Big Week May 17-24

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Leo and the flood

Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library: 

Viewing and discussion of Before the Flood. Leonardo DiCaprio as a UN Messenger of Peace travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of OP-RF. 834 Lake St. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar.

A Chekhov comedy? 

Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m., 19th Century Club:

The Free Readers Ensemble caps its 2016-17 season with Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comical take on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Admission is free with free parking in the village parking lot in the Vantage building. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave. freereaders.org.

Garbo, The Musical

Thursday, May 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library: 

An original one-woman musical, performed by Jillann Gabrielle, about the enigmatic Swedish film star, Greta Garbo (1905–1990). Thirteen songs and monologues give insight and entertain. For more, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Mosaics

Judy Steed will be featuring her work at the library during the month of May in the lobby of the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop. Steed will donate 50% of proceeds to Encore Illinois to help establish singing groups at both Northwestern and Rush hospitals for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers because her mother died from the disease. For more, call the library, 708-366-5205.

What's Blooming on Harrison? Sculpture!

Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oak Park Arts District:

May brings the Sixth Annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk to Harrison Street, with installations running from Austin to Ridgeland. The Walk will open on Friday, May 19. Visitors to the walk can download a mobile audio guide from Otocast and listen to the sculptors describe their works while walking. The opening coincides with the Arts District's biggest event, What's Blooming on Harrison, an art fair, live music in three different venues, food trucks, the Taylor Avenue Beer Garden, and a children's carnival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with an after-party at the main stage and beer garden.

Artistic tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

S. Lloyd Natof, furniture designer, woodworker, educator and Wright's great-grandson, will discuss the geometry that animates Wright's work in his lecture, "Reading Wright: Curious Furniture, Compelling Ideas." Part of a series of community-wide events celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth. 720 Chicago Ave., 708-386-9853, www.oakparkartleague.org.

Ride of Silence

Wednesday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning at Lake Street and East Avenue, Oak Park:

The Oak Park Cycle Club leads the local Ride of Silence. Cyclists honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride includes stops at locations where local riders lost their lives in recent years. All are welcome, no cost. Contact Frank McGee at frankmcgee@hotmail.com. To learn more, go to www.oakparkcycleclub.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the parade

Deadline: Friday, June 2

The Oak Park Community Relations Commission is looking for groups to join this year's July 4th Parade. Application online at www.oak-park.us/our-community/specialevents. The parade committee is also looking for volunteers to help with traffic control. For more, call 708-358-5407 or email community@oak-park.us.

Get on Your Feet!

Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m., Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church:

The Community Renewal Chorus (CRC) weaves a musical narrative of the diversity that makes our nation great with "Get on Your Feet: Songs of Peace, Love, and Action." Admission is $20 ($15 senior citizens and students). Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more, visit www.crchorus.org, call 773-403-4245 or email crcagcboard@gmail.com.

Young at Heart

Monday, May 22, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Celebrating Seniors Week film and discussion. Join Doug Deuchler for a viewing of Young at Heart, a 2007 documentary film about the Young at Heart Chorus, whose senior citizen singers average 81 years old. For more, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Composing for the Voice

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m., Oak Park Public Library:

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC) is hosting a Composers Workshop with Michael Wolniakowski, OPCC's composer-in-residence. "Writing for the Voice" will be held at the Main Branch, 834 Lake St. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more, call 847-420-9200. Email info@oakparkconcertchorale.org or visit our website www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.

Jane Hamilton After Dark

Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., Forest Park Public Library:

A special Library After Dark event features Oak Park native Jane Hamilton, who will discuss the writing life in 2017 and offer a reading from her latest book, The Excellent Lombards. 7555 Jackson Blvd. Call 708-366-7171.

Holy Shakespeare!

Wednesday, May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library: 

Author Maisie Sparks explores how William Shakespeare filled his plays, poems, and sonnets. For more information, visit oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Broadway to Hollywood

Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m., Oak Park Arms Ballroom, 406 S. Oak Park Ave. 

The Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale, a choral group for senior citizens, presents songs by Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The chorale is affiliated with Encore Illinois/Encore Creativity for older adults (55 plus). Concerts are free. For more information, visit encoreillinois.org, email encoreillinois@gmail.com or call 630-441-5157.

Princess Etch A Sketch

Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Art Gecko gallery:

Princess Etch A Sketch, aka Jane Labowitch, will display and sell her magical creations. 41 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Silver Gold Rush

Tuesday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dominican University, River Forest:

Wally Amos, aka The Cookie Kahuna, will give a presentation on "The Silver Gold Rush – Impact of Aging on Business and Community" as part of Celebrating Seniors Week (May 18-25). Lund Auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a luncheon and panel at Mazzuchelli Hall. Tickets are $65/$500 for a table of eight. Presentation only, $25. Luncheon panel only, $50. Purchase tickets at www.OPRFchamber.org.

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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.
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