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College's 11 arts-related events in March span from concerts to a Shakespearean classic comedy

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 17, 2020

From independent films to musical concerts and stage plays, the College of Lake County presents 11 arts events open to the community this March. While some are free of charge and others have an admission fee, all events take place at the Grayslake Campus unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit For details and ticket information on events taking place in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, visit

Ongoing, from Feb. 27 to March 30: Exhibits from John Hattlestad, sculptor and Phillip Ross, photographer, Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. The opening reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. For details, visit

Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 7: The CLC Theatre department presents the classic Shakespearean comedy, “As You Like It.,” in the Studio Theatre on the following dates: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.; and a high-school matinee on Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 4: 11th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, 4-7 p.m., Multipurpose Room C106. For a minimum donation of $15 per bowl, plate or cup, select from more than 1,000 pieces of handmade pottery made by students studying ceramic art. Proceeds benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the CLC Share Market providing food for limited-income students.  

Thursday, March 5: Fifth Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival, 1-3 p.m., Room A011 Auditorium. More than 100 area military veterans will exhibit or perform their artistic or literary works. The event is presented by the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

Friday, March 6: International film “Transit” (Germany, 2018), 7 p.m., Room C105. In this sci-fi drama, a man attempting to escape occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed. This movie contains adult content and is not suitable for children. Admission is free.

Saturday, March 7: Masterclass with saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro, noon, Room P101. Tomaro (pictured) is a former member and musical director of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He also has Photo of saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaroperformed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The class, free and open to the public, precedes Tomaro’s March 8 performance at CLC (see below).

Saturday, March 7: Grammy Award-Winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. South Africa’s legendary a capella singing group brings uplifting artistry and glorious harmonies.

Sunday, March 8: 43rd Annual Spring “Art of Jazz” Guest Artist Series Jazz Ensemble Concert, 4 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro will perform with the CLC Jazz Ensembles. He has performed with notables including Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis and Linda Ronstadt.

Sunday, March 15: Wind Ensemble Concert, 4 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. The 50-member Wind Ensemble, composed of CLC students and community members, is conducted by Dr. Michael Flack. The concert will include selections from both classical and contemporary composers.

Tuesday, March 17: Switchback, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. With a mix of mandolin, guitar, bass and masterful harmonies, Switchback is the virtuosic, award-winning duo of Brian Fitzgerald and Martin McCormack. They create a musical distillation that rings Irish with a slight bluegrass resonance, reflecting both their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. 

Saturday, March 28: The United States Army Field Band, 7 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. The 19-member ensemble will perform their tribute, “The Greatest Generation,” honoring World War II servicemen and servicewomen while also paying homage to the uniforms worn during that era.


About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.