Great week | October 20-27

Muntu dance theater

Saturday October 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Temple of Unity

This Chicago-based company presents authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and American dance, music and folklore. First act: Vernon Gooden. $ 20 – $ 39; $ 10, some student seats; reduction for UTRF members. Tickets / more: 875 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Family and Community Discussion Circles: “Mars”

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Join your neighbors to read and discuss the John Lewis Graphic Novel Trilogy. The circle format will be used to discuss the work of the late civil rights icon and US Congressman (D-Ga.), And the group will jointly reflect on the impact of civil rights movements today. Those aged 12 and over and adults are invited to this series of honest, anti-racist and family discussions. Register:

October 26: Book 1

November 16: Book 2

December 7: Book 3

Chris Bohjalian

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m., virtually with the River Forest Public Library

Join the author as he sets the mood for Halloween and discusses his most recent book, Witch Hour. Bohjalian is the New York Times best-selling author for 22 pounds. Register:

Justice and mercy, music for our time

Kimberly jones

Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., Sunday October 24, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church

Watch the Chicago Choral Artists perform contemporary works for choir, soloists and orchestra, including “The Gonzales Cantata”; “Glory” from the film Selma; Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work for male choir, strings and piano that uses the last words of African-American men killed by police or other authorities; and more. Masks required. $ 45; $ 40, seniors; $ 25, students. Tickets / more:,
773-658-9799. 7300 W. Division, River Forest.

Multiple Good Fair

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Yellow Pulley

Shop for original artwork from creators and artists at this annual event. 244 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Celebrate Beethoven


Sunday, October 24, 4 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago and Virtually

The Symphony of Oak Park & ​​River Forest opens its 90se season in person with Jay Friedman conducting the symphony of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Mio Nakamura, and of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (pastoral). Conversation before the concert at 3 p.m. Proof of vaccination and wearing a mask are required. $ 30, at the door; $ 27, advance; $ 15, virtually. Season pass (four concerts) $ 90, in person; $ 50 virtually. In-person attendees have access to virtual concerts, which air one week after the performances. Tickets / more: Free parking in the garage at 1124 N. Bonnie Brae Place.

The Beauty Days of the C21 Feminine Ensemble

Sunday October 24 at 4 p.m., Columbus Park dining hall

As Sikh poet Nikita Gill writes, “They should have checked the ashes… for it takes only one wild ember to start a wild fire. The C21 Women’s Ensemble, led by Martha Swisher, will challenge and inspire, singing “Wild Embers” and more at their 4pm concert on October 24 “Days of Beauty.” Listen to this provocative choral experience at Chicago’s Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Details can be found at

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece: The Temple of Unity”

Wednesday, October 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lake Theater

Watch an exclusive screening of the 55-minute documentary, narrated by Brad Pitt, illuminating Wright’s vision and the restoration efforts that have returned Unity Temple to its original beauty. A roundtable follows with the filmmaker, restoration architect and other experts, with time for questions and answers. Socially distanced seats; mandatory masks. This fundraising event supports Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF). $ 25; $ 20, UTRF members. Presale tickets only: 1022 Lake St. Oak Park.

Prescription take-over day

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Park Township Office

The proper disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs saves lives and the environment. JUUL, vape pens / cartridges will also be collected. A limited number of free prescription kits and drug deactivation kits will be available. Confidentiality procedures will be followed. Questions: [email protected] 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Author Michelle Kuo

Michelle kuo

Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Kuo’s memoir, Reading with Patrick, deals with education, inequality and incarceration, and asks, “What social transformation is needed to change a life? »Register / find out more:

Made to disrupt: a morning performance by the Momenta Dance Company

Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., Oak Park Art League (OPAL)

Each 20-minute matinee performance will feature three choreographed pieces inspired by the exhibit, Art for Social Change: Made to Disrupt, and include: America Loves Its Guns, Reconciliation, and Just Politics (Note: This program includes trigger noises such as only fire and explicit language.) Intended for an adult audience. Participants are invited to view the exhibition after the performance. $ 30; $ 25; OPAL members. Tickets / more: 720 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park.

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