Crowd Pleasers for Dec. 28, 2012
December 26, 2012 2:36PM
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- BACinema to screen Spike Lee drama
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- Southland events to ring in 2013
- Pro Wrestling Pick: Blitz’s King of Joliet
- Free rides home offered on New Year’s Eve
- Artist gives sculpture to GSU
- Blanchard home for the holidays for Rockettes’ show
- Hot Picks: Holidays of Light, Holiday Magic
- Matteson man’s miniature art carries meaningful message
- What’s Going On for Dec. 27, 2012
- Southland homes decorated for the holidays 2012
- Reunions for Dec. 27, 2012
- Dekker: Arts center to host annual Doll House and Miniature Show
- Merry and bright — A bounty of holiday entertainment awaits
- ‘Gods and Glamour’ inaugurates new Art Institute galleries
- Museum of Science and Industry targets blockheads with ‘Charlie Brown’ exhibit
- Polar Adventure Days expanded
- Lincoln-Way High School District 210’s 2012-13 season
- Freedom Hall’s 2012-13 season in Park Forest
- ‘Maharaja’ shows majesty of India with jewels, costumes, an elephant
- MVCC’s Fine & Performing Arts Center’s 2012-13 season
- GSU’s Center for Performing Arts’ 2012-13 season
- Local theaters offering up big shows this season
- ‘Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto’
- Deconstructing cosmic puzzle at Adler
- Alison Krauss, Indigo Girls, Shatner top Paramount’s new season
- Rialto announces season lineup
- ‘Late Nite Catechism’ marks 20 years of saving souls
- Frankfort teen has a role in stage production of ‘Annie’
- Ticket Line for Dec. 28, 2012
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:06AM
Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.
Events include Evergreen Park native Kristen Clifford performing at Lifeline Theatre’s Fillet of Solo Festival in Chicago.
Fillet of Solo Festival
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 from Jan. 3-20 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., and Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., both in Chicago.
Performance times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays at 4 p.m.
“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.
Information: (773) 761-4477, lifelinetheatre.com.
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MORE CROWD PLEASERS
Due to the holiday season, one should call to check on availability of the following events and possible changes to regular schedules.
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.
RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Uncle Rail will perform on Dec. 28-29. A party package is available for Kent Radar’s Dec. 31 performance for New Year’s Eve.
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.
“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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