Big Week Nov. 15-22

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Oak Park on Tap

Friday, Nov. 17, 6 or 8 p.m., Pleasant Home and/or Pub Crawl: Two Brothers, Wild Onion-Tied House, Poor Phil's and Barclay's American Grille:

This event, which benefits the Pleasant Home Foundation, features four local brewers and four pubs near the Harlem Green Line stop. A Beer Parlour at Pleasant Home includes two tastings of seasonal brews. Pub Crawl immediately follows with one seasonal beer at each. $25, Pub Crawl only; $40, Beer Parlour only; $60, Parlour and Pub Crawl. Tickets/more: pleasanthome.org. Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Elton John's and Tim Rice's "Aida"

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Trinity High School:

See the school edition of the musical originally produced by Disney on Broadway. $10; $5, children/students/seniors. 7574 W. Division,
River Forest.

Fitzgerald's Food Pantry Benefit 

Saturday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., Fitzgerald's Nightclub:

Alabama soul meets the Windy City when St. Paul and The Broken Bones performs to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Opening sets by Skyway Man at 7 p.m. and Jon Langford at 8 p.m. $175, includes appetizers and beer, wine, signature cocktails. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/3043435. More: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

¡ESSO! AfroJam Funkbeat Concert

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Groove to funky Afro-Latin and roots rock-inspired dance music performed by ¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus). 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Holiday Lights

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, The Oak Park Arts District:

Stroll the shops and galleries and dine in the restaurants during this annual celebration. On Harrison St. between Ridgeland and Austin, Oak Park. More: oakparkartsdistrict.com/street-events/holidaylights/. Highlights include:

Drop-in Beaded Snow Flake Workshop at Bead in Hand. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. $5. 145 Harrison.

Grab a bite at Buzz Café for Burgers, Beers and Bands, Friday 5 to 9 p.m. Live blues music and opening reception for local artist Anna Sordilla. Reservations: 708-524-2899. 905 S. Lombard Ave.

Hear Them Sing

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, OPRF High School:

Fall choral concert

Church of Beethoven: Avanti Guitar Trio 

Sunday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater: 

Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson's repertoire includes Baroque, contemporary, new compositions and an occasional pop or jazz tune. $10. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/3116131. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Henry Fogel Presents Duo Diorama

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Come for an evenings of music and conversation. Hear Duo Diorama with MingHuan Xu, artist faculty in violin, and Dr. Winston Choi, piano, associate professor, both of Roosevelt University. After the show, meet the performers and Mr. Fogel. $35; $20, students. Questions: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.

Author Talks

"From Under the Russian Snow"

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear from author Michelle Carter who, as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence, worked with Russian newspaper editors struggling to adapt to new press freedoms and a market economy in 1995. 834 Lake St 

"A Good Soldier"

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Oak Park Temple: 

Suicide education and prevention advocate, nationally syndicated columnist and OP Temple member Ally Golden's memoir about growing up with a mentally ill mother will be discussed. Her mother ended her life after a long-term battle with depression and borderline personality disorder. Golden debunks myths about suicide using the theme of 13 Reasons Why. More: oakparktemple.com, 708-386-3937. 1235 Harlem.

The Return of Roxie Bellows

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:    

Join in the laughter with this high-octane entertainer who also creates improvised music. $15. Tickets: opendoortheater.net, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

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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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