Arts and entertainment calendar for Sept. 27
Updated: October 29, 2012 1:45PM
Through Oct. 28 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. After the patriarch keels over, members of the Turpin family try desperately to pull themselves together to plan the funeral, but family and neighborhood dynamics keep getting in the way. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and senior citizens. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
“Dial M For Murder”
Presented through Sept. 29 at Morton College’s Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. $17. Visit www.jpactheatre.com.
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, kicks off its 2012-13 season with August Wilson’s “Jitney,” through Oct. 14. Peformances are 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. Tickets: $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, through Oct. 27. Ella and Hank Harding have drowned. Or have they? After a boating accident that left them both clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange, remote institute where life isn’t what it used to be. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18 for general admission; $10 for student rush tickets (limited amount available day of show only). Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”
Presented by First Folio Theatre through Nov. 4 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$37. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
Through Sept. 30 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $24-$28; $26 for students and seniors. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
“Shaw vs. Chesterton:
Through Oct. 28 at Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Based on actual debates and exchanges, George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton — two of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century — square off in a war of words. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28-$32; $15 students. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.
“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”
Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ haunting story of survival Oct. 4-Nov. 11 at the Madison Street Studio Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
Through Oct. 28 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 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 seniors. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Opening its 30th anniversary season with “Mosaic Masterpieces: Masterworks from William Byrd and Frank Ferko” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. Tickets: $38 premium; $30 general admission; $15 students. Visit http://bellavoce.tix.com or call (877) 755-6277.
Chicago a cappella
Presents “Genius in the Synagogue: A Musical Portrait of Max Janowski” at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $28 for general admission, $22 for seniors; and $12 for students. Call (773) 281-7820 or see www.chicagoacappella.org.
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Open their 26th season with “Italian Passion,” a concert that explores chamber music of Italian composers, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at at the Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Concert Hall, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago. The program includes works by Vivaldi, Respighi and Verdi. Tickets: $25-$45; free for college students with a valid student I.D. Call (312) -225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Debussy Festival, celebrating the music of Claude-Achille Debussy, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Gottlieb Concert Hall at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago. Tickets: $25-$45; free for college students. Call (312) 225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.
Opens its 25th anniversary season with “Performance. Art.” at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The orchestra will be joined by the Brooklyn-based chamber group PROJECT Trio, which blends classical technique with jazz and rock styles. The program includes works by Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky. Tickets: $40-$50. Call (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
New Philharmonic Orchestra
Presenting “Brahms — Blissful and Bold” at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Guest pianist Yeol eum Son joins New Philharmonic to showcase two of Brahms’ works, created at the height of his career. Tickets: $38; $36 seniors; $28 youth. Call (630) 942-4000.
The Orion Ensemble
The chamber music ensemble presents “Orion Beginnings” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Memorial Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The program includes works by Bartók, Huydts and Schumann. Tickets: $26; $23 seniors; $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
St. Olaf Orchestra
St. Olaf Orchestra from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: $10; free for students. Visit www.stolaftickets.com or call (800) 363-5487.
Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest
Presents “Germanic Gems” at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center, 7900 Division St., River Forest. The program includes works by Wagner, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. Pre-concert conversation with Jack Zimmerman at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20-$30; free for students through college. Call (708) 488-5000 www.symphonyoprf.com.
Tomomi Matsumura concert
The Japanese soprano will present a program of operatic arias, art songs and Japanese folk music at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. High tea follows the music program. Visit www.19thcenturyclub.com.
of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 431-2357. www.auditoriumtheatre.org. Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Singer, pianist and musical revivalist Michael Feinstein will join Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra to honor the great American songbook. Tickets: $32-$92.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Sept. 27, 8 p.m.: Los Straitjackets with Daddy-o-Grande plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly). $20. Sept. 28, 9 p.m.: Cannonball in the SideBar (rock). No cover. Sept. 28, 9 p.m.: Los Straitjackets plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly). $20. Sept. 29, 9 p.m.: Elaine Stepter and the Jackson Street Band, with The Velvet Jimis (R&B/soul). $15. Sept. 29, 9 p.m.: The Lost and Nameless Orchestra in the SideBar (roots). $5. Sept. 30, 6 p.m.: Fred Cantu Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Oct. 5, 9 p.m.: Mike Mangione & the Union, plus Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, and Brooks Ritter (rock). $12. Oct. 6, 9 p.m.: Junior Brown (country). $20. Oct. 7, 6 p.m.: Grandstand Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.: Alligator Records party featuring Curtis Salgado in the SideBar Music Room (blues). $15. Oct. 21, 6 p.m.: The Brienn Perry Orchestra (jazz). $15; $5 for ages 17 and under.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 1, 7 p.m.: Folk music concert by Zoe Mulford.
29 W. Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 386-3552. www.expressionsgraphics.org. Through Sept. 30: “Suffering for Beauty,” an exhibition of screen prints by Janet Schill.
149 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 524-2231. www.gallerypink-elkinsstudio.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through Sept. 30: “Janice Elkins: Iterations.”
North Riverside Mall Theatre
7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. September: Mixed-media works by Forest Park artist Elaine Luther.
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 Oct. 5: Illinois Watercolor Society Show. Oct. 12-Nov. 16: Second annual Carriage House Gallery National Juried Exhibition. Opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. Hours are 2-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through October: Paintings by Chicago resident Marilyn Fitzmaurice.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through Sept. 29: Exhibit of works by 26 members of the Oak Park Photography Club.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Guerin Prep High School
8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, seeks crafters and vendors for its 32nd annual craft show, to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Call (773) 777-2349.
Oak Park Women’s Exchange
seeks crafters for its 38th annual Holiday Art & Craft Show, to be held Nov. 4 at Oak Park River Forest High School. For an application, visit www.opwe.org.
Bourbon and Beer Tasting 2012
The benefit for the Pro Musica Youth Chorus will be held from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, featuring whiskey, beer, wine and non-alcoholic offerings, food, live music by Mar Caribe, dance lessons, trivia contest, lawn games and more. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door; $475 for groups of 10, advance only. Visit www.promusicayouthchorus.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
Book Worms Book Club for Seniors
Discussing The Warmth of the Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson from 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Copies of the book are reserved at the Oak Park Public Library Main Branch. Fee is $2 for nonmembers.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Sept. 29, 2 p.m.: Author discussion and signing with Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, who have edited Arthur Conan Doyle’s newly discovered Dangerous Work: Diary of an Artic Adventure. Sept. 30, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss A Concise History of Russia by Richard Pipes. Oct. 2, 7 p.m.: William Kent Krueger discusses and signs Trickster’s Point. Oct. 7, 3 p.m.: Robert Olen Butler discusses and signs Hot Country. Oct. 14, 2 p.m.: Jeffrey Siger discusses and signs Target: Tinos (the fourth Inspector Kaldis mystery in modern Greece). Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp. Oct. 28, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss Munich 1938: Appeasement and World War II by David Favor. Nov. 4, 1 p.m.: Helen Macie Osterman discusses and signs The Evil Eye (an Emma Winberry mystery). Nov. 17, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss The Sinners: A Criminal Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips. Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: Robert Goldsborough discusses and signs Archie Meets Nero Wolfe.
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 524-5383. Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Ruth Hawkins signs Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage. Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Mark Cirino discusses and signs Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Books will be sold in the Hemingway Museum bookstore before and after the event.
Illinois Storytelling Festival
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science will host the 2012 Illinois Storytelling Festival on Oct. 19 in the Fine Arts Building on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 Division St., River Forest. Three performers will take the stage at 7 p.m., presenting stories for children in grades K-6 and their families. The evening begins with face painting at 6 p.m., followed by a costume parade at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per family or individual. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
1022 Lake St., Oak Park. www.classiccinemas.com. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.: Free screening of the 1995 film “Gumby: The Movie,” rated G.
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Performing the dancing traditions of Mexico at 7:30 pm.. Oct. 6 and 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets: $30-$74. Call (312) 431-2357 or visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
The Dance Center
Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 369-8330. www.colum.edu/dancecenter. Sept. 27-29, 8 p.m.: Kota Yamazaki and his company, Fluid hug-hug, collaborate with dancers from Senegal, Ethiopia and America on (glowing), a new work exploring Japanese aesthetics of shadow and darkness. $26-$30. Oct. 11-13, 8 p.m.: Gallim Dance will perform founder and artistic director Andrea Miller’s “Blush” (2009), with movement that draws on Butoh and ballet. $26-$30.
The Joffrey Ballet
Presenting a mixed repertory program, “Human Landscapes,” Oct. 17-28 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets, $31-$152, available at (800) 982-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.joffrey.com.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Oct. 10 and 17, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Ron Smolen Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Oct. 21, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Presented by Park District of Oak Park in celebration of its 100th anniversary, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Rehm Park, 515 Garfield, Oak Park. Featuring a hay maze, pumpkin patch, entertainment, photo booth, hayrides, an exotic animal show and more. Free. Visit www.oakparkparks.com.
Fall Family Fun Fest
The annual event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Botanical Gardens at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, featuring games, activities, exhibits, a pumpkin patch and straw maze. Food and beverages will be sold by Triton’s Hospitality program. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3220, or visit www.triton.edu.
The Village of Elmwood Park
Farmers Market and Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14 in Central Park, 75th Avenue and Fullerton Avenue, Elmwood Park. Seeking crafters; for information, call (708) 452-3948.
Hispanic Movie Night
Screening “Pan’s Labyrinth,” rated R, at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room B-140 of Triton College’s Student Center (B-Building), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Free.
Movie on the Mounds
Triton College hosts the annual outdoor family film screening featuring “Madagascar 3” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on the River Grove campus, 2000 Fifth Ave. Free admission. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside the Robert M. Collins Center. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3572.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. “Journey Through History … Hollywood Style” film series, hosted by radio announcer Dan Kane. All films are shown at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and are followed by a discussion. Admission is free. Oct. 12: “Amistad,” starring Anthony Hopkins. Nov. 9: “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne. Dec. 14: “Love Actually,” starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “It Happened One Night,” a 1934 film starring Claudette Colbert. Film historian Doug Deuchler introduces the film and leads discussion afterward.
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
break :: the :: box lecture series explores creative nonconformity across architecture, art and culture, in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. For tickets, call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org. Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Writers at Wright:: Chris Ware :: Building Stories. Ware his newest graphic novel, Building Stories, which imagines the lives of the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Admission: $10. Tickets can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of Building Stories on the night of the event.
Oak Park Art League
Plein Air Painting Group meets from 8:30 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of the month to paint or sketch directly from both urban and natural landscapes. This is a free activity and is not instructed; bring your own materials. Open to teens and adults. Call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Oct. 6: An OPAL friend’s yard.
The Oak Park Writers’ Group
Meetings from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. Writers share their work and discuss it with the group. The Writers’ Group also sponsors a Second Sunday Open Mic, a free performing venue, from 5-7 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. Poets, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, playwrights, singers and dancers are all welcome to perform. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOURS & OUTINGS
Oak Park River Forest Gangster Tour
John Binder, author of The Chicago Outfit, conducts “There Goes the Neighbor Hood” tours of gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14, starting at the Oak Park Visitor Center, 1010 Lake St., Oak Park. The exterior tour visits 15 houses; transportation by minibus with no walking required. $30. Call (708) 848-1500.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
The Oak Park Concert Chorale, led by Paul Lindblad, will present a vocal techinique workshop from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph, Oak Park. The workshop is suitable for beginners through more experienced singers. Free, but reservations are required. Call (708) 383-4742 or e-mail email@example.com. For information, visit www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Sept. 30: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; Children’s shows, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.
Riverside Township Radio Players
Open their 2012-13 season with “Current Events” from the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and “The Spiral Staircase” from Screen Directors Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Riverside Township Hall Auditorium, 27 Riverside Road, Riverside. Admission is free. For information, call Ellie Babka, (708) 442-8810.
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The radio troupe of professional actors and voice-over artists presents “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” a crime drama from 1951, at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The show includes live music by the Dick Elliot Band. Free. Call (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.