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Crowd Pleasers for Oct. 18, 2013

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestrwill open its 36th seasOct. 19 Frankfort with Grammy-nominated pianist Terrence Wils(pictured) performing Chicago-arepremiere Michael Daugherty’s piano

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will open its 36th season Oct. 19 in Frankfort with Grammy-nominated pianist Terrence Wilson (pictured) performing the Chicago-area premiere of Michael Daugherty’s piano concerto "Deus ex Machina."

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Updated: November 19, 2013 6:11AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert with pianist Terrence Wilson in Frankfort.

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.

PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE’S CHRISTOPHER ART GALLERY: 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, (708) 709-3636: “Phantasmagoria: The Imaginations of Kathy Weaver, Sharon Bladholm and John A. Kurtz” runs to Oct. 31.

TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: “Signs, Symbols, Stories: Graphic Novel, Street and Graffiti-inspired Art” to Nov. 10. Officials said the display marks the first Midwest showing of original illustrations from “March: Book One” (Top Shelf Productions) by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “The Machine,” a national juried exhibit, is on display to Oct. 26. Juried by Jason Brammer and Jason Foumberg, the exhibit focuses on machines.

FESTIVALS

BACTOBER FEST 2013: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The center’s version of Oktoberfest will take place from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 19 and feature food and dessert for purchase from Sweet Freaks. Goose Island Oktoberfest will be the featured beer special. Music will begin at 5 p.m. with the Bratwurst Brothers playing till 6 p.m. Brown Bag will be on stage from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Terriers will perform from 7:45-8:45 p.m., and the In- Laws band will wrap up BACtoberfest from 9-10 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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 “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: 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. (at Fir Street), (708) 305-3308 (Mike Gans) or (708) 481-4252 (Jane Nicoll): “It’s Halloween” features vintage Halloween decorations such as Gurley Halloween candles, die-cut decorations and a boxed costume with mask through Nov. 2.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: “Stingray Touch” 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.

PLAYING LIVE

COMHALTAS TOUR OF NORTH AMERICA 2013: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: Echoes of Erin will be featured during this colorful show of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor. Doors open at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 with the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

FREEDOM HALL’S NATHAN MANILOW THEATRE: 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: Mystical Arts of Tibet Sacred Music/Sacred Dance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $24, or $20 for subscribers.

ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S Harlem Ave., Frankfort, (708) 481-7774: The group’s season will open at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 with conductor David Danzmayr and featured pianist Terrence Wilson performing the Chicago premiere of Michael Daugherty “Deus ex Machina.” Tickets are $35, $45 or $55.

WOMEN SING THE BLUES: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: Delmark Records recording artist Shirley Johnson; Tony Award-nominated vocalist Felicia Fields, of Blue Island; and international touring blues vocalist and lead guitarist Kate Moss will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 18. They will be backed by the Smiley Tillmon Band. Tickets are $18, or $16 for center members.

THEATER

IM HUSSEIN JUBILEE SHOW: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: NGM Entertainment will present this show by Najee Mondalek at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $85, $65 or $45.

“9 TO 5”: Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: This show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Many of the other performances running from to Oct. 20 are sold out so one should call for performance availability. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors or $15 for students with identification. Group discount rates also are available.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE HUNT”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. 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.

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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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