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Crowd Pleasers for May 17, 2013

The Gaelic Park Players will host 20th annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival from May 21-May 26 Oak Forest.

The Gaelic Park Players will host the 20th annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival from May 21-May 26 in Oak Forest.

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Updated: June 18, 2013 6:56AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Gaelic Park Players hosting the 20th annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Oak Forest, Grande Prairie Singers' concert in Park Forest, and Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Orland 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.

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER’S ATRIUM GALLERY: 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “Andros: Paintings by Timothy R. Collins” will be displayed to May 26. The exhibit is a series of paintings based on Andros Island, Bahamas, where the artist worked from August 2011 to June.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: “MVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition” will be exhibited to May 18.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Robert Stanley (Stan da Man) will perform on May 17-18.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: “Cosmic Wonder” opens on May 17.

Other 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: “Stingray Touch” opens on May 17 and runs to October.

Other 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

CONCERT FOR KEN: Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Nicks@Nite Live Tribute Show starring Nick Gutierrez and Nick Miller will be hosted by Commodore Tom on May 19. This benefit, featuring music by Elvis Presley to the Beatles, is for someone who is touted as a No. 1 Elvis fan. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

GRANDE PRAIRIE SINGERS: Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest, (708) 481-8684: Music from contemporary composers will be performed during “American Choral Music Today” at 4 p.m. May 19.

The program includes works by Morten Lauridsen (“O Magnum Mysterium”), Eric Whitacre (“This Marriage,” “Lux Arumque”), Guy Forbes (“Ubi Caritas,” “O Nata Lux”), David Brunner “I Am in Need of Music”), John Corigliano (“L’Invitation au Voyage”) and Robert Boyd (“Sing to Me, Guiding Stars”).

Also, Grande Prairie Singers assistant director Darrell Dalton has written “Then I Saw a New Heaven” for the performance. The longtime Southland musician, instructor and composer set Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” to music for the group’s European concert tour in 2006.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Students with identification can attend for $10.

The Grande Prairie Singers are led by Jo Rodenburg, who is in her third season as artistic director.

Information: grandeprairiechoral.org.

MUSIC RECITAL 2013: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This show will take place at 1 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $3 or $2 for center members.

THE NEVERLY BROTHERS PRESENT FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This concert will be at 8 p.m. May 17. Tickets are $22, or $20 for center members.

SUBURBAN YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SPRING CONCERT: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, (708) 941-6334: This show will be at 4 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased at suburbanyouthsymphony.org or at the door. Baked goods will be sold during intermission to benefit the orchestra programs.

The concert will feature an eclectic mix of classical and popular works that officials said are sure to delight audience members, as well as a performance of the Incredible Opportunity Program of Suburban Youth Symphony.

The group will be directed by Katie Bern and Christia Bieda, co- music directors of Suburban Youth Symphony.

“I love that this concert has so many different works,” said Bern, who will be directing “Music of the Night” and “Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

“The children have really enjoyed the different types of music they have learned this year.”

“Our chamber group will be playing ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King, ’ ” Bieda said. “ This group of our more advanced players has enjoyed playing together this year, and this piece was one that they all loved.

“ ‘Country Club Rag’ by Scott Joplin is very challenging technically and rhythmically. We had extra rehearsals to prepare the children to play and really encouraged extra practice with private teachers and at home.”

Bern and Bieda agreed that “Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space” is the favorite piece.

“It’s a fun piece full of effects, which the kids love, and a piece that music educators love, too, because the children learn so much,” Bern said.

The orchestra will be joined by a mother-daughter duo Emily Lewis Mantell and Sonia Mantell who will be the soloists for the Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos, 1st Movement.”

Emily Lewis Mantell grew up in Evanston and attended Roosevelt University, where she studied with Carl Fruh.

“My twin sister Betty and I both began on violin”, Lewis Mantell said and laughingly continued, “but Betty was so much better and moving faster on the violin so I decided to pick a different instrument — cello.”

Lewis Mantell is principal cellist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and is an active freelance musician in the Chicago.

She has been a member of the Suburban Youth Symphony board for more than 20 years.

“ Around 2004-08 we had a decrease in the numbers of students in SYSO,” Lewis Mantell said. “As a board, we were wondering about what our next step as an organization should be.

“I am so grateful that Janet Kuester approached the board with the idea to create an Incredible Opportunity Program to provide south and southwest suburban students who do not have a school string program access to low-cost, quality string instruction.

“Since then, our numbers have grown steadily.”

The Suburban Youth Symphony now includes more than 40 string players who are committed to the orchestra and their playing.

“We will be adding an additional ensemble for the most advanced players in 2013-14,” Lewis Mantell said.

She volunteers her time to coach cello students and do sectional rehearsals. “It is really fun to work with the students and be involved with mentoring and encouraging our orchestra students.”

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Sonia Mantell grew up in a musical household.

Her father, Matt Mantell, is a professional violist, teacher, and long-standing Suburban Youth Symphony board member.

Sonia Mantell chose the cello, and her first studies were with her mother.

Mantell is currently studying cello at New England Conservatory. She is also a former member of the Suburban Youth Symphony and has done some informal performances for the students during rehearsals to motivate, inspire and answer questions.

“For Sonia and I, this feels like coming full circle” Lewis Mantell said. “Sonia started her orchestral playing in SYSO and is now returning to solo. It will be so much fun for us to solo together with Suburban Youth Symphony.”

THEATER

GAELIC PARK PLAYERS HOSTS ACTING IRISH INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This 20th annual fest is taking place concurrently with the venue’s annual Memorial Day weekend Irish Fest. Tickets for May 21-23 are $15 each for the show only or $20 for a pub dinner-play combo (reservations for 6 p.m. are necessary). May 24-25 tickets are $15 and include admission to the Irish Fest grounds and vice versa.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. May 21-22, 2 and 8 p.m. May 23-24 and 1 and 7 p.m. May 25. An awards ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. May 26.

The festival will feature eight theater companies from Ireland, Canada and the United States performing full-length Irish plays in competition.

The fest kicks off with the host group, the Gaelic Park Players, presenting a production of the uproarious comedy “A Wake in The West” by Michael J. Ginnelly at 8 p.m. May 21.

The Tara Players from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, follow on May 22 with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-winning play “Doubt.”

Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m. May 23 with Dublin, Ireland’s Heads on Stage presenting “Molly Sweeney” by Brian Friel. Later that evening, the Irish Players of Rochester will perform “Is Life Worth Living?” by Lennox Robinson.

On May 24 in the afternoon, Cincinnati’s Irish American Theater Group will stage another Friel classic and another Tony winner, “Dancing at Lughnasa” In the evening, Milwaukee Irish Arts will present “Eclipsed” by Patricia Burke Brogan.

May 25 will begin at 1 p.m. with “Here We Are Again Still” presented by the Irish Theatre of Florida, and 2012’s champion, the Liffey Players Drama Society from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will cap the festival with a performance of Martin MacDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at 7 p.m.

TICKET LINE

RASCAL FLATTS: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 17 for the Live and Loud Tour, which will be at FMBA on Aug. 17. Support acts include the Band Perry and Cassadee Pope. Tickets can be purchased at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the venue box office.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “NO”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. May 22. Rated R, the movie runs for 1 hour and 58 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

RAIL HERITAGE DAYS: Homewood-Flossmoor Park District auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, Homewood, (708) 798-3000: The Homewood Rail Committee will present this train show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19.

WOOFSTOCK AND PET PARADE: Main Park picnic grove, 10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena, (708) 390-2401: Mokena Community Park District will present this event from 1-4 p.m. May 19.

The pet parade includes a quarter-mile fun walk along the Main Park wooded trail at 1:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. All animals are welcome for the parade.

Parade prizes will be awarded to the top winners in the following categories: best dressed, most exotic, most original, smallest pet and largest pet. Costumes are optional.

After the parade, an afternoon of canine contests for four-legged friends will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Contests include Woof Off, Most Obedient, Best Trick and Hot Dog Relay.

Vendors, demonstrations and giveaways will be available throughout the afternoon. For the safety of dogs and others, attendees should make sure their dog’s vaccinations are current. All dogs must be on a leash.

The event’s sponsors include Banfield Pet Hospital, Petsmart, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Old Plank Trail Community Bank and Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete.

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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