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Stephen Sondheim wrote 'Assassins' which SouthlAreTheatre Ensemble will stage Feb. 1-2 Center for Performing Arts Governors State University University Park.

Stephen Sondheim wrote "Assassins," which the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble will stage on Feb. 1-2 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park. | AP file photo

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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:02AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Southland Area Theatre Ensemble’s “Assassins” at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park and exhibits at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.

‘Assassins’

Southland Area Theatre Ensemble will stage this show at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park.

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is a bold, original, thought-provoking, and alarmingly funny production about nine people who assassinated or tried to assassinate the U.S. president,” officials said.

“The winner of five Tony awards, ‘Assassins’ will leave you speechless, entertained and asking yourself what it means to be an American.”

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors and students.

Information: slatetheatre.org, centertickets.net, (708) 235-2222.

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The Second City

Although this 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 show is sold out, one can call (708) 974-5500 to be added to a wait list for “The Second City: Laughing Matters” at Moraine Valley Community College’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.

“With economic uncertainty, political gridlock and the Kardashians clogging up our televisions, laughing has never mattered more and the Second City is here to bring some well-needed silliness and hilarious spontaneity to a world in need of some comic relief,” officials said.

“ ‘The Second City: Laughing Matters’ puts comedy first in a wickedly funny revue that skewers and celebrates in equal doses.”

Information: morainevalley.edu/fpac.

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Union Street Gallery

Exhibits on display at 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, include “Michael Goro: Urban Myths” to Feb. 16.

“Union Street Gallery presents 25 of Michael Goro’s incredibly detailed, large-scale intaglio prints including new works that have never been shown before and images from preparatory stages of his printmaking process,” officials said.

“USG provides many supplemental explanations of techniques, interviews with Michael in which he talks about his subjects and printing routines, and reviews of his works from various other exhibits that should add to an appreciation for his skill and creative vision.

“Michael is a contemporary artist and educator who has been widely recognized as a master printmaker. His engravings and etchings have been exhibited in Europe and Asia as well as all over the United States, and he has won prestigious awards.

“His dense, content-filled engravings and etchings often combine architectural or urban images with figurative references, juxtaposing historical and contemporary content.”

“Josh Bindewald & Christopher Cannon: Upgrade & Breakdown” also is on display to Feb. 16.

“Union Street Gallery presents an exhibit of printmaking and mixed media art that addresses humankind’s propensity to upgrade and break down the world around us,” officials said.

“Employing diverse and dense printmaking techniques and using graphic imagery of hard edges and stripped landscapes, Bindewald and Cannon explore our dependence on technology, our habitual accretion and excavation of our environment, and the social and physical consequences.”

Information: (708) 754-2601, unionstreetgallery.org.

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MORE CROWD PLEASERS

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 “focus: Hito Steyerl” to Jan. 27, “The Floating World Emerges: Selections from the Clarence Buckingham Collection, Part I” to Jan. 27, “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” to Feb. 24, “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 every weekday to Feb. 13.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 790-9447 (Barbara Leahy Edwards): “Just Blues,” a monthly exhibit of all things blue, will be on display in January. Featured items will include paintings, woodwork, ceramics and jewelry. *** The “Triumphant Spirits” exhibit will be on display through Jan. 31. The work of Barbara Leahy Edwards will be featured.

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. Jan. 25 is slated to feature comedians Jim McHugh and Tiffany Ellen with music by Bernie Glim and Country Roads. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $40 for a dinner buffet package. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Maija DiGiorgio will perform two shows each on Jan. 25-26.

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.” *** Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Discount Days including Jan. 28-31 with proof of residency.

THE FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-9410: Exhibits include “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” to Feb. 3. “Images of the Afterlife” to June 9 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” to June 16. *** Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary basic admission during Discount Days including Jan. 28 and 30.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit” to Feb. 18, “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.” *** The Omnimax Theater is showing “Born To Be Wild” through March 1. *** Illinois residents receive free general admission on dates including Jan. 25 and 28-31.

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 Jan. 28-29.

THEATER

“CROSSING DELANCEY:” Palos South Middle School’s Little Theater, 131st Street and 82nd Avenue, Palos Park, (877) 787-8497. The Palos Village Players will present the first play of its 2013 season, “Crossing Delancey” by Susan Sandler, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2 plus a 2:30 p.m. performance on Jan. 27 at Hackney’s Restaurant, 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Park.

“Crossing Delancey” is the story of Isabelle, played by Dana Grube from Chicago Ridge, a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a bookshop.

When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her doting grandmother Bubbie (Kristi Ansinn, of Mokena).

Granny and her matchmaker friend, played by Julie Zebleckis from Bolingbrook, introduce the woman to Sam, the local pickle merchant (Jacob Feliciano, of Tinley Park).

The romance blossoms despite the clash of traditional values vs. modern times.

Sam’s buddy Tyler is played by Shawn Hall, of Chicago.

The play is directed by Ken Evans, of Oak Forest, and he is assisted by Peg Crawford, of Palos Heights.

The producer is Steve Bell, of Evergreen Park.

Tickets for the performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. There is also a $25 theater-lunch combination available for the Jan. 27 performance at Hackney’s. Reservations for this matinee special is with Hackney’s at (708) 448-8300.

Information: palosvillageplayers.com.

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VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “SOMEWHERE BETWEEN”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Not rated, the movie runs for 1 hour and 28 minutes. Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

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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