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Ann Smies (from left) Homewood; Tim Mercer Chicago Heights; Robert Hindsley Homewood star St. Andrew Players' 'All I Really Need

Ann Smies (from left), of Homewood; Tim Mercer, of Chicago Heights; and Robert Hindsley, of Homewood, star in St. Andrew Players' "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" from May 10-12 in Homewood.

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Updated: June 11, 2013 6:02AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include St. Andrew Players’ “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” in Homewood.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Picasso and Chicago” is on display to May 12.

Other exhibits include “Irving Penn: Underfoot” to May 12, “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12, and “Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art” to Nov. 27, 2015.

Admission is free to Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays.

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER’S ATRIUM GALLERY: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “Andros: Paintings by Timothy R. Collins” will be displayed to May 26. The exhibit is a series of paintings based on Andros Island, Bahamas, where the artist worked from August 2011 to June.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: “MVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition” will be exhibited to May 18.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Rediscovering Chicago Heights,” a two-part photography exhibit, will be on display to May 11. The second floor will feature pictures by citizen photographers who captured the meaning, beauty and culture in Chicago Heights. The first floor will feature photos of Chicago Heights by professional photographers Alonso Balderas and Joe Compean.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Mike Toomey will perform on May 10-11.

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 “Images of the Afterlife” to June 9, “Living with Wolves” to July 7, “Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” to Sept. 8 and “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence”to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: “Animal Inside Out” recently debuted and will run through Sept. 2.

Other exhibits include “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.”

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: 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

THE MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY’S “THE PAJAMA GAME”: 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, (847) 579-4900: Patrick Byrnes, a native of Chicago’s Beverly community, will perform in this show at 8 p.m. May 10-11 and 2 p.m. May 12. He will be acting among the ensemble in this rendition of the classic musical.

Tickets are $32 for students and seniors and $40 for the general public.

PALOS VILLAGE PLAYERS’S “ONE O’CLOCK FROM THE HOUSE”: Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St. in Palos Park, (877) 787-8497): This comedy by Frank Vickery will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 10-11.

The show revolves around the funeral of an elderly father, which is not usually an occasion for hilarity. However, the family concerned is not the average mourning group of relatives. This family numbers among it members a cook (Gary Felicetti, of Orland Park) who bakes almond-less almond cakes, another (Jim Sharp, of Orland Park) who’s convinced his shopping trolley is really a clever dog called Rover, and a sister (Peg Crawford, of Palos Heights) who’s a happy inmate of a psychiatric home.

Under the circumstances hilarity is the name of the game. Add to this the fact that there is a posthumous joke played by the deceased on his daughters. Obviously the group is not what might be termed a close-knit family. Thus, the scene is set for this comedy of personalities and situations.

The cast also includes Mike Walsh (Frankfort), Terry Griffin (Lemont), Joyce Eddy and Annie Hurney (Palos Heights), Lori Nussle (Palos Park), Bob Szczepanski (Orland Park), Bruce Fredrick (Tinley Park), Jacqueline Ashcraft (Shorewood) and Nancy Martin (Willowbrook.) The play is directed by David Groebe, of Lemont, and he is assisted by Orland Park actress Mary Tuminello.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.

ST. ANDREW PLAYERS’ “ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN”: St. Andrew United Methodist Church , 18850 Riegel Road, Homewood, (708) 798-8904: This intimate musical based upon the work of Robert Fulghum and adapted by Ernest Zulia with music and lyrics by David Caldwell will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 10-11 and 2 p.m. May 12.

Known for many years for madrigal dinner theatricals, St. Andrew Players has grown into the small theater ensemble that mounted productions of the musical “Christmas Schooner” in 2010 and 2011.

“When a fellow director invited me to her production of ‘All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten’ at a theater in Wisconsin, I attended only out of respect for my friend,” said Mary Lee Hoganson, who is directing the current production.

“I expected either a children’s play or a slapstick evening of theater, but what I found was a funny and touching piece that I

immediately knew would be perfect for the St. Andrew Players.”

Taken from the pages of Robert Fulghum’s best-selling book by the same name, this play is not about kindergarten, nor is it for children. Instead, the musical is a compilation of life-affirming stories told by a small ensemble of mature actors.

Officials said the play is storytelling at its best, covering a range of situations and observations out of everyday life — examining the core of people’s existence and beliefs with a wry sense of humor.

What if we all remembered to “share everything, play fair and say we’re sorry when we hurt someone”? What if our world’s governments remembered to “always put things back the way they found them or clean up their own messes”?

An example of the play’s funny and inspirational scenes is “Larry Walters Flies,” the true story of a California truck driver who, after being denied a pilot license due to his poor eyesight, succeeded in flight by tying weather balloons to a lawn chair and shooting 15,000 feet into the air before floating into the airspace of Los Angeles International Airport.

Other vignettes deal with the joys and challenges of parenting, the love that endures into old age and accepting the responsibility for the well-being of others in the world.

The cast includes Tim and Irene Mercer, of Chicago Heights; Carl and Kathy Boyens, Dennis Carlson, Robert Hindsley, Russell Hoganson, Noel Patterson, Susan Poole and Ric and Ann Smies, all of Homewood; Wendy King of Park Forest; and Kay Paul of Crete.

Jane Hindsley, of Homewood, is musical director.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $11 at the door.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “CHASING ICE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. May 15. Rated PG-13, the movie runs for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center 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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