"We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria"


 Saturday, Feb. 16, Small Meeting Room, Main Library:

See Oscar-nominated films before the Academy Awards. Popcorn and raffle prizes included. Watch Black Panther, 12:45 p.m., and RBG, 3:15 p.m.
 On Feb. 23, see At Eternity’s Gate,

1:10 p.m., and The Wife, 3:15 p.m. Free. 834 Lake St. Oak Park. 

Free Readers Ensemble: The Property Known as Garland

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

With her wicked wit, Judy Garland dishes the dirt on her MGM co-stars, her husbands and more going down the yellow brick road of her incredible life. Free; donations accepted. More: freereaders.com. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Girls Like Us

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 to 5 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:

Inspired by Sheila Weller’s book Girls Like Us, Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland combine to celebrate music of Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell. An Oak Park Festival Theatre benefit. $40. Box office: 708-300-9396. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

“Intelligent Lives”

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Maze Library:

This film explores the labels of intellectual disability “from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility.” After, join a panel discussion moderated by Paula Kluth and District 97 Director of Special Education Eboney Lofton. Brought by Lincoln PTO DivCO. Register:  signupgenius.com/go/805094fa8ae29a20-intelligent. 845 Gunderson, Oak Park.

“We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria”

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet author and Northwestern professor Wendy Pearlman and hear about her book of first-hand accounts from the frontlines, based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians. Pearlman grew up in Oak Park. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 lake St., Oak Park. 

Name Change Workshop for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Storytime Room, Main Library:

Hear from a Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois attorney to learn about the legal name change process as part of long-term gender self-determination. Bring questions, get resources and be prepared for Name Change Mobilization, which takes place the last Friday each month at Daley Center in Chicago. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Church of Beethoven: Folias Duo

Sunday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

See the husband and wife who perform original compositions for flute and guitar, focusing on Argentine social tango dance and South American folk and world music. $10; $5, students. Tickets/more: brownpapertickets.com/event/4075374. 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

The Magic, Wonder & Whimsy of Nature

Reception Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library: 

Meet River Forest artist Liita Forsyth. Her exhibit features paintings that have been enlarged into murals at Trailside Museum and other nature images. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

1968: A Personal Account of a Turbulent and Terrifying Year

Monday, Feb. 18, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

In May 1968, Brian Flora graduated from college. Four months later, he was on his way to Vietnam. Hear about the causes and events of that year from the retired career diplomat. $15, requested donation. More: nineenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

Memory Café

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Oak Park Township Senior Services Center:

Those living with memory loss and their care givers can connect, share a meal and participate in recreational and educational opportunities in a coffee house atmosphere at this new offering, which occurs the third Tuesday of each month. Register: memorycafe@oakparktownship.org, 708-383-8060, or drop in. 130 S. Oak Park. Ave.

Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library: 

This series explores issues facing black males in education, incorporating research and emphasizing strategies and practices that can support success. Next up: Feb. 26, Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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