America to Me, the Steve James documentary series that focuses on the equity gap at Oak Park and River Forest High School, makes its TV premiere on the Starz channel on Aug. 26, but some Oak Parkers will have a look at the series even sooner than that. 

A community screening and conversation about the film will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, at the Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. in Oak Park. Tickets for the general public are no longer available, with district officials pointing out on the school’s Facebook page that “all were gone within an hour.” 

In addition to the screening, there will be live screenings, watch parties and discussions of the series held across Oak Park throughout the documentary’s 10-week run on Starz. 

The Oak Park Public Library is giving out 115 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis for a series of watch parties and discussions that it will hold at the main branch library, 834 Lake St., each Sunday the documentary airs.

In addition, Live Café, in collaboration with the nonprofit Suburban Unity Alliance, will host a premiere viewing party and discussion at the café, 163 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, on Aug. 26. Registration is required. 

Live Café and SUA will host a series of additional viewing parties and discussions every other Monday at 7 p.m. from Sept. 10 through Nov. 5. 

Michael Romain

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