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Crowd Pleasers for July 5, 2013

Oak Forest resident Chris Medinwill perform July 5 Oak Fest his hometown.  |  File photo

Oak Forest resident Chris Medina will perform on July 5 at Oak Fest in his hometown. | File photo

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Updated: August 6, 2013 6:06AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Oak Fest in Oak Forest.

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.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: “Gallery 2013 Juried Community Art Exhibition” will be exhibited to July 31.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3636: “Sapphire and Crystals” will be exhibited to July 10. The show features work by 13 artists from the Chicago African-American women’s cooperative Sapphire and Crystals. Exhibiting artists include Felicia Grant Preston, Shahar Caren Weaver, Rhonda Wheatley, Dorian Sylvain, Joyce Owens, Pearlie Taylor, Arlene Turner Crawford, Patricia Stewart, Rose Blouin, Renee Williams Jefferson, Juarez Hawkins, Shirley Sullivan and Shyvette Williams.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 833-5108 or (708) 703-7806: “The Realists,” which will be exhibited through July 31, features work by Kato Dominquez, Maureen O’Toole and Jim Rittenhouse. The opening reception will take place July 19 and feature refreshments and music.

FESTIVALS

♦ Click on Events in SouthtownStar.com’s Entertainment section for the full Southland summer festivals listings.

BEECHER 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: (708) 946-2261, villageofbeecher.org: This event will continue from 6 p.m.-midnight July 5 and noon-midnight July 6. The fest will include a carnival, a bean-bag tournament and the Beecher Chamber of Commerce pork chop dinner. Entertainment will include Maggie Speaks and Hat Guys.

FRANKFORT’S CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-3356 (Frankfort Chamber of Commerce): Live music will be provided for no charge. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. The schedule includes HillBilly Rockstarz on July 7, R-Gang on July 14, Pete Oprisko on July 21 for Super Sunday, Gone 2 Paradise on July 28, the Meteors on Aug. 4, CTA on Aug. 11, Final Say on Aug. 18, and the Outcast Jazz Band on Aug. 25. In case of stormy weather, concerts will take place at the Frankfort Park District Founders Center, 140 Oak St.

OAK LAWN’S SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: (708) 499-7837. This series will continue at 7 p.m. July 7 with the Meteors. Attendees should bring picnic baskets, refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets. Other performers include Red Woody Band on July 21, HillBilly Rockstarz on Aug. 4 and CTA on Aug. 18 (with fireworks).

OAK FOREST’S OAK FEST: 159th Street and Central Avenue, Oak Forest, oakfest.com: This 26th annual event will continue to July 7 and include the car and bike show, a carnival and entertainment including Chris Medina, Your Villain My Hero, Cruise Machine, Jenny Rockis Trio. Hairbangers Ball, 13 Tikis, Billy’s Boys, the Walk-ins, Pamela Rose and Windy City Country, and Bella Cain.

FRANKFORT’S MOVIES ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-2177: This event, co-sponsored by the Frankfort Park District and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, will continue at 8 p.m. July 10 with “Uncle Buck.” The outdoor movie will be shown on a 20-by-30-foot screen with free popcorn. No pets will be allowed. Other movies include “Hotel Transylvania” on Aug. 7. In case of bad weather, the rain date is one week from the original movie date.

NEW LENOX’S MOVIE NIGHTS: (815) 462-6400: This series will continue at 8 p.m. July 10 with “Paranorman.” Other films include “Madagascar 3” on July 17, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on July 24, “Monsters vs. Aliens” on July 31, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on Aug. 3 and “Peter Pan” on Aug. 14.

TINLEY PARK’S CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Bettenhausen Recreation Center band shell, 8125 W. 171st St., (708) 342-4200: The series will continue with HillBilly Rockstarz at 7 p.m. July 11. Other concerts include Mr. Nicky at 7 p.m. July 25, the Neverly Brothers at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and Arts Alive! Jazz Band at 6 p.m. Aug. 18.

PALOS HILLS FRIENDSHIP FEST: 107th Street and 88th Avenue, (708) 430-4500: This event, which will take place from July 11-14, will include a carnival, family entertainment, a car show, food and business vendors and a bingo tent. Performers will include Infinity, R-Gang, American English, Breakfast Club, Modern Day Romeos, the Difference and EPIC.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: “Cosmic Wonder” recently opened. Other 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: Exhibits include “Living with Wolves” to July 7, “Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” to Sept. 8 and “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence”to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: “Animal Inside Out” recently debuted and will run through Sept. 2. Other 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: “Stingray Touch” recently opened and runs to October. Other 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 “EMPEROR”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. July 10. Rated PG-13, the movie runs for 1 hour and 38 minutes. Tickets are $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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