THROUGH MAY 21
Simply Spring: The Butterfly Exhibit
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
1354 N. 2nd St. Rockford
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Monday
Resident/Non-resident: $6/$8 adults plus other discounts available
Experience the magical world of butterflies by vis-iting a special butterfly house where you will be surrounded by live butterflies exploring a tropical envi-ronment. Information: (815) 987-8858
Spring Fling Used Book Sale
Cherry Valley Public Library
755 E. State St., Cherry Valley
daily. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
The Friends of the Library’s sale features books, magazines, and DVDs. The book sale is open during regular library hours. Half Price sale runs from May 15-19 and the $2/bag sale is on May 20-21. Information: (815) 332-5161 or visit www.cherryvalleylib.org.
THROUGH MAY 27
10th Annual Vintage Art Sale
201 7th St., Rockford
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment
The sale includes a wide variety of premium artwork, including prints, oils, water colors, posters, knickknacks, and sculpture. All proceeds from the Vintage Art Sale benefit Rockford Urban Ministries, an outreach of 25 area congregations working in the city. Infor-mation: (815) 964-7111.
THROUGH MAY 29
RAM Exhibition: The Others
Rockford Art Museum
711 N. Main St., Rockford
10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily
$7 adults, $3 students/seniors, free for members and children under 12
The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world. Information: (815) 968-2787.
Whistling in the Dark – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Artists’ Ensemble Theater
5050 E. State St., Rock-ford University, Clark Arts Center, Rockford
7:30 pm. Thursdays, 8 pm. Fridays, 4 and 8 pm. Saturdays, 2 pm. Sundays
$30 full price, $28 for seniors, $10 for students, discount Thursday $19
Dr. Watson relates the tale of Holmes’ most baffling case in this world premiere comedy/mystery about the world’s great-est consulting detective. Information: (815) 394-5004.
MAY 13-OCT. 28
North End City Market
Intersection of North Main and Auburn Streets, Rockford
weekly on Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The market is full of fresh, local products and food and will be a nice place for the community to gather to shop, eat, and socialize. Information: (815) 977-5124.
Broadway at the Coronado – RENT
Coronado Performing Arts Center
314 N. Main St., Rockford
Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across gen-erations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning masterpiece re-turns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Information: (815) 968-0595.
Spotlight Youth Theater Presents Bye Bye Birdie
Hononegah Performing Arts Center
307 Salem St., Rockton
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
It’s the late 1950s, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Information: (847) 516-2298.
MAY 19-SEPT. 29
Rockford City Market
Water Street at East State Street, Rockford
weekly on Fridays, 3:30-8:30 p.m.
The market is an open air public market featuring locally grown and made items includ-ing vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, flowers, herbs, baked goods, artisans, prepared food, local beer and wine. There is weekly live entertainment in two areas, kids’ activities, and cooking demos. Information: (815) 988-2825.