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Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014

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Updated: April 1, 2014 9:46AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: Recently opened exhibits include “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness,” which runs to May 18; “Hiroshige’s Winter Scenes,” which continues to March 20; and “The Year of the Horse,” which continues to April 6. Admission is free to Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: Justin Santora’s “Vestiges” is on display to March 8.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3500: “Metaphorical” will be on display to March 6. The exhibit features works by Sophia Nahli Allison, Ana Fernandez, Robert Magrisso, Renee McGinnis and Joanna Pinsky.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 833-5108 or (708) 703-7806: “Celebrate Valentines” wraps its display on Feb. 28. The exhibit features Valentine’s Day interpreted by artists in forms including painting, jewelry and woodwork.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Who We Aren’t,” a national juried exhibit, will be on display to March 29. Alter egos, secret identities and fictional personas are the focus of the show. An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28.

CASTING CALL

THE MIDWEST MOTET SOCIETY’S SPRING CONCERT CYCLE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 667 8th St., Chicago Heights, (708) 206-0380 (Midwest Motet Society): Auditions continue to March 4. All voice parts are welcome. The group is particularly looking for sopranos and baritones or basses. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor beginning on March 4. “Poetry and Music: Benjamin Britten, Randall Thompson and Vincent Persichetti: Settings of English Poets, Robert Frost and e e cummings,” the spring concert, is set for June 8. Audition appointments can be made via phone or at marie@midwestmotet.org.

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 “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair” to Sept. 7 and “Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior” to Sept. 28.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Free admission for ages 3-11 can be obtained on-site in February at the ticket counter. Up to four free child tickets are allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. 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.”

1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd., (708) 481-4252 (Jane Nicoll) or (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans): The museum is decorated in February with vintage valentines and decorations in the exhibit “Step Back Into a 1950s Valentine’s Day.” Donation: is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Exhibits include “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef” and the Polar Play Zone. Attractions include the Shedd’s aquatic show.

PLAYING LIVE

FAT TUESDAY MARDI GRAS PARTY: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The Smiley Tillmon Band with guests Felicia Fields, of Blue Island; Kate Moss and Coyote Riot perform at 8 p.m. March 4. The Fat Tuesday celebration features bands, beer and beads. Tickets are $13, or $11 for center members.

MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL WITH ORBERT DAVIS: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: This 8 p.m. March 1 show will celebrate the musical culture of New Orleans with Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, a 15-member ensemble, featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning harmonica player Howard Levy and internationally recognized pianist Reginald Robinson. Tickets for the concert are $35. The preperformance party and buffet is sold out.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS: Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: “Music, Music, Music!” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Tickets are $12, or $10 for seniors, students and staff.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-4300: “A Salute to Count Basie” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Tickets are $12, or $10 for seniors, students and staff.

THEATER

BAC STAR STUDENT PRODUCTION OF DISNEY’S “THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This show will be staged at 7 p.m. March 7 and 2 p.m. March 9. Tickets are $8, or $6 for center members.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMY THEATER’S “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”: MVCC’s John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: This Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett show adapted by Wendy Kesselman will be staged to March 2. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Ticket are $12 for the general public or $10 for seniors, students and staff.

PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE’S “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ ”: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, (773) 327-5252: Blue Island-area actress Robin DaSilva stars in this Black History Month presentation, which runs to March 9. Tickets are $43.50 for all other performances. Groups of 10 or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at (312) 423-6612 or grouptheatertix.com.

TICKET ON-SALES

FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE: 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 for the June 28 concert stop of the This One’s For You Tour 2014 featuring Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “PHILOMENA”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this at 7:30 p.m. March 5. Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), the Irish Catholic mother of a boy conceived out of wedlock, was forced to give up her son for adoption. Many years later Philomena’s meeting with a BBC reporter inspired her to search for her long lost son. Rated PG-13, the film runs for 1 hour and 38 minutes. Cost is $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

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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