Arts and entertainment calendar for Sept. 6
Updated: October 29, 2012 1:45PM
Sept. 15-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. Opening at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and senior citizens; $15 for previews, 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 18. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
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; $35-$45 for previews, Sept. 6-14. 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, Sept. 20-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 Sept. 26-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. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $24-$28; $26 for students and seniors. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
“Shaw vs. Chesterton:
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. $28-$32; $15 students. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.
“The Sound of Music”
Presented by Chamber Opera Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago. $20-$30; $15-$25 seniors and students; $10-$15 children. Call (773) 935-6875 or visit www.athenaeumtheatre.org.
The parody of “The View” plays Sept. 7-22 at Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $15. Call (708) 342-0810 or e-mail email@example.com for tickets.
Through Oct. 28 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 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 packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
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.
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.
of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 431-2357. www.auditoriumtheatre.org. Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: “On Stage With ...” Susan Werner. Tickets: $50-$75. 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.
Presents the musical performance “13” at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the auditorium at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: $9; $7 for students and senior citizens. Call (708) 524-5621.
Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. (708) 488-5000. dom.edu/pac. Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.: Grammy-winning folk singer and humorist Loudon Wainwright III and singer-songwriter Dar Williams. $25-$29.
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.
102 Harrison St., Oak Park. www.eastgatecafe.net. Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Jay Einhorn performs songs from his CD, “Elephant in the Dark.” No cover.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m.: Bonnie Koloc CD release show (folk). $25. Sept. 8, 9 p.m.: Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army in the SideBar, (rock). $10. Sept. 8, 9:30 p.m.: An Evening with The Beatle Brothers (rock). $10. Sept. 9, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Sept. 12, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Sept. 13, 9 p.m.: Fred Eaglesmith Tin Can Tour (country). $15. Sept. 14, 9 p.m.: The Fleshtones with Expo ’76 (rock). $12. Sept. 16, 6 p.m.: Shout Section Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. Sept. 20, 8 p.m.: Exposure in the SideBar (rock). $5. Sept. 21, 9 p.m.: Deacon Blues (Steely Dan tribute). $15. Sept. 22, 9 p.m.: Heartsfield (rock). $15. Sept. 23, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. 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.: 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. 30, 6 p.m.: Fred Cantu Big Band. $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. 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.
The Jeremy Kahn Trio, led by jazz pianist and Oak Park resident Jeremy Kahn, plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The event is free of charge. For information, call Jill Wagner, (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.
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. Sept. 15: “So You Want to Be a Diva?”, stories and songs from operatic soprano Christine Steyer. Steyer will be accompanied by Betsy Davis on piano.
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. Meet the artist, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Reception, 2-6 p.m. Sept. 22.
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. Sept. 8-30: “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. Sept. 7-Oct. 5: Illinois Watercolor Society Show. Opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7.
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. September 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. Opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 9.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
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. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (708) 218-2648 or visit www.symphonyoprf.com.
Circle Theatre’s Emerging Young Artists Program
Holding auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” open to youth ages 10-18, from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison, Oak Park. No appointment necessary. Performers should prepare one song of their choice, bring sheet music, and be dressed to dance. A pianist will be provided. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 8 and 9. Visit www.circle-theatre.org.
The 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. Visit www.acappellago.org.
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. Seeking singers for all voice parts — sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays in Oak Park. 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. 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.
Winifred Haun & Dancers
The 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 tour. Qualified candidates will possess a strong technical background in ballet, modern and jazz and performing experience. 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. Visit www.WinifredHaun.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
Book Worms Book Club for Seniors
Discussing The Paris Wife by Paula McLain from 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 27 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. 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.
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 524-5383. Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: Erika Robuck signs and discusses Hemingway’s Girl. 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.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Sept. 19, 1 p.m.: Discussion of Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Sept. 18, noon: Discussion of Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: Discussion of All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.
Big Time Comedy Jam
At 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside. Hosted by BLT, with Marcus Combs, Hustle Man and Diane Corder. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Call (847) 630-5318.
The Dance Center
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. $26-$30. 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.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission is $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after. 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. Sept. 11 and 18, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Sept. 12 and 19, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Sept. 16, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Sept. 23, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony 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.
Chicago Suburban Ions
CS-IONS will view and discuss the film “The Journey of the Universe” at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Oak Park. The discussion will be facilitated by contributors to the film, artist Mary Southard and author John Surette. $10. Visit www.cs-ions.org or call (630) 366-0550.
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
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Sept. 24, 7 p.m.: Screening of the documentary “Alice’s Ordinary People.”
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.: Silent Film Series features “Safety Last,” a 1923 comedy starring Harold Lloyd. Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “The African Queen” (1951).
Lyric Opera Lecture Series
Featuring “Elektra,” by Richard Strauss, at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. Call (708) 452-3440 or visit www.oppl.org.
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. Sept. 19, 6 p.m.: Garden Envy :: Tour of Rick Bayless’s Organic Urban Garden. $30 UTRF members; $35 nonmembers. Advance ticket purchase is required. Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: Rolf Achilles :: CHAIR at Room & Board, 55 E. Ohio, Chicago. With examples from Room & Board’s collection, art historian Rolf Achilles surveys the past 200 years and shows how the chairs of Frank Lloyd Wright are as much a product of their time as they are now iconic. Reception to follow. $12 UTRF members; $15 nonmembers.
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. Sept. 15: Garfield Park Conservatory grounds. Oct. 6: An OPAL friend’s yard.
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 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
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.
TOURS & OUTINGS
City Ventures Inc.
The Oak Park-based company, offers the following tours. Pre-registration is required; call (708) 386-5668 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Tour of the private urban garden of Chicago chef Rick Bayless. The Bayless Organic Garden, as featured on the PBS series, “Mexico — One Plate at a Time,” is located on three adjacent city lots in the Bucktown neighborhood, supplying microgreens and other vegetables for use at the Bayless restaurants Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO. $85 includes lunch at Feast Restaurant. Motorcoach departs from an Oak Park area location.
Pedal Oak Park
Bike tours are 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. 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. Visit www.GoWright.org/pedal.
Fullerfest, a choral reunion honoring former Oak Park and River Forest High School choral conductor and teacher Robert Fuller, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the high school’s main auditorium, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. The concert will feature alumni as well as current OPRF students. Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors.
100,000 Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change
A night of performance to benefit local groups working for peace and change, held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Performers include Gregorio Gomez of Chicago’s underground poetry venue WEEDS; Tekki Lomnicki, artistic director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre; folk singer Anna Stange; African drummer Atiba Jali; and musician Jack Rossiter-Munley. $10. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door.