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ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will stage 'The Rainbow Fish' Feb. 15 Freedom Hall Park Forest.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will stage "The Rainbow Fish" on Feb. 15 at Freedom Hall in Park Forest.

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Updated: March 16, 2013 6:06AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s “The Rainbow Fish” at Freedom Hall in Park Forest.

‘The Rainbow Fish’

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, which is billed as one of the United States’ preeminent producers of professional theater for young and family audiences, will bring the national touring musical of Marcus Pfister’s “The Rainbow Fish” to Freedom Hall in Park Forest.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. The show runs approximately an hour in length.

With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique?

Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her?

“ArtsPower has turned Pfister’s best-selling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others,” officials said.

“The Rainbow Fish” was adapted for the stage by ArtsPower’s artistic director Greg Gunning.

Identical twins Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since.

The troupe’s 26 original, professional touring productions have been seen by more than 11 million

people in 47 states — from Alaska to Florida — in some of the nation’s top regional theaters, university auditoriums and cultural centers including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

Tickets for “The Rainbow Fish” are $8 and can be purchased at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest.

Information: (708) 747-0580 or freedomhall.org.

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MORE CROWD PLEASERS

ART

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 443-3600: “Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art” is on display to Nov. 27, 2015. Other exhibits include “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” to Feb. 24, “Material Translations: Japanese Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago” to April 7, “Irving Penn: Underfoot” to May 12, and “When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection” to May 12. *** Admission is free to Illinois residents every weekday to Feb. 13.

UNION STREET GALLERY: 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, (708) 754 2601: Exhibits include “Michael Goro: Urban Myths” to Feb. 16.

“Union Street Gallery presents 25 of Michael Goro’s incredibly detailed, large-scale intaglio prints including new works that have never been shown before and images from preparatory stages of his printmaking process,” officials said.

“USG provides many supplemental explanations of techniques, interviews with Michael in which he talks about his subjects and printing routines, and reviews of his works from various other exhibits that should add to an appreciation for his skill and creative vision.

“Michael is a contemporary artist and educator who has been widely recognized as a master printmaker. His engravings and etchings have been exhibited in Europe and Asia as well as all over the United States, and he has won prestigious awards. “His dense, content-filled engravings and etchings often combine architectural or urban images with figurative references, juxtaposing historical and contemporary content.”

“Josh Bindewald & Christopher Cannon: Upgrade & Breakdown” also is on display to Feb. 16.

“Union Street Gallery presents an exhibit of printmaking and mixed media art that addresses humankind’s propensity to upgrade and break down the world around us,” officials said.

“Employing diverse and dense printmaking techniques and using graphic imagery of hard edges and stripped landscapes, Bindewald and Cannon explore our dependence on technology, our habitual accretion and excavation of our environment, and the social and physical consequences.”

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COMEDY

RIDDLES COMEDY CLUB: 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, (708) 422-5055: Judy Tenuta will perform two shows each on Feb. 15-16 for a Valentine’s weekend special event.

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.” *** Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission on Discount Days with proof of residency.

THE FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 922-9410: Exhibits include “Images of the Afterlife” to June 9 and “Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto” to June 16. *** Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary basic admission during Discount Days including Feb. 15 and 19-22.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (773) 684-1414: Exhibits include “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit” to Feb. 18, “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. *** Illinois residents receive free general admission on dates including Feb. 20.

SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (312) 939-2438: Visitors can stop by and see the 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. *** Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission on Discount Days including Feb. 17-19.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “SAMSARA”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this movie at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Rated PG-13, the movie runs for 1 hour and 42 minutes. Tickets are $7.50 or $5.50 for members.

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, (630) 495-2282: This annual event, which is billed as United States’ largest auto show, will continue to Feb. 18. Information: chicagoautoshow.com.

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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