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Crowd Pleasers for March 3, 2011

‘THE LION IN WINTER’

The Stray Dog Theater Group will present the witty tragicomedy “The Lion In Winter” by James Goldman at 8 p.m. March 4 and 5, 2 p.m. March 6, 8 p.m. March 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. March 13 at the theater in Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 S. Greenwood Ave., Blue Island.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per senior citizen at (708) 841-7396.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Here is a look at upcoming events including the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier and an Irish Hooley luncheon at the Lexington House.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Exhibits include “The Challenge of American Style: Richard Morris Hunt and the American Renaissance” to May 15, “Contemporary Collecting: The Judith Neisser Collection” to May 22, and “American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White” to May. 15. *** Admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER GALLERY: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “Mindscapes: Audrius Plioplys” will be displayed to March 20.

CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-7844: “24 Maximum,” a regional juried exhibition of small works, is on display to March 9.

ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: Christie Nuell’s “Plots and Ploys: Laser Engravings” will be exhibited to March 10. A closing reception and artist talk is set for March 10.

MCCORD GALLERY & CULTURAL CENTER: 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, (708) 671-0648: “The Collage Collective” will be on display from March 4 to April 2.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART: 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, (312) 280-2660: Exhibits include “Urban China: Informal Cities” to April 3, “Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience” to May 1, “Interactions: A Four Month Series of Artist and Audience Activations” to May 1, and “MCA DNA: Thomas Ruff” to June 19. *** Admission is free on Tuesdays.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754 2601: “Words & Numbers,” a national juried exhibit, will be on display to April 2. A reception will take place March 4.

TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: This exhibit celebrating Women’s History Month will run to May 8. The title is based on the Chinese proverb: “Women hold up half the sky.”

THE VOGT VISUAL ARTS CENTER: 17420 S. 67th Court, Tinley Park, (708) 614-6503: The annual photography exhibit will be on display in March.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Ron Josol will perform March 3 to 5. *** Dinner-show packages are available with Jenny’s Steak House & Pub at (708) 229-2272. *** Allgaeur’s Restaurant & Spotlight Lounge also offers a dinner-comedy club package at (708) 272-4223.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: General admission is free on March 3 and 8 to 9. *** The space show “Journey to the Stars” launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in the night sky, including the nurturing sun.

BROOKFIELD ZOO: 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, (708) 688-8000: Billed as the largest exhibit built at the zoo, “Great Bear Wilderness” is home to iconic North American animals such as polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, bald eagles and bison. *** All active and reserve Armed Forces personnel receive free admission when they show their valid military identification cards.

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT NAVY PIER: 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 527-1000: “Mexico: Festival of Toys” will be on display to March 13. This exhibit showcases more than 600 one-of-a-kind toys on loan from Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City. *** Admission is free for Kraft Free Family Night on Thursday evenings. *** Admission is free for ages 15 and younger on Target Free First Sundays of the month.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, (312) 642-4600: Exhibits include “Abraham Lincoln,” “Lincoln’s Chicago” and “Facing Freedom.” *** Admission is free from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays.

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN OAK LAWN: 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, (708) 423-6709: “The Museum Doctor Is In” program will focus on nutrition.*** Exhibits include “Dream a Dream Theatre,” “Friendly Market and Cafe,” “Treemendous Tunes Treehouse,” “Camp Take-A-Break,” “Build It!,” “Safe Haven Animal Shelter,” “Air Maze,” “The Race is On!,” “Tummy Time,” “Health Quest,” “Water Adventure and Beachcomber Island,” and “Go Fly a Kite.”

THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, (773) 947-0600: Exhibits include “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” to March 6 and “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” to May 16.

THE FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (866) 343-5303: Exhibits include “The Horse,” which explores the relationship between horses and humans, to Aug. 14 and “Gold,” which focuses on one of the rarest and most prized minerals in the world, to March 6. *** Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Mondays of the month.

JOLIET AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, (815) 723-5201: “Bucket Brigades to Tactical Units: Joliet’s Fire & Police Departments” is on display to June 12. Attendees can discover how technology has improved on-the-job efficiency — from common situations to catastrophic emergencies — allowing Joliet’s namesake departments to better serve the public.

KIDSWORK CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 11 S. White St., Frankfort, (815) 469-1199: Exhibits include “Bone Zone,” where attendees can play and learn about nutrition, including how to develop happy and healthy bones, as well as meet Bart the skeleton. In “Scarecrow Family,” attendees can meet the Gardners, dress them up and take them on a hayride.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: “Black Creativity 2011: 40 Years of Black Creativity” will run to March 20. The retrospective exhibition features hands-on activities, photographs, memorabilia and video — celebrating 40 years of Black Creativity. *** “Science Storms” is billed as an unprecedented and dramatic permanent exhibit in the Allstate Court.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Exhibits include “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and “Polar Play Zone.”

THEATER

“AS YOU LIKE IT”: Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 595-5600: Gary Griffin directs this William Shakespeare play through March 6.

“GUYS AND DOLLS”: Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, (847) 634-0200: Park Forest native Matt Raftery is making his directorial debut for Marriott Theatre with this production, which he also choreographed. This show runs to March 27.

“HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK?”: Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, (847) 634-0200: The Children’s Theatre presents this show to April 27.

“MARY”: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, (312) 443-3800: This world-premiere Goodman commission will be staged to March 6.

MONTY PYTHON’S “SPAMALOT”: Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, (630) 530-0111: Billed as a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the regional premiere of this show runs to March 6.

“SHORT SHAKESPEARE! MACBETH”: Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 595-5600: This 75-minute abridged production, which is directed and adapted by David H. Bell, will run to March 5.

“SLEEPING BEAUTY”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: Chicago Kids Company presents this show to April 29.

“THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet, (815) 726-6600: This show will be staged on March 7.

“WORKING”: Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut Ave., Chicago, (800) 775-2000: This new musical, which runs to May 8, is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s own Studs Terkel.

VARIETY

CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 595-7437: This event will take place from March 5 to 13.

THE LEXINGTON HOUSE: 7719 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills, (708) 361-6067 (tickets): Paddy and Kathleen Gilhooly perform at an Irish Hooley luncheon for St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s days on March 6.

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 Thursday publication date in order to be considered.

‘THE LION IN WINTER’

The Stray Dog Theater Group will present the witty tragicomedy “The Lion In Winter” by James Goldman at 8 p.m. March 4 and 5, 2 p.m. March 6, 8 p.m. March 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. March 13 at the theater in Veterans Memorial Middle School, 12320 S. Greenwood Ave., Blue Island.

The show will be directed by Pamela Morgan, of Country Club Hills, assisted by Mark Dillon, of Oak Lawn.

The first production of “The Lion in Winter” opened on Broadway in 1966, but the popularity of the stage play soared when the motion picture with Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole came out in 1968. The movie won three Oscars including best actress for Hepburn.

The story is based on actual historical figures, but the actual events are embellished. The play opens on Christmas 1183, in Chinon, France.

King Henry II of England (Dennis Newport, of Chicago’s Beverly community) is discussing his plans for a successor to his throne, with his mistress Alais Capet (Kim Madison, of Tinley Park), sister to the king of France.

Henry’s estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Caroline Sexton, of Beverly), has been released from Henry’s custody for the holiday. She favors her son Richard the Lionheart (John Madison, of Tinley Park) as his heir, whom she also feels can win her freedom. Henry wants his son John (Matthew Walsh, of Orland Park).

The middle brother, Geoffrey (Tom Holste, of Riverdale), is also involved in political maneuvering, switching allegiances at a moment’s notice.

Also, the young King of France, Philip Capet (Brian Whitlock, of Chicago Ridge), arrives for a tense meeting with Henry.

Though all the characters left their marks in history, King Henry II and Eleanor were true history makers, who either ruled or held strong influence over land throughout Europe for more than 30 years.

The show’s technical staff includes Tony Carsella, of Blue Island, on set design and construction; Karl Kazawitch, of Oak Forest, on lighting and sound; and Joanne Musial, of Riverdale, on props and tickets.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per senior citizen at (708) 841-7396.



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