Big Week Aug. 17-23

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9th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review 

Saturday, Aug. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. on Marion Street in Downtown Oak Park: 

Billed as "the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest" — and really, who else would even attempt such a feat? — this annual beer-tasting event helps raise vital funds for the Oak Park eco-organization Seven Generations Ahead. Live entertainment from Cary Kanno, Falling Stars, Tank & the Beez, Haus of Polka, DJ D Brice, These Peaches, Lake Side City, Righteous Acoustic Sound Party, The Accidentals, and The Velvet Jimis. Tickets $55, in advance. VIP and the Hop Challenge tickets are only available in advance for $90 and $65. www.sevengenerationsahead.org.

Church of Beethoven's Fifth

Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. (come at 10 a.m. for cookies and coffee):

Starting in Oak Park in 2011, Church of Beethoven-Oak Park presents Sunday morning classical music performances in an intimate and casual setting as well as poetry by local poets and two minutes of silence. The family-friendly concerts are designed to bring classical music to an intimate audience in a casual setting. Church of Beethoven performances take place at Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland.

This Sunday, C of B is celebrating its Fifth birthday (how appropriate) with a performance by Oak Park's Living Room Players, bassoonist Dorian Antipa and violinist Juliet Dawson, a group of classical musicians dedicated to bringing chamber music to intimate settings in art galleries, cafes and, of course, living rooms. 

Record store owner Val Camiletti is mistress of ceremonies for this
 Sunday morning's event with free coffee and cookies. Cost is $10 for adults $5 for children.

For more information or to buy tickets online, visit www.church
ofbeethoven-oakpark.com

Pokemon GO Walking Tour

Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library Storytime Room, 834 Lake St.:

Meet in the Main Library Storytime Room; then head out to explore nearby Pokestops. They'll cast the lures, you catch them. Bring your own device. Adult caregivers will be required to sign permission slips for all children under 13 years old, and accompany kids under 8 during the program. For more, visit oppl.org/calendar.

Paintings and Poems

Watercolors and Poetry by Emily Calvo:

Exhibition: Aug. 8 through Sept. 3

Reception: Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. A recent book of Calvo's watercolors and poetry will be on sale the night of the reception. Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

10th Annual Wright Ride 

Sunday, Aug. 21: A 10-, 30-, 50-, or 68-mile, family-friendly bicycle event through 10 "architecturally rich communities." The 10-mile route offers commentary by guides at multiple sites of interest. Families, long-distance riders, novices, casual riders welcome. Begins at Marion Street and North Boulevard. The routes will be open beginning at 6 a.m., with registration ending at 9 a.m. (68-mile riders should plan to start no later than 8 a.m.) 

For more info or to register, visit www.oakoarkcylceclub.org.

 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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