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Lovett and Hiatt go acoustic, seamstress tales expose world of struggle, cool jazz and eclectic tantalize the senses at venues throughout the Southland.

Palos Hills

Capricious Tales, an exhibit of stunning black and white images by contemporary artist O. Gustavo Plascencia, remains on view at the , Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The artist’s 44 photograms, each 20 inches by 24 inches before framing, reveal items he has collected over many years.

Photograms result when “objects are placed on top of photographic paper” and exposed, unlike photographs which are exposures created through the lens of a camera. The process involves the once-traditional tools of the photographic trade, including a dark room.

“Every piece (in the exhibit) explores how we create, remember and trigger memories,” Plascencia says. “I arranged the objects to form an ambiguous storyline. Once they are out there, people can interpret (the images) in their own way.”

Where: , 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills
When: Through Feb. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and during theater performances.
Cost: Free and parking usually is free as well.
More information: 708-974-5500 and www.morainevalley.edu

Palos Park

Well, the Palos Village Players are at it again, romping around in what promises to be a riotous farce, Sex Please, We’re Sixty by Michael and Susan Parker.

Take note!

The story takes place in the Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast, a hotspot for single seniors.

There’s more. Medication for menopause symptoms somehow gets mixed up with one of the male guest’s Viagra.

This theater group stages great shows, has loads of fun with its productions, and the mood always is contagious. 

Where: , 131st Street and 82nd Avenue.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 12, 19 and 19; 2 p.m. Feb. 13.
Admission: $15 and $12 for seniors and students, free parking for all
More information: 877-PVP-TISX or 877-782-8497 and www.palosvillageplayers.com

Orland Park

Artist Maria DeCaprio Sunta will talk about her watercolors, collages and acrylics at a special program in Orland Park.

Her works depict images from her local travels, European jaunts and other selected images from her collection. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the artist as well.

Where: , 14921 Ravinia Drive (2nd floor)
When: 7 to 8 p.m., Feb. 4
Fee: Free, as is parking
Information: 708-428-5100 and www.orlandparklibrary.org

Oak Lawn

Charles Martin and Indigo Jazz take away from the wintery world and into a night of jazz.

Where: Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5
Admission: $6 at the door.
More information: 708-857-2433 and by e-mail, stonycreek@olparks.com.

Chicago (Beverly neighborhood)

St. Xavier University’s SXU Gallery features an exhibit of works by visual artist Nikkole Huss who will talk about her exhibit, Permeable Perimeters: Needle-Felted Wood and Encaustic on Panel, at a Feb. 9 reception.

Huss is inspired by photographs of Earth and outer space phenomena.

“By gazing far beyond the human eye’s ability to see … it is possible to perceive the impossible …,” she say in her artist’s statement.

Where: St. Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St.
When: Exhibit runs from Feb. 3 to Feb. 24, reception 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9; gallery hours -10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free;
Information: 773-298-3081 and www.sxu.edu

Joliet

Four-time Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett and his longtime tour buddy John Hiatt go acoustic at Joliet’s legendary Rialto Square Theatre on Feb. 11. Tickets no doubt will clear out quickly.

Followed by a stream of rave reviews, the “unplugged” tour has only one local show and this is it. Audiences will hear country, swing, folk and blues in a smaller venue, nowhere near the gargantuan size of a stadium.

Lovett and Hiatt as usual will do some talking, share stories with the audience and bring a sense of warmth and camaraderie to a cold Midwest winter night.

Where: Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. VanBuren St., Joliet
When: 8 p.m., Feb. 11
Admission: $49.50 to $65
Information and tickets: 815-726-7171 and www.rialtosquare.com

Frankfort

The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Senior Series (no, not 12th graders) performing arts schedule reignites this month with the Peter Oprisko Big Band Romance production.

Audience members will shake off the cold weather as hearts warm up to Oprisko’s show. A local artist, Oprisko and his 12-piece band will perform such golden oldies as The Way You Look Tonight, I Wish You Love, Secret Love and many others, including swing, classic jazz and film favorites in this just-before-Valentine’s Day special mid-day event.

Where: , 19900 S. Harlem Ave.
When: 11 a.m. Feb. 9
Admission: $10 and free parking
Tickets and more information: 815-534-3240 and at www.lw210.org/seniorseries.

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