Through the Looking Glass

 Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library:

A screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass will be held in the Veterans Room of the Main Library, 834 Lake St., on the day before Thanksgiving. This is Lewis Carroll, not an analysis of the 2016 election. “Years after her first adventure, Alice stumbles upon a looking glass that magically transports her back to Underland, where she is reunited with her beloved childhood friends” (PG, 2016, 118 minutes). Target audience: elementary school students and “tweens.” For more, call 708-383-8200.

OPRF Show Choir

Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 8 p.m, Main Library, 834 Lake St.:

The Oak Park Public Library hosts a performance by Noteworthy, the award-winning show choir of Oak Park and River Forest High School, a selective group of singers, dancers, and live band members. For more, visit

Angel Earrings

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26 from 2 to 5 p.m.:

Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St. in the Oak Park Arts District, hosts a drop-in workshop. Angel earrings, as unique as snowflakes, can be made for yourself or as a gift or as a tree ornament. No registration required. The cost is $5 per item. For elementary school students and tweens. Call 708-848-1761.

First-Look Friday

Friday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dole Branch, 255 Augusta St.:

Get a first look at the library’s new Multicultural Collection, which includes artifacts, traditional clothing and costumes, games, books, posters, music, and films from around the world. The day’s celebration will feature a live concert by NuBambu at 2 p.m., with games and art for the whole family all day. For more, visit

Special effects fest

The holiday movies are beginning to arrive at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., and if you love special effects, you’re in business. Three films feature fx big time: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which will presumably sate your JK Rowling appetite), Arrival (extraterrestrial visitation, translated by Amy Adams), and Doctor Strange (the latest Marvel Comics superhero, this time featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is the name of the actor, not the superhero). For times, visit

New Lionel Hampton Band

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., FitzGerald’s Night Club:

The New Lionel Hampton 10-piece Band features Jason Marsalis, the vibes player chosen by the Lionel Hampton Estate. The band will do two sets beginning at 6 p.m., at 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets to the show are $25 and available at the club and TicketWeb

For more information on the New Lionel Hampton Band, go to For band videos, go to

For more information on FitzGerald’s, call 708-788-2118 or visit

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 26, all day:

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, which began in 2010. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, last year more than 95 million Americans visited local businesses that day and spent more than $16 billion.

Strange art of puppetry

Monday, Nov. 28 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club:

“The Strange Art of Puppet Theater” will be presented by Michael Montenegro, Theater Zarko founder, puppeteer, and international artist and sculptor. Following the performance, there will be a discussion about this not-well-understood art form. $10 suggested donation. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. For more, call 708-386-2729,

Independent’s Day

Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

One of those small businesses, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, which began in Oak Park and is now located at 7419 Madison St. in Forest Park, will hold its 3rd Annual Independent’s Day event with 18 authors in attendance at various points through the day. Writers who have confirmed include Craig Cleve, Michael Black, William Hazelgrove, JoBe Cerny, Scott Becker, Renee James, Pat Camaliere, Bob Shiel, Rich Lindberg, E.M & J.D. Kaplan, Patricia Skalka, D.M. Pirrone, Jane Morocco, Patrick McBriarty, Robert Goldsborough, Sue Myers and Cherly Yeko. For more, call 708-771-7243 or visit

‘Bone’ Appetit

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27 from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Trailside Museum:

All ages are invited to feeding time to learn about Trailside’s outdoor resident animals. Families welcome, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Call 708-366-6530 for more information.

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