Big Week Feb. 14-21

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Love is in the Air

Chicago a cappella Sings Love Stories 

Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:

A love-drenched program ranging from Renaissance madrigals to jazz standards is coupled with a script performed by a pair of Chicago actors. From Shakespearean sonnets to Rodgers & Hammerstein, this eclectic concert makes an unforgettable musical Valentine. $35; $43, preferred seating; $30, seniors; $15 students. Tickets/info: 773-281-7820, chicagoacappella.org. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Art of Hearts

Reception Friday, Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Expression Graphics:

Artists interpret love, relationships and more at a printmaking exhibit now through Feb. 28. Inquire: 708-447-9292. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park. 

Neil Simon's "Rumors"

Sunday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself and his wife has disappeared. His lawyer and his spouse must concoct a story before the other guests arrive. The Free Readers Ensemble presents this dinner-party farce. Free. More: freereaders.com. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

LEGO Train Show

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 to 5 p.m., Gymnasium, Grace Lutheran School:

See trains, towns, cities and more all built from LEGOs. Supports Chicago Choral Artists. At the door: $5, per person; $20, family. Advance tickets: $4 each; $16 family. Tickets/questions: chicagochoralartists.org, 773-658-9799. Put on by Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club:niltc.org. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

"Hamilton" Workshop with a Chicago Cast Member

Monday, Feb. 19, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts:

Tweens and Teens: Join Aaron Gordon, Broadway in Chicago star of Hamilton, for a musical theater and dance intensive. Learn a song-and-dance from the musical, participate in a Q&A with Gordon about his Hamilton experience, get a souvenir T-Shirt and get your Playbill signed. Recommended for 11+. (Contact regarding those younger.) $140. More: TeamOvation@OvationAcademy.org, (708) 222-7564. 126 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

"70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green"

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

See the documentary that explores the demolition of a high-rise public housing complex and its impact on the community's longtime residents. Join the filmmakers for a post-screening discussion. For adults and teens. Info: oppl.org/more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Family Fun - Stone Soup

Monday, Feb. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Based on a classic tale, this hilarious performance by Improv Playhouse is full of misunderstandings, live music and Abbott & Costello-like humor. Ages 3 and up. Free. Questions: (708) 452-3420, childrens@oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Artists"

Monday, Feb. 19, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Educator and author Donna Seaman reveals the lives and work of almost-forgotten female artists in her new book. The program highlights Gertrude Abercrombie, Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown, Ree Morton, Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance, Lenore Tawney, Christina Ramberg, and Louise Nevelson. $10, suggested donation. Questions: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.  

Seed Starting for Vegetables

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Get a head start on gardening by learning how to start seeds to grow your own vegetables. Hosted by the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest. Free. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Henry Fogel Presents Conley Johnson

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Hear an accomplished Chicago pianist play romantic era music by Chopin and Liszt with the program concluding with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Enjoy conversation with Fogel and Johnson after the performance. $35; $30 members; $20, students. Special: 2 for 1 tickets., 708-386-2729, www.nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.  

A Jazz Interpretation of Burt Bacharach

Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:

Come explore the music of Burt Bacharach as interpreted by Stan Getz, Elvis Costello and the Jazz Prayer Band. All are welcome. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. Questions: 708-848-4741. 611 Randolph, Oak Park.

Mind-Body Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Priory Auditorium, Dominican University: 

Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She will discuss an approach that offers a more accessible way of treating common symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. It explores creative uses of meditation and mindfulness techniques as a holistic response to mental health needs. Free; pre-registration is encouraged. Questions/register: events.dom.edu, rhartwinter@dom.edu. 7200 W. Division, River Forest.

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