Arts and entertainment calendar for July 12
Updated: July 10, 2012 12:54PM
“Des Plaines Summer Fling,” July 13-15 in downtown Des Plaines along Ellinwood Street. Call (847) 291-5300 or see www.desplaines.org. Entertainment includes July 13: 6:30 p.m., Second Time Around; 9:20 p.m., The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik. July 14: Noon, Serendipity; 1 p.m., School of Rock; 2:30 p.m., Rumor Haz It; 4:30 p.m., Legendary Rock Stars; 6:30 p.m., Generations; 8 p.m., Generations; 9:30 p.m., David Cassidy. July 15: Noon, iPop; 1:30 p.m., Dan Peters and the West Side Winders; 3 p.m., Diving for Dynamite; 5 p.m., Libido Funk Circus; 7:45 p.m., Infinity.
Island in the City Festival, July 12-15, features live music at Norridge Community Park, 4631 N. Overhill. Call (708) 457-1244 or visit www.islandinthecity.com. July 12, 7:30 p.m.: 7th Heaven. July 13, 8 p.m.: American English. July 14: 4 p.m., I.A.M.B. (heavy metal); 6 p.m., Pipe Dream; 8 p.m., Hi Infidelity. July 15: 2:30 p.m., Norridge Park Movers & Shakers; 4 p.m., Poochamungus (children’s entertainment); 5:30 p.m., Friction; 7:30 p.m., He Said, She Said.
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 12: Shy Violet (pop hits). July 19: Out of Control (rock). 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 12: AC Rock. July 25: Super Stolie (and the Rockstars). 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. July 18: American country/pop artist Jackson Rohm. July 25: Waiting to Run, a Christian pop/rock duo. 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 16: In the Year 1912 with the Arlingtons. July 23: Singin’ & Swingin’ with Leah Novak. 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 12: Serendipity (high-energy female band). July 19: Spoken Four. 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 13: Penny Carnival Night featuring the music of The Associates. Carnival games benefit Niles Park District campers. July 20: Vehicle adventure and music by Soda; Niles Police offer car seat safety inspection during show. 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 13: “Latin American Fiesta,” Gould, Fernandez, Ginastera and Gershwin. July 20: “Stage and Screen,” Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams. 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; James Park, Dodge Avenue at Mulford; Harbert Park, east of Canal, south of Dempster; and Brummel Park, Brummel and Elmwood. Rain site for Dawes, Brummell and James parks concerts is Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.; rain site for Twiggs and Harbert parks concerts is Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. Call (847) 448-8258 after 4:30 p.m. for rain site updates. James Park — July 12: ? And the Mysterians. July 19: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Harbert Park — July 17: Paul Green School of Rock. Dawes Park — July 24: Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan. July 31: Ken Arlen’s Indigo. Aug. 7: Taj Weekes and Adowa. Aug. 14: Musikcanto. Aug. 21: Archie Powell & the Exports. Brummel Park — July 26: Andre Williams & the Goldstars. 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 15: The Associates (R&B). July 22: W.S. Fluke Holland Band (rock). 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 17: Bopology (Sinatra/swing). July 26: 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. 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.
“The Fifth Wall,” presented by The Fringe Theater Company at 6 p.m. July 13-14 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. $10. Call (773) 598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
“From Hollywood, With Love,” a tribute to songs from Hollywood movies, will be presented at 7 p.m. July 13-14 at St. Mary of the Woods Parish, 7033 N. Moselle Ave., Chicago. Tickets are free, but donations are appreciated. For advance reservations, contact Wendy Sable at email@example.com or (847) 370-2297.
“Home” will be presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at 7 p.m. July 14 and 3 p.m. July 15 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Visit www.cityofevanston.org/fjtheatre or call (847) 448-8254.
“Little House By The Shores of Silver Lake,” based on By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, July 18-28 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. $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.
Midwest New Musicals presents “North Shore Rhythms and Blues,” the culminating performance for authors in the Midwest New Musicals musical theater writers workshop, at 3 p.m. July 22 at Light Opera Works Second Stage at McGaw YMCA Children’s Center, 1420 Maple (at Lake), Evanston. $10. Call (847) 920-5360.
“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.
National Theatre Live broadcasts “Frankenstein,” a new play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley, at 7 p.m. July 24 at Northwestern University’s Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. $20; $10 for students. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.
“Play On,” a community college playwright festival, will be presented July 24-26 at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Seven one-act plays, directed, written and performed by community college students, will be performed nightly at 8 p.m. $10 for general admission. Call (847) 635-1900.
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 14-15 at Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina; 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 through 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.” Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 20-21, 27-28; and 7 p.m. Sundays, July 15, 22, 29. Tickets: $29-$34. Optional dinner package available for an additional $20 (plus tax and tip). Call (800) 595-4849 or visit www.theoubique.org.
“The Useless Secret Weapon of Jacob Thompson,” July 13-21 at Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. Meet Jacob Thompson, inventor and recovering nutcase. After being committed for inventing a deadly android and released into his siblings’ care, he does what any other madman would do … he builds another android. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $12. Call (773) 598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
“With a Song In My Heart: The Romance of Richard Rodgers,” 7:30 p.m. July 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28; 2 p.m. July 15, 22 and 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.
Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. July 24, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Summer Chorus, “Vibrant Voices of the World,” featuring works by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus and Aaron Copland, as well as Celtic, Latin American and North American folk music. $6; $4 for students.
Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Chicago Duo Piano Festival gala opening concert, with Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem performing works by Mozart, Liszt, Barber and Milhaud. $25; $15 seniors; $10 students. July 17, 7:30 p.m.: Duo Piano Faculty Extravaganza Concert, featuring a varied selection of four-hand and two-piano repertoire. $25; $15 seniors; $10 students. July 20, 7:30 p.m.: Chicago Duo Piano Festival features Stephanie Kai-Win Ho and Saar Ahuvia performing works by Bach from their new CD, “Bach Crossings.” $25; $15 seniors; $10 students.
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale will present Summer Sing-along at 7:30 p.m. July 25 in Room 9 at the Music Institute’s Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Participants will perform Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg. Cost to participate is $10 per person. Optional free rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. July 24. Call (847) 905-1500, ext. 108, or visit www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Information: (847) 491-5441; tickets: (847) 467-4000. www.pickstaiger.org. July 18, 7:30 p.m.: Northshore Concert Band performs band classics and march favorites. $6; $4 for students. July 25, 7 p.m.: Northwestern University Summer Band performs works by Steven Barton, Gordon Jacob, Gustav Holst and von Weber. $6; $4 for students. 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.
The Ridgeville Band of Evanston, under the direction of Monty Adams, will present “Sunday in the Park: Summer of 1900” at 4:30 p.m. July 15 at Ridgeville Park, Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard, Evanston. The program will re-create the atmosphere of a popular summer concert in the early 1900s, with marches, operatic adaptations, waltz music, movie themes and Broadway show tunes. Free admission. Visit http://ridgevilleband.weebly.com or call (847) 899-8410.
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.
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 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.
Ethical Humanist Society Second Saturday Coffeehouse, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave. (at Howard), Skokie. (847) 677-3334. www.ethicalhuman.org/coffeehouse. July 14, 8 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Jason Fickel and vocalist Ginger Curry. $8.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. For information, visit www.montroseroom.com. July 21, 8:30 p.m.: Contemporary jazz, R&B and pop singer Lisa McClowry. $12 general admission; $18 VIP; $30 first row. July 27, 8:30 p.m.: Kill Hannah (rock). $15 general admission.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation. $18 general admission. July 14, 9:30 p.m.: Henhouse Prowlers Anniversary Show (bluegrass). $15 general admission; $20 reserved. July 20, 9 p.m.: Luisa Maita (Brazilian music). $20 general admission; $30 reserved. July 21, 9 p.m.: Puerto Rico-based indie salsa band Orquesta El Macabeo. $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $22 reserved. July 26, 8 p.m.: Dan Telfer CD release show for “Tendrils of Ruin.” $15 general admission; $20 reserved. 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.
Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. (847) 635-1900. July 18, 8 p.m.: Performance by the Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Evans $5 general admission; $3 students and seniors. July 19, 8 p.m.: Oakton’s Guitar Ensemble performs quartets and duets under the direction of Tom Clippert. Free.
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.
Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University, 60 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000. July 19, 7:30 p.m.: Northwestern University Summer Jazz Band performs works by group members and jazz standards by well-known composers and arrangers. $6; $4 for students.
S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. 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, 7 p.m.: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Cajun). $20/$40. July 20, 10 p.m.: Rhett Miller of The Old ‘97s (alt country). $23-$26. 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. 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. 16: Julie Frost, $12/$15. 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. 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. 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.: Roy Bookbinder (acoustic blues). $15/$20. 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. 28: Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen (folk/bluegrass). $25/$30. Sept. 29: Siegel Schwall Band with Johnny Burns (blues). $22-$42.
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. 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Simply Chicago Art seeks artists for its “Green Arts Show,” to be presented Sept. 7-23 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston. Works will be judged on artistic merit and use of concepts or materials that promote awareness of green and sustainable ways of living. $35 non-refundable application fee. Application deadline is July 15. For further information, call (847) 800-0978 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, invites women artists to submit work for the juried exhibition “The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women’s Art,” scheduled to run Oct. 4-26. Deadline for entries is July 26. There is no entry fee. A complete list of rules may be viewed at www.oakton.edu/newsevents/events/WGS_art_entry.pdf. For information, contact Nathan Harpaz at (847) 635-2633 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Books & poetry
Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. (847) 253-5675. July 20-22: Mount Prospect Friends of the Library summer book sale. Friday is Friends Member Only night, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Annual $5 memberships available at the door. General public, free entry sale from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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.
Barnes & Noble, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230. July 20, 7 p.m.: “Glee” star Chris Colfer will sign his new children’s book, Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. Free numbered signing line tickets will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. July 20 to customers presenting a copy of Land of Stories and proof of purchase from Barnes & Noble or www.bn.com. One ticket per customer. Additional event rules will apply.
ImagineU Family Series presents “Lyle the Crocodile” at 7 p.m. July 20 and 27; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 21 and 28; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 22 and 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.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. July 23, 10 a.m.: “Winnie the Pooh,” rated G.
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 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. July 16, 7 p.m.: Dance and Music with Jodi Koplin. July 28, 2 p.m.: Saturday Family Movie features “Happy Feet 2.”
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 21, 9 p.m.: Sea Beast Puppet Company presents “Puppet Meltdown,” a showcase of short work of puppetry aimed at adults. $12. 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 9-15. $12.
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. Oakton Community College’s
Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. July 12, 7:30 p.m.: “A Night of Improv” with improvisation troupe the OMG Players. Admission is free.
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 12-14: Mike Toomey. July 18-19: Baron Vaughn from USA Network’s “Fairly Legal.” July 20: John Pinette at 7 p.m., $30; Jay Pharaoh, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., $25. July 21: Jay Pharaoh at 7 p.m., $25; John Pinette, 9 p.m. and 11:15 p.m., $30. 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.
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. July 14: “Vive La Danse,” featuring a night club two-step 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) 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
Skokie Art Guild’s 51st annual Art Fair, July 14-15 at the Village Green, 5211 Oakton St., downtown Skokie. Visit www.skokieartguild.org.
Big Greek Food Fest of Niles, July 20-22 on the grounds of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 Caldwell Ave., Niles. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday. The event features Greek dishes such as roast lamb, spanakopita, souvlaki and Athenian chicken, as well as authentic Greek pastries. There will also be cooking demonstrations, live music, dancing, children’s activities, and tours of the church. Admission is $2; $1 for senior citizens; free for children. For information, call (847) 647-8880 or visit www.biggreekfoodfestofniles.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 13, 1 p.m.: “New Year’s Eve.” July 19, 10:30 a.m.: “The Woman in Black.” July 19, 1 p.m.: “The African Queen.” July 20, 1 p.m.: “The Artist.” July 26, 10:30 a.m.: “The Vow.” July 26, 1 p.m.: “Born Yesterday.” July 27, 1 p.m.: “Safe House.”
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. July 19, 2 p.m.: Closed captioned sceening of “War Horse,” rated PG-13. July 26, 2 p.m.: International Film Series features “Water.”
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. 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.”
Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu. July 19, 7 p.m.: “Oklahoma!”, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. $10; $5 for students. 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. July 18: “Hugo” (2011). July 25: “Funny Face” (1957). Aug. 1: “The Muppets” (2011). 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. “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. “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.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. 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. July 19, 7:30-8:45 p.m.: Niles’ Songwriters group meets. Area songwriters are invited to bring original songs to share and receive 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.
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. 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. 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.