Arts and entertainment calendar for Jan. 17
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:00PM
“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 Jan. 18-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.
“Dial M for Murder”
Presented as a theatrical reading by the Free Readers Ensemble at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Free. Visit www.freereaders.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.
Jan. 24-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.
Held 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. 17, 8 p.m.: Bad Sneakers Orchestra (rock). $15. Jan. 18, 9 p.m.: Rico Birthday Bash (world music). $10. Jan. 19, 8:30 p.m.: The Sweet Maries (folk). $10. Jan. 19, 9 p.m.: The Howling Brothers, Magic Box (rock). $10. Jan. 20, 6 p.m.: Chicago Outskirts Big Band (jazz) $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. 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.
Third Saturday Coffeehouse
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9376. Open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m.; open mic at 8 p.m.; featured performance at 9 p.m. Donation: $3-$5. Open mic is limited to five minutes. Jan. 19: Sid Yiddish, who performs as a throat singer, poet/writer, musician/composer and oddball actor.
Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
Presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $30-$74. Call (312) 431-2357 or visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
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.
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
Call for artists
Amdur Productions, an art festival production company, has issued its annual call for artists. Artists can apply online at www.amdurproductions.com. Late applications will be accepted through Jan. 18 for an additional processing fee. Festivals include: Barrington Art Festival, May 25-26; Promenade of Art Arlington Heights, June 8-9; The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Craft, Highland Park, June 22-23; Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Glencoe, July 5-7; Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival, July 13-14; North Shore Festival of Art, Skokie, July 27-28; Glencoe Festival of Art, Aug. 3-4; Art at the Glen Town Center, Glenview, Aug. 10-11; Lincolnshire Art Festival, Aug. 17-18; Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, Aug. 24-25; Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival, Sept. 7-8; Highwood Last Call Starving Artist Art Fair, Sept. 21-22; The Inside Show, Highland Park, Nov. 22-24.
Elmhurst Choral Union
Seeking singers for its spring 2013 concerts, including an appearance with the Elmhurst Symphony and international opera star Samuel Ramey. Membership is open to singers with previous choral experience or the ability to read music. Singers in all voice ranges are sought, especially tenors and basses. Rehearsals begin Jan. 28 on the campus of Elmhurst College. To reserve an audition appointment on Jan. 21 or for more information, visit www.elmhurstchoralunion.org or call (630) 758-1100.
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.
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.
BOOKS & POETRY
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Jan. 19, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses Return to the Same City by Paco Ignacio Taibo. Jan. 27, 2 p.m.: Jeanette Conant discusses and signs A Covert Affair: Paul and Julia Child in the OSS in World War II.
Anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise will present a lecture as part of a week of activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Martin Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Wise is the author of five books, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son and, most recently, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity.
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.
The Chicago Children’s Choir
Presenting a family program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, 1:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. Visit www.19thcenturyclub.com.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 452-3420. www.oppl.org. Jan. 21, 7 p.m.: Illustrator Kadir Nelson discusses and signs his books, I Have a Dream, Henry’s Freedom Box, We Are the Ship and others.
“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.
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 369-8330. www.colum.edu/dancecenter. Jan. 18-19, 8 p.m.: Peformance by Double Edge Theatre, a Massachusetts-based ensemble working in a unique form of devised physical theatre incorporating choreography, aerial flight, puppetry and circus arts. $30.
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.
The dance company presents “Great Solos by Great Women of American Modern Dance,” 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Academy of Movement and Music, 605 Lake St., Oak Park. $20; $10 seniors; $5 students. Call (708) 848-2329.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Jan. 18, 8 p.m.: Winter Dance Party featuring tributes to Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. $20 general admission; $25 reserved. Jan. 19, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: Annual Salsa Championships and Party. Jan. 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Ron Smolen Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Jan. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $8. Jan. 23, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $10. 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Open Door Theater
902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. (708) 342-0810. www.opendoorrep.org. Jan. 22, 2 p.m.: “From Russia to Berlin,” the first of a four-part multimedia presentation by Charles Troy on the music of Irving Berlin. $10.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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. On Jan. 19 the 7:30 p.m. Earth & Sky Show will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $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.
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.