The Minority Monologues 

Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 to 9 p.m., L!VE Café:

Come for an evening of performances by people of color about cultural identity in America. A benefit for Echo Theater Collective’s inaugural season, which is giving voice to the people who need it most through community theater. In partnership with Suburban Unity Alliance and Oak Park Women of Color. More: 163 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Guatemalan Sojourn

Reception Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago:
View gouache and ink works by Oak Parker Nick Bridge. Artist talk at 3 p.m.; show runs through Dec. 15. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions: 708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

“An American Home” Airs

Sunday, Nov. 12, 8 to 9 p.m., Lakeshore PBS (WYIN):

If you didn’t make the big-screen showing at the Lake, see this documentary in the comfort of your home. It tells the tale of Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, one of the first prairie-style homes. Available on Comcast channels 21/239.  

Veterans Day 2017:

Senior Lunch Celebration

Thursday Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m., Oak Park Township Senior Services:
Staff Sergeant Albert Parr joins the lunch program for an 11:30 showing of the 20-minute documentary “Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe,” which recognizes those who help others, including veterans in Operation Combat Bikesaver like Parr. A Q&A follows. Lunch program is for qualified residents of OP&RF 60+. Questions: 708-383-8060. 130 S. Oak Park Ave. 

Veterans Day Commemoration

Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., Ballroom,
Oak Park Arms:

All are invited to the WWI-themed commemoration, “Americans Abroad,” to remember the 100th Anniversary of the United State’s entry into the war. The History Singers lead patriotic music and bugler John Borland, in a WWI uniform, plays taps. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

American WWI Posters 100 Years Later 

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Oak Park River Forest Museum:

Tour the WWI and America exhibit, “From the Home Front to the Battle Front” led by OP&RF Historical Society volunteer and retired history professor Bob Messer as he discusses the collection of WWI posters on display. Inquire: 708-848-6755. 129 Lake St., Oak Park.

“From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War”

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author and Vietnam veteran Michael Duffy and hear his gritty and intimate story of the epic battle, the Tet Offensive. 834 Lake St., Oak Park

Reporting In and On Russia

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

David Jones, deputy managing editor of the Voice of America, and Hedrick Smith, former New York Times Moscow bureau chief and author of “The Russians” will speak on this timely topic. Free. Reservations: Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Poetry Readings, Music and Song

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Barbara Ballinger, retired Oak Park Head Librarian, hosts I Am Woman, the theme for this year’s poetry readers’ group. Doors open at 6:45. $10, suggested donation. Info: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.

Ethics and Leadership Lecture: Arne Duncan

Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m., University Club of Chicago:

Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business presents Arne Duncan, managing partner of Emerson Collective, former US Secretary of Education and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, for its 13th annual lecture. Free. Register:, 708-524-6810. 76 W. Monroe Street, Chicago.

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