Author talk: “Hemingway at Eighteen”

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join journalist Steve Paul as he talks about his new book, “Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend.” During WWI, young Hemingway became a Red Cross ambulance driver and went to Italy, where he was wounded. The book sheds new light on this young man bound for greatness. Put on with the library’s Special Collections team and The Ernest Hemingway Foundation. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Author William Hazelgrove shares his book, which shows how the first lady became acting U.S. President after her husband Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Johnnies, Tommies, and Sammies: Music and the WWI Alliance

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Throughout WWI, the musical cultures of Allied countries Great Britain, Canada and the United States provide insight into their changing views of each other, themselves and the conflict. Presented by musicologists and performers, the program includes films, period recordings, live performances and more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Book Discussions

Thursday, Oct. 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Maze Library:

Starting next week, read and join librarians to discuss books centered around WWI. The first is “All Quiet on the Western Front.” 

%u25A0 Oct. 17  “The Summer Before the War” (Dole, 7 to 8 p.m.)

%u25A0 Oct. 18  “A Farewell to Arms” (Main, 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Copies of books available at the libraries beforehand. Maze, 845 Gunderson, Oak Park.

Sones de México and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company

Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Enjoy traditional Mexican folk tunes and clever experiments with Bach, Led Zeppelin, Woody Guthrie, three-part harmonies and more as this group works its way through a collection of more than 30 instruments. 7900 Division, River Forest. 

Edgar Allan Poe Theatrical Performance

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5 to 7 at 7 and 8:30 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Enjoy three classics dramatically performed in different rooms of this historic Oak Park mansion. Also see the debut of “The Shroud of Tremaine, Or A Lady’s Confession,” commissioned by Pleasant Home Foundation and written by Oak Park author Mary Grace Bertulfo. Wine and cheese included during intermission. $30; $25 Pleasant Home Foundation members. Tickets: 217 Home Ave. 

Life Laughing

Friday, Oct. 6, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastgate Café:

Jeff Gee makes audiences laugh with his funny observances on life and his very British accent. Gee is a nine-time published author including “The Winner’s Attitude” and “Super Service.” Free. Also catch the show Nov. 17 and Dec. 9. Questions: 847-814-6237. 102 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Sunday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Dominican University:

The Symphony of Oak Park – River Forest presents Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5, conducted by Jay Friedman. Preconcert conversation at 3 p.m. Free reception afterwards. $28; free, students through college. Bring a donation/food item for the OPRF Food Pantry to the concert. Bonus: Oct. 8 ticket holders invited to Oct. 1 rehearsal with CSO’s Maestro Riccardo Muti. Tickets/info: 708-218-2648, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

2017 Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Jane Hirshfield

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

See the award-winning poet and essayist whose work speaks to a connection with others and the wider community of creatures and objects with which we share our lives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, the annual lecture features an accomplished author. The Book Table will sell titles. Info: 834 Lake St.

Folk & Baroque

Monday, Oct. 9, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward, The Scottish Fiddle Duo, use period instruments to mix Baroque chamber music with high-energy dance tunes, along with their 18th-century Scottish aesthetic. $10 suggested donation. More: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Jazz with Jennifer Graham

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, 7 p.m., Open Door Theater:     

Hear an intimate evening of jazz standards, including Gershwin, Ella, Billie Holiday and more. Tickets:, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

Tributosaurus Becomes: Styx

Friday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m., Wire:  

Come Sail Away with this local group as they morph into a 1970s Chicago rock-band. 21+ show. Doors open 8 p.m.; limited seating. $25; $60, VIP Reserved Balcony Seating (Limit 4), Questions: 6815 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. 

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