Get Out: Home-grown Mozart, Meditation and Music

Here's a sampling of what's going on in the area this weekend.

In theory it’s spring already, even if the weather isn’t cooperating. But don’t let the (hopefully) last of the season’s cold, gray days keep you holed up at home. Patch has assembled a list of weekend activities to get you out of the house.

When/Where: 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the , 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park.

Why Go: Get everyone to turn off the Angry Birds video game and step away from Facebook to enjoy some quality, face-to-face family time playing board games in different rooms of the historic Cheney Mansion.

Price: $15 per family

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at , 200 N. Oak Park Ave.

Why Go: adapted Mozart’s opera into English and into modern-day Oak Park. The production turns the main characters into high school athletes, with audience participation encouraged.

Price: Tickets are $15 to $32 and can be purchased in advance on Verismo’s website or at the Oak Park Visitor Center.

When/Where: 4-7 p.m. at Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 13 Harrison St. in Oak Park

Why Go: Enjoy snacks while learning more about meditation by touring the center and book store, and chatting with experienced meditators and teachers. A talk about the value of meditation will begin at 4 p.m.

Price: Free


When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park

Why Go: Liam Teague has been described as the “Paganini of the Steelpan.” He’s joined on stage by multi-instrumental artist Robert Chappell to perform complex original compositions and improvisations.

Price: Tickets are $15 to $30 and can be purchased here.


When/Where: 8:30 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn.

Why Go: Listen to some of the area’s finest artists, including Elizabeth Doyle, Orbert Davis w/Ari Brown, Ryan Cohen, Ernie Adams and Stewart Miller while benefiting a good cause. Proceeds from the night go to hunger relief in Chicago.

Price: Minimum $15 donation. Tickets are available at the door.


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