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Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 31, 2014

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Blue Island-area actress Robin DaSilva (from left), Donterrio Johnson, Sharriese Hamilton, Lina Wass and Lorenzo Rush star in Porchlight Music Theatre's "Ain't Misbehavin' " from Feb. 1-March 9 at Stage 773 in Chicago. | Brandon Dahlquist photo

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Updated: March 3, 2014 2:49PM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Blue Island-area actress Robin DaSilva in Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” in Chicago.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Admission is free for Illinois residents on weekdays to Feb. 12. Recently opened exhibits include “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness,” which runs to May 18; “Hiroshige’s Winter Scenes,” which continues to March 20; and “The Year of the Horse,” which continues to April 6. Admission also 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.

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.

COMEDY

NO LIMIT LAUGHS WITH THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV: Old Village Hall, 14413 Beacon Ave., Orland Park, (708) 403-6100: Improvised comedy will be performed from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 31 for ages 18 and older. Tickets are $6 at the door.

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: Free admission for ages 3-11 can be obtained on-site in February at the ticket counter. Up to four free child tickets are allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. 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.”

1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd., (708) 481-4252 (Jane Nicoll) or (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans): The museum is decorated in February with vintage valentines and decorations in the exhibit “Step Back Into a 1950s Valentine’s Day.” Donation: is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

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

HEARTSFIELD: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This concert is at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Tickets are $16, or $14 for center members.

DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This concert is at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7. Tickets are $45, or $41 for center members for each show.

THE MERRY PLOUGHBOYS: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This group from Dublin, Ireland, will perform Irish rebel songs, ballads and more at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. doors) Feb. 1. Cost is $20.

PARTY CRASHERS: Sullivans Irish Pub & Eatery, 4660 147th St., Midlothian, (708) 385-9200: This band performs at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA: TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD: Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: This show is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Dorothy Menker Theater.

THEATER

PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE’S “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ ”: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, (773) 327-5252: Blue Island-area actress Robin DaSilva stars in this Black History Month presentation, which runs from Feb. 1-March 9. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Groups of 10 or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at (312) 423-6612 or grouptheatertix.com.

TICKET ON-SALES

FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE: 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 for this Aug. 8 Motley Crue The Final Tour show with Alice Cooper. Tickets are $25 for general-admission lawn or standing-room area, $25-$85 for second pavilion and $39.50-$125 for first pavilion. *** Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 for this June 20 concert featuring Bruno Mars’ Moonshine Jungle World Tour with Aloe Blaac. Tickets are $35.50-$131.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “AUSTENLAND”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Cost is $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

CINDERELLA’S BALL: Orland Park Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane, (708) 403-6100: This royal ball re-creation will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 with a disc jockey, dancing, a craft and light refreshment for ages 3 and older. Space is limited. Cost is $18 for residents and $23 for nonresidents.

SNOWSHOE UNDER THE STARS: ASTRONO-MONEE: Monee Reservoir, on Ridgeland Avenue south of Pauling Road, (708) 534-8499: This evening snowshoe hike will explore nature’s wonders of the season from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 for ages 10 and older. Fee is $3 per person. Registration by phone is required.

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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