Welcome the New Year in April Party!
F, Apr 16 | 1:30pm|$9M/$13.50NM
Join us for the powerful vocals of Rick Lindy and prolific guitar of John Ivan. The Duo will perform hits from Dean Martin, Jerry Vale, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and many of America’s best hits through the 50’s, 60’s and Rockabilly. Let’s celebrate with friends and raise our hands to a happy and healthy New Year.
Th, Apr 22 | 1pm|$6M/$9NM
Fueled by a passion for old Rock ‘N Roll and influenced by a father in the Elvis Tribute artist business, Jonathan began taking the stage as a young Elvis around age 18 and has been shaking and swiveling like “The King” and entertaining audiences with his multi-award winning performances ever since.
History of the Tassel
F, Apr 23 | 1:30pm|$6M/$9NM
Learn the ancient history of the tassel, and learn to make a yarn tassel by using a kitchen tool. Aleca will demonstrate how to create a pom pom with utensils while you create one yourself.
Randy McCallisterM, Apr 26 | 3pm|$7M/$10.50NM
Randy McCallister, balladeer extraordinaire, will be back to serenade us. Randy’s musical tastes span the beloved crooners to the funky beats of Motown and the soft rock of Phil Collins.
Afternoon Concert with Edizon Dayao
Th, Apr 29 | 12:30pm |$6M/$9NM
One of NSC’s favorites, Edizon Dayao will be here to perform a concert for everyone.
Kara Kesselring Duo
F, Apr 30 | 3pm|$10M/$15NM
Kara Kesselring, accomplished jazz, classical, and theater vocalist and pianist, along with her accompaniment, will be here for a musical variety show with the best songs from theater and film.
Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
M, May 3 | 1pm |$6M/$9NM
Presented by: Dr. Annette Bochenek
Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she discusses early comedy's top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.
Exploration Series: Honoring Our Heroes ( Replacing in Honor of The President)
W, May 5 | 1:30pm |$6M/$9NM
From coast to coast, in city parks, courthouse lawns, national and state parks, monuments tell the story of America's military past and honor the heroes who fought for American freedom. This program visits some of the many monuments, battlefields, and museums commemorating our military heritage.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conspiracy Theories
Th, May 6 | 11am|$6
This program will be a follow up to our January program in which we took a look at some of Dr. King’s speeches and legacy, and will focus on the issues surrounding his death that fateful day at the Lorraine Motel. Was this the act of a solo gunman, or were there more circumstances at play? Come learn about the new theories being discussed.
Mother’s Day Tea
F, May 7 | 1:30pm |$6 performance
High Tea in a Box $10 (box of tea & treats to go)
Claudine Cappelle-Harig is a seasoned orchestral player and was a soloist with both the Milwaukee Festival City Symphony and the Sherwood Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s 2006 performances Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp. Claudine’s appearances as a featured soloist also include performances with the Windy City Chorus, Vox Coelestis Women’s Chorus, the Fleur de Lys Chorale, and the Waukegan Concert Chorus. She has performed first harp and backstage solos for five seasons with the Pamiro Opera Company and played principal harp for two seasons of The Nutcracker ballet with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.
Notorious: The Life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Jim Gibbons
M, May 10 | 1pm|$8M/$12NM
Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who flourished in the role as Supreme Court Justice for 27 years. Gibbons will explain how Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and served until her death on September 18, 2020. He will explain how she did not take no for an answer. Graduating as the first woman from Harvard Law School and later, Columbia Law School, she received a recommendation from Harvard for a Supreme Court clerkship position but was rejected due to her gender. It is this reason that will be a catalyst for her fight for gender equality and women’s rights throughout her career. When asked her theory on how to make things better, Ginsburg stated, “If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.”
Neil Rose Duo
F, May 14| 1:30pm|$8M/$12NM
Virtual/Phone-In: $4 The Neil Rose Duo plays a combination of blues, rock, soul, and R&B music that you can dance and sing to. Chicago born Neil Rose is a drummer with an extensive history in blues and rock with over 40 years of experience. He’s played with legends, and will now perform for you.
My Fair Lady with John Boda
Tu, May 18| 11:30am|$7
My Fair Lady is considered one of the all-time best Hollywood musicals and is rated in the top ten by the American Film Institute. John covers the background, history, and trivia, with many pictures and brief stories of both the stage play and film. The 1964 film is focused in spotlight and John Boda performs select songs over classic clips on screen. Songs performed include: “Loverly”, “With a Little Bit of Luck”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “The Rain in Spain”.
Brother John Group
Th, May 20| 1:30pm|$10M/$15NM
You can’t talk about Chicago music legends without mentioning Brother John Kattke, who has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s for over 30 years. Led by Brother John’s musical genius, this trio will offer you some of the best hits of the 50s-70s. The program will be held outdoors if weather permits.
F, May 21| 12pm|$12M/$17NM
Meal Cost —$11
Local favorite, The Jammers (formerly the Mather Jammers) will be here to jam it out with us to celebrate the season! If you have ever been to see The Jammers before, you know they rock it out, and if they are new to you, you are definitely in for a treat. Please be prepared to dance, rock and rumba! As a special treat, we are going to put the “BBQ” back into this annual event, with a special menu from Earl’s BBQ in Jefferson Park, available for pre-order for $11. Meal options include: 1) pulled pork or 2) beef brisket. Each meal will be individually wrapped and all will come with cole slaw, mac & cheese, and bread. Meals will be distributed at 11:15am and can be eaten outdoors or taken home. Please provide your own beverage. The program will be held outdoors if weather permits.
Fiddler on the Roof – Presented by Charles Troy
M, May 24| 1:30pm |$6M/$9NM
Charles’ presentations employ a seamless blend of recorded songs (with lyrics projected on screen), original graphics, vintage photos, historical video, and extensively researched, scripted narrative to dramatize the stories behind the great creation of the American Musical Theater. The creation of Fiddler on the Roof; the stories of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem seemed an unlikely subject for a musical, and certainly of limited appeal. We'll see how genius director-choreographer Jerome Robbins guided his creative team to find universality in the material, and how they made a "Jewish musical" that struck a responsive chord in virtually every country in the world.
History of the Handkerchief
W, May 26| 1:30pm|$6
Learn about the ancient use of the handkerchief. How was it used by Victorian women to be noticed by men? What are various ways a handkerchief is used to share emotions, feelings of sorrow and joy? How was a handkerchief used to tell a story of love, war and symbolism? How and when did a handkerchief change from cloth to tissue and why? View a display of handkerchiefs telling hidden stories of life. All registrants will receive a complimentary gift.
Fun 50’s with Heather Braoudakis
Th, May 27| 1pm|$6
A Flying Purple People Eater was wearing a Yellow Polka Dot Bikini when he left his chewing gum on the bedpost overnight. A strange 1950’s riddle? No, just fun songs from the 50’s, along with facts about the era. Heather Braoudakis will be back for this fun event.
Exploration Series: “Midwest Wondering”
W, Jun 2| 1:30pm|$6M/$9NM
Often overlooked as a travel destination, the Midwest offers a multitude of parks, historic sites and famous vacation spots. Some of the places visited will be Park County, Indiana (home to over 30 covered bridges), Springfield, Dixon and Galena, Illinois (home of US Presidents) and Door County, Wisconsin.
M, Jun 7| 1:30pm|$8M/$12NM
Shannon Wright is a seasoned international vocalist, actress, keynote speaker and an award-winning Toastmaster. She debuted “Love, Shannon XO”, her new one-woman show, to sold out audiences in Chicago in 2020. Shannon has opened for artists such as: Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight, and Stephanie Mills, and has done background vocals for Ramsey Lewis, Chicago's own jazz royalty. We are thrilled to welcome her to the stage for the first time.
Rock into June with Bob Kalal
Th, Jun 10| 2:30pm|$8M/$12NM
Virtual/Phone-In: $4 Guitarist and vocalist Bob Kalal has over 35 years of professional musical experience. He is an expert o the guitar, banjo, ukulele and keyboards, runs a teaching and recording studio, and has performed at many venues throughout Chicagoland.
M, Jun 14| 1:30pm|$9M/$13.50NM
Kerry Leung is a multiple instrumentalist. His studies began in Guangzhou, China, where he began playing the bamboo flute at the age of 12. After he moved to Chicago, he continued to expand his craft and continues following his journey “in the music”. Kerry has performed throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest including Ravinia and Asian cultural celebrations.
F, Jun 18| 3pm|$10M/$15NM
No, we are not serving actual martinis, but we are serving you a shot of Martini Lunch, one of the most sought after bands in the greater Chicagoland area! Flash back to the early sixties when the Mad Men execs went out for a classy Martini lunch accompanied by the sounds of Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and company. Besides providing cool backgrounds or hot swing, Martini Lunch also puts their signature spin on soul, blues and pop tunes that fit that classic vibe. Come sip from these cool sounds. This program will be held outdoors if weather permits.
West Side Story—Presented by Charles Troy
W, Jun 23| 1:30pm|$8M/$12NM
Charles presentations employ a seamless blend of recorded songs (with lyrics projected onscreen), original graphics, vintage photos, historic video, and extensively researched, scripted narrative to dramatize the stories behind the great creation of the American Musical Theater. The Creation of Wet Side Story; this brave, brilliant, musical tragedy, born into a world of musical comedy, took years to crystallize for its creators, then overcame daunting challenges just to get onstage. Famous buddies Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents were creating their Romeo and Juliet musical when Bernstein realized he was spreading himself too thin by also trying to write the lyrics. They tapped the unknown 25 year-old Stephen Sondheim, who completed the creative foursome with a soulfulness that would be rare in his body of work, and the bite that the daring project needed.
Betty Crocker with Leslie Goddard
F, Jun 25| 1pm|$10
Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand new picture cook book hit shelves, with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, it has sold more than 75 million copies. Created in 1921 by a flour company, Betty Crocker became the most famous and most trusted advisor to American cooks. This illustrated lecture by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic. It’s perfect if you’re feeling like cooking up some nostalgia.
Day at the Races
M, Jun 28| 1pm|$8M/$12NM
Come back for our yearly Day at the Races event with prizes and entertainment. In true race day style, you are encouraged to wear your favorite hat/headpiece (best hat wins a prize!). Our entertainment this year will feature Tom Cash. Tom is a singing guitarist who will perform his 50s show featuring the songs of the most popular artists of the era such as the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Elvis, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Exploration Series “Revolutionary War”
W, Jul 7| 1:30pm|$6M/$9NM
Why independence after nearly 200 years as thirteen British Colonies? Why did the French and Indian war lead directly to the Revolution? We’ll discuss these as well as Illinois’s part in the war. Jim wears the uniform of the Illinois Regiment, Virginia State Forces.
Th, Jul 8| 1:30pm|$8M/$12NM
Peter will mix it up with a wide variety of tunes popularized by Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, etc. As a premier interpreter of treasured traditional adult Pop, Jazz, and Tin Pan Alley standards, Chicago-based Peter Oprisko epitomizes excellence in live musical entertainment. With accompaniment ranging from solo piano to symphony orchestra, Peter’s versatile, seductive baritone, exciting presentation, engaging charisma, and amazing knowledge of music history will have you at the edge of your seat.