Stories and Songs of African People

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

 Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University: 

A decade after the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, comes this 2017 award-winning film, which follows Nobel Peace Prize awardee Al Gore, traveling the world to influence international climate policy. $7; free, Dominican students/staff. Tickets at the door. Questions:, Part of the One Earth Film Festival, which features 30 award-winning films at 60 locations across the Chicago area. More: 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Handel Week Festival: Intimate Handel 

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church:

Hear Music for Soprano, Two Violins, and Basso Continuo as Handel Week continues with Concert II in “one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the area” at this annual event begun in 2000. This cabaret-style concert is set up with intimate tables. $30; free, students 8 to 18. Tickets/more: 924 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair”

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:  

Join author William Hazelgrove as he talks about his new book and “The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago” during the days of the Great Depression. Hazelgrove tells of the city and its cast of characters who fought the hold that organized crime had on the city to be able to put on the 1933 World’s Fair, A Century of Progress. For adults and teens. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Sunflower Chamber Orchestra Concert

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 to 3 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library: 

Hear beautiful music by a River Forest children’s orchestra. Brought in partnership with the River Forest Township. More:, 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., bus from Oak Park:

Seniors from OP and RF ages 60+ are invited on an excursion with the Senior Services Transportation Department. It’s the MCA’s 50th anniversary and with exhibits like “Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons” on display there is plenty of interesting art to see. $8, suggested donation. Register: 708-383-4806. More:

Japanese Internment: “The Orange Story”

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

See a short film about a Japanese-American shop owner whose life changed when the U.S. government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during WWII. Following is a panel discussion with Lourdes Nichols, who will share her grandparents’ experience of incarceration in Manzanar, Jason Matsumoto, executive producer of The Orange Story, Joe Takehara, who stars in the film, and Karen Su, Global Asian Studies teacher at the University of Illinois, Chicago. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Grassroots Chicago Community Organizing 

Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library:

Representatives from the People’s Tribune and the Healing Corner will speak about their work in Chicago. Hear about the People’s Tribune goal to create a better world for those struggling in this economic climate. The Healing Corner goes to violent street corners and passes out free food and other resources. They also create dialogues around violence and build community relationships. Info: 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Stories and Songs of African People

Monday, Feb. 26, 6 to 7 p.m., Austin Room, Forest Park Public Library:  

Shanta’s performances draw from a large repertoire of stories and music. Her performances evoke surprise and sometimes even tears. Register: Questions: 708-366-7171, 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.

Surviving Trump and Thriving

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Gina Orlando, social-justice activist and adjunct science professor at DePaul University, explores how to engage the positive sides of both our feminine and masculine energies at this rare moment in human history to solve the big problems we face. Learn how to create a fairer society, tipping it toward cooperation, healing and justice in this lecture/discussion. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

See dramatist Roberta Randall portray the life of former the first lady, from a shy, lonely child to her White House days, UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, women’s issues advocate and world traveler. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Erasing the Distance: Dominican, Chapter 2 

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University: 

Hear true stories related to mental-health issues from members of the Dominican community. Tickets: $10, OP Theater Month price with code OPTM18. 7900 Division St., River Forest. 

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