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Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' will be staged by SouthlAreTheatre Ensemble from Jan. 24-26 Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts University

Stephen Sondheim's "Company" will be staged by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble from Jan. 24-26 at Governors State University's the Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

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Updated: January 24, 2014 9:20AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Southland Area Theatre Ensemble’s staging of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” at Governors State University’s the Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

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.

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 to Jan. 28. Artists will exhibit work that represents the coldest time of the long winter.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE’S DOROTHEA THEIL GALLERY: 15800 S. State St., South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2445: The Art & Design Department of SSC presents an exhibition by Quentin Crockett celebrating African American Heritage Month. On display to Jan. 27, “Where Did All The Heroes Go” features oil paintings “reflecting on the essential necessary continued struggle of the black male in the new millennia to become everyday heroes leading their communities, families and humanity in the face of urban violence, class stereotypes and racial profiling,” said Crockett, a native of Chicago’s South Side and a graduate of both SSC and Governors State University in University Park.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “earth and sky” will be on display to 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 to 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.

CASTING CALL

THE MIDWEST MOTET SOCIETY: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 667 8th St., Chicago Heights, (708) 206-0380 (Midwest Motet Society): Auditions for this group’s spring concert cycle continue to March 4. All voice parts are welcome. The group is particularly looking for sopranos and baritones or basses. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor beginning on March 4. “Poetry and Music: Benjamin Britten, Randall Thompson and Vincent Persichetti: Settings of English Poets, Robert Frost and e e cummings,” the spring concert, is set for June 8. Audition appointments can be made via phone or at marie@midwestmotet.org.

THEATER ON THE MOVE’S “CINDERELLA”: Morgan Park Academy’s Baer Theater, 2153 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 239-2399 (Theater on the Move): Auditions for this classic musical will be from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 30. Men, women and children of all ages are being sought. Adult performers should be prepared to sing a short vocal selection. Children will be taught a short song at the audition. Shows dates are scheduled for April 5-6. Information: susan@theateronthemove.com.

PLAYING LIVE

CHICAGO SKYLINERS BIG BAND: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This concert will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets are $20, or $18 for center members.

TICKET ON-SALES

THE 2014 COUNTRY MEGATICKET: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 for this package, which features six country concerts: Brad Paisley on May 31, Rascal Flatts on June 14, Tim McGraw on June 27, Toby Keith on July 13, Jason Aldean on Aug. 9 and Miranda Lambert on Aug. 15. Tickets are $149.00-$749.

THEATER

THE SECOND CITY’S “HAPPILY EVER AFTER”: Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: Chicago’s legendary comedy theater presents its newest show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Dorothy Menker Theater. The show features some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from the troupe’s 53-year history.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S “COMPANY”: Governors State University’s the Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Southland Area Theatre Ensemble presents this winner of seven Tony Awards including best musical at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and 2 p.m. Jan. 26. The musical is about love and marriage. Tickets are $25.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “IN A WORLD”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 event. Rated R for language, this film runs for 1 hour and 33 minutes. Cost is $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

ITALIO’S FREE FOOD DAY: 15139 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park , (708) 403-5555: Billed as an affordable, quick-service Italian concept, Italio will open Jan. 28 as the first out-of-state fast-casual restaurant for the Florida-based group that offers a deli-style layout encouraging guests to mix and match proteins, fresh vegetables and Italian ingredients. From 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m., guests will receive one complimentary entree: a signature Piadina (Italian-style wrap), pasta bowl (whole wheat or traditional) or salad bowl. Guests can customize each dish with seven proteins including steak and all-natural chicken, more than 20 fresh vegetables and house-made pestos and sauces such as bruschetta and basil pomodoro, gratis. Information: italiokitchen.com.

ORLAND PARK’S CHILLY WILLIE CHILI CHALLENGE: Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Ave., (708) 403-7275 (Orland Park Recreation Department): The village hosts this event, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the Chili Appreciation Society on Jan. 25. All chili must be cooked on-site. Public tasting begins at 2 p.m. and continues until the chili runs out. All-you-can-eat tasting cups will be available for $5 each with proceeds benefiting the Orland Park Theatre Troupe. The winner of the ICS competition in Orland Park will qualify to compete in the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff. The top winners in the CASI competition receive points to add to their totals qualifying cooks for the national competition in Terlingua, Texas. Cost is $20 for ICS members and $40 for nonmembers.

Crowd Pleasers listings may be sent to jvirtusio@southtownstar.com with “Events” in the subject line.

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



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