Arts and entertainment calendar for Aug. 16
Updated: October 5, 2012 3:34PM
Niles Park District hosts free family concerts at Oak Park, Lee and Ottawa streets, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays. See www.niles-parks.org. Aug. 17: BBI, with audience participation.
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 presents Archie Powell & the Exports at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston. Rain site is Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Call (847) 448-8258 after 4:30 p.m. for rain site updates.
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. 17: A Thousand Julys. Sept. 7: Jack Straw. Sept. 21: The Committee Band. For information, visit www.experiencemountprospect.org.
“Handicap This!”, a look at living with disabilities, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors. Call (847) 635-1900 to purchase tickets.
“Julius Caesar,” presented by Muse of Fire Theatre Company through 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.
“Man of La Mancha,” presented by Light Opera Works through Aug. 26 at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Performances at 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 25; and 2 p.m. Aug. 19, 22 and 26. Tickets: $48, $68, $77, $92 for main floor; $32, $48, $68, $77 for balcony; half-price for ages 21 and younger. Call (847) 920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com.
“The Monument,” presented by Idle Muse Theatre Company through Aug. 26 at the Side Project Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago. Caught up in the political interests of a war he never understood, a young soldier stands convicted of war crimes. Now his only chance for survival is an enigmatic woman from the enemy side with an agenda he doesn’t understand. Curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20; $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.idlemuse.org or call (773) 340-9438.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will offer a free performance of “50-Minute Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. A discussion with the actors will follow the performance. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (847) 825-3123.
“Tusk Tusk,” Sept. 8-Oct. 7 at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. British newcomer Polly Stenham’s play tells the story of London siblings left to fend for themselves after their bipolar mother goes missing. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. No 2:30 p.m. show on Sept. 15. Tickets: $25; $15 for previews, Sept. 8-11. Call (847) 866-8049 or visit www.piventheatre.org.
“Woody Sez — The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie,” Sept. 14-Oct. 21 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Featuring more than 30 of Guthrie’s ballads and anthems, the production celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s great folk troubadour. Curtain times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (except Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 and 16); Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (except Sept. 26) and 7:30 p.m. (except Oct. 10); Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m. (except opening on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.); Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (except Sept. 15) and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (except Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21). Tickets: $25-$72; $25-$54 for previews, Sept. 14-20. Student tickets are $15, any performance, subject to availability. Call (847) 673-6300 or visit www.northlight.org. Backstage with BJ, a discussion with artistic director BJ Jones, offering behind-the-scenes insight, is at noon Sept. 14. Reservations are required; call (847) 679-9501, ext. 3555. Hootenannies, informal post-show “jam sessions” with the artists from the production, will be held following the performances Sept. 30 (after 7 p.m.), Oct. 7 (after 2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (after 7 p.m.). Audience members are invited to bring their own instruments and join the artists onstage to play for approximately one hour after the performance.
The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra will perform a program of Jewish and Muslim music, “Celebrating 500 Years of Friendship in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the American Islamic College, 640 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are $25, available at www.americanmusicfestivals.com.
Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847) 905-1500. www.musicinst.org. Sept. 23, 3 p.m.: The Lincoln Trio performs Brahms’ Trio in C Major; Turina’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35; and other works. $30; $20 seniors; $10 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. 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. 19, 7 p.m.: Gigantes: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco A. Solis. $56, $76, $96, $126, $176. 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. Nov. 29-30, 7:30 p.m.: The Who: Quadrophenia and More. $39.50, $59.50, $80.50, $129.50.
Bluegrass Legends Concerts at the American Legion Music Hall, 1030 Central St., Evanston. www.chicagobluegrass.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission: $20; $15 for children 16 and under and senior citizens. Aug. 25: Cumberland River.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Sept. 1, 6 p.m., and Sept. 2, 3 p.m.: Parrots of the Caribbean (Jimmy Buffett tribute act). $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.montroseroom.com. Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.: Michael McDermott’s Birthday Bash Concert in the Montrose Room. The Chicago-based folk rock singer will perform songs from his new album, “Hit Me Back.” $12-$32.
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, Chicago. (773) 381-4554. www.maynestage.com. Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Gary Nunez and Plena Libre with Chicago Afro-Puerto Rican Ensemble (CAPRE). $20-$30. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: The Del Moroccos. $12 general admission. Sept. 13: Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001. $69.50. Sept. 14, 9 p.m.: The Handsome Family. $19 in advance; $23 at the door. Sept. 15, 9 p.m.: Las Guitarras de Espana and Los Hombres Perdidos, $20. Sept. 18, 8 p.m.: XRT Blues Breakers Show with John Mayall. $60 general admission.
Mullen’s Bar & Grill, 8313 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. (708) 452-3190. Aug. 28, 7-10 p.m.: Jazz Community Big Band, an 18-piece big band based in Norridge, plays the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and others. No cover.
S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. www.evanstonspace.com. (847) 492-8860. Shows at 8 p.m., unless noted otherwise. A ug. 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, 10 p.m.: 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. 28, 10 p.m.: Michael Tolcher (pop). $12/$15. Sept. 29: Siegel Schwall Band with Johnny Burns (blues). $22-$42. Sept. 30: Chicago Blues Harp Bash #5, $15/$20. Oct. 2: Ben Taylor with Grace Weber. $15/$18. Oct. 3: Molly Lewis (acoustic pop). $15/$18/$25. 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. 9: Chad & Jeremy (folk rock). $17/$20/$30. Oct. 10: Guy Forsyth (Americana). $15/$18. 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. 23: The English Beat with Paul Collins’ Beat (ska/rock). $38/$40. Oct. 24: Ray Wylie Hubbard (country). $15/$18. Oct. 25: Joe Ely (country). $22-$42. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Antje Duvekot (folk). $12/$15. Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.: Red Wanting Blue (rock). $15/$18. Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Pianist George Winston, $25-$35. Oct. 30: Milk Carton Kids (folk). $13/$15. Nov. 2, 7 p.m.: Jeffrey Foucault (folk). $12/$15/$22. Nov. 2, 10 p.m.: Charlie Hunter Duo (jazz/funk). $18/$22/$30. Nov. 4: Shawn Mullins (folk rock/alternative). $20/$30/$40. Nov. 6: Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez, $10/$12/$18. Nov. 7: Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lindsay Fuller (folk). $12/$15/$22. Nov. 8: Enter The Haggis (rock/world fusion). $15/$18/$27. Nov. 9-10: Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth (blues). $27/$30/$46. Nov. 15: Willy Porter ( folk/blues). $18/$28/$38. Nov. 18: Kris Delmhorst (folk/Americana). $15/$18/$26. Nov. 25, 7 p.m.: Tuck & Patti (jazz). $20/$30/$40. Nov. 27: Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo, featuring Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood (experimental jazz/funk). $15/$18/$25.
Art Museo at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 544-5300. www.icohare.com. Through September: Serigraphs by Jack Silverman.
DoubleTree Hotel, 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Through October: “Simply Sandy,” an exhibit of works by Sandy Schmidt, 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. Through Sept. 21: “Eyewitness: Works by Morris Topchevsky,” a diverse survey of work by the Chicago artist and social crusader Morris Topchevsky (1899-1947).
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. 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.
The James Downing Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production of the comedy “Squabbles” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 20-21 at Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant, Chicago. Seeking four men and three women, ages 30 to 65. No appointment necessary. Cold readings from the script. Bring a current headshot and resume, if available. There is no pay. Production dates are Oct. 13-28. For information, visit jamesdowningtheatre.typepad.com.
Auditions for the Performing Arts at Oakton’s production of “Lysistrata” will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27-28 at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. No appointment is necessary. The director seeks 17 actors — men and women of all ages — who should prepare a comedic monologue (one to two minutes in length) or be ready to read from the script. Monologues need not be memorized. Production dates are Oct. 11-21. For information, call (847) 635-1897.
Auditions for the Six Piano Ensemble, a group that performs classical, jazz, and contemporary music arranged for six pianos, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 and 12 in Room 1360 at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road. Music is provided, and candidates also may play a prepared selection. For more information, contact Glenna Sprague at (847) 635-1905 or email@example.com.
The Oakton String Ensemble seeks violin, viola, cello, and double bass players with prior experience for the 2012-13 season. The ensemble performs several times a year on campus with occasional off-campus appearances. Recent performances have included everything from Vivaldi, Corelli, and Schubert to Bartok, Joplin, New Orleans jazz, and Bollywood music. Rehearsals are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road. For information or to schedule an audition, contact Daniel Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 choral 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. At the auditions, singers are encouraged to sing a prepared piece of their choice, and bring three copies of the music. Auditioners without a prepared piece will be asked to sing a familiar song provided at the audition. A pianist will be provided for accompaniment. Auditioners will also be asked to vocalize and sight-read an unfamiliar piece. Members pay dues of $100 per year and purchase their own music. Chicago Master Singers rehearsals are held from 7-10 p.m. Mondays in Palatine, beginning Aug. 28, and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays of concert weeks. For more information, visit www.chicagomastersingers.org.
Northwest Choral Society will host “Meet & Greet” from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker St., Des Plaines. The chorus is seeking singers, who are at least 17 years of age, with previous four-part choral experience. For the 2012-13 season, the chorus will feature the Christmas portion of the “Messiah” in early December, “The German Requiem” by Brahms in April, and a medley of Broadway musicals at its June concert. For information, visit www.nwchoralsociety.org or call (224) 585-9127.
Dancers ages 7-17 are invited to audition to perform with the Moscow Ballet in its annual Chicago performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” Auditions will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago. Dancers should have two years of ballet training and be no more than 5 feet tall. $5 audition fee. Registration required. Call (773) 463-1220 or visit www.southportarts.com.
Artists and craftsartists are invited to jury to be among the exhibitors in the 22nd annual An Arts & Crafts Adventure, to be held Sept. 15 in Hodges Park, Park Ridge. Potential exhibitors should submit four images representative of their work they wish to exhibit, one of their display set-up, their first/last names, address, and daytime telephone number. A resume/show listing is helpful. Call (847) 991-4748 or visit www.americansocietyofartists.org.
Crafters needed for the annual Holiday Fair to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Martin Luther Church, 6850 W. Addison, Chicago. Table rental fee and sample for raffle. Call (773) 777-8821 for information.
Crafters are sought for the Resurrection College Prep High School Arts & Craft Fair, to be held Nov. 10 at 7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago. Applications are available at www.reshs.org or by contacting Carol Marchetti at (773) 775-6616, ext. 112.
The Norwood Park Historical Society is accepting applications from crafters, artists, and high-quality chefs/bakers to fill positions at the 25th annual Victoria’s Holiday Boutique, a fund-raiser for the nonprofit organization, to be held Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago. Fee is $35-$65 per space, and each seller must donate 15% commission on sales. During the event, crafters must commit to a minimum of five hours to working the sale. Hand-made or homemade items only. For more information, call (773) 631-4633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crafters are sought for the Christmas in Park Ridge Boutique, sponsored by The Center of Concern, to be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, Crescent and Delphia. Space rental $20-$80, plus 10% of sales. Call (847) 823-0920 (evenings) or leave name, address and phone number to have application sent. Application deadline is Dec. 1.
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.
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. (847) 673-7774. www.skokielibrary.info. Aug. 21, 7 p.m.: Three best-selling writers of paranormal fiction, Kendare Blake (Girl of Nightmares), Lisa Desrochers (Last Rite) and Marta Acosta (Dark Companion), will read from, discuss and sign copies their work. Suggested for girls age 12 and up.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 19 in Section I of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, located between Dempster and Main streets on the east side of McCormick Boulevard. The event allows school age children to make their own small sculptures from clay, beads, feathers and other materials. Also, the Music Institute of Chicago will showcase a variety of musical instruments, providing hands-on instruction and encouragement for children. Free. Visit www.sculpturepark.org.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 25, 2 p.m.: Saturday Family Movie Series presents “The Adventures of Tintin,” rated PG. Aug. 28, 4 p.m.: Captain Underpants book release party, for children in grades 1-4.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.: “Daylabor Dreamin’,” a sketch comedy show exploring the current wave of minority empowerment. $12. Aug. 17-25, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: “Miscellaneous: A Comedy Showcase.” Politics, pop culture, literature and other subjects are given the comedic treatment in an improv and sketch show. $20. Through Sept. 29, 9 p.m. Saturdays: “Holy Bouncing Boobies! A Batman Burlesque.” 18 and over only. $20. Sept. 8-29, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays: “Shakespeare’s Female Women,” written and performed by Ever Mainard and Alicia Queen. $15.
Perla Cafe, 1813 Dempster St., Evanston. (847) 424-1382. Aug. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: “An Evening of Comedy and Spoken Word” with author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman of Skokie. No cover.
Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. Showtimes at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two-item food/beverage minimum. Aug. 16-18: Michael Kosta. Aug. 22-25: John Roy. Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Maria Villasenor. Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: Paul Reiser. $25.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. www.gorillatango.com. (773) 598-4549. Aug. 17, 10 p.m., Aug. 18, 6 p.m., and Aug. 19, 2 p.m.: “Ballet POP, Scenes from a Bar.” Set to modern day pop music, this new ballet displays the fun, silly, and even outrageous relationships that often form at the bar. $15.
Hedwig Dances presents “A Summer Soiree,” celebrating Sybil Shearer’s centennial, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave. $25; $10 for children and students. Call (847) 291-9161.
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
Taste of Armenia Festival, noon-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at St. James Armenian Church Evanston, 816 Clark St., Evanston. The event features authentic Armenian food, live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and other cultural offerings. Free admission and parking. Visit www.tasteofarmenia.org.
Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie. (773) 598-4549. www.gorillatango.com. Aug. 25-26, noon- 5 p.m.: Silent movie fest, held in conjunction with Skokie’s Backlot Bash. Free.
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt Ave. (847) 677-5277. www.lincolnwoodlibrary.org. Aug. 17, 1 p.m.: “Big Miracle.” Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.: “Thin Ice.” Aug. 23, 1 p.m.: “The Lady Eve.” Aug. 24, 1 p.m.: “Footnote” (English subtitles).
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. 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. 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.”
Walking On Water Films presents the Chicago premiere of “Promised Land: Israel Through The Eyes of Surfers” at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The screening will be followed by a meet-and-greet with director and co-producer Todd Morehead. The film is appropriate for all ages. Free. Call (312) 560-5680.
Tours & outings
The Evanston History Center presents a walking tour series conducted by Kris Hartzell, EHC’s director of Visitor Services and Facilities. 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. Aug. 18 and Oct. 6: “Evanston’s Lakefront.” Sept. 1: “Architectural Evanston.” Sept. 15: “Evanston Women’s History.” Oct. 20: “Burnham in Evanston,” a tour of the neighborhood where architect Daniel Burnham lived and worked. The Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park,
located along the east side of McCormick Boulevard, between Dempster on the north to Touhy on the south, offers free, docent-led tours featuring a different section of the two-mile long park each month. Tours last approximately one hour and feature discussions of the sculptures, their creating artists, types of materials used and techniques employed as well as the artists’ concepts for the various pieces. The park is handicapped accessible but the tours require walking between the sculptures, so people who have difficulty are encouraged to bring a wheelchair. All tours begin promptly at 1 p.m. No reservations are required. For information, visit www.sculpturepark.org or call (847) 679-4265. Aug. 26: Section I, park in the lot between Dempster and Main streets on the east side of McCormick Boulevard. Sept. 23: Section II, park in the canoe launch on Oakton, just east of McCormick, and walk over the channel bridge to McCormick to begin the tour. Oct. 28: Section IV, park in the lot in the park, between Howard and Touhy.
Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-6405. www.nileslibrary.org. Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Niles Songwriters group meets. Area songwriters are invited to bring original songs to share and get feedback.
Skokie Art Guild offers figure drawing workshops from 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood, Skokie. Live models; no instructor. Fee per session is $20; $12 for members. For information, call Steve Gal, (847) 673-4450, or visit www.skokieartguild.org.
Monday Night Car Shows, 6-9 p.m. every Monday, through Sept. 10, in the west parking lot of Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Cars on display will include classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, motorcycles and vintage military vehicles. There will also be music, food and hourly raffles. Visit www.mondaynightcarshows.com.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Admission: $12; $8 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children ages 5-11. Special exhibitions are free with museum admission. Through Jan. 6, 2013: “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” a creation of the International Spy Museum. The exhibit explores how the United States should balance civil liberties and individual rights during times of conflict, crisis and fear. At interactive stations following the themes of the exhibition — revolution, sabotage, hate, radicalism, world war, subversion, protest, extremism and terrorism — visitors are able to record their opinions on issues of national security and civil liberties and compare their reactions to those of past Gallup polling results. Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “Elusive Justice,” a PBS documentary about the more than six decades-long commitment to apprehend Nazi war criminals and place them on trial for crimes against humanity. Free with museum admission; reservations recommended.