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Crowd Pleasers for April 12, 2013

Seven-time Emmy-Award winner Ed Asner will take stage April 17 as President FranklD. Roosevelt Governors State University's Center for Performing

Seven-time Emmy-Award winner Ed Asner will take the stage April 17 as President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

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Updated: May 13, 2013 6:03AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include “Ed Asner as FDR” at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Picasso and Chicago” is on display to May 12.

Other exhibits include “Irving Penn: Underfoot” to May 12, “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12, and “Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art” to Nov. 27, 2015.

Admission is free to Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 747-6539 (Sandra Evers) or (708) 533-5143 (Linda Curl): The “Bloomin Colors” exhibit, which is on display in April, showcase the art of Linda Curl and Sandra Evers.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Rediscovering Chicago Heights,” a two-part photography exhibit, will be on display from April 19-May 11. The second floor will feature pictures by citizen photographers who captured the meaning, beauty and culture in Chicago Heights. The first floor will feature photos of Chicago Heights by professional photographers Alonso Balderas and Joe Compean. An artists reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 19.

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.

April 12 is slated to feature comedians Mike Toomey, of New Lenox, and Emily Galati 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: Ken Severa, of Frankfort, will perform April 12-13.

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, “Living with Wolves” to July 7, “Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” to Sept. 8 and “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence”to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: “Animal Inside Out” recently debuted and will run through Sept. 2.

Other 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: 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.

PLAYING LIVE

ROBIN SPIELBERG’S AMERICAN TAPESTRY: Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 13. In addition to Spielberg on piano and vocals, American Tapestry features Kate MacLeod on fiddle, guitar and vocals and Catherine Bent on cello. Songs to be performed include “Home on the Range,” “Aura Lee,” “Danny Boy” and “In the Good Old Summer Time.” “Fresh and innovative arrangements of these precious American gems are interwoven with new music and the stories that inspired them,” officials said.

THEATER

“ED ASNER AS FDR”: Governors State University’s the Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: This solo performance will be staged at 7 p.m. April 17. Tickets are $15 for rear balcony; $35 for mid-balcony; $40 for main floor, mezzanine and front balcony; $45 for platinum and $55 for box seating. High school student tickets are $10 to encourage teachers to bring their classes.

The seven-time Emmy Award winner will take the stage as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A representative confirmed that the 83-years-young star, who was treated for exhaustion during an event in Indiana recently, will appear as scheduled.

Asner — best known for his roles in television’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Lou Grant” — will take the audience through FDR’s White House years including the Depression, the steps leading to World War II and the war years. When asked why he wanted to do this show, Asner, in his characteristic wit, said, “I wanted to get off my butt and do something.”

Patrons get to see and hear FDR’s fireside chats, his controversial packing of the Supreme Court, his personal life with Eleanor, his discreet but definite affair with Lucy Mercer, controversy surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack, and more details from his four-term presidency.

“FDR is” based on the original Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello,” which won four Tony Awards.

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 is David Hare’s 1998 adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” This play runs at 7 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Thursdays to April 14.

This production is part of La Ronde Project, a take on the racy, famously banned early 1900’s play “La Ronde” 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.

THE MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY’S “THE PAJAMA GAME”: 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, (847) 579-4900: Patrick Byrnes, a native of Chicago’s Beverly community, will perform in this show running from April 18-May 12. He will be acting among the ensemble in this rendition of the classic musical, which will officially open on April 25. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Preview ticket prices are $27 for students with identification and ages 60 and older and $35 for the general public. Regular ticket prices are $32 for students and seniors and $40 for the general public.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATION SHORTS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this showing at 7:30 p.m. April 17.

The screening runs for 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 for the public, $5.50 for center members or $4 for students.

THE HOME SHOW: Oak Lawn Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., (630) 385-4000 (The Home ShowS Inc.): This free event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13-14 and feature the latest in home remodeling and repair products and services.

Exhibitors will include an art show; energy-efficient replacement windows and doors; the latest in vinyl siding products; high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners; landscaping; decorative concrete, pavers and retaining walls; flooring; designer kitchens and baths; patio rooms; marble and granite; awnings; security systems; waterproofing; new roofing products; custom decorating and painting; window treatments, the latest in solar energy; and Lustre Craft cooking demonstrations.

Attendees can register to win one of the door prizes at the front desk. Prizes include a power broom from Aerus Electrolux, two tickets to the Shen Yun Performing Arts show, and a signed Carlos Boozer Chicago Bulls jersey from SouthtownStar.

Children can check out the free bounces from K&R Fun Jump.

Information: chicagohomeshow.net.

TINLEY PARK BREW & VINE FESTIVAL: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 Harlem Ave., (708) 532-5700 (Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce): This fourth annual signature event will take place from 3-10 p.m. April 13 with entertainment by the Hat Guys and special guest former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas. Organizers said there will be more vendors. bigger performances and a variety of specialty beers and wines at the event for ages 21 and older.

“The chamber is very active in Tinley Park,” festival co-chair Tammy Shoemaker said. “The Brew & Vine Festival is one of the many ways that we give back to the community. It allows our chamber to grow and support local businesses, as well as support other charitable organizations.”

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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