Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

What’s Blooming on Harrison

 Application deadline Monday, March 12, Oak Park Arts District: 

Be a part of the street festival that includes an art fair, music, makers workshops, children’s activities and more, held May 19. Artists, musicians and vendors are invited to apply. More: Questions: On Harrison between Austin and Ridgeland.

“Cycle of Segregation” 

Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 p.m., at an Oak Park home:

Join local author Maria Krysan for a reading and conversation and explore “Social Processes and Residential Stratification.” $25; $100, includes signed book and a $40 donation to the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. RSVP: Address provided with sign up. 

HamBingo & Quick Draw

Tuesday, March 6, 8 to 10 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s Show Lounge:

Raise funds for The Oak Park Art League while playing bingo hosted by a drag queen. Artists draw sketches from a live model – also a drag queen – whose creative poses will entertain all. Raffle tickets and artists’ renderings, which will be raffled, also raise funds. $15, one bingo card; $25 for 2 cards; $15, artist entry includes model fee and sketch pad. Register: 155 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park.

“Work That Matters”

Sunday, March 4, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Zen Life Meditation Center:

Maia Duerr’s new book gives tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion for oneself and the world. She will take attendees through a process that can lead to breakthroughs and positive reformulation of careers and show how mindfulness is valuable in gaining new perspective. $95; $80, ZLMC members. Register for The Dharma of Right Livelihood: 38 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Art Exhibit – Sum of Us 

Reception Sunday, March 4, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:

Meet Fran Sampson and Bryan Northup, whose art reflect the imprints humans leave. Sampson’s use of paint and mixed media capture the sense of a place rather than the optical reality of it. Northup’s work consists of single use plastic that references food and society’s appetite. 834 Lake St.

March Movies! 

One Earth Film Festival

Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 11, various time and locations:

View 30 award-winning films with environmental impact at 60 locations across the Chicago area with many in Oak Park and River Forest. More:


Saturday, March 3, Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join in for popcorn, raffle prizes and Oscar-nominated films: 

9:15 to 11:05 a.m.: Coco (PG) 

11:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Darkest Hour (PG-13) 

1:20 to 3:20 p.m.: Big Sick (R) 

3:30 to 5 p.m.: Abacus (NR) 

More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

First Tuesday Film Club

Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

See Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, the 2017 documentary about the Hollywood actress who was also a genius inventor. $8.50; $6, matinee/senior. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Handel and Bach Share the Stage

Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church:

In the final performance of Handel Week, hear The Choice of Hercules and Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Magnificat. Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. $35; free, students 8 to 18. Tickets/more: 924 Lake St., Oak Park.

Surviving Trump and Thriving

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

Gina Orlanda, 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.

International Women’s Day Open House

Monday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Sarah’s Inn: 

See the scope of programs aimed to end domestic violence that are delivered in schools, at community sites, businesses and health care organizations. Meet staff and tour the facility and counseling areas. RSVP by March 2: 386-3305, ext. 1022, 309 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Postcard Project, “Sanctuary”

Deadline Saturday, March 31, The Oak Park Art League (OPAL: 

OPAL invites anyone who is moved to create a submission through artwork and/or words, to submit a 4″x 6″ postcard-sized entry for their Art for Social Change Exhibit, starting May 11. Works should express historical narratives or current contexts for safe havens, sanctuary cities and fair housing in the places and communities that artists call home. As a fundraiser, most postcards will be sold for $35 and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit ProBono Network and Oak Park Regional Housing Center. More: No fee. Deliver or mail to 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302.

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