Arts and entertainment calendar for June 7
Updated: June 5, 2012 2:08PM
“After Miss Julie,” presented by Focal Point Theatre Company at 8 p.m. June 7-9 and 2 p.m. June 10 at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston. Miss Julie, a wealthy politician’s daughter, finds herself entangled in a perilous web of class conflict, seduction and betrayal when she spends the evening with her father’s ambitious valet, John, and loyal cook, Christine. Tickets: $20; $15 students and seniors. Visit www.focalpointtheatre.com.
“Camelot,” presented by Light Opera Works at 8 p.m. June 8-9 and 2 p.m. June 10 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Main floor $48, $68, $77, $92; balcony $32, $48, $68, $77; half-price for those age 21 and younger. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com.
“The Monument,” presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company July 26-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; $10 for previews, July 26-27. Visit www.idlemuse.org or call (773) 340-9438.
“[title of show],” a Broadway musical about creating a Broadway musical, at 7:30 p.m. June 7, 8 p.m. June 8, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 9 and 2:30 p.m. June 10 at Northlight Theatre, in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $25-$65; Young Adult tickets (25 and under) $10. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. (773) 598-4549. www.gorillatango.com. June 30, 7 p.m.: Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra presents “Bulgarian and American Music,” featuring works by Marin Golimenov, Dimitar Nenov, Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin, John Williams and Aaron Copland. Philip Simmons conducts with violin soloist Kamen Vatchev. $15.
Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. June 8, 7:30 p.m.: “Opera Scenes Gala,” featuring excerpts from “La Boheme,” “Die Zauberflote,” “La Traviata,” “Lakme” and “Don Giovanni.” $6; $4 for students. June 9, 7 p.m.: Guitarists Oscar Ghiglia, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell perform solos, duos, and trios by Frescobaldi, Merchi, Sor and Granados. $16; $8 for students. June 14, 7 p.m.: Guitar Workshop Concert, featuring high school and college students performing classical guitar masterworks by Bach, Sor, Carulli, Turina and Albeniz. Admission is free.
Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. June 15, 7:30 p.m.: Anaphora performs works by Augusta Read Thomas, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. $10-$18. For tickets, visit www.anaphoraensemble.com.
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg, presents “25 Great Years” at 3 p.m. June 10 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The program includes madrigals, part songs by Haydn, Rossini, Schumann and others, folk songs from Bulgaria, Canada, South Africa and England, and show tunes by Ellington and Loesser. $15; $10 for seniors; $7 for students. In addition, the Chorale will present Summer Sing-alongs at 7:30 p.m. June 27 and July 25 in Room 9 at the Music Institute’s Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. On June 27 the group will sing Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, conducted by Frank Winkler. On July 25, sing-along participants will perform Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg. Cost to participate is $10 per person. Each sing-along has an optional free rehearsal the day before — June 26 and July 24, respectively — at 7:30 p.m. in Room 9 at the Music Institute’s Evanston East Campus. Call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
The Northshore Concert Band will present its summer concert, “Classical and Popular Favorites,” at 3 p.m. June 10 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Conducted by Mallory Thompson, the program features Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” David Del Tredici’s “Acrostic Song,” and Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F. $18; $13 for seniors; $7 for students and children. Call (847) 432-2263 or visit www.northshoreband.org.
Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. June 30, 7:30 p.m.: Violin Institute Recital. Admission is free.
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. June 10, 7 p.m.: Roberto Carlos “Un Millon De Amigos” (“One Million Friends”) World Tour. $65-$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.
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. July 7, 7 p.m.: American Idol Live! Tour 2012. $29.50, $45, $65. July 19, 7 p.m.: Rock of Ages Tour — Def Leppard/Poison with special guest Lita Ford. $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $95. Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Summerland Tour 2012 featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. $39.50, $49.50. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50.
Chambers, 6881 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. (847) 647-8282. www.thechambersonline.com. No cover, unless noted otherwise. June 8, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Tony Smith Show (blues/Motown). $5 cover. June 9, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Route 66 (‘50s-’70s dance music). $5 cover. June 10, 5-9 p.m.: Connie Marshall and Johnny Gabor. June 12, 6-11 p.m.: Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman. June 13 and 27, 6:30-11 p.m.: Natural Sound live music karaoke. June 15, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Vince Amore. June 16, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: No Limits Band. June 17, 19 and 24, 5-9 p.m.: Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman. June 20, 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Rick “Elvis” Saucedo. $10 cover. June 22, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Second Hand Soul Band (Motown/dance). June 23, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Ronnie Ross Show. June 26, 6-11 p.m.: Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen. $10 cover. June 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Crawford’s Daughter (acoustic rock, blues and soul). June 30, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Rick Lindy & the Wild Ones (‘50s-’60s rock). $5 cover.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. (773) 598-4549. www.gorillatango.com. June 16, 7:30 p.m.: Denny Diamond & the Family Jewels perform hits of Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Elvis and others. $15.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. For information, visit www.montroseroom.com. June 21: Pure Prairie League (country rock). General admission $20; VIP $30/$40.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. J une 8, 9 p.m.: Guitarra Azul. $20. June 9, 9 p.m.: Megitza Quartet Farewell Concert. $15 general admission; $25 reserved. June 10, 9 p.m.: Japanese doom metal band Church of Misery, with Earthen Grave and The Pale Horseman. $23. June 14, 7:30 p.m.: Octopus Nebula (rock/acid jazz). $15 in advance; $18 at the door. June 15, 8 p.m.: Pat Travers Band (rock). $23 in advance; $28 at the door. June 16, 9 p.m.: Angel Melendez Orchestra tribute to “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe (salsa/mambo). $15 general admission; $25 reserved. June 24, 8 p.m.: Acoustic Alchemy (jazz/folk rock). $40-$45. June 29, 9 p.m.: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Afro-Cuban). $20 in advance; $25 at the door. June 30, 8 p.m.: Dave Mason Duo. $50 reserved seating, $40 balcony and standing room. July 6, 10 p.m.: Afro-Peruvian electronica band Novalima. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. July 10, 7:30 p.m.: ‘80s New Wave artist Howard Jones. $45 general admission. July 11, 8 p.m.: Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou (Afro pop). $28 general admission; $38 reserved. July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation. $18 general admission. July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Dot Dot Dot, $15 general admission. Aug. 1, 8 p.m.: The Zombies. $65-$75. Aug. 3, 11:30 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Lucy Woodward. $23 general admission. Aug. 17-18, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular featuring “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” a showing of “The Wizard of Oz” synchronized to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” soundtrack. The second half of the show features The Best of Pink Floyd including “The Wall.” $30 general admission.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. June 9, 3 p.m.: Stage Door Community Music Showcase, featuring performances by community members.
The Northwest Choral Society, under the direction of Alan Wellman, will present “Shout!” at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, and at 4 p.m. June 10 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect. The concert will feature popular musical selections from the ‘60s. Tickets: $20; $15 for students and seniors. A free lecture will be hosted by chorus member John Morrison 45 minutes prior to each concert. Visit www.nwchoralsociety.org or call (224) 585-9127.
Northwestern University’s Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. June 22, 8 p.m.: Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Songwriters Showcase, the annual celebration of new writers in pop, folk, jazz, country and music theatre. Original music will be performed by emerging songwriters from all over the country. $10. Visit www.tic.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-7282.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. June 23, 8 p.m.: Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Celebration Concert, featuring Broadway star Ann Hampton Callaway. $40; $10 for students. Visit www.tic.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-7282.
“Rockin’ in The Park at Rosemont,” an outdoor music festival featuring 11 live bands, 5-11 p.m. June 8; 1-11 p.m. June 9 and 1-7 p.m. June 10 at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Performers include Jimmie Van Zant, Infinity, Wedding Banned, April’s Reign, Kashmir, He Said She Said, Smokin’ Gunz, Hot Rocks, Fortunate Sons, School of Rock, and Rod Tuffcurls. Free admission. Food and drink will be available for purchase from restaurants within the complex. Outside coolers cannot be brought into the park. Call (773) 327-3830.
S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. June 7: Charlie Musselwhite (blues). $20/$28/$38. June 8, 7 p.m.: Kelly Hogan CD release show. $12/$15. June 9, 9 p.m.: 93XRT Blues Breakers welcome Joe Louis Walker with The Steepwater Band. $17/$20. June 10, 7 p.m.: Rickie Lee Jones, $38-$78. June 12: Lauren Shera and David Ramirez (folk). $10/$12. June 13: Lake Street Dive with Midnight Moxie (jazz, rock/folk). $10/$12/$22. June 17: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, “Stripped Down and Fully Clothed” (folk rock). $20. June 19: Singer/songwriter Steve Poltz. $12/$15. June 22: Ruthie Foster (blues/folk). $18. June 23: Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & the Monsters, $20-$34. June 24: Booker T Jones (R&B/soul/blues). $28-$68. June 27: Bearfoot (bluegrass). $12/$15. June 28: Soul Rebels Brass Band (New Orleans jazz). $15/$18. June 29: American English (Beatles tribute). $17-$37. June 30: Phil Angotti Band and Steve Dawson Band (indie rock). $12/$15/$22. July 1, 2 p.m.: Bitter Melon, $15. July 1, 7 p.m.: Kinky Friedman (country). July 6: Fountains of Wayne (alt rock). $28-$48. July 7: Heartsfield Band (country/rock). $17/$20. July 8, 7 p.m.: Dick Dale (surf rock) with Ambassadors to Earth. $25-$45. July 10: James Vincent McMorrow, $15/$18. July 11: Marc Cohn, $32-$68. July 12: Judy Collins. $40-$85. July 13: Otis Clay with The Revelations featuring Tre Williams (soul). $17/$20. July 14: Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks (country/jazz). $22-$42. July 15, 7 p.m.: The Ragbird with Chicago Farmer (folk/rock). $8/$10. July 18: Birds of Chicago (featuring JT Nero and Alison Rusell) and Matt the Electrician (roots). $10/$14. July 19: Edie Carey with Robbie Hecht (folk). $12/$15. July 20: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Cajun). $20/$40. July 21: Jimmy Webb, $20-$42. July 22, 2 p.m.: Eugenia Elliot CD release show (folk). $5-$10. July 22, 6:30 p.m.: Callaghan in The Studios at SPACE (pop). $15. July 22, 7 p.m.: John Gorka (folk). $18/$22. July 25: Erwin Helfer’s Chicago Boogie Ensemble & Ann Rabson (blues/jazz). $12/$15. July 26: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats (blues). $15/$20. July 27: James Carter Organ Trio (jazz). $17/$20. July 28: Alfonso Ponticelli’s Swing Gitan and Reginald Robinson (gypsy jazz). $12-$22. July 29: Stooges Brass Band (jazz/funk). $12/$15. Aug. 1: Catbon Leaf (alt country). $17-$30. 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: Curtis Salgado (blues/R&B). $15-$28. 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. 23: Jesse Colin Young (folk). $22/$34/$44. Aug. 24: Maria Muldaur (blues/pop). $17-$30. 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. 30: Canned Heat (blues/rock). $28-$68. Aug. 31: The Fabulous Thunderbirds (blues/rock). $28-$68. Sept. 7, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.: Tony Lucca (pop). $18-34.
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. June 15: Diving For Dynamite. July 6: Suburban Cowboys. July 20: Stache. 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.
Art Museo at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.icohare.com. Through July 30: “Forms & Fragments,” an exhibit of contemporary sculpture by Chicago Sculpture International members Nikki Renee Anderson, Shelley Gilchrist, Donna Hapac and Mimi Peterson.
DoubleTree Hotel, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Through July: “Birds of a Feather,” paintings by Jim Lange, sponsored by Simply Chicago Art. Visit www.simplychicagoart.com.
Edison Park Art Walk, featuring works of art from local youth and professional artists, will be held through June 11 in the business district of Edison Park. Artwork will be displayed throughout Edison Park at downtown area businesses that are members of the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce. A guidebook is available for participants to tour the sculptures, watercolors, photography, digital media and textiles. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 631-0063.
Oakton Community College, Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. (847) 635-2633. www.oakton.edu/museum. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through July 19: Steven Jay Urry: A Retrospective, presents the artist’s sculptures, drawings, paintings and experimental pieces.
OnView Gallery, 139 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge. www.OnViewLLC.com. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 12:30-6 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 9: “Inside Out,” a collaboration between photographer Russell Phillips and mixed media artist Andrew Lidgus.
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.
Auditions for Play On, the only community college playwriting festival in the state, will be held from 6-9 p.m. June 11-12 at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Play On features seven one-act plays written and directed by Illinois community college students. To bring these plays to life, festival directors will be casting men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Prepared monologues and cold readings will be heard. Play On will be staged July 24-26. For more information about auditions, call (847) 635-1976.
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.
Skokie Art Guild is seeking artists for its 51st annual Art Fair, to be held July 14-15 on the Village Green, 5211 Oakton, Skokie. Fine art; prizes and awards available. For information, visit www.skokieartguild.org or call (847) 677-8163.
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.
Porchlight Music Theatre presents its annual benefit concert, “Chicago Sings Jerry Herman,” at 7 p.m. June 18 at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. (Rogers Park), Chicago. The event features performances of Broadway icon Jerry Herman’s music by Chicago musical theatre stars. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Call (773) 777-9884 or visit www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.
Books & poetry
Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230. www.bn.com. June 8, 7:30 p.m.: Wayne Allen Le Vine discusses and signs Insights of an Ordinary Man. June 15, 7:30 p.m.: Lauren Kate reads and signs Rapture, the final book in the “Fallen” series for young adults. June 21, 6 p.m.: Janet Evanovich signs Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel. Barnes & Noble,
590 E. Golf Road. Schaumburg. (847) 310-0450. June 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Appearance by David Carani of Park Ridge, grand prize winner of the International Writers of the Future contest, and Rhiannon Taylor, winner of the International Illustrators of the Future contest.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. June 11, 11 a.m.: Discussion of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. June 16-23: Friends of the Library Book Sale. Open during library hours; ends at 2 p.m. June 23. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcovers are $1.
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.: Getting Strong — The Wiggles! Live in Concert. Tickets: $15.50-$85.50.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. June 11, 10 a.m.: Screening of “Brave Little Toaster.”
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston. (847) 475-1030. www.mitchellmuseum.org. Admission is $5; $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Kids Craft Mornings are informal workshops where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials. Workshops are included with museum admission. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary. Saturday workshops are at 11 a.m.; Sunday workshops at 12:30 p.m. June 9-10: Porcupine quill boxes. June 16-17: Loom beading. June 23-24: Northwest Coast rattles. June 30-July 1: Seminole patchwork. July 7-8: Beaded key chains. July 14-15: Cherokee syllabary. July 21-22: Lakota star quilts. July 28-29: Northwest Coast button blankets.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. June 13, 10 a.m.: Ronald McDonald’s Magic Show, for families with children in grades K-4. June 23, 2 p.m.: Saturday Family Movie presents “Hugo.”
Performing arts camp for youth entering grades 1-9 will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18-22 at St. James Church, 7400 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. The professionally led camp focuses on helping develop positive self esteem, vocal, dramatic and dance skills, and team spirit. Also includes service projects for the Night Ministry, as well as area food pantries and other projects. Light lunch included. Fee is $75. Call (773) 631-7666.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Through June 29, 8 p.m. Fridays: Chicagoland Stand Up Round Up, hosted by local comedienne Kelsie Huff. $20. June 29, 9:30 p.m.: Kenny Zimlinghaus. $20.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. June 22-23, 7:30 p.m., and June 24, 3 p.m.: Ensemble Español’s American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, featuring “Flamenco Passion.” The performance includes romantic Spanish ballets, traditional folkloric suites, and flamenco dramas. Tickets: $26-$46.
Northeastern Illinois University, Fine Arts Center, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. (773) 442-4636. http://boxoffice.neiu.edu. June 14, 7:30 p.m.: American Spanish Dance and Music Festival. General admission $20; $15 for students and senior citizens.
Chicago Dance Chapter of USA Dance, the national organization representing amateur ballroom dancers. Lesson begins at 7:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:15-11 p.m. Admission: $8 members; $10 nonmembers; $6 for students with ID. Dance music for all swing, Latin and ballroom dances. Partners not required - singles welcome. Beginning dancers encouraged. For information, call (847) 577-9014 or visit www.usadancechicago.org. June 9: “Foxy Momma,” featuring a fox trot lesson, at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park.
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) 692-6616 or e-mail email@example.com; or (847) 823-7596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Fairs & festivals
Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 10 at the Cook County Forest Preserve on Oakton Street, west of Lehigh Street, in Morton Grove. The event includes live music headlined by Steven Page, former lead singer of Canadian alternative rockers Barenaked Ladies, a storytelling stage, children’s activities area, a juried art show, dance performances, and a strictly kosher food fair. Other performers include Blue Fringe, a New York-based band, Soul Aviv presenting Jewish “gospel” sound, Moishe Skier, hard rockers from Milwaukee, and Chicago’s Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Suggested admission donation is $5 per person. For information, call (847)-933-3000 or visit www.jewishfestival.org.
Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 16-17 in the Main Street Station Shopping District, Main Street and Chicago Avenune, downtown Evanston. The event features nearly 400 artisans, including sidewalk sale vendors and antique dealers, music on two stages, a children’s park with nonstop activities and entertainment, a theatre stage, and food booths offering the cuisine of more than 30 restaurants. Also, Piccolo Theatre will present “The Medicine Show,” featuring 20 variety acts including theatre, puppets, juggling and clowns performing throughout the fair and on the Piccolo Theatre stage, 600 Main St. Suggested gate donation is $1. Visit www.custerfair.com.
Fountain Square Art Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24 at Church Street and Sherman Avenue, downtown Evanston, featuring works by more than 225 juried artists, a children’s art tent with activities overseen by the Evanston Art Center, food, and a jazz-centric music lineup. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.
Block Cinema, in the Pick-Laudati Auditorium at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-4000. www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema. Admission is $6; $4 for Block Museum members, students with ID and senior citizens, or as noted below. All films shown at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise. June 7: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “The Sign of Leo” (1962). June 8: Paris Belongs to Us: The City of Light in Film series features “Summer” (1986). July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. June 8, 1 p.m.: “The Iron Lady.” June 14, 10:30 a.m.: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” June 14, 1 p.m.: “The Apartment.” June 15, 1 p.m.: “The Grey.” June 21, 10:30 a.m.: “Chronicle.” June 21, 1 p.m.: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” June 22, 1 p.m.: “Albert Nobbs.”
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Doris Day Film Discussion Series, with informal discussions after each screening — June 12, 2 p.m.: “Teacher’s Pet” (1958). June 14, 2 p.m.: “Pillow Talk” (1959). June 26, 2 p.m.: “That Touch of Mink” (1962). June 28, 2 p.m.: “The Thrill of it All” (1963).
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. June 20: “You and Me” (1938), with the Mighty Mouse cartoon “He Dood It Again.” June 27: “After Tomorrow” (1932), with the short subject “City of Contrasts.” July 5: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956), with selected 1950s sci-fi trailers. July 11: “Christmas In July” (1940), with the Laurel & Hardy short subject “Thicker Than Water.” July 18: “House of Bamboo” (1955), with the 1945 U.S. Office of War Information propaganda film “My Japan.” July 25: “La belle equipe” (1936), with the Popeye cartoon “We Aim to Please.” Aug. 1: “Stage Struck” (1958), with the short subject “Stage Frights.” 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.”
International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 43 will meet at 7:30 p.m. June 15 in the South Conference Room at Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston, for its annual close-up magic contest. Non-magicians are invited for this event, as well as magicians of all skill levels. Admission is free for members; $5 for guests. Contact Robert K. Miller at (847) 272-3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ring43.org.
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. “Evanston’s Lakefront,” June 16, 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, July 7 and Sept. 1. “Evanston Women’s History,” July 21 and Sept. 15. “Burnham in Evanston,” a tour of the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham lived and worked, Aug. 4 and Oct. 20.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. June 24: 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. July 22: Section IV, park in the lot in the park, between Howard and Touhy. 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. June 21, 7:30 p.m.: Niles Songwriters Group meets. Area songwriters are invited to bring original songs to share and get feedback from others.
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.
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. The information line is (847) 635-6601. June 20-24: Cirque du Soleil presents “Dralion,” featuring an international cast of 52 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$80; $31.50-$67.50 for senior citizens, students and military; $28-$65 for children 12 and under. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.
“Loving Llanview,” an interactive fan event celebrating the soap opera “One Life to Live,” 3 p.m. June 24 at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Cast members participating include Kassie DePaiva, John-Paul Lavoisier, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Hilary B. Smith and Trevor St. John. Tickets: $125 Gold Circle, $75, $55, $35; post-show autograph and photo session, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125 (must have show ticket to attend). Visit www.lovingllanview.com or call (866) 364-0330.
Monday Night Car Shows, 5-9 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 June 17: “Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War.” The exhibition explores the achievements of Jewish men and women who were part of the American war effort on and off the battlefield. June 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Leila Levinson discusses her book, Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma. A book signing follows the presentation. Free with museum admission; reservations recommended. July 8, 1:30-3 p.m.: Second annual Sarah Lazarus Memorial Concert, held in cooperation with Chicago YIVO Society and featuring the Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble performing “Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart.” Tickets: $10 general admission; free to Illinois Holocaust Museum members. Advance reservations and payment required. July 15-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. July 15, 2 p.m.: Guest curator talk with Anna Slafer, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, International Spy Museum. Free with museum admission. July 19, 6:30-8 p.m.: “Seeking Justice,” featuring Eli Rosenbaum, the longest-serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations. Rosenbaum will discuss the transition from investigation and prosecution of World War II-era Nazi criminals to cases involving participants in post-World War II crimes of genocide, extrajudicial killing and torture committed abroad. Free with museum admission; reservations required. July 26, 6:30-8 p.m.: “The Future of International Justice.” Leading authority on Holocaust law and University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Harry Reicher will discuss additions to the international legal system in relation to genocide and crimes against humanity. Free with museum admission; reservations required.