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Moraine Valley 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 today (Thursday) 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.

Womantalk discussion

  The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, will host its monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring.  There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Papercraft workshop

  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  Ann Fowler will teach students to make Bits and Pieces Cards from scraps using stripes, triangles, and punched shapes. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee. Advance registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.


  CineVerse, the Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group open to anyone age 17 and older, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of “A Hard Day’s Night.” The movie was released in 1964, starring The Beatles. The group will discuss the movie from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. Participants should check building signage for the room number. For more information, call 529-9028, or visit
  CineVerse, the Oak Lawn Park District’s free weekly film discussion group open to anyone age 17 and older, will explore “Harvey.” The movie was released in 1950, starring James Stewart. The group will meet from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. Participants should check building signage for the room number. For more information, call 529-9028, or visit

‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at Moraine Valley

  A new adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed when Moraine Valley Community College’s Academic Theater Department presents the popular Holocaust survival story Feb. 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:

  Tickets for “The Diary of Anne Frank” and other upcoming performances can be purchased online at, by calling 974-5500, or at the Box Office, located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Center Cinema
  “Casablanca” will be shown on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. 
  Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, this 1942 classic stars Humphrey Bogart as an American expatriate who meets a former lover Ingrid Bergman, with unforeseen complications.
  A discussion follows the movie.  Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged but pre-registration is necessary.   Call The Center at 361-3650.

The Bridge Teen Center Events

  • Love and Acceptance with PASS — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 27, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, knows that everyone desires companionship through loving, healthy relationships, but relationships are tough. Learn how to have healthy relationships.
  • Magic Variety Show—7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 21. One of the Bridge’s own students will perform magic, with samples from Famous Dave’s.
  • Pool Tournament with Peppo’s — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22, free food; event is exclusively for students in 9th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID. For more information call (708) 532-0500 or visit
  • Kickboxing — 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Feb. 25, get fit in a fun way. Join the Bridge at UFC gym to learn everything you need to know about kickboxing while getting in shape.
  • Lead U: True to You — for high schoolers only, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, participate in this leadership pod focused on getting to know yourself better and discovering your strengths as a leader. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.

  For more information call 532-0500 or

Broadway Today choral show at Chgo. Christian High

  Chicago Christian High School will present Broadway Today, this year’s choir show, on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
  The “outside-the-box” performance, not your typical choral concert, has become both a student and audience favorite. It includes music from “Wicked,’ “Hairspray” and “Jersey Boys,” and recent revivals such as “Grease,” and “Les Miserables.” The show includes student created choreography as well as professional choreography, staging, costuming, visual narration, solos and pit band.
  Free for all ages. CCHS is located at 12001 S Oak Park Ave. in Palos Heights. (388-7650)

Encore Band winter concert

  The Encore Concert Band continues its 15th concert season with a Winter Concert on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m., at Mokena Junior High School, 19815 Kirkstone Way in Mokena.
This free concert will feature selections from “The King and I,” “El Camino Real” by Alfred Reed, “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius and Little Fugue in G Minor by J.S. Bach. For more information about the Encore Concert Band and the complete concert schedule, visit
Band members range in age from high school students to adults; musicians interested in joining are encouraged to sit in with the band at a weekly rehearsal on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at Mokena Junior High School in Mokena.
  For information on scheduling a concert in your area or joining the band, please call Rachel Ozark at 437-7051, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit their website at