Arts and entertainment calendar for Oct. 18
Updated: October 16, 2012 9:25AM
The Tale of the Tombstones
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will host its 21st annual cemetery tour at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park, with the theme, “Parks, Preserves and a Deadly Excursion.” The walk features costumed interpreters who portray both the notable and obscure people who are buried at the West Side cemetery. Tours leave every 10 minutes, the last one leaves at 2 p.m. This is a two-hour walking tour; dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. Rain date is Oct. 28. Admission: $15; $10 for members. Call (708) 848-6755 or visit www.oprfhstory.org.
The Halloween-themed laser show, suitable for all ages, will be presented at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 28, at the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The music playlist includes “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Addams Family” theme song. $10; $5 for children and seniors. Call (708) 583-3100 or visit www.triton.edu/cernan.
Concert with a Cause and Costume Ball featuring live music by Tributosaurus, 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Standard tickets $75 (includes entry to event, food, beer/wine, Halloween services (fortune teller, tarot card reader, photo booth, face painting) and event swag bag; VIP package $125. Proceeds benefit West Suburban PADS Support Center and the Emergency Shelter Program. Visit www.westsuburbanpads.org.
“Fright at Night”
The haunted house is open Oct. 26 at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. Hours are 6-7 p.m. for ages 12 and under; 7-9 p.m. for ages 13 and up. $5 at the door. Visit www.oakparkconservatory.com or call (708) 386-4700.
Theatre organist David Rhodes will play accompaniment to the classic 1922 silent film “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park. Admission: $20; $10 for those in costume. Call (708) 386-8036 or visit www.graceoakpark.org.
John Carpenter’s original “Halloween,” rated R, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park; North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside; and York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst. The bonus short, “You Can Kill the Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween,” will also be shown. Visit www.classiccinemas.com.
“Spirits in the Night”
The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest presents a two-hour haunted house walking tour on Nov. 1, featuring costumed interpreters who will tell the stories of former inhabitants of the locations. The tour also includes an authentic Edwardian wake at the final stop of the tour, the 1913 Cheney Mansion. $25; $20 for members; $10 for children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Reservations are required; visit www.oprfhistory.org or call (708) 848-6755. After reservations are made you will be assigned a group departure time between 7 and 8:30 p.m.; times will be assigned in the order they are received.
Halloween Fun Night
Halloween-themed games, crafts, stories, and refreshments will be presented in a family-friendly atmosphere at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Oak Park Dole Branch Library, 255 Augusta St., Oak Park. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Best for ages 4-10 with an adult. Register online at www.oppl.org/events/calendar or call (708) 386-9032.
Kids Club Halloween
Featuring a screening of “Shrek,” rated PG, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Kids Club Halloween Fairytale Fest starts at 8:30 a.m., featuring music, stories, Halloween art and crafts, a costume dance contest, meet-and-greet with Shrek, and a free 4x6 photo for all children in costume. Free. Visit www.classiccinemas.com.
Halloween swing dance
With music by The Gina Knight Orchestra, Oct. 27 at the Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Swing lesson at 7:30 p.m.; open dancing at 8:30 p.m. Costume contest and more. $12; $10 students. Visit www.willowbrookballroom.com or call (708) 839-1000.
Presented by Rising Stars Theatre Co. Nov. 3-11 at the Stahl Family Theatre 5900 W. Belmont, Chicago. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $17; $15 seniors and children. Visit www.risingstarschicago.com or call (773) 736-2490.
Nov. 8-Dec. 9 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $45-$65; $35-$45 for previews, Nov. 8-16. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.courttheatre.org.
Through Oct. 28 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. After the patriarch keels over, members of the Turpin family try desperately to pull themselves together to plan the funeral, but family and neighborhood dynamics keep getting in the way. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and senior citizens. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
The Free Readers Ensemble
Presenting “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, adapted by John McCrite, at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Free admission. For more information, visit www.freereaders.com.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, through Oct. 27. Ella and Hank Harding have drowned. Or have they? After a boating accident that left them both clinically dead, the resuscitated couple now find themselves at a strange, remote institute where life isn’t what it used to be. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $18 for general admission; $10 for student rush tickets (limited amount available day of show only). Call (708) 795-6704 or visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”
Presented by First Folio Theatre through Nov. 4 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$37. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
Oct. 26-Nov. 10 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17; $15 seniors. Visit www.jpactheatre.com or call (708) 656-1800.
“Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular”
Nov. 10-Dec. 23 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26-$30; $28 students and seniors; $15 for previews, at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 and 13. Call (708) 660-9540 or visit www.circle-theatre.org.
“Shaw vs. Chesterton:
Through Oct. 28 at Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Based on actual debates and exchanges, George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton — two of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century — square off in a war of words. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28-$32; $15 students. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.
“Singin’ in the Rain”
Nov. 8-Jan. 13 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Nov. 13-Dec. 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets: $28-$103. Call (800) 775-2000 or visit www.broadwayinchicago.com.
Oak Park playwright Paul Amandes’ “play in process” will be performed through Nov. 18 at The Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25; $22 seniors; $18 students. Call (708) 342-0810 or visit www.opendoorrep.org.
“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”
Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ haunting story of survival through Nov. 11 at the Madison Street Studio Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
Through Oct. 28 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$46, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Chicago Chamber Musicians
“Austrian Elegance,” a concert exploring the chamber music of Schubert, Haydn and Albrechtsberger, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Concert Hall, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago. $25-$45; free for college students. Call (312) 225-5226 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.
Chicago Choral Artists
Presenting “Reflections of the Spirit,” a concert of music focusing on spiritual elements of life, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens, Chicago. $20; $15 seniors; $10 students. Call (708) 848-1762 or visit www.chicagochoralartists.org.
Church of Beethoven
Presents “Day of the Dead/Day of Remembrance,” with classical guitarist Steve Vasquez, at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. $10. Visit www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com.
Dorolyn Academy of Music
411 South Blvd., Oak Park. (708) 383-7888. www.dorolynacademyofmusic.org. Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.: 30th Anniversary Celebration, featuring performances by staff and students. $30.
Opus Three Piano Trio
Gasse School of Music in Forest Park presents works from the U.S., Argenina, England, Germany and Turkey at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park. Free-will donations accepted. Call (708) 366-3226.
Performing Arts Center in the Robert M. Collins Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 456-0300. www.triton.edu. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber music concert. Members of the concert band will present a program of works written for small combinations of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Unity Temple Concert Series
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $17-$33; proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure. (708) 445-8955. www.utconcerts.com. Nov. 3: Russian cellist Ian Maksin.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: Ron Lazzaretti CD release show, plus James McCandless (roots). $10. Oct. 18, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). Free. Oct. 19, 9 p.m.: Pat McLaughlin and his Nashville Band, plus special guests Cannonball (rock). $15. Oct. 20, 9 p.m.: Rico, plus The Shams Band (rock). $10. Oct. 21, 6 p.m.: The Brienn Perry Orchestra (jazz). $15; $5 for ages 17 and under. Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn, a tribute to Charlie Louvin with music from The Louvin Brothers and Morning Shower Scotch, plus film screening of “Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin’ the Devil’s Cage.” $5. Oct. 26, 9 p.m.: Anna Fermin (roots). Oct. 26, 9 p.m.: Cannonball in the SideBar (rock). Free. Oct. 27: FitzGerald’s annual Halloween Bash. Oct. 28, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 age 17 and under. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Anne Hills CD release show for “The Songs of Tom Paxton,” with Gary Cleland and James Robinson Parran (rock). $15. Nov. 2, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Nov. 3, 9 p.m.: The Del Moroccos plus Bellfuries (rockabilly). $12. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Community Big Band, an 18-piece big band, based in Norridge, plays in a fundraising event for the Bill May Jazz Education Fund. $10; $5 for 17 and under. Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m.: David Olney with guitarist Sergio Webb in the SideBar (roots rock). $15. Nov. 9, 9 p.m.: Derek Nelson & the Musicians, plus the Howling Brothers (folk/rock). $10. Nov. 10, 9 p.m.: The Red Elvises (rock). $15. Nov. 14, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. Nov. 15, 8:30 p.m.: Kevin Gordon (rock). $12. Nov. 17, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks with special guest Big Head Todd (blues). $20. Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m.: Tributosaurus becomes The Who (Vol. 2). $20. Nov. 23, 9 p.m.: The Bad Examples (rock). $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Nov. 30, 9 p.m.: Terry White CD release show, with Cannonball & Friends, plus Elisa Grace (rock). $10. Dec. 1, 9 p.m.: The Congregation, Go Long Mule, The Crane Wives (rock). $10.
The Sushi House
1107 Lake St., Oak Park. (708) 660-8899. Oct. 20, 8 p.m.: Singer/songwriter Kevin Durr performs adult contemporary folk-pop. No cover.
Third Saturday Coffeehouse
Held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. (708) 660-9376. Open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m.; open mic at 8 p.m.; featured performance at 9 p.m. Donation: $3-$5. Open mic is limited to five minutes. Oct. 20: Catfish Stevenson and Rick Cookin’ Sherry play “bluesy roots.”
Ferguson Art Gallery
At Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. www.cuchicago.edu. Through Oct. 28: “A Contemporary Re-Envisionment of Dutch Portraits,” works by photographer Tom van Eynde.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Through Nov. 18: Works by Oak Park Art League member Bobbie Raymond.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 16: Second annual Carriage House Gallery National Juried Exhibition.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. Hours are 2-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through October: Paintings by Chicago resident Marilyn Fitzmaurice.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through Oct. 31: “Iterations: 20 Years of Self Referential Work,” by Janice Elkins.
Triton College Art Gallery
Located in the Fine Arts Building (J-Building), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Oct. 22-Nov. 16: Works by members of the Berwyn Art League, including paintings, photography, drawings and other media. Closing reception at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3589, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.
Bourbon and Beer Tasting 2012
The benefit for the Pro Musica Youth Chorus will be held from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, featuring whiskey, beer, wine and non-alcoholic offerings, food, live music by Mar Caribe, dance lessons, trivia contest, lawn games and more. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door; $475 for groups of 10, advance only. Visit www.promusicayouthchorus.org.
BOOKS & POETRY
2012 Barbara Ballinger Lecture
Author Louise Erdrich discusses her newest novel, The Round House, at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. The free lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.
Book Worms Book Club for Seniors
Discussing The Warmth of the Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson from 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. Copies of the book are reserved at the Oak Park Public Library Main Branch. Fee is $2 for nonmembers.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Leslie Goddard discusses and signs Chicago’s Sweet Candy History. Oct. 28, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss Munich 1938: Appeasement and World War II by David Favor. Nov. 3, 2 p.m.: Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses and signs The Other Woman and Drive Time. Nov. 4, 1 p.m.: Helen Macie Osterman discusses and signs The Evil Eye (an Emma Winberry mystery). Nov. 16, 7 p.m.: Andrew Vachss discusses and signs A Bomb Built in Hell: Wesley’s Story, The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine and Blackjack: A Cross Novel. Nov. 17, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss The Sinners: A Criminal Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips. Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: Robert Goldsborough discusses and signs Archie Meets Nero Wolfe. Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: Michael A. Black discusses and signs Sacrificial Offerings. Dec. 2, 1 p.m.: M.E. May discusses and signs Perfidy. Dec. 9, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) discusses In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses The Fat Man by Sean Philips. Dec. 16, 1 p.m.: Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter) Christmas celebration with guest Max Allan Collins, author of Target Lancer.
200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 524-5383. Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Ruth Hawkins signs Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage. Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Mark Cirino discusses and signs Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Books will be sold in the Hemingway Museum bookstore before and after the event.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Jeff Coen and John Chase will discuss and sign Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison. Nov. 4, 3 p.m.: Author Cynthia Gillard discusses and signs When Vaudeville Came to Joplin.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Oct. 19, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group discusses Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
Illinois Storytelling Festival
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science will host the 2012 Illinois Storytelling Festival on Oct. 19 in the Fine Arts Building on Dominican’s main campus, 7900 Division St., River Forest. Three performers will take the stage at 7 p.m., presenting stories for children in grades K-6 and their families. The evening begins with face painting at 6 p.m., followed by a costume parade at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per family or individual. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Joffrey Ballet
Presenting a mixed repertory program, “Human Landscapes,” through Oct. 28 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets, $31-$152, available at (800) 982-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.joffrey.com.
Chicago Dance Chapter of USA Dance
Hosting “Masquerade Ball” Oct. 20 at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park. Viennese waltz lesson by Ela Kasperowicz, Kasper Dance Studio, at 7:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:15-11 p.m. Admission: $8 members; $10 nonmembers; $6 for students with ID. Call (847) 577-9014 or visit www.usadancechicago.org.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Oct. 21, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Oct. 24 and 31 and Nov. 7 and 14, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. Oct. 26 and Nov. 16, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. Admission $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $10. No jeans or gym shoes. Nov. 4: Waltz lessons, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by The Weiss Brothers Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Nov. 11, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes. Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. “Journey Through History … Hollywood Style” film series, hosted by radio announcer Dan Kane. All films are shown at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and are followed by a discussion. Admission is free. Nov. 9: “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne. Dec. 14: “Love Actually,” starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival features “Inlaws and Outlaws.” Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “The Palm Beach Story” (1942). Oct. 28, 2 p.m.: GLBT Documentary Film Festival presents “Love Free or Die.” Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series features “So Proudly We Hail” (1943). Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “Since You Went Away” (1944). Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m.: Claudette Colbert in Hollywood film series presents “The Egg and I” (1947).
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “The Caine Mutiny” (1954).
McCusker Memorial Lecture
Featuring author Sara Paretsky, 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Dominican University’s Martin Recital Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, followed by a reception and book signing from 7-8 p.m. Reservations required; visit www.dom.edu/gslis/events.
Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. (708) 386-2729. www.19thcenturycharity.org. Oct. 22, 1:15 p.m.: “Mexican Chicago — A Story in Pictures,” presented by Rita Arias Jirasek, co-author of the photographic history, Mexican Chicago. Tea follows the program. $10 suggested donation.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Nov. 4, 2 p.m.: Margaret Fournier of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will present the history and music of “Werther.”
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
break :: the :: box lecture series explores creative nonconformity across architecture, art and culture, in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. For tickets, call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: “Robert McCarter :: Understanding Architecture.” McCarter, professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, explores key themes that relate to successful building design through the ages. Book signing and reception to follow. $15; $12 UTRF members. Nov. 27, 7 p.m.: Writers at Wright: Chrisopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen : Cook’s Illustrated: The Science of Good Cooking. Admission: $10. Tickets can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of The Science of Good Cooking on the night of the event.
Oak Park Photography Club
Meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, to view and critique photographs taken by members. All skill levels are welcome.
The Oak Park Writers’ Group
Meetings from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. Writers share their work and discuss it with the group. The Writers’ Group also sponsors a Second Sunday Open Mic, a free performing venue, from 5-7 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison St., Oak Park. Poets, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, playwrights, singers and dancers are all welcome to perform. E-mail email@example.com.
TOURS & OUTINGS
City Ventures Inc.
The Oak Park-based company offers the following tours. Pre-registration is required; call (708) 386-5668 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: “India’s Finest Treasures,” including the special exhibit “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” at the Field Museum, a traditional Indian buffet luncheon at the Gaylord Restaurant in downtown Chicago, and a tour of Chicago’s Indian-focused neighborhood on Devon Avenue. Motorcoach departs from an Oak Park area location. $85; group discount for four or more $72.
Cernan Earth and Space Center
At Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Through Oct. 28: Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m., and laser shows, 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; Children’s shows, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. Note — The 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 show will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $8-$10; $4-$5 for children and senior citizens.
“The War of the Worlds”
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, a radio reenactment group, will present “The War of the Worlds” at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Free. Call (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.com.