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Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 4, 2013

Comedian Mike Toomey New Lenox will perform Jan. 4-5 Riddles Comedy Club Alsip.  |  File photo

Comedian Mike Toomey, of New Lenox, will perform Jan. 4-5 at Riddles Comedy Club in Alsip. | File photo

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Updated: January 3, 2013 4:48PM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Mike Toomey performing at Riddles Comedy Club in Alsip.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art recently opened. Exhibits include “Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper” through Jan. 13. *** Admission is free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of the month.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Mike Toomey will perform two shows each on Jan. 4-5.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: Exhibits include “The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time,” “Our Solar System,” “Collecting Memories: The Webster Story,” “Planet Explorers” for families with ages 3-8, “Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass,” and “Shoot for the Moon.”

THE FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-9410: Exhibits include “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” through Feb. 3; “Images of the Afterlife” through June 9 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” through June 16.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit,” “Smart Home: Green + Wired” through Jan. 6, “Science Storms,” “YOU! The Experience,” “The Great Train Story” and the Baby Chick Hatchery. There also are daily live science demonstrations like the chemistry show “Bangs, Flashes and Fire.” *** The Omnimax Theater is showing “Born To Be Wild” through March 1.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Visitors can stop by and see the baby beluga whale and the newest otter, Cayucos, a rescued pup from California. Cayucos joined five adult otters that are native to Alaskan waters. *** Exhibits include “Jellies,” which has been extended through 2013, “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and the Polar Play Zone. Attractions include the Shedd’s aquatic show.

THEATER

FILLET OF SOLO FESTIVAL: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, and Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, (773) 761-4477: Lifeline Theatre’s 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival will feature soloist storyteller Kristen Clifford, who grew up in Evergreen Park.

She has performed in TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival and the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, both of which occurred in 2012.

The festival will run through Jan. 20. Performance times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays at 4 p.m.

“As part of its 30th anniversary season, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to partner with a host of local performance groups in a vibrant celebration of Chicago’s long-lived storytelling and Live Lit scene,” officials said.

The festival also will feature the work of 2nd Story, enSOLO, GayCo, the kates, the Lifeline Storytelling Project, Stir Friday Night, Story Club, Sweat Girls, Tellin’ Tales Theatre (featuring Tekki Lomnicki), Write Club and You’re Being Ridiculous.

Amanda Rountree, Kim Morris and Eric Warner are among the solo performers booked for this event.

Tickets are $10 for single tickets and $30 for a festival pass (allows admission to any performance). Free parking is available with a shuttle.

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VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “SIDE BY SIDE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Not rated, the documentary runs for 1 hour and 39 minutes. Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

Crowd Pleasers listings may be sent to jvirtusio@southtownstar.com with “Events” in the subject line. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the desired Friday print date in order to be considered for publication.

More events can be found at the website for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, cscvb.com.



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