Art Dans La Rue

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Savor French food, wine, music, dance and all things authentically European. A variety of artists and designers will exhibit their work. Entertainment includes the Poodle Parade (7 p.m.), French lessons (2 to 9 p.m.), Conscious Circus Performers and more. Marion St. between Lake and North Blvd.

Authors on Tap: Claire Lombardo

Monday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Oak Park native, Lombardo, in conversation with Chicago author Rebecca Makkai, talks about her bestselling and highly-recommended debut novel The Most Fun We Ever Had, which partially takes place in Oak Park. In partnership with The Book Table. More: 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Thursday Night Out Continues

Thursday, Aug. 1, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Oak Park:

Every Thursday through Aug. 29, more than 20 restaurants offer drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts to eat inside or carry out. Ticket booklets with four dine-around tickets available at kiosk at Lake and Marion. Hear world music concerts on Marion Street; this week Maracujaz (Brazilian, Latin & American Jazz), 5 to 7 p.m., and Huguito Gutierrez & Wayco Band (Bolivian and Peruvian Music), 7 to 9 p.m.

Local Art

Reception Sunday, Aug. 4, 2 to 6 p.m., Compound Yellow:

See artist Justin T. Nalley’s exhibition, This is Not a Ramp, presented alongside process-oriented art workshops facilitated by the artist during August. Workshop registration: Also scheduled to open – Part 11 of 12 Openings, featuring the art of Sara Rouse and Miguel Ramos. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Aug. 31, Oak Park Village Hall: 

View Oak Park artist Gabriel Soto’s take on classical equestrian portrait treated though a contemporary lens. 123 Madison St., Oak Park.

Select Pix

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., Lake Theatre:

In Non-Fiction, Juliette Binoche stars in a comedy set in the Parisian publishing world, where a controversial author uses events from his real-life love affairs in his new novel. Showing on the third Tuesday, Aug. 20: Last Year at Marienbad. $8.50; $6, matinee/seniors/children. Info: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

Free Diabetes Screening

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Suite L300, West Suburban Medical Center:

Come for a three-point screening, which includes blood pressure, fasting blood glucose and body mass index (BMI). Do not eat prior to testing. No appointment necessary. Available the first Tuesday every month. 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park.

One Book, One Oak Park

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Come experience At Tea with Your Neighbor, the program described in this year’s summer read, Palaces for the People, and get to know fellow community members over tea and snacks. 

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

See a Wrap-Up Panel to hear about what is in the works now to build community and social infrastructure, inspired by Eric Klinenberg’s book. Also, explore ideas for the future. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Oak Park International Film Festival – Call for Entries

Submit by Thursday, Aug. 8:

Any local filmmakers (including cast and crew) from the western suburbs or Austin, or those having films with subject matter and/or film locations related to these areas, are invited to submit entries on this year’s theme: Resistance Cinema, investigating ways individuals, collectives and institutions foment change. More and how to submit:

Sunday Morning Zen Talk

Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Zen Life & Meditation Center:

Hear Juan Carlos Hernandez speak on Welcoming Immigrants: The Chicago Religious Leadership Network and the Welcoming Congregations project. Meditation session from 9 to 9:45 a.m., before the talk. Free; all welcome. Free public meditation is also held Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 7 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. More: New location: 46 Lake St., Oak Park.

49th Annual Book Fair

Friday, Aug. 2, 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cafeteria, Oak Park & River Forest High School:

Shop for books, as well as music and movies, starting at $1 each, organized by category. Friday entry fee $5, plus $10 per electronic device. Free on Saturday. Also, nonprofit/educator appreciation on Sunday, Aug. 4, noon to 2 p.m.; free books with valid nonprofit/educator ID or 501c3 documentation. More: 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 

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