Arts and entertainment calendar for Oct. 25
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:36AM
Halloween-themed laser show, suitable for all ages, 9 p.m. Oct. 26-27 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.
“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.
At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Reservations required; call (708) 848-0770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Held at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave., featuring an intergenerational choral performance, a community sing-along and a costume parade. Free, but reservations requested. Call (708) 386-4040 or visit www.oakparkarms.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. $45-$65; $35-$45 for previews, Nov. 8-16. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.courttheatre.org.
At 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 3 p.m. 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. $24-$28; $26 for students and seniors. Visit www.circle-theatre.org or call (708) 660-9540.
“The Long Walk for Water”
Presented by Passion Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. $20. Call (773) 426-1168.
“Love and Drowning”
16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn, presents the world premiere of Will Dunne’s exploration of near-death experience, through Nov. 3. 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. $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:
At 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 3 p.m. 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. $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 seniors. 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. $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. $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. and 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. $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.
“Día de los Muertos,” 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The program includes works of Mexican and other Latin American composers as well as Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. $40-$50. Visit www.chicagosinfonietta.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.
Heritage Chorale of Oak Park
Fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park. The program includes familiar folk songs arranged by Aaron Copeland, songs by Steven Foster, Scottish folksongs, and “Spherical Madrigals,” by 20th century composer Ross Lee Finney. $18; $15 seniors; $10 college students. Visit www.heritagechorale.com.
The Orion Ensemble
“A Night at the Opera,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the PianoForte Salon in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The program includes Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Liszt and Giuseppe Verdi. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
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. 26, 9 p.m.: Anna Fermin plus Neville, Blamires & Paul from Tributosaurus (roots). Oct. 26, 9 p.m.: Cannonball in the SideBar (rock). Free. Oct. 27: FitzGerald’s annual Halloween Bash with Ghosts of Rockstars Past and Zombie Walk. $8. 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, plays in a fundraising event for the Bill May Jazz Education Fund. $10; $5 for 17 and under. Nov. 8, 8 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 Band (rock). $15. Nov. 15, 9 p.m.: Expo ’76 in the SideBar (rock). No cover. Nov. 16, 9 p.m.: Bono Brothers (rock). 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. 24, 9 p.m.: Mr. Blotto. Dec. 1, 9 p.m.: The Congregation, Go Long Mule, The Crane Wives (rock). $10.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. Nov. 23, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute band). $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Nov. 24, 8 p.m.: Trans-Infinity Orchestra plays the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. $20-$59.
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. Through 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.
BOOKS & POETRY
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. 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. 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. Nov. 4, 3 p.m.: Author Cynthia Gillard discusses and signs When Vaudeville Came to Joplin. Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: Members of the Oak Park Writers Group will read a variety of original works, including poetry, short stories and essays. Nov. 14, 7 p.m.: Riverside author Craig Cleve shares stories and photos from his book, The Green Hornet Streetcar Disaster. Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: Author Maggie Anderson discusses and signs Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy. Nov. 21, 1 p.m.: Discussion of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Oak Park Public Library
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. Nov. 16, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group discusses Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. Nov. 20, noon: Brown Bag Book Group discusses Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Nov. 6, noon: Mystery’s Greatest Hits group discusses The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: Literary Politics group discusses Advise and Consent by Allen Drury.
Magic Tree Bookstore
141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848-0770. www.magictreebooks.com. Nov. 16, 3-4 p.m.: Appearance by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This is a ticketed event. For tickets, you must pre-order and pay for Kinney’s latest book, The Third Wheel.
of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 431-2357. www.auditoriumtheatre.org. Nov. 2-4: Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs “Moulin Rouge — The Ballet.” $30-$74.
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.
8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. 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. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 14 and 21, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. 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. Nov. 25, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by The Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14. No jeans or gym shoes.
First Tuesday Film Club
Presents “The Magic of Belle Isle,” rated PG, at noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park. $6 for matinee show/seniors; $8.50 for the evening show. Visit www.classiccinemas.com.
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. 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). Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m.: Silence is Golden film series features “City Lights,” starring Charlie Chaplin.
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 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26 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.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Oak Park Public Library
Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Nov. 6, 7 p.m.: Adult Improv Workshop. All skill levels welcome.
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., Friday and Saturday; children’s show, 2 p.m. Sunday; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sunday. $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.