Challenges Within an Ever-Changing Global Marketplace with Ace Hardware Chief Marketing Officer Kim Lefko Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University


“Phone First,” or look online, email before heading to events

For those who remember the old Bell Telephone ads, the Phone First slogan was meant to prevent the mistake of making a trip somewhere only to find the place closed earlier, the show was sold out or it was the staff’s day off. Now, due to precautions being taken during the coronavirus pandemic, events are planned and then being rescheduled or canceled. It is hard to keep up. Despite our best efforts, what we have written here may have changed.

We recommend checking with the organization or venue before stepping out your door. In Big Week, we typically include where to get more info. While institutions such as the Oak Park and River Forest Libraries have pledged to keep updates on their websites ( and, some arts organizations do not frequently update websites, so calling or sometimes emailing may be the better means of reaching them. If only a website is listed here, phone or email contacts are usually found on the websites.

For more on coronavirus

The Village of Oak Park has a webpage for community-specific, state and country-wide resources:

Oak Park Township has cautioned against fraud during this time and has directed residents to ask any coronavirus-related questions here: call 1-800-889-3931 or email

Audra McDonald in Concert

Sunday, March 14, 5 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University

The 40th Annual Trustee Benefit, which supports student scholarships, features the singer and actress who received a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy. She also received the 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. $48 – $88. Tickets/more: 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

One Earth Film Fest: The Power of We

Through Sunday, March 15, various times and locations

There are 26 documentaries at 40+ venues across Chicagoland. Many screenings include facilitated discussions. Reservations encouraged: $0 – $8, suggested donation. More: Highlights nearby this week:

View Child of Nature (10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) and Monty and Rose (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.). The first film follows five children from different countries and how they are “transforming their lives and their communities.” Q&A with director follows. Monty and Rose are endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach last summer, the first to do so in 64 years. Discussion with director and panel follows. Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest.

See Beyond Climate, filmed throughout British Columbia, Canada, over many years. The wisdom and perspectives of Indigenous leaders, local communities, scientists and policymakers are featured. Panel discussion follows. Saturday, March 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

The Electoral College: Relevant or Obsolete?

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club

Join the discussion at this Mind Boggle led by Joyce Williams, founding member of the Electoral College Committee of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Hear the League’s position that the Electoral College should be abolished, but also arguments in favor of keeping it. Free; cash bar. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Irish Heritage Singers

Sunday, March 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the resident choir of the Irish American Heritage Center. Hear pub favorites, folk songs and more. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

“The Creation”

Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m. Pilgrim Congregational Church

Pilgrim’s Chancel Choir and Friends, along with a chamber orchestra, will present Joseph Haydn’s magnificent oratorio. Free-will offerings accepted. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Town Hall

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Riveredge Hospital

Open to all family members and persons with lived experience with an I/DD, topics covered by a panel include funding, facilitating transitions across the lifespan, accessibility to services and advocacy. Q&A follows. Free. Register: 8311 W. Roosevelt, Forest Park.

Challenges Within an Ever-Changing Global Marketplace

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University

Brennan School of Business presents Ace Hardware Chief Marketing Officer Kim Lefko at its annual Global Speaker Series Lecture. Lefko, of River Forest, has over 25 years of experience growing iconic brands. Networking reception at 5:30 p.m. Register: 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Free Readers Ensemble: “Barrymore”

Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club

As John Barrymore reckons with ravages of his life of excess, he rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer’s audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph – Richard III. Freewill donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Church of Beethoven: Folias Duo

Sunday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon, International Mansion

See flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron perform European classical

music with jazz, world music and improvisation. The rhythms, contours and textures of their compositions and performance test the technical and sonic limitations of their instruments.  $15; $10, children. Tickets/more:, or at the door. 509 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Park Arts District 

Support Women Owned Businesses (WOW!). See female artists at work at Dancing Krow Studios or join in a soap-making workshop (noon- 1:30 p.m.), view a staff jewelry show at Bead in Hand, try a digital scavenger hunt of famous women musicians at Val’s halla Records and more. Store hours vary. Look for yellow decorations for participating businesses. More:, #shoponharrisonstreet. Harrison between Austin and Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

Thought Provoking Art

Through March 28, by appointment, Compound Yellow

See Danish multimedia artist Mikkel Neimann’s work, Decaying, four different videos examining how political decisions impact urban design and our perception of the space we inhabit around the world, specifically, abandoned villages and factories and a separation wall. Schedule a visit: 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Reception Friday, March 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League

At Entanglements, artists explore and celebrate the abstract nature of artistic inquiry through a variety of mediums. Through April 2. More: 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

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