Big Week Sept. 11 – 18

“Considering Matthew Shepard”

Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Ravinia:

The Oak Park & River Forest High School a capella choir joins Texas-based choral ensemble Conspirare for a performance which explores the life, death, and legacy of the Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead for being gay in 1998. There is also a post-concert talk with Dennis and Judy Shepard, Matthew’s parents, who became tireless advocates of LGBTQ rights following his murder. $10 – $65. Tickets/more: 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

The Chicago Harp Quartet

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Henry Fogel presents the leading harp ensemble in the U.S., which brings its signature mix of original transcriptions of Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire and new works. The evening includes conversation along with an intimate performance experience. $30; $25, members; $10, students. Tickets:, or at the door. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Order by Wednesday, Sept. 25,

Select bird-friendly trees and shrubs, many of which also benefit bees and butterflies. All specimens come in 5-gallon containers and are priced $30 or less.Purchases support Green Community Connections. Pickup is Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church parking lot, 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. 

The Agape Ringers

Sunday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Unity Temple: 

Chicago’s “premier” handbell ensemble performs a wide variety of musical styles including classical and original compositions. Brought in partnership by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation. $30; $25, UTRF and UTUUC members. Tickets/more: 875 Lake St., Oak Park.

Together We are Stronger

Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m., Koehneke Community Center, Concordia University Chicago:

It’s National Recovery Month – join the Voice for Recovery with poster presentations by graduate students (10 a.m.), see the movie Russell Brand, from Addiction to Recovery and hear a panel discussion (11 a.m.), and enjoy lunch and an open mic (12:30 p.m.). Hosted by the Addiction Recovery Team of NAMInation, a recovery through the arts group at National Alliance for Mental Illness Metro Suburban. Free. Questions: 708-358-8855. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

It’s Complicated: How to Have Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Martin Hall Auditorium, Dominican University: 

Hear a panel discuss how to approach difficult issues. Topics include Women and Money, Health and Aging, Teens and Kids, Whiteness and Privilege, and Couples and Communication. Brought by Women Leaders in Philanthropy. Free. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

A Public Forum on Criminal Justice Reform: Cook County Initiatives

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Get a comprehensive look at current criminal justice reforms in Cook County along with the pressing work ahead. Panelists include representatives from Chicago Bond Fund, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, ACLU Illinois and Brandon Johnson, Cook County Commissioner. Brought by the League of Women Voters of OP/RF. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“On the Basis of Faces”

Reception Saturday, Sept. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Art Gallery, Main Library:  

Meet local artist John Chapin and see his 20 charcoal drawings, which are larger than life portraits alive with the motion of the artist’s loose drawing technique. Through September 30. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Maher’s Early Masterwork: Pleasant Home, John Farson’s Oak Park Mansion

Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Join architectural historian Kathleen Cummings as she discusses Maher’s design of the historic 1897 house. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Hula Demonstration & Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Experience the beauty of ancient chants and dances of native Hawaii through demonstration and group participation.  834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Memory Café

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1:30 to 3:30 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. Held the third Tuesday of each month. Inquire:, 708-383-8060. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Flu Shot Clinic

Monday, September 16, 2-4 pm, Book Discussion Room, Main Library:

Prepare for the upcoming flu season. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Poetry Foundation Forms and Features: Poetry Comics

Monday, Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Compound Yellow:

Come explore a hybrid form that presents the compressed, evocative language of a poem within the illustrated sequence of a comic. First see a wide variety of work, then conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, composing original poetry comics. Bring a hard copy of a poem or other text. Free. Register: Lake St., Oak Park.

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