Crowd Pleasers for Sept. 14, 2012
September 12, 2012 4:48PM
Todd Looby will screen his new movie "Be Good" on Sept. 14 at the Beverly Arts Center. The filmmaker will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening.
Chicago native Todd Looby will screen his new movie, “Be Good,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Beverly Arts Center , 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
The filmmaker will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening
Written and directed by Looby, “Be Good” follows young couple Paul (Thomas J. Madden) and Mary (Amy Seimetz) as they adjust to first-time parenthood.
Mary returns to work after a six-month maternity leave and Paul takes charge of their spirited baby, Pearl, while he struggles to write a screenplay.
As Paul’s disinterest in his work grows, money becomes tighter and his attachment to Pearl intensifies, so Mary is left out in the cold.
It all comes to a head one
day when Paul thinks he was scammed and becomes the jerk he thought he’d never be.
Shot in two weeks mostly in Chicago’s Ravenswood Manor Historic District in summer 2011, “Be Good” recently finished an eight-show run at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
Looby recently won the Special Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival 2011 for his Liberia-produced short “Son of None.”
That film also took home the award for Best Short at the 2010 Boston Film Festival and screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinequest and several additional festivals.
His previous feature was the acclaimed comedy-drama “Lefty.”
Admission to the Beverly Art Center screening is $10. Tickets are available at beverlyartcenter.org or
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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.
Events include Todd Looby’s screening and question-and-answer session for “Be Good” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund” through Sept. 16, “Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Japanese Art” through Oct. 28, “Film and Photo in New York” through Nov. 25, and “Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper” through Jan. 13. *** Admission is free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of the month.
LEMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY’S ATHENS GALLERY: 50 E. Wend St., (630) 257-6541: The Lemont Artists Guild present the Tony Minard “Prairie Portals and Gateways” to Sept. 28. The 24 photos in the exhibit feature doors and windows of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Oak Park; Springfield; Peoria; Deephaven, Minn.; Highland Park; River Forest and Chicago. Most of the photos are of homes, but also included are photos of the Unity Temple in Oak Park
Minard has 17 years of experience as a photographer. His interest in Wright goes back to grade-school years when Minard saw commemorative postage stamps of Wright on family letters. He began visiting Wright homes in the 1990s but did not start photographing them until 2004, some years after a visit to Wright’s home and studio.
Minard has won many awards for his photographs in five county fairs. These honors include two first places at the Sandwich County Fair in 2005 and 2006. Information: tonyminardpics.com.
PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3636 (PSC Foundation): The “Photographer of the Year” and “2012 Annual Student Exhibition” continues to Sept. 30. The exhibits include drawings, paintings, photographs and mixed media works that were produced by PSC students in the 2011-12 academic year.
Featured during the exhibits will be the work of this year’s photographer of the year, student Beth Schimanski, a resident of Crete. Additional student artists represented in the exhibit are Norman Harris and David Koenig, of Beecher; Adrian Andrade, Karina Corona, Reginald Gale, Miriam Meade, Antoine Merrick and Jackie Reyna, of Chicago Heights; Patrick Van Zyl, of Crete; Emily Schranz, of Glenwood; Kailah Armand and William Moser, of Homewood; Carla Banuelos and Norman Harris, of Lynwood; William Billingsly and Gwen Desvignes, of Matteson; Natalie Pesick, of Olympia Fields; Amber Peoples, of Richton Park; and Tenyiah Simmons, of Steger.
ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY GALLERY: Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, (773) 298-3081: “Human Dimensions in Fiber,” an art exhibit featuring the work of Chris Motley, will be on display through Sept. 18. After a 30-year career as a lawyer, Motley began her journey into the art world by knitting 3-D creations by hand. Many of her pieces portray human body parts, such as hands, arms and faces.
“I learned knitting from my mother when I was a child of 10 or 11, and [it] was a natural medium for me since it’s what I knew,” she said. “My work seems to be derived in some respect from words, odd as that sounds. Words were a big part of my career and, thus, I’m realizing that presenting words pictorially is part of what my work does.”
Motley has participated in juried shows throughout the United States. Theses shows include “Metaphoric Fibers” at the Textile Center in Minneapolis and “Fantastic Fibers” in 2010 and 2011 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Ky.
She also participated in “National Fiber Directions 2011” in Wichita, Kan.; the Handweaver’s Guild of America “Small Expressions 2011” show and “Form & Fiber; A Contemporary Twist on Fiber Art” at the Mystic Arts Center’s show in Mystic, Conn.
ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM LOCKPORT GALLERY: Norton Building, 201 W. 10th St., First Floor, Lockport, (815) 838-7400: “Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions,” which is on view through Oct. 4, features the work of Mario Trejo, Steven Robnett, Don Seiden and Rebecca Wolfram.
Trejo, whose compositions resonate between calm fluidity and struggling chaos, combines rigorous processes and acute attention to detail in the creation of black and white paintings and drawings. He forms small universes within drawings composed of hundreds of thousands of marks, each mark both a relic of the performance of creation and a test of the artist’s own endurance and stamina.
The resulting paintings and drawings reflect a quiet beauty with underlying layers of metaphors of time, space, personal experience and the universe.
Trejo lives and works in Troy, Ill., near St. Louis. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute and his master of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Elgin artist Robnett narrates the human experience from multiple perspectives in tightly rendered paintings and compositions of charcoal, pastel and colored pencil.
Seiden is a Chicago-based painter, sculptor and art therapist with more than 50 years of experience. He explores life, art and the creative process utilizing mixed media.
Wolfram delves into the effects of culture, custom and tradition as they reflect and shape social behavior and society.
DAN D JAC’S: 9358 W. 171st St., Orland Hills, (708) 460-8773: Ray Fischer performs at an open mike comedy show, which begins at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free, but there is a two-drink minimum.
RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Loel Lindley, who’s been on MTV’s “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour,” will perform two shows each on Sept. 14-15.
ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: “The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time” recently debuted. Other exhibits include “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: “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” will open Sept. 14 and run to June 16. Other exhibits include “Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears” through Sept. 16; “The Romance of Ants” through Oct. 28; “Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention” through Dec. 2; “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; and “Images of the Afterlife” through June 9.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Life in Space?” through Sept. 30, “Smart Home: Green + Wired” through Jan. 6 and “Science Storms.” The Omnimax Theater is showing “Tornado Alley” through Oct. 1 and “Born To Be Wild” through March 1. *** Free general admission to Illinois residents (with proof of address) is available every weekday in September. It’s a chance to experience permanent exhibits like “Science Storms” and “YOU! The Experience” as well as classics from “The Great Train Story” to the Baby Chick Hatchery and daily, live science demonstrations like the chemistry show “Bangs, Flashes and Fire.” Omnimax films, U-505 Submarine on-board tour, WOW! Tour, “Smart Home: Green + Wired” and Coal Mine are not included in general admission.
SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Exhibits include “Jellies,” which has been extended through 2013. Other exhibits include “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising” and “Wild Reef.” Attractions include the Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone and the Shedd’s aquatic show.
“DEATHTRAP”: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave., (708) 342-4200: The Tinley Park-Park District will present this show by Ira Levin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23. The Tony Award-nominated play from 1982 has many twists and turns and promises to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
A student of a great playwright has constructed such a great play that the playwright lures his student to his house to kill him and market the surefire script as his own. The Tinley Park Community Theater group will perform the two-act, five-character thriller. Tickets are $13 per person.
The play is directed by Mike Gandy, and the actors are as follows: Bob Szczepanski from Orland Park as Sidney Bruhl, Kristie Ansinn from Mokena as Andrea Clifford, Dana Grube from Chicago Ridge as Myra Bruhl, Laura Simos from Tinley Park as Helga Ten Dorp, and Leonard Wcislo from Hickory Hills as Porter Milgrin. Please call for more information or ticket availability.
BACINEMA SCREENING OF “MULBERRY CHILD”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 with this movie. Not rated, this movie runs for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.
THE BLUE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S HOUSE WALK TOUR: Originating from the Blue Island Historical Society/Albee House, 13018 Maple Ave., Blue Island, (708) 371-8546: This 28th house walk will take place from noon-4 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St.; CARR home-garden-holiday, 2357 York St.; or Three Sisters Resale, 13042 Western Ave. Tickets are $20 on event day.
OKTOBERFEST: German-American Heritage Center, 25249 Center Road, Frankfort, (708) 636-3074 (tickets), dankchicagosouth.org: This annual event featuring traditional German-style music, dancing, food and drink will take place Sept. 15. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Music by the Paloma will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult or free for ages younger than 16.
HALFWAY TO THE SOUTH SIDE IRISH PARADE PARTY: 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, southsideirishparade.org: This new fundraiser for the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place from 2-7 p.m. Sept. 15. Party proceeds will help offset the increased costs of hosting a parade that attracted in 2011 more than 150,000 spectators and participants to the neighborhood celebration of Irish heritage.
“The parade committee values the community’s participation and hospitality on parade day, welcoming the support of area businesses, residents and organizations. This year the parade committee has added a new tradition, the Halfway to the Parade Party, to build awareness of this year’s event and raise funds to cover the increased expenses of managing a large event. We invite the community to join in the fun, fellowship and celebration as we mark the halfway point on the calendar till this year’s South Side Irish Parade,” parade committee chairman Joe Connolly said.
A tradition since 1979, the South Side Irish Parade, is one of the United States’ premiere neighborhood St. Patrick Day parade. This 2013 parade is set to step off at noon March 10.
“In order to maintain a safe environment, the parade committee continues to add public safety measures to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, family-friendly safe afternoon. The fundraiser is a great way to support the effort,” Connolly said.
Tickets are $30 per person and include a buffet and unlimited beer, wine or soda. Raffles, games of chance and a performance by the Irish band Larkin and Moran Brothers will add to the festivities. Tickets are available at southsideirishparade.eventbrite.com or the door.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, (708) 361-1873: This event will take place from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission is $5 per person or free for ages 3 and younger. The event will include a butterfly tent, live music, a rock-climbing wall, hayrides, children’s games and crafts, make-and-take garden activities, scarecrow making, an arts and crafts fair, a potato dig, canoe rentals, amateur photo contest, face painting, food vendors, farm animals, the Frog Lady, and a reptile road show. Children in butterfly costumes will receive a free gift while supplies last.
WOOFSTOCK FESTIVAL: Bailey’s Crossing Dog Park, 9910 S. Melvina Ave., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2200, firstname.lastname@example.org: The Oak Lawn Park District will present this third annual event from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15. This free fest will include contests, a dog fashion show, doggie dashes and vendor booths. Concessions will be available for purchase.
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More events can be found at the website for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, cscvb.com.