This Weekend Around Oak Park

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As an admirer of the English language, I have a spot in my heart for words with multiple meanings. For example, there are two months in our calendar that double as verbs- May and March. For this reason, albeit a silly one, I am sad to see March go. It feels like I blinked and the Forest Park St. Paddy’s Day Parade marched right by. May I get another opportunity to see the parade? Not until next March. Okay, I’ll stop.

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Still, April promises baseball, warmer weather and it is the first name of the reporter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For these reasons, I welcome the fourth month of the year with open arms. Until then, I’d like to make the most of our last weekend in March. I have a few ideas and a lot of them revolve around theater and shows. Cue the popcorn and opera glasses.

Side note- I heard Zayn Malik left One Direction this week and there are millions of teenage girls out there that literally can’t even right now. Probably best to get out of the house and avoid that storm of raging hormones.

Showtimes at Lake Theatre
All showtimes are the same Friday through Sunday*

Insurgent ­– Noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.* (3D showing), 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 59 minutes.

Home – Noon, 2:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m.* (3D showing), 6:30 p.m., 8:40 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes.

Cinderella – 2:10 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 11:45 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes.

Get Hard – 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes.

The Gunman – 1:40 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes.

Run All Night – 9:10 p.m. Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 1:30 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Runtime 2 hours 2 minutes.

Fenwick’s Blackfriars Guild present “All Shook Up”
“All Shook Up” is a musical comedy featuring the greatest hits from Elvis Presley. The plot follows a guitar-playing, motorcycle-riding rebel who inspires a small American town. Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. in the Fenwick Auditorium, 505 Washington Blvd. in Oak Park. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Call 708-386-0127 for more information.

“SIN” comes to Madison Street Theatre
“SIN” is a play about an African-American housewife who becomes bored with her life and acts on her feelings of lust. The show will play at Madison Street Theatre, located at 1010 Madison St. in Oak Park. Performances will take place Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. For tickets, visit

Fashion show at Dominican University
Students from Dominican University’s apparel design and merchandising program present “IllumiNATION: A Flash of Fashion,” in the Lund Auditorium, located at 7900 W. Division St. in River Forest. Shows will take place on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the box office. For more information contact

Film screening for Disney’s “Into the Woods”
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a potluck dinner and free viewing of Disney’s “Into the Woods,” starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep on Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 611 Randolph St. in Oak Park. For more information, call 708-848-4741 or visit

ArtStart exhibit
The Oak Park Area Arts Council will present the ArtStart exhibit, featuring works by students from Irving, Longfellow and Beye schools. The show takes place at Oak Park Village Hall, located at 123 Madison St. in Oak Park, and will be on display for the duration of April. For more information, call 708-358-5690.


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