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Crowd Pleasers for Oct. 12, 2012

Crestwood Fastpitch will host an Oct. 20 event thwill include screening 'Saving Hubble' documentary.  |  SavingHubble.com photo

Crestwood Fastpitch will host an Oct. 20 event that will include a screening of the "Saving Hubble" documentary. | SavingHubble.com photo

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Updated: November 13, 2012 6:03AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include a Crestwood Fastpitch event featuring a screening of “Saving Hubble,” a discussion with director David Gaynes and stargazing with telescopes.

Stargazers, aspiring astronomers, space lovers and more may want to visit Standard Bank Stadium, the home of the Windy City ThunderBolts, at 14011 S. Kenton Ave., Crestwood, on Oct. 20.

The night of discovery, history, excitement and fun will kick off at 6:30 p.m. (6 p.m. dates) with “Saving Hubble” under the stars on a movie screen.

“Saving Hubble” is an independent documentary film that examines the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s decision in 2003 to cancel the famed Hubble Space Telescope, and introduces viewers to the people who united to save it.

Directly following the film will be a live discussion with director David Gaynes and other astronomers who will be addressing the audience’s questions.

After the discussion, high-tech telescopes will be set up for everyone to do their own stargazing, and astronomers will be walking around to answer any questions and point out cool stuff in the night sky.

“Don’t miss your chance to really get in the action of this event,” officials said.

Admission is free, but donations to keep this event going will be accepted. This event has been made possible by Crestwood’s Fastpitch and T-Ball.

Registration for larger groups is requested in advance and can be done by sending one’s name, how many plan to attend and any questions to Crestwoodfastpitch@yahoo.com.

Updates can be found via CrestwoodFastpitch on Facebook or villageofcrestwood.org.

Registration should be completed before Oct. 17.

In case of rain or other inclement weather, the movie and discussion will be moved indoor to the Crestwood Recreation & Wellness Center, 5331 W. 135th St.

Information: savinghubble.com.

MORE CROWD PLEASERS

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Exhibits include “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.

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER: 2407 W. 111 Street, Chicago, (773) 445-3838: “Fulgent,” an exhibit of works by the BAC Young Adult Board will be open through Oct. 14. An artists’ reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12. The exhibit features works by Amanda Kaliski-Alvarez, Dave Barista, Jo Beaudreau, Billy Bonner, Michael Donnelly, Scott Hermanson, Rachel Hewitt, Brendan McAlinden, Russell Meyer, Emily Range and Laura Slonskis. *** “Art 19” will be on display through Oct. 28. October is Chicago Artists Month, and this exhibit features 15 artists who live in Chicago’s 19th Ward. The show features works by Cecil McDonald, Dalton Brown, Brigit Scales Fennessy, Robert Workman, Raymond Broady, Danielle Principato, Audrius Plioplys, Sandra Leonard, John Colson, Brian Ritchard, Susannah Papish, Sal Campbell, Baird Campbell, Cathy Sorich and Jon Bakker.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3636 (PSC Foundation ): To celebrate Chicago Artists Month, which honors the city’s art and artists, the gallery feature the works of three prominent Chicago artists whose works have been shown and are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as other prominent museums and galleries.

The show, “Narrative!” will run to Nov. 1 and features artists Gladys Nilsson, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and John Pitman Weber.

Gallery director Beth Shadur said the artists “tell oblique narratives through their combination of images, both imaginary and observed. These painters use vivid color, intensely personal imagery and a combination of tender and challenging reflections on the human experience.”

Full biographies of the artists featured in the show are available at prairiestate.edu/artgallery.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE’S LEE E. DULGAR GALLERY: 15800 S. State St., South Holland, South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300: SSC’s Art & Design Department presents internationally recognized artist Brigitta Rossetti’s solo exhibition “La Flor Que Yo Esperaba” through Oct. 15 with a closing reception set for 12:30 p.m.

“La Flor Que Yo Esperaba” is presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. This exhibition reflects Rossetti’s latest exploration into an intimate journey of reflection and personal rediscovery.

Derived from nature and inspired by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, these abstract works subtly invite the viewer to immerse himself or herself into an emotional ocean of visual enchantment and delight.

Rossetti’s recent monochromatic works, just as Neruda’s poetry, are charged with passion, emotion, love and humanity. They dwell on the verge of despair and peril while elevating the beauty and romance of human nature.

Rossetti was born in Piacenza in 1974. She graduated in modern literature at the University of Pavia and specializes in the study of multimedia communication, obtaining the master of engineering management at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.

Her works are present in several museums and galleries and have been published in Italian art catalogs such as Post-Avant-Garde, which was edited by Paolo Levi in 2010.

Rossetti works between Milan, Turin and Chicago. She has a private studio at the Zhou Brothers Art Center in Chicago and is represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago.

ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY GALLERY: Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, (773) 298-3081: “I is the Grandson,” an art exhibit featuring the work of Jim Zimpel, will be on display through Oct. 19. Zimpel’s sculptures explore memories such as a meaningful fishing experience, a trip to a natural wonder and a project built together in the garage shop behind the house. Zimpel is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago’s Art and Design Department.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: The fall national juried exhibit titled “Wanna Play?” will continue to Oct. 27.

After 72 artists from 21 states across America submitted 165 entries for this show, juror David van Alphen selected 49 pieces. Those works on exhibit will represent painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital art, mixed media and sculpture.

“Wanna Play?” is a playful, clever and whimsical exhibit of art that is inspired by toys, games and the act of play. The artwork represents a range of interpretations of the title. Many of the pieces depict real or invented toys or games, the industry, consumer culture or the roles of toys and games in modern-day Western society.

Some pieces take the form of actual 3-D constructions. There are works of art in “Wanna Play?” that represent the innocence of play and include imagery of childhood relics that invoke nostalgia. There are also works of art that have a dark and whimsical twist depicting toy mutations or portraying fabricated scenes in which the toys take on a life of their own.

Alphen, the judge for “Wanna Play?” is a professional artist and curator for the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago.

Three cash awards of $500, $350 and $150 will be awarded to artists chosen by the juror at the reception on Sept. 28.

Artists chosen for the exhibit include Jennifer Bittner, Peter Cales, Keri Joy Colestock, Larry Raymond Crist, Jessica Damen, Joe Casey Doyle, Lauren Dunning, Pam Eberlin, Stephanie Evans, Sarah Fagan, Kathi Flood, Jessica Freudenberg-Segal, Jonathan Frey, David Galalis, Irene Ganas, Lea Goldman, Brenda R. Gregory, Liz Heller and Seana Higgins.

Shelly Hokanson, Melissa Huang, Bruce Humphries, Carol Kazwick, Alish Koyanis, Chris Maker, Christine McCullough, Barbara McIntyre, Joe Milosevich, Mic Muhlbauer, Rebecca Mushtare, John Nieman, Michael Pohlman, Randy L. Purcell, Ryan Schultz, Priscilla Ann Smith, Miho Suzuki, Jim Wright and Jave Yoshimoto also are displaying pieces in “Wanna Play?”

COMEDY

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: Al Del Bene, who tours with Dane Cook, will perform two shows each on Oct. 12-13.

MUSEUMS

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” recently opened and will run to June 16. Other exhibits include “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 “Smart Home: Green + Wired” through Jan. 6, “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.

1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd. (Forest Boulevard and Fir Street), Park Forest, (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans): “Step Back into a 1950s Halloween” with vintage Halloween decorations that are on display through Oct. 31. Display items include a collection of Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations and a boxed costume with mask. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday or for groups by appointment. Admission donation is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger with an adult.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Visitors can stop by and see 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.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 with this film. Rated PG, the movie runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

ODYSSEY FUN FARM: 19111 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park,(708) 429-3800: The gates for the 110-acre farm’s second year recently opened. “The Fun Farm is bigger and better this year.” general manager Clint Paraday said. “We have added so many new attractions that will appeal to all ages and interests.”

The Fun Farm has 2011 attractions including the 13-acre pumpkin patch, the 15-acre corn maze, pig races, hayrides, inflatable kids zone and corn cannons. Many new attractions have been added as well.

For the fearless, Odyssey introduces the Zombie Safari Hay Ride, an Extreme Paintball Adventure. Those “who dare” are taken on a journey in the pitch-black and narrow path through the corn maze to hunt Zombies with paintball guns.

For the young and young at heart, new attractions include the Giant Inflatable Pillow Jumpy and the Bouncy Horses, on which contestants can embark on a clamor, bouncing around the track to the finish line.

Thrill seekers can try the Zip-Line and travel from 30 feet up, with a distance up to 130 feet long, and at speeds of 15 mph, or check out the Flashlight Maze and walk through the corn maze with only a flashlight.

Odyssey Fun Farm will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily to Oct. 28. Admission is $10. Zip-Line is $9.

The Zombie Safari Hay Ride and Flashlight Maze will be open from 7 p.m.-midnight every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Zombie Safari Hay Ride is $15, and the Flashlight Maze is $6 plus $2 for a flashlight.

PUMPKIN PATCH: The Children’s Farm at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, (708) 361-3650: Pumpkin Days at the farm feature free admission to the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch along with a farm stand of gourds, mini pumpkins, straw bales, cornstalks and honey for sale. Each weekend also features complimentary hayrack rides and food concessions.

Pumpkin Playland is an interactive experience for children and adults, who are charged a fee to enter the animal farmyard and surrounding playland. The barns are open for visiting and petting the cows, sheep, donkeys, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese.

A straw bale climber and giant corn box provide active enjoyment for children. The spooky woodshed provides a spooky Halloween experience for kids, and the Crazy Maze-y allows all guests to navigate their way through a tunnel of fall-themed and ghostly passageways.

The pumpkin patch, farm stand, food concessions, hayrides and Pumpkin Playland are open each October Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pumpkin patch and farm stand also are open from 3-5 p.m. every weekday in October.

Farm program director Amy Didominicis said she is proud of the farm’s October motto: “We grow families in our pumpkin patch.”

Pumpkin patch admission is free, with the only cost being the price of the pumpkins selected. For guests who choose to enter the Pumpkin Playland to visit the animals and enjoy the playland activities, admission is $8. Children younger than 2 years old may attend for no charge.

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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