Big Week July 12-19

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Open House: Frank Lloyd Wright Treasures

Wednesday, July 19, 4 to 6 p.m. Special Collections, Main Library:

View the 1910 "Wasmuth Portfolio," Wright's first published work of original drawings, and highlights from the Wright-related photography collections and more. Free, for adults. Questions: specialcollections@oppl.org. 834 Lake. Oak Park.

Trivia to End Homelessness

Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m., FitzGerald's: 

Put on your thinking cap for Housing Forward's 7th Annual Trivia Night. Create your own team of six, or be matched up at the event. $35 includes appetizers and a drink. Register: housingforward.org/events, 708-338-1724 x 230. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

"A Gaelic Summer," 

Sunday, July 16, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

The Church of Beethoven brings the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble to Oak Park to perform folk songs and dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England from the 17th and 18th centuries. Family-friendly. $10, adults; $5 children/students. Tickets/info: churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Drawn to Detail

Friday, July 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League:

Come to the opening of this new exhibit of 2D and 3D works, which focus on details within different media. Show runs through Aug. 4. Info: oakparkartleague.org, 708-386-9853. 720 Chicago Ave.

Jeff Awards Recommended: "MacBeth"

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 13 to 15, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m., and Wednesday, July 19, 8 p.m. Austin Gardens:

See this Shakespeare play examining the chaos and destruction created by a tyrannical ruler before it ends on July 22. $30, adults; $25, seniors; $15, students; ages 12 and under, free. Tickets/info: 708-445-4440 or oakparkfestival.com/macbeth/. 167 Forest Ave.

"Being Mortal" Book Discussions

Thursday, July 13, 7 to 8 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library:

Participate in the library-led discussion of the One Book, One Oak Park selection and explore artifacts from the Multicultural Learning Collection that relates to mortality.

Inquiries: 708-386-9032. 255 Augusta.

Saturday, July 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Buzz Cafe:

Join a library-led book talk on Surgeon Atul Gawande's memoir addressing medical, quality-of-life, and end-of-life issues. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park. Book discussions continue through July at the Main Library. Info: oppl.org/one-book.

Farmers Market Coupons for Seniors

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lunchroom, Senior Services Center:

Eligible residents ages 60 plus may request one booklet worth $25 to buy fresh produce at the local Farmers Market. Gross monthly income $1,860 or less for a single or $2,504 for a couple. One coupon book per year. Distribution continues until booklets run out; supplies limited. More: 708-383-8060. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

"It Don't Just ... Shake Off" 

Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m., Open Door Theater:

Set in the 1920s, this new musical is based on the true partnership of Tampa Red and Georgia Tom. Filled with blues music composed by these two legends, as well as original compositions. Running through July 23. $25, general admission; $22, seniors. Info/tickets: 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Celebration

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

This free family event includes the movie "Inside Out," post-movie kids' discussion, art projects, snacks, and lunch. Sponsored by the Community Mental Health Board in partnership with the Oak Park Public Library and NAMI Metro Suburban. Register: oppl.org. 834 Lake St.

"Legally Blonde, Jr." 

Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Brooks Middle School: 

Bravo Performing Arts Academy presents a musical that has it all: Ivy League college students, heated courtroom scenes, and a murder mystery. $10, adults; $8 senior/students. Tickets: 708-524-5621, bravoperformingarts.org. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

Vintage Flea Market

Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Studio 8: 

See what treasures various vendors have to offer. Weather permitting. Info: 708-665-3145. 1125 Garfield, Oak Park.

Tom Chapin in Concert

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., Open Door Theater: 

The three-time Grammy winner and folk music icon is coming to Oak Park.  He will sing old favorites and songs from his new CD, "Threads." $25. Tickets/more: opendoortheater.net, 708.386.5510. 902 S. Ridgeland.  

Storytelling Open Mic

Friday, July 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Eastgate Café: 

Margaret Burk and co-host Scott Whitehair put on this Storytelling Open Mic the second Friday every month. Sign up starting at 6:30 p.m. for a story that is ten-minutes or less. Free, food available. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

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