Open Mic followed by Jennifer Dotson and Donna Pecore, 2013 Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award Winners, who will read. Doors open 7:30 (limited seating, best to arrive early). 7:30 sign up, 8 pm Open Mic, 9 pm featured performer. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes. Charlie Rossiter host. Acoustic, no equipment provided. $3-$5 donation. Wheelchair accessible. 606-4673.
At Work in the Oak Park Studio, presented by Paul Kruty, professor of architectural history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. $10, free for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and volunteers. To register, visit flwright.org/programs/vernonlecture.
Unity Temple is growing. That's news because denominations that have been around for more than a hundred years haven't been doing so well lately — last year Southern Baptists were down .42 percent, United Methodists down 1.01 percent, ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) down 1.96 percent, Presbyterian USA down 2.61 percent, Episcopalians down 2.48 percent. (National Council of Churches Yearbook)
The theft of metal in Oak Park and River Forest has focused mostly on copper downspouts and coping. But overnight between Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, the epidemic hit one of Oak Park's most famous landmarks, and hit it hard.
Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Oak Park music historian David Patterson will re-introduce architecture fans to William C. Wright, the long-neglected yet highly influential composer-father of America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
This coming Saturday, January 12, Unity Temple (875 Lake) will host Sugar Beet Cooperative's Winter's Eve Farmers' Market/Membership Kick-off Party. The proposed community-oriented grocery store will provide accessible, price-competitive locally sourced food and other items from a brick-and-mortar location planned for northeast Oak Park.