PUSH Physical Theatre will defy gravity at Moraine Valley

PUSH Physical Theatre

A cross between fine art sculpture and “The Matrix,” PUSH Physical Theatre will express the power of the human body at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The performers will defy gravity in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and seniors.
PUSH Physical Theatre is cool, athletic, entertaining, and impossible to resist. This theater of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment. The performance is all about stories, the narratives of life played out with hope, strength and optimism. Experience PUSH to know the strength of the human soul.
“Our Physical Theatre is an art form created from borrowing,” said Darren Stevenson, founding director of PUSH Physical Theatre. “We have been inspired by the concepts and ideas of corporeal mime, modern dance, non-traditional partnering, and the areas of acting technique that relate to the use of the body as a tool of discovery; even gymnastics play a part. We attempt to create a true synergy between these theater forms.”
PUSH’s unique form has transformed it into a national company that has performed all over England, the United States and Mexico, and has appeared on PBS and NPR.
Tickets to PUSH Physical Theatre and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley announces its 2014-15 performance season, ticket sales

The lineup for Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center 2014-15 season has something for everyone. Performances will feature Chita Rivera, fiddlers, Broadway music, modern dance, physical theater, Chicago improv comedy, and much more. A cabaret-style series returns this season after sold-out shows last year.
Patrons can purchase membership and subscription packages or individual tickets. Current subscribers/members can renew beginning Monday, August 4. New subscription/membership sales will begin Monday, August 11, and individual tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday, August 18. Details can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac and in the season brochure.

The Mainstage Series features world-class artists on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage. Tickets range from $25 to $40 for adults and $20 to $35 for seniors and students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

* Chita A Legendary Celebration Sept. 27
* Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre Flamenco Passion! Oct. 4
* PUSH Physical Theatre Oct. 18
* Ethel Merman’s Broadway Starring Rita McKenzie Nov. 22
* Jim Witter’s Christmas Memories Dec. 13
* Alan Safier as Scrooge…and Everyone Else…in Humbug! Dec. 18
* The Second City: Hits Home Jan. 24
* Well-Strung March 7 * Giordano Dance Chicago March 21
* Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven? March 28
* New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in “The Mikado” April 10
* The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music/Sacred Dance
For World Healing May 9

The Sunday Salon Series is returning with cabaret-style performances in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater, where tables ring the stage and additional seating on risers offer an intimate setting. Table seating is $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students. Riser seating is $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors and students. Performances are at 2 and 5:30 p.m.

* Spider’s Speakeasy Celebrating the Songs of the 1920s
Featuring Spider Saloff and Trio Sept. 14
* Paul Marinaro: Without a Song Oct. 5
* The Hills are Alive with the Sounds of Julie Featuring Laura Freeman Feb. 8
* Sondheim: The Songs That Got Away Featuring Tommy Hensel May 17

The Academic Theater Department will stage four productions. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

* “Cabaret” Oct. 30-Nov. 9
* “Harvey” Feb. 19-22
* “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” April 24-May 3 (Fri.-Sun. only)
* “The Tempest” July 30-Aug. 1

The Academic Music Series is composed of several musical ensembles. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission is free to Percussion Ensemble and Flute Choir concerts.

Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
* The Great American Songbook Oct. 11
* Merry Christmas Music Dec. 6
* Music! Sing! Music! Feb. 28
* Broadway/Pop/Motion Picture Spectacular May 2
* Summer Patriotic Concert July 25

The Moraine Valley Concert Band is celebrating 10 years!

* 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert Dec. 7
* 10 Years of Concert Band Classics March 27
* 10th Anniversary Spring Concert: Presenting
Music for “Kids” of All Ages May 3
Kids 12 and younger are free.

Jazz Ensemble

* Holiday Concert Dec. 5
* A Salute to the Great Voices of Jazz March 6
* Spring Concert May 1
* Swingin’ Summer Jazz July 24

The Percussion Ensemble is celebrating 10 years!

* 10th Anniversary Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 11
* 10th Anniversary Spring Concert Spectacular May 7

Flute Choir

* Fall Concert Oct. 24
* Spring Concert March 20

Patrons of the Fine and Performing Arts Center will receive a 25 percent discount on dinner at Ciao Ristorante, 10296 S. 78th Ave., Palos Hills, when they make a reservation for before or after a Mainstage production and show their ticket stub.

To be placed on the mailing list for a season brochure or for more information on these performances, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or e-mail BoxOffice@morainevalley.edu. Tickets can be purchased online (additional fees will be incurred), in person, by mail, or over the phone. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to all performances. Summer and holiday hours may vary. Additional information, updates and new performances can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac.
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Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center announces summer shows

Hear the hot sounds of jazz or percussion, or get patriotic with the Moraine Chorale during summer shows at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills. All shows will be in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Hot Summer Jazz concert is on Friday, July 25. Special guest vocalist Dean Bapes will accompany the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble, which will perform pieces by jazz legends Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Cole Porter, and more. Bapes began his professional career at 19 when he formed the group The Perfect Circle, which toured from Chicago to California. He is an adjunct faculty in Humanities at Moraine Valley. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
The Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers Patriotic Concert will be Saturday, July 26. The chorale, accompanied by a 12-piece instrumental ensemble, will perform an evening of patriotic music. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
The Percussion Ensemble will perform its summer concert on Tuesday, July 29. Performing on instruments such as xylophone, marimba and vibraphone as well as timpani, drums and steel pans, we’ll feature the warm sounds of salsa, calypso, samba, and reggae along with folk songs from Mexico and Bali. Admission is free.
Tickets for the summer shows can be purchased online at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office.
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Journalist Bill Kurtis presenting Death By Food at Moraine Valley

Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist Bill Kurtis will expose what is behind today’s rising health problems during “Death By Food: How the American Diet is Killing You” at Moraine Valley Community College on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. He will give his presentation in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills. Tickets are $25.
A meet-and-greet reception in the Moraine Business and Conference Center will immediately follow his talk. The college Bookstore will sell copies of Kurtis’ “The Prairie Table Cookbook” at the reception. Kurtis is donating all proceeds from this event to Moraine Valley.
During the presentation, Kurtis will lay out his “Cold Case File” to show the means, motive and opportunity behind why food is over-processed, over-sugared, over-salted, contains too much fat, and is nutrient deplete. He will offer the “Healthy Triad” as a solution to getting a better food product and nutrients on the tables of American consumers.
With more than 40 years in broadcasting in Chicago and Los Angeles, Kurtis has covered some of history’s biggest stories, including breaking the Agent Orange story in 1978. In 1982, he joined Diane Sawyer on “The CBS Morning News,” where he remained until 1985. Chicagoans know him as half of the WBBM-Channel 2 anchor team of Kurtis and Jacobson. In 1990, he founded Kurtis Productions and began producing programs for the A&E Network, including “Investigative Reports” and “Cold Case Files,” as well as “The New Explorers” for PBS, “Investigating History” for the History Channel and “American Greed” for CNBC. Kurtis also served as the host of A&E’s “American Justice”– the longest-running nonfiction justice series on cable. As an active conservationist, he founded the Tallgrass Beef Company out of Kansas City in 2005 to champion the environment and health benefits of grass-fed cattle ranching.
Tickets can be purchased online at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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High school art students to exhibit at Moraine Valley

Students from 11 area high schools will exhibit their best works of art at Moraine Valley Community College’s 30th Annual High School Art Exhibition. The juried art show runs March 12 to 19 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Participating high schools include: Argo Community High School, Carl Sandburg High School, Alan B. Shepard High School, Evergreen Park High School, Andrew High School, Reavis High School, Oak Lawn Community High School, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Chicago Christian High School, Eisenhower High School, and Harold L. Richards High School. Hours of the exhibition will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to
3 p.m., on Saturday; and closed on Sunday.
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Moraine Valley presents ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ adaptation

See “The Diary of Anne Frank” as never before when Moraine Valley Community College’s Academic Theater Department presents a new adaptation of the popular Holocaust survival story February 21 to March 2. Performances are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. The play will be in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $12 for the general public, and $10 for seniors and students.
In this adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. This is an adaptation for a new generation able to confront the true horrors of the Holocaust.
Moraine Valley’s performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” is being directed by Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of theater and coordinator of the Academic Theater Program at Moraine Valley. The cast list for the show is:
* Karina Polovinkina, Oak Lawn (Mrs. Frank)
* Liz Salim, Orland Park (Margot)
* Yvonne Ambrose, Frankfort (Mrs. Van Daan)
* Brooke Prusa, Oak Forest (Anne)
* Emily Nelson, Alsip (Miep)
* Alex Lenkiewicz, Oak Lawn (Peter)
* Dan Scott, Des Plaines (Mr. Frank)
* Brian Walsh, Chicago (Nazi officer)
* Luke Simone, Orland Park (Mr. Dussel)
* George Medina, Chicago (Nazi officer)
* Kiev Diaz, Burbank (Nazi officer)
* Jim LaPietra, Berwyn (Mr. Kraler)
* Ed Modesto, Clarendon Hills (Mr. Van Daan)

Tickets for “The Diary of Anne Frank” and other upcoming performances can be purchased online at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office, located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley hosting art exhibit by Justin Santora

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting “Vestiges” by printmaker Justin Santora in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit runs through March 8. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Santora will give an artist’s talk at 3 p.m.
Much of Santora’s work is focused around images of quiet rural or suburban settings, construction, architecture, and large open spaces. His approach is also formed by an interest in anarcho-syndicalism, egalitarianism and animal rights, as well as a lifelong passion for skateboarding and punk rock. Santora has been producing handmade posters, screen printed art, paintings, and illustrations professionally since 2008.
“This work is largely about making something of one’s own, whatever that something happens to be. As we grow up, we are routinely compelled to act against our own best interests, and there will always exist a need for something entirely of our own that we can control,” Santora said.
Santora has a Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking from Northeastern Illinois University. He is a studio artist, freelance illustrator and screen printer who has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions around the country and internationally. He currently resides in Chicago.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits in the art gallery are free to the public and are available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call Jennifer Kiekeben at (708) 608-4231.
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Moraine Valley presents Ella Fitzgerald tribute

Ella Fitzgerald

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will pay homage to “The First Lady of Song” during its “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” concert at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for seniors and students.

This special “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” program will present many of Fitzgerald’s original big band arrangements made available by the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Program with the assistance of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will join regional musicians and will feature New York Voices co-founder, Kim Nazarian, paying tribute to Fitzgerald with her elegant style and vocal expertise.

The repertoire pulls original arrangements done for Fitzgerald in the 1940s-1950s that have been unheard by live audiences in over 40 years. Additionally, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra commissioned new arrangements for the band that keep in the spirit of the work represented from Fitzgerald’s songbook, adding a sense of contemporariness to this unique show.

Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate, and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman.

Tickets to the “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” show and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley hosting art exhibit by Carrie Ann Schumacher

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting “All the Stories She Has Ever Told” by artist Carrie Ann Schumacher in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit runs through Friday, February 7.
Schumacher has taken pages from romance novels to construct full-size wedding dresses. She believes romance novels, which represent an impossible alternate reality where love and relationships are all-consuming and eternally passionate, echo the sentiment created by fashion magazines that women define themselves through clothing. Magazines have become the bibles that guide self-image and generations of females have bought into this culture of unrealistic beauty.
“The dresses reflect this as they are seductively beautiful, but due to the material from which they are created, unable to be worn. Completely without function, it represents how useless the feminine myths we have created are in real life,” Schumacher said.
Schumacher has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art from Elmhurst College. The award-winning artist currently resides in Downers Grove and is an art adjunct faculty member at Kishwaukee College.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits in the art gallery are free to the public and are available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call Jennifer Kiekeben at (708) 608-4231.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: Jan-Feb.

Jan. 9-Feb. 7
Carrie Ann Schumacher Art Exhibition
“All the Stories She Has Ever Told”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
Schumacher has taken the pages of romance novels and other sources to construct full size wedding dresses. carrieannschumacher.com

Feb. 1
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$30 General public/$25 Seniors, Students
This special program presents many of Ella Fitzgerald’s original big band arrangements made available by the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Program with the assistance of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will come together with regional musicians and will feature New York Voices co-founder, Kim Nazarian, paying tribute to Ella with her elegant style and vocal expertise.

Feb. 10-March 8
Justin Santora Art Exhibition
“Vestiges”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
Reception: Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m.
The work of printmaker Justin Santora represents a universal struggle: the want to stay young versus avoiding the conventions of adulthood with the desire for control over one’s life. justinsantora.com

Feb. 21-March 2
“The Diary of Anne Frank”
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
In this gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule.

For tickets or more information on performances, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.
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Moraine Valley alum performs with legendary Buddy Guy

The Marty Sammon Band, plays the opening set for the legendary Buddy Guy at the college's Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Former Moraine Valley Community College student Marty Sammon has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry, both on tour and on television. Another of his dreams will come true when his band, The Marty Sammon Band, plays the opening set for the legendary Buddy Guy at the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 23.
“When I was a student at Moraine Valley, I used to hang out in the theater there and dream about playing with my band in that venue,” said Sammon. “When I saw on Buddy’s schedule that we were playing at Moraine Valley, I was thrilled. Then when I got the call to do the opening set with my band, I was even more excited.”
Traveling with Buddy Guy has been nothing short of awesome. “The constant learning experience is one of my favorite parts. Buddy never plays the same, so each night is another opportunity to listen and contribute in a different way,” Sammon said.
Sammon, who still lives in the area, has traveled exclusively with Buddy Guy for nearly 10 years as his keyboardist in more than 1,000 shows and has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Ron Wood, and many others. He’s also performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and others.
It seems a career in music was Sammon’s destiny. “As a kid I used to sing in my room until my parents went crazy. I think that’s why they went out so much without me.” He says that jokingly, as his father truly was one of his biggest inspirations. “One of my favorite memories is playing piano at home when I was around 14, and my father would sit next to me and request songs. If I didn’t know the song he was asking for, he would play it on his record player and expect me to learn it after one listen. I got to the point where I could,” he said. His passion continued at Chicago’s Marist High School where he was in the band and at Moraine Valley where he performed in the jazz band and took many music classes.
He recalls his days at Moraine Valley with great affection and says he is very excited about coming back to perform. “I’m planning on taking a long walk around the campus on the day of the show to see what I recognize,” he said.
Sammon’s also excited because playing in a venue close to home means more familiar faces in the audience. “I’ve got a lot of people from the area coming to see the show, so that makes it even more special to me,” he said.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements Nov.-Dec.

Nov. 18-Dec. 18
MVCC Art Faculty Exhibition
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
Reception: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m.
Art faculty share recent work in this popular annual group show.

Nov. 23
Buddy Guy with special guest Marty Sammon Band
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$75 general public/$65 seniors, students
Buddy Guy, pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation. The music icon, who lives in the college’s district, is a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, a six-time Grammy winner and a 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

Dec. 2
Open auditions for “The Diary of Anne Frank”
By Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Dr. Craig Rosen
6-9 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Sign-up sheet on call board outside of F150
Call Backs: Tuesday, Dec. 3
For the audition, prepare a short dramatic monologue. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script. Performances are Feb. 21-March 2 (including two weekday matinees for students) in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. Students may get college credit if cast. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Rosen at (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu.

Dec. 4
Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble
Holiday Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Free admission
Pa-rum pa pum-pum! Enjoy an evening of holiday music as well as pieces by Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny, Béla Fleck, Josh Gottry, Nathan Daughtery, and Michael Varner.

Dec. 6
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
Holiday Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$12 general public/$10 seniors, students
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble welcomes guest trumpeter David Hoffman and vocalist Mona Jethmalani for an evening of swinging jazz classics and holiday selections. A noted trumpet player, David Hoffman was soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra from 1991 to 2004. Hoffman’s career also includes performances with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Randy Travis, and Willie Nelson.

Dec. 7
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
Merry Christmas Music
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$12 general public/$10 seniors, students
The Christmas concert will feature a variety of traditional and contemporary music to get you into the holiday spirit, including “Christmas on Broadway,” Barbara Streisand’s “Jingle Bells,” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” from Home Alone.

Dec. 8
Moraine Valley Concert Band
Christmas Music and More
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$12 general public/$10 seniors, students
Deck the halls with the merry sounds of the Concert Band as they present an afternoon of toe-tapping marches, classic movie themes, holiday selections, and much more. The band is directed by Douglass Bratt and hosted by WBBM Radio personality Joe Collins.

For tickets or more information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit the morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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‘Into The Woods’ next Academic Theater show at Moraine Valley

Popular fairytale characters will collide in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods,” which is the upcoming Academic Theater production at Moraine Valley Community College. The show will run October 31 to November 3, with Thursday to Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. All performances will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors.
“Into The Woods” is a sophisticated, dark musical comedy that brings favorite storybook characters together in an epic fairytale where worlds collide. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, Little Red Riding Hood who wishes to visit her grandmother, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
This production is being directed by Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of Theater and the Academic Theater program coordinator.
Tickets to “Into The Woods” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley welcomes Olympia Dukakis in ‘Rose’

Olympia Dukakis in 'Rose"

Olympia Dukakis will star in “Rose,” a concert reading by Martin Sherman, at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. She will read the one-woman play in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for students and seniors.
“Rose” is a portrait of a feisty Jewish woman who has survived some of the major events that shaped the 20th century with humor, guile and spirit. The play illustrates a remarkable life that began in a tiny Russian village, moved on to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach.
Dukakis first performed “Rose” in 1999 at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened on Broadway in spring 2000. Long a vital, respected actor of the classic and contemporary stage and the epitome of Mediterranean-styled weariness, Dukakis did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in an Oscar-winning performance as Cher’s sardonic mother in “Moonstruck.” Since then, movie (and TV) fans have discovered an acting treasure.
Tickets for “Rose” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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‘Blues Brothers’ to present free workshop on the ‘Evolution of the Blues’ at Moraine Valley

Learn about the history of the blues music genre from the lead performers of the sold-out “Blues Brothers Revue” at Moraine Valley Community College. The workshop “Evolution of the Blues: A Conversation with the Blues Brothers” will be on Friday, October 4, at 3 p.m., in the Library, Building L, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The event is free and open to the public.
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, as Jake and Elwood Blues, will discuss how blues music—forged in the fire of racial oppression, slavery and war—was shaped by pivotal moments in American politics and power struggles, by shifts in industry, technology and transportation, and by a population explosion and age demographic shift. The discussion also will focus on their favorite blues founding fathers as well as their progeny, including Jake and Elwood Blues.
This event is held in conjunction with Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. Registration is not required. For more information, call Tommy Hensel, managing director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, at (708) 974-5492 or email henselt2@morainevalley.edu
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Moraine Valley adds second ‘Late Night Catechism Vegas’ show

Due to popular demand, Moraine Valley Community College has added a matinee performance of “Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice” on Saturday, January 18. The show will be at 3 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students.
“Late Night Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice” is the latest class in the sinfully funny Catechism series. The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running church bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas Night. Sister will tackle topics ranging from magicians and show girls to live animal acts and the dangers of drive-through marriage chapels.
Sister is played by Mary Beth Burns, a native Chicagoan who was raised North Side Irish Catholic. She graduated from The Second City training center in 1996 and went on to perform with their national touring company. She has performed nationally and locally in the “Late Night Catechism” series since 2005. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in several commercials and industrial films.
Tickets to “Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: September-October

Sept. 9-Oct. 10
Jonah Ortiz Art Exhibition
“Repetition: Kinetics and Castings”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.
Jonah Ortiz is a Chicago-based artist who creates kinetic sculptures harkening back to childhood toys. The toys in the exhibition were once discarded objects, but Ortiz has cast them in various metals, transforming them into precious objects instead of trash.

Sept. 9
Open auditions for “Into the Woods”
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Monday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Sign-up sheet on call board outside of F150
Callbacks: Sept. 11
For the audition, prepare a short up-tempo song and a short monologue or tell a short story. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to audition. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script, movement and some singing from the score. Students may be able to get college credit. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Rosen at (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu.
Performances: Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Sept. 28
Momix: Botanica
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$25 general public/$20 seniors, students
MOMIX returns for a third appearance to present its thrilling signature work Botanica. With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica reveals nature’s changing imagery. An herbal remedy and natural aphrodisiac, it shows off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir.

Oct. 6
Jazz Faculty Showcase
3 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Free admission
Featuring Douglass Bratt, drum set; Tim Burns, guitar; James Davis, trumpet; Kevin Fort, piano; Brien O’Callaghan, bass; and Mai Sugimoto, saxophone.

Oct. 12
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
The Great American Songbook
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$12 general public/$10 seniors, students

Oct. 14-Nov. 15
Matthew Litteken Art Exhibition
“Ten Objects of Veneration”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and during most performances
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
In our world, we continually trade currency for everyday needs and wants, and our lives are often significantly steered by our overwhelming need of money. Ohio artist Matthew Litteken deals with these themes in his work. mwlitteken.blogspot.com

Oct. 18
Moraine Valley Flute Choir
Flutes Internationale: Music from Around the World
6:30 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Free admission

Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Academic Theater Department presents
“Into the Woods”
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
$12 general public/$10 seniors, students
One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, “Into the Woods” is a sophisticated dark musical comedy that brings favorite storybook characters together in an epic fairytale where worlds collide. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, Little Red Riding Hood who wishes to visit her grandmother, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk.

For tickets or more information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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Buddy Guy added to Moraine Valley’s season line-up

Buddy Guy

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy will help Moraine Valley Community College celebrate the 20th Anniversary Season of its Fine and Performing Arts Center with a performance on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. The guitarist will play the blues on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills.
Tickets for this show go on sale at the Box Office and online at morainevalley.edu/fpac on Tuesday, September 3. The cost is $65 for seniors and students, and $75 for the general public.
“The college is really excited to have Buddy Guy perform this special show because he’s a living legend who resides in our community college district. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate 20 years of the college bringing the arts to its communities,” said Tommy Hensel, manager of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Buddy Guy is one of the most influential blues musicians to hail from the Chicago area. At age 76, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a major influence on rock titans such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan; a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound; and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received six Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the “Billboard” magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. “Rolling Stone” ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” In December 2012, Buddy Guy received a Kennedy Center Honor, the nation’s highest award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts, at a Washington D.C. ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Obama, along with fellow honorees David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin.
This special event is not part of the 2013-14 Mainstage Subscription and may not be chosen as one of those performance options. For more information, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or email BoxOffice@morainevalley.edu.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: July-Aug

Through July 31
Gallery 2013: Juried Community Art Exhibition
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday and during most performances
The local community shows off its artistic talent.

July 26
Hot Summer Jazz
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10
Cool off this summer with an evening of hot summer jazz featuring the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble! The band performs popular jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, and Woody Herman as well as more contemporary works for big band.

July 27
Summer Patriotic Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10
Join the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers accompanied by an instrumental ensemble for their annual concert of Patriotic Music. The group will perform audience favorites including, “America the Beautiful,” “America,” ” Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Salute to the Armed Forces,” “God Bless America,” and many more.

July 30
Percussion Ensemble Summer Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Admission is free
Join us for a joyous evening of music performed on percussion instruments such as xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, timpani, and steel pans.

Aug. 1-3
“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
7 p.m.
Admission is free
The MVCC Gateway
What do you get when you combine the ghost of a murdered king, his ambitious brother-in-law, a betrayed lover, and a prince hell-bent on revenge? “Hamlet.” Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of Moraine Valley’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” with our ambitious and creative interpretation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Bring your picnic and chairs to the Gateway, and experience our production of what many critics believe may be the greatest play ever written.
Note: In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the theater. Alcohol is not allowed on campus grounds.

For tickets or more information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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Moraine Valley announces its 2013-14 performance season, ticket sales

The Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the 2013-14 season, and it has something for everyone. Performances will feature fiddlers, bands, modern dance, tributes to The Carpenters and Ella Fitzgerald, Chicago improv comedy, and much more. A new cabaret-style series is one of many special events and performances planned to commemorate the anniversary.
Patrons can purchase membership and subscription packages or individual tickets. Current subscribers/members can renew beginning Monday, July 29. New subscription/membership sales will begin Monday, August 5, and tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday, August 12. Details can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac and in the season brochure.
The Mainstage Series features world-class artists on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage. Tickets for Mainstage shows range from $25 to $40 for adults and $20 to $35 for seniors and students.
* MOMIX: Botanica Sept. 28
* The Official Blues Brothers Revue Oct. 4
* Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster and
Donnell Leahy Nov. 9
* Olympia Dukakis starring in “Rose” Nov. 16
* A Carpenters Christmas Dec. 14
* Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice Jan. 18
* The Second City: Happily Ever Laughter Jan. 25
* Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra:
Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Feb. 1
* New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in “H.M.S. Pinafore” March 21
* River North Dance Chicago March 29
* American English April 12
* Jim Witter’s Coffee House May 10

The Sunday Salon Series is a new cabaret-style performance series in the John and Angeline
Oremus Theater, where tables ring the stage and additional seating on risers offer an intimate setting. Table seating is $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students. Riser seating is $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors and students.
* Sentimental Journey: A Tribute to the Great Songs of Yesteryear
Featuring Tommy Hensel Oct. 20
* Joan Curto Sings “Cole Porter—From Major to Minor” Jan. 12
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* Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael: Cheek to Cheek with
Fascinating Rhythms March 23
* Switchback May 18

The Academic Theater Department will stage four productions. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
* “Into the Woods” Oct. 31-Nov. 3
* “The Diary of Anne Frank” Feb. 21-March 2 (Fri.-Sun. only)
* “Crimes of the Heart” April 25-May 4 (Fri.-Sun. only)
* “Measure for Measure” Aug. 1-3

The Academic Music Series is composed of several musical ensembles. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission is free to Percussion Ensemble concerts.
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
* The Great American Songbook Oct. 12
* Merry Christmas Music Dec. 7
* Music, Music, Music! March 1
* Broadway/Pop/Motion Picture Spectacular May 3
* Summer Patriotic Concert July 26

Concert Band
* Christmas Music and More Dec. 8
* American Classics and Audience Favorites May 4

Jazz Ensemble
* Holiday Concert Dec. 6
* A Salute to Count Basie March 7
* Spring Concert May 2
* Hot Summer Jazz July 25

Percussion Ensemble
* Holiday Concert Dec. 4
* Spring Concert May 8
* Summer Concert July 29

Flute Choir
* Flutes Internationale: Music from Around the World Oct. 18
* Spring Concert March 21

Patrons of the Fine and Performing Arts Center will receive a 25 percent discount on dinner at Ciao Ristorante, 10296 S. 78th Ave., Palos Hills, when they make a reservation for before or after a Mainstage production and show their ticket stub.
To be placed on the mailing list for a season brochure or for more information on these performances, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or e-mail BoxOffice@morainevalley.edu. Tickets can be purchased online (additional fees will be incurred), in person, by mail, or over the phone. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to all performances. Summer and holiday hours may vary. Additional information, updates and new performances can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac.
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Moraine Valley’s Shakespeare Under the Stars producing ‘Hamlet’

Grab a blanket or chairs and a picnic basket, and celebrate Moraine Valley Community College’s tenth anniversary of “Shakespeare Under the Stars” with an outdoor performance of “Hamlet” Aug. 1 to 3, at 7 p.m. The Academic Theater production will be performed on the college’s Gateway, between Buildings M and F, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Admission is free.
William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is believed by many critics to be the greatest play ever written. The story combines the ghost of a murdered king, an ambitious brother-in-law, a betrayed lover, and a prince bent on revenge. This production is being directed by Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of Theater and Academic Theater program coordinator.
The cast list is:
* Hamlet: Brian Walsh, of Chicago
* Claudius: Dan Scott, of Elgin
* Polonius: Luke Simone, of Orland Park
* Laertes: KJ Whitehead, of Chicago
* Gertrude: Pamela Bagdzinski, of Chicago
* Ophelia: Chrissy Monaco, of Orland Park
* Horatio: Liz Salim, of Orland Park
* Rosencrantz: Stefan Roseen, of Oak Lawn
* Guildenstern, Brett Krivich, of Orland Park
* Fortinbras: Thayer Haywood, of Palos Heights
* Voltemand: Jack Higgins, of Chicago
* Cornelius: John Reidy, of Palos Park
* Barnardo: Andy Gomez, of Evergreen Park
* Marcellus: Luis Jimenez, of Chicago
* Francisco/Priest: Matt Bedell, of Frankfort
* Osric: Rashe Waters, of Blue Island
* Reynaldo: Anthony Desmond, of Orland Park
* Gravedigger: Jamie Callahan, of Orland Park
* Gravedigger’s Mate: Tom Lucio, of Tinley Park
* Captain: Luis Espinoza, of Chicago
* 1st Player/Player King: Brian Whitlock, of Chicago
* Player Queen: Karina Polovinkina, of Oak Lawn
* Ensemble: Helen Bisioulis, of Calumet City; Joy Lowery, of Chicago; John Tervanis, of Chicago; Margaret Pesquera, of Alsip; Katie McCollum, of Worth; Sam Schmidt, of Oak Lawn; Sean Rauba (1st Sailor), of Chicago Ridge/Palos Hills; Lala Trupes (Player), of Hickory Hills; Gary Zelinski (Gentleman), of Worth; Emily “Lee” Kozak, of Tinley Park; Chas Seaton (Ghost), of Burbank; Justina Pauplyte (Messenger), of Orland Hills; Erica Sinnott, of Oak Lawn; Braelyn Zavala, of Palos Hills; and Shawntrice Yarbrough (Servant), of Hickory Hills

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Moraine Valley announces winners of Gallery 2013 Juried Exhibition

Local artists showcasing their original work in Moraine Valley Community College’s Gallery 2013 Juried Community Art Exhibition were presented with awards at a reception in the college’s Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery on June 1. Awards were given for first, second and third place as well as three honorable mentions.
First place was awarded to Julie Dekker, of Tinley Park, for her acrylic “Spin Art.” She received $200. The second place award of $125 went to Connie Iacovetti, of Palos Hills, for her oil on canvas painting “Basket of Flowers,” and Mary Tierney, of Orland Park, won a $100 third place prize for “?Hare’ Barn,” a conte crayon on paper piece. Jason Blohm, of Tinley Park, Pat Gavrielides, of Palos Hills, and Stella Solliday, of Orland Park, each received $25 for their honorable mentions.
Winners were chosen from 40 artists who were selected by juror Alex Chitty to show their work in the exhibition. Chitty is a professor in the Printmedia Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also designs and implements educational activities and workshops for teachers, families, school groups, and the general public at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Gallery 2013 Juried Community Art Exhibition is an annual show in which community members can show off their artistic talent. The free exhibit is open to the public and runs through Wednesday, July 31. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and during most Fine and Performing Arts Center performances.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center

April 29-May 18
MVCC Juried Student Art Exhibition
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
The annual selection of student work showing the breadth and depth of the college’s emerging artistic talent.

May 9
Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble
Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Admission is free
The Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble welcomes percussionist Doug Perkins, who has been described as, “terrific, wide-awake and strikingly entertaining” by the “Boston Globe” and “brilliant” by the “New York Times.” He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Spoleto USA Festival, the Ojai Festival, and the World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal.

May 11
“Feelin’ Groovy-A Musical Journey through the 60s featuring music of Simon and Garfunkel” Starring Jim Witter
7:30 p.m. VERY LIMITED SEATING
ADDED SHOW at 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Adults $25; Seniors/Students $20
Pianist Jim Witter returns by popular demand. No other composers capture the mood of the ’60s quite like Simon and Garfunkel. Their songs perfectly capture the innocence, hope and introspection that contrasted the monumental changes society experienced during that decade. Experience one of Witter’s most powerful musical journeys featuring favorites such as “Feelin’ Groovy,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson.”

May 13
Open auditions for “Hamlet”
By William Shakespeare
6-9 p.m.
F150, Fine and Performing Arts Center
Sign up in advance in F150 or contact Craig Rosen (708) 974-5432 rosen@morainevalley.edu
Call Backs: Wednesday, May 15
Prepare a short monologue or soliloquy (preferably classical). Cold readings will be provided. All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Actors are expected to have familiarity with the script prior to being cast. Students may get college credit if cast. Rehearsals will begin Monday, June 3. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Rosen at (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu.
Performances: August 1-3, outside in the Gateway.

May 29-July 31
Gallery 2013: Juried Community Art Exhibition
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday and during most performances
Reception and awards: Saturday, June 1, 2-4 p.m.
Local community members show off artistic talent. Entry leaflets are available in the Fine and Performing Arts Center and online.

For tickets or information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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Moraine Valley welcomes pianist Robin Spielberg

American Tapestry

Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry trio will bring their Americana flavored original compositions and arrangements of beloved songs to Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students.
Spielberg (piano, vocals), Kate MacLeod (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Catherine Bent (cello) will perform Spielberg’s “Sea to Shining Sea” featuring fresh arrangements of the songs Americans have been singing for a long while: “My Bonnie,” “Danny Boy,” “The Water is Wide,” “In the Good Old Summertime,” “The Band Played On,” and more. From the Civil War to the Gold Rush to the great wave of immigration in the early 1900s, these songs chronicle journeys, hardships and love in music as a young nation discovers the beauty and the majesty of America.
Spielberg, a Steinway artist and composer, has sold one million recordings and performed in concert halls throughout the United States more than any other living female composer/pianist. Performance highlights include three concerts at Carnegie Hall, a guest spot on the PBS special “The Soul of Christmas,” a concert for factory workers at the legendary Steinway Piano Factory, and a month-long tour through rural Montana and Idaho with Steinway in tow. She has performed three tours through South Korea. Her music has been featured multiple times on “The Great American Ballroom Challenge.” Her music ranks in the top ten in its category on iTunes, and many of her pieces have served as soundtracks to documentaries and commercials here and abroad.
Spielberg is the National Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association and often gives lectures and workshops on music therapy in schools, nursing homes and community centers while on tour.
Tickets to Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Families to enjoy ‘Lamb Chop’ at Moraine Valley

Bring the whole family for an entertaining hour of laughter and song with the beloved children’s icon Lamb Chop on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. “A Lamb Chop Celebration featuring Mallory Lewis” will play in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 years of age and younger.
Kids will fall in love with Lamb Chop, teens and 20-somethings will remember Lamb Chop from “Lamb Chop’s Play Along,” and grown-ups will enjoy revisiting their youth as they laugh and sing along with Lamb Chop and Mally!
Following the death of her mother, Shari, Mallory Lewis began performing with Lamb Chop all over the world, including state fairs, cruise ships and military bases. She has received performance awards such as the Award for Excellence by the International Puppeteers Association. She has penned 20 children’s novels, is an Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series” and has assumed the responsibilities of her mother’s three primetime variety specials.
Tickets to A Lamb Chop Celebration featuring Mallory Lewis and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley hosting art exhibit by Justyna Badach

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting “Bachelor Portraits 2004-2011” by artist Justyna Badach in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit will run until March 9. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 3 to 5 p.m., with an artist talk at 4 p.m.
“Bachelor Portraits 2004-2011” is a unique photography/text project Badach has been working on since 2003. The portraits focus on the emotional life of men who are partner-less and exist on the margins of a society that is deeply suspicious of anyone whose seclusion is not readily explained. The bachelors responded to adverts placed online and in supermarkets across the country. The resulting highly individual narratives form a larger chronicle about isolation, marginalization, and the desire for connection to others.
“The images we construct together depict the safety of places where the men withdraw from the world to think, meditate and act out their fantasies. I am interested in the way that these personal spaces serve as both portrait and the junction between masculine and feminine, the man and myself,” Badach said.
Badach is a group and solo exhibitionist in galleries across the globe. She is a published author who has received several awards and grants.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits in the art gallery are free to the public and are available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call Jamie Callahan at (708) 608-4231.
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Jim Witter adds second show at Moraine Valley

Due to overwhelming demand, Moraine Valley Community College has added a matinee performance of Jim Witter’s “Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel.” The new show will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 11. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and seniors.
Patrons who already have tickets to that evening’s performance may trade them for the matinee show without a fee by calling the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.
Witter, the man behind “The Piano Men,” returns in a musical journey through the ’60s featuring the music of Simon and Garfunkel. His ability to recapture the magic of the duo’s hit songs will transport audiences back to the time of freedom, love and lava lamps. Sing along as he performs their biggest hits, “The Sound of Silence,” “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge over Troubled Water,” and many more.
Witter’s music and songwriting has earned him multiple awards and nominations from the Canadian Country Music Association, the Juno Awards and the Dove Awards. He has recorded albums in Nashville and has shared the stage with such notables as Faith Hill, The Beach Boys, Toby Keith, and Shania Twain.
Tickets to Jim Witter’s “Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: February-March

Feb. 11-March 9
Justyna Badach Art Exhibition
“Bachelor Portraits”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
This unique photography/text project focuses on the emotional life of men who are partner-less and exist on the margins of a society that is deeply suspicious of anyone whose seclusion is not readily explained.

Feb. 22-March 3
“Waiting For Lefty”
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10
Imagine a January night in 1935, six years into the Great Depression. At the Civic Repertory Theater in New York City, a play about a 1934 taxi cab strike ends with an audience of about 1,400 erupting and shouting. Imagine 22 curtain calls and a standing ovation of 45 minutes, actors merging with audience into a chorus of hope in the face of economic depression. “Waiting for Lefty” is a provocative American classic that still resonates today.

Feb. 25
Open auditions
“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Part One: Millennium Approaches”
By Tony Kushner
6-9 p.m.
Oremus Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center
Sign up in advance in F150, Fine and Performing Arts Center, or contact Dr. Craig Rosen at (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu
Call Backs: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Prepare a short monologue. Cold readings will be provided. All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Actors must read the script prior to being cast. Students may get college credit. The show will be performed April 26-May 5. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Rosen.

March 3
Music Faculty Showcase
3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Free admission
Moraine Valley music faculty will showcase their talents in a variety of styles ranging from opera to jazz.

March 7
Moraine Valley Concert Band
“Dances, Portraits and Folk Songs”
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10

March 8
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
“The Very Best of Moraine Valley Jazz”
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10

March 9
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
“Opera Again and Again”
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10

March 13-20
25th Annual High School Arts Exhibition
Weekdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reception: Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Atrium, and John and Angeline Oremus Theater
A showcase of this year’s talented students from 11 local high schools, including Victor J Andrew, Argo, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Alan B Shepard, Chicago Christian, Dwight D Eisenhower, Carl Sandburg, Harold L. Richards, Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, and Reavis.

March 22
Flute Choir Concert
6:30 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Free admission
March 23
Kenya Safari Acrobats
2 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors and Students $15; Children Under 12 $10
The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, performing a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat.

March 28-April 24
Justin Witte Art Exhibition
“The Very to The Very”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and during most performances
Justin Witte’s installation will transform the gallery through wall painting, suspended panels and semi-hidden paintings. The camouflaging of these works will be disrupted by subtle variations of surface, texture and color within the panels. The overall effect will be of two viewpoints at play: a distant view where the work exists primarily as a pattern and a close view where a complex image is revealed.

For tickets or more information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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Moraine Valley hosting auditions for ‘Angels in America’

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting open auditions for the Academic Theater Department’s spring production of “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner. Auditions will be Monday, February 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, February 27.
For the audition prepare a short monologue. Cold readings also will be provided. All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Actors must read the script prior to being cast as it contains adult themes, mature content and strong language. Students may get college credit if they are cast.
Sign up to audition in advance in F150, Fine and Performing Arts Center, or contact Dr. Craig Rosen, associate professor of Theater and coordinator of the Academic Theater Program, at (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu.
“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in the 1980s against a backdrop of greed, conservatism, sexual politics, religious identity, and the discovery of AIDS. A love story and political drama, the story centers around a group of separate, but inextricably connected individuals whose relationships are disintegrating as the AIDS crisis starts.
The Moraine Valley performances will be on the weekends during April 26 to May 5. For more information, contact Dr. Rosen.
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Moraine Valley hosting art exhibit by Jeff Krantz

Moraine Valley Community College is hosting “Bloodletting” by artist Jeff Krantz in the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The exhibit will run January 7 to February 7. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., with an artist talk at 3 p.m.
Krantz says that at the outcome, it is the quality of the engagement between himself and the painting that he hopes is apparent in his work and that the outcome helps him identify which experiences have been nutritive or toxic in his life.
Krantz has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently resides in Chicago and is an art adjunct faculty member at Moraine Valley and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
The Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery provides an opportunity to view locally and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits in the art gallery are free to the public and are available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as during most performances in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac or call Jennifer Kiekeben at (708) 608-4231.
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New country music artist to perform at Moraine Valley

Katie Armiger

Katie Armiger, voted “Country Weekly’s” #1 Hottest Bachelorette in Country Music, will demonstrate her powerful vocals and skillful songwriting at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, November 17. Her performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
Armiger, 20, does not hold back and has an inspiring combination of determination and passion that shines through in her music. She has learned from her unique experiences and has grown in her artistry, totally giving herself over to the music.
Her latest music video, “Best Song Ever” was voted #1 on Great American Country’s Top 20 Countdown for four weeks. Her new record, “Confessions of a Nice Girl,” is full of heartfelt confessions of an assertive, hopeful and vibrant young woman. Armiger wrote nine of the 12 songs, giving the world a peek into her mind. While her story is unconventional, her music is universal.
Tickets to Katie Armiger and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: November-December

Oct. 18-Nov. 10
Lisa Bulawsky
“Useless The Flowers”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and during most performances
Lisa Bulawsky’s work explores public history and personal memory. The artist takes memories of historical events that have been shaped by news images and personal recollections and interprets these as mixed media prints. Some of the works are the result of conversations with people living in a retirement community who were asked for their personal associations in relation to events such as World War II, the assassination of JFK and the moon landing.

Nov. 1-4
“Avenue Q”
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors/Students
Part flesh (humans), part felt (puppets), and packed with heart, “Avenue Q” is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets the girl next door, an internet sexpert, and Gary Coleman along with other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. Winner of 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.
Warning: Contains adult language and puppet nudity. This show is not suitable for children.

Nov. 10
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Live Action Graphic Novel
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $25Adults; $20 Seniors/Students
This family friendly show features three actors who voice dozens of characters, one artist who creates hundreds of sounds, and one keyboardist who accompanies while more than 1,000 hand-drawn, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from a large screen.

Nov. 15-Dec. 21
Michael X. Ryan Art Exhibition
“Below the Surface”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and during most performances
Reception: Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m., with artist’s talk at 3 p.m.
Michael X. Ryan is a Chicago-based artist who creates drawings, mappings and laser-cut wood sculptures that focus on patterns made or discovered while travelling places lived and visited. Observing the change in landscape from rural to suburban formed his interest in exploring the human mark within a landscape where layers of history are walked upon on a daily basis.

Nov. 17
Katie Armiger
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $25Adults; $20 Seniors/Students
Katie Armiger’s powerful vocals and skillful songwriting are clear in her music. At the ripe age of 20, Katie does not hold back and has an inspiring combination of determination and passion that shines through in her music. She was just voted Country Weekly’s #1 Hottest Bachelorette in Country Music, and her latest video, “Best Song Ever,” was voted #1 on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown for four weeks.

Nov. 30
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert with Doug Scharf, Trumpet and Mona Jethmalani, Vocalist
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors/Students
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is pleased to welcome trumpeter Doug Scharf and vocalist Mona Jethmalani for an evening of swinging jazz classics and holiday selections.

Dec. 2
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
“Merry Christmas Music”
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 General Public/$10 Seniors/Students
Nicholas Thomas conducts the Moraine Chorale, Chamber Singers and Instrumental Ensemble. The concert will feature a variety of traditional and contemporary Christmas music to get you into the holiday spirit. Tickets are selling fast!

Dec. 3
Moraine Valley Concert Band
“Christmas Music and More”
3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 General Public/$10 Senior/Students
Deck the halls with the merry sounds of the Concert Band as it performs toe-tapping marches, classic movie themes, holiday selections and much more. The band is directed by Douglass Bratt and hosted by WBBM radio personality Joe Collins.

Dec. 6
Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble
Holiday Concert
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 General Public/$10 Senior/Students
Pa-rum pa pum-pum! Once again, it’s time for the Percussion Ensemble holiday extravaganza! Join us for an evening of holiday music, as well as unique percussion arrangements of selections by Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, Béla Fleck, and the Beatles.

Dec. 10
Auditions for “Waiting for Lefty”
6-9 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Contact Craig Rosen for details: (708) 974-5432 or rosen@morainevalley.edu

For tickets or information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

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‘Avenue Q’ puppets to perform at Moraine Valley

The Academic Theater Department at Moraine Valley Community College will present “Avenue Q” November 1-4. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance is at 3 p.m. The stage production will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
Please note that this show contains adult language and puppet nudity. It is not appropriate for children.
Part flesh (humans), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart, “Avenue Q” is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets the girl next door, an Internet sexpert, and Gary Coleman, along with other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.
“Avenue Q” is the winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
The cast list for this production is:
* Princeton: Benjamin Golay (Alsip)
* Kate Monster: Kendra Sowa (Oak Forest)
* Nicky: RJ Cecott (Hickory Hills)
* Rod: Ian McCafferty (Burbank)
* Trekkie Monster: Jim LaPietra (Berwyn)
* Lucy: Carly Churchey (Hagerstown, Maryland)
* Bad Idea Bear/Newcomer: Ken Garner (Worth)
* Bad Idea Bear: Kara Krueger (Tinley Park)
* Mrs. T/other: Maura Vizza (Palos Heights)
* Brian: Brian Whitlock (Chicago Ridge)
* Christmas Eve: Christina Pacini (Orland Park)
* Gary Coleman: Samm Hilger (Worth)
Tickets to “Avenue Q” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center Calendar Announcements: September-October

Sept. 17-Oct. 13
Sukjin Choi Art Exhibition
“Recollection 5”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
This site-specific installation by Korean ceramic artist Sukjin Choi is a delicate, yet crucial blending of traditional Korean surfacing methods and contemporary objects.

Sept. 23
Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music
2 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $20 adults; $10 seniors, students; $10 children 12 and younger
Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in Technicolor, complete with subtitles so the audience can sing along. Join in the fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills. Get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains, and hurry down for the perfect afternoon. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended!
Sept. 29
Close To You: The Music of the Carpenters
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Sold out! Call the Box Office at 708-974-5500 for waitlist information.

Oct. 6
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
“The Great American Songbook”
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 seniors and students
Join the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers with an instrumental ensemble as they present “The Great American Songbook.” This concert will highlight the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter with titles including “It’s De-Lovely,” “Long Ago and Far Away,” “Who Could Ask for Anything More?” “Embraceable You,” and many others in new arrangements that will have you singing in your seats.

Oct. 12
Student Music Recitals
6:30 p.m.
F120
Free admission.

Oct. 13
The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik
7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $25 adults; $20 seniors, students
The Ides of March’s “Vehicle” burst onto the Billboard charts and in 1970 became the fastest breaking single in Warner Bros. history. Their show spans three decades of music that include Jim Peterik’s catalog of Top 40 hits, including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “High on You,” “L.A. Goodbye,” “The Search is Over,” “Eye of the Tiger,” and more.

Oct. 18-Nov. 10
Lisa Bulawsky
“Useless The Flowers”
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery
Reception: Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m. Artist’s Talk: 3 p.m.
The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and during most performances
Lisa Bulawsky’s work explores public history and personal memory. The artist takes memories of historical events that have been shaped by news images and personal recollections and interprets these as mixed media prints.

Oct. 19
Moraine Valley Flute Choir
“The Eclectic Flutes”
6:30 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater
Free admission
The Moraine Valley Flute Choir will play a variety of styles and genres and will include titles such as “A New Beginning,” “Traffic Jam” and “Baroque Hoedown.”

For tickets or more information on any performance, contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500, or visit morainevalley.edu/FPAC.

Grant supports performances at Moraine Valley Performing Arts Center

Between The Ides of March and A Lamb Chop Celebration, there’s something for audiences of all ages at the Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center this year—a season made possible with help from an Illinois Arts Council grant totaling $9,000.
The grant helps underwrite operational expenses for the Mainstage Series and Family Series performances. The Mainstage Performance Series will feature artists such as country singer Katie Armiger, the Moscow Boys Choir, the Tamburitzans of Duquesne University, Robin Spielberg, Thodos Dance Chicago, the improv troupe The Second City, and more.
This year’s Family Series productions are Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, A Lamb Chop Celebration featuring Mallory Lewis, and the Kenya Safari Acrobats.
For more information about the Fine and Performing Arts Center or to purchase tickets to any performance, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.
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The music of The Carpenters comes to Moraine Valley

Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters” to the Moraine Valley Community College stage on Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. The group will perform in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter, considered one of the best vocalists of all time. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock’s four octave range allows her to sing the hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original key, keeping the songs genuine and recognizable.
Rock goes beyond the music in the show. She draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen Carpenter, her life and how some of the songs originated. She engages the audience to the point where they can’t help but sing along and share the memories of The Carpenters and their music.
Tickets to “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley presents “Sing-a-Long-A Sound of Music”

Moraine Valley Community College opens its 2012-13 performance season with a sing-along to the classic Julie Andrews film “A Sound of Music.” The family-friendly production will be on Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m., in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 years of age and younger.
“Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music” is a screening of the film musical in Technicolor complete with subtitles so the audience can sing along. The show begins with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes audience members through their complimentary “magic moments pack” that contains various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.
A highlight of this show is the voluntary fancy-dress competition. Attendees are encouraged to create their own chintzy costumes and show off their tailoring skills on the stage. Some of the costumes at past shows include nuns, girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, a lonely goatherd, and a man in a gold lycra suit who dressed as Ray, a Drop of Golden Sun. Be creative!
After debuting at a United Kingdom festival in 1999, the “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music” began running at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West End, where it still plays today. The show began touring the United Kingdom in January 2000 and is now a worldwide success in many international cities.
Tickets to “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music” and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
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Moraine Valley percussionists to perform in Millennium Park

Five members of Moraine Valley Community College’s percussion ensemble, including the director, will be part of a nearly 100-group performance in Chicago’s Millennium Park on Sunday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m. They will join Midwestern and some out-of-state percussionists in playing “Inuksuit,” which will be the first musical event to utilize the entire space of Millennium Park. The concert is free.
Alaskan composer John Luther Adams wrote the piece for nine to 99 percussionists spread out in one space. It premiered in the forests of Banff, Canada, and was designed to be heard outdoors where it can and should mimic sounds from the environment. The hour-long performance uses a variety of instruments including conch shells, air horns, sirens, gongs, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. Doug Perkins, a professional musician from Chicago-based music ensemble eighth blackbird, is directing the concert.
Moraine Valley assistant professor of music and percussion ensemble director Doug Bratt learned of this opportunity through his work as secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (ILPAS). Perkins asked the group for help recruiting percussionists to participate in the event.
“Doug Perkins is very interested in the idea of building communities with fellow musicians and percussionists in particular, something that as a member of ILPAS and a college music faculty member I wholeheartedly support. Strong communities should include true diversity, and our Moraine Valley percussionists represent the energy and vibrancy that can come from a combined community/college music ensemble,” Bratt said. “In joining nearly 100 musicians, Moraine Valley’s percussionists will have the opportunity to meet, interact and perform with an array of people in our percussive community from around the Chicago area and the greater Midwest. Significantly for our small contingent, we will perform in Chicago’s newest and preeminent music performance venue, and do it for the first time.”
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Moraine Valley Forensics team hosts, wins bronze at national tournament

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The Moraine Valley Forensics team is all smiles after winning a bronze medal at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament held April 9-14 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Six members of the team also took home medals.

      There’s no argument the Moraine Valley Community College Forensics team is one of the top speech teams in the country. The team secured third place and six individuals won medals at the 2012 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament held April 9-14 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg. Moraine Valley also hosted this year’s tournament.

      The Phi Rho Pi National Tournament is the oldest and largest forensics tournament in the United States. Moraine Valley competed against more than 600 participants from 60 teams. In the last eight years, the team has earned either a gold, silver, or bronze medal seven times.

      Forensics team member Veronica Popp, of Oak Lawn, was awarded a gold medal in the Communication Analysis event. Silver medals were awarded to Nicky Lucio, of Tinley Park, in Prose Interpretation; Michelle Moyer, of Oak Lawn, in both Program of Oral Interpretation and Impromptu Speaking events; Tommy Lucio, of Tinley Park, in Poetry Interpretation; and Tom Murphy, of Oak Lawn, in Program of Oral Interpretation. Bronze medal winners were Nicky Lucio in Program of Oral Interpretation, Popp in Prose Interpretation, and Bart Kirchner, of Palos Hills, in Persuasive Speaking.

      Moraine Valley’s 2011-12 Forensics team was the largest in the program’s history with 20 students competing in six tournaments throughout the year. They won first place awards at the Kishwaukee College and McHenry County Tournaments. They took second place at the Harper College and College of DuPage Tournaments and won third place at the Illinois Central College and College of Lake County Tournaments. The team also won a gold medal at the Region IV Phi Rho Pi Regional Speech and Debate Tournament and hosted a speech tournament on its campus in October.

      “I feel the team had a successful year for two reasons. First, they worked extremely hard and committed to accomplishing their goals. Secondly, they became more than teammates. They became a family. I am very proud of the team’s accomplishments both competitively and personally,” said John Nash, director of Forensics and associate professor of Speech/Communications. “The team was thrilled to have several Moraine Valley administrators and staff attend the national tournament opening banquet. The tournament went off without a hitch thanks to support from Moraine Valley. The Phi Ro Pi Executive Board has even asked us to consider hosting again in four or five years.”

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The Moraine Valley Forensics team is all smiles after winning a bronze medal at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament held April 9-14 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Six members of the team also took home medals.

Celtic singer Cathie Ryan to perform at Moraine Valley

Irish-American Cathie Ryan will demonstrate her crystalline vocals and insightful songwriting during her performance at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Her concert will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

With an original and distinctive voice in Celtic music, Ryan has established herself as one of Celtic music’s most popular and enduring singer-songwriters. Since a seven-year tenure as the lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, she has been hailed as a captivating and deeply affecting performer who has built a loyal following throughout North America and Europe.

Ryan has released four critically acclaimed albums. She has performed on national and public television and has appeared on radio in the United States and throughout Europe. She was voted one of the Top 100 Irish Americans by “Irish America Magazine,” and Chicago’s “Irish American News” honored her as Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.

 Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, said of Ryan, “There is a powerful sweetness in Cathie Ryan’s voice, as well as a Celtic intensity that can be felt in all the songs she writes and sings – songs of place, songs of memory, poignant songs of the heart.”

Tickets for Cathie Ryan and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, coordinator of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at crotty@morainevalley.edu.

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company to perform, lead master class at Moraine Valley

Experience the captivating mystery, majesty and beauty of flamenco dance when the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company performs at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. The show will be in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

The company also will offer a master class to community members on the afternoon of April 14. The class is free and open to anyone who would like to learn the art of flamenco dancing. Details are available by calling the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.

Artistic director and choreographer Juan Siddi and his international company of gifted flamenco dancers, singers and musicians will present an authentic performance. The company is committed to maintaining, preserving and innovating flamenco’s unique ethnic and cultural art form.

Flamenco hails from the gypsies who settled in southern Spain during the Middle Ages. The essence of flamenco is “duende,” a Spanish word meaning inspiration, magic or fire. Duende’s deep emotion is the mystery of life in art, song, music, and dance.

Juan Siddi has been dancing flamenco since he was young, joining his first dance company at 18. He has performed and taught around the world but lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he teaches flamenco dance at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Studios.

Tickets for the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company and other upcoming performances can be purchased at morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

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Ancient Indian dance, visual art traditions performed at Moraine Valley

Ragamala Dance will present “Sacred Earth,” a melding of two rich and ancient Indian visual art traditions with classical Bharatanatyam dance, at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. The cultural show will be in the college’s Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

The indigenous Warli people of western India craft wall paintings that depict their natural way of life. From southern India come Kolams–floor designs drawn with rice flour to create a sacred space every morning. Ragamala Dance gives physical form to the spiritual expression of the Warli paintings and Kolams, which will serve to transform the stage into a sacred space.

Against a backdrop of paintings from the Warli folk artist Anil Chaitya Vangad and on a stage covered with Kolams, “Sacred Earth” celebrates body and nature, soul and Earth, and the divine balance found in the universe’s continuous pulse.

Ragamala Dance, Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy as artistic directors and featuring soloist Aparna Ramaswamy in “Sacred Earth,” was founded in 1992. The artistic directors push the boundaries of Bharatanatyam and strive to discover what it means to be 21st century choreographers working within a classical, culturally-based tradition.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council, General Mills Foundation and Land O’Lakes Foundation.

Ragamala Dance is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
Tickets for Ragamala Dance and other upcoming performances can be purchased at www.morainevalley.edu/fpac, by calling (708) 974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, coordinator of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at crotty@morainevalley.edu

Ragamala Dance offering free workshop on Indian culture

Community members of all ages are welcome to attend a free master class given by Ragamala Dance that will provide a window into South Indian arts and culture. The workshop will be at Moraine Valley Community College on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills.

The workshop will cover Indian dance and Kolam. Participants will be introduced to the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, including traditional salutation, basic postures, rhythmic and gestural technique, and the four aspects of expressive dance. Ragamala artists also will teach a South Indian folk dance called Gummi, traditionally done at the harvest festival.

Kolams, or “beautiful lines,” are traditional South Indian decorations that are made of rice flour and hand-drawn each day in front of homes and places of worship. A sacred aspect of south Indian culture, these beautiful designs are drawn to evoke the Goddess of Prosperity. Participants will learn to draw several designs on paper, then create them with rice flour on the floor to experience the traditional method.

Reserve your space at the workshop by calling the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or emailing boxoffice@morainevalley.edu.

For news media inquiries, call Jessica Crotty, coordinator of College and Community Relations, at (708) 974-5281, or e-mail her at crotty@morainevalley.edu