Big Week | Nov. 11-18

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Artist Member Exhibition

Opening Friday, Nov. 13, 1 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League (OPAL) 

During the 100 days leading up to OPAL's Centennial Year, artist members works will be on display that best exemplify their current body of work. Social distancing will be observed; masks must be worn. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.


Concordia-Chicago Fall Concerts  

The music department present four virtual concerts.

Friday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. – The Wind Symphony has traveled the world bringing its music to schools, churches and concert halls. 

Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. – The Chamber Orchestra plays a range of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m. - Kapelle's choral concert present a program that spans five centuries.

Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. - Jazz Bandperforms music by composers and arrangers from the Big Band age to 21st century artists.  

Free. View the livestream or on Facebook live:


Holiday Hors d' Oeuvres 

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Virtually with the River Forest Public Library

In this culinary program, Chef Michael Maddox will demonstrate canapés to wake up your guests taste buds and get them anticipating an enjoyable dinner. This program will cover a range of flavors, textures, and tastes. Held in partnership with River Forest Township. Free. Register:


"Hemingway in Comics" Author Event

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Join Oak Park author Robert K. Elder for a socially-distanced book launch party. Elder's research into Hemingway's comic presence demonstrates the truly international reach of Hemingway as a pop culture icon. Wear your mask. 7419 Madison St., Forest Park.


"The Warmth of Color"

Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 1 to 5 p.m., Dancing Krow Studio & Social Club

The arts collective's fall exhibition celebrates peace, love, mindfulness and well-being. View art, shop creations by local artists and more. Also, see the art shelf window display and the smile peace flag garden. Wear a mask and social distance in the gallery. 43 Harrison St., Oak Park.


Too Soon to Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library 

This documentary, by capturing the stories of nine families, examines living with Alzheimer's disease in mid-life: the isolation, the adjustments, and the healing power of community. Register:


Women on Opposite Sides of the Law

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Library 

Hear authors D.M. Testa (Defending the Dillinger Gang: Jessie Levy and Bess Robbins in the Courtroom) and Shayne Davidson (Queen of the Burglars: The Scandalous Life of Sophie Lyons)

discuss how women on opposing sides of the law confronted many of the same challenges and discrimination, where men made up the rules.Register:


Oppression Within the Prison System 

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm., Zoom with the Oak Park Library 

Join in a presentation by the Living History Project on the impact of mass incarceration. The prison system has a history in this country that informs what exists today. Register:


"Stamped" Community Book Discussions

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Share thoughts on Stamped:Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds. The book offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Join in for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms.Dominican University students will lead these peace circle breakouts, which draw on the Stamped educator's guide.  Held in conjunction with Brooks and Julian Middle Schools' fall curriculum read. Prior to attending, please watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah segment featuring authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi who explain how their book focuses on the culture of racism in America. Next Session: Tuesday, Dec. 1.%u200B Register:


Friendship Bracelet Design

Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park library

Students in grades 4 to 8 can discover their creative abilities while calming their minds and bodies in this Try-It Thursday event. Engage with friends while sharing creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another. Have scissors, a ruler, a piece of cardboard and four strands of embroidery floss (72 inches long for each strand) ready. If supplies are needed, request a Try-It Thursday kit, and pick it up from the Main Library when it is ready. Register:


Supported Storytime

Friday, Nov. 13, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Enjoy books, songs, dancing and more in this storytime designed for children with disabilities ages 3 and up, with caregiver support. Siblings welcome. Register:

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