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Crowd Pleasers for April 5, 2013

Billy Elt— Celebrating Music Billy Joel EltJohn will take Freedom Hall's Nathan Manilow Theatre stage April 9 n Park Forest.

Billy Elton — Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John will take Freedom Hall's Nathan Manilow Theatre stage on April 9 n Park Forest.

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:02AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Billy Elton — Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John at Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre in Park Forest.

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Click on the Events link in SouthtownStar.com’s Entertainment section for the extended Crowd Pleasers listings.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Picasso and Chicago” is on display to May 12.

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, “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12, and “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.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 747-6539 (Sandra Evers) or (708) 533-5143 (Linda Curl): The “Bloomin Colors” exhibit will showcase the art of Linda Curl and Sandra Evers. An opening reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 5 and feature refreshments and music.

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.

The 34 exhibiting artists hail from 11 different states and include Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Matthew 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.

COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Brian Cork will perform April 5-6.

An evening to benefit Ken Stevens will take place April 11, with doors at 7 p.m. The night will feature some of Chicago’s best comics, music, a silent auction, a raffle, entertainment, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $40 for VIP (includes entry, a drink ticket and two free passes to future Riddles shows) or $25 for general admission. The event will help Stevens, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November. Information: (708) 921-7157.

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: New exhibits include “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.

Other exhibits include “Images of the Afterlife” to June 9.

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: 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

BILLY ELTON — CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN: Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: Virtuoso pianist and vocalist Reid Spears will perform this concert at 11 a.m. April 9 as part of the matinee series for seniors. Tickets are $10.

JAZZ SUMMIT CONCERT: Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble and the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble with Sean Jones on trumpet will perform at 7 p.m. April 10.

THE PIANO MEN STARRING JIM WITTER: The Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel, this concert will be performed at 7 p.m. April 11. Tickets are $15 for rear balcony; $25 for mid-balcony; $30 for main floor, mezzanine and front balcony; $35 for platinum and $45 for box seats.

THEATER

“LATE NIGHT CATECHISM”: CD&ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: This show by Burbank native Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan will be staged at 8 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) April 6. Tickets are $50 for the dinner package and $30 for general admission. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

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

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

“TOUR GUIDES”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This inaugural production from Guild Literary Complex’s Poetry Performance Incubator will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 and 3:30 p.m. April 7. The project is designed to bring racially and stylistically diverse poets into theatrical collaboration. The show is an insider’s peek at life in Chicago, “a city full of money and no-money lives.” Tickets are $16, or $13 for center members. The show is rated PG-13.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “AMOUR”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this showing at 7:30 p.m. April 10.

Rated PG-13, the screening runs for 2 hours and 7 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

WOMEN’S EXPO: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, (866) 625-6161 (Ultimate Events & Expos Inc.): This event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7. Tickets are $5 or $2.50 each for groups of 10 or more.

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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