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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Things to do around Naperville this weekend



NIFF_TOWER_webNaperville Independent Film Festival / The 6th Annual Naperville Independent Film Festival will be shown at theater venues all week throughout Naperville. The grand finale with award will be held at Center Stage Theater on Sept. 21. For a complete schedule, visit www.NaperFilmFest.org.

Magical Starlight Theatre presents ‘Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs’ / 7:30PM / Snow White takes the stage 13-15 at Naperville Central High School’s Little Theatre, located at 440 West Aurora Avenue, Entrance #3. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30PM. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2PM. Advance tickets are $8 each and $10 at the door or if purchased on the Friday of the weekend performances. Tickets for the September performances may be purchased online at www.napervilleparks.org or in person at the Park District Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Avenue or at the 95th Street Center at 2244 W. 95th Street. For more information about Magical Starlight Theatre, visit magicalstarlighttheatre.com.

BrightSide Theatre stages ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ / 8PM / “Moonlight and Magnolias” gives us a true-to-life glimpse of how Gone with the Wind made its way to the silver screen. Film producer David O. Selznick, realizes the script is awful-the director doesn’t have a clue. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from The Wizard to Oz to direct, and taps playwright, screenwriter and “script doctor” Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. But Hecht hasn’t read the book. In five days locked in an office, the men frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays! Performances are staged at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 South Ellsworth Street. Performances also at 8PM Saturday and 3PM Sunday. Tickets are $18 – $24 and may be purchased at tickets.noctrl.edu.

Live Music at CityGate Grille / 8:30PM / Jive away select weekend evenings with live music at CityGate Grille. Paul Jacki will be performing jazz. CityGate Grille is located in the Calamos Investments building at CityGate Centre, I88 and Rt. 59. For dinner reservations call (630) 718-1010 or visit www.citygategrille.com.



Riverwalk Fine Art Fair / 10AM – 5PM / The 2013 Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15, along the Naperville Riverwalk. The juried Fair is free to the public and features hundreds of artists with original works in many mediums – including drawing, sculpture, fiber, graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, digital art and enamel. For more info, visit www.napervilleartleague.com.

Class Act II Big Band sounds in Fredenhagen Park / 4:30PM / The Riverwalk Foundation hosts it annual Class Act II Big Band Concert to jazz up Fredenhagen Park, a gateway to North Central College and downtown Naperville, where Prince Castles and then the Cock Robin Ice Cream Restaurant served as community landmarks for nearly 70 years. Directed by Ted Fredenhagen, son of Grace and Walter Fredenhagen after whom the park is named, the concert is a chance for foot tapping to memorable music and dancing in the park.

Many folks arrive about 4PM to meet up with longtime friends to share “one in a million” memories. The late afternoon concert is set for 60 minutes, beginning at 4:30PM, and always livens up the time to reminisce about the popular ice cream enterprises that stood on the property from 1931 until 2000. In 2012, many folks wore Cock Robin “Be One in a Million” t-shirts!

‘Geriatric Grease’ / 7:30PM / “Geriatric Grease” will be performed by Kidz Kabaret and Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy Avenue #143. Call the office for tickets (630) 355-9212 or purchase them at the door. All tickets are $8.


History Speaks Lecture Series:’ Letters of the Civil War’ / 4 – 5PM / The History Speaks Lecture Series kicks off its 10th season with “Letters of the Civil War,” which will be held from 4 to 5PM Sunday, Sept. 15 in Naper Settlement’s Meeting House, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Two Civil War historical reenactors will present a 60-minute audio/video performance dramatically interpreting over 30 original letters from the war. Advance tickets are $6 adult, $5 student, youth and Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. On the day of the presentation, tickets are $7 adult, $6 student, youth and Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. For more info, visit www.napersettlement.org.

Naperville Independent Film Festival / Continues through Sat., Sept. 21. / See above.

Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair / 10AM-5PM today / See above.

Going Forward / For more info about happenings this weekend and upcoming events, visit PN’s Events Calendar.

Featured Traditions / Other events coming soon.

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