Big Week March 8-15

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Momenta's 35th

Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m., Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre, Oak Park:

A celebration of Momenta's 35th anniversary, works include "Fire Dance" by Loie Fuller, "Sonata Pathetique" by Doris Humphrey and Ruth St. Denis, as well as new works by Connor Cornelius, Sarah Cullen Fuller and Ginger Lane. Saturday matinees for younger dancers are at 3 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $10 and students $5. Academy of Movement and Music, 605 Lake St., Oak Park. Call 708-848-2329. Visit www.academyofmovementandmusic.com or www.momentadances.org.

Radio legends

Monday, March 13 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club:

Steve King and Johnnie Putman spent hours on the air talking to inventor, musician, and rascal Les Paul. Their book, Steve & Johnnie: A Little More 'Les', includes the "best of" these interviews as well as personal accounts from Duane Eddy, Charlie Daniels, Doyle Dykes and more of guitar-picking's elite. $10 suggested donation. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park. For more, call 708-386-2729 or visit www.nineteenthcentury.org.

The Creation of Guys & Dolls

Sunday, March 12 @ 2:30 p.m., Open Door Theater:    

This 1950 show has been called the perfect musical. Charles Troy shares the amusing — no, preposterous — story of its creation. Featuring live performances by Chicago cabaret artists Hilary Ann Feldman and Johnny Rodgers. Tickets: $20 at www.opendoortheater.net or call 708-386-5510 (voice mail). 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

Radium Girls

Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m., Trinity High School Auditorium:

The Trinity High School Performing Arts Department presents their thought-provoking and creative Spring Play, based on a story by D.W. Gregory and "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." Both stories are interwoven to highlight the plight of the worker damaged by corporations — in 1917 and 2009. Tickets, $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for students, can be purchased online or at the door. Visit www.trinityhs.org/tickets/ for more information. 7574 W. Division, River Forest.

An Evening with Claudia Schmidt

Friday, March 10 @ 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:    

No one has more fun on stage than Claudia Schmidt with her soaring four-octave voice, 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. Her songs, stories, and poems will take you on a wonderful, energizing journey. Tickets: $25 at www.opendoortheater.net or call 708-386-5510 (voice mail). 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

One Earth Film Festival

March 8-12 at various local venues:

Green Community Connections and a volunteer throng of 300 have created the 6th annual One Earth Film Festival, 30 films in 39 venues across Chicagoland, many of them local, now going into its final weekend. Each film has a facilitated program afterward. Check out the films and schedule on http://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/ or see the brochure for the local viewings http://tinyurl.com/h94ocnu.

Remaining local screenings:

1. "Shifting Sands," 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9, Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

2. "Years of Living Dangerously: Race Against Time," 12 p.m., Saturday, March 11, Loretto Hospital, Auditorium-6th Floor

3. "Chicago's True Nature," 11 a.m., Sat., March 11, Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

4. "Toxic Chemicals: Kids in Danger," 3 p.m., March 11, Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

5. Festival Closing Celebration, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 12, Garfield Park Conservatory, Jensen Room, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. Includes screening of Conversation International's virtual reality short film "Under the Canopy."

Smaller spaces

Thursday, March 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Join Professional Organizer Beth Randall for a fascinating presentation on "Organizing Small Spaces for Seniors," designed to help seniors organize their homes after a downsize. Learn tips and tricks on handling paperwork, photos, and other memorabilia.

Calendar Events

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.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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