City Voices Concert
Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., First United, and Sunday, March 17, 4 p.m., United Lutheran Church:
Hear “Chicago’s most versatile community chorus” perform Zoltan Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, Arvo Pärt’s De Profundis, Randall Thompson’s Alleluia from The Place of the Blest plus music about angels. William Chin directs. $20; $10, students with ID; free, 18 and under. Tickets/more: cityvoiceskodaly.brownpapertickets.com. First United: 848 Lake St. United Lutheran: 409 Greenfield St., Oak Park.
Friday, March 15, 7 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Support the Oak Park Education Foundation while playing BINGO and honoring Julian Language Arts teacher and Spoken Word Club sponsor John Colucci. Event includes bingo prizes, raffles, live auction. $100. Tickets: opef.org/bingo-bash-tickets. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Friday, Mar. 15, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church:
Join Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in prayer and jazz from female composers and writers. Free, non-denominational event. 820 Ontario St., Oak Park.
Monday, March 18 – 1:15p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
See Dee Alexander, “the face of jazz in Chicago” in Reaching for the Moon – Ultimate Jazz. $15, requested donation. More: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Reception Friday, March 15, 6 to 9 p.m., Expression Graphics:
See relief prints and monoprints by Expressions Graphics member Cherylyn Gnadt. Closing reception, Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m., including artist talk on daily creative practice. Exhibit through March 31. Gallery Hours: Fridays, Noon to 3 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., or by appointment. More: expressionsgraphics.org. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.
CAST Theater Festival
Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m., Percy Julian Middle School:
On Friday, see Barbed-Wire Sing-A-Long, which explores how children get caught in the winds of war. On Saturday, Smart Housekeeping, is a comedic look at the idea of domestic bliss. $10; $5, students/seniors. Tickets/more: bit.ly/casthomefront. 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest: Sibelius and Nielsen
Sunday, March 17, 4 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago:
Hear the 2018 Community Orchestra of the Year perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Baird Dodge and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 (“Espansiva”). Preconcert conversation at 3 p.m. Reception after concert. Bring instruments and accessories to donate to PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation). $28; free, students. Tickets/more: symphonyoprf.org/2018-2019-season. 7400 Augusta, River Forest.
Potluck @The Priory
Sunday, Feb. 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Auditorium, Dominican University Priory Campus:
Support the OP-RF Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the OP-RF Community Foundation. Bring a dish to share and an instrument (or sing along or listen). Free. Donations accepted: toiletries, fresh produce, canned/boxed goods, high-protein items, cash or checks. Questions: email@example.com, 312-451-5101. 7200 W. Division St., River Forest.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m. onward, FitzGerald’s:
At this 38th Annual all-ages event, enjoy Irish foods, drinks and music. In the Tent: Mayer School Irish Dancers (2 to 6 p.m.) and The Dooley Brothers (7 to 11 p.m.). In the Club: Fitz & the Celts (3 to 5 p.m.), The Belvederes (6 and 9 p.m.), Cannonball (7:30 and 10:30 p.m.) and the Shannon Rovers mid-evening. $10; $5, 12 and under. Tickets at the door. More: fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/events/view/38th-Annual-St-Patrick-s-Day-Festival-2. 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn.
Educate to Liberate: Youth Social Justice Conference
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Middle schoolers, high schoolers and community members – meet community builders, hear expert speakers, participate in group panel discussions and partake in engaging activities all in the name of social justice. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
“The Black American Experience”
Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:
Watch this documentary about Ida B. Wells, organizer and grassroots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement, and Fannie Lou Hamer, a powerful reminder of what can be achieved in the face of adversity. More: oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Living a Life of No Regret
Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., St. Vincent Ferrer Parish:
Hear Robert Rogers, lay evangelist with the ministry Mighty in the Land, tell how he survived tragedy in 2003 when his wife and four children died in a flood in Kansas. Questions: 708-366-7090. 1530 Jackson Ave., River Forest.
March 18 through 23, Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park:
Families – accept the challenge to turn off the TV, tablets, cellphone and video games for a week and participate in free activities. Choose from special story times, art classes, social change theater, Gaga ball, yoga class, a police or fire station visit, seeing bees at Oak Park Village Hall and more. Concludes with Jim Gill concert on Saturday at WonderWorks, 3:30 p.m. Complete list of events: pdop.org/screenbreak.
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