Australia's Lost Capital

Gurf Morlix?

Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., FitzGerald’s Nightclub:

Aside from the obvious — that with a name like Gurf Morlix you have to be good — it turns out he is also a member of the Austin, Texas Hall of Fame and is considered “one of the most successful and influential names in Roots/Americana music.” Doors open at 7 at 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn. Music starts at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and may be purchased online at More about the artist at

Meanwhile, guitarist Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone have started a concert tour to promote their new album, Transatlanticana, and will stop by FitzGerald’s on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. For more, call 708-788-2118 or visit Photos and info at: https://www.redhouse

Australia’s Lost Capital

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

Christopher Vernon gives a free lecture on Australia’s capitol building which was never built. The fledgling country launched an international design competition in 1911 and two lead architects in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Studio, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin, were named the winners. But it was never built. Registration is required. For more, visit

Piano forte

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

Natasha Stojanovska, who recently earned her doctorate in piano performance at Northwestern University, will be featured in the third of four concerts in the Reigning Pianos series, highlighting the club’s newly restored Steinway Grand pianos. The program will include both classical pieces and her own compositions.


Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., Connolly’s Public House:

Oak Park Festival Theatre’s play reading series,
A Play and a Pint, takes place the first Wednesday of the month. This month’s reading is Deathtrap by Ira Levin. $10 cover includes a complimentary drink ticket. 1109 South Blvd.

Front steps, stores and stories

Sunday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library Gallery:

A reception for Oak Park artist Kathy Hirsch’s new exhibit, “Front Steps and Stor(i)es,” will be held in the second floor art gallery of the Main Library.

Paintings and poetry

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at noon, Cheney Mansion:

Local artist Annette Donlin shares the creative process behind her floral paintings, interwoven with poetry and discussing her garden and the dreams that inspire her. A social hour and refreshments begins at noon, with the program to follow at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park.

Fiddler on the Roof

SWAG Theater Company begins its 2016-17 season with Fiddler on the Roof at the Beye Elementary School Auditorium, Nov. 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 708-669-8696. Also visit

The Funny Side of Harlem Avenue

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., West Suburban Temple Har Zion:

Christine Lavin and Don White, who present “The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter,” are on a mission to prove that comedy can be funny without being vulgar or pejorative. Tickets $25, seniors/students $20. Reservations required. Call 708-366-9000 or email or visit

Wild Women of Song 

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

The Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest and the School of Rock will host Wild Women of Song, a multimedia show featuring singing and storytelling by Pamela Rose and her band and spotlighting the lives of women songwriters of the jazz age. The night begins at 7 p.m. with a reception serving coffee and dessert at the new Historical Society facility called the Oak Park River Forest Museum at Lombard and Lake. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the School of Rock, one block west. Tickets are $35 each and $30 for members. Proceeds benefit the new museum and its operation in 2017. Visit to buy tickets. For more, call 708-848-6755 or email


Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Cleopatra re-enactor Martina Mathisen will bring the Egyptian ruler to life. The Algonquin resident has been to River Forest Public Library in the past to re-enact the other historical women (she has eight in her repertoire), most recently Marie Antoinette in March.

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