“Paradise Square”

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Nederlander Theatre, Chicago

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center is hosting a special performance of the Broadway-bound musical, Paradise Square, a galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, at the historic James M. Nederlander Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7:30. 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. To purchase tickets and more information, please visit https://oprhc.org/paradise-square. A Community Conversation will be held, free of charge, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.       

BackStory Project

View anytime with Open Door Repertory

Last of the of BackStory Project series features an interview with Growing Community Media’s Michael Romain, equity editor and editor of the Austin Weekly News and Maywood’s Village Free Press. His weekly column in Wednesday Journal has grown a growing following. The interview will be available Tuesday, Nov. 16 online at https://www.opendoortheater.net/backstory-project.

“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story”

Through Nov. 21, Wednesday through Friday, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sunday, 3 and 8 p.m. Pleasant Home

Last call for Oak Park Festival Theatre’s Jeff Recommended theater experience in Pleasant Home, moving from room to room as the tale of Poe “grapples with love and madness” five years after the loss of his great love, his wife, Virginia, who haunts his memories and his home. $44; $35, seniors; $25, students. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

“Antigone” at OPRF

Little Theatre, Nov. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m.

The OPRF Theatre Department stages its first classical Greek play since 2008. Live performance before a socially-distanced audience. The production features a diverse cast and a timely theme about individual conscience vs. the state. Tickets are $6, students/seniors; $8, adults. TicketLeap.com/Antigone or at the box office. OPRF High School, 200 N. Scoville, Oak Park.

Mary Magdalene

Monday, Nov. 22 at 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club

The Monday Enrichment Series Presents: “Mary Magdalene.” Travel back to the dusty roads of Jerusalem as she describes the days now known as Holy Week to the Christian religion. Megan Wells, award-winning playwright actress and master storyteller, brings to vivid life a woman of strength, heart, and deep purpose. Presented in the third-floor ballroom. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Seating socially distanced. For more, https://www.nineteenthcentury.org/our-public-programs. Programs are free for members. A $15 donation at the door is requested for non-members. A three-course lunch is served at noon before the program (doors open at 11:30 a.m.); $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Make an on-line lunch reservation no later than the Thursday before a program, online or call 708-386-2729.

Sarah’s Inn Holiday Gift Project

Sarah’s Inn is collecting donated new toys or gift cards for clients and their children. Shop local or online. Gifts need to be delivered by Dec. 3. For more information or to schedule delivery, email mariami@sarahsinn.org.

Virtual Holiday Housewalk

Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Tickets are now on sale. Virtually tour six Oak Park and River Forest homes, festively decorated for the holidays. On-demand access begins Dec. 10. Grand Raffle: enter to win $10,000. Winner announced Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. All ticket packages provide full access to all virtual home tours from Dec. 10 – Jan. 10. The new IWS Children’s Clinic is scheduled to open in spring 2022 in Oak Park.


Nov. 19, Ethan Philion Trio, Jazz

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP) hosts events on the third Friday of each month (Sept.-Dec.) with an emphasis on the arts including literature (poetry, prose, reading), performance (music, dance, theatre) and the visual (drawing, painting, photography). Refreshments served. Open to the public with admission, preferred pricing to patron members, free to foundation society members. Hemingway Birthplace Museum (proof of vaccination is required, all COVID-19 guidelines and mandates followed). Next up: Dec. 10: Jeanette Andrews, Illusionist (note second Friday of December). 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. For more, visit hemingwaybirthplace.com.

Green Tuesdays in the Village

Tuesday, Nov. 23, hosted virtually by Oak Park Public Library

An annual public education series on environmentally sustainable topics and issues relevant to the village of Oak Park and surroundings. This year’s theme is “Trajectory.” “Oak Park: State of the Environment” will be presented by Michael Iverson, architect, planner, urban ecologist and educator. Register at oakpark.librarycalendar.com/events/virtual-green-Tuesdays-village-state-environment-2021.

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