Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 16
Updated: August 14, 2012 11:58AM
Taste of Melrose Park, Village Hall, 1000 N. 25th Ave. (708) 343-4000, ext. 148, or see www.melrosepark.org. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Winston Plaza Stage — Aug 31: 5:30 p.m., Tony Spavone; 7:15 p.m., Pat Capuzzi; 8:30 p.m., Voyage. Sept. 1: 6:30 p.m., The Chauffeurs; 8:45 p.m., 7th Heaven. Sept. 2: 5 p.m., Jimmy Damon; 6:30 p.m., Danny Fox; 7:30 p.m., American English (Beatles tribute). Meijer Stage — Aug. 31: 6 p.m., Jimmy Damon; 7:15 p.m., Charissa; 9 p.m., DeJaVu. Sept. 1: 6 p.m., Rick LaVere; 7:30 p.m., The Other Three Tenors; 9:30 p.m., Vintage Vinyl. Sept: 2: 5:45 p.m., TBA; 7 p.m., Nick Pontarelli; 8:30 p.m., Tony Capone. Peroni Garden Stage — Aug. 31: 8:15 p.m., R-Gang. Sept. 1: 8:15 p.m., R-Gang. Sept. 2: 6:30 p.m., R-Gang.
Village of Elmwood Park summer concert series, 7 p.m. on select Thursdays in Central Park, 75th and Fullerton. Aug. 23: Petty Cash (Tom Petty and Johnny Cash tribute).
“All Kinds of Crazy,” presented by 16th Street Theater at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17 and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Arlene Malinowski, author of “What Does the Sun Sound Like?” and “Aiming for Sainthood,” returns to 16th Street to complete her trilogy of true tales. Tickets: $14-$18. Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“Marvin’s Room,” Aug. 18-Sept. 30 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and seniors; $15 for previews, 8 p.m. Aug. 18 and 21. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
“The Merchant of Venice” will be presented by First Folio Theatre at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 17-19 as part of its Shakespeare-under-the-Stars series on the outdoor main stage at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Featuring lawn seating, attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, or rent one for $2 each at the concession stand. Concessions as well as pre-ordered box suppers from La Cuisine (prepaid 48 hours in advance) are also available. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $26-$36, with discounts for students and seniors. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Reefer Madness,” through Aug. 26 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26 Fridays; $30 Saturdays and Sundays, $28 for students and seniors. Call (708) 660-9540 or visit www.circle-theatre.org.
“Richard III,” by William Shakespeare, presented by Oak Park Festival Theatre through Aug. 25 outdoors in Austin Gardens park, located in the 100 block of North Forest Avenue, Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sundays; Additional performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $25; $20 for students and seniors. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
“Shaw vs. Chesterton: The Debate,” Sept. 8-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. Tickets: $28-$32; $15 students. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.
“The 39 Steps,”through Aug. 26 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The 39 Steps” is a fast-paced comedy thriller that introduced the “man on the run” genre to Hollywood. 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. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
The Church of Beethoven Oak Park, a family-friendly Sunday morning classical music series, presents the Grant Street String Quartet at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. The program includes works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. $10; $5 for children. Visit www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com.
Ensemble VulpineLupin, a Chicago-based contemporary music group, will give a reprise of its international debut performance at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park. The ensemble performs a wide range of contemporary classical repertoire and specializes in chamber music involving the voice. Several of the pieces on the program will be U.S. premieres. Free-will offering. Call (312) 520-4887.
Auditorium Theatre 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.
Club Amore, 8166 W. Grand Ave., River Grove. (708) 453-8686. Aug. 25, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: LTD live band/DJ presents party pop, blues, classic rock and karaoke.
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.: Hollywood entertainer Debbie Reynolds will perform a variety show that features Broadway favorites and comedy. $55; lunch and dinner packages are available from $70-$74.
Eastgate Cafe, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. www.eastgatecafe.net. Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: Nashville singer/songwriter and Illinois native Annie Kennedy performs in support of her debut album, “Highway Songs.”
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m.: An Evening with Janiva Magness (blues). $15. Aug. 16, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). No cover. Aug. 18, 9 p.m.: Billy Prine CD release show (folk). Aug. 19, 6 p.m.: C-11 Hedberg Jazz Orchestra. $10; $5 for those under 17 with student I.D. Aug. 22, 9 p.m.: Yarn (roots/rock). $10. Aug. 24, 9 p.m.: Bill Kirchen & Candye Kane (roots/rock). $15. Aug. 25, 9 p.m.: Vanessa Davis Band (blues). $15. Aug. 26, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under with student I.D. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn, $5. Sept. 7: Bonnie Koloc. Sept. 13, 9 p.m.: Fred Eaglesmith Tin Can Tour (roots/rock). $15. Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m.: The Fleshtones with Expo ’76 (rock). $12. Sept. 22, 9 p.m.: Heartsfield (roots/rock). $15. Sept. 27-28, 9 p.m.: Los Straitjackets plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly/surf). $20. Sept. 29, 9 p.m.: Deacon Blues (Steely Dan tribute).
Gallery Pink, 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 Aug. 26: Ridge Art will open a pop-up gallery featuring all of its African and Latin American collections including masks, works on paper from Cuba and East and West Africa, Maasai beadwork, and textiles. For information, visit www.ridgeart.com.
North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. Through August: Works by students of Lifelong Learning Center art class of the Senior Citizens’ Center of Oak Park and River Forest.
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 Aug. 31: Artist Member Exhibit.
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 August: “Creation — Nature,” archival pigment prints by Marcia Babler.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through Aug. 30: “What We Said: What We Meant,” works by Bobbi and Steven Meier.
Prairie Title Company, 6821 W. North Ave., Oak Park. Exhibits are presented by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. For information, call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Through Sept. 4: Works by Amani Borah, Henry Berry, Faith Humphrey-Hill and Ken Reif.
Auditions & opportunities
The Rising Stars Theatre Co. will hold open auditions for “Damn Yankees” from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 16-17 at 2559 N. Sayre, Chicago. Callbacks, if needed, will be from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 19. Seeking a large cast of adults and children. Prepare 32 bars of a song and bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided. Be prepared to dance. All roles are open and there is no pay. Production dates are Nov. 3-11. For information, visit www.risingstarschicago.com.
The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest seeks string interns. Students in junior high through college may apply, and if selected, will receive a $100 per concert. Rehearsals start Aug. 29. For information, e-mail email@example.com, call (708) 218-2648 or visit www.symphonyoprf.com.
Heritage Chorale, a mixed-voice choir of about 50 volunteer singers, invites interested singers to join in preparation for its fall concerts on Nov. 11-12. The group sings large choral masterworks with professional soloists and a chamber orchestra. Auditions and the first rehearsal for the fall concert will be held during the last two weeks of August. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays in Kretzmann Hall on the campus of Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. For information or to schedule and audition, visit www.heritagechorale.com or e-mail Maurice Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acappellago, a volunteer acappella chamber choir that performs in the western suburbs, seeks additional singers. Auditions will be held Sept. 9 in Naperville, and at other times by appointment. Tenors and basses are especially needed, but all voice parts are encouraged to audition. Concert dates for 2012-13 are Dec. 1-2 and March 16-17. For more information, visit www.acappellago.org; call (708)484-3797, ext. 2; or e-mail email@example.com.
The Oak Park Concert Chorale is holding auditions for its 2012-13 season, which will feature performances of compositions ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, as well as works commissioned by the chorale. Seeking singers for all voice parts — sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays in Oak Park. For more information or to schedule an audition, call (847) 420-9200 or visit www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.
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. For information, call (773) 777-2349.
Crafters sought for the Oak Park Women’s Exchange 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 or call (708) 848-4693.
Winifred Haun & Dancers, a Chicago- and Oak Park-based modern dance company, seeks male and female dancers for a seven-week contract period, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, with possible extension. Contract includes rehearsal and performance pay, performances in the Chicago area and tours to Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado. Qualified candidates will possess a strong technical background in ballet, modern and jazz and performing experience; be available for rehearsals 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays; and have experience with or are willing to learn and possibly perform aerial technique. Auditions will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard St. Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson, Chicago. For more information, see www.WinifredHaun.org.
Books & poetry
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Aug. 18, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting. Aug. 18, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss The Body in the Gallery by Katherine Hall Page. Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss Ghost Map: London’s Cholera Epidemic by Steven Johnston. Sept. 8, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting. Sept. 15, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss March Violets by Philip Kerr. Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: Val Mc Dermid will discuss and sign Vanishing. 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.
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Book Worms Book Club for Seniors will discuss Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Copies of the book are reserved at the Oak Park Public Library Main Branch. Fee is $2 for nonmembers.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Aug. 22, 7 p.m.: Phat Fiction Book Club will discuss Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson. Discussion will be held at Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles II, 543 Madison St., Oak Park. Aug. 23, 7 p.m.: Young @ Heart Book Discussion Group, for adults who read Young Adult literature, will discuss Looking for Alaska by John Green. Aug. 28, 8 p.m.: Genre X Book Discussion Group, for those in their for 20s and 30s, will discuss Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Discussion will be held at Molly Malone’s, 7652 Madison St., Forest Park.
Oak Park Public Library, Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. www.oppl.org. Aug. 17, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group will discuss Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy. Aug. 21, noon: Brown Bag Book Group will discuss Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza.
Movie Night will be held Aug. 24 in Barrie Park, 127 Garfield St., Oak Park. Istvan and His Imaginary Band performs at 7:30 p.m., followed by a screening of “A Dolphin Tale” at 8 p.m.
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Kids Improv Workshop, for ages 7-10. Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Teen Improv Workshop, for ages 11 and up. Wonder Works,
A Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400-square-foot museum includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children’s party room. Memberships are available. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 per person; free for members and children under age 1. For information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties, call (708) 383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 369-8330. www.colum.edu/dancecenter. Sept. 13-14, 8 p.m., and Sept. 15, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.: “Voices of Strength,” a mini-festival of works by African women choreographers. Tickets: $26-$30.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Aug. 17 and Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission is $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after. Aug. 19 and Sept. 16, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 4, 11 and 18, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Aug. 22 and 29 and Sept. 5, 12 and 19, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.: Swing dancing with the Flat Cats Band. $12; $10 for students with ID. Sept. 2 and 23, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Sept. 8, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Tejano dance with Avizo. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. Sept. 9: Foxtrot lesson from 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
Fairs & festivals
The 38th annual Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show will be presented by the American Society of Artists from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18 in Scoville Park, Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, Oak Park. Visit www.americansocietyofartists.org.
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. Sept. 14: “Waterloo,” starring Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles. 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, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “In a Lonely Place” (1950).
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents break :: the :: box, a lecture series exploring 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. Aug. 29, 7 p.m.: Rescue Me :: Tour of Conservation of Sculpture & Objects Studio. Andrzej Danowski will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of his work space, one of the country’s top conservation studios. He’ll show his current work and explain how he has used both cutting-edge and traditional methods to save such treasures as Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain and Marshall Field’s clocks, and recreate Unity Temple’s stolen bronze letters. $15; $12 for UTRF members. Advance ticket purchase required. Sept. 6, 8 p.m.: Max Weinberg :: Legendary Drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Weinberg will share personal memories from his career with the E Street Band, the Max Weinberg 7 on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and The Max Weinberg Big Band, and discuss his lifelong fascination with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. $25; $20 UTRF members.
Oak Park Art League’s 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. For information, call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Aug. 18: Austin Gardens. Sept. 15: Garfield Park Conservatory grounds. Oct. 6: An OPAL friend’s yard.
Oak Park Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, to view and critique photographs taken by members. All skill levels are welcome.
The Oak Park Writers’ Group meets from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the second-floor Book Discussion Room of 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. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours & outings
Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour will be held at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, through Sept. 23. The two-hour tour includes stops at 22 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. The tour begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes; however, if a bike is needed, Greenline Wheels will provide one at no additional cost. Admission is $35; $30 for members. Tickets can be purchased at www.GoWright.org/pedal.
Restoration in Progress Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House, led by preservation architect T. Gunny Harboe, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. Designed for the owner of Chicago’s prominent Bach Brick Company, the Bach House (1915) showcases Wright’s transition into post-Prairie School design. A Chicago Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, its compact structure has been described as “semi-cubist.” Admission is $75; $65 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members. Tickets are available at www.gowright.org/bach.
Unity Temple, 875 W. Lake St., Oak Park. (708) 383-8873. www.utrf.org. Oct. 20, 1-3:30 p.m.: “Light Everywhere: In-Depth Art Glass Tour with Rolf Achilles.” Achilles, an art historian and curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, will discuss Wright’s strategic placement of windows, the types of glass he selected, and his evolution as one of the most prolific glass artists of his day. $45 per person.
Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Aug. 26: Earth & Sky Shows, including “The Moon: From Imagination to Exploration” and “Field Trip to the Moon” mini show, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; “Zeppelin Unbound,” a laser show featuring Led Zeppelin’s hits, including “Stairway to Heaven,” and Beatles 1 mini laser show, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. On Aug. 25, the 7:30 p.m. shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch, recommended for ages 13 and older due to the advanced level of scientific information presented during the program. Children’s shows, best for children from preschool through second grade, include “Magic Sky” and “The Friendly Stars” mini show, 2 p.m. Sundays. Sunday Sampler, including “Destination: The Planets,” “Powers of Ten” mini show, and Pop Rock 1 mini laser show, 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission for the Earth & Sky Shows, Monthly Skwatch, children’s shows and Sunday Sampler is $8; $4 for children ages 2-12 and senior citizens. Admission for laser concerts is $10; $5 for children and senior citizens.
“Watch Chains & Lace: Steampunk Chicago,” 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 19 at Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. The event features live entertainment, music, vendors, art exhibits, DJs, and tours of Pleasant Home. Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the door. For information, visit www.steampunkchicago.com.