Church of Tangos

Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

Church of Beethoven-Oak Park presents the Hanauta Duo (violin and flute) performing Piazzolla tangos, plus music from Japan and Russia. Record store owner Val Camilletti is mistress of ceremonies in a refreshing Sunday morning event with free coffee and cookies. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. Cost: $10 for adults/$5 for children. Tickets: 902 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park.

Stories and Songs of Old Ireland

Saturday, March 18 at 8:15 p.m., Lewis Hall, Dominican University:

Illinois Storytelling presents Irish troubadour and storyteller Gerry Dignan, sharing stories told to him by his Great Aunt Ellen Quinn in her kitchen in West Ireland, passing along the old Irish folklore, beliefs, superstitions and ways of life. Open mic from 7 to 8 p.m., then Dignan at 8:15. No cover charge, donations appreciated. Lewis Lounge, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. For more, call Margaret Burk, 708-465-6305 or visit For more on Gerry Dignan, visit

Tabet Poetry Reading

Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

The Fourth Annual Caesar and Patricia Tabet Poetry Reading features Luis Alberto Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Sponsored by the Dominican Department of English. For more information, visit 

Gender Revolution 

Monday, March 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room: 

Viewing of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. The film follows Couric as she travels across the U.S. talking with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors, and families about the complex issue of gender. Discussion will follow the screening. Main Library, 834 Lake St.

Windy Symphony

Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m., Concordia University:

The Wind Symphony of Concordia Chicago will perform a homecoming concert following their Midwest tour of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and New York. The free concert takes place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord. Featured work of the evening will be the CUC-commissioned “African Harmony” by Johan de Meij, a nod to the Wind Symphony’s upcoming tour of South Africa in May and “The Irish Washerwoman” by Leroy Anderson. 7400 Augusta St., 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.

Live trustee candidate debate

Sunday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., WPNA Radio 1490AM:

The Doris Davenport Show (with Doug Wyman, “All Local All the Time”) will feature the Oak Park trustee candidates in a live debate. The show airs every Sunday evening from high atop the Oak Park Arms. Streaming: Video Archive: Contact: 312-296-9709.

Delta Authors on Tour

Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

The Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter (GEAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is hosting the Midwest stop for the annual Delta Authors on Tour. This event is free to the public, but please RSVP at The authors’ genres run from women’s fiction to self help.


Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 4 pm, Oak Park Public Library Veterans Room: 

Celebrate comics and fandom of all types, and take home free comics. There will be workshops, contests, tabletop games, and more. Main Library, 834 Lake St.

Stomp and Shout

Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater: 

Stomp and Shout’s Jam Band returns to Open Door for an interactive, imaginative concert featuring original tunes and rock-and-roll favorites. Tickets: $10 – General Admission $5 – Children 5 and under. 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Science of the Soul

Monday, March 20 at 1:15 p.m., 19th Century Club: 

Rev. Stanley L. Davis Jr., with the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, presents “Science of the Soul,” an overview of religious diversity in the Chicago area. $10 suggested donation. Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 708-386-2729,

Scandinavian Scenes

Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Maurice Boyer will conduct Symphonie Espagnole and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite with soprano Nathalie Colas and Eric Wallbruch as narrator. Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. Tickets $28, students through college free.

Tuba recital for world peace

Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:

Tubist Raphael Valadez will perform a Recital for World Peace, with all proceeds going to the Kadampa Meditation Center in Oak Park. A free-will donation is requested but no one will be turned away. 611 Randolph St., Oak Park.

Calendar Events

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