Big Week Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

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First Tuesday Film Club: 'Three Identical Strangers'

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

In this true story, three 19-year-olds discover they are identical triplets separated at birth. Their joyous reunion unravels a disturbing secret. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: classiccinemas.com.
1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Out of the Box: Installation by Bryan Northup & Open Call

Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

Using found materials often tossed in the trash, Northup created a sculptural installation incorporating submissions from an open call for artists who transformed a box of their choosing into art. Through Oct. 5. More: oakparkartleague.org/exhibitions. 720 Chicago Ave. 

University Band Fall Concert

Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Werner Auditorium, Concordia-Chicago:

Hear the approximately 70-person band perform Leonard Bernstein, Jules Massenet, Malcom Arnold, Richard Wagner and more as Jean Harrison Bojes provides interesting facts on each piece. Freewill offerings accepted. Questions: 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

"America to Me" Viewing and Discussion Continues

Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Oak Park director Steve James filmed a year in the life of a dozen OPRF students; the 10-part series about race and equity continues showing on STARZ. Join members of the community to view episodes 6 through 10 of the Sundance featured documentary. Free. Other showings: Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and Sunday, Oct. 28. More: oppl.org/news-events/announcements/america-to-me-weekly-episode-viewing-discussion, oprfhs.org/about/America-to-Me-Documentary-Series.cfm. 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Race, Place & Discipleship

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:30 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church: 

See African-American theologian and author Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, from Yale Divinity School, as he focuses on racism and the resurgence of the white supremacy movement and the role church can play in helping to dismantle racism. Saturday seminar: $35; $40, at the door (cash/checks only); $20, students. Sunday, all are welcome to hear Dr. Jennings during regular church services (free). Tickets/more: graceoakpark.org/church-in-the-public-square.html. Questions: 708-386-8036. 924 Lake St, Oak Park.

Imaginary Journeys

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m., First United Church: 

Join The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble as they play new works and arrangements from composers such as Stravinsky and Purcell. The world-premiere title work "takes the listener on a rocket-powered interstellar adventure, inspired by recent astronomical discoveries." $20; $15, seniors 55+; free, 18 and younger. Tickets/more: gargoylebrass.com. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Event: E. Michael Blake

Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., at Eastgate Café:

Meet the writer and performer as he does readings from The Bifurcation of 1890, a sci-fi novel about 19th-century baseball, and his collection of science fiction comedy sketches, Sense of Wonder on a Bare Stage. Self-published books available for purchase and signing. Questions: blakesketch@gmail.com. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

"Unveiled" 

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church:

Rohina Malik portrays five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world as they serve tea and uncover what lies  beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Reception follows. Hosted by Oak Park's Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. $20; $25, at the door. Tickets: goodshepherdlc.org. 820 Ontario St., Oak Park.

OP District 97 Superintendent Community Café 

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 to 8 p.m., Buzz Café: 

Meet Superintendent Carol Kelley at an informal discussion about what is happening in the district and community. Next meet-up: Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 to 10 a.m., Live Café. Buzz: 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Opioid Use and Suicide Risk 

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2 to 3 p.m., Lower Level Classrooms A-D, West Suburban Medical Center: 

Many people living with an opioid-use disorder also suffer from depression or another mental illness and do not know how to seek help. Join PCC Behavioral Health Consultants to discuss risk factors that contribute to suicidal thoughts and suicide within this population. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Uncorked Plus

Friday, Sept.28, 6 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Start the weekend with showcase tours, locally made wares and live music by Szurko Trio. Enjoy libations from Two Brothers Social Tap while snacking on bites from Q-BBQ. Plus - enter for a chance at five premier prize packages. Ages 21 . Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token. $15, advance; $18, at door (limited availability). Tickets/more: fopcon.org/conservatory-event/uncorked- september-28/. 615 Garfield.

Design A Bookmark Contest

Enter through Sept. 30, River Forest Library: 

To celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month, River Forest residents (pre-K to adult in four age categories) are invited to design a bookmark using the theme "What's incredible about your library?" Win prizes from local businesses and a chance to have art turned into a bookmark for the community. Entry forms at the library, or: riverforestlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bookmark-Art-Competition-Entry-Form-1.pdf. 735 Lathrop 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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