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Crowd Pleasers for Jan. 11, 2013

Musher Manie will return Monee Reservoir Jan. 12. | File photo

Musher Manie will return to the Monee Reservoir on Jan. 12. | File photo

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Updated: February 12, 2013 6:07AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Musher Mania at the Monee Reservoir and exhibits at Salon Artists Gallery in Park Forest.

Musher Mania

This free, all-ages dog-sledding program, returns to Monee Reservoir for its 19th year on Jan. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

In partnership with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will present demonstrations of mushing (dogsled racing) at Musher Mania.

“Come see our new, enhanced route,” officials said. “Participants can also learn about the Iditarod and the training of the sled dogs. There is so much to see and do at this family-friendly program.

“You can pull a dogsled in the human mushing activity, try out snowshoeing, take a photo with a sled dog, watch an ice sculpture being created, experience the Great Race to Nome, or roast marshmallows over a campfire.

“Then come inside a warming tent to talk to a husky rescue group or pet a husky puppy.”

Food concessions will include a variety of warm food and drinks.

Attendees who are one of the first 250 to arrive will receive a free gift.

The schedule will include:

NOON: Event kickoff.

12:30 P.M.: Iditarod and husky presentations.

1 P.M.: Sled dog demonstration by the Siberian Husky Club.

1:30 P.M.: Snowshoe presentation and races.

2 P.M.: Campfire Storytime.

2:30 P.M.: Sled dog demonstration by the Siberian Husky Club.

3:30 P.M.: Skijoring presentation (skier is pulled on snow by a sled dog).

“Weather doesn’t stop the dogs, so don’t let it stop you from joining us,” officials said. “If there is no snow cover, wheeled sleds will be used.”

Attendees are asked to leave their dogs at home for everyone’s safety including the sled dogs.

“Activities are held outside on uneven and possibly snow-covered natural surfaces,” officials said.

“In providing programs and services to the public, the Forest Preserve District will make reasonable modifications to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to enjoy district offerings.”

Monee Reservoir is on Ridgeland Avenue south of Pauling Road in Monee.

Information: (708) 534-8499, reconnectwithnature.org.

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Salon Artists Gallery

“Just Blues” a monthly exhibit of all things blue, will be on display from in January at Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main St., Park Forest.

Featured items will include paintings, woodwork, ceramics and jewelry.

Also the “Triumphant Spirits” exhibit will be on display from Jan. 11-31. The work of Barbara Leahy Edwards will be features.

An opening reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 11.

Information: Barbara Leahy Edwards at (708) 790-9447 or blartgallery@me.com.

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

Information: salonartistsgallery.com.

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MORE CROWD PLEASERS

ART

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

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Kevin Craft will perform two shows each on Jan. 11-12.

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: Exhibits include “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” through Feb. 3. “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: Exhibits include “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit,” “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 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

FILLET OF SOLO FESTIVAL: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, and Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, (773) 761-4477: Lifeline Theatre’s 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival will feature soloist storyteller Kristen Clifford, who grew up in Evergreen Park.

She has performed in TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival and the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, both of which occurred in 2012.

The festival will run through Jan. 20. Performance times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.

“As part of its 30th anniversary season, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to partner with a host of local performance groups in a vibrant celebration of Chicago’s long-lived storytelling and Live Lit scene,” officials said.

The festival also will feature the work of 2nd Story, enSOLO, GayCo, the kates, the Lifeline Storytelling Project, Stir Friday Night, Story Club, Sweat Girls, Tellin’ Tales Theatre (featuring Tekki Lomnicki), Write Club and You’re Being Ridiculous.

Amanda Rountree, Kim Morris and Eric Warner are among the solo performers booked for this event.

Tickets are $10 for single tickets and $30 for a festival pass (allows admission to any performance). Free parking is available with a shuttle.

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VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “A LATE QUARTET”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Rated R, the movie runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for 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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