Finding the Light: Dance at Pleasant Home and Mills Park
Sunday, May 16, 4 to 5 p.m.
Winifred Haun & Dancers presents an outdoor, in-person, site-specific dance event. It will include an excerpt from “Promise,” Haun’s 2009 acclaimed work; “Lady,” a solo for a dancer and a dozen balloons, created and performed by Company Dancer and Assistant Choreographer Amanda Milligan, “Disquiet,” a solo choreographed by Elysia Banks for Banks Performance Project Company dancer, Natalie Dellutri; and a new solo created and performed by Irene Hsiao. Those attending will visit five stations set up on the grounds with a concluding group work presented in the center of the garden, with audience members socially distanced at all times. Masks must be worn. $29; $24, ages 6 to 18. Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-light-dance-at-pleasant-home-mills-park-tickets-151118644935. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.
Dancing at a Distance: “After Hours”
View on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and MOMENTA’s webpage
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. See “After Hours,” choreographed and performed by Connor Cornelius at Kribi Coffee, Forest Park. Check out previous releases and new releases on social pages or here: momentadances.org/dancing-at-a-distance
Thrive Talk: Transitions in Adolescents
Thursday, May 13, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library
Join Thrive Counseling and guest speaker Dr. Hillary Urban, PsyD., who will lead a discussion on how to better detect developmental transitions in teens. The talk will cover issues specific to or heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how teens express anxiety and depression; the impact of the pandemic on teens; and the challenges teens may experience during periods of transition. Register: oppl.org/calendar.
Get the Dirt: Your Garden Questions Answered
Tuesday, May 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Virtually with the Oak Park Conservatory
Get gardening advice and tips from plant experts and learn what to be doing in your garden now. Free. Register: pdop.org.
Open Mic Concert and Fundraiser
Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m., Virtually with Pro Musica Youth Chorus
Contribute to a local chorus while hearing a variety of music sung by talented young singers who perform solos and duets of their own choosing, showing their personal style with pop music to jazz standards to sea shanties. An all-ensemble finale features “Better Days.” $25 per family. Tickets/more: promusicayouthchorus.org
Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m., Virtually with Pro Musica Youth Chorus
Multiple ensembles present music videos of songs, including music from folksongs, Imogen Heap, an a cappella version of “Blackbird” and a “groovy dance party” version of “Good Vibrations.” $15 per family. Tickets/more: promusicayouthchorus.org.
A Virtual Salute to Jonathan Miller
Saturday, May 15, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Virtually with Chicago a cappella
Join a tribute to the group’s founding artistic director who stepped down in 2020 after 27 seasons. The evening will feature personal testimonials and video performances from Chicago a cappella’s past concerts that Miller created and led, such as Shakespeare a cappella, The Birds and the Bees, Love Stories and A Cappella en Español. Hosted by current and former members of the ensemble, including Kathryn Kamp of Forest Park. $15. Tickets: chicagoacappella.org
Handel Week 2021 Season
Through May 31, Virtually with Handel Week Festival
Enjoy three concerts recorded from previous seasons. View Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel, Music for Soprano, Mezzo, Two Violins & Basso Continuo; Music for Royal Fireworks and Water Music; and Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel, Music for Mezzo, Harpsichord, Flute and Basso Continuo. $15, each concert; $40, three concerts.
To order/more: handelweek.com
FRED Parent Support Group
Tuesday, May 18, virtually
FRED is a free, independent support group for parents and caregivers of children, teens and young adults with mental illness and resulting behavioral problems. FRED has more than 260 members from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, with most residing in Oak Park and River Forest. Meetings are held virtually on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. To learn more, join FRED, get meeting info and more go to: fredparentsupportgroup.com/contact
Modern Design + Post-war & Contemporary Art Auction
Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m., Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Choose from a selection of art and design by individuals who have shaped their respective fields during the mid-to-late 20th century. The auction features a variety of sculptures, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, glass, furniture, lighting, metalwork, and more. Among the examples available are works by European and American innovators as well as those who made their mark in Chicago. Bidding may be placed by phone (708-383-5234), absentee bid (email@example.com), or real-time, third-party platforms (LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable). Preview is available virtually and by appointment. 818 North Blvd., Oak Park. View the catalog: toomeyco.com.