Chicago Sinfonietta presents “A Dream Unfolds” at Dominican

Guest conductor Leslie B. Dunner joins Maestro Paul Freeman and the Chicago Sinfonietta in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The performance at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, features several guest artists and music by Ulysses Kay, Pulitzer Prize-winner George Walker, Orbert Davis and George Gershwin. The music artfully commemorates King’s legacy and inspires listeners to reflect on King’s impact on America. The performance is Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

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A trip to Africa through storytelling and songs

A great way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is to learn more about African heritage. Oak Park Public Library’s Main Branch, 834 Lake, is lucky enough to feature storyteller and musician Shanta on Monday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. She will take you on a virtual tour of Africa through song, poetry, chants and the musical instruments of African origin. Stories of empowerment, peace, healing and self-discovery, all embody the message of Dr. King. This event is a perfect way for kids, 5 and up, to learn more about the rich cultures of Africa.

For more information, call 708-383-8200 or visit

Journeys, The Legacy of Harriet Tubman

The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest, is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special performance by television and print journalist Deborah L. Wright, who assumes the persona of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman in an inspirational tale of pride, freedom and overcoming obstacles. Tubman, a freedom fighter for thousands of African Americans, is known for her heroism in “conducting” the Underground Railroad. This free program on Jan. 17 at 1:15 p.m. is best for fourth-graders and up.

For more information call 708-386-2729 or visit

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Evan O'Brien is the content manager of Soon after Evan was born in Chicago, his family moved to Oak Park for the same reason that attracts people to the "World's Largest Village" today: the...