Southwest Community Concert Band's Pops Concert on March 3 in Lemont will feature plenty of tubas. | File photo
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Updated: April 2, 2013 6:02AM
Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.
Events include Southwest Community Concert Band’s Pops Concert in Lemont.
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 “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.
MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: Justyna Badach’s “Bachelor Portraits” will be on display to March 9. A closing reception will take place from 3-5 p.m. March 7, with an artist’s talk at 4 p.m.
“This is a unique photography-text project that the artist has been working on since 2003,” officials said. “The portraits focus on the emotional life of men who are partnerless and exist on the margins of a society that is deeply suspicious of anyone whose seclusion is not readily explained.
“The ‘bachelors’ responded to adverts placed online and in supermarkets across the United States of America. The resulting highly individual narratives form a larger chronicle about isolation, marginalization and the desire for connection to others.”
This exhibition contains some works that display the nude human figure, so parental discretion is advised.
SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE’S LEE E. DULGAR GALLERY: 15800 S. State St., South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300 (Eric Tucker): SSC’s Art & Design Department will present an exhibition entitled “The Modular Variations” from March 4-22. An artist reception will take place at noon March 20.
The free exhibit was designed and constructed by Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting, directors of 22 design studio and gallery in Berwyn.
The gallery is on the first floor near the Atrium and is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. SSC’s galleries, which are supported in part by the SSC Foundation, are closed on weekends and holidays.
TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: “Luise Renner Retrospective” will be on display to March 31. The exhibit was curated by Richard Schmidt with assistance from Richard Renner.
The free exhibit features the two-dimensional and 3-D works of the namesake artist and illustrator who frequently exhibited in galleries in the Chicago area and southern suburbs. She died in December 2009 at the age of 63 and left behind a large body of work.
Officials said this is the first time some of her works have been exhibited. “Luise Renner Retrospective” is dedicated to her memory and presented in homage to her.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Mad World,” a national juried exhibit, will be on display from March 6-April 6. The show’s juror is Natalie Domchenko, director of the Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago. A reception for the exhibit will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 8.
The 34 exhibiting artists hail from 11 different states and include Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Matther Coglianese, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen DePirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson, Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, Leon Sarantos, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios Zemenides, and John Zilewicz.
THE DRAMA GROUP: Auditions for “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza will take place from 7:30-10 p.m. March 6-7 at the Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Chuck and Deb Cairns will direct the play.
“When two sets of parents meet for a civilized discussion about their sons’ playground fight, the evening quickly deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, name-calling, tantrums and tears, and that’s before they break out the rum,” officials said.
“This hysterical tale of parents behaving badly was described as ‘ninety minutes of sustained mayhem.’ ”
Characters needed include two men and two women ages 35 to 55. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script and also bring photos of themselves that the production may keep. Loaner scripts are available at the Drama Group Studio.
The show will be staged from June 7-9 and 13-16. This is a community theater, non-equity and non-pay production.
Information: (708) 748-5677, dramagroup.org.
PALOS VILLAGE PLAYERS: This troupe will conduct auditions for “One O’Clock from the House,” a comedy by Frank Vickery, at 8 p.m. March 4 and 6 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 13350 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Attendees should enter from the rear parking lot.
“The play is a scorching comedy of personalities and situations which revolve around the funeral of an elderly father,” officials said. “The family includes a cook who bakes almond-less almond cakes, a man who is convinced his shopping trolley is a dog that he has taught to beg, and a sister who is a happy inmate at a psychiatric home.
“The hilarity includes a posthumous joke played by the father on his daughters. This is not a close-knit family, They’ve even got the wrong person from the psychiatric home.”
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Acting experience is helpful but not necessary.
The play will be directed by David Groebe, of Lemont, and will be performed May 3-11 at the Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St.
Information: (877) 787-8497, pvp.org.
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.
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.
March 2 is slated to feature comedians Dwayne Kennedy and Jamie Cruz with music by Rick and Kevin. 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: Damon Williams & Friends will perform at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) March 6. Tickets are $5 before 8 p.m. and $10 afterwards.
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 March 5-6 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.
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 March 4.
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 March 4-5.
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This group will perform at 8 p.m. March 1. Tickets are $24, or $22 for center members.
“This Chicago-based band get crowds dancing with their post-punk-infused soul sound, ranging from charismatic raw emotion to garage rock,” officials said. “They play aggressive dance music with lyrics that dig deep and hit hard.”
MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CONCERT BAND: MVCC’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: This group will perform “Dances, Portraits, and Folk Songs” at 7:30 p.m. March 7.
SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND’S POPS CONCERT: First Church of the Nazarene, 12725 S. Bell Road, Lemont, (815) 773-4159: The free show will take place at 2 p.m. March 3. During intermission, beverages and snacks can be purchased at the church’s Clay Cup.
The featured guest is Northern Illinois University director and Yamaha tuba artist Thomas Bough, who will be soloing on “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms.” Also, tuba and euphonium master class participants will perform “Them Basses.”
Selections will include music from “West Side Story,” Broadway shows and “Lord of the Rings,” John Williams’ “The Cowboys” and David Holsinger’s “Scootin’ on Hardrock.”
The band, which is directed by Ray Forlenza, is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
The Southwest Community Concert Band was established in 1982 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.
Rehearsals are 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at First Church of the Nazarene. Information: swcommunityband.com.
“DAKOTA JONES AND THE SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This show will be performed at 7 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3. Tickets are $8, or $6 for center members.
“Join Dakota Jones as he goes on a musical adventure to find the lost city of Atlantis,” officials said. “Encouraged by his teacher, Ms. Harrison, Dakota learns to believe in himself, follow his dreams and have fun. Full of myths, gods and danger, this show will inspire all ages.”
“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 at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and 3 p.m. March 3.
“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.
BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE WAITING ROOM”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. March 6. Peter Nicks directed this documentary.
Not rated, the movie runs for 1 hour and 21 minutes.
Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.
LINCOLN-WAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL’S ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ PROM FASHION SHOW: Lincoln-Way North High School auditorium, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dee Hill): “Country Rocks the Runway” will begin at 1 p.m. March 2 and feature prom fashions for both males and females.
“The class will be assisting in some of the planning stages as well as some of the model coordinating, commentary and scriptwriting,” said Maria Gaytan, the fashion merchandising teacher at Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way East high schools.
Twenty-one students from both schools are assisting with the event, and several students will serve as models.
“We want students to experience what it takes to plan a fashion show,” Gaytan said. “Some of our students are interested in pursuing a career in fashion, and this is a perfect opportunity for them to gain some insight into what it takes to run a fashion show.”
Tickets are $5 in advance for students and $15 in advance for adults. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $10 for students and $20 for adults.
An optional luncheon is also available for an extra $10. The luncheon will be catered by Caffe Milan, of Frankfort, and begin at 11:30 a.m. that day.
Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the athletic programs at Lincoln-Way North.
SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., (800) 883-7469: This event will take place from 4-8 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 62 and older and free for ages younger than 18.
“The Springtime Home & Garden Show is the largest home and garden show in Chicagoland’s southwestern suburbs, providing over 300 different exhibits geared for all ages for improving, redoing, remodeling, updating or getting future ideas,” officials said. “Home Showcase is a one stop-shop to get ideas, products and professionals lined up for most likely your most expensive investment — your home.”
The show will feature landscape designers, waterfalls and ponds, lawn power equipment, brick pavers, English greenhouses, patio grills, backyard storage sheds, display flower gardens, birdhouses, watering cans, lawn ornaments, bolder designs, landscape lighting, home builders, pergolas, deck cleaning, the audubon society, botanical gardens, Illinois master gardeners, patio furniture, flowers and orchids, and master craftsmen.
There also will be kitchen and bath remodelers; custom closets systems; heating and air conditioning; carpet, tile and wood flooring; faux finishing; cabinet refacing; sunrooms; replacement windows and doors; granite and marble; roofing and siding; retractable awnings; fiberglass pools; insulation systems; interior and exterior painting; glide-out shelving; mold remediation; blinds and draperies; hot tubs; garage doors; solar skylights; bathtub lining systems; water treatment; and outdoor grills.
The show also will feature seminars, demonstrations, prizes, giveaways and children’s activities.
Information: homeshowpros.com, where a discounted-admission coupon is available.
THORN CREEK NATURE CENTER’S MAKE A GOURD BIRDHOUSE WORKSHOP: 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, (708) 747-6320: Information on how to create a welcoming nesting space for wrens and other cavity nesters in one’s back yard will be available at 1 p.m. March 3.
Participants will build a birdhouse from a dried gourd. Once spring arrives, they can watch the wrens and other birds find their way to the gourd birdhouses. “Enjoy free entertainment in your back yard as you observe the birds gathering nesting materials, preparing their nest and finally raising their young,” officials said.
Internationally known artist Pat Moore, an instructor at the Tall Grass Arts Association, will help attendees to create a natural-style birdhouse from a gourd. One will learn how to prepare and paint a gourd birdhouse. There also will be discussion on where to hang the birdhouse and the different cavity nesters that may visit one’s gourd birdhouse.
This workshop is for all ages, but ages younger than 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per birdhouse, with a limit of one per person. All materials will be provided.
Registration is required for the workshop by March 1.
The nature center is open from noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, and the trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
There are many volunteer opportunities such as staffing the nature center open hours, trail work, office skills, baking and assisting at programs.
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