Here’s a look at the latest news on local authors, actors, artists, musicians and more:
Acting al fresco: A bunch of suburban actors are having a “Picnic” at the Theatre of Western Springs. The cast for William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play includes Lindsey Arquilla of Burr Ridge, Kathy Kusper of Hinsdale, Jason McCargo of Western Springs, Cheryle McKay of Clarendon Hills, Liz Steele of Western Springs and Sue Wisthuff of La Grange. Working behind the scenes are Debbie Angelillo of Oak Brook, Mike Bachmann of Western Springs, Ed Barrow of Hinsdale, Dave Bremer of Western Springs, Linda Bugielski of Indian Head Park, Carrie Cerri of La Grange, Carol Clarke of Hinsdale, Mark and Linda Cunningham of LaGrange, Dennis Hudson of Western Springs, Karla Hudson of Western Springs, Mike Huth of La Grange Park, and Angelee Johns of Hinsdale. The show runs from April 24-May 4. For tickets, see TheatreWesternSprings.com.
Soft landing: Bumper cars, bearded ladies and a boxing ring are some of the attractions of Delaney’s Traveling Roadshow in Seanachai Theatre Company’s United States premiere of Billy Roche’s “Lay Me Down Softly.” Keeping the show on the road is director Kevin Christopher Fox of Oak Park. Hinsdale native Michael Grant, who is Seanachai’s artistic director, stars in the production. The show runs April 23-May 25 at the Den Theatre. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111.
Belle of the ball: The lovely Belle finds herself trapped in the castle of a prince who has been transformed into a monster in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at Skokie Theatre, May 9-11. The young performers in the Curtain Call Children’s Theatre production include Eliza Adamson of Skokie, Emily Fridland of Northbrook, Roy Gantz of Skokie, Vanessa Lopez of Evanston, Caitlin Peirce of Long Grove, Asher Ramaly of Skokie, Esho Rasho of Lincolnwood, and Grayson, Beatrice and Christian Poindexter of Park Ridge. For tickets, call (847) 677-7761.
Naval Academy salutes artist: Forty paintings by marine artist Jim Griffiths of Glenview are on exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland through June 15. The works are of U.S. Naval vessels from the Spanish-American War to the first Iraq War. Griffiths is the second living artist to have a one-man exhibition at the Academy Museum. The U.S. Postal Service selected his paintings in 2000 for a series of stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Submarine Service.
Garden variety: Three theater professionals with Evanston connections are gearing up for the world premiere of “In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story,” which runs from April 26-June 15 at Lookingglass Theatre. Lookingglass’ Artistic Director Andy White of Evanston plays Charles Darwin, Evanston native Jessica Thebus is directing and Evanston resident Cindy Gold is in the cast. For tickets, call (312) 337-0665 or see LookingglassTheatre.org.
Pop rocks: Vernon Hills native Cody Vavrik will be performing along with pop duo Karmin and Bonnie McKee April 27 at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wis. Vavrik, who joined the 2013 Fantabuloso Tour’s performance as opening act for Icona Pop and The Wanted at The Aragon Ballroom, enjoys sharing his curiosity for the unknown, his passion for the art, and above all, evangelize his uncompromising commitment to fun. Visit CodyVavrik.com.