“On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning”
Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, 3 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:
It’s 1888 when three courageous female world explorers band together to conquer the last and most mysterious of unexplored territories. This student production is “full of lyrical and hilarious dialogue and imagery both beautiful and surreal.” $18; $5, students. Tickets/more: events.dom.edu/verge-or-geography-yearning, 708-488-5000.
7900 Division St., River Forest.
A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget: Fred Hampton, Nelson Mandela and the Work of Memory
Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University:
This year’s Follett Lecture brings Nelson Mandela’s personal archivist, Verne Harris. Free. Reservations: dom.edu/follett-lecture, firstname.lastname@example.org. 7900 Division St., River Forest.
Authors on Tap: Nickolas Butler with Mark Bazer
Monday, April 15, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:
In Butler’s Little Faith, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Oak Parker Mark Bazer hosts WTTWs The Interview Show. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.
A Little Night Music
Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School:
The D90 Parent Instrumental Music Association (PIMA) presents family fun with silent auction, light buffet, raffle and a ten-act concert featuring students, alumni, teachers and parents. Funds support instrumental music programs. $15; $10, students; $35, family pass. Tickets: d90pima.weebly.com. 7560 Oak Ave., River Forest.
The British Invasion
Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church:
Hear The Sing to Live® Community Chorus, whose members’ lives have been affected by breast cancer, as they share music from the Kinks, Rolling Stones, BeeGees and more. Tickets: singtolive.org. $22; $17, student 6 to 18; free, survivors. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
“Bell’s Palsy and Other American Side Effects”
Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Chodl Auditorium, Morton East High School:
Recounting a family’s long fight for a Salvadoran-American Mami’s right to stay in this country, this one-woman’s humorous and personal story recounts her mother’s 25-year struggle moving through the immigration system and her insistence on celebrating the 4th of July. Discussion follows. Free. 2423 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero.
Henry Fogel Presents Pianist Adam Neiman
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:
Enjoy an evening of “great music and conversation” with Neiman performing The Schubert Sonata and Debussy’s Cycle along with other pieces by the two composers. Mingle with Neiman and Fogel afterwards. $30; $25, members; $10, students. Tickets: nineteenthcentury.org or at door. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Free Steel Band Performance
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Auditorium, Percy Julian Middle School:
See Northern Illinois University’s Steel Band, which demonstrates the “versatility and profundity of the steelpan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.” Hosted by Hatch Steel Band. 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.
Select Pix: They Shall Not Grow Old
Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:
Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) adds sound and color to century-old WWI footage to bring the realities of war to life. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: classiccinemas.com. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.
Musical Improv in the Woods
Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m., Trailside Museum:
Take a creative hike, starting with a lesson, then find inspiration in nature. All portable instruments welcome. Free. Register: 708-366-6530. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
Tasty Foods for a Longer Life
Tuesday, April 16, 5 to 6 p.m., Building A, Community Room 1100, West Suburban River Forest Medical Campus:
Learn more about the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods, whole grains and limits certain meats. Free. Also, Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. West Suburban Medical Center, Lower Level, Classrooms A-D. Register: 844-794-4301. 7411 W. Lake St., River Forest.
A Wall Can Be Broken Down—Writing & Incarceration
Monday, April 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Compound Yellow:
At Forms & Features with Tara Betts, join a discussion and creative writing workshop based on poems and forms by her students at Statesville Prison. Presented by the Poetry Foundation and held in conjunction with Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project: The Long Term. Free. RSVP: email@example.com. More: poetryfoundation.org/events. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.
Hop Over for an Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to Noon, Maple Park:
Bring baskets and don bonnets and bunny ears to participate in the OP Park District’s annual event. After the hunt, pose for family pics with the bunny and play themed games. Visit the library book bike and Animal Care League bunnies, available for adoption. Ages 3 to 10. Rain or shine. Free. Acquire timed tickets for kids: Ridgeland Commons (415 Lake St.), Gymnastics Center, (21 Lake St.) or Geppetto’s Toy Box (730 Lake St.). Maple Park: 1105 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park.
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