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Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 10, 2014

This encaustic painting by Dan AddingtChicago is part 'FUSED' UniStreet Gallery Chicago Heights.

This encaustic painting by Dan Addington, of Chicago, is part of "FUSED" at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.

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Updated: February 11, 2014 6:03AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include new exhibits at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Exhibits include “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.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: Carrie Ann Schumacher’s “All the Stories She Was Ever Told” is on display to Feb. 7. The show was inspired by a box of free romance novels. A reception is set for 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11 with an artists’ talk at 3 p.m.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3500: “Convergence” will be on display to Jan. 30. The exhibit, which features works by PSC faculty, highlights the sabbatical work of professor Paul Rinaldi and work by George Kassal, Lou Shields, Rebecca Slagel, Jeff Stevenson, Valerie Taglieri and Tim Vitek. There will be a reception from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 30.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 833-5108 or (708) 703-7806: “Cold Snap” will be on display from Jan. 10-28. Artists will exhibit work that represents the coldest time of the long winter. A free reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 10 with live music by Steve Lydell and refreshments.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “earth and sky” will be on display from Jan. 15-Feb. 8. Artists Eve Jensen, Oscar Linares, Chuck Michaels, Stuart Pearson, Richard Schmidt and Marikay Peter Witlock interpret nature’s beauty, mystery and majesty in this exhibit. “FUSED” also will be on display from Jan. 15-Feb. 8 and features encaustic art by select members of FUSEDChicago. Exhibiting artists include Dan Addington, Sue Cahill, Cat Crotchett, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Shelley Gilchrist, Kari Hall, Carol Hamilton, Brad Hook, Nikkole Huss, Katsy Johnson, Mary Krebs Smyth, Laura LaRue, Jenny Learner, Ahavani Mullen, April Nomellini, VA. de Pintor, Julia Ris, Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg, Michele Thrane, Kathleen Waterloo and Donna Zarbin-Byrne.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: Exhibits include “Cosmic Wonder,” “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 “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” to Sept. 7 and “Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior” to Sept. 28.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: 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 “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and the Polar Play Zone. Attractions include the Shedd’s aquatic show.

PLAYING LIVE

CHARLESTON’S BAR & GRILL: 2101 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox, (815) 462-2000: This venue has gone country. Charleston’s western bar will open with country rock band Brother John at 9 p.m. Jan. 10. The group just released a new album and has opened for REO Speedwagon. Also, Mason Rivers returns to the venue on Jan. 11. This group is spending its members’ free time in the studio and is gearing up to release the band’s second original CD in June.

LWC JAZZ FESTIVAL: Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, (815) 462-2301: The jazz trumpet quartet Four Other Brothers will be the featured 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11 performance at this seventh annual fest, which will include 21 group performances. Four Other Brothers features four skilled jazz trumpet players performing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington and more. The members are all Illinois university professors and perform with a three-piece rhythm section (bass, piano and drums). The show is a mix of standards as well as period pieces featuring the styles of past jazz icons. In addition to all four Lincoln-Way high school jazz ensembles, the festival also will include performances from Providence Catholic, Sandburg, Crown Point, Liberty Junior and Summit Hill Junior high schools. All-day admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

VARIETY

BAC TO BROADWAY: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This benefit cabaret set for 7:30-10 p.m. Jan. 11 will feature favorite Broadway songs sung by professional actors who have graced the center’s stage as well as instructors and friends. All proceeds will go to the BAC Professional Theater Series. The evening will feature libations. Tickets are $20.

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series resumes with this 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 event. Rated R for nudity, this film runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Cost is $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

MUSHER MANIA: Monee Reservoir, on Ridgeland Avenue south of Pauling Road, (708) 534-8499: This free event for all ages is from noon-4 p.m. Jan. 11. The 20th anniversary celebration of this event is presented in partnership with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago. There will be a presentation about the Siberian husky breed, the Iditarod dogsled race and mushing skills and a chance to watch sled dog teams in action. There also will be a “human mushing” activity and snowshoe races. Attendees can take a photo with a sled dog and roast marshmallows by a campfire.

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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