Big Week Oct. 24 - 31

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Amazing for All

Through Thursday, Oct. 25, 1 to 4 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Celebrate LGBTQ diversity and history. See the 23-foot statement sculpture designed by Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman before it is permanently installed in Boystown. Also view replica memorials from Chicago's Legacy Walk, the world's only outdoor LGBTQ history museum. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Family Festival of Stories: Halloween Edition

Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Dominican University:

Come for face painting (6 p.m.), a Costume Parade (6:30) and spooky, fun stories with Antonio Sacre (7:00). $5 per family. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Living Architecture Tour 

Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, Home and Studio:  

Living Architecture focuses on immigrant artists in Chicago, including Richard Bock who came to work on the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition. Tour Oak Park beginning at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and hear about Bock's work with Wright, led by Dr. Sharon Grimes from the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum, Greenville University. Then tour a private Wright residence for Emilio Rojas' performance within an original Columbian Exhibition ticket booth, outside Unity Temple, then the Wright-Bock Fountain in Scoville Park, concluding with a solo drumming performance by Kioto Aoki. More: mailchi.mp/2426fd90f014/6018-3331045. Free. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, Home and Studio:  

Living Architecture focuses on immigrant artists in Chicago, including Richard Bock who came to work on the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition. Tour Oak Park beginning at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and hear about Bock's work with Wright, led by Dr. Sharon Grimes from the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum, Greenville University. Then tour a private Wright residence for Emilio Rojas' performance within an original Columbian Exhibition ticket booth, outside Unity Temple, then the Wright-Bock Fountain in Scoville Park, concluding with a solo drumming performance by Kioto Aoki. More: mailchi.mp/2426fd90f014/6018-3331045. Free. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Play Readings: A Choice of Mystery or Humor

Sunday Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Hamburger Mary's:

See Oak Park Festival's Play + a Pint reading, Angel Street. In Victorian London, what starts as family tranquility soon changes when a Scotland Yard inspector arrives. Witness "some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre." $12, includes drink. Tickets: oakparkfestival.com/4216-2. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

The Free Readers Ensemble opens their season with The Foreigner. In a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, a British demolition expert brings his shy young friend to town. Nonstop hilarity ensues and sets up the wildly funny climax. Free. More: freereaders.com/index.html. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Author Event

Saturday, Oct., 27, 2 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear Chicago author Stephen E. Jordan talk about his book, Tatiana and The Russian Wolves - it's 1980s San Francisco; set against the reverberations of the Russian Revolution. Q&A and book signing follows. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Happy Hour Mind Boggles: What Good is the Mind?

Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Join a thought-provoking program which encourages discussion where there is no easy answer. Presented by Gen Kelsang Zamling, Buddhist monk and principal teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center. Cash Bar, light snacks. $15. More: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Protect Yourself from Financial Scams 

Monday, Oct. 29, 3 to 4 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Learn how to safeguard finances for yourself or family members. More: information, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Nerd Night: Scary Movies

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Nerd out on cool topics each month with a different speaker. This month, sip and snack while learning about frightening flicks. 21 . $10, residents; $15, non-residents. Register: pdop.org. 220 N Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Kids' Spooky Skate

Friday, Oct. 26, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Ridgeland Common: 

The rink is decorated like a haunted house. Come compete in a costume contest, play chilling games on the ice, do creepy crafts and more. $10; discount with rink pass; $3 skate rental. 415 Lake St., Oak Park.

Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet poet José Olivarez, the son of Mexican immigrants and co-host of podcast "The Poetry Gods." Olivarez is Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab at the Art Institute and teaches and writes curriculum for Young Chicago Authors. His debut book, Citizen Illegal, will be available for sale and signing. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Therapy Players

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:  

Leave stress at the door and enjoy an evening of laughter provided by the "doctors of comedy," who sell out every Oak Park show. $18. Tickets/more: opendoortheater.net/comedy. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. 

The Gothic Effect – How Modern Culture Reflects the Gothic Tradition

Monday, Oct. 29, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Horace Walpole wrote the first Gothic novel in 1764. Oak Park author Julia Buckley will look at Walpole's style and his connection to both Shakespeare and Gothic architecture. The program shows how the art of Edward Gorey, films of Tim Burton and many genres of literature have descended from the Gothic ideal: things that remain in our unconscious to emerge generation after generation in our artistic work. $15, suggested donation. More: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

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