Big Week Sept. 13-20

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Ella and Louis Together Again: A Celebration

 Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Robin Watson and Billy Washington come together to celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. $25. Tickets: opendoortheater.net/music. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

Ready for Take Off 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to noon, Aula Auditorium, Dominican University, Priory Campus: 

Preparing teens with learning, attention, social and emotional differences for the transition to college is covered in this conference, based on the book of the same name. Coauthor and educator Theresa E. Laurie Maitland will speak along with others. $40, single adult; $60, adult couple; book included. More/register: collegereadiness4success.com. 7200 Division Street.

OP International Film Fest: Resist! 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

View 11 short films, many with connections to Oak Park, ranging in topics from gun control, local teen issues, The Women's March, U.S. – Cuba relations, and more. Info: facebook.com/oakparkfilmfest. 834 Lake St.

Reproductive Rights Book Talk

Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 to 5 p.m., Unity Temple:

Dr. Willie Parker, author of "Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice," will join 

Illinois State Rep Camille Lilly to discuss issues of reproductive justice. Book singing follows. Suggested donation: $10 - 15 for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. More: reproductive@unity temple.org. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Historical Society Grand Opening

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest: 

Ribbon cutting at 10:30. Afterwards, raffles, new exhibit on residents during WWI, old-fashioned games, an OPFD fire engine for children to tour from 2 to 4 p.m., and more. Museum admission: $7, non-residents; $5, residents; $3, students 8 to 18; free, members and children 7 and under. Inquire: 708-848-6755, oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Frank Lloyd Wright Documentary Premiere

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Theatre:

See "An American Home," introduced by filmmaker Tom Desch, which tells the story of the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, an early prairie-style design. Benefits the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and Wright in Kankakee. $10. Tickets: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Oak Park Regional Housing Center Benefit

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., Columbus Park Refectory:

"Continue the conversation: Investing in Integration" is this year's theme. Enjoy food, drinks and live music to support diversity and integration efforts. Online auction and raffle at event. $75. Tickets/info: oprhc.org. 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. %u200B

Authors on Tap

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., BeerShop:

Join in a conversation about the writing craft over craft beers with Baird Harper, author of "The Red Light Run" and Augustus Rose, author of "The Readymade Thief." Cosponsored by The Book Table. More: booktable.net.
1026 North Blvd.

Home is a Human Right: An Immigration Update

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

View and discuss three short documentaries examining DACA, the refugee crisis, and the call for sanctuary. Then hear an update on immigration topics. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest. More: oppl.org/calendar, 708-697-6915. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Makin' Tracks 5K 

Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m., Concordia University:

The 20th Annual Community Bank 5K to benefit West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is family-friendly and open to all runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all skills levels. $35, race day; $30 preregistration; free, wheelchair athletes and children under 7. More/register: rfparks.com/events/makin-tracks-5k/. Starts at Monroe south of Division, River Forest. 

Get to Know BUILD, Support Austin

Friday, Sept. 15, 5 to 8 p.m., Suite 243, Sachem Company:

BUILD helps at-risk youth in Austin and elsewhere escape gang violence and prepare for a better future. BUILD's Executive Director will share how Oak Parkers can support Austin. RSVP: gmaguire@sachemco.com, paul@sachemco.com. Questions: 773-269-6034. More: buildchicago.org. 1033 South Boulevard, Oak Park. 

Keystone Kops Radio Show

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m.,Oak Park Arms: 

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations presents "Klassic Komedians Kollide with Kops and Kriminals: Keystone Kops." Troop members donate time for this show that includes live sounds effects. Free. More: 708-386-4040, oakparkarms.com. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Calendar Events

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.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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