Wright Virtual Visits 2.0
Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon, livestream on Facebook
This month, see Allen House (Wichita, KS) & Westcott House (Springfield, OH) in this “side-by-side” monthly virtual visit while many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed public sites are closed due to COVID-19. The visits focus on a particular theme, comparing and contrasting how that theme is expressed. Access: facebook.com/events/2614220522209515. Free. Brought by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. More and to view archived visits: SaveWright.org/WrightVirtualVisits.
Valentine’s Day Concert
Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Virtually with Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
Join three musical duos performing music of romance pre-recorded at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple. Performing are Liba Shacht, violin, and John Sharp, cello; Ariella Mak-Neiman and Adam Neiman, piano; and Duo Diorama: MingHuan Xu, violin, and Winston Choi, piano. Hear music of Maurice Ravel, Reinhold Glière, Edward Elgar, Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach and Paul Schoenfield. Audience Q&A follows.
$20, per household; $10, students. Event available for viewing for 48 hours after it airs. Tickets/more: utrf.org/event/valentinesconcert
Online through Friday, Feb. 12, in Person Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory
Shop for blooming Valentine gifts from the Conservatory’s greenhouse. Choose from orchids, anthuriums, sweetheart hoyas, succulent heart gardens, fresh-cut bouquets and more. Shop online: pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/programs-events. In person: 615 Garfield St.
Children’s Animal Valentine Card Craft Pick Up
Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trailside Museum of Natural History
Kids can create a cute animal Valentine’s Day card to give to an animal at Trailside or to their own special Valentines! Pick up a bag at the Museum with all the materials. Supply your own crayons, glue and scissors. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.
Order through Saturday, Feb. 13; delivered Sunday, Feb. 14. Virtually with Pro Musica Youth Chorus (PMYC)
Support the chorus while showing someone you care about them with a unique gift – recordings by the students of Pro Musica. Songs to choose from include, “True Colors” by the Harmonia chorus, “Happy Together” by Harmonia, “Count On Me” performed by last season’s Canterini choir and “God Only Knows” by PMYC high school seniors. Each song is accompanied by entertaining videos. $20. Order: ProMusicaYouthChorus.org.
Winter Warmth Concerts
Wednesdays, through March 10, 4 to 5 p.m. and after, virtually with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest
View a local gem performing in a local gem – Pleasant Home. Each week, a new mini concert is released, performed by members of the Symphony. On Feb. 10, see Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, transcribed for viola. Feb. 17 features Mozart’s Duet for Violin and Viola No. 1 in G Major. The Feb. 24 concert features Bach’s The Art of the Fugue and String Quartet, Mov’t No. 4, written by the Symphony’s Keith Jones, who will also play viola. March 3 brings solo music for flute and tuba along with a Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos. The concluding concert on March 10 is Ireland’s Downland Suite. Individual performances: $9, Oak Park residents; $12, non-residents. Series (includes 6 concerts): $54, Oak Park residents; $67, non-residents. Register by 3 p.m. each Wednesday to see the new concert or sign up for the whole series: pdop.org, 708-725-2000.
Reception Friday, Feb. 12, 1 to 8 p.m., Oak Park Art League
See the newest art exhibition in person. It examines how recent experiences of isolation inform the way artists think and work. Face masks must be worn and social distancing observed. Through Feb. 25. Free. More: oakparkartleague.org/exhibits. 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.
Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library
Author and activist Thomas Armstrong shares his first-hand experience in the Civil Rights Movement and discusses his book. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/autobiography-freedom-rider-my-life-foot-soldier-civil-rights
Candidate Forums – Oak Park Village Clerk and President
Saturday, Feb. 13, Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library
Learn more before the April 6 municipal election. The forums start with opening statements, followed by questions for the candidates and end with closing statements. Submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or during the forums by chat in Zoom.
- 2 to 3 p.m. – Oak Park Village Clerk candidates: LouAnne Johannesson and Christina Waters
- 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Oak Park Village President candidates: Cate Readling and Vicki Scaman
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest, in partnership with Oak Park Public Library. Register: oppl.org/calendar
Henry Fogel Presents: Gaudete Brass Quintet
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
This quintet has committed itself to presenting serious brass chamber music through compelling concerts, commissioning new works and adventurous recordings.. $15, requested donation. Register: nineteenthcentury.org