Big Week: November 20-27

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Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Oak Park River Forest Museum:

See the new exhibit that puts the spotlight on the community organization that came together 30 years ago to support an open, active community of gay and lesbian residents and end discrimination based on sexual orientation in our villages. Through Feb. 29, 2020. $7; $5, Oak Park/River Forest residents; $3, students; free, members and children under 7. More:, 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

Author Talks

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Join Oak Parkers Isaiah Makar and Melanie Weiss as they discuss Weiss' award-winning young adult novel Spoken. The book, about spoken word, features poetry by Makar, who will also discuss using Spoken Word in the corporate setting. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Meet Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of This Is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me About Faith, Business, Love, and Hair, and learn how she advocates for women experiencing financial difficulties, who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, to highlight health disparities due to race and socio-economic factors, and more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Join authors Neal Samors and Bob Dauber to hear stories from Entertaining Chicago: Remembering the Places, Performers, and Stories Throughout the 20th Century. Chicago offered its residents a wide variety of entertainment venues. The book includes more than 80 interviews. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Lucile Evans Music Festival

Friday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church:    

At the Artists in Residence Recital, Project 88 presents baritone Aaron Agulay and returning guest artist Donald Lee, piano, as they perform works by Schumann, Ravel, Barber and Hoiby. Also hear a new work composed by Artistic Director Élider DiPaula. Free. 6720 31st Street, Berwyn.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church:    

At the Chamber Music Recital, Project 88 presents various ensembles for flute, clarinet, strings and harp. Composers highlighted will be Florence Price, Muczynski, Ravel and Caplet. Free. 6720 31st Street, Berwyn.


Reception Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University:

At The Photogram—It's Not an X-Ray!, see Dan Zamudio's art, created by placing an object onto light-sensitive paper and then exposing both to a light source. Artist talk at 3 p.m. Exhibit through Dec. 13. 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 Nov. 30, Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

See VersAnnette Blackman's Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness. The exhibit features art created during Blackman's personal grief, depression and anxiety experienced after losing her brother to suicide. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Through December, Studio 8:

View mid-century geometric art of Oak Park architect and artist Irving Newman, the first showing of his work in 50 years. Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. More: 7316 Madison St., Forest Park.

WBEZ's Podcast Passport Presents: On Being with Krista Tippett

Purchase tickets now. Live Taping Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unity Temple:

Krista Tippett's public radio show and podcast is Peabody Award-winning. This live taping includes an interview with Ai-Jen Poo, co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Held in partnership with Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation. $35; $75, VIP, includes meet and greet after the show. Tickets/more: 875 Lake St, Oak Park.


Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 24, 3 p.m., Bergmann Theatre, Concordia University Chicago:

The Collective at Concordia presents a re-imagining of the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. With contemporary characters, plot twists and visual effects, this play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. $15; $10, students/seniors/CUC alumni. Tickets: or at door. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

The Climate Crisis and What You Can Do To Help Combat It

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Pamela Tate, a Climate Action Leader, trained and certified by Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project, will talk about the climate crisis and what individuals can do while there's still a chance to rescue the planet. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 21st, 2019 2:31 PM

Found a little gem of events taking place in and around Oak Park when you scroll down and look on the left side of the web page for the title, Big Week. It gives lots events that people can attend. This is a terrific for people who want to find events to attend

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