Includes plays, films, festivals, art exhibits and receptions, concerts, dance shows and more. Deadline is two weeks before event.
Call for photographers: Photographers are being invited to participate in the Northwest Cultural Council's 2009 fifth annual international juried photography exhibition, "Pop Shots - Images Celebrating Dads." All forms of photography and digital imagery will be accepted. There is a $25 jury fee for up to three slides. High school and college students are free. Deadline for submission is Monday, April 27. Download a prospectus at northwestculturalcouncil.org. For information, (847) 991-7966.
"High School Musical": Through May 9, Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. 10 a.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. Saturdays. Based on the smash hit Disney film. $12. (847) 634-0200 or Marriott Theatre.com.
Midwest Chamber Strings in concert: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 930 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. Members range in ages from 9 to adults and include 11 active professional musicians. $8-$10 includes a post concert party in the church lobby. (847) 312-3690 or midwestconservatory.com.
Festival Chorus spring concert: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Performing Arts Center at Harper College in Palatine. Performing a variety of opera choruses, as well as the music of MGM, "The Wizard of Oz" and the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. $10 for Harper students and seniors; $12 other student with valid ID; $15 general admission; children 12 and under free. www.harpercollege.edu or (847) 925-6100.
Holmes Middle School Jazz Band I: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Prospect Heights Public Library District, 12 N. Elm St. Musicians in grades six-eight perform Jazz styles from all eras of music. Register at (847) 259-3500, ext. 35 or phpl.info.
"Journey to the Center of the Uterus-Adventures Infertility": 2 p.m. Sundays, May 3-31, Laugh Out Loud Theater, Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. Chicago actor and improviser Kathleen Puls Andrade performs one-woman show. $15. (847) 240-0386.
Palatine Children's Chorus spring auditions: The chorus will hold spring auditions on Wednesday afternoon, May 6. The chorus welcomes all Northwest suburban children, who will be at least 8 years old on Aug. 31. After a short audition, singers will be placed in either the Treble Choir or the Intermezzo Choir, based on age and musical experience. For an appointment, call Carol, (847) 705-5123, ext. 237.
Art Thursday: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Green Ink Gallery at Groundwork, 351 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. Featured, "Pictorial Fact/Abstract Reality" featuring the canvas works of Russell Blanchard. (847) 541-4151 or groundworkltd.com.
Time Travelers Theatre Ensemble: 8-10 p.m. Friday, May 8, Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road. Comedy in the form of scripted and improvisational skits, songs and games with audience participation. Admission free, food and beverages available for purchase. (847) 490-7010 or parkfun.com.
"Off Loop": 8 p.m. May 9, Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. CNGM Pictures NFP, presents their new feature film, "Off Loop." Comedic character study of five recent college graduates, who find that things aren't so safe and comfortable once they venture out into the real world to pursue a career in theater. A Q&A with Michael P. Noens and the cast and crew follows the premier. $9; $10 at the door. Senior and student discounts available. (847) 202-5222 or palatineparks.org.
Second Saturday Poetry Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 9, Northwest Cultural Council Gallery, 500 N. Hicks Road, Suite 120, Palatine. Virginia Bells leads "Poetry and the Writing of History." $15. Reservations to (847) 991-7966.
"The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee": Previews Wednesday, May 13, and runs Wednesday, May 20-Sunday, July 19, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. $32-$55. (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com
"Baby": Thursday, May 14-Wednesday, June 20, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Musical that celebrates becoming a parent. $26-$42. (847) 577-2121 or MetropolisArts.com.
Leyden Car Club car show: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, may 16, West Leyden High School campus, 1000 N. Wolk Road, Northlake. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and race cars. Prizes, raffle. Free and open to the public. To participate, call (847) 451-3616 or email@example.com.
Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Prospect Heights Public Library District, 12 N. Elm St. Authentic Russian fold band performs Russian, Yiddish, Gypsy, Ukrainian and Romanian Klezmer music. Register at (847) 259-3500, ext. 35 or phpl.info.
Bling for Ballet: Noon-6 p.m. Pair Chocolates, 734 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Goldarama will purchase your unwanted gold jewelry, watches, coins, silverware etc., with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble. www.goldarama.com.
Footlighters Theatre Company auditions: Actor and singers ages 7-18 5-9 p.m. Monday, May 18; and 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 for ages over 18. Call (847) 391-5700 or www.desplainesparks.org.
"The Elves and the Shoemaker": 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. The Schaumburg Park District Actor's Studio Theatre presents the tale of a poor, but kind shoemaker, who receives assistance for some magical elves. Musical. $6-$11. (847) 490-7015 or parkfun.com.
Des Plaines Invitational Art Fair: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday June 7, Library Plaza, 1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines. Juried fair held in conjunction with the Taste of Des Plaines. For an application visit dpag.org.
Flea Market: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Yesterday's Farm Museum, 850 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. Hosted by the Wood Dale Historical Society the market will feature about 60 booths selling anything from antiques and collectibles to garage sale items. Refreshments available for purchase. For information or to participate as a vendor, call Ann, (630) 766-4216 or Judi, (630) 595-0360.
Opera in Focus: 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Park Central, 3000 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. Choreographed rod puppets perform to the music of operas. $12 adults; $11 seniors; $7 children under age 12. Visit operainfocus.com. (847) 818-3220.