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Crowd Pleasers for Sept. 20, 2013

Harvey native Tom Dreesen will open Freedom Hall's 2013-14 seaswith show Sept. 20 Park Forest.

Harvey native Tom Dreesen will open Freedom Hall's 2013-14 season with a show on Sept. 20 in Park Forest.

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Updated: October 21, 2013 6:08AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Harvey native Tom Dreesen opening Freedom Hall’s 2013-14 season in Park Forest and the Lyric Opera Preview kicking off Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts 2013-14 season in University Park.

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.

FESTIVALS

HOMEWOOD’S FALL FEST: Martin Avenue from Hickory to Ridge roads, Homewood, (708) 798-3000: This 12th annual event will take place from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21. The fest will include the Chicago premiere of the indie duo Sweet Nobody, new art vendors, a pumpkin patch, children’s activities and a chili cook-off.

PALOS PARK’S AUTUMN IN THE PARK FESTIVAL: Palos Park Village Green, 8901 W. 123rd St., (708) 671-3800: This event will take place from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 20 and 12:30-10 p.m. Sept. 21. There will be an 11 a.m. parade on Sept. 21. Other activities include a chili cook-off, a barbecue contest, food and beverages, a children’s area, an arts colony and a sports cave.

MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-7827: “Cosmic Wonder” recently opened. Other 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 “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.”

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

BROCK MCGUIRE BAND: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: Part of World Music Festival Chicago 2013, this free performance will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 21.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “THE WAY WAY BACK”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Rated PG-13, this film runs for 1 hour and 43 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

FREEDOM HALL’S NATHAN MANILOW THEATRE’S 2013-14 SEASON: 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: Harvey native Tom Dreesen will kick off the venue’s 2013-14 season with “An Evening of Laughter and Stories of Sinatra” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets are $28, or $24 for subscribers. The season also includes Mystical Arts of Tibet on Oct. 19, Shining Star on Nov. 15, Freddy Cole on Dec. 13, Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 22 and Masters of Motown on March 15. The matinee and senior theater selections for the 2013-14 season include Allen Edwards on Oct. 15, Sentimental Journey: The Music of Doris Day on Nov. 12, ’Tis the Season! starring Mac Frampton on Dec. 10, Close to You on Feb. 18, Cherish the Ladies on March 25 and “The King, The Killer, and The Cash” on April 8.

GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS’ 2013-14 SEASON: Off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Lyric Opera Preview will kick off the venue’s 2013-14 season at 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Other shows booked include Jim Witter’s “The Long and Winding Road” on Sept. 28; GSU Promise Fest Comedy Show with Damon Williams on Oct. 4; GSU Promise Fest presents An Evening with Terisa Griffin on Oct. 5; “Flamenco Passion” on Oct. 12; “Im Hussein Jubilee Show” on Oct. 19; Ailey II on Oct. 25; Lea Salonga and SamaSama Project on Oct. 26; “Johnny Appleseed” on Nov. 3; 144th Army Band, Illinois Army National Guard on Nov. 9; “Chicago Live!” on Nov. 14; Salt Creek Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 7; Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on Jan. 24-26; “Hair Crownicles and Sugar Funk” on Feb. 7; “Love and Marriage” on Feb. 9; Lightwire Theater’s “The Ugly Ducking” and “The Tortoise & The Hare” on Feb. 16; Mardi Gras Carnival on March 1; “The Miracle Worker” on March 21; American Opera: An Afternoon of One-Acts on March 30; Teatro Luna’s “Generation SEX” on April 11; Dee Alexander in Concert on April 26; and “Beauty and the Beast” on May 4.

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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