March is roaring in like a lion with a full line up of exciting activities for everyone! Case in point, Madagascar is now playing at the Marriott Children’s Theater. Other fun live performances include Quest (circus theatrical production) at the Actor’s Gymnasium, the annual Revue by the Woman’s Club of Evanston and some hip-shaking music by Doug James and Friends. If you have time you can also squeeze in some shopping, sipping and browsing at the Hubbard Woods Design District Frist Friday event, learn how to make your own dimensional cards, or test out your mah jongg skills. Always a good time on the North Shore!


Madagascar: A Musical Adventure 
Mar. 3: 10 am & 8 pm; Mar. 4: 10 am, 4:30 pm, 8 pm; Mar. 5: 1 & 5 pm (through April 15)
Marriott Theater, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire 

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. A special one-hour presentations for kids (and parents) of all ages. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” All performances followed by a Q & A session with the cast. For more info and tickets, click here.


Mar 3: 7:30 pm; Mar. 4: 4:30 & 7 pm; Mar. 5: 3 pm (Through Mar. 19)
Actors Gymnasium, 9277 Noyes St., Evanston 

Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Our hero and her sidekicks venture through obstacles, misinformation, slapstick fun, unexpected detours, music and songs, near crises, and amazing feats of partnership in seek of answers. Fun, funny, surprising, action-packed, deeply moving, profoundly existential – something for everyone! Tickets: $15 - $20. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


First Friday in Hubbard Woods 
Mar. 3: 5 – 8 pm (First Friday of every month)
Hubbard Woods Design District, Green Bay Rd., between Tower Rd & Scott, Winnetka 

Hubbard Woods Design District (HWDD) will launch its inaugural “First Friday” event, featuring evening hours and unique offerings by local stores and studios including lively art, striking design, and must-have new products.  Stores and studios will be open from 5 to 8 pm.  Some locations will offer drinks, light fare, and even live music! Stroll Green Bay Rd. and explore the art, jewelry, fashion, textiles, furniture, home decor and interior design of Hubbards Woods, nestled in the heart of Winnetka. For more info, click here.


The Woman’s Club of Evanston Revue, “Reading Between the Lines”
Mar. 3 & 4: 8 – 9:30 pm (Additional days: Mar. 9-11)
Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston 

The Woman’s Club of Evanston has been making people laugh for a good cause for over sixty years in their annual Benefit Show. This year’s 66th Revue is no exception. Members of The Woman’s Club of Evanston and this year’s beneficiary, Literature for All of Us, write, direct, choreograph, and perform an entertaining variety show to benefit this important local non-profit. The cast performs parodies of popular songs that feature a variety of subjects ranging from literature to social media and other current topics. Tickets: $35 - $40. To purchase, click here.


Dimensional Card Making
Mar. 4: 11 am – 1 pm
Paper Source, 490 Central Ave., Highland Park 

Take card making to the next level with the 3-in-1 Evolution Crafting Tool. Find out how easy it is to emboss, die-cut and letterpress with a simple turn of the handle. Discover the possibilities when you use multiple applications to create four cards, a tag and a dimensional tissue flower adornment. Add depth to your creations with some of our other DIY favorites including washi tape, stamping and new gold alphabet stickers. A 10% off coupon will be provided with the class. Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat. Cost: $28. To register, click here.


Doug James and Friends
Mar. 4: 9:30 pm – 2 am
Norton’s Restaurant, 1905 Sheridan Ave., Highland Park 

Let the good times roll at this post Fat Tuesday Mardis Gras Party! Doug James and a Tour de Force of Chicago based musicians play their original brand of American Hip-Shakin’ Music. It’s High Energy Roots with sounds that stir together meaty grooves, funky dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, gospel harmonies, with a rock and roll attitude and cheeky humor. Music from contemporary bands like Tommy Castro, Vintage Trouble, Jon Cleary, Ray La Montagne and JJ Grey and Mofro to classic artists like The Meters, The Neville Bros. and Little Feat! For more info, call 847-432-3287.


2nd Annual East Wing Mah Jongg Tournament
Mar. 5: 10:30 am – 3 pm
East Wing Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 


Start the day at 10:30 a.m. with registration and brunch.  Sign up as a foursome for your chance to win one of the amazing raffle prizes. You don’t have to be a member to play! The registration fee is $35 per person and includes brunch and the tournament. For more info, call Janet Steinberg at 224-521-2582.


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