Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21: A Dominican student, Deanna Foley, holds up a mirror and a few lightbulbs as she directs the latest production in the university’s theater arts lab series: The Black Box Experiment: Women and the Body. Foley directs two one-act plays that take witty looks at women’s notions of beauty: Tina Howe’s Appearances and Madeleine George’s The Most Massive Woman Wins. In the first play, a determined shopper and a persnickety saleswoman fuss over the search, and fittings, for an evening dress. In the second play, four women in a plastic surgeon’s waiting room dish about pre-op liposuction. The show starts each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $5, are available at www.dom.edu/pac. The performances will be in Martin Recital Hall at Dominican’s Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division, in River Forest.
Saturday, March 21: The Chicago blues legend Billboard magazine calls “a piano and harmonica virtuoso of remarkable invention and wit’ will be in Oak Park for a one-night-only show this weekend. Village Players is hosting Corky Siegel at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Usually on the road with his Chamber Blues band, the artist known for tiptoeing the fine line between Beethoven and B.B. King will be performing solo here. Tickets are $20-$25. To reserve seats, go to www.village-players.org or call 866-764-1010. Village Players Performing Arts Center is at 1010 Madison.
Sunday, March 22: Can you really miss an entertainer described as David Bowie with flashes of Dr. Seuss, Monty Python and Shel Silverstein? Fear not: Thaddeus Rex will be as close as North Avenue this Sunday afternoon. Wonder Works, the children’s museum in Oak Park, has the award-winning PBS kid’s show veteran booked for a concert called Read Like a Rock Star. Since leaving PBS’s The Friday Zone half a decade ago, Rex has gone solo and earned awards and ovations for firing up kids and their families to read and write. The concert is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Wonder Works members and $10 for others. There’s no admission fee for children 1 and younger. To reserve seats, call 383-4815. Wonder Works is at 6445 W. North Ave. For details about the museum, go to www.wonder-works.org. For more about Rex, go to www.thaddeusrex.com.