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Crowd Pleasers for Nov. 8, 2013

The U.S. National Guard 144th Army Bwill perform Nov. 9 Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts University Park.

The U.S. National Guard 144th Army Band will perform Nov. 9 at Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

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Updated: December 9, 2013 9:19AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include the U.S. National Guard 144th Army Band at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Exhibits include “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.

TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: “Signs, Symbols, Stories: Graphic Novel, Street and Graffiti-inspired Art” to Nov. 10. Officials said the display marks the first Midwest showing of original illustrations from “March: Book One” (Top Shelf Productions) by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Twelfth Month,” an exhibit and boutique, will run from Nov. 13-Dec. 21.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: Exhibits include “Cosmic Wonder,” “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 “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” to Jan. 5.

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.”

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

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: THE MUSIC OF DORIS DAY: Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: The Matinee/Senior Theatre series continues with this 11 a.m. Nov. 12 show featuring Chicago cabaret favorite Laura Freeman. Tickets are $13.

U.S. NATIONAL GUARD 144TH ARMY BAND: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Billed as one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world, this group will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the box office or via phone. There is a limit of four tickets per household. The show is sponsored by the SouthtownStar.

THEATER

“CHICAGO LIVE!”: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Hosted by Rick Kogan, this stage and radio show at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 features the Second City Comedy Troupe, music by the Otis Clay Revue and returning WGN-AM (720) favorites Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey from the “Kathy and Judy” show. Tickets are $20.

DISNEY’S “ALADDIN KIDS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This BAC Star student production will be staged at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $8, or $6 for center members.

“ONCE UPON A MATTRESS”: (877) 787-8497: Palos Village Players at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and 15-16 at Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St., and 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 at Hackney’s, 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Park. The fairy tale musical features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller. It is the story of a lovesick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart. Unfortunately, the rule of the land is no one can marry until the ruling prince has taken a bride. However, the situation is hindered by the fact that the Prince’s overprotective mother has thwarted all efforts to find a suitable bride. After a long and arduous effort, the young nobleman, Sir Harry, introduces a prospective bride to the Prince. She is Princess Winifred of the swamps. Immediately stricken by the Princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that’s sure to set his marital plans awry. Princess Winifred is played by Aimee Jarzembowski (Chicago) and Alex Earhart (Orland Park) is Prince Dauntless. The conniving Sir Harry is Dan Nivenger (Orland Park) and his prospective bride, the Lady Larkin, is played by Denise Wargowski (Tinley Park). Others in the cast include David Bell (Chicago); Kim Brines and Molly Ricker (Evergreen Park); Nick and Tom Greanias and Kathy Janik (Lemont); Sarah Callis, Kelly Carevic and Bob Szczpanski (Orland Park); Joyce Eddy (Palos Heights); Janice Marco-Bottger (Palos Hills); and Lucy Mahoney (Worth). The director is Steve Bell (Evergreen Park), and the musical director is Michael Barr (Chicago’s Beverly community). The producer is Christine Haines (Burbank). Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. There is also a $25 combination lunch-theater ticket available for both Sunday matinees at Hackney’s by calling (708) 448-8300 for reservations.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “FAME HIGH”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly BACinema film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 with this documentary. The film runs for 1 hour and 41 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The Beverly Arts Center Auxiliary hosts this auction party, with the theme Amplify the Arts, from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14. Included with the $10 admission are appetizers and desserts and one complimentary beverage. The BAC Challenge fundraising campaign will receive $5 from each paid admission.

ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, (708) 342-5485: This event will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14-15 and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

THE STORY OF A JAPANESE WAR-BRIDE IN A GI TOWN: Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, (708) 747-3571 (Park Forest Historical Society, ask for Jane Nicoll): Linda Rosenbery Wingrove gives this presentation, based on her forthcoming book, at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. The program focuses on her mother, Chieko, who arrived in Park Forest in 1956 as the bride of former serviceman Joseph Burton Rosenbery.

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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