Beatles Tributes, Ragtime Rock Southland
Music and laughs will fill the air at libraries and concert halls this weekend.
Oak Lawn Public Library heads way back in time for a Ragtime Piano Sunday with Friends Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Pianist Sue Keller will play and sing popular numbers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The library is 9427 S. Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn. More information and a full events calendar are at http://www.lib.oak-lawn.il.us and the library can be reached at 708-422-4990. The concert is free and open to the public.
Veteran funny man Chas Elstner brings his laugh acts to Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 117th St., Alsip for four weekend shows, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15.
Elstner is a veteran stand-up who has appeared as opening act for many celebrities, including Gloria Estefan, on many television shows, including MTV Comedy Hour and Entertainment Tonight and on countless college campuses in addition to his club appearances. All that represents only a tiny piece of his 24-year history as comic-in-demand.
Show tickets are $12.50 and dinner packages are available. Tickets and all the details about Elstner and Riddles can be found at www.myriddlescomedyclub.com. Riddles also can be reached at 708-422-5055.
South suburban concertgoers will take a musical ride into history this weekend for a tribute to Maud Powell, America’s first violinist to garner international acclaim. The concert, Beethoven and Pine, features contemporary violin virtuosa Rachel Barton Pine of Chicago, a powerful Powell champion, and guest conductor Alexander Platt, maestro of four Midwest symphony orchestras.
The two artists and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will recreate the all-Beethoven concert Powell and conductor Gustav Mahler performed with the New York Philharmonic on New Year’s Eve 1909.
The program includes Egmont Overture, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 4 in B flat major.
Who was Egmont? Internet sources describe the Count of Egmont as a 16th century Dutch nobleman. Wikipedia goes one more step and calls him “heroic.”
The 3 p.m. Jan. 16 performance moves to Ozinga Chapel, Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights.
Tickets, which are moving very quickly for this extraordinary concert program, are available at 708-481-7774 and at www.ipomusic.org. Any remaining tickets will be available at the venues immediately before the performances.
For more details, read the full article on Pine and this concert program.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery in the Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center unveils a new exhibit on Jan. 18, O. Gustavo Plascencia’s Collecting: Instantes e Instintos. The exhibit runs through Feb. 10.
DeCaprio information says, “Using iconography from Mexico, Plascencia’s work blends traditional native rituals with Roman Catholicism. Mystic, ritualistic and historic references are woven through the photo-based works.”
The Fine and Performing Arts Center is on the Moraine Valley Community College Campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Heights. 708-974-5500. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A reception for Plascencia is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27. The gallery and reception are open the public and both are free.
Watch for more information. SouthScene will be talking to the artist prior to the Jan. 21 column.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Eugene Kwok will perform music by the legendary Beatles at a supper concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Kwok performs a repertoire of 25 Beatles hits. In addition, he will put each song into a Beatles-era context with historical details and Beatle trivia. And yes, he will take requests from the audience.
The event is $15 per person and requires advance registration. More details and registration are at 708-361-3650.
For more information on Kwok, click here for a past Patch story.