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Crowd Pleasers for Oct. 4, 2013

DamWilliams will perform as part Promise Fest Oct. 4 Governor State University's Center for Performing Arts University Park.

Damon Williams will perform as part of Promise Fest on Oct. 4 at Governor State University's Center for Performing Arts in University Park.

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Updated: November 5, 2013 6:05AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Suggestions include Promise Fest featuring Damon Williams at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts 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.

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. An artists’ reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

TALL GRASS ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY: 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, (708) 748-3377: exhibits “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

PROMISE FEST: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Comedian Damon Williams will perform as part of this event at 7 p.m. The fest also will include Trevor Burke, Anthony Ward, Spank E, B. Wright, Bryan Christopher and Frank Nielsen. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.

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.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE”: 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. 9. Rated R for adult language, this film runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes. 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.

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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