Big Week March 27-April 3

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Local Art

Friday, March 29, 6 to 10 p.m., Black Moon:

The Poster Artist Show includes works by 12 artists and photographers, along with chocolates by 1740 Confection Lab. $8, donation includes bottomless beer. More: facebook.com/
blackmoonoakpark. 17 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Reception Saturday, March 30, 3 to 6 p.m., Compound Yellow:

At 12 Openings/Part 8, see Li-Ming Hu's Pool Party and Adrienne Elyse Meyers' Immediate
Possession. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Through April 7, Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago:

The Student Invitational Art Show features ceramics, photography, paintings, jewelry, drawings, prints, sculpture and graphic arts. Many works are for sale. Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions: 708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Through April, Dancing Krow Studio: 

The Art of Water explores many aspects of water through painting, fiber art, photography, soaps, jewelry & more. Info: 708-601-7497. 43 Harrison St., Oak Park.

The No Shush Salon Open Mic with Tina L. Jens

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Maze Library:

Hear a reading from the author of The Blues Ain't Nothin': Tales of the Lonesome Blues Pub, who kicks off this monthly open mic for all creative types. More: oppl.org/calendar. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Chicago Latino Film Festival: Decade of Fire

Saturday, March 30, 5:30 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

This documentary explores the aftermath of fires that, during the 1970s, consumed New York's South Bronx, one of the most integrated neighborhoods in the country. Free. Inquire: ymarquezetxabe@dom.edu. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

True Life Close Encounters 

Monday, April 1, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Hear from Debbie Ziegelmeyer, who has investigated over 1000 unidentified craft and entity sightings and will share eight of her most memorable through witness descriptions, sketches, pictures and videos. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Are Corporations People?

Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Attend a Happy Hour Mind Boggle and hear David Melton and Terry Grace debate this issue in an informal atmosphere. $15, requested donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Gender Identity

Tuesday, April 2, 7 to 8 p.m., Storytime Room, Main Library: 

Caregivers - learn, discuss, and discover new resources to better support trans and questioning youth at this interactive workshop that explores the spectrum of gender identity. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Dutch Love"

Thursday, March 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Buzz Café:

Meet local author and photographer Charles Osgood and hear excerpts from the journals of three American visitors to Europe – two traveled separately in 1914 before the start of WWI; Osgood traveled in 2014. Books available for purchase and signing. 905 S Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

Brooks Jazz Night

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School: 

Hear students from the middle school jazz and vocal programs along with New York composer/saxophonist Caroline Davis and her group. $10; $5, students 16 and under. Tickets: oakpark.revtrak.net/Middle-Schools/BMS/BMS-Jazz-Night/#/list. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

Oak Park and River Forest Great Neighbors Partnership

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Create an inter-generational friendship through a new partnership made up of residents, Arbor West Neighbors, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter, and Oak Park and River Forest Township's Senior Services who are working together to help older adults stay socially connected and part of the daily activities of community life. Register: great-neighbors.org, 312-604-7234.

Cultural Gatherings: Community Hothouse Experience

Saturday, March 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Fellowship Christian Church:

New: a venue for community members, especially youth, to share art, culture, politics, ideas and more through open mics. The first meeting features guest Lee Pulliam who published the poetry collection All Things in Time. Others sign up to present their own poetry, short films, storytelling, dance, singing/instrumental performance, short lecture, etc. More: www.fellowshipchristianop.org. 1106-1110 Madison St., Oak Park.

The Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality Gala Concert

Sunday March 31, 3 to 5 p.m., McDonough Hall, St. Giles Catholic Parish:

To celebrate the children of the world, come to the Won't You Be My Neighbor concert featuring the music of Fred Rogers, Faure, Chopin and more. All ages welcome. Reception follows. Goodwill donation; UNICEF receives half. RSVP: shemcenter1993@gmail.com. 1001 Columbian Ave., Oak Park.

Money Smart Week

Visit the Main Library all week to learn how to better manage finances and grow wealth.

  • Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m., Book Discussion Room: Building a Financial Foundation
  • Tuesday, April 2, 11 a.m., Community Engagement Space: Building Wealth & Asset Accumulation
  • Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m., Small Meeting Room: Investing in Stocks & Bonds. Register: oppl.org/calendar.
  • Saturday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., Community Engagement Space: Plan for Retirement

More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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