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Crowd Pleasers for March 15, 2013

Noah Uhlenbrauck Michelle Guiliani are part DramGroup Children's Theatre's producti'The Adventures Pinocchio' Chicago Heights.

Noah Uhlenbrauck and Michelle Guiliani are part of the Drama Group Children's Theatre's production of "The Adventures of Pinocchio" in Chicago Heights.

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Updated: April 16, 2013 3:05PM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include the Drama Group Children’s Theatre’s production of “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in Chicago Heights.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art” is on display to Nov. 27, 2015.

Other exhibits include “Material Translations: Japanese Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago” to April 7, “Irving Penn: Underfoot” to May 12, and “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12.

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: The 29th annual “High School Art Exhibition” will be on display to March 20 on weekdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. March 15.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE’S LEE E. DULGAR GALLERY: 15800 S. State St., South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300 (Eric Tucker): SSC’s Art & Design Department will present an exhibition entitled “The Modular Variations” to March 22. An artist reception will take place at noon March 20.

The free exhibit was designed and constructed by Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting, directors of 22 design studio and gallery in Berwyn.

The gallery is on the first floor near the Atrium and is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. SSC’s galleries, which are supported in part by the SSC Foundation, are closed on weekends and holidays.

TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: “Luise Renner Retrospective” will be on display to March 31. The exhibit was curated by Richard Schmidt with assistance from Richard Renner.

The free exhibit features the two-dimensional and 3-D works of the namesake artist and illustrator who frequently exhibited in galleries in the Chicago area and southern suburbs. She died in December 2009 at the age of 63 and left behind a large body of work.

Officials said this is the first time some of her works have been exhibited. “Luise Renner Retrospective” is dedicated to her memory and presented in homage to her.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Mad World,” a national juried exhibit, will be on display to April 6. The show’s juror is Natalie Domchenko, director of the Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago.

The 34 exhibiting artists hail from 11 different states and include Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Matther Coglianese, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen DePirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson, Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, Leon Sarantos, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios Zemenides, and John Zilewicz.

COMEDY

CD& ME’S LAUGH THE NIGHT AWAY: 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: This comedy and concert series takes place weekly through April 26 on select dates at 8 p.m. with music usually starting at 9:30 p.m. except on April 6.

March 15 is slated to feature the Shamrockin Show featuring comedians Tim Walkoe and Mike Maxwell with music by Johnny and Coax. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Mark Simmons will perform March 15-16.

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 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” to June 16.

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: 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.

Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission on Discount Days including March 18-19.

PLAYING LIVE

CHERISH THE LADIES: Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, (815) 534-3004: This performance will take place at 3 p.m. March 16.

“Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with an afternoon of step dancing and lively music as Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 brings Cherish the Ladies, one of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world,” officials said.

Joining the group will be Irish American folk singer Cathie Ryan who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as having “one of the leading voices in Celtic music.” The Irish-American News named her female vocalist of the decade.

Also performing will be several dancers including Jason Oremus, principal dancer for “Riverdance”; Declan Mchale, four-time world champion; Michael Boyle; Meghan Lucey, national champion and “Riverdance” alumni; and Garrett Coleman, two-time world champion.

“The special guests will join Cherish the Ladies to deliver an engaging performance brimming with spirit, precision, soul and a healthy dose of wit,” officials said.

“Cherish the Ladies is one of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world,” said Denise Adducci, the performing arts coordinator for District 210.

“The six women combine all the facets of Irish traditional culture with their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing.”

The Celtic band has shared a stage with the best in the world including Emmy Lou Harris, James Taylor and Joan Baez, and were chosen to pay tribute to Bob Dylan.

Group leader Joanie Madden has performed on more than 100 albums including three Grammy-winning records running the gamut from Pete Seeger to Sinead O’Connor.

Musicians include Madden on flute, Mary Coogan on guitar, Mirella Murray on accordion, Grainne Murphy on fiddle and Kathleen Boyle on piano.

“Their pure love of music jumps off the stage and into the hearts of the audience,” Adducci said.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens and $25 for adults, and are available with a credit card via phone or at the box office on show day.

Information: lw210.org/spotlightseries.

CHICAGO REEL: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: The venue’s annual St. Patrick’s concert on March 16 will feature this Irish group from Chicago.

“Chicago Reel brings Chicago’s finest musicians together for a refreshing take on traditional Irish music,” officials said. “Fiddle, banjo and button box combine with piano to perform a wide repertoire of reels and jigs, old and new, energetic and full of spirit. Their songs, rooted in the old-style Sean-nos tradition, tell haunting stories of forsaken love and tales of emigration filled with hope for a new life.

“Band members Rose Duffy, Jonathon Whitall, Pauline Conneely, Dennis O’Sullivan and Jerry Carey will have you clapping and jigging.”

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 7.30 p.m. Admission is $15, and tickets can be purchased in advance.

Also, the Cross Keys School of Irish Dance will perform an exhibition of Irish step dancing.

Information: chicagogaelicpark.org.

PADDY HOMAN: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This performance will take place at 2 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $16 for center members, $18 in advance for nonmembers or $20 at the door.

“Hailing from County Cork, Paddy Homan isn’t just Irish tenor, he’s a born entertainer, elevating traditional Irish songs to new heights,” officials said.

“With his quick-witted, Cork humor and warm spontaneity, Paddy welcomes audiences to share a unique Irish experience.”

ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: A traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon will be served March 16. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

There will be music and dancing until 3 p.m. Admission is $25.

The hot lunch also will include soup, salad, dessert and tea or coffee.

Live entertainment will be provided by local favorites 3 Men in Kilts. Also, the Cross Keys School of Irish Dance will perform an exhibition of Irish step dancing.

Reservations are required for the luncheon.

Information: chicagogaelicpark.org.

THEATER

THE DRAMA GROUP CHILDREN’S THEATRE’S “THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO”: 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: Directed by Charlie Misovye, this show will be staged at 9:30 a.m. and noon March 20-22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 23 and 1 p.m. March 24.

“See the puppet who longs to be a ‘real’ boy in his many adventures,” officials said. “His conscience is ever present to remind him to ‘always tell the truth.’ Good deeds and unconditional love are rewarded in the end.”

The Drama Group Children’s Theatre produces two one-hour, attention-span-friendly children’s shows each season in November and March.

“These productions are great for schools, day care centers, Brownie troops, etc.,” officials said.

A meet and greet with the characters takes place after each show, and attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door for adults, ages 65 and older and students with identification. Groups of 25 or more can purchased tickets for $5 each.

Information: dramagroup.org.

LA RONDE PROJECT: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, (773) 327-5252: Kaitlin Fleharty, who spent the majority of her life in the Oak Lawn area and is a Richards High School alum, will perform in “The Blue Room,” which opens March 14 and is David Hare’s 1998 adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” This play runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays to April 14.

This production is part of La Ronde Project, a take on the racy, famously banned early 1900’s play “La Ronde” (opening March 13) that deals with sexual morality and class ideology.

Tickets are $28 for each La Ronde Project production or $60 if all three plays are purchased. Tickets to Improvised Musical La Ronde are $10.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE IMPOSSIBLE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. March 20.

Rated PG-13, the movie runs for 1 hour and 54 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

IRELAND ON PARADE: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This exhibition of the music and dance of Ireland will continue celebrating its 46th anniversary. Credit goes to the creator of Ireland on Parade, Martin Fahey, for continuing this St. Patrick’s season tradition for all these years.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. Entertainment will run from 6-9 p.m. and a hot food buffet will be available for purchase each night.

As in the past, the Irish Musicians and Sean O’Donnell will be performing.

Ireland on Parade will conclude on March 15, beginning with Mulhern School of Irish Dancing and ending with a show by Cross Keys School of Irish Dancing.

Information: chicagogaelicpark.org.

KID’S EXPO: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., (815) 806-8844 (Family Time Magazine): This event will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. There will be new attractions and gift bags for the first 3,000 people.

Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and younger and free for ages 65 and older and military people with identification. An admission coupon is available at familytimemagazine.com.

RECORD COLLECTORS CONVENTION: Georgios Comfort Inn & Conference Centre, 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, (773) 585-6254: This March 16 event will feature more than 40 tables focusing on music issues from the 1950s-1990s.

Also, there will be thousands of albums and 45s, original magazines, books, posters, cassettes and memorabilia.

This show will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission is $3 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

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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