Art Shows

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Celebrate young artists at the West Suburban Student Art Expo. Fifteen participating districts, including Oak Park 97 and River Forest District 90. Leave Fan Mail for one of the 525 selected pieces of art work and see demos by Oak Park Art League (OPAL) artists. More: 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.

Through April 30, Dining Room, Oak Park Township Senior Services:

The Oak Park Area Arts Council presents Howard McClain’s Retrospective. He started painting in a class at the Oak Park Arms and has been a choir director, organist and pianist for 50 years. Open Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 130 S. Oak Park Ave.  

National Adopt a Shelter-Pet Day

Sunday, April 29, 1 to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Give a furry friend a forever home. Magnificent Mutts and Meows will bring animals looking for owners. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Sister Act Jr.

Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m., Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School:

A musical comedy presented by BRAVO: a disco diva witnesses a murder, goes into protective custody in a convent, uses her talents to inspire the choir, but blows her cover. Hear powerful gospel music, see outrageous dancing and experience a moving story. Through May 6. $10; $8, student/senior. Snackin’ with the Sisters Fundraiser, April 29, 12:30 to 2 p.m., includes lunch plus; special pricing. Tickets/info:, 708-524-5621. 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park.

19th Percy Julian Symposium

Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Area high school students conduct original science or engineering research and present it using a competitive PowerPoint or a noncompetitive poster board presentation, observed by thirty judges. Brought by the Institute for Science Education and Technology. More: 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. 

Community Health & Wellness Fair

Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Cook YMCA:

Come for fitness classes, health screenings, family activities, raffles, healthy snacks and more. Includes free blood pressure check by West Suburban Medical Center. Over 70 exhibitors. Free. Brought by the OP-RF Chamber of Commerce, Rush OP Hospital, the Wednesday Journal and others. More: 255 S. Marion, Oak Park.

Compass Rose Sextet

Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Home:

Hear this “world folk and gypsy jazz” group’s original compositions influenced by Celtic, Brazilian, Moroccan, French music and more. $30; $25, members. Tickets/more: 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

Pop-Up Floral Art

Sunday, April 29, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

Chinese-American florist and Oak Parker I Li Hsiao presents flower displays with other local florists. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Chicago Paris Cabaret ConneXion

Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m.,Open Door Theater:

Be transported to April in Paris in a cabaret-style experience with three singers and a bassist. Sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council. $25, advance; $30, at door; $15, youth. Tickets/more: 708-386-5510, opendoortheater. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Folk Concert: Diana Jones 

Monday, April 30, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear the American singer-songwriter perform. Free; hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. More: 834 Lake St.

Tritonysia Play Festival 

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Cox Auditorium, Fine Arts (J) Building, Triton College:

See new works, 10-minute pieces written by Triton College students, faculty and artists from the surrounding community. Through May 6. $10; $5, students/staff/seniors. Purchase at door;  no credit/debit cards. Inquire: 708-456-0300, x3506. 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.

Spring Music Festival

Saturday, April 28, 7 to 10 p.m., Unity Temple: 

Hear a concert showcasing the members and friends of the congregation. Proceeds provide scholarships for three Chicago Public School students to use toward voice instruction. $15; $5, youth, 13 and under. Tickets: or at the door. Additional donations welcome. Questions: 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Barbara Henry Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 26, 7 to 9 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a local author and poet. Bring two short personal poems or a poem of similar length written by your favorite poet to share. Children welcome; parents and grandparents may help them select a poem to join in. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Monday Night Concert: Eric Schneider and Jeremy Kahn

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., Oak Park Arms:

See Orchestra with Kahn, an Oak Parker and jazz and theater pit orchestra pianist, and Schneider, who plays saxophone and clarinet for studio work, concert performances and jazz festivals. Free. Questions: 708-386-4040. 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

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