at noon for a FREE meet-and-greet and book signing in the Lifeline lobby!

2.   “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books” comes to The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University as part of the “Especially for Kids” series Sunday, Mar. 20 at 3 p.m.Single tickets to the show are $10.50 - $15.50.  Tickets for the pre-show Mouse Cookie party at 1;30 pm are $7. For  ticket information call The Center’s friendly Box Office staff at (708) 235-2222 or visit The Center is located at 1 University Parkway (Governors Highway and University Parkway), 45 minutes south of the Loop, off I-57 at Sauk Trail. Parking is free.  

For the P's:
Dixie's Tupperware Party at The Royal George (opening today!)-We'll have a review for you after we check out the show on the 23rd.

Check in at Broadway in Chicago for ticket and show specifics and check out our reviews right here.


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