Thursday, Feb 12: Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School will channel a bygone River City, Iowa, this week and next as 92 students and more than 20 parent volunteers present The Music Man, this year’s BRAVO musical. The debut is at 9:30 a.m. this Thursday. Evening shows are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14, and at 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, Feb 20 and 21. Tickets are $8 ($6 for students and seniors). For a special afternoon half-price show at 4 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 19, all tickets will be $4. To reserve seats, call the BRAVO office at 524-5621 or e-mail Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School is at 325 S. Kenilworth in Oak Park. BRAVO stands for Band Repertoire Arts Vocal Orchestra.

Saturday, Feb. 14: In the Oak Park Arts District, Valentine’s Day is a family night out. There will be three seatings for dinner at the Buzz Café: at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m., and every one of them with a kids’ menu. Yes, mini heart-shaped pizzas. On the menu for grown-ups, adults will also get something thematic: cream of beet soup and a salad with roasted beets. For details of each menu, which are $10 for kids and $25 for adults, go to From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., family dining will be accompanied with live jazz. And if you’d made an earlier stop to the arts district and assembled at Bead in Hand a gift for someone in your dining party, that Valentine can be delivered to your table. Bead in Hand is at 145 Harrison. For the shop’s classes, call 848-1761 or go to To reserve a table at Buzz, call 660-0894. Buzz Café is off Harrison Street, at 905 S. Lombard in Oak Park.

Monday, Feb. 16: T.C. Boyle, who lives in the first private residence that Frank Lloyd Wright built in California, is coming to Wright’s public masterpiece in Oak Park to promote his new book. At Unity Temple, Boyle will introduce The Women, a telling of the colorful architect’s story by his three wives and one mistress. The brow-raising entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The program – sponsored by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Oak Park Public Library – is free. The Book Table, the indie bookseller in Oak Park, will have copies of The Women, which Boyle will be signing. Unity Temple is at 875 Lake. No reservations are required.

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