Storytelling Open Mic and Shanta

The Hemingway Graduation Party

Saturday, June 17, 7 to 10 p.m., Hemingway Museum:

Celebrating 100 years since Ernest graduated from Oak Park High, this Ernest Hemingway Foundation benefit features food, cocktails, the OPRF Jazz Ensemble, Julian’s Spoken Word Club, and a silent auction. Cocktail attire suggested. Tickets, $100, 200 N Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Oak Park Festival Theatre does “Macbeth” 

First Preview, Thursday, June 15, 8 p.m. ($10), Second Preview, Friday, June 16, 8 p.m. (Community Appreciation Night – Free), Austin Gardens:

During a time of great political upheaval 400 years ago, Shakespeare gave us a vehicle to pick up a mirror and examine the chaos and destruction that could be created by a tyrannical ruler. Running through July 22. For show times, pricing, and tickets: 708-445-4440 or 167 Forest Ave.

Yappy Hour

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Cheney Mansion: 

Grab your pup for an evening of mingling on the lawn. The evening includes beer, wine, doggy “cocktails,” hors d’oeuvres, mansion tours, canine massages, photo booth, silent auction and a raffle. Tickets: $25 ($30 at the door), dogs free. $10 of ticket price donated to the Animal Care League. Register at 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Nature and Science: Air-Powered Toys

Friday, June 16, 10 a.m. to Noon, Wonder Works:

This Oak Park children’s museum offers a different theme each Friday in their hands-on science program. This week, launch a paper helicopter, release a balloon-powered vehicle, blow sailboats across water, and more. Wonder Works is for children from birth to age eight. Program covered by general admission, $7. Info:, 708-383-4815. 6445 W. North Ave.

Her Voice

Reception Friday, June 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Expressions Graphics:

See an art exhibition of women printmakers. During the reception, there will be live music, refreshments and at 8 p.m., a guest speaker from Sarah’s Inn. The show runs through June 30. Information: 708-447-9262, 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Unity Temple Unveiling

Saturday, June 17, 2 to 5 p.m., United Temple:

The public is invited to a free open house after the completion of a $25 million restoration of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces. Entry is first-come, first served; last group admitted at 4:45 p.m. An invitation-only ribbon cutting and ceremony takes place earlier with keynote speaker, architect Paul Goldberger. 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Church of Beethoven

Sunday, June 18, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Repertory:  

Violinist Daniela Bisenius and jazz pianist and accordionist Don Stille perform jazz, classical and some surprises. Adults, $10, students, $5. Information and tickets: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. 

The Seniors’ Senior Prom, Fiesta!

Friday, June 17, 6 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Arms Retirement Community:

Seniors will dance the night away at the 39thannual Prom, Fiesta! Free and open to the public, live music provided by Salsa Chicago and entertainment by the Folkloric Dancers. Reservations requested. Call 708-386-4040 or 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

It Don’t Just…Shake Off 

Opening night June 16, 8 p.m., Open Door Repertory:

Set in the 1920s, this new musical is based on the true partnership of Tampa Red and Georgia Tom, the father of gospel music. This celebration of blues is filled with music composed by these two legends, as well as original music. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 3 p.m., through July 23. General admission, $25, seniors, $22. Info/tickets: 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Free Summer Concerts  

Sunday, June 18, 5:30 p.m., Scoville Park:

Here’s a chance to listen to music, dance with family, and picnic with friends. This weekend’s concert features Bopology’s jazz and modern swing. The Park District of Oak Park and local businesses sponsor these concerts every Sunday through August. This concert sponsored by “Wednesday Journal.” Lake St. and Oak Park Ave. 

Murder and Mayhem

Saturday, June 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Oak Park Main Library:

Sneak out to see writers Julia Buckley and Vickie Fee as they clue you in on what it’s like to be authors of cozy mysteries. Both have released new books in May. Buckley writes two mystery series, including one for foodies. Fee writes humorous mysteries featuring a party planner sleuth. 834 Lake St.

Storytelling Open Mic and Shanta

Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Lewis Hall, Dominican University:

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. During open mic, 7 to 8 p.m., try a new story or tell for the first time, update an old story, or just listen. At 8:15, hear professional storyteller Shanta. All are welcome. Free admission, donations appreciated. Questions? or 708-465-6305. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

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