Marriott Lincolnshire hosts Million Dollar Quartet @ Marriott Lincolnshire Theater
Jan 16 – Mar 10 all-day

Marriott Lincolnshire hosts Million Dollar Quartet



A twist of fate. An epic jam session. An electrifying musical. 

There’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on with the smash hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, running January 16 through March 10, 2019 with a press opening on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Inspired by a true story, this rockin’ tribute is directed by James Moye, joined by Jeff Award-winning Musical Director Ryan T. Nelson. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of the once-in-a-lifetime event where four of music’s best talents came together.

“Marriott’s theatre in the round set up brings out a level of intimacy to this production unsurpassed in previous renditions,” says James Moye. “Audiences will feel as though they are in the room at Sun Records jamming with these music legends, and we cannot wait for everyone to experience this truly unique night.”

Marriott Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet

Marriott Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET stars Christopher J. Essex as “Johnny Cash,” Rustin Cole Sailors as “Elvis Presley,” Shaun Whitley as “Carl Perkins,” Nat Zegree as “Jerry Lee Lewis,” David Folsom as “Sam Philips,” Laura Savage as “Dyanne,” Zach Lentino as “Brother Jay,” and Kieran McCabe as “Fluke.” The cast is understudied by Lexis Danca, Brian Grey, Colte Julian, Doug Pawlik, Jake Saleh, Anthony Scandora and Steven Romero Schaeffer.

The production will feature set design by Jeffrey D. Kmiec, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin, properties design by Sally Zack, hair and makeup design by Miguel A. Armstrong and musical supervision by Patti Garwood.

The performance schedule for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with select Thursday 1:00 p.m. shows. Ticket prices range from $50 to $60, excluding tax and handling fees. Call for student, senior, and military discounts. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings there are a limited number of dinner-theatre packages available for purchase through the Marriott Theatre Box Office. To make a restaurant reservation, please call 847.634.0100. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or go to

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African American History Month February
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

African American History Month February

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

African American Soldiers during Civil War [District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln] (National Park Service)

African American Soldiers during Civil War [District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln] (National Park Service)

By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to African American History Month.

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Schadenfreude returns for new show Feb. 22 in Chicago @ The Hideout
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Schadenfreude returns for new show Feb. 22 in Chicago

I’m super pumped to announce that Schadenfreude is coming back together on February 22nd for a new show! It’s at The Hideout, 7pm.

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary. It’s crazy to think that 20 years ago we were up at the Heartland Studio Theater, charging 3 bucks and giving away free beer. So many sketches about Mayor Daley. Ah, good times.
And it’s awesome that the show is at The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642. We’ve done so many memorable shows there. And back in 1999, the Hideout dog came on stage when we were performing. Needless to say, the dog saved our show.
We chose February 22nd as the date for our anniversary show because it’s the weekend before the mayoral election. So before you go to the polls to vote for the next mayor, come see who we make fun of first. Consider this your voting guide.
It’s 10 bucks. And all proceeds go to buying new wigs.
Tickets are selling fast. What? The Hideout actually sells tickets in advance? You didn’t know that either? Well they do and the show is almost sold out. So get your tickets now and see Sandy, Adam, Stephen, Kate and Justin back on stage together, with a few pleasant surprises.

Schadenfreude performers return to Chicago Feb. 22, 2019 at The Hideout

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Rochelle Distelheim Max & Bennie’s Author Night Feb. 25 @ Max and Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Rochelle Distelheim Max & Bennie’s Author Night Feb. 25

Rochelle Distelheim’s first novel, “Sadie in Love,” is set in New York’s Lower East Side during the great wave of Eastern European Jewish immigration in the early twentieth century. This enchanting book especially resonates with readers whose grandparents came to America at that time.

The book tells the story of Sadie Schuster, a widow in the neighborhood who owns an apartment building there. Sadie is well known in the community for selling love knot charms to her superstitious neighbors. Yet she is finding it difficult to find the right man to love for herself.

Ms. Distelheim has the great skill of writing both with poignancy and humor. Her depiction of the hustle and bustle, the sights and smells, of the Lower East Side is magnificent.

Rochelle Distelheim has received significant recognition for her writing including the 2017 Gival Press Competition for Short Story and the Katharine Anne Porter Prize.

Rochelle Distelheim’s new book Sadie in Love.

Monday, Feb. 25th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Max and Benny’s Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
461 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

Consolidated Primary Election Feb. 26
Feb 26 all-day

Consolidated Primary Election Feb. 26

Illinois will hold its consolidated Primary Election on February 26, 2019. Candidates running under the banner of established parties (Republican, Democrats, etc) will run in this election to win their party’s nomination for office.

The winners nominated by their party will then run int he April 2, 2019 Consolidated General Election.

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania. Vote. Election

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Orland Fire Coffee & Conversation: Saving Money on Prescriptions @ Orland Fire Protection District Administration Board Room
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Orland Fire Coffee & Conversation: Saving Money on Prescriptions Feb. 28

How to save money on prescription drugs will be one of the topics at the Orland Fire Protection District’s monthly public information meetings, “Coffee & Conversation” to be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

The Coffee & Conversation program is hosted every month by the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) from 10 AM until Noon and features a wide range of topics including public safety, avoiding fires, and features a guest speaker from the community offering tips to help seniors and families save money.

The program on Feb. 28 will feature several topics including a presentation from an Orland Fire Dispatcher who will explain their job responsibilities and answer questions about calling 9-1-1.

A member of the Orland Fire Protection District Senior Advisory Council (SAC) member will discuss scald prevention, and information on avoiding being burned while cooking.

The keynote speaker is Chad Kodiak from KODO Pharmacy who will discuss how seniors and all residents can save money on their prescription purchases!

Attendance at the monthly meetings are free to the public. Refreshments will be served to attendees. The OFPD will offer coffee and doughnuts from the bakery to attendees.

Location: Orland Fire Protection District Administration Board Room,  9790 W. 151stStreet Orland Park, Il 60462

Cicero Fire Department fire trucks participate in the annual Houby Parade in Cicero and Berwyn, Illinois

Comedy Nosh at Max & Benny’s Feb. 28 @ Max and Benny's
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Comedy Nosh at Max & Benny’s Feb. 28

Max & Benny’s is proud to showcase another Comedy Nosh performance on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 featuring professional Chicago area and touring standup comedians. Performers include Ricky March, Ali Drapos, Rebekah Gibson, and headliner Ben Hamilton.

The event includes:

Ticket(s) to Comedy Show

Delicious Full Service Dinner from a special, limited menu (Soup or Salad, Entrée, Dessert and One Alcoholic Beverage (Red or White Wine, or Craft Beer)

$35.00 per person or $60.00 for two

Dinner served at 7 pm, Show begins at 7:30 pm

~ Limited Seating Available Register TODAY! ~

Max and Benny's Comedy Nosh Feb 28, 2019

Max and Benny’s Comedy Nosh Feb 28, 2019

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CST

Max & Benny’s 461 Waukegan Rd Northbrook, IL 60062

Orland Trustee hosts self-defense program for women @ Orland Park Civic Center
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Orland Trustee hosts self-defense program for women

Orland Park Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich will co-host with One Light Self-Defense a free self-defense workshop for women and girls. The program is free and will address “self-defense, distraction and awareness” tactics.

The program will be held on March 11, 2019 at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park from 6 PM until 9 PM.

Pre-registration is required. Call 708-945-1820.

Carole Griffin Ruzich and One Light Self-Defense