Big Week: Jan. 29- Feb. 4

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Chamber Music Series:
Rising Stars

Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Unity Temple:

Hear solo and chamber works of Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Liszt, Paganini and more all performed by advanced students from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. Brought by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. $10, suggested donation. Tickets/more: utrf.org/event/rising-stars-concert/. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Japan Fest 

Saturday, Feb. 1, Noon to 4 p.m.,
South Cafeteria, OPRF High School:

Attend a fest where the Tokyo Olympics are being highlighted. There will be sports/games language lessons, Olympic trivia, origami, calligraphy, face painting and other activities. Performances include drums, traditional dances, koto harps and martial arts. Free; bring cash for food. Questions: yschmadeke@oprfhs.org. 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

"The Big One-Oh!"

Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School: 

What happens when Charley Maplewood throws himself a 10th birthday party with a house-of-horrors theme and things don't quite work as expected? Find out in this BRAVO musical. $12; $8, students/seniors. Tickets/more: bravoperformingarts.org. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

"Route 66:
A Musical Revue"

Friday, Jan. 31 (preview), and Saturday, Feb. 1 (opening), 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m.,
Open Door Theater: 

Take a trip down Route 66 with four singing truckers as they travel from Chicago to Santa Monica. Through March 8. Tickets: opendoortheater.net, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

IGOV Assembly: The Future of Taxation

Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 to 11:15 a.m.,
Percy Julian Middle School:

Join the Intergovernmental Board of the Village of Oak Park (IGOV) and hear from featured speakers, Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Jazz Night with the Stardust Serenaders 

Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Enjoy an informal night of fun and jazz from the 1910s and 1920s. $25; $20, members. Drink tickets available at the door. Tickets/more: pleasanthome.org. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

"Claimed" 

Friday, Jan. 31, 1 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library: 

See a premiere screening of a short horror film about The Colony of Roanoke that went terribly wrong. Filmmaker is raising awareness related to the heroin/opiate epidemic. Also March 7, 1 p.m. More: facebook.com/pg/areyouclaimed/, ellemmercurio@gmail.com.
845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Report on a Trip to the Border

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

First in a series, Immigration: Responding in Faith, Rev. Ben Lynch will share his observations and reflections from his trip to Texas and Mexico in 2019. Thousands of asylum seekers who fled violence and persecution are stranded and living in squalid conditions on the Mexican side of the US southern border. Brought in partnership with Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. Free; all welcome. More: graceriverforest.org/resources/church-news/immigration-responding-in-faith/. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

The Unknown Lincoln:
Honest Abe's Early Life
and Times
 

Monday, Feb. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author Jonathan F. Putnam and hear about his mystery series featuring young Abraham Lincoln and his real-life best friend named Joshua Speed. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park

Local Art

Reception Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., O'Connor Art Gallery, Lewis Hall, Dominican University:

In Slowly, With Care, artists Joanne Aono, Sherri Denault, Holly Holmes, Kate Ingold, Jeffly Gabriela Molina and Gwendolyn Zabicki present art centered on notions of slowness, labor, caregiving and meditation. Through March 6. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University:

See Eternity, A Moment – Geer Tu's Travel Record, an exhibit of digital paintings, photographs and ink drawings, which express contemporary city scenes and the societies that lie within. Gallery hours - Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Through Feb. 22.

OPAAC Gallery at Forest Park National Bank:

View the charcoal drawings of Carol Freer Rao who creates art from everyday life, taking a moment in time and breaking it down into its simplest form, looking at things from different perspectives. Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7348 W. Madison St., Forest Park. Through the first week in March.

 

"Twelfth Night"

Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Madison Street Theatre:

Hinsdale's BAM Conservatory Ensemble %u200Bpresent a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. The cast and  production team feature several students and staff from Fenwick High School. $18-$22. Tickets/more: bamtheatre.com. 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

 

"Northern Light"

Sunday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park:

Hear choral music by Baltic composers performed by The Oriana Singers and City Voices. The music ranges from Latvia's Eriks Esenvald's (Only in Sleep; Long Road) to the majestic O Crux of Norway's Knut Nystedt to music by Arvo Pärt (Magnificat) and his fellow Estonian, Urmas Sisask. $20; $15, seniors; free; students 18 and under. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

 

 

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