Making a move: Playwright Spike Manton and his writing partner Tim Clue had a big hit with “Leaving Iowa,” which ran for a year at the Royal George Theatre Center. Evanston resident Manton hopes for the same success with “Standing in Mattoon,” a comedy set in another Midwest town, that will play at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero, Jan. 10-Feb. 1. The cast includes Libertyville native Gary Saipe. For tickets, call (708) 656-1800.
Warm welcome: Artists who participated in Anatomically Correct Art’s fall plein air event, Brush with Nature, will exhibit their work indoors at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, Jan. 10-Feb. 28. The artists include Joy Appenzeller Bauer of Skokie, Howard A. Jacobs of Highland Park, Rachel Weaver Rivera of La Grange and Piotr Wolodkowicz of Elmwood Park. The opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10.
Glenview group on the go: Meher Dance Company of Glenview will entertain visitors to the Travel and Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this month. They are scheduled to perform Bollywood and Indian folk dance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 on the Global Beats Stage. The company performs nationally and internationally.
Natural wonder: Libertyville resident Marilyn Huster volunteered an amazing 173 hours in 2013 at Volo Bog State Natural Area. She worked as a docent, provided interpretive office support and conducted youth programs including Bog Life, Animal Homes, Small Wonders of Wetlands and Batty about Bats. She also led bog tours for adult groups and organized craft activities at WInterFest. On Dec. 12, Huster was honored for her commitment to Volo Bog when she was named Volunteer of the Year.
Those dancing feet: There will be a whole lot of tapping going on at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, Jan. 15-Feb. 9, as small town girl Peggy Sawyer tries for success in Depression-era Broadway in “42nd Street.” Deerfield resident Laura Savage plays Peggy. Larry Adams of Niles costars as Broadway producer Julian Marsh. The cast also includes Evanston residents Roger Mueller and Nancy Voigts, as well as William Carlos Angulo from Lake Zurich. For tickets, call (630) 896-6666.
A laughing matter: It looks like Gene Weygandt of Park Ridge and Tim Kazurinsky of Evanston will be just as amusing in 2014 as they were in 2013. They are two of the stars of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which has just been extended through March 30 at the Royal George Theatre Center. For tickets, call (312) 988-9000.