Arts and entertainment calendar for Jan. 24
Updated: May 6, 2013 12:46PM
“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”
Jeff Award winner Lance Baker takes on Mike Daisey’s monologue through Feb. 9 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. No show Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.; added show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. $18 general admission. Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
Chicago Theatre Week
Tickets for the inaugural Chicago Theatre Week, a collaborative initiative between the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago, are on sale at www.chicagotheatreweek.com. More than 75 city and suburban productions will feature special events and ticket deals (priced at $15 and $30, fees excluded) for performances Feb. 12-17. The week will also feature talk backs with artists, drink specials and hotel and restaurant discounts. More information about Theatre Week is available at www.chicagotheatreweek.com and a comprehensive list of the Chicago productions is online at www. chicagoplays.com.
The musical comedy will be presented through Feb. 2 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18; $16 seniors. Call (708) 656-1800 or visit www.jpactheatre.com.
“Jeeves Takes a Bow”
Presented Jan. 30-March 3 by First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $30-$37; $26-$32 for seniors and students. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”
Presented through Feb. 23 at Open Door Repertory Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; added performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; no performance Feb. 17. $25; $22 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 342-0810 or visit www.opendoorrep.org.
Through Feb. 10 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.courttheatre.org.
Through March 24 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Chicago a cappella
Presenting “Spirit/Breath/Voice,” 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park. $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission, $22 seniors; $12 students. Call (773) 281-7820 or see www.chicagoacappella.org.
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
“The Glorious Baroque,” 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. The program includes works by Bach and Handel. $29; $27 seniors; $7 students. Call (630) 941-0202 or visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org.
Celebrating the life and music of Franz Schubert, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, featuring more than 70 performers on four simultaneous stages. Includes a world premiere, a lecture-performance, jazz variations on Schubert, student competition winners and more. Free admission; $10 donation encouraged. Visit www.pianofortefoundation.org.
Unity Temple Concert Series
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $17-$33; proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure. (708) 445-8955. www.utconcerts.com. Jan. 26: Lincoln Trio.
Bella Gaia: A PoeticVision of Earth From Space
The multimedia theatrical performance, created by award-winning composer and musician Kenji Williams in partnership with NASA’s scientific visualization studio, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. The immersive show simulates space flight, taking the audience on a journey around planet Earth. General admission tickets are $29; $24 children and seniors. Visit www.dom.edu/pac.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m.: Axes of Evil with Chris Neville, David Blamires and Jon Paul (rock). Free. Jan. 25, 9 p.m.: Marcia Ball (blues). $20. Jan. 26, 9 p.m.: Otis Clay, CD release for “Truth Is” (soul). $15. Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.: West End Jazz Band, $10. Jan. 31, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Loves It, CrazeeHeart and Cropduster, $5. Feb. 1-2, 9 p.m.: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (zydeco). $15. Feb. 3, 6 p.m.: Chicago Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 6, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with New Standard Quintet (jazz). $5. Feb. 7, 8 p.m.: James McCandless with Ron Lazzaretti (folk/rock). $10. Feb. 8, 9 p.m.: Terrance Simien (zydeco). $15. Feb. 9, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $12. Feb. 10, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: Annual Jambalaya Cook-Off with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (R&B). $15. Feb. 12, 6 p.m.: Fat Tuesday Party featuring Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Brother John and Roy Rubenstein’s Chicago Hot Six (blues/jazz). $15. Feb. 13, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with The Peter Lerner Quartet (jazz). $5. Feb. 13, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Feb. 14, 8:30 p.m.: Axes of Evil with Chris Neville, David Blamires and Jon Paul (rock). Free. Feb. 15, 9 p.m.: Tributosaurus becomes The Band (rock/tribute). $20. Feb. 16, noon: Tributosaurus Kids Show, featuring selections from The Beatles’ “Red Album.” $15; $8 ages 12 and under; free ages 3 and under. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: Bill Kavanagh’s 60th! Annual Birthday Party and Jam (rock). Free. Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Limited Edition Big Band plus Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 20, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with Jarod Bufe Quartet (jazz). $5. Feb. 23, 9 p.m.: Tab Benoit (blues/rock). $20. Feb. 24, 1 p.m.: After Brunch Bash with The Teflons and Sunnyside Up (bluegrass/country). $12, $4 ages 12 and under. Feb. 24, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Feb. 27, 8 p.m.: “The SideBar Sessions” with BakerzMillion (jazz). $5. Feb. 27, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 (rock). Free.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Jan. 24, 7 p.m.: Folk music concert by Dennis Stroughmatt. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.: Live performance by Glen Ellyn Big Band, under the direction of Drew Fase. Free admission; cash bar. Feb. 25, 7 p.m.: Concert by folk singer-songwriter Ben Bedford.
The Sushi House
1107 Lake St., Oak Park. (708) 660-8899. Jan. 26, 8 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Kevin Durr plays adult contemporary and folk-pop music. No cover.
The World Famous Platters Revue
Performing the greatest hits of The Platters at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets are $50; lunch/theatre packages are available for $65. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“Room for Hope,” an exhibition of Palestinian art, is on display through Feb. 4 in the atrium of Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. Works include paintings, photography and multi-media pieces by Christian and Muslim artists in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. A reception will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 25. Call (708) 366-6900 or visit www.graceriverforest.org.
O’Connor Art Gallery, fourth floor of Lewis Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through Feb. 27: “Urban Insights,” a visual examination of social justice through works by Jesse Howard and Jason Reblando.
149 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 648-3131. www.gallerypink-elkinsstudio.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through Jan. 27: “Holiday Lights,” works by outsider artist Howard McClain; ceramic artists Kristi Sloniger, Gina Lee Robbins, Michelle Kuo, Mei Wu and Ann Primack; wood sculptor Jim Lawrence; photographers John Padour, Marsha Pallazzola and Tom Palazzola; and paper cutter Richard Shipps.
North Riverside Mall Theatre
7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. January: Oil paintings by local artist Tanya Gadbaw.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 1: “Beginnings.”
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. www.oakparkconservatory.org. Through Feb. 27: “The Beauty of Nature,” watercolors by Susan Becker, and art glass by Oak Park artist Jim Katovich.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Rising Stars Theatre Co.
Holding auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” Jan. 26-27 at 2559 N. Sayre, Chicago. Seeking a large cast of children ages 8 and up, teens and adults. Children 8-12 years old audition 9-11 a.m. Saturday; teens and adults, noon-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No appointment needed. All roles open. No pay. Teens and adults prepare 32 bars of an uptempo song; bring sheet music in proper key. Be prepared to dance and possibly read from the script. Children will be taught a song and simple dance steps. Performance dates are April 20-May 5. Visit www.risingstarschicago.com or call (773) 736-2490.
Holding auditions for an adaptation of the classic children’s novel “The Secret Garden” at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and 7 p.m. Feb. 11-12 in Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. Auditions will consist of cold readings of the script. Characters in this adaptation will be speaking in the standard British dialect or with a Yorkshire dialect. All actors who audition will be expected to audition using these dialects. There are a number of roles for young actors. Scenes used in the auditions available at www.greenmantheatre.com. Production dates April 5-14.
The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest’s eighth annual Concerto Competition takes place March 16, and is open to all instrumental musicians who have not completed their high school senior year as of the time of the competition and whose primary residence is within 10 miles of Oak Park. The winner will receive $500 and will perform with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest at its May 13 concert. Application deadline is March 1. Call (708) 218-2648 or visit www.symphonyoprf.com.
Jeff Award winner Cory Goodrich sings her own music and the best of Broadway, 8 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Tickets are $25, with proceeds to benefit First Folio Theatre. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Wine, Chocolate and Architecture”
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents wine and chocolate tastings, along with a tour of Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Unity Temple. Call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m.: Dennis Byrne discusses and signs his historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m.: Leslie Goddard discusses and signs Chicago’s Sweet Candy History and Christopher Lynch discusses and signs When Hollywood Landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport and Chicago’s Midway Airport: The First Seventy-five Years.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Feb. 20, 1 p.m.: Discussion of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.: Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully book group discusses Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life by Phillip Simmons. Feb. 10, 3 p.m.: I Love Romance Book Group discuses Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully book group discusses Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Feb. 5, noon: Places of Mystery Book Group discusses Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon. Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: Graphic Novel Book Group discusses Habibi by Craig Thompson.
1022 Lake St., Oak Park. www.classiccinemas.com. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.: Fourth annual movie fundraiser for Kathleen O’Bryan Kurrle, an Oak Park native battling breast cancer, featuring a screening of “The Smurfs,” rated PG. $5.
Magic Tree Bookstore
141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848-0770. www.magictreebooks.com. Jan. 26, 1 p.m.: Retired Oak Park teacher Ellie Alldrege-Bell reads and signs her newly released book, Sitting on a Zinnia & Other Sweet Dreams.
“Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”
Presented by Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children through Feb. 27 at the Stahl Family Theater, located inside St. Patrick’s High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $12. Call (773) 205-9600 or visit www.chicagokidscompany.com.
Delta Dance Crew
Auditions for the Delta Dance Crew will be held 3-5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. High school students from the western suburbs of Cook County and the Chicago area will be competing in the Delta’s Top High School Dance Crew Competition, inspired by the reality TV series “American’s Best Dance Crew.” Spectator admission is free. Visit www.oakparkarms.com.
The Joffrey Ballet
Presenting “American Legends,” a mixed repertory program of four ballets by master choreographers Jerome Robbins, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch, Feb. 13-24 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $31-$152. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.joffrey.org.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Jan. 25, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley singles dance. $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. Jan. 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Jan. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $8. Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $10. Feb. 1, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley singles dance. $7 before 8:15 p.m.; $9 after.
Dominican University’s Siena Center will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “Band of Sisters” at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the auditorium of Dominican’s Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest. The film tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II. $5.
Screening of “The Secret” at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Unity of Oak Park, 405 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. Free. Call (708) 848-0960.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Feb. 16, 9 a.m.: Fifth annual Oscarathon, a screening of four of the newly Oscar-nominated films. America’s Music film series — Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m.: “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” a 1942 film starring James Cagney. Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m.: “Love Me or Leave Me,” starring Doris Day as jazz singer Ruth Etting. Feb. 12, 7 p.m.: The documentary “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Feel Like Going Home,” followed by “Say Amen, Somebody,” a cinema verite classic featuring gospel music performers. Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.: “De-Lovely,” with Kevin Kline as composer Cole Porter. Feb. 19, 7 p.m.: “Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City (1919-1933).” Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m.: “La Bamba,” with Lou Diamond Phillips as singer Richie Valens. Feb. 26, 7 p.m.: “Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: The Velocity of Celebration.”
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Feb. 13, 1 p.m.: Silence is Golden Film Series features “Blood and Sand,” starring Rudolph Valentino.
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science will host Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book illustrator Ed Young at its inaugural Butler Lecture at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluhm Lecture Hall, Parmer Hall Room 108, on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing from 7-8 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Call (708) 524-6844.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturycharity.org. Jan. 28, 1:15 p.m.: “Chicago on Screen.” Historian Sarah Marcus views the history of Chicago through television and film. $10 suggested donation. Feb. 4, 1:15 p.m.: “Life in Nineteenth Century America: Social Mores and Politics Through Art,” presented by David Sokol, professor emeritus of art history at University of Illinois at Chicago. $10 suggested donation.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.: “Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1900-1950,” presented by David Stark of the Art Institute of Chicago. Presented in collaboration with the Art Associates of Oak Park and River Forest. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.: Charlie DeWitt of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will present the history and music of “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.” Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: “From the Roots to the Fruits,” a lecture on the musical and racial legacy of the Mississippi Delta, presented by Janice Monti, creator of the annual blues symposium at Dominican University. Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: Terry Abrahamson, author and photographer of In the Belly of the Blues: Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969 to 1983, A Memoir, will share photos and stories of his years taking photos of blues musicians.
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. All skill levels welcome.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Bead in Hand
145 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 848-1761. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Precious metal clay instructor Sherry Viktora teaches a class featuring copper clay earrings. $87 includes all materials, written instructions and use of tools, torch and kiln. Register by Jan. 24.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Feb. 16, 10 a.m.: Book publishing workshop with author Robin Sheerer.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Jan. 27: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; children’s show, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. Earth & Sky Shows feature “Cosmic Colors,” a multimedia program that takes viewers on a journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Laser concerts include “Rainbow Rock,” a family show featuring a variety of light rock, pop and country music. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.
Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest
Hosting “Family Heirloom or Flea Market Find: What’s It Worth?”, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Certified appraisers will evaluate jewelry, fine art (paintings, fine photographs, prints); furniture, decorative arts (porcelain, textiles, ceramic, wood, silver), books, coins, toys, comics and more. Admission is $5 and the cost of an appraisal of one item is $15. Appraisals are limited to three items per person. Pre-registration is required at www.oprfhistory.org or (708) 848-6755.
Riverside Township Radio Players
Presenting Our Miss Brooks in “The Faculty Dance?? and Richard Diamond’s “Gibson Murder Case,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Riverside Township Hall auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Admission is free. Call Ellie Babka, (708) 442-8810.
Robert Burns Supper
Held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park, including poetry reading, music and Scottish dancers. Dress is black tie, kilts or evening wear accented with plaid. $40. E-mail reservations to email@example.com by Jan. 24.
Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. www.ehfop.org. Tea for Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 26, featuring tours of the historic home where Hemingway was born, along with complimentary tea. Free admission.