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Crowd Pleasers for Dec. 21, 2012

A White Christmas Holiday Revue will take place Dec. 23 Beverly Arts Center Chicago.

A White Christmas Holiday Revue will take place Dec. 23 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

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Updated: January 22, 2013 6:06AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include A White Christmas Holiday Revue at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

A White Christmas Holiday Revue

Irving Berlin’s music is at the heart of A White Christmas Holiday Revue, which will be staged at 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.

“From a World War II performance for the troops to a charming New England resort town, this holiday musical, inspired by the film classic ‘White Christmas,’ takes audiences on a magical holiday journey,” officials said.

“Featuring 30 favorite tunes such as ‘Home for the holidays,’ ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and ‘White Christmas,’ this unforgettable matinee performance will warm your heart with its with lavish costumes, classic music, gentle comedy and timeless sentiment.”

Tickets are $15, or $12 for center members, for this show co-sponsored by the SouthtownStar.

Information: (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org.

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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.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: Salon Artists Gallery, 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 833-5108, (708) 703-7806: The 2012 Holiday Art Sale continues 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.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Twelfth Month,” which is on display through Dec. 22, is a large annual exhibit and art sale featuring fine, decorative and functional art. More than 30 local and regional artists have been invited to exhibit a variety of art and fine craft.

Pieces include paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass art, and found object art.

An array of smaller works of art and crafts will be for sale with items including handmade cards, jewelry, pottery, artist-made clothing and accessories, blown glass and ornaments.

“Many of the pieces on exhibit are affordable and are perfect for unique gifts,” officials said.

The opening reception for “Twelfth Month” will be from noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1. This reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The reception provides time for visitors to view the large quantity of original and handcrafted works of art displayed in the galleries, small boutiques and artists’ studios throughout all three floors of the building.

Visitors also can enjoy music and free coffee, tea and sweet treats while they mingle with exhibiting artists, friends and members of the Union Street community.

Exhibiting artists include Richard Benoit, Geri Biamonte, Linda Bravo, Keri Joy Colestock, Claudia Craemer, Suzanne Dreher, Pam Eberlin, Dorita Fuller, Nick Galatte, Lea Goldman, Margi Hafer, Pat Huss, Nikkole Huss, Aline Keith, Sylvia Koch, Erica Lessie, Selma Lisit, Joe McIlhany, Harriett Miller, Patricia Moore and Renee Klyczek Nordstrom.

Stuart Pearson, Gisele Perreault, Donna Radcliffe, Ginny Raftery, Mike Recker, Pamela Rodey, Cynthia Russakoff, Richard Schmidt, Carolyn Sims, Margie Glass-Sula, Mary Ann Trzyna, Michael Weiss, Peter Wilhelm and Marikay Peter Witlock also are among the exhibiting artists.

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COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Alex Ortiz will perform two shows each on Dec. 21-22.

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 “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; “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,” “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.

1950S PARK FOREST HOUSE MUSEUM: 141 Forest Blvd., parkforesthistory.org: “Step Back into a 1950s Christmas” is on display throughout December from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays or by appointment.

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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Goodman Theatre’s Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, (312) 443-3800: Hazel Crest resident Melanie Brezill, who most recently starred in Regina Taylor’s award-winning production of “Crowns” in summer at the Goodman, has returned to the theater for the 35th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol” as Martha Cratchit.

Brezill also has been seen in “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway.

“A Christmas Carol” is a holiday tradition enjoyed by more than 1 million Chicagoans and has been dubbed “a joyous present for the entire family” by SouthtownStar sister newspaper the Chicago Sun-Times.

Goodman associate producer Steve Scott directs the anniversary production starring Chicago actor Larry Yando in his fifth turn as Ebenezer Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 29. Tickets are $25-$82.

BMO Harris Bank is the major corporate sponsor, and Aon and KPMG LLP are corporate sponsor partners. FTD Group Inc. is the lead corporate sponsor of Community Day (Dec. 29).

“A Christmas Carol has become my favorite holiday event over the years, and I am thrilled to direct this 35th anniversary production,” Scott said.

“We’ve assembled a cast of some of Chicago’s best actors to bring this story to life including the redoubtable Larry Yando as Scrooge.

“I hope that we can make this year’s edition even scarier, funnier and more emotionally powerful than it’s been in the past.”

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“ANNIE”: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-6666:It’s the rags to riches story everyone loves. It has the songs everyone loves. It has little girls, little girls, little girls, everywhere one turns, plus one very talented dog. It’s the musical everyone’s been waiting for: “Annie,” directed by Rachel Rockwell.

“Bring the entire family and join Annie, her canine companion Sandy, and her pint-sized cohorts for the musical adventure of a lifetime,” officials said.

The show features Frankfort resident Kayla Rea as Duffy.

Don’t let the red curls, freckles and dress fool you. Little Orphan Annie is a true adventurer.

This adorable little girl was abandoned as a baby, raised in an orphanage, ran away and lived with the homeless, befriended a U.S. president, and found a new home with one of the wealthiest people in America.

That’s all in just 11 years. Leapin’ Lizards! No wonder Annie was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won seven including best musical.

“From ‘Hard Knock Life’ to ‘Tomorrow,’ the music, dancing and heartwarming story make ‘Annie’ the perfect way for families to spend the holiday season,” officials said.

“Just wait until director-choreographer Rachel Rockwell (named best director by Chicago magazine), music director Evan Rea, an A-list cast and design team and the Paramount Theatre Orchestra combine forces to do what Paramount does best: inject fresh, new ideas into beloved American musicals like ‘Annie’ to create a sensational live theatrical experience like you’ve never seen before.”

Performances run through Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays except there is no evening show on Dec. 19 or performances on Dec. 20, 26 and 27.

Tickets are $34.90-$46.90 at the box office from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to evening performances or at (630) 896-6666.

Note: Rea is among two sets of six girls — the red cast and the green cast – who rotate performances for “Annie.”

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More events can be found at the website for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, cscvb.com.



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