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Featuring cast more than 75 local dancers Salt Creek Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' will be performed twice Dec. 8 Center for

Featuring a cast of more than 75 local dancers, Salt Creek Ballet's "The Nutcracker" will be performed twice on Dec. 8 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

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Updated: December 7, 2012 11:44AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Salt Creek Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

On Dec. 8, “The Nutcracker,” performed by Salt Creek Ballet, will return to the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University for two shows at 1 and 5 p.m.

Salt Creek Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has been a holiday tradition at the Center for Performing Arts since 1998.

“The whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey is a wonderful production for the entire family,” officials said. Along the way, Clara encounters waltzing flowers, giant mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy, all set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.

SouthtownStar sister newspaper the Chicago Sun-Times calls the production “…a solid, professional ‘Nutcracker.’ ”

This year’s production of “The Nutcracker” features a cast of 100 dancers including local children and young adults ages 8 to 17 from the school of the Salt Creek Ballet.

Featured dancers for “The Nutcracker” include Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov.

Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She is in her 19th year as a dancer with the Colorado Ballet and is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States.

Tyukov graduated with honors from the Perm State Ballet Academy in Russia and has danced throughout the world including Canada, Germany, France and South Korea. He joined the Colorado Ballet as a principal in 2007.

Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $15-$50 at the box office, centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.

A free holiday party will take place from approximately 3 to 5 p.m. between the two performances. All audience members are welcome to attend.

Santa will make an appearance so attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras. Also, various costumed performers from the show will attend and mingle with audience members.

Holiday treats and beverages will be available for purchase.

The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available for shows at the theater. Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.

In addition to the savings, package-holders receive ticket exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more. These packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not currently available online.

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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: Eddie Clark will perform two shows each on Dec. 7-8.

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: “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” recently opened and will run to Feb. 3. Other exhibits include “Extreme Mammals” through Jan. 6; “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: “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit” recently opened. Other exhibits include “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 new 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.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “COMPLIANCE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Rated R, the movie runs for 1 hour and 30 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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