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Celebrations for St. Patrick's Day include 46th anniversary IrelParade beginning March 8 Chicago Gaelic Park fourth annual Oak Forest Fleadh

Celebrations for St. Patrick's Day include the 46th anniversary of Ireland on Parade beginning March 8 at Chicago Gaelic Park, the fourth annual Oak Forest Fleadh on March 9 and the 14th annual Irish Parade in Tinley Park on March 10. | File photo

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Updated: March 26, 2014 2:01PM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include the 46th anniversary of Ireland on Parade at Chicago Gaelic Park, the fourth annual Oak Forest Fleadh and the 14th annual Irish Parade in Tinley Park.

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 “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.

“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.

♦ The 29th annual “High School Art Exhibition” will be on display from March 13-20 on weekdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a reception at from 6-8 p.m. March 15 for the show.

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” to March 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 to 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.

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.

March 8 is slated to feature comedians Ken Sevara and Fritz with music by Five Guys Named Moe. 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: Russ Williamson will March 8-9.

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 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” to June 16.

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: 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 11-12.

PLAYING LIVE

JAZZ FAVORITES STARRING VINCE CLARK & FRIENDS: Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2433: Back by demand, this show will be from 7-10 p.m. March 9. The fee is $6 at the door. A cash bar also will be available.

“Have a great time listening to some all-time favorite jazz tunes from the greats such as Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and many more,” officials said.

“Vince Clark & Friends have performed at various South Side venues including Chicago’s very own Grant Park and Navy Pier. Come out to Stony for some great jazz music.”

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S JAZZ ENSEMBLE: MVCC’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: This group will perform “Moraine Swings: The Very Best of Moraine Valley Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. March 8.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS: MVCC’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: This group will perform “Opera Again and Again” at 7:30 p.m. March 9.

SWITCHBACK: Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: This American roots and Celtic soul group will perform at 11 a.m. March 12. Tickets are $12.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE VOICES AND SYMPHONIC BAND: SSC’s Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2299: This concert will be at 7:30 p.m. March 8. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to benefit the Music Scholarship Fund.

“Variety is the keyword when ensembles, big and small, grace the stage for the spring concert of the SSC Voices and Symphonic Band,” officials said. “From the power of a full symphonic band to the sophisticated harmonies of a chamber choir, SSC’s musical groups run the gamut of dynamic and musical expression.”

THEATER

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

This production is part of La Ronde Project, a take on the racy, famously banned early 1900’s play “La Ronde” (opening March 13) 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.

“TASTE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This production will be staged at 7 p.m. March 8-9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“The Mount Carmel High School Caravan Alley Players are bringing humor and heart to the stage in the dramedy ‘Taste,’ ” officials said.

“The whodunit murder mystery takes place at the TV premiere of the nation’s next great reality-cooking show, ‘Whose Got Taste.’ Hilarity ensues as two South Side detectives unravel a case that ultimately teaches viewers a valuable lesson about the importance of sharing a family meal.”

“Taste” is the fifth in a series of in-house original shows inspired by the five senses. These productions are written by the show director, the Rev. Benjamin Aguilar, with the help of a team of Mount Carmel students.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “BROOKLYN CASTLE”: 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 13.

Rated PG-13, the movie runs for 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

FORGIVENESS: AN EVENING WITH HELEN WHITNEY: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: This event will feature a 90-minute film screening at 6 p.m. and a book discussion and signing at 7:30 p.m. March 13.

“Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney shares her insight into profound aspects of the human condition, faith and forgiveness, in this free screening of her 2011 PBS film,” officials said.

“Providing an intimate look into the spontaneous outpouring of forgiveness around the world, the film highlights riveting stories of survivors of the brutal Rwandan genocide, the Amish families from the 2006 Pennsylvania school shooting and victims of child abandonment.

“Stay after the film to participate in dialogue about the process of forgiveness, its relevance, power and potential dangers.”

IRELAND ON PARADE: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This exhibition of the music and dance of Ireland will celebrate its 46th anniversary on March 8 and 12-15. Credit goes to the creator of Ireland on Parade, Martin Fahey, for continuing this St. Patrick’s season tradition for all these years.

The doors will open each night at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. Entertainment will run from 6-9 p.m. and a hot food buffet will be available for purchase each night.

As in the past, the Irish Musicians and Sean O’Donnell will be performing.

The festival begins March 8 with performances by Garrity Music School, the Trinity Irish Dancers and Lavin Cassidy School of Irish Dancing.

March 12 will include the Gaelic Park Set Dancers, McNamara School of Irish Dancing, Sullivan School of Dance and the Mullane Healy, Godley School of Irish Dance.

On March 13, there will be performances by Weber School of Dancing, Geraldine Foy School of Irish Dance and the McCormack/Fay School of Irish Dancing.

March 14 will feature the Gaelic Park Set Dancers, Blackbird School of Irish Dance, Tooromeen School of Irish Dancing and an Irish music session with Pat Finnegan and friends.

Ireland on Parade will conclude on March 15, beginning with Mulhern School of Irish Dancing and ending with a show by Cross Keys School of Irish Dancing.

Information: chicagogaelicpark.org.

KID’S EXPO: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., (815) 806-8844 (Family Time Magazine): This event will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. There will be new attractions and gift bags for the first 3,000 people.

Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and younger and free for ages 65 and older and military people with identification. An admission coupon is available at familytimemagazine.com.

NORTH AMERICAN REPTILE BREEDERS CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., narbc.com: This event, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. march 16 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages younger than 13 and free for ages younger than 5. VIP tickets are $50 and include admission to setup at 2 p.m. March 15, 2 1/2 hours early March 16 and one hour early March 17.

OAK FOREST FLEADH: On Cicero Avenue between 151st and 159th streets, (708) 687-4050: The Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Oak Forest, will host this fourth annual event (pronounced “flah”), which is co-sponsored by the SouthtownStar, on March 9.

The fleadh (Gaelic for “festival”) will include customer appreciation parties, a 5K race at 8:30 a.m., an open bike ride at 10 a.m., a family parade at 11 a.m., and a pub and restaurant open house from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Beggars Pizza, Blarney Stone Pub, Marcotte’s Bar and Grill, Chicago Gaelic Park, Oak Forest Bowl, Oliver’s Bar and Grill, Cindy’s Pub, Tap’s Pub and Mrs. O’Brien’s Pub.

Free parking will be available all day and night in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue across from the Metra train station.

Throughout the event, alcohol will be permitted only inside designated areas such as beer tents, beer gardens, pubs and restaurants.

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: “Get your vocal chords warmed up for this screening of the Academy Award-winning movie musical in glorious full-screen Technicolor and complete with subtitles so the whole audience can sing along,” officials said. “Come dressed as your favorite character.”

The show will be at 2 p.m. March 9. Audience participation kits are included with each ticket, which costs $15.

TINLEY PARK’S IRISH PARADE: Beginning at Central Middle School, 18146 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 444-5678: The 14th annual Irish Parade will step off at 2 p.m. March 10. Miss Illinois USA will serve as the grand marshal.

“Enjoy this family-friendly event along Oak Park Avenue in downtown Tinley Park,” officials said. “Come out and see floats, community groups, local schools and businesses. Enjoy delicious Irish fare and fun at the many downtown Tinley restaurants.”

No open alcohol will be permitted along the parade route.

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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