Big Week Jan. 17-24

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Authors on Tap

Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Join Oak Parker Michael Moreci in conversation with Tim Seeley. Moreci will discuss his debut novel, Black Star Renegades, a galaxy-hopping adventure. But these two will likely cover comics – Moreci has written Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and other DC superheroes, as well as Roche Limit. Tim Seeley has drawn a number of comic book series, including G.I Joe, Halloween, Wildcats, and Exsanguine. Brought in partnership with The Book Table. 
1026 North Blvd.

The Space Within: Inside Great Chicago Buildings

Monday, Jan. 22, 1:15 to 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Oak Park author Patrick F. Cannon discusses the architect, architecture and place in history of Chicago-area homes, religious spaces, commercial and public structures. Through photographs by James Caulfield, look inside several design masterpieces. $10 suggested donation. More: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

"Close to Home: The Day Nursery"

Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

A new documentary short featuring the 105-year-old Oak Park Day Nursery tells of its visionary founders, pioneering early-childhood education efforts, its impact on the community and the importance of early childhood education. Begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by the screening and a brief panel discussion on the continued importance of quality early-childhood education. Susan Murphy will be recognized for her 30 years of service to The Day Nursery. Free. RSVP: cchristoff@thedaynursery.org, 708-383-8211. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Music Faculty Recital

Sunday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago: 

Members of Concordia's Music faculty will perform on various instruments, voice, organ and piano. Free. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Community Conversation with Dick Simpson

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Sit in on a reading, interview and Q&A with long-time activist, UIC political science professor and author of The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive. Book signing and champagne/dessert reception follows. Books available for purchase. An OP Festival Theatre fundraising event. $30; $25, seniors; $15, students. Tickets/more: 708-300-9396, oakparkfestival.com. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

StoweGood: Music for your Soul

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Unity Church of Oak Park:

See Grammy-nominated songwriter Karen Taylor Good and award-winning author Stowe Dailey in an intimate evening of inspiring story and song. $25. They will also present on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. Inquire: unity@unityoakpark.org. 405 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. 

Tret Fure Folk Concert 

Monday, Jan. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Fure began her career at 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. As singer-songwriter, Fure has released 15 albums during her 46-year career. In 2009, she was voted Pride in the Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician. Free. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Vagabonding Around the World"

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear about Brian Michalski's 22-month trip to 20 countries. Along the way this former Forest Park elementary school teacher did volunteer work with orphans and elephants. For adults and teens. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

World War II Radio Hour

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library: 

See Nostalgia Entertainment's costumed trio reenact 1940's radio with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "In the Mood" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." Also see Abbott and Costello style comedy and a tribute to veterans. Brought in partnership with the River Forest Township. More: riverforestlibrary.org, 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Love to Sing? Try Encore Chorale

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Trinity High School:

For those 55+, register now for the Spring 2018 session – folk music. Meets weekly for 10 weeks. Concerts take place in May. There are no tryouts and it is part of Encore Illinois, an affiliate of Encore Creativity, the nation's largest and fastest-growing choral organization for older adults. Encore Chorale of Oak Park and River Forest has more than sixty members. The first rehearsal is free; $175 for the session. Register: encoreillinois.org, encoreillinois@gmail.com, 630-441-5157. Sponsored by River Forest Township, Trinity High School and Concordia University Chicago's Center for Gerontology. 7574 Division St., River Forest.

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As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.
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