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Crowd Pleasers for Nov. 15, 2013

Johnny Greanias (from left) Nick Greanias Denise Wargowski Sarah Callis star Palos Village Players' 'Once UpMattress' which continues from Nov.

Johnny Greanias (from left), Nick Greanias, Denise Wargowski and Sarah Callis star in Palos Village Players' "Once Upon a Mattress," which continues from Nov. 15-17 in Palos Park.

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Updated: December 16, 2013 6:09AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Palos Village Players’ “Once Upon a Mattress” in Palos Park.

ART

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

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Twelfth Month,” an exhibit and boutique, runs to Dec. 21.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: Exhibits include “Cosmic Wonder,” “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: Exhibits include “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: 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

STEVE BOBBIT AND THE YOUNG TURKS: A ROD STEWART TRIBUTE: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This performance will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $19 or $16 for center members.

YOUNG DUBLINERS: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This Celtic rock group performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Young Dubliners has been featured on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and had songs featured on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” Tickets are $16, or $14 for center members.

THEATER

“THE ADVENTURES OF HANSEL & GRETEL”: The Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: The Drama Group’s Daytime Children’s Theatre presents “The Adventures of Hansel and Gretel” at noon Nov. 20-22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23 and 1 p.m. Nov. 24. Tickets in advance are $6 or $5 per person for groups of 25 or more. Tickets at the door are $7 each.

“FAME JR.”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The BAC Star Student production will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $1 or $11 for center members.

“ONCE UPON A MATTRESS”: (877) 787-8497: Palos Village Players at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd St., and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hackney’s, 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Park. The fairy tale musical features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller. It is the story of a lovesick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart. Unfortunately, the rule of the land is no one can marry until the ruling prince has taken a bride. However, the situation is hindered by the fact that the Prince’s overprotective mother has thwarted all efforts to find a suitable bride. After a long and arduous effort, the young nobleman, Sir Harry, introduces a prospective bride to the Prince. She is Princess Winifred of the swamps. Immediately stricken by the Princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that’s sure to set his marital plans awry. Princess Winifred is played by Aimee Jarzembowski (Chicago) and Alex Earhart (Orland Park) is Prince Dauntless. The conniving Sir Harry is Dan Nivenger (Orland Park) and his prospective bride, the Lady Larkin, is played by Denise Wargowski (Tinley Park). Others in the cast include David Bell (Chicago); Kim Brines and Molly Ricker (Evergreen Park); Nick and Tom Greanias and Kathy Janik (Lemont); Sarah Callis, Kelly Carevic and Bob Szczpanski (Orland Park); Joyce Eddy (Palos Heights); Janice Marco-Bottger (Palos Hills); and Lucy Mahoney (Worth). The director is Steve Bell (Evergreen Park), and the musical director is Michael Barr (Chicago’s Beverly community). The producer is Christine Haines (Burbank). Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. There is also a $25 combination lunch-theater ticket available for both Sunday matinees at Hackney’s by calling (708) 448-8300 for reservations.

“ROSE”: Moraine Valley Community College’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: Olympia Dukakis stars in this concert reading by Martin Sherman at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

“SUNSET BLVD.”: Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2200: Oak Lawn Park District Theatre presents this show at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 22-23 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. The staff of the show includes executive producers Dave Heilmann and Paul Nirchi, who is also producer and director; assistant director Brad Kisner, choreographer Tom Fagan, musical director Marty Hesse and set designer and lighting coordinator Gil Oliva. The show features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. “Sunset Blvd.” is presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals. Tickets are $22 for adults or $21 for ages 60 or older or 12 and younger.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly BACinema film series continues at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 with this Reel Talk presentation. Rated R for violence and adult situations, the film runs for 1 hour and 36 minutes. Film lecturer Suzanne Patterson will lead an after-screening opportunity to discuss and dissect the movie. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

ILLINOIS DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOWS: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, (708) 342-5485: This event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24. Early admission is $10 per person. Regular admission is $5 for adults or $2 for ages younger than 12. All shows have an appraiser for no charge with a paid adult admission.

ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, (708) 342-5485: This event will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

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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