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Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 18, 2013

DanGrube Shawn Hall star Palos Village Players' 'Crossing Delancey' which will be staged Jan. 25-Feb. 2 Palos Park.

Dana Grube and Shawn Hall star in Palos Village Players' "Crossing Delancey," which will be staged Jan. 25-Feb. 2 in Palos Park.

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Updated: February 19, 2013 11:43AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Palos Village Players’ “Crossing Delancey” from Jan. 25-Feb. 2 in Palos Park and the Custom Rides Indoor Custom Car Show & Expo at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

‘Crossing Delancey’

The Palos Village Players will present the first play of its 2013 season, “Crossing Delancey” by Susan Sandler, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2 plus a 2:30 p.m. performance on Jan. 27.

The play will be staged in the Little Theater of Palos South Middle School, 131st Street and 82nd Avenue in Palos Park.

“Crossing Delancey” is the story of Isabelle, played by Dana Grube from Chicago Ridge, a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a bookshop.

When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her doting grandmother Bubbie (Kristi Ansinn, of Mokena).

Granny and her matchmaker friend, played by Julie Zebleckis from Bolingbrook, introduce the woman to Sam, the local pickle merchant (Jacob Feliciano, of Tinley Park).

The romance blossoms despite the clash of traditional values vs. modern times.

Sam’s buddy Tyler is played by Shawn Hall, of Chicago.

The play is directed by Ken Evans, of Oak Forest, and he is assisted by Peg Crawford, of Palos Heights.

The producer is Steve Bell, of Evergreen Park.

Tickets for the performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at (877) 787-8497.

There is also a $25 theater-lunch combination available for the Jan. 27 performance at Hackney’s Restaurant, 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Park. Reservations for this matinee special is with Hackney’s at (708) 448-8300.

Information: palosvillageplayers.com.

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Custom Rides

“Come to the third annual Indoor Custom Car Show & Expo,” officials said. “See classic and custom hot rods, muscle cars, race cars and trucks. Have lunch and enjoy the entertainment throughout the day. Help a few local charities while you’re there. Stay Saturday night for the live bands to dance and sing to the oldies (all ages welcome).”

This event will take place from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 19 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave. General admission is $12 for adults and (with paying adult) $5 for ages 13-15 or free for ages younger than 12.

Concessions will be available. Marquette Bank will sponsor free face painting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Rogers Towing Service will sponsor a free kids corner from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Information: (708) 525-6992, (708) 479-9824 or customridescarshow.com, where coupons for discounted admissions are available.

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MORE CROWD PLEASERS

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art recently opened. Exhibits include “Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper” through Jan. 13. *** Admission is free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of the month.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 790-9447 (Barbara Leahy Edwards): “Just Blues,” a monthly exhibit of all things blue, will be on display in January. Featured items will include paintings, woodwork, ceramics and jewelry. *** The “Triumphant Spirits” exhibit will be on display through Jan. 31. The work of Barbara Leahy Edwards will be featured.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Leon Rogers will perform on Jan. 18-19.

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 “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” through Feb. 3. “Images of the Afterlife” through June 9 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” through June 16.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit,” “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.

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.

THEATER

FILLET OF SOLO FESTIVAL: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, and Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, (773) 761-4477: Lifeline Theatre’s 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival will feature soloist storyteller Kristen Clifford, who grew up in Evergreen Park.

She has performed in TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival and the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, both of which occurred in 2012.

The festival will run through Jan. 20. Performance times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.

“As part of its 30th anniversary season, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to partner with a host of local performance groups in a vibrant celebration of Chicago’s long-lived storytelling and Live Lit scene,” officials said.

The festival also will feature the work of 2nd Story, enSOLO, GayCo, the kates, the Lifeline Storytelling Project, Stir Friday Night, Story Club, Sweat Girls, Tellin’ Tales Theatre (featuring Tekki Lomnicki), Write Club and You’re Being Ridiculous.

Amanda Rountree, Kim Morris and Eric Warner are among the solo performers booked for this event.

Tickets are $10 for single tickets and $30 for a festival pass (allows admission to any performance). Free parking is available with a shuttle.

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VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “BAND OF SISTERS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Not rated, the movie is by local filmmaker Mary Fishman, who will be at the screening. Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

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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