Big Week: November 27 - December 4

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Local Art and Gift Markets

Grand Opening Friday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.:

At the Out of the Box Art Market, shop for local arts and crafts. Through Dec. 22, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 133 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., McDonough Hall, St. Giles:

Shop from 15 local artists and vendors at the Holiday Gift and Art Fair. 1101 Columbian, Oak Park.


Ladama: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert 

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Wire: 

Hear four women from across the Americas who produce and perform original Latin Alternative music while engaging youth in music-making. $15, advance; $20, at the door. Tickets/more:, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.


Blood Donors Needed

Wednesday, Dec. 4, Noon to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Versiti Blood Center of Illinois serves 63 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Bring a photo ID and drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. Schedule an appointment:, 800-786-4483. Walk-ins welcome. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Holiday Card Green-screen Creations 

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library:

Bring your family and take a holiday photo with props in front of a green screen. Then, choose from a variety of backgrounds to replace the green backdrop. Completed photo will be emailed. All ages. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Sculpture Inside and Out 

Monday, Dec. 2, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Oak Park artist Margot McMahon will share the sculpting process from the earliy thoughts on the subject matter, through planning, sculpting and the final reveal. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  


Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest: Romantic Vision Concert 

Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago:

Hear Bruckner's Symphony No. 3, concerto-competition winner Sameer Agrawal play the first movement of Vieuxtemp's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor and Melody Turner perform Rheinberger's Organ Concerto No. 2. Preconcert conversation at 3:00 p.m. In support of PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation), bring instruments or monetary donations. $28, advance; $30, at door; free, students. Tickets/more: 7400 Augusta, River Forest.


Tony Abboreno's American Culture Art Show

Through December, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., OPAAC Gallery, Oak Park Village Hall:

See the Oak Park artist's acrylics on canvas and watercolors where he paints "images of iconic figures of a contemporary world to bring the viewer a different, beautiful view of the ordinary." During Abboreno's career as an educator, he worked with Keith Haring on a Chicago Public Schools mural project. "Haring's hip-hop, hardedge and graffiti art melded into my interpretation of art," he said. 123 Madison St., Oak Park.


Sing Along Messiah

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 to 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church:

Benefit Housing Forward while singing along to the Handel Oratorio. Bring your own score or purchase one at the door. Singers and listeners welcome. Reception follows. Questions:, 708-383-4983. Free will offering. 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Telescope Night

Friday, Nov. 29, 7 to 8 p.m., Scoville Park:

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson for a night of telescope viewing and a discussion of current and upcoming NASA missions and discoveries. Bring a telescope if you can. Weather permitting. Up next, Dec. 26 at Fox Park. More: Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park.


Music at FitzGerald's

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9 p.m., Sidebar Music Room:

See Expo '76, performing pop/rock-style music at a free concert. 

Friday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Sidebar:

At Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday, Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter celebrates the holidays with rock 'n' roll, Western swing and California honky-tonk. $20, advance; $25, at door.

Friday, Nov. 29 8:30 p.m., 

See performances by Off Broadway and The Imperial Sounds. $20. Tickets/more: 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn.


Holiday Gift Project

Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through Dec. 6, Sarah's Inn:

Help support families affected by domestic violence by donating a gift, especially for middle to upper grade school children and teens. Ideas: $20 to $30 gift cards for Old Navy, Target, Walmart or Ulta; new board games, toys/gifts for older kids and families; new games and toys for children of all ages, (approx. $15 to $25). Items presenting positive self-image encouraged. No violent toys or those that objectify men/women (Bratz, Barbies, etc.). Shop locally or Amazon Wish list: Sarah's Inn 2019 Holiday Gift Project. Questions: 309 Harrison Ave., Oak Park.


"A Dickens Carol"

Purchase tickets now. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m., Dec. 5 through 29, Madison Street Theatre:

See the story of A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens' point of view, based on real-life events. Set in London in 1842, this ghost story could melt the heart of any Scrooge. In collaboration with Ovation Academy. Previews: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., $20. Opening Night: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Regular run $35; $28, seniors; $15, students/children. Tickets:, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

Michelle Dybal

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