The Death and Life of John Smith

Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.: 

The Collective, the theater production company of Concordia University Chicago, in association with Chicago Dramatists, presents The Death and Life of John Smith by Will Dunne. Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, it will be performed at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts available for seniors, students and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at, or by cash or check at the door.

Art League exhibition

Friday, Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Carriage House Gallery:

OPAL’s 95th Anniversary Juried Artist Member Exhibition takes place at 720 Chicago Ave. Teresa Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection and Art Gallery, will be on hand to offer comments and announce the award winners. For more, call 708-386-9853 or visit The exhibit runs through Dec. 2.

A plan to end homelessness

Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition is launching its 2016 action plan at the Main Library’s Veterans Room. It’s time to make homelessness rare, one time, and brief in Oak Park. For more, contact or call 708-338-1724 x233.

Honoring our veterans

Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., Oak Park Arms ballroom:

All veterans, their families and village residents are invited to attend a Veterans Day Commemoration at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Virginia Cassin will welcome guests in the opening ceremonies. State Sen. Don Harmon and Village Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will greet the gathering.

In recognition of the ongoing centennial of World War I, the “war to end all wars,” John Atwood will focus his remarks on those who fought and sacrificed for that cause. Originally called Armistice Day, it is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the armistice in 1918. The History Singers, John and Kathryn Atwood, will lead patriotic singing. Bugler John Borland, in a WWI uniform, will play taps. Officers from the Oak Park Police Department Honor Guard will form a color guard.

Post-election bash

Thursday, Nov. 10 from 7-10 p.m., O’Sullivan’s in Forest Park:

OPRF Alumni Association is celebrating the end of the election season, regardless of the results, with a get-together at 7244 Madison St. Cash bar, free appetizers and music. Celebrate/commiserate with OPRF classmates and friends in the annual Huskie Howl Thursday Night Out (with an election-year twist). The alumni association is trying to raise awareness of their mission and build membership through social events. For more, call 708-434-3281 or visit

Foreign correspondence

Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., Dominican University’s Martin Recital Hall:

The inaugural lecture of Dominican’s recently launched Georgie Anne Geyer Initiative will feature journalist Marvin Kalb, speaking on “The Foreign Correspondent – Here, There and Everywhere” in the Fine Arts Building, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. A book signing and reception will follow. Kalb spent more than three decades with CBS and NBC News. He is a former host of Meet the Press. For more information about this free lecture, contact Christina Reilly at

Responding to gun violence

Sunday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., First United Church of Oak Park: 

The weekly series, Our Response to Gun Violence: Choosing Life, Choosing Each Other, runs through Dec. 4. Future topics:

Nov. 13 – Gun Violence and Public Policy

Nov. 20 – Survivors after a Homicide: How Gun Violence Affects Families and Communities

Dec. 4 – Where Do We Go from Here? 

848 Lake St.

And more…

Free Trade Fair – Dominican University, Monday, Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., atrium of Parmer Hall, 7900 Division.

Jazz in the Afternoon – The Terry Sullivan Jazz Trio returns to First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Admission is $12.

Petite Boutique Holiday Market – Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Friday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 708-383-2654 for more.

CAST presents the musical Chess – Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Nov. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. For more, visit 

Judgement at Nuremberg – L.A. Theatre Works presents the play at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 7900 Division, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24. For more, visit 

Momenta’s Dances for Autumn – Academy of Movement & Music, 605 Lake St., Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20/$10 students/$5 seniors. Call 708-848-2329 or visit

125th Anniversary Gala – 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. Food, drink, raffle, silent and live auction. Call 708-386-2729.

Calendar Events

As you’ve likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights.

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