Big Week April 18-25

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Choral Fantasy and Carmina Burana

Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Center:

See the 2018 Community Orchestra of the Year -— The Symphony of Oak Park - River Forest — present works by Beethoven and Carl Orff. Music Director Jay Friedman, 2018 Illinois Council of Orchestras Cultural Leadership Award winner, conducts. Joining are the Symphony Chorus, Pro Musica, City Voices, Tower Chorale and Concordia University's choirs. Beth Hoover has also been named General Manager of the Year. $15 to $60; 20 percent off, students and subscribers (708-218-2648). Tickets: 312-294-3000, cso.org.

CAST presents "Harlem Follies"

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Julian Middle School: 

See a musical revue featuring some of the songs and dances made popular by African American actresses, along with fun facts about their lives and times. $10, 14 and up; $5 student/senior. Tickets: oakpark.revtrak.net/CAST-JMS/#/list. Inquire: 708-524-7848. 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Art Exhibitions

Reception Friday, April 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Expressions Graphics: 

See Pipelines Borderlines: Art of Survival Portfolio. Through Apr. 28. Info: 708-447-9262, expressionsgraphics.org. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Reception Saturday, April 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago: 

The Graduating Senior Art Show, with 60+ works from those majoring in studio art, graphic arts, pre-art therapy and art education runs through May 5. Gallery hours - Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions: 708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Reception Saturday, April 21, 1 to 6 p.m., Dancing Krow Studio:

See a solo exhibit by Sandra Ragan, Beatles, Beauty & Beyond. 43 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Bingo for Oak Park Women's Exchange and Project Linus

Tuesday, April 24, 8 to 10 p.m. at Hamburger Mary's: 

Help support the non-profit where artists sell their creations, and hand-made blankets for children in need are collected and distributed. $15, one bingo card; $25, for two. Hosted by a drag queen. Chance to win prizes. Questions: 708-848-4693. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Songs of Peace

Sunday, April 22, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

The Oak Park Concert Chorale sings works by Carl Schalk, Paul Bouman, Illinois-native Ellen Ruth Harrison and premieres a composition by Choral Director Paul Lindblad. $18, advance; $20, at door; $10, advance seniors/students 13 ; $12, at door; free, under 12. Tickets: 708-848-2130, OakParkConcertChorale.org. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Latino Film Festival Showing

Friday, April 20, 7 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University

See Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World as part of the 34th Annual Chicago Festival. Free. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Monday, April 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Health System:

Nearly 220,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck, according to the American Cancer Society, including cancers of the mouth, throat, salivary glands and thyroid. Screenings include an oral exam by a physician. More/register: 888-LUHS-888. Walk-ins welcome. 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Authors on Tap: Hannah Howard speaks with Chef Freedman

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

The author of Feast shares her lifelong struggles with food and eating disorders. Also sponsored by The Book Table. More: thebooktable.net. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

50th Anniversary of Fair Housing 

Saturday, April 21, 1 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

This community forum, hosted by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, explores the past, present, and future of fair housing, racial integration and inclusion in Oak Park. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St.

Learning Café: Medicare

Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lecture Hall, West Suburban Medical Center:

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare recipients, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report fraud, errors and abuse. Join Greg Bublitz from nonprofit Age Options to learn more. Free. Register: 844-794-4301. 3 Erie Court, Oak Park.

Wheat Lecture: Robert Ellsberg

Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to noon, Third Unitarian Church of Chicago:

In his talk "One Lamp Lights Another: The Power of Living Witness," Ellsberg explores how 

one righteous deed can inspire another. Ellsberg assisted his father Daniel with the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and is the editor of the writings of social activist Dorothy Day. Free. 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago. 

Illinois as Ground Zero for Innovation 

Thursday, April 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

An Illinois Bicentennial Event: hear author John Wasik discuss how our state became a hub of innovation and how to ensure it continues. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., 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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