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Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 22, 2013

Emily Mortimer stars 'Leonie' which will be screened Feb. 27 Beverly Arts Center Chicago.  |  Monterey Mediphoto

Emily Mortimer stars in "Leonie," which will be screened Feb. 27 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. | Monterey Media photo

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:03AM



EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the Weekend magazine’s listings have been consolidated under the Crowd Pleasers banner. Items that previously appeared in Casting Call (open auditions), Playing Live (music events) and Ticket Line (on-sales) now will appear here.

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Events include the BACinema screening of “Leonie” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

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 “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 from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays.

CASTING CALL

THE MIDWEST MOTET SOCIETY: Billed as the chamber choir for Chicago’s Southland, this group will continue auditions for the spring concert cycle to March 12.

All voice parts are welcome and encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor beginning March 12 for “From Yum Yum to Buttercup — and Everyone in Between: An Operetta Pastische,” which will be performed at 4 p.m. June 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Ave., Park Forest.

The concert will feature music from operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan, Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, Franz Lehar and Michael William Balfe with a smidgen of Allan Sherman.

Information: Marie Grass Amenta, founder and music director, at (708) 206-0380 or midwestmotet.org.

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.

Feb. 22 is slated to feature comedians Bob Jay and Ken Garr with music by Hare. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

JOHN PINETTE: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet, (815) 726-6600: The comedian will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $37.50.

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Ralphie Roberts will perform two shows each on Feb. 22-23.

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 Feb. 25-28 with proof of residency.

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.

Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary basic admission during Discount Days including Feb. 22 and 25-28.

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.”

The Omnimax Theater is showing “Born To Be Wild” through March 1. *** Illinois residents receive free general admission on dates including Feb. 27.

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 Feb. 25-26.

PLAYING LIVE

PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN — JIMMY BUFFETT TRIBUTE: Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet, (815) 726-6600: This concert will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

A tailgate party will begin at 5 p.m., two hours prior to the performance.

Tickets are $50 or $60 and include the concert ticket, the tailgate party, drinks throughout the evening and light appetizers.

Prizes will be awarded for the Most Interesting Man look-alike in the world and the best-dressed Parrothead for male and female.

THEATER

“AFTER” PRESENTED BY PROFILES THEATRE: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “When a wrongfully imprisoned man is exonerated by DNA evidence after 17 years in prison, he is forced to reassimilate into a cold, foreign world of toothbrush shopping, doggy day care and a friendship with an anxious young woman with secrets of her own,” officials said.

“ ‘After’ is a compassionate portrait of a man struggling with the challenges of socializing and the anger he still feels for having his youth unjustly destroyed.”

This play contains mature language and will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are $26 or $23 for center members.

This production is sponsored in part by the Chicago Community Trust and affiliates.

“CLICK, CLACK, MOO — COWS THAT TYPE”: Lincoln-Way North Fine Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, (815) 534-3004: Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 will continue its Children’s Theatre Series with this show at 11 a.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $6.

“SUPERIOR DONUTS” PRESENTED BY THE DRAMA GROUP: Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444. This show will continue at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students with identification. This show is not recommended for children because it contains adult language.

“WAITING FOR LEFTY”: Moraine Valley Community College’s John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: The school’s Academic Theater Department will stage this play by Clifford Odets from Feb. 22-March 3 with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

“Imagine a January night in 1935, six years into the Great Depression. At the Civic Repertory Theater in New York City, a play about a 1934 taxicab strike ends with an audience of about 1,400 erupting and shouting,” officials said.

“Imagine 22 curtain calls and a standing ovation of 45 minutes, actors merging with audience into a chorus of hope in the face of economic depression. ‘Waiting for Lefty’ is a provocative American classic that still resonates today.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and staff.

TICKET LINE

BRAD PAISLEY, CHRIS YOUNG AND LEE BRICE: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Tickets for this May 11 concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the venue box office.

RUSH’S CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Tickets for this June 28 concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the venue box office.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “LEONIE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Directed by Hisako Matsui, the dramatic biography stars Emily Mortimer, Shido Nakamura and Christina Hendricks.

Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality, partial nudity and brief language, the movie runs for 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

“LET’S GO SCIENCE”: The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, off University Parkway, east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: This Music Arts Dance Education for Kids show will take place at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 26 and 9:45 a.m. and noon Feb. 27. This show is appropriate for second- to fifth-graders and runs for 1 hour.

“The ‘Let’s Go Science’ show is a wacky look at ‘how things work’ with Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall,” officials said. “Learn about air pressure, flight, optical illusions, laws of inertia, static electricity and much more. Lots of audience interaction with these two legends of the circus, great scenery and awesome lighting, and illusions all make this one science lesson that students won’t want to miss.”

Tickets are $6 with one free for every 20 tickets purchased.

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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