Big Week Oct. 5-12

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Monumental Heart

Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m., Concordia University's Ferguson Art Gallery:

Monumental Heart exhibits mixed-media work of Chicago artist Dan Addington, who will give a talk during the reception in the gallery at 3 p.m. The exhibit runs from Oct. 3 to Nov. 13 and is free and open to the public. Addington's paintings incorporate materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit CUChicago.edu/experience/arts/visual-arts/ferguson-gallery or call 708-209-3013.

Building peace

WWednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Dominican University Priory Campus Auditorium:

Dominican University's Siena Center presents a lecture titled, "Reconciling Our Privileges in Order to Build Peace," by Tina Taylor-Ritzler, associate professor of psychology at Dominican University, with respondent Anthony Suarez-Abraham, theology and pastoral ministry instructor. Part of the Siena Center's annual Albertus Magnus Series, this year's theme is "Threats to Our Survival and the Urgency of Peace." The cost is $10 and tickets may be 
purchased at events.dom.edu. For additional information, call 708-714-9105. The Priory 
Campus is located at 7200 W. Division, River Forest.

Comedy of Errors

Saltbox Theater Collective's new production of Comedy of Errors opens this weekend with 7:30 performances at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison on Friday, Oct. 7 and running until Sunday, Oct. 23. Director Brian Fruits explains that his "all-female, diverse cast of 19 are all very funny, fascinating actresses." 

The c. 1590 comedy, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, is also one of his shortest. The Saltbox production clocks in at roughly 95 minutes. It promises to be a very lively, hilarious show full of non-stop, fast-moving foolishness. 

A key plot point is that identical twins are accidentally separated as infants. (Trivia: the playwright himself was the father of twins.) Much of the humor comes from slapstick and mistaken identity. Such plot ingredients came from the ancient Roman playwright Plautus and remained a popular staple down through Hollywood's screwball comedy era and the TV sitcom.

"Our flashy setting is much like Bollywood," said Fruits. "Much of the action is presented in the style of the masked Italian commedia dell'arte theater of the Renaissance."

Tickets for Saltbox's Comedy of Errors cost $20 for general admission or $15 for seniors and students: www.sbtcomedy.brownpapertickets.com or at the door with cash or credit cards.

Doug Deuchler

WJ Theater Critic

Infant Welfare

Thursday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., 655 Superior St., Oak Park:

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society is hosting a series of open houses to share the mission and tour the Children's Clinic. The first will take place at the home of Lynne Williams. Contact membership chairs Ann Anderson, alueking@comcast.net, or Debbie Wholey, wholdebo@gmail.com for more.

Pianissimo

Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave.:

The second in the Nineteenth Century Clubs series, Reigning Pianos, features Russian-born pianist Yana Reznik, known as the "pianist with a voice. She creates innovative programs that bring classical music to younger audiences. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 (students free with school ID). Go to NineteenthCentury.org or pay at the door.

Traveling Mollys

Buzz Café's new Open Mic Night begins with the Traveling Mollys, Al Degenova and Nina Corwin, featuring poets Tara Betts and Sharon Dornberg-Lee. Open mic sign-up is 6:30; open mic begins at 7; featured readers at 8; and lights out by 9. BYOB. Donations encouraged: $5 if you can, $3 if you can't.

Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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