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Mari(PeytTinder left) dances with Tony (Jay Kurtis Oetman right) scene from DramGroup’s producti“West Side Story” which opens Aug. 2.

Maria (Peyton Tinder, left) dances with Tony (Jay Kurtis Oetman, right) in a scene from the Drama Group’s production of “West Side Story,” which opens Aug. 2. | Diane Kaffka photo

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Updated: September 3, 2013 6:39AM



Here is a look at some crowd pleasers.

Events include the Drama Group’s production of “West Side Story” in Chicago Heights.

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.

CHRISTOPHER TROUTMAN’S “SPLICED VIEWPOINTS”: Moraine Valley Community College’s Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, (708) 974-5500: This show will run from Aug. 7-Sept. 5. A reception will take place from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 29 with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m.

FESTIVALS

FRANKFORT’S AMATEUR RIB COOK OFF: Breidert Green parking lot, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-2177: This event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3. Attendees can taste a variety of ribs cooked on-site by amateur contestants. Registration is required for all contestants.

FRANKFORT’S CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-3356 (Frankfort Chamber of Commerce): Live music will be provided for no charge. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. The schedule includes the Meteors on Aug. 4, CTA on Aug. 11, Final Say on Aug. 18, and the Outcast Jazz Band on Aug. 25. In case of stormy weather, concerts will take place at the Frankfort Park District Founders Center, 140 Oak St.

FRANKFORT’S MOVIES ON THE GREEN: Breidert Green, Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-2177: This event, co-sponsored by the Frankfort Park District and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, will wrap on Aug. 7 with “Hotel Transylvania.” The outdoor movie will be shown on a 20-by-30-foot screen with free popcorn. No pets will be allowed. In case of bad weather, the rain date is one week from the original movie date.

NEW LENOX’S MOVIE NIGHTS: (815) 462-6400: This series will continue at 8 p.m. on select dates through Aug. 14. Films will include “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on Aug. 3 and “Peter Pan” on Aug. 14.

OAK LAWN’S FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES: (708) 499-7837. This series will continue at dusk on select Fridays through Aug. 23. Attendees should bring picnic baskets, refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets. Films will include “The Hunger Games” on Aug. 2 and “The Amazing Spider-Man” on Aug. 23.

OAK LAWN’S SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERTS: (708) 499-7837. This series will continue at 7 p.m. on select Sundays through Aug. 18. Attendees should bring picnic baskets, refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets. Performers include HillBilly Rockstarz on Aug. 4 and CTA on Aug. 18 (with fireworks).

TINLEY PARK’S CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Bettenhausen Recreation Center band shell, 8125 W. 171st St., (708) 342-4200: Concerts in the series include the Neverly Brothers at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and Arts Alive! Jazz Band at 6 p.m. Aug. 18.

TINLEY PARK’S MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Zabrocki Plaza in downtown Tinley Park, (708) 444-5678: Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available for sale. Concerts in the series include Lucky Town at 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Reckless at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Cadillac Casanovas at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

TASTE OF ORLAND PARK: (708) 403-6100: This event will take place from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 2, 1-11 p.m. Aug. 3 and 1-9 p.m. Aug. 4. There will be entertainment, a car show, Orland Park’s Got Talent and a Kid’s Day.

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 “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: “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

CD&ME: 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: Kansas with M&R Rush will perform Aug 1, the Charlie Daniels Band with the Scott DuBose Band along with MaKena Hartlin will perform Aug. 2, and Bret Michaels with 7th Heaven will perform Aug. 3. All concerts start at 7 p.m. with doors at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 for each show’s pre-party, $60 for a three-day general-admission pass, $55 for each show’s reserved seating or $35 for each show’s general admission. A $165 VIP with pre-party ticket is available for the Kansas concert as well as the Charlie Daniels Band show.

FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE: 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier Tour with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Tickets are $29.25 for general-admission lawn, $29.25-$59 for second pavilion and $44-$59 for first pavilion at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or at the venue box office.

THEATER

“HAIR”: Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222: Southland Area Theatre Ensemble kicks off the venue’s 2013-14 season with this production at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Tickets are $25 for adults.

“THE PRODUCERS”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: This musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 2-3. Tickets are $13, or $11 for center members.

“WEST SIDE STORY”: The Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-3444: Several of the performances for this show are sold out. Tickets are still available for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 or 8. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for ages 65 and older, $15 for students with identification or $15 each for groups of 25-plus.

VARIETY

BACINEMA SCREENING OF “GIRL RISING”: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 445-3838: The weekly film series continues with this screening at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The documentary for 1 hour and 41 minutes. Tickets are $7.50, or $5.50 for center members.

ZOPPE ITALIAN FAMILY CIRCUS: CD&ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-7315: Part storytelling, part hair-raising acrobatics and part European equestrian tradition, the Zoppe Italian Family Circus unites all elements into an enchanting story line under the big top. Narrated by Nino the Clown, this captivating Chicago-based circus has been in existence for more than 160 years and owned continuously by the Zoppe family, first in Italy and later in the United States. “A big part of our event business at CD&ME is starting traditions and keeping them going. We think the Zoppe Family Circus has done an excellent job of keeping the circus tradition going, and we love being able to bring them to town to entertain our guests. They’re family entertainment in its truest form,” CD&ME co-owner Dean Vaundry said. Performance times are 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for ages 4-12 and free for ages younger than 3 and can be purchased at cdandme.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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