Big Week Aug. 8-15

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A Play + A Pint: "Little Gem"

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., Hamburger Mary's:

Enjoy a casual play reading by Oak Park Festival Theatre. This month, see a family of middle-class, Irish women tell their story, including a party girl, her salsa-dancing compulsive mother, and a grandmother exploring the meaning of pleasure as she looks after her ill husband. Doors open at noon for dining. $12, includes beer/wine. Tickets/more: oakparkfestival.com, 708-300-9396. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Thursday Night Out

Thursday, Aug. 9, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park: 

Enjoy food from more than 20 participating restaurants, live music, beer/wine for purchase, balloon animals (6 to 8 p.m.) and more. This week, live music by Hot Calypso & Soca and JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio. $20 booklets contain 4 dine-around tickets. Rain or shine. Info: downtownoakpark.net. Lake St. & Marion St.

School Uniform Drive

Through Aug. 27, West Suburban Medical Center:

Donate clothing to benefit the children of Ella Flagg Young Elementary School in Austin. Items needed for boys and girls: navy blue pants and skirts, white shirts and blouses, and white polos, sizes 6 to 18. Drop off at the Senior Center Desk in the hospital lobby. Questions: malvarad@WestLakeHosp.com, 708-763-6025. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

Art Exhibitions 

Where We Are: Structures

Reception, Friday, Aug. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League: 

Artists explore their relationship to created spaces - structures inhabited, worked and played in. Through Sept. 7. More: oakparkartleague.org, 708-386-9853. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. 

Foods from the Homeland

Through Aug. 13, Narrow Gallery, Oak Park Arms:

See new paintings by Nancy Fong. Info: 708-848-5251. 408 S. Oak Park Ave. 

Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters

Through Aug. 31, Gallery, Oak Park Village Hall:

The Oak Park Area Arts Council presents an exhibition by Vashti Varnado, a self-taught artist. Questions: 708-358-5692. 123 Madison St. 

"Louder Than a Bomb"

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Watch this documentary about Chicago high school teams competing in the World's Largest Poetry Slam then discuss the film with Peter Kahn, OPRF's Spoken Word Club sponsor. More: oppl.org/one-book. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Night Stalkers - Bats

Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Trailside Museum: 

Use bat-detecting equipment to see what they are up to when night falls. Ages 10 and adults. Free. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Tributosaurus becomes Bob Dylan

Friday, Aug. 10, 9 p.m., Wire:

See the band with Oak Park members that transforms into various artists. Doors open at 8 p.m. $25; $60, VIP reserved balcony seating. 21 . More: wireismusic.com. 6815 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Adult Tastes on Tap 

Friday, Aug, 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Lawn, Cheney Mansion:

Get a flavor for what the Oak Park Park District has "on tap" for adults of all ages this fall while enjoying a DJ, yard games, hot dogs, popcorn, beer and more. Raffle for pool/rink and fitness passes, FLW race entry, party for 12 guests, dance lesson and other prizes. Register: pdop.org.  $7, pre-registration; $10, at the door (limited availability). 21 . 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Concert for a Cure

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., FitzGerald's:

Help in the fight to cure Type 1 Diabetes. Hear The Real Macaws, Rogers & Nienhaus, Noah Gabriel, Emily Wallace and Sara Politte. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20. More: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Fun Places We Loved

Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

Steve Cooper presents rare footage of places that no longer exist, including Chicago landmarks (Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms, the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Riverview Park, Kiddie Land) and neighborhood bowling alleys, ballrooms, amusement parks and diners across America. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. Questions: 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Free Summer Concert: Groove Witness

Sunday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scoville Park: 

Stroll down to the park for family-friendly music. This week, hear jazzy blues and soul from a band with Oak Parkers. This waste-free event has stations set up for composting and recycling. Free. Northwest corner of Lake St. and Oak Park Ave.

Second Hand News: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Saturday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m., Patio, FitzGerald's:

Free summer show on the outside stage. Patio opens 6 p.m. More: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

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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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