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Julie Fowlis will present 'Music from Scottish Isles' April 20 Freedom Hall's Nathan Manilow Theatre Park Forest.

Julie Fowlis will present "Music from the Scottish Isles" on April 20 at Freedom Hall's Nathan Manilow Theatre in Park Forest.

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Updated: May 20, 2013 6:05AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include Julie Fowlis at Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre in Park Forest and Gaelic Park Players’ A Wake in the West in Oak Forest.

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Picasso and Chicago” is on display to May 12.

Other exhibits include “Irving Penn: Underfoot” to May 12, “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12, and “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.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S ROBERT F. DECAPRIO ART GALLERY: 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: Justin Witte’s “The Very to The Very” is on display to April 24.

SALON ARTISTS GALLERY: 294 Main St., Park Forest, (708) 747-6539 (Sandra Evers) or (708) 533-5143 (Linda Curl): The “Bloomin Colors” exhibit, which on display in April, showcase the art of Linda Curl and Sandra Evers.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE’S DOROTHEA THIEL GALLERY: 15800 S. State St., South Holland, (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2445 (Jack Kirkpatrick): The college’s Art & Design Department displays “Into Bhutan” to April 23. Nancy Frazier and Cecily Hunt curated the exhibition. An artists’ reception will take place at 11:30 a.m. April 22.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754-2601: “Rediscovering Chicago Heights,” a two-part photography exhibit, will be on display from April 19-May 11. The second floor will feature pictures by citizen photographers who captured the meaning, beauty and culture in Chicago Heights. The first floor will feature photos of Chicago Heights by professional photographers Alonso Balderas and Joe Compean. An artists reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 19.

COMEDY

CD& ME’S LAUGH THE NIGHT AWAY: 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: This comedy and concert series takes place weekly through April 26 on select dates at 8 p.m. with music usually starting at 9:30 p.m.

April 19 is slated to feature comedians Frank Townsend and Jim Flannigan with music by the Weeds. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Rusty Dooley will perform April 19-20.

PATTI VASQUEZ’S “LIPSTICK MOM”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This standup show, which will raise money for the Little Company of Mary Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center, will take place at 8 p.m. April 19. Tickets are $21.

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: Exhibits include “Images of the Afterlife” to June 9, “Living with Wolves” to July 7, “Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” to Sept. 8 and “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence”to Jan. 5.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: “Animal Inside Out” recently debuted and will run through Sept. 2.

Other 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: 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

JULIE FOWLIS: Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, (708) 747-0580: This performer will present “Music of the Scottish Isles” at 7:30 p.m. April 20. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for students and children.

STEVE GREEN: Trinity Christian College’s Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, (708) 597-3000: This seven-time Dove Award Christian performer will play at 7 p.m. April 19. Tickets are $15 for general admission in advance, $20 at the door, $30 for VIP seats with meet-and-greet pass (6 p.m.) or $12 each for groups of 10 or more. Information: itickets.com.

SPECIAL CONSENSUS: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This band, which was nominated for a Grammy for best bluegrass album, will perform at 8 p.m. April 20. Tickets are $19 for the public or $17 for center members.

THEATER

“ANGELS IN AMERICA”: Moraine Valley Community College’s John and Angeline Oremus Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America — A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part 1: Millennium Approaches” will be staged April 26-28 and May 3-5 with shots at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

GAELIC PARK PLAYERS’ “A WAKE IN THE WEST”: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: This comedy by Michael Ginnelly will be staged at 8 p.m. April 19-20 and at 3 p.m. April 21. The show is directed by Larry Coughlin, of Tinley Park, with Glenna Hennessy, of Park Forest, as assistant director.

Tickets are $12. A $25 dinner-theater (Celtic supper) combination is available by reservation on April 21. Also, a dinner-theater combination costing $20 will be offered on April 19-20 in the Carraig Pub prior to the show, but dinner reservations should be no later than 6:30 p.m.

The plot centers on the wake of Tom Healy, a man who was known to be “fond of a drop.” Tom’s controversial last request threatens to humiliate his family and make them the laughingstock of the small fishing village in which they live.

“Not exactly an avid churchgoer,” Tom’s dying wish flies in the face of traditional religious ceremony in 1970’s Ireland. The priest and doctor need to be consulted, as does Tom’s son Martin who is returning from New York for the funeral.

Martin’s return is eagerly awaited by neighbor Joan who has held a candle for Martin since his departure to the United States. When conniving old neighbor Rose calls to pay her respects, the mayhem really develops and her antics set in motion a sequence of hilarious events.

The cast includes:

♦ Kate McNally, of Oak Forest, as Rose.

♦ Tom Kearney, of Glen Ellyn, as Martin.

♦ Peter Simon, of Manhattan, as Father Cassidy.

♦ Barney Farrelly, of Lemont, as Barney.

♦ Dave “Dr. Dave” Branigan, of Palos Park, as Dr. John.

♦ Robert Fox, of Oak Forest, as Tom Healey.

♦ Yvonne Ambrose, of Frankfort, as Margaret.

♦ Sabrina Mangan, of Chicago, as Joan.

♦ Taryn McKenna, of Chicago, as Mary.

THE MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY’S “THE PAJAMA GAME”: 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, (847) 579-4900: Patrick Byrnes, a native of Chicago’s Beverly community, will perform in this show running to May 12. He will be acting among the ensemble in this rendition of the classic musical, which will officially open on April 25. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Preview ticket prices are $27 for students with identification and ages 60 and older and $35 for the general public. Regular ticket prices are $32 for students and seniors and $40 for the general public.

ANNE SEXTON’S “TRANSFORMATIONS”: Governors State University’s the Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: This show, which will take place at 8 p.m. April 24-25, retells the classic Grimm’s fairy tales. Tickets are $10 for general-admission on-stage seating and $5 for GSU students.

THEATREWORKS USA’S “RAMONA QUIMBY”: Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox, (815) 534-3004: This 60-minute play features five professional adult actors and will be performed at 7 p.m. April 26. Tickets are $6 for general-admission seating. Information: lw210.org/finearts.

TICKET LINE

KID ROCK: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 19 for the “$20 Best Night Ever” U.S. Summer Tour with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “LORE”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this showing at 7:30 p.m. April 24.

Reel Talk with Suzanne Patterson will follow the screening.

Not rated but featuring brief nudity and adult situations and violence, the movie runs for 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Tickets are $7.50 for the public, $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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