While there may be lots of great college basketball to watch this weekend (Go Wildcats), as luck would have it, it is also a fabulous weekend to take in a live show. Whether you are looking for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, a Beatles-inspired dance performance, a spoof of Hamlet, a fun production of Guys & Dolls or a provocative comedy-drama, we’ve got you covered. Other weekend highlights include the Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend at the Botanic Garden, a meet and greet with live bats and a Maple Syrup Festival! Enjoy!St. Pats Pot of GoldMar. 17: 8 – 10 pmSkokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
Join singer Megon McDonough and story artist Susan O’Halloran for a concert about the pleasures and pitfalls of being raised Irish American. The concert will include classics such as “Danny Boy” and original and humorous tunes such as “The Mary Gig,” as well as stories about searching for connection in the “old country” and the unique Irish way of dealing with “enemies.” You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this evening that will celebrate everybody’s heritages and look at what is universal for us all: family, sacrifice and, always, joy and laughter in the face of life’s challenges! Tickets: $30. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Malott Japanese Garden Spring WeekendMar. 18 & 19: 11 am – 4 pmChicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Blvd., Glencoe
Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku, making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, or watching a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden. For more info, click here.
FAB 2.0! EDE Dances the Beatles Mar. 17: 7:30 pm; Mar. 18: 4 pm; Mar. 19: 1 & 4 pmJosephine Louis Theatre at NW, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston
The Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a return to the hits of the Beatles and a reboot of one of the company’s most well-received productions. EDE co-artistic directors Béa Rashid and Christina Ernst are joined by a talented group of professional choreographers in pairing original choreography with covers of the Fab Four’s hits. Tickets: $16 - $24. To purchase, call the box office at: 847-491-7282 or click here.
The SceneMar. 17: 7:30 pm; Mar. 18: 3 pm, 7 pm; Mar. 19: 2 pmWriter’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Guys and DollsMar. 17 & 18: 7:30 pm; Mar. 19: 2 pmWilmette Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Center for the Arts Adult Community Theater presents a fun and sexy version of the classic hit, "Guys & Dolls.” A live band joins the gangsters, gamblers and other questionable characters of the New York underworld in the 1920s and 1930s on stage. To purchase tickets, click here.
Theatre D presents: "I Hate Hamlet"Mar. 17 & 18: 8 pm, Mar. 19: 3 pmPatty Turner Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield
In Paul Rudnick's comedy, "I Hate Hamlet", Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, prompting a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Tickets: $21 and includes a dessert buffet. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Wild Weekends!: Incredible BatsMar. 18: 7 – 8:30 pmEvanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
Gather at the Ecology Center for a live animal presentation where they will be partnering with Incredible Bats to learn about the importance of bats in the ecosystem and what you can do to appreciate them. Meeting live bats and making an animal craft will make for a wild weekend! Please call the Ecology Center to register at 847-448-8256.
Maple Syrup FestivalMar. 19: 11 am – 3 pmRiver Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Join The Wildbird Shack at the 45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival. The festival will feature activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history. The event is free! They will also have their famous Wildbird Chics seed blend, bird houses and bird feeders for sale!