Thursday, Sept. 4 Step through a greenhouse of palms and succulents to get to a concert with fox-trot and tango beats. The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, a band of 15 musicians who are regulars at Uptown’s Green Mill Jazz Club, comes to the Bluestone Terrace at Garfield Park Conservatory for the last show in the conservatory alliance’s summer Legacy Music Series. Terrace seats for the outdoor show are $10. No worries about rain: Horticultural Hall is the conservatory’s indoor venue option. From 7 to 8:45 p.m. at 300 N. Central Park Ave.-about 4 miles east of the Oak Park-Chicago line, in the city’s Austin neighborhood. 773-638-1766, ext. 26, www.garfieldconservatory.org
Sunday, Sept. 7 Let Fashion Week start in New York on Friday. We’ll get our glimpse of what’s in for fall on Sunday in Forest Park-and with food that may take Manhattan. Flavour Cooking School‘s fourth annual Food & Fashion Fall Trunk Show-a two-hour, two-stop to-do on Madison Street-starts at 2 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at Flavour, 7401 Madison. Then, at 3 p.m., fashionistas will head a block and a half east to the chichi boutique space that Afkara Shoes and M. Santana share at 7247 Madison. There, champagne and a runway will await. Local shoppers who’ve discovered the separates and accessories at M. Santana and the shoes and handbags at Afkara will model in a fashion show of the hottest ensembles for fall. $15 a fashionista. To reserve a spot, call Flavour at 488-0808 or go to www.flavourcookingschool.com.
Monday, Sept. 8 Choose among three seatings -5:30, 6:15 or 7 p.m.-for a progressive dinner in downtown Oak Park to help West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). The step-by-step meal will include appetizers at PapaSpiros or the Pasta Shoppe, an entrée at Winberie’s and dessert at Cucina Paradiso or Caribou Coffee. Tickets, which are limited, are $45. Reserve by Friday, Sept. 5, at 338-1724 or email@example.com.