Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 2
Updated: July 31, 2012 9:15PM
Lunch on the Lake outdoor concert series, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays on the lawn directly east of Northwestern University’s Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors and held on the ground floor of Norris Center. Free admission. For information, visit www.norris.northwestern.edu/csi/programming/lunch-on-the-lake. Aug. 8: Acoustic pop/rock artist Grant Terry.
Niles Park District hosts free family concerts at Oak Park, Lee and Ottawa streets, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays. See www.niles-parks.org. Aug. 3: Party in the Park with music by The Stingrays, face painting and balloon animals. Aug. 10: The Juke Box Band. Aug. 17: BBI, with audience participation.
Norridge Park District concerts will be held at 4631 N. Overhill on select Thursdays. Visit www.norridgepk.com. Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Hawaiian Night with the Barefoot Hawaiians.
Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, under the direction of Barbara Schubert, performs at 8 p.m. Fridays at Hodges Park, 101 Courtland Ave., Park Ridge. Visit www.prfas.org. Aug. 3: “The Best of Frank Sinatra,” with the Brian Patti Big Band. Aug. 10: Special Bonus Concert with Rob Parton Big Band.
Skokie’s Backlot Bash features main stage entertainment Aug. 24-26 on Oakton Street between Lincoln and Laramie. (847) 674-1500 or www.BacklotBash.com. Aug. 24: 6:30 p.m., We Killed the Lion; 8 p.m., Tributosaurus Becomes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Aug. 25: 2:15 p.m., Matt Hendricks Duo; 4:30 p.m., Certain Stars; 6:30 p.m., The Handcuffs; 8:30 p.m., The Fixx. Aug. 26: Noon, Tristen; 2 p.m., Rivals of the Peacemaker; 4 p.m., The Steepwater Band; 6 p.m., Local H.
Starlight Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Evanston parks: Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street; and Twiggs Park, Simpson Street at Dodge Avenue. Rain site for Dawes Parks is Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.; rain site for Twiggs Park is Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Call (847) 448-8258 after 4:30 p.m. for rain site updates. Dawes Park — Aug. 7: Taj Weekes and Adowa. Aug. 14: Musikcanto. Aug. 21: Archie Powell & the Exports. Twiggs Park — Aug. 9: South Boulevard with impressions of MJ.
Summer Rockin’ In the Park music festival, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 3-4 on the lawn in the center of the new MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Both days feature live music including Mr. Blotto, Slippery When Wet (a Bon Jovi tribute band), Lounge Puppets, and American English (Beatles tribute band). Admission is free and food and drink will be available for purchase from restaurants within the complex. Coolers and pets cannot be brought into the park. Call (847) 823-6685.
Sunday Sundown Concerts at 7 p.m. at Devonshire Park, 4400 Greenwood, Skokie. Call (847) 674-1500 or visit www.skokieparkdistrict.org. Aug. 5: Dueling Pianos. Aug. 12: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.
Village of Mount Prospect’s Fridays on the Green concert series, held at 6 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month, June through September, on the Village Green in front of Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St. Aug. 3: Mosquitoes Jam Band. Aug. 17: A Thousand Julys. Sept. 7: Jack Straw. Sept. 21: The Committee Band. For information, visit www.experiencemountprospect.org.
“Huis Clos” (“No Exit”), by Jean-Paul Sartre, will be presented by students from imaGo Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Tickets are $10. Call (773) 598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
“Julius Caesar,” presented by Muse of Fire Theatre Company Aug. 4-Sept. 9 in Ingraham Park, behind the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Performances are at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No performances Aug. 25-26. Free admission. Visit www.museoffire.org or call (847) 707- 8632.
“The King and I,” presented by Footlighters Theatre Co. at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker, Des Plaines. $15. Call (847) 397-5711.
“Man of La Mancha,” presented by Light Opera Works Aug. 11-26 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Performances at 8 p.m. Aug. 11, 17-18 and 25; and 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26. Tickets: $48, $68, $77, $92 for main floor; $32, $48, $68, $77 for balcony; half-price for ages 21 and younger. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com.
“The Monument,” presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company through Aug. 26 at the Side Project Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago. Caught up in the political interests of a war he never understood, a young soldier stands convicted of war crimes. Now his only chance for survival is an enigmatic woman from the enemy side with an agenda he doesn’t understand. Curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20; $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.idlemuse.org or call (773) 340-9438.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will offer a free performance of “50-Minute Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. A discussion with the actors will follow the performance. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (847) 825-3123.
Da Corneto presents the second annual “A Night at the Opera” at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence, Chicago. Free-will offering. Call (773) 625-1213.
The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra will perform a program of Jewish and Muslim music, “Celebrating 500 Years of Friendship in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the American Islamic College, 640 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are $25, available at www.americanmusicfestivals.com.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 3-4, 8 p.m.: Il Divo. $85, $125. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Yes with special guest Procol Harum. $40, $50, $65, $75. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75. Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: Australian Pink Floyd.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50. Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “Twins Of Evil Tour,” featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, with special guest J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis. $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50.
Ethical Humanist Society Second Saturday Coffeehouse, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave. (at Howard), Skokie. (847) 677-3334. www.ethicalhuman.org/coffeehouse. Aug. 11, 8 p.m.: Belle Plaine, a folk-Americana quartet with Sharon Appelquist, Lisa Crowe, Dennis Harpole and Anthony McKinney playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica. $8 includes beverages and pastries.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Sept. 1, 6 p.m., and Sept. 2, 3 p.m.: Parrots of the Caribbean (Jimmy Buffett tribute act). $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.montroseroom.com. Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.: Michael McDermott’s Birthday Bash Concert in the Montrose Room. The Chicago-based folk rock singer will perform songs from his new album, “Hit Me Back.” $12-$32.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. Aug. 11, 10 p.m.: Brazilian Carnaval Summer Edition, featuring Swing Brasileiro. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Aug. 15, 8 p.m.: Local rock show case with bands Vulgar, REV LUV and Shift. $8. Aug. 17-18, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Pink Floyd Laser Light Show, featuring “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” $30 general admission. Aug. 25, 9:30 p.m.: Freshlyground (Afro pop). $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $35 reserved. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Gary Nunez and Plena Libre with Chicago Afro-Puerto Rican Ensemble (CAPRE). $20-$30. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: The Del Moroccos. $12 general admission. Sept. 13: Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001. $69.50. Sept. 14, 9 p.m.: The Handsome Family. $19 in advance; $23 at the door. Sept. 15, 9 p.m.: Las Guitarras de Espana and Los Hombres Perdidos, $20. Sept. 18, 8 p.m.: XRT Blues Breakers Show with John Mayall. $60 general admission.
S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Aug. 3: Chuck Prophet (Americana/rock). $15/$18. Aug. 4: Chicago Women in Blues. $12-$22. Aug. 5, 7 p.m.: Davina & the Vagabonds (blues/jazz). $12-$20. Aug. 7: Lera Lynn with Ernie Hendrickson (country/rock). $10/$12. Aug. 8: Caleb Hawley and Theo Katzman (indie rock/soul). $10/$12. Aug. 9: Tab Benoit (blues). $24/$28. Aug. 10: Billy Boy Arnold (blues). $15/$20. Aug. 11, 7 p.m.: Krista Detor in The Studios at SPACE. $20. Aug. 11: SPACE Interns present “My Gold Mask” (indie rock). $10/$12. Aug. 12: “Words & Music,” hosted by Ingrid Graudins and featuring Robbie Fulks, Steve Dawson and Liam Davis. $12/$15. Aug. 15: Tom O’Brien (bluegrass/country). $18-$30. Aug. 17: Claire Lynch Band (bluegrass/folk). $18-$30. Aug. 18: Marshall Crenshaw. $18-$38. Aug. 21: Aoife O’Donovan (indie/folk). $12/$15. Aug. 23: Jesse Colin Young (folk). $22/$34/$44. Aug. 24: Maria Muldaur (blues/pop). $17-$30. Aug. 25: Langhorne Slim & the Law (alt country). $15/$18. Aug. 25: Seth Glier Residency in The Studios at SPACE, $10. Aug. 26, 2 p.m.: Michael Smith and Anne Hills. $15/$18. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Dan Navarro. $15-$28. Aug. 28: Rebecca Loebe with Anna Vogelzang. $10-$18. Aug. 29: David Ryan Harris (R&B). $15/$18. Aug. 30: Canned Heat (blues/rock). $28-$68. Aug. 31: The Fabulous Thunderbirds (blues/rock). $28-$68. Sept. 1: Brendan James, $12/$15. Sept. 5: Alan Evans Trio featuring Alan Evans of Soulive (jazz/soul/funk). $12/$15. Sept. 7, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.: Tony Lucca (pop). $18-34. Sept. 9, 5 p.m.: Griffin House live recording and show in the Studios at SPACE, $30. Sept. 9, 7 p.m.: Griffin House, $18/$22. Sept. 11: Elephant Revival (indie folk). $12/$15. Sept. 13: Debbie Davies (blues). $15/$20. Sept. 14: Natalia Zukerman & Friends live album recording (folk). $17/$20. Sept. 16, 7 p.m.: Greg Brown (folk). $26-$46. Sept. 18: Royal Southern Brotherhood (rock/blues). $17/$20. Sept. 19: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds (rock/blues/soul). $12/$15. Sept. 20: Dave Specter’s Adventures in Guitar with Eddie Shaw (blues). $12/$15. Sept. 21: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, $25/$30. Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: Lori McKenna (folk). $15/$18. Sept. 22, 10 p.m.: Roomful of Blues, $20/$25. Sept. 23, 7 p.m.: Gary Louris of The Jayhawks (folk). $25/$27. Sept. 24: Pearl & The Beard (indie/folk). $12/$15. Sept. 25: Matthew Perryman Jones and Matthew Mayfield, $12/$15. Sept. 26-27: 93XRT Jazz Transfusion welcomes John Scofield Trio, $26-$48. Sept. 27, 10 p.m.: Dry The River (folk). $12-$15. Sept. 28: Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen (folk/bluegrass). $25/$30. Sept. 29: Siegel Schwall Band with Johnny Burns (blues). $22-$42. Sept. 30: Chicago Blues Harp Bash #5, $15/$20. Oct. 5, 7 p.m.: Garnet Rogers, $15/$18. Oct. 6: Dolly Varden with Nora O’Connor (folk rock). $15/$18. Oct. 7, 7 p.m.: Rasputina with Faun Fables (cello rock). $15/$17. Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: Four Bitchin’ Babes (folk). $15-$35. Oct. 13, 7 p.m.: Lucy Kaplansky (folk). $16-$32. Oct. 19: Abigail Washburn with Prince Florence (Americana/bluegrass). $22/$25. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Paul Thorn (Americana). $17-$37. Oct. 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard (country). $15/$18. Oct. 25: Joe Ely (country). $22-$42. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Antje Duvekot (folk). $12/$15. Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.: Red Wanting Blue (rock). $15/$18. Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Pianist George Winston, $25-$35. Oct. 30: Milk Carton Kids (folk). $13/$15.
DoubleTree Hotel, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Through October: “Simply Sandy,” an exhibit of works by Sandy Schmidt, sponsored by Simply Chicago Art. Opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 3. Visit www.simplychicagoart.com.
Oakton Community College, Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. (847) 635-2633. www.oakton.edu/museum. Through Sept. 21: “Eyewitness: Works by Morris Topchevsky,” a diverse survey of work by the Chicago artist and social crusader Morris Topchevsky (1899-1947). Opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2.
Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes, Celebrating Experience: A Gallery of Art by Older Adults, 1123 Emerson, Suite 200, Evanston. (847) 864-7274. www.SASIathome.org. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays or by appointment. All art is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting SASI, a community nonprofit that helps adults in Chicago and the north/northwest suburbs who, due to aging, illness or injury, need assistance in the home. Through Nov. 4: Works by Robert Leopold, Delores Rix and Howard Tyner.
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.
Canzonetta Youth Orchestra is seeking musicians to audition for the 2012-13 music season. Directed by Hilel Kagan, Canzonetta is a chamber orchestra that offers specialized instruction for children interested in developing their orchestral skills. Training Orchestra, for 7- to 10-year-olds with beginning orchestral experience, meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The Intermediate Orchestra, for 10- to 13-year-olds with more advanced training, meets from 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The Senior Orchestra, for high school students who are advanced musicians, meets from 1-3 p.m. Sundays. All three orchestras rehearse at the Wilmette Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road. There will be at least four concerts throughout the year. To make an audition appointment, call Helia Schramm, (847) 328-0570.
Chicago Master Singers will hold vocal auditions for the 2012-13 season Aug. 9, 14, 16 and 21 in Palatine. Dedicated singers are invited to call (877) 825-5267 or send an e-mail to email@example.com to make an audition appointment. CMS is a 130-voice ensemble directed by Alan Heatherington featuring singers from throughout the Chicago area. The ensemble will perform this season with the Ars Viva Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony. For more information, visit www.chicagomastersingers.org.
Dancers ages 7-17 are invited to audition to perform with the Moscow Ballet in its annual Chicago performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” Auditions will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago. Dancers should have two years of ballet training and be no more than 5 feet tall. $5 audition fee. Registration required. Call (773) 463-1220 or visit www.southportarts.com.
Artists and craftsartists are invited to jury to be among the exhibitors in the 22nd annual An Arts & Crafts Adventure, to be held Sept. 15 in Hodges Park, Park Ridge. Potential exhibitors should submit four images representative of their work they wish to exhibit, one of their display set-up, their first/last names, address, and daytime telephone number. A resume/show listing is helpful. Call (847) 991-4748 or visit www.americansocietyofartists.org.
Crafters needed for the annual Holiday Fair to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Martin Luther Church, 6850 W. Addison, Chicago. Table rental fee and sample for raffle. Call (773) 777-8821 for information.
Crafters are sought for the Resurrection College Prep High School Arts & Craft Fair, to be held Nov. 10 at 7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Applications are available at www.reshs.org or by contacting Carol Marchetti at (773) 775-6616, ext. 112.
The Norwood Park Historical Society is accepting applications from crafters, artists, and high-quality chefs/bakers to fill positions at the 25th annual Victoria’s Holiday Boutique, a fund-raiser for the nonprofit organization, to be held Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago. Fee is $35-$65 per space, and each seller must donate 15% commission on sales. During the event, crafters must commit to a minimum of five hours to working the sale. Hand-made or homemade items only. For more information, call (773) 631-4633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crafters are sought for the Christmas in Park Ridge Boutique, sponsored by The Center of Concern, to be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, Crescent and Delphia. Space rental $20-$80, plus 10% of sales. Call (847) 823-0920 (evenings) or leave name, address and phone number to have application sent. Application deadline is Dec. 1.
Auditions for Skokie Kids Film Festival: An Evening with the Stars will be held from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Open to children ages 7-13 who are interested in writing and starring in their own movie. Prepare a monologue that is no more than one minute long, from any film. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Books & poetry
Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230. www.bn.com. Aug. 8, 7 p.m.: Gillian Flynn reads and signs Gone Girl. Aug. 14, 7 p.m.: Carrie Goldman discusses and signs Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.: Salsation, a Latin improv and sketch comedy troupe, presents the Word Up! poetry slam. $10.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m.: Lorraine Heinichen Memorial Book Review features Elise Ginsparg reviewing The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership by Yehuda Avner. Aug. 12, 11 a.m.: Discussion of Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000 ; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: The Wiggles! Celebration Tour. Tickets: $15.50-$85.50.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 25, 2 p.m.: Saturday Family Movie Series presents “The Adventures of Tintin,” rated PG. Aug. 28, 4 p.m.: Captain Underpants book release party, for children in grades 1-4.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 3, 10 and 16, 7:30 p.m.: “Daylabor Dreamin’,” a sketch comedy show exploring the current wave of minority empowerment. $12. Aug. 4-5, 2 p.m.: “Sketchtastic,” a comedy revue written and performed by an ensemble of youth age 8-13. $12. Aug. 4-12, 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War,” a comedic one-act version of Homer’s story performed by a youth ensemble. $12. Aug. 4-Sept. 29, 9 p.m. Saturdays: “Holy Bouncing Boobies! A Batman Burlesque.” 18 and over only. $20. Aug. 17-25, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: “Miscellaneous: A Comedy Showcase.” Politics, pop culture, literature and other subjects are given the comedic treatment in an improv and sketch show. $20.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. www.maynestage.com. (773) 381-4554. Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; Aug. 3-4, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Comedian Marc Maron. $30 general admission. Perla Cafe,
1813 Dempster St., Evanston. (847) 424-1382. Aug. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: “An Evening of Comedy and Spoken Word” with author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman of Skokie. No cover.
Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. Showtimes at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two-item food/beverage minimum. Aug. 2-4: Nick Vatterott. Aug. 10-11: Sebastian Maniscalco. Aug. 15-18: Michael Kosta. Aug. 22-25: John Roy. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Maria Villasenor.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 17, 10 p.m., Aug. 18, 6 p.m., and Aug. 19, 2 p.m.: “Ballet POP, Scenes from a Bar.” Set to modern day pop music, this new ballet displays the fun, silly, and even outrageous relationships that often form at the bar. $15.
Leikarringen Heimhug Norwegian Folk Dancers meet weekly, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at Norwood Crossing, 6016 N. Nina, Chicago. New members, age 16 and older, welcome. No dance experience needed, just interest in Scandinavian folk dance. For more information, call (847) 823-7596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or (847) 692-6616 or email@example.com.
Line dancing for all ages is held from 7-10 p.m. every Tuesday at the White Eagle Banquet Hall, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Beginner lessons are at 7:30 p.m. and new dance or review at 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5 for ages 17 and under. For information, call (847) 965-6353 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairs & festivals
Village of Harwood Heights 65th Anniversary Festival, 1-8 p.m. Aug. 4-5 at Union Ridge Field, 4600 N. Oak Park Ave., featuring music, Bingo and family-friendly activities and games.
Lakeshore Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4-5 at at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston, featuring live jazz and classical music, a silent art auction, a children’s craft tent, and food by local restaurants. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org/lakeshore.
Family Fest, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 11 on the grounds of St. Stephen Parish, Spruce and Prospect streets, Des Plaines. The event includes live entertainment, with the headliners Rick “Elvis” Saucedo at 9 p.m. Friday and Triple Shot at 8 p.m. Saturday. There will also be food vendors, children’s activities, games, raffle prizes and more. For information, call (773) 391-3185.
Taste of Armenia Festival, noon-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at St. James Armenian Church Evanston, 816 Clark St., Evanston. The event features authentic Armenian food, live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and other cultural offerings. Free admission and parking. Visit www.tasteofarmenia.org.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. (773) 598-4549. www.gorillatango.com. Aug. 4, 7 p.m.: “Some Girls Never Learn,” winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. With an appearance by writer/director Jerzy Rose. $10. Aug. 25-26, noon- 5 p.m.: Silent movie fest, held in conjunction with Skokie’s Backlot Bash. Free.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. Aug. 3, 1 p.m.: “Mirror, Mirror.” Aug. 9, 10:30 a.m.: “John Carter.” Aug. 9, 1 p.m.: “Guys & Dolls.” Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Aug. 16, 1 p.m.: “Psycho.” Aug. 17, 1 p.m.: “Big Miracle.”
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 4, 2 p.m.: Screening of “We Bought a Zoo.” Aug. 9, 2 p.m.: Charles Dickens Film Discussion Series features “A Tale of Two Cities.” Aug. 16, 2 p.m.: Closed captioned screening of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Aug. 23, 2 p.m.: Charles Dickens Film Discussion Series features “Great Expectations.”
Northwest Chicago Film Society presents the Classic Film Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Admission is $5. For information, visit www.northwestchicagofilmsociety.org. Aug. 8: “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” (1933), with the Betty Boop cartoon “The Old Man and the Mountain.” Aug. 15: “A Hen in the Wind” (1948), with the National Film Board of Canada cartoon “The Cat Came Back.” Aug. 22: “This Day and Age” (1933), with the Popeye cartoon “The Man on the Flying Trapeze.” Aug. 29: “The Chase” (1966), with the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon “Fast and Furry-ous.”
Northwestern University’s Summer Outdoor Cinema series presents Parisian-themed family-friendly films on the east lawn of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. Movies begin at sundown (around 8:45 p.m.). Bring blankets and chairs for seating. Admission is free. Rain location is the McCormick Auditorium in Norris Center. For information, call (847) 491-4000. Aug. 8: “The Artist” (2011).
Tours & outings
The Evanston History Center presents a summer walking tour series June through October 2012. Conducted by Kris Hartzell, EHC’s director of Visitor Services and Facilities, the tours will focus on a range of topics. Each tour begins and ends at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston, and will take place rain or shine. Tours being at 11 a.m. and run until roughly 12:30 p.m. Admission for each tour is $20; $15 for EHC members. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Call (847) 475-3410 or e-mail email@example.com. “Burnham in Evanston,” a tour of the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham lived and worked, Aug. 4 and Oct. 20. “Evanston’s Lakefront,” Aug. 18 and Oct. 6. “Architectural Evanston,” a walk through the original town of Evanston, with a view to the architectural styles of different eras and how they reflect the growth and change of the city, Sept. 1. “Evanston Women’s History,” Sept. 15.The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park,
located along the east side of McCormick Boulevard, between Dempster on the north to Touhy on the south, offers free, docent-led tours featuring a different section of the two-mile long park each month. Tours last approximately one hour and feature discussions of the sculptures, their creating artists, types of materials used and techniques employed as well as the artists’ concepts for the various pieces. The park is handicapped accessible but the tours require walking between the sculptures, so people who have difficulty are encouraged to bring a wheelchair. All tours begin promptly at 1 p.m. No reservations are required. For information, visit www.sculpturepark.org or call (847) 679-4265. Aug. 26: Section I, park in the lot between Dempster and Main streets on the east side of McCormick Boulevard. Sept. 23: Section II, park in the canoe launch on Oakton, just east of McCormick, and walk over the channel bridge to McCormick to begin the tour. Oct. 28: Section IV, park in the lot in the park, between Howard and Touhy.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Niles Songwriters group meets. Area songwriters are invited to bring original songs to share and get feedback.
Skokie Art Guild offers figure drawing workshops from 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood, Skokie. Live models; no instructor. Fee per session is $20; $12 for members. For information, call Steve Gal, (847) 673-4450, or visit www.skokieartguild.org.
Monday Night Car Shows, 6-9 p.m. every Monday, through Sept. 10, in the west parking lot of Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Cars on display will include classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, motorcycles and vintage military vehicles. There will also be music, food and hourly raffles. Visit www.mondaynightcarshows.com.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Admission: $12; $8 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children ages 5-11. Special exhibitions are free with museum admission. Through Jan. 6, 2013: “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” a creation of the International Spy Museum. The exhibit explores how the United States should balance civil liberties and individual rights during times of conflict, crisis and fear. At interactive stations following the themes of the exhibition — revolution, sabotage, hate, radicalism, world war, subversion, protest, extremism and terrorism — visitors are able to record their opinions on issues of national security and civil liberties and compare their reactions to those of past Gallup polling results. Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “Elusive Justice,” a PBS documentary about the more than six decades-long commitment to apprehend Nazi war criminals and place them on trial for crimes against humanity. Free with museum admission; reservations recommended.
“Woody Sez — The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie,” Sept. 14-Oct. 21 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Featuring more than 30 of Guthrie’s ballads and anthems, the production celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s great folk troubadour. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (except Sept. 25 and Oct. 2); Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (except Sept. 26) and 7:30 p.m. (except Oct. 10); Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m. (except opening on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.); Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (except Sept. 15) and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21). Tickets: $25-$72; $25-$54 for previews, Sept. 14-20. Student tickts are $15, any performance, subject to availability. Hootenannies, informal post-show “jam sessions” with the artists from the production, will be held following the performances Sept. 30 (after 7 p.m.), Oct. 7 (after 2:30 p.m.) and Oct.14 (after 7 p.m.). Audience members are invited to bring their own instruments and join the artists onstage to play for approximately one hour after the performance. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.
Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, opens it 2012-13 season with the American premiere of “Tusk Tusk,” Sept. 8-Oct. 7. British newcomer Polly Stenham’s play tells the story of London siblings left to fend for themselves after their bipolar mother goes missing. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. No 2:30 p.m. show on Sept. 15. Tickets: $25; $15 for previews, Sept. 8-11. Call (847) 866-8049 or visit www.piventheatre.org.