Conservatory tastings

 “Uncorked” is an evening of music and tastings at the Oak Park Conservatory on Friday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available at the door. Jim “Ang” Anderson provides the music, Skrine Chops is bringing the appetizers, wine & craft beer comes courtesy of Marion Street Market, and you can guess what Todd & Holland Tea Merchants offers. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, For more information, call 708-725-2400 or email

Hamilton sing-along

HSWAG (Suburban West Actors Guild) a new community theater serving the Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest, and Berwyn area, will hold a “Hamilton sing-along” at 7 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 27 at The OUTTAspace, 6840 32nd St. in Berwyn. Warm up for the musical. Meanwhile, they’re holding auditions for Fiddler on the Roof on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 1000 Elgin Ave., Forest Park. (It’s a nonprofit, non-Equity production) For more information, call 708-669-8696 or email

Rotary Food Truck Rally

The Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Club, in partnership with the Park District of River Forest, is holding its 3rd Annual Rotary Food Truck Rally this Saturday. The rally takes over the River Forest Park District at Keystone, Lake and Thatcher from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. In addition to the obvious … food … there will be inflatables for kids, bands on the main stage, a Rotary beer garden, and the usual assortment of face painting, sketch artists, balloon artists, and games. Trucks from Oak Park eateries Robinson’s Ribs, Original Soul Vegetarian, and Carnivore will be participating, along with Savory, Tamale Spaceship, 5411 Empanadas, Cheesie’s, Bob Cha’s, Sweet, Beaver’s Donuts, Gelato D’Oro, and Ms. Tittles Cupcakes. Bands from the School of Rock will perform from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by a Rotary Club program at 6, followed by Ring, Shout & Friends, and Jazz & Blues from 7 till 9.

Last call for ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Festival Theatre heads into its final week of outdoor theater in the friendly, natural confines of Austin Gardens. The featured attraction is Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, which Wednesday Journal theater critic Doug Deuchler called “fast-paced, accessible and enjoyable.” 

“Director Adrianne Curry reimagines the battle-of-the-sexes story in ways that make it sweetly satisfying,” he writes.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 24-27 at 8 p.m. Get there early and have a picnic.

Getting on the ballot

Interested in running for office? The League of Women Voters hosts an informational program, “How to Get and Stay on the Ballot,” on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Oak Park Township Senior Room, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Gregory Smith, of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, will walk you through how to go about running for local office. The next municipal elections are April 4, 2017 (for school, park district, township, village, and library boards). The event is free and open to the public. No reservations needed. For more information, contact or call 708-342-0803.

Buckle up for Buster

Two Fatty Arbuckle-Buster Keaton collaborations, plus one solo Keaton film, will be highlighted on the porch at Pleasant Home for the final silent movie night (the film is silent, not the audience), this Friday, Aug. 26 at 8:15 p.m. You can reserve your chair any time after 7:30 p.m. (and it does fill up). Musical accompaniment is provided live by pianist Thomas Holmes. The three films last a total of 61 minutes.

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