Arts and entertainment calendar for July 26
Updated: July 24, 2012 9:58PM
Lincolnwood’s Summer Market and Music Series, through July 26 at Proesel Park, 6915 Kostner Ave., Lincolnwood. Market opens at 5 p.m.; concerts at 7 p.m. Free admission; bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Visit www.lincolnwoodil.org for information. July 26: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band showcases music of Jewish Eastern Europe.
Live at the Lake Summer Entertainment Series, 7 p.m. at Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, 2200 Lee Street at Fargo Avenue, Des Plaines. Shows will be canceled in the event of rain. Call (847) 391-5705 for weather updates. July 26: Jin & Tonic.
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. 1: Handsome Salamander, a newly-formed Evanston jazz trio. Aug. 8: Acoustic pop/rock artist Grant Terry.
Mount Prospect Community Band presents free concerts at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Information at www.mppd.org. July 30: Do-It-Yourself Sousa.
Mount Prospect Park District summer concert series, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Mount Prospect Veterans Memorial Band Shell, 411 S. Maple St. Information at www.mppd.org. July 26: Jack Tripper Band.
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. July 27: White Saddle Band plus pony- and tractor-pulled wagon rides and a petting farm. 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. July 26, 7 p.m.: Luck Of The Irish Night with Trinity Irish Dancers and musicians. 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. July 27: “A Triumphant Finale,” Beethoven’s Fifth, Gounod and Lehar sung by Nathalie Colas. 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; Twiggs Park, Simpson Street at Dodge Avenue; and Brummel Park, Brummel and Elmwood. Rain site for Dawes and Brummell parks concerts is Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.; rain site for Twiggs Park concerts is Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Call (847) 448-8258 after 4:30 p.m. for rain site updates. Brummel Park — July 26: Andre Williams & the Goldstars. Dawes Park — July 31: Ken Arlen’s Indigo. 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.
Sunday Sundown Concerts at 7 p.m. at Devonshire Park, 4400 Greenwood, Skokie. Call (847) 674-1500 or visit www.skokieparkdistrict.org. July 29: Cheryl & the Dynamics (R&B/gospel/jazz). Aug. 5: Dueling Pianos. Aug. 12: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.
Tunes On Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Harrer Park Pavillion, 6250 Dempster St., Morton Grove. See www.mortongroveparks.com. July 26: Special Thursday concert with Fast Eddie & the Corvettes (’50s-’70s rock). July 31: Who Knew (voted 2010’s best dance 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.
“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. July 27-28 and Aug. 2-4 and 2 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 5 at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker, Des Plaines. $15. Call (847) 397-5711.
“Little House by the Shores of Silver Lake,” based on By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, at 7 p.m. July 28 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. $11; $9 for students and seniors. Call (773) 598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
“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; $10 for previews, July 26-27. 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.
Spectralia Theatre will present a family-friendly, 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in various Chicago parks through Aug. 5. Performances are at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 28-29 at Portage Park, 4100 N. Long; and Aug. 4-5 at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland. All performances are free of charge; donations appreciated. For information, call (773) 654-3097 or visit www.spectralia.org.
“Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne,” presented by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 26; 8 p.m. July 27-28; and 7 p.m. July 29 at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood (Rogers Park), Chicago. During the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, composer Jule Styne created songs that prompted Frank Sinatra to remark, “... his song list reads like the history of American popular music.” Tickets: $29-$34. Optional dinner package available for an additional $20 (plus tax and tip). Call (800) 595-4849 or visit www.theoubique.org.
“A Touch of Class,” 7:30 p.m. July 27 and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago. $15. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hal Chastain Memorial Thespian Scholarship program at Maine South High School. For reservations, contact David Downing at (847) 826-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“With a Song In My Heart: The Romance of Richard Rodgers,” 7:30 p.m. July 27-28 and 2 p.m. July 29 at Northwestern University’s Ethel M Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. The three-part revue celebrates the collaborations of Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Tickets: $30; $27 for seniors; $10 for students. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. July 26, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Summer Orchestra performs Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring clarinetist Andrew Hudson, and Debussy’s “La Mer.” $6; $4 for students.
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. 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. 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.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. For information, visit www.montroseroom.com. July 27, 8:30 p.m.: Kill Hannah (rock). $15 general admission.
Live Band Karaoke, 6:30-10:30 p.m. July 27 on the lawn of MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place. Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available from restaurants within the complex. Patrons are not permitted to bring pets, coolers, food or beverage into the park. For information, visit www.rosemont.com.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Dot Dot Dot, $15 general admission. Aug. 1, 8 p.m.: The Zombies. $65-$75. Aug. 11, 10 p.m.: Brazilian Carnaval Summer Edition, featuring Swing Brasileiro. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 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. 18, 8 p.m.: XRT Blues Breakers Show with John Mayall. $60 general admission.
The Park Ridge Chorale will present its summer concert, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” at 7 p.m. July 28 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. The program includes selections from “The Sound of Music,” “Hello Dolly!” and more. Tickets in advance are $14, $12 for seniors; at the door $16, $14 for seniors. Free admission for children under 18. For tickets, call (847) 823-3958 or (847) 825-2216.
S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. 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. 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. 28, 7 p.m.: Pianist George Winston, $25-$35. Oct. 30: Milk Carton Kids (folk). $13/$15.
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.
Oakton Community College, Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. (847) 635-2633. www.oakton.edu/museum. Aug. 2-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.
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 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.
Books & poetry
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.
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.
ImagineU Family Series presents “Lyle the Crocodile” at 7 p.m. July 27; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 28; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 29 in Northwestern University’s Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston. Recommended for children age 5 to 10 and their families. Tickets: $10. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
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. July 28-29: Northwest Coast button blankets.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. July 28, 2 p.m.: Saturday Family Movie features “Happy Feet 2.” 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.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. Aug. 1, 7 p.m.: Ethan Bortnick — “It’s All About Music” tour, with special guest Kidz Bop Kids. $34.50-$49.50.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. July 27-Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.: “Daylabor Dreamin’,” a sketch comedy show exploring the current wave of minority empowerment. $12. July 28-Aug. 5, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: “Sketchtastic,” a comedy revue written and performed by an ensemble of youth age 8-13. $12. Aug. 4-Sept. 29, 9 p.m. Saturdays: “Holy Bouncing Boobies! A Batman Burlesque.” 18 and over only. $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. 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. July 27-28: Steve Rannazzisi. Aug. 1-4: Nick Vatterott. Aug. 10-11: Sebastian Maniscalco. Aug. 15-18: Michael Kosta. Aug. 22-25: John Roy. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Maria Villasenor.
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 email@example.com; or (847) 692-6616 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
Mount Prospect Downtown Block Party will be held from 5-11 p.m. July 27 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 28 at the intersection of Emerson Street and Busse Avenue, downtown Mount Prospect, featuring restaurant vendors, live music and children’s activities. Scheduled entertainment includes Friday — Diving for Dynamite, 5 p.m.; Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, 7 p.m.; and Sixteen Candles, 9 p.m. Saturday — Stockwood 5 p.m.; Frye Daddy, 7 p.m.; and Mike and Joe, 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.mpblockparty.com or call (847) 398-6616.
North Shore Festival of Art Old Orchard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27-29 at Westfield Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Featuring works by more than 150 juried artists, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and parking. Call (847) 926-4300 or visit www.amdurproductions.com.
Jeff Park Arts and Music Festival, featuring arts, food, music, crafts, and games, July 27-29 at Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long at Higgins and Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. Hours are 6-10:30 p.m. Friday; noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Music headliners include Smoking Popes, Jason & the Scorchers, and Paul Cebar. In addition, The Gift Theatre Company will host stand-up comedy and improve, as well as presentations by Filament Theatre Ensemble and the Irish Seanachai Theatre Company. Admission is $5 before 5 p.m.; $7 after 5 p.m.; $15 for all three days. Visit www.jefffest.org.
The Evanston History Center presents its annual ice cream social from 1-4 p.m. July 28, rain or shine, at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. The event includes music by the Ridgeville Band, Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, face painting and games for children, and refreshments. Free. For more information, visit www.evanstonhistorycenter.org or call (847) 475-3410.
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.
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. July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Rare Baseball Films: The Newsreels.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. July 27, 1 p.m.: “Safe House.”
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 2, 2 p.m.: Charles Dickens Film Discussion Series features “David Copperfield.” 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. 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.”
Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu. July 28, 2 p.m.: “South Pacific,” starring Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor and John Kerr. $10; $5 for students.
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. 1: “The Muppets” (2011). Aug. 8: “The Artist” (2011).
North Shore Congregation Israel’s 70 Plus Singles Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, for dinner and a discussion of the movie, “School Ties.” Cost for dinner is $18; $20 for nonmembers. Register at (847) 835-0724, ext 632, or www.nsci.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. “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, 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.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. (847) 673-6300. www.northshorecenter.org. July 28, 7:30 p.m.: Miss International and Miss Teen International Pageant. The contests feature live entertainment, celebrity emcees and competitions in four categories, including interview, evening gown, fitness wear, and fun fashion wear. Tickets start at $50.
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.