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Present Tom (Fred Eberle Chicago's Beverly-Mount Greenwood area) as he reflects himself as Past Tom (Michael OlavsChicago) Beverly Theatre Guild’s

Present Tom (Fred Eberle, of Chicago's Beverly-Mount Greenwood area) as he reflects on himself as Past Tom (Michael Olavson, of Chicago) in Beverly Theatre Guild’s production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." | Alex Sherman photo

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Updated: March 15, 2014 6:13AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include the Beverly Theatre Guild’s “The Glass Menagerie” in Chicago and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Passion and the Stars” in Frankfort and Joliet.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Recently opened exhibits include “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness,” which runs to May 18; “Hiroshige’s Winter Scenes,” which continues to March 20; and “The Year of the Horse,” which continues to April 6. 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: Justin Santora’s “Vestiges” is on display to March 8. A reception is set for 2-4 p.m. Feb. 20 with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3500: “Metaphorical” will be on display to March 6. The exhibit features works by Sophia Nahli Allison, Ana Fernandez, Robert Magrisso, Renee McGinnis and Joanna Pinsky.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 833-5108 or (708) 703-7806: “Celebrate Valentines” will be on display to Feb. 28. The exhibit features Valentine’s Day interpreted by artists in forms including painting, jewelry and woodwork.

CASTING CALL

THE DRAMA GROUP’S “RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: The Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: Auditions take place from noon-5 p.m. Feb. 15 (children should attend this date) and 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 17-18. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on Feb. 19 by invitation only. The show will be staged May 2-4 at Bloom Auditorium in Chicago Heights. Character descriptions are at dramagroup.org.

THE MIDWEST MOTET SOCIETY’S SPRING CONCERT CYCLE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 667 8th St., Chicago Heights, (708) 206-0380 (Midwest Motet Society): Auditions continue to March 4. All voice parts are welcome. The group is particularly looking for sopranos and baritones or basses. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor beginning on March 4. “Poetry and Music: Benjamin Britten, Randall Thompson and Vincent Persichetti: Settings of English Poets, Robert Frost and e e cummings,” the spring concert, is set for June 8. Audition appointments can be made via phone or at marie@midwestmotet.org.

(Updated 2/17) PALOS VILLAGE PLAYERS’ “MY THREE ANGELS”: All Saints Lutheran Church, 13350 LaGrange Road (enter from rear parking lot), Orland Park, (877) 787-8497: Auditions for this comedy by Samuel and Bella Spewak that were scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18 have been changed to Feb. 18-19. The cast consists of seven men and three women of various ages. The audition will consist of readings from the script. Previous acting experience is not required but could prove helpful. The play will be performed May 2-10.

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 “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” to Sept. 7 and “Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior” to Sept. 28.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Free admission for ages 3-11 can be obtained on-site in February at the ticket counter. Up to four free child tickets are allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. 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.”

1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd., (708) 481-4252 (Jane Nicoll) or (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans): The museum is decorated in February with vintage valentines and decorations in the exhibit “Step Back Into a 1950s Valentine’s Day.” Donation: is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Exhibits include “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and the Polar Play Zone. Attractions include the Shedd’s aquatic show.

PLAYING LIVE

ACOUSTIC AVENUE: Coyote Run Golf Course’s Wiley’s Grill, 800 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, (708) 957-8774: This free concert is at 8 p.m. Feb. 14.

CLOSE TO YOU: MUSIC OF THE CARPENTERS: 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. Feb. 18 show featuring singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band. Tickets are $13.

DAVE RUDOLF ACOUSTIC LIVE ALBUM DROP: Twisted Q Barbeque, 20553 Ridge Road, Homewood, (708) 957-8899: This release party for the namesake’s 29th album at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 includes Rick Ariail on keyboards, John Lawler on guitar, Ryan Rudolf on bass and the three Wise Guys featuring Jim Frels and Steve Wing.

ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S “PASSION AND THE STARS”: (708) 481-7774: Maestro David Danzmayr will lead a concert featuring IPO principal clarinetist Trevor O’Riordan as soloist at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, and 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet.

A VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL: The Viking Lodge, 6730 175th St., Tinley Park, (708) 532-7220: Neil Diamond tribute artist Steve Richards performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Admission is $15 and includes a cocktail.

THEATER

THE BEVERLY THEATRE GUILD’S “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”: Morgan Park Academy Art Center’s Baer Theatre, 2153 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 284-8497: This Tennessee Williams show will be staged at 8 p.m. Feb. 14-15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $20. Jenny’s Steak House, 11041 S. Menard Ave., Chicago Ridge, is offering a dinner-show package by reservation at (708) 229-2272 for $39 with dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 14-15 and after the 2 p.m. show on Feb. 16.

THE DRAMA GROUP’S “FROST/NIXON”: The Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: This show runs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for ages 65 and older, $15 for students with identification or $15 each for groups of 25 or more.

LIGHTWIRE THEATER’S “THE UGLY DUCKLING” & “THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE”: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Part of GSU’s Family Fun series, this 2 p.m. Feb. 16 show gives a modern upgrade to the namesake classic tales. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 16 and younger.

PALOS VILLAGE PLAYERS’ “BECKY’S NEW CAR”: Palos Park Middle School, 131st Street and 82nd Avenue, Palos Park, (877) 787-8497: This Steven Dietz play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15.

PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE’S “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ ”: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, (773) 327-5252: Blue Island-area actress Robin DaSilva stars in this Black History Month presentation, which runs to March 9. Tickets are $43.50 for all other performances. Groups of 10 or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at (312) 423-6612 or grouptheatertix.com.

VARIETY

AMPLIFY THE ARTS: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This 43rd annual live and silent auction is set for Feb. 15 with food, drinks and music by Cloud of Shame. Tickets are $50. Raffle tickets and sponsorships also are available.

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE ACT OF KILLING”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Not rated, the film runs for 1 hour and 55 minutes. Reel Talk with Suzanne Patterson follows the film. Cost is $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

CHEFS’ AUCTION FOR BREAST CANCER: Orland Chateau, 14500 S LaGrange Road, Orland Park, (708) 403-7275: This annual event from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 20 feature several Southland restaurants donating their chefs’ talents and signature entrees to sample. There will be fine wines, ales, musical entertainment in a Mardi Gras style, a raffle and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

CHICAGO GAELIC PARK PRESENTS THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This day of shopping on Feb. 16 features 45 top-rated vendors, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, 45 giveaways and a fashion show featuring David’s Bridal from noon-3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

ROBIN HARMON’S RMH INTERIORS + DESIGN GRAND REOPENING: 1804 W. 103rd St., Chicago, (773) 233-5811 or (773) 865-6173: Local artists Sandra Leonard and Denise Baffoe Murray and musician Eric Williams from Chicago’s Beverly community will help launch the studio at 1 p.m. Feb. 16.

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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