Come for Dinner, Stay for Music. Cloud of Shame performs Sat., Mar. 5, 8:30 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western. Reservations: horsethiefbrewing.com.
Tasting Tuesdays. Welcome spring with ideas for entertaining! Try out a new mixer every Tuesday in March, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beverly Dry Goods, 9915 S. Walden Pkwy.
Pre-Parade Sneak Preview. Criu De Sheela hosts a family-friendly pre-parade party, Sat., Mar. 12, 12 to 4 p.m., with live entertainment, a baked potato bar, kids’ games, and a sneak peek at the Crui De Sheela costumes for their debut march in the South Side Irish Parade the next day. $10 per person. Find info and link to register on Facebook, search Crui De Sheela.
Live Music Thursday. Army of Juan and special guest Armando Perez perform Thurs., Mar. 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Unidad, 3339 W. 95th St. $8 cocktail-of-the-day. Reservations: email@example.com.
‘Next to Normal.’ This Pulitzer Prize-winning play with an amazing rock score explores what it means to be a “normal” family. Performances Fri., Mar. 18 and Sat., Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Mar. 20, 2 p.m. $30. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. www.beverlyartcenter.org.
HAVANA. The closing reception for photographer/musician/writer Preston Thomas’s evocative exhibit is Sat., Mar. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., Two Mile Coffee Bar, 9907 S. Walden Pkwy. FYI: Photographs currently on display at Two Mile are 50% off; learn more at prestonthomas.net.
The Word on 103rd. Enjoy a fun night of true story-telling by Brian Sweeney, Frank Labaty, John Papara, Maureen Scheyler, and Cameren R-M, Sat., Mar. 26, 7 p.m., Made Artisan Collaborative, 1802 W. 103rd St. BYOB and cheese encouraged. $10 suggested donation.