Crowd Pleasers for Oct. 19, 2012
October 17, 2012 1:50PM
Odyssey Fun Farm in Tinley Park is running the Zombie Safari Hayride, the Ultimate Paintball Experience on Fridays-Sundays to Oct. 28.
- Playing Live for Oct. 19, 2012
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- Freedom Hall’s 2012-13 season in Park Forest
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- Chicago Children’s Theatre’s ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’
- Pro Wrestling: PCW event features Rogers’ return, Hardy
- Hinderman: Esposito’s Haunted Faire
- Orland to host indoor garage sale
- Petzel: Trinity to host annual ChristKindle Market in November
- MVCC names Stars of the Southwest Suburbs
- Moraine Valley to host dialogue on diversity
- Artist, JJC alum, able to turn her art into her life’s work
- Rialto brings laughs for first comedy festival
- Vickroy: SXU prof heads to Rome to see medieval nun get top honors
- Halloween happenings at the H-F Park District
- To Your Health: Breast cancer forum on Oct. 20
- Six Flags Great America kicks off Fright Fest
- MVCC’s Fine & Performing Arts Center’s 2012-13 season
- Popular bird exhibit reopens at Field Museum
- Union Street Gallery exhibits ‘Wanna Play?’
- Trinity to host ‘Rigoletto’s Curse’ exhibit
- WGN’s Toomey in Orland Twp. fundraiser
- Local theaters offering up big shows this season
- ‘Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto’
- Shift into fall with corn mazes, hayrides, more
- Thornridge High School alumni launch Collective Theatre with ‘HooDoo Love’
- Review: ‘42nd Street’ is a wonderful musical tribute
- ‘Freud’s Last Session’ is a compelling, gripping play
- Deconstructing cosmic puzzle at Adler
- Alison Krauss, Indigo Girls, Shatner top Paramount’s new season
- Rialto announces season lineup
- ‘Late Nite Catechism’ marks 20 years of saving souls
- Fresh Start: Farmers markets ready for season
- OLCHS drama group to present ‘Grease’
- ‘Maharaja’ shows majesty of India with jewels, costumes, an elephant
- Ticket Line for Oct. 19, 2012
Updated: November 20, 2012 6:10AM
Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.
Events include the Zombie Safari Hayride, the Ultimate Paintball Experience at Odyssey Fun Farm in Tinley Park and “The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe” at St. Xavier University in Chicago.
Zombie Safari Hayride
Odyssey Fun Farm, 19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, has introduced the Zombie Safari Hayride, the Ultimate Paintball Experience.
Officials said the new attraction has received record crowds.
“The Zombie Safari Hayride has received an overwhelming response, with up to 4 hours’ wait time,” general manager Clint Paraday said.
“Because of the great demand for this attraction, we had to bring in more zombie-slaying trailers to help keep up with the crowds and lessen the wait time.
“Zombies are the big craze this year, and the popularity of our zombie attraction confirms this.”
The hayride takes people on a dark and narrow path through the cornfields to look for zombies. People are boarded on a highly equipped Safari Hayride trailer that has 20 paintball guns mounted to the trailer turret style.
Once boarded, participants will go down a dark path through the cornfield, where zombies will come from different areas. Patrons can shoot the zombies with their paintball guns mounted in front of them.
There are also things for children and families at the farm. These attractions include hayrides, corn mazes, zip lines and flashlight corn mazes.
The Zombie Safari and flashlight maze are open from 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. The farm is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. till Oct. 28.
General admission is $10 with additional costs for the zip line and pony rides. The Zombie Safari costs $15.
Information: (708) 429-3800, odysseyfunfarm.com.
Women adventurers, both past and present, will be the focus of a luncheon program at noon Oct. 23 at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Center program director Lois Lauer will show photos and tell of the life of Justine Kerfoot, a woman who ventured into the Minnesota-Canadian border lakes area 80 years ago and learned to canoe, hunt, trap, fish, raise a family and run a resort business in the wilderness.
Lauer then will share tales and pictures of her most recent adventure canoeing, camping, and portaging in Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness.
Inspired by Kerfoot, Lauer spent a week there in summer with fellow adventurers Linda Whittaker, Sharon Butler and Catherine Myers.
Cost is $16 per person and requires advance reservations at (708) 361-3650.
Edgar Allan Poe
The library at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, will host “The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Actor Brian “Fox” Ellis will lead this presentation in the Bishop Quarter Room.
Attendees can spend the evening with Fox as he transforms into Poe and recounts the tormented true tales of Poe’s life and how they led to his classic tales of terror.
Fox will take you on a journey as he recites “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” as well as some of Poe’s lesser-known but equally compelling works.
Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian and naturalist in Peoria.
His performances as John James Audubon, Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel have been selected by the Illinois Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program.
No reservations or tickets are needed for the Oct. 24 event. A raffle and prizes will be handed out after the performance.
Information: (773) 298- 3352, libcal.sxu.edu.
The Beverly Arts Center’s School of the Arts will offer a Make-a-Mug ceramic workshop from at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Students will learn about the art of working with clay from instructor Ken Schutt while making a mug that will be fired for later pickup.
Also, a free Watercolor Workshop will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
Space is limited in both of these free workshops. Registration: beverlyartcenter.org or in person at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
Information: (773) 445-3838.
MORE CROWD PLEASERS
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: “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.
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.
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?”
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: Brian Aldridge, who has performed on Fox and NBC, will perform two shows each on Oct. 19-20.
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.
BACINEMA SCREENING OF “UNFORGIVABLE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 with this film. Unrated, the movie runs for 1 hour and 51 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.
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, farmstand, food concessions, hayrides and Pumpkin Playland are open each October Saturday and Sunday 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.
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More events can be found at the website for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, cscvb.com.