Authors on Tap


 Friday, Sept. 14, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 15, Noon to 10 p.m., Downtown Oak Park: 

Enjoy live music a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, craft beer, wine and local food favorites. Free admission. More: Marion St. and North Blvd., south of Lake St. 

A Play + A Pint: “Art” 

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s:

Oak Park Festival Theatre’s monthly play reading delves into opinions over a white painting and how old friendships can be tested over it. Admission includes beverage and show. Doors open two hours prior for early-bird seating and dining. Tickets/more: $12. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Art in the Village 

The Biff & Yubbie Show

Reception Friday Sept. 14, 6 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow:

See new works by Oak Park artists Michael Dain and Elizabeth Burke-Dain. Dain’s illuminated sculptures represent a lifelong fascination with high- and low-technology, light, shadow, and form, while Burke-Dain’s site-specific installation creates a visual cohesion and playful counterbalance to the geometric structuralism of Dain’s work. More: To view the show after the opening by appointment: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Pieces Lead to Peace 

Reception Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. Art Gallery, Main Library: 

See Susan Elster Jones’ art featuring pieced quilts with modern improvisational approaches and mixed-media. Through Sept. 29. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“What’s Wrong With You!”

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear from author Omar Yamini talk about his book subtitled What You, Your Children, and Our Students Need to Know About My 15-Year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Life Itself” 

Monday, Sept. 17, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Join Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of the 2014 Roger Ebert documentary. Other biographical documentaries in the series:

  • Sept. 24: “Iris”
  • Oct. 1: “Rosenwald”
  • Oct. 8: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” 
  • Oct. 22: “I Am Not Your Negro” 
  • Oct 29: “RBG”

More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Hemingway Tennis Outing 

Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 to 7 p.m., Oak Park Country Club:

Some days the racket can be mightier than the pen. Event includes tennis drills, racquet demos, taco bar, margaritas and raffle all to support Foundation programming. Rain date Sept. 22. $100, tennis and dinner; $40, dinner only. Cash bar. Tickets: 2001 Thatcher Ave., River Grove.

And The Beat Goes On. Spend a day celebrating Val!

Val Camilletti meant so much to so many people. This Sunday, Sept.16 at FitzGerald’s, we will be celebrating Val’s life with stories, music, and photos.  The gathering begins at 3 p.m. with the official kick off at 4 p.m. with comments from hosts Steve Parker and Terri Hemmert. There will be live music throughout the day and into the evening with opportunities for others to share their stories of Val.  We will also be featuring Val’s favorite New Orleans food courtesy of Tom Cimms.  All are welcome – come celebrate the life of this extraordinary person. Visit club website for full line-up & schedule. FitzGerald’s;  6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn; 708-788-2118.

Threats to Voter Rights: What’s at Stake

Monday, Sept. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

The OPRF League of Women Voters has assembled an expert panel to discuss the following at a community forum: determining if voter suppression is an issue in Illinois, understanding the threat of voter suppression, clarifying voter eligibility in communities and encouraging voter turnout. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Authors on Tap 

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., BeerShop:

Rebecca Makkai is in conversation with Augustus Rose as they discuss Makkai’s new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. Makkai previously won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association. Rose is a novelist and screenwriter and teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago. In conjunction with The Book Table. 1026 North Blvd.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WARP) Class

Register now. Starts Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., NAMI:

WARP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process to get well, stay well. Identify upsetting events and warning signs, then use wellness tools to develop action plans for responding. Brought by National Alliance for Mental Illness Metro Suburban. Free eight-week course. Register: 814 Harrison St., Oak Park.

On the Road with T Bone Burnett: Stories, Music & Movies

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Dominican University:

Accompanied by guitar, film clips and stories, T Bone covers everything from collaborating with music’s biggest stars to his love of Americana and his work in film. $40 – $45. Tickets: 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. 

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