Big Week Sept. 14-21

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Oak Park Film Fest

The annual local international film festival is a free event. This year's theme is "Social Justice Cinema." Here's the lineup:

9:38 a.m. – "A Pet is One Thing but a Brand is a Different Animal All Together" is a PSA produced and directed by Wendy Lalli and Michelle Allen.

9:43 a.m. – "Black/White TV," directed and written by L.C. Saterfield and Lanny Lutz, is a mockumentary on racial stereotypes featuring local actors.

10 a.m. – "I Am," directed by Darryl Mitchell, is a tone poem on mental illness. Mitchell is also known for directing "The Creature of Thatcher Woods."

10:06 a.m. – "Oh Well," directed by Tim Malooly, featuring Renee Domenz, is a satire on modernity.

10:14 a.m. – "College Week" trailer, directed by Derek Grace, features Austin's Spencer Elementary school kids striving for success in higher education.

10:21 a.m. – "Welcome to Peace House" is part of a trio of Chicago Television Network (CTVN) films on youth and violence. (12 min.)

10:35 a.m. – "You Would Still Be on This Earth," directed by CTVN. (13 min.)

10:52 a.m. – "Making Peace in the Streets," directed by CTVN. (31 min.)

11:24 a.m. – Directors chat on youth and violence issues.

11:36 a.m. – "Blaxploitalian," directed by Fred Kuwornu, a trailer on the history of blacks in the last 100 years of Italian cinema, is introduced in Italian and English by Jordan West. (2 min.)

11:46 a.m. – "Revisiting Afro Cuba," directed by Stan West and produced by Brad Martin of Columbia College's "Doc Unit," is a trailer showing why we should care about the thaw in U.S./Cuban relations (6 min.)

11:55 a.m. – "The Alley Cat," directed by Marie Ulrich, features Oak Park actress Joyce Porter, (64 min.) The film was screened at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014, winning its "Chicago Award." https://vimeo.com/100740257

All films shown in the Veterans Room, 834 Lake St. For more,  visit https://www.facebook.com/oakparkfilmfest.

Oaktoberfest 

Friday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 till 10 p.m and Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 10 p.m.:

Oaktoberfest is more than adding an "a" to Oktoberfest. The free two-day event in Downtown Oak Park offers a premier music lineup featuring local and national artists, a Kids' Root Beer Garden, plus microbrews, wine and ethnic food. 

Music includes Motherfolk (Indie Rock, Folk Rock), the Black Lillies (Americana, Rock, Blues, Soul), the Band of Heathens (American Rock and Roll), Nikki Lane (Country, Americana), Luke Winslow King (Delta Blues, Folk, Ragtime, Rock and Roll, Gospel), the Show Ponies (Americana, Roots, Indie-grass) and Caleb Hawley (Soul). 

Anyone over 21 can purchase a 22-ounce Oaktoberfest souvenir mug + 3 drink tickets for $20 and choose from microbrews or wine, including locally-brewed beer from Kinslahger Brewing Company, Exit Strategy Brewing Company and Oak Park Brewing Company. A Kids' Root Beer Garden located on Marion Street on Saturday from 12-5 p.m. 

Sunday morning with Ludwig

Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. (come early at 10 a.m. for cookies and coffee):

Church of Beethoven-Oak Park welcomes San Francisco classical guitarist Matthew Fish to Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. Fish is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. Cost: $10 for adults/$5 for children. Tickets: http://www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com/buy-tickets.html. For more information, visit www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com.

Touting the township

Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. (Oak Park) and 4 to 6 p.m. (River Forest):

Oak Park and River Forest townships will hold open houses featuring refreshments, musical entertainment, an information carnival and a pair of Township Addresses from Abraham Lincoln re-enactor Kevin Wood.

Oak Park's takes place at 105 S. Oak Park Ave. and 130 S. Oak Park Ave., and the River Forest Township event will be held in the gymnasium of the River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison St.

For more information, contact Oak Park Township at 708-383-8005, http://www.oakparktownship.org; and River Forest Township at 708-366-2029, supervisor@riverforesttownship.org, or http://www.riverforesttownship.org.

Under the Gun

Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park:

Parishes Committed to Peace hosts a screening of the film Under the Gun: In the Gun Debate, Truth is the Ultimate Weapon, followed by a panel discussion with local leaders in gun violence prevention efforts. For more, see www.underthegunmovie.com.

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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