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Southland events to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2013

Indigo Jazz 5 will perform 'Music for Lovers' Feb. 9 Stony Creek Bar Grill Oak Lawn.

Indigo Jazz 5 will perform "Music for Lovers" on Feb. 9 at Stony Creek Bar and Grill in Oak Lawn.

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Updated: March 9, 2013 6:17AM



With Valentine’s Day falling on a Thursday this year, some Southlanders may celebrate the weekend before while others might make plans for Feb. 14.

For those who want to get a jump-start, here’s a look at area events to treat your valentine to something special.

Chicago

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER AUCTION: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: Rock fans may have their eye on the electric guitar. Daredevils could be raising their paddles for the zip line tour near Starved Rock.

Art lovers could be drawn to the private tour of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. The children could be hoping Mom and Dad get the Key Lime Cove adventure package. There are many items to bid on at the BAC Auction.

The 42nd annual benefit auction will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 when the venue is transformed into a circus for an evening of thrills (the live auction), chills (refreshing beverages) and thrills (live music by Railroad Gin).

The professional live auction will offer experience packages that include travel, entertainment, sports and cultural events and tours, and a variety of service packages. Attendees can expect the bidding to be competitive.

In addition to items listed above, packages include a Chicago White Sox Diamond Suite for 20 of one’s favorite fans, Closet Clean-Up and Lady’s Day Out Shopping including a designer coat from French designer Cop. Copine and a Girls Nite Out private party at the Blossom Boys.

The silent auction will offer a variety of dining, entertainment and service certificates; collectibles; furnishings; jewelry; art and more.

Included in the $50 ticket price is a buffet of savories and sweets prepared by area restaurants, entertainment and the chance to support the community’s art center.

Cash bars will serve a selection of cocktails, wine and beers including Stella Artois, the auction’s signature beer.

The Beverly Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the auction is the center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, planned and hosted by BAC Auxiliary volunteers.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit the center’s fine arts programming and education for all ages. Auction donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Business sponsors of the auction include the Ellie’s Cafe, Nicky’s Grill & Yogurt Oasis, Las Fuentes, Jive Turkey, the Bev Girls, the Beverly Area Planning Association, Solution 3 Graphics and Zip Chicago.

Information: beverlyartcenter.org.

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Frankfort

“THE ROMANCE OF DANCE”: Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, (815) 534-3004 or (815) 534-3240 (Denise Adducci): Part of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210’s Senior Series, this musical journey with vocalist Nancy Hays and her musical ensemble will be accompanied by what officials call a spectacular dance couple at 11 a.m. Feb. 13.

Tickets are $12. Information: lw210.org/seniorseries.

New Lenox

THE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS’ “CIRQUE ZIVA”: Lincoln-Way Central High School’s Performing Arts Center, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, (815) 534-3004: The third in a series of four Spotlight Series performances brought to the Lincoln-Way area by Lincoln-Way High School District 210 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for youth for general admission.

Calling the two-hour show fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented, organizers said “Cirque Ziva” will entertain spectators of all ages with human pyramids, daring flips and awe-inspiring tosses and tumbles.

Founded and directed by Danny Chang, the Golden Dragon Acrobats is a troupe of trained individuals who have toured five continents and 65 countries throughout 30 years of performances.

The show draws upon 27 centuries of time-honored Chinese tradition, combining thrilling acrobats and traditional dance with spectacular costumes and ancient or contemporary music, officials said.

“Don’t miss this exciting new production featuring traditional Chinese acrobatics, dance and colorful costumes guaranteed to thrill the entire family,” officials said.

Information: goldendragonacrobats.com.

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Oak Lawn

“MUSIC FOR LOVERS”: Stony Creek Bar and Grill, 5850 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2433: Indigo Jazz 5, which is billed as a versatile jazz quintet will perform from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 9. Admission is $6.

The jazz quintet features Nick VonKondrat on vocals, Charles Martin on saxophone, Bob Thompson on piano, Mike Piane on drums and Davide Pezzini on bass.

Martin, who founded Indigo Jazz 5, is an Oak Lawn resident and also the high school band director at Richards High School in Oak Lawn.

Thompson and Piane are also Oak Lawn residents.

“Indigo Jazz 5 will play jazz standards that will put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day,” officials said.

The group has performed at numerous events including a performance on the main stage at the Oak Lawn Fall on the Green Festival.

Orland Hills

“THE KILLER AND THE KING”: Georgios Comfort Inn & Conference Centre, 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, (708) 403-1757 (tickets): Coming from Branson, Mo., David Brooks as Jerry Lee Lewis and Everett Dean as Elvis Presley will be backed by all-star show band the Hip Noz in “the battle that never happened” on Feb. 10.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a seven-course dinner from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 with a cash bar. There is a 10 percent discount on tables of 10.

Reservations are on a first-come basis. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hotel rooms also are available.

Palos Hills

THODOS DANCE CHICAGO: Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: This show, which is part of the Mainstage Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.

Embracing Chicago’s rich history via contemporary dance like never before, “The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893” is an ambitious one-act piece complete with period costumes and video projections by Chicago filmmaker Chris Olsen.

Legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway choreographer Ann Reinking and artistic director Melissa Thodos set the piece to Bruce Wolosoff’s “Songs Without Words.”

All 12 ensemble dancers will perform to tell the story of the legendary 1893 World’s Fair through dance.

Characters range from Mayor Carter Harrison Sr.; Harrison’s assassin, Patrick Prendergast; John Root, one of the key architects of the Chicago World’s Fair; and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death in his elaborately constructed Murder Castle.

“The evening also includes several other thrilling pieces drawn from Thodos’ inventive and imaginative repertory,” officials said.

Patrons of the center will receive a 25 percent discount on dinner at Ciao Ristorante, 10296 S. 78th Ave., Palos Hills, when they make a reservation for before or after a Mainstage production and show their ticket stub.

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Tinley Park

TINLEY PARK FISHING & OUTDOOR SHOW: Tinley Park High School, 6111 175th St., Tinley Park, (708) 444-0921: Billed as fun for the entire family, this event, which is operated by the Tinley Park High School Athletic Association, will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9-10.

“This show has grown to be one of the best, if not the best, outdoor shows in the Midwest,” officials said.

“We attribute our success to all of the hard work by our staff and students, and we strive to make this an outdoor show that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

“All of our exhibitors are dedicated to fishing, hunting and the outdoors, and that makes this show enjoyed by everyone who attends.”

The show will include more than 140,000 square feet of exhibitor space, seminars, rods, reels, resorts, guides, charters, boats, demonstrations, prizes, raffle giveaways, an Outdoor Kid of the Year Contest and a Shore Lunch fish fry.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 7-13 and free for ages 6 and younger. Parking is free.

Information: tinleyparkfishingshow.com.

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