Big Week Sept. 27- Oct. 4

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New! Fall Harvest Market

Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

Shop locally for fall decorations and plants from hardy Conservatory grown mums, pansies, fall containers, broom corn, unusual pumpkins, gourds, straw bales and more. Through October 20 while supplies last. Questions: 708-725-2400. 615 Garfield.

Henry Fogel Presents: The Avalon String Quartet

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Enjoy 60+ minutes of music by Franz Shubert and conversation with Fogel and the performers between selections. Conversations continue after the concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar. $35; $30, Nineteenth Century members; $20, students. Tickets: nineteenthcentury.org or in person at Visit Oak Park, 1010 Lake Street. Questions: 708-386-2729. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Understanding the World of Islam

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Gain a deeper understanding and expand knowledge at a new lecture series in partnership with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. At the first event, Oak Parker and Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History, John E. Woods, explores Media Representations and Negative Stereotyping of Islam, Muslims and the Middle East. More: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Wittenberg"

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 3 p.m., Madison Street Theatre:

The Collective, the theater production company of Concordia U., presents a comedy, set in the a 16th century, revealing the stories behind Hamlet, Doctor Faustus and the Protestant Reformation. Continuing October 6, 7, 8. $15; $10 students/seniors, Tickets: WittenbergCUC.brownpapertickets.com or cash/check at the door. 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

In the Screening Room

"Not a Stranger"

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Watch a showing and hear from screenwriter Dennis Foley about the film, set in Chicago, which tells of three young boys who befriend a troubled, former high-school teacher with a dark secret. More: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

WWI and America 

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

The first in a six-week film series, view and discuss, "All Quiet on the Western Front" with movie buff Doug Deuchler. In this first major anti-war film from 1930, a young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the horror of World War I. Other films:

%u25A0 Oct 11, "Sergeant York"

%u25A0 Oct. 18, "Wings"

%u25A0 Oct. 25, "The Dawn Patrol"

%u25A0 Nov. 1, "Paths of Glory"

%u25A0 Nov. 8, "Joyeux Noel"

Part of the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of America's Entry into WWII, and a larger program of offerings at the Oak Park Public Library. Info: oppl.org/ww1. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

"Backpack Full of Cash"

Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., Lake Theater: 

Join Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education to screen a documentary on the growing privatization of public schools, corporate-driven education reform and the resulting impact on America's most vulnerable children. Doors open 9:30, opening remarks at 9:50 a.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets: ilraiseyourhand.org/backpack. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Concordia-Chicago Fall Concert

Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., University Chapel, Concordia: 

Hear the University Band's 70 musicians, including local residents, students, faculty and staff, perform the music of Holst, Saint-Saens, selections from "The Lion King," "Rejouissance" by James Curnow and more. Interesting fact on each piece provided. Families welcome; free. Info: CUChicago.edu/music, 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

"Love/Sick"

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m., Little Theatre, OPRF High School:

See nine hilarious short plays, all set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, which explore the pain and joy that come with being in love. Continues Oct. 6 and 7. $8; $6, students/seniors. Tickets available at the door. 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

Site-Plan Community Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory:

The Park District of Oak Park welcomes residents' ideas and comments at a meeting to review the Oak Park Conservatory master site plan. The original plan was developed in 2008. 615 Garfield St.

Jazzing with Lady T 

Friday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Experience vocalist Lady T and her band as they feature music from the hottest years of American vocal jazz. Food and full-bar available. More: eastgatecafe.net. 102 E. Harrison, Oak Park.

Author talk: "All Kinds of Love"

Sunday, Oct. 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

River Forest poet and writer Mary Diab shares stories from her first novel inspired by her upbringing in Stubenville, Ohio, and her Greek heritage. Info: oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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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