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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014-06-11T02:00:00Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 12, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
June 11, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Two Romeos open and close; Patsy Cline in Beverly Hills, Chicago and a whole lot of improv at Acorn in Three Oaks.

The Lake Michigan area is kind of theater-crazy this year with community productions, improv groups and open mic nights are proliferating around the Lake Michigan area.

Donna Blue Lachman Directs: Here’s screenwriter and columnist Denise DeClue’s preview of MIXED NUTS, a new show devised by Donna Blue Lachman and some wonderfully seasoned players, which will premier at 7 p.m. (Michigan time) on June 29 at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. In the meantime, the veteran actress and director is doing other weekend performances all month.

Last Weekend for Gary Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet as Chicago Street Theatre Opens Its Production in Valpo: This from the Shore inbox, "With just two more productions left in its 59th Season, Chicago Street Theatre is gearing up to celebrate their milestone 60th Season with an amazing list of plays and events for 2014 and 2015. Currently the group is producing the Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire that runs through June 7 and will be followed by Romeo and Juliet for the third year the group has partnered with the Valpo Parks Department and the City to present Shakespeare in the Park. This Sunday the group will hold auditions for their Popcorn Festival Play Beauty and the Beast at 2:30. Although CST has these two major productions left for 2014, the group is busy preparing for what they believe is their most important season to date. During the free public performances of Romeo and Juliet at Central Park Plaza on July 11 and 12 the group will hold a Season 60 Kick-Off Celebration to invite audiences to be part of the theatre's landmark anniversary season of providing art and culture to the community."

Beverly Arts Center goes ‘Crazy’ for Patsy Cline: Weepin’ Willows, Chicago’s Patsy Cline cover band, turns Beverly Arts Center into a country honky-tonk at 8 p.m., Friday, July 11, on the Main Stage of the BAC.

The band features guitar, pedal steel, drums, piano and upright bass, audiences love their authentic retro country sound. Weepin' Willows has perfected its covers of Patsy Cline’s vast and varied repertoire, from timeless ballads such as “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” to rockabilly rave-ups like “Seven Lonely Days” and “Stupid Cupid.”

Natalie Jose is the lead singer of The Weepin’ Willows and the band has been playing the Chicagoland area since 2009. This show is expected to sell out, so it's advised you get tickets in advance.

The show is on the BAC Main Stage at 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets are $22 for BAC members and $25 for non-members, and can be purchased at the BAC box office or online at beverlyartcenter.org.

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