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Get Out: Music, Theater, Treats

Our weekend planner for things to do around Naperville.

Time to get out, take a break and just enjoy life.

 Maybe you will be seeing red this weekend since it is the color of the moment and almost Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are sure to be packed with diners looking to celebrate a little bit ahead of time. Here are a few options for things to do around Naperville this weekend.

Friday

The folks at are giving parents a break and a date night. From 6 to 9 p.m. parents can drop the kids off and spend some time alone. Maybe go out for an early Valentine’s dinner or just stay home and enjoy the silence. The kids will enjoy some pizza, games, crafts and a video.

If you are looking for a theater program purely for adults, then Spike Heels at may fit the bill. The students will be putting on the show, but this is not a program for children 16 and under because it deals with the very adult themes of gender, love triangles and power struggles. Leave the kids at home and enjoy a nicely priced play.

Maybe you have had enough drama this week and could use some soothing music to soothe the soul. Also at North Central College, Andreas Klein and the acclaimed Spanish string quartet Cuareto Casals will perform together to offer an unforgettable night of music.

Saturday

Looking for a valentine for your sweetie, whether human or a pooch? will host a fundraiser that will offer a variety of Valentine-themed cookies, cupcakes and chocolates along with jewelry and candles.

If you’d prefer to make your gift, the Morton Arboretum will offer a truffle-making class. Participants, working in small groups, will design, melt, chill, scoop and hand-roll truffles. Samples will go home with participants. Registration is required.

Enjoy the works of Sergei Prokofiev as the DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs a number of his works at Wentz Concert Hall. The Naperville Chorus and the North Central College Concert Choir, both under the direction of Jeordano Martinez, join the DSO for part of the performance.

 Enjoy a kind-of staycation at . The Hotel Arista and are offering a Valentine's weekend package that includes a hotel stay and dinner. The theme is the "Roaring 20s" and includes costume pearls for the ladies and a fedora for the gentlemen. The package includes an overnight stay at Hotel Arista, a themed dinner for two and sparkling wine.

Sunday

Up at North Central College the duo of Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael will perform a Valentine’s concert that will include pop standards, jazz hits, Broadway and Hollywood songs at a performance called "Reel Love: An Evening of Hollywood Romance."

Sweets and chocolates always come to mind for Valentine’s Day. A lecture on Chicago as the candymaking capital of the United States will be held at the . Actress and historian Leslie Goddard will explore why Chicago is such a popular location for candymakers.

Also on the North Central College campus, an International Festival will be held. The college's Office of International Programs will host its annual International Festival at Merner Fieldhouse, 450 S. Brainard St. Activities will include dance and musical performances, games and crafts, children's activities, language immersion rooms, cultural booths and more.

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