Big Week: Nov. 6 - 13

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., Ballroom, Oak Park Arms:

Join in helping to honor veterans. Remarks will have a WWI theme. All welcome. 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Local Art 

Reception Friday, Nov. 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

Attend an opening of the Artist Members exhibition. Through Dec. 6. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Through Nov. 29, Art Gallery, Main Library:

See Mostly Trump and other Disasters, an exhibit of political drawings by Oak Parker Keith J. Taylor. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Breaking Barriers on Broadway 

Friday, Nov. 8, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Attend a fundraiser gala for Echo Theater Collective to celebrate creative and inclusive community theater. Includes performance by Reverb, Echo's in-house ensemble, dining and dancing. $65; $85, couple. Tickets/more: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.


Parent University

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 to 9:35 p.m., Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Attend up to three sessions offered to support the teens in your life. Sessions include Finding Balance, The Teen Brain, Vaping Epidemic, Mastering Executive Function, Helping Your Child Manage Stress and Screens, Phones & Technology. Free. Questions:  More: 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.


Artemisia Vocal Trio: Sounds Like Us

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Chapel, First United Church: 

This innovative trio of female singers' new program tells a timely tale of female strength. $15; $10, students/seniors. Tickets/more: 848 Lake St., Oak Park. 


Dual Diagnosis: Mental illness, Addiction and the Path to Recovery

Sun, Nov. 10, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Clinician Joyce Marter and an individual living in recovery share perspectives on treatment and the journey to recovery. Up next, Nov. 17, Understanding Eating Disorders in Adolescence. Register/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Super Steam 

Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to Noon, Longfellow Elementary:

Drive a robot, design a skyscraper, conduct experiments or make art at this family-friendly, interactive morning geared toward ages 5 to 12. Learn more about Oak Park Education Foundation programs in D97 schools and get info on this summer's BASE Camp. Free. 715 Highland, Oak Park.


"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

See BRAVO students performing the comedy/musical where "an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime." $12; $8, students/seniors. Tickets/more: 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., 

Oak Park.


CAST Performances

Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:   

Not Fit to Print tells of an all-American journalism student offered a prestigious internship at her school, but needs to pay her own way through college. The only part-time job she can find is working for one of the most scandalous newspaper in history. 

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:   

The screwball comedy Soup du Jour focuses on a mystery at a New York City's restaurant. An ace reporter is sent undercover to work as a waitress to solve the mystery set in the 1930s. 

Sunday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:   

Haymarket Eight, set in the 1880s, shows the unfair and dangerous work conditions that sparked labor struggles and riots in Chicago. The infamous bombing at a labor rally propels a reporter to investigate. All shows: $10; $5, students/seniors. Tickets: or at door. 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.


Kristallnacht Concert and Commemoration

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion:

Kristallnacht observes the November 9-10 pogroms launched throughout Nazi Germany in 1938. The New Budapest Orpheum Society will perform in remembrance. Temple Har Zion's Cantor Stewart Figa is a member of the group. RSVP by Nov. 6: Free. 1040 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest.


Just Got Back from Paris

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:      

Hear music of Parisian cabarets from members of the Chicago Cabaret ConneXion.  

$35, reserved seating; $25, general seating, $15, full-time students. Tickets/more:, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.



Author Event

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Connect with six local middle-grade and young-adult women authors (for readers ages 8-18+) and learn about their writing journeys. Books available for purchase and signing. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 


Mind Boggle: Is Ranked Voting a Better Choice?

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Nineteen Century Club:

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) a system that allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference. It will be used for the first time in some areas in 2020. Come learn more and discuss the possibilities. Free; cash bar. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

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