Colorful art of Amani Borah

Rock the House

 Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 to 10 p.m., School of Rock Oak Park:

Attend a benefit for the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, featuring local craft beer, chef-prepared bites and silent auction. New: a back-room speakeasy with an extra cocktail and food pairing. Music by bluesman Fernando Jones and the School of Rock Show Team. Also benefits the School 
of Rock Scholarship Fund. $60; $20, extra speakeasy admission. More/tickets: 219 Lake St., Oak Park.

History Makers: Legends, Legacies and Lessons

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University: 

Producer and broadcast journalist Callie Crossley will focus on people at the forefront of social justice issues, civic engagement and activism. A regular commentator on PBS NewsHour and CNN, Crossley was a producer at 20/20, of the Emmy Award-winning Blackside, Inc. documentary series and of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, which also earned a Peabody and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary. Free. More:, 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Special Collections Open House

Friday, Feb. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Special Collections, Main Library:

Drop in to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio, Ernest Hemingway’s high school papers, Grand Army of the Republic volumes and early photos of Oak Park taken by Philander Barclay. Also Feb. 16 and 23. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Folk Tales & Legends

Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest presents a concert, including Ravel’s Mother Goose, Dvorak’s The Midday Witch and more conducted by Maurice Boyer. Pre-concert conversation at 3 p.m.; reception afterwards. In partnership with the Infant Welfare Society, bring a children’s book to donate. $28; free, students through college. Info: 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

In the Name of Love

Love Without Borders

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Buzz Café:

While love alone brings good, attachment can bring
problems, such as craving, jealousy, dependence and conflict. Explore practical Buddhist methods to avoid
attachment and develop pure, lasting love. Includes guided meditation. Free. All welcome. Hosted by Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago. Inquire:, 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.

Shakespeare Valentines

Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., First United Church:

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass & Organ Ensemble perform, with guest artists The Oriana Singers and City Voices, a holiday themed concert – a newly commissioned work inspired by Shakespeare’s love poems, music of Holst and Purcell and more. $20; $15, seniors; free, students under 18. Info: 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

Fifth Annual Valentine’s Show

Saturday, February 10, 8 p.m., FitzGerald’s:

Help raise money and awareness for the American Heart and American Stroke Association while rocking out with The Bono Bros. Band and guest Chris “Hambone” Cameron, at 8:45 p.m. Fran Banish opens at 8 p.m. $10; $14,
at door. Tickets: 6615 W.
 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Soprano Christine Steyer Sings Songs of Love

Monday, Feb. 12, 1:15 to 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

Hear an Oak Park opera star, along with tenor, Emanuel Carama, sing their hearts out in this program of love songs. $10, suggested donation. Questions: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. 

Oak Park Art 

Reception Friday, Feb. 9, 7 to 9 p.m. The Oak Park Art League: 

Hidden Passages, an abstract exhibition, runs through Mar. 2. Info: 720 Chicago Ave.

Now through Feb. 27, During Library Hours, Art Gallery, Main Library:

View Orchids by water colorist Roberta Raymond, featuring domesticated orchids and native species. More: 834 Lake St.

Now through Mid-March, During Gallery Hours, Dancing Krow Studio:

See the colorful art of Amani Borah, who is from Mombasa, Kenya. Inquire: 708-383-2092, 43 W. Harrison.

The Kind Comes to Town  

Saturday, Feb. 10, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Val’s Halla Records:

The Kind will talk about their new album Volume and play a few selections. Vinyl album, Tee shirts and more available. Inquire: 708-524-1004. 239 Harrison St, Oak Park.

Solving Art Thefts and Forgeries

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Explore the world of FBI investigations with Special Agent Luigi Mondini, FBI Art Crime Team member. Hosted with the OP-RF Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Earnest & Troubled Concert

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear this folk and Americana duo, featuring harmony vocals, guitars, a banjo and a ukulele. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Free. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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