There’s Art in Iceland?

Monday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m., Zoom through the Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Known for its spectacular landscape, Iceland is home to contemporary artists such as Ragnar Kjartansson and Björk. But its artistic history is centuries old, from folk carving and weaving to 19th century painting influenced by the Impressionists and Modernism. Join educator/curator Annie Morse for a dip into the island’s bracing cultural climate. $15, suggested donation; free, members. Register: 

Seed Starting

Register now. Class: Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 to 8 p.m., Virtually with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory

Learn how to start vegetables indoors to transplant in spring – where to purchase seeds, how to set up for optimal growth, how to thin seedlings and ways to promote strong healthy plants. For ages 18+. Free. Register:

Oak Park Micro Brew Review Virtual Winter Celebration

Purchase tickets by Thursday, Jan. 21, noon. Event: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Virtually hosted by Haymarket Pub and Brewery

Enjoy local brews while supporting Seven Generations Ahead. Includes conversation with Pete Crowley (Haymarket) and Greg Hall (Goose Island and Virtue Cider) on Hall’s influence on the craft beer scene as well as a discussion on wild beers, moderated by Jeff Sparrow, author of the Brewers’ Association’s book on the topic. Music by Katie Cole. Tickets include 12 craft brews to share and two festival glasses. 21 . Beer pick up, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Wild Onion Tied House, 1111 South Blvd., Oak Park, or at Haymarket Pub and Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, Chicago. $55, plus taxes and fees. Register/more:

“Gabriel’s Message”

Listen Anytime

Oak Park Concert Chorale has produced their first virtual choir recording. The carol was written by local composer Carl Schalk in 2020 for Oak Park Concert Chorale and Paul Lindblad, choir director. Soloists are Valerie Poulos, Judy Thompson, Caleb Joseph and Mark Wilson. Listen: 

Dancing at a Distance: Papillon

View on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and MOMENTA’s webpage

See the latest release Performed by Mei-Kuang Chen and Robby Williams. MOMENTA of Oak Park has created digital dance videos as part of a series for these times, which takes dancers to different parts of town. Check back for new releases. View on social pages or here: 

Tips for Online Job Applications

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Online job applications are run through a tracking system used as a screening tool by employers. Learn what to watch for and how to answer questions, as well as tips and techniques for optimizing resumes for an Applicant Tracking System. Hear from presenter Kathy Watson, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Workforce & Community Initiative. Register:

Living History Project

Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and 27, and Monday, Jan 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm., Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

Youth in grades 6 through 12 learn about the histories of social movements in the U.S. while developing leadership skills, such as cultivating social and critical thinking skills, developing research skills and gaining public speaking experience. Facilitated by long-time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks. Continues through February. Register for each date individually: 

Chess Champs

Tuesday, Jan 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Attend a chess workshop and take part in an open play chess club led by Luis Tubens. Have a chess board ready or place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag, print out a board and pieces or draw your own board and pieces. Recommended for ages 5-13. Register:

Free Stream of “Rastus and Hattie”

Through January 31, Virtually with 16th Street Theater

In this radio play, accompanied by original illustrations, Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic robots walk into a christening celebration. These automatons, based on Westinghouse’s 1930s brown-skinned robots, and a glitch in the time-space continuum, place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. Register:

The 15-minute Hamlet

Saturday, Jan. 30, connect 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., Virtually with Oak Park Festival Theatre

Join Oak Park Festival Theatre’s Artistic Associates as they tear through Shakespeare’s longest play, cut out most of it and keep all the funny bits. Afterwards, Artistic Director Barbara Zahora will announce the full 2021 season, including news about our hopeful return to Austin Gardens this summer. $15. Tickets:

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