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Crowd Pleasers for Nov. 16, 2012

SalArtists Gallery's 2012 Holiday Art Sale will kick off Nov. 16 run Dec. 22 Park Forest.

Salon Artists Gallery's 2012 Holiday Art Sale will kick off Nov. 16 and run to Dec. 22 in Park Forest.

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Updated: December 19, 2012 10:31AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Salon Artists Gallery’s 2012 Holiday Art Sale in Park Forest.

Salon Artists Gallery

The 2012 Holiday Art Sale will kick off Nov. 16 at Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main St., Park Forest.

The opening reception will take place from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 16 and feature free refreshments and a poetry reading from 6-7 p.m. and live music from 7-9 p.m. The show will continue to Dec. 22.

The gallery is open from 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Information: (708) 833-5108, (708) 703-7806.

Lee E. Dulgar Gallery

The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College presents a free solo exhibition entitled “Fractious” by Chicago-based artist Ted Stanuga through Nov. 16 in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery of the main campus, 15800 S. State St., South Holland.

Stanuga has exhibited his work on a national level since the early 1980s. Notable exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art and recently at the Park Schreck Gallery in Chicago.

His work has been featured in many articles and reviews, and he is the recipient of numerous grants. Stanuga’s work is primarily gestural abstraction with drawing based in the nature of things, and how the events that surround that nature color it.

The artist’s concern, then, is how painting attains meaning culturally in a lifelong practice.

The Dulgar Gallery is on the first floor near the Atrium and is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. The gallery, which is closed on weekends and holidays, is supported in part by the SSC Foundation.

Information: Eric Tucker, etucker@ssc.edu or (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2300.

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MORE CROWD PLEASERS

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art”recently opened. Exhibits include “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.

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: Robert Hines will perform two shows each on Nov. 16-17.

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: “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” recently opened and will run to Feb. 3. Other exhibits include “Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention” through Dec. 2; “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; “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: “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit” recently opened. Other 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.

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

APOSTLE CHRISTIAN THEATRE’S “DON’T KICK THE TURKEYS”: Olympia Gardens Firehouse: 2250 205th St., Chicago Heights, (708) 653-1544: This show will be presented throughout Nov. 17. “This family comedy has a little something for everyone,” officials said.

It is only the Rev. Thompson’s third day as pastor of New Hope Church. His secretary lays down the laws of the office, the janitor is “fixing” everything in sight, the most prestigious member of the congregation is on the warpath, and an eccentric layperson presents some far-out ideas for Sunday morning’s special.

The calamity and humor only escalate when a day care moves into the church building after the pipes in their own building burst. Can God work in such a situation?

Featured in the cast are Andrea Fleming, of Steger; Bryce Gardner, of Park Forest; Katie Hale, of Chicago Heights; Patrick McCulley, of Monee; Kristy McCulley-Schnepf and Tommy McCulley Schnepf, of South Chicago Heights; Beverly Petschauer, of Park Forest; Teresa Rogerson, of Richton Park; and Melissa Russo, of Monee.

There are two options for the performances of this show.

Cost for the 7 p.m. Nov. 16 show only is $15 per adult and $10 per child for ages 12 and younger.

Cost for the 7 p.m. Nov. 17 show and dinner is $20 per adult and $15 per child ages 12 and younger.

There is a discount of 10 percent for groups of 10 or more for any show, or one may print out a coupon via the troupe’s website, actonstage.org.

Reservations for the dinner shows are recommended due to catering needs.

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THE DRAMA GROUP DAYTIME CHILDREN’S THEATRE’S “WINNIE THE POOH & FRIENDS BIRTHDAY TAIL”: The Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202 St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: This show will be staged at 9:30 a.m. and noon Nov. 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1 p.m. Nov. 18.

“Join in the fun with the lovable characters from Hundred Acre Woods,” officials said.

In the play, a celebration is almost ruined but friendship and teamwork save the day in this original musical. Officials said the show is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Charlie Misovye directs the show.

The Drama Group Daytime Children’s Theatre produces two one-hour, attention-span-friendly children’s shows each season in November and March. Officials said these productions are great for schools, day care centers, Brownie troops and other groups.

A meet and greet with the characters take place after each show, so attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Tickets purchased in advance are $6 for adults, ages 65 and older and students with identification and $5 for groups of 25 or more.

Tickets at the door will cost $7 for adults, ages 65 and older and students with identification and $5 for groups of 25 or more.

The cast of “Winnie the Pooh & Friends Birthday Tail” includes:

◆ EEYORE: Alex Guiliani, of Chicago Heights.

◆ KANGA/ROO: Loretta DeLuca, of Flossmoor.

◆ CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Noah Uhlenbrauck, of Crete.

◆ WINNIE THE POOH: Dawn DeVries, of Crete.

◆ OWL: Rebecca Atwood, of Steger.

◆ TIGGER: Hannah Bielecki, of Midlothian.

◆ PIGLET: Fiona Keating, of Flossmoor.

◆ RABBIT: Maddie Ward, of Mokena.

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GAELIC PARK PLAYERS’ “PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME”: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This show will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $12 for the show only and $25 for the dinner-and-theater package (reservations are required).

Fed up with his dreary life in Ballybeg, an uncommunicative father and a humiliating job in his father’s grocery shop, Gareth (Gar) O’Donnell has accepted his aunt’s invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, Gar is unsure about his decision and battling his thoughts both publicly and privately. The audience will share in Gar’s complicated and poignant struggle to follow his heart.

The cast includes:

Vera Kelly, of Chicago Ridge, as Director.

Kate McNally, of Oak Forest, as Madge.

Tom Kearney, of Glen Ellyn, as Private Gar.

Mike Azarkiewicz, of Tinley Park, as Public Gar.

Barney Farrelly, of Lemont, as SB O’Donnell.

Kathleen Donoghue, of Lemont, as Kate Doogan/Mrs. King.

Peter Simon, of Lockport, as Senator Doogan.

Bob Reidy, of Chicago, as Master Boyle.

Maggie Murphy, of Chicago, as Lizzy Sweeney.

Larry Coughlin, of Tinley Park, as Con Sweeney.

Liam Briik, of Joliet, as Ben Burton.

Jim Shinkle, of Chicago, as Ned.

Shawn McPartland, of Lemont, as Tom.

George Skrobuton, of Mokena, as Joe.

Bob Fox, of Oak Forest, as Cannon Byrne.

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OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT THEATRE’S “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”: Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2200 (Oak Lawn Park District): The show will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $21 for adults and $20 for seniors and ages 12 and younger.

The production staff of the show includes executive producers Dave Heilmann and Paul Nirchi, producer Paul Nirchi, director Josie Nirchi, choreographer Staci Cousert, musical director Marty Hesse, and lighting and set designer Gil Oliva.

The show is presented with all rights reserved by Samuel French.

PALOS VILLAGE PLAYERS’ “REHEARSAL FOR DEATH”: Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St., (877) 787-8497: This show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.

The theater troupe will end its 2012 season with the production of George Batson’s mystery-comedy. The play takes place in the era before television in a small Midwestern town. The Rough Rapids Drama Group is rehearsing a play starring has-been actress Stella Carlisle, played by Orland Park actress Molly Quinn.

A letter arrives at the theater threatening dire consequences if the play continues. The cast includes the local gossip columnist, a theater owner, the ingenue and her finance, the town busybody, a smart-aleck teen and the show’s stalwart director.

They all decide to do the play anyway. During a rehearsal a gun goes off and one of the cast is discovered to be dead. This is a whodunit that will keep the audience laughing and guessing.

Others in the cast include Russell Egan and Matt Cukrowski, of Chicago; Yvonne Ambrose, of Frankfort; Ken Evans, of Oak Forest; Jim Sharp and Matthew Walsh, of Orland Park; Joyce Eddy, of Palos Heights; and Bruce Fredrick, Lisa Giovenco Solomon and Denise M. Wargowsky, of Tinley Park.

The show is directed by Michael Gandy, of Mokena. His assistant director is Ellen Micotto, of Orland Park.

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VARIETY

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS “DRAGONS”: This show will take place through Nov. 25 at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, (312) 455-4500, unitedcenter.com. Tickets are $13-$90.

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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