Follow that road

Blow, Gabriel, blow

Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in Concordia University’s Werner Auditorium:

Concordia University Chicago’s University Band will perform its annual Fall Family Concert this Friday. Admission is free. Dr. Richard Fischer conducts the ensemble. 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest. Free off-street parking in the university’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3060.

Momenta Gala

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m., Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home Ave., Oak Park:

The 2nd Annual Momenta Gala features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & silent auctions. $75. Info:


Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Dominican University Performing Arts Center:

A concertby Switchback, whose music is described as “an eclectic mix of American roots and Celtic soul.” with special guest Anna Fermin. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Part of the Arts & Minds series. Tickets are $23. Info:

Seeking a newer world

Friday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., Brookdale-Oak Park:

The Senior Citizens Center of Oak Park-River Forest presents the 13th Annual Ulyssean Award Dinner. The honorees this year are Ann and Gene Armstrong and Marty Noll. Since 2004, marking its 50th anniversary, the Senior Citizens Center has honored distinguished members of the community who exemplify the character Ulysses in his thirst for learning, doing and adventure of body and spirit: This is the Ulyssean Journey. Individuals chosen for this award are age 50 or above and committed to lifelong learning, had significant involvement in their community and made contributions that broaden its social, educational, and cultural horizons.

For reservations, call 708-848-5251. The cost is $65. Tickets will be held at the door.

Big Read, big films

Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room:

Host Doug Deuchler leads audiences through thoughtful discussion following each screening of films related to the immigrant experience. 

Sept. 21: Brooklyn, a heartwarming story about a young, homesick Irish immigrant in the 1950s. This one, nominated for a Best Picture Oscar last year, is a real charmer.

Sept. 28: The Namesake, a story about the son of Indian immigrants who wants to break free from his family’s traditions.

Sept. 22: The Magnificent Seven (the new version), pre-screening and discussion, Thursday at 7 p.m., Lake Theatre.

Follow that road

Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room:

Anne Hills is coming to the library for a free concert. The popular singer/songwriter/musician has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2012 Posi Music Award in Social Justice (for the song “That Kind of Grace” with co-writer David Roth).

Born in Moradabad, India, the third daughter of educational missionaries, she was raised in Michigan, attended Interlochen Arts Academy and moved to Chicago’s fertile folk scene in 1976, where she co-founded the folklore center Hogeye Music, still a force in the Chicago music scene. In 1983, she joined forces with folk luminaries Tom Paxton and Bob Gibson to tour as a trio. The library is located at 834 Lake St.

The beautiful north

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Dominican University Performing Arts Center: 

Luis Alberto Urrea will appear at the Martin Recital Hall, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest to discuss his dual-culture life experiences the themes of love, loss, and triumph that he explores in Into the Beautiful North, the centerpiece of the NEA Big Read program. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, yet has said, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.” 

Other discussions of the book are planned for:

In English: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch

In Spanish: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m., Berwyn Public Library

In English: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m., Berwyn Public Library

In English: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1-2:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library,
Maze Branch

In English: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch

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