Tammi Savoy, Elisa Latrice, Cameron Webb

FitzGerald’s Soul Night

Thursday, Feb. 24, 8-11 p.m., FitzGerald’s

Some of the finest contemporary talents pay tribute to the heart and soul of rhythm & blues. Tammi Savoy, Cameron Webb and Elisa Latrice pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the songs and the styles of Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and others. They’ll be backed by a band of all stars that has played behind the legendary likes of J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound and the late great Syl Johnson. $10, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Thrive Talk Let’s Talk About Race

Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Racism has forever been a hot-button topic, but sometimes the best way to deal with it is simply to deal with it. Community leader and activist Shanya Gray, who hails from the island of Barbados, has a wealth of experience as a professor and counselor, specifically in the areas of mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion. This discussion will deal with such concepts as implicit bias and critical race theory, as well as solutions to any of these problems. Register via oppl.org/calendar. 

School Of Rock: Staff Show

Saturday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., FitzGerald’s

You’ve seen the kids, now hear the instructors at the School of Rock special staff show. They may have taught the kids everything they know, but there’s still a wealth of knowledge the students haven’t accessed yet. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund. $25, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Midday Meditation

Tuesday, March 1, 12-12:30 p.m. 

Noontime is a great period to relax your mind, to get ready for the second half of the day. This session begins with Kundalini breath practices that can help you minimize stress and increase energy. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

Emancipation To Inauguration Chicago’s Black Experience

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-3 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

This virtual performance by musician/actor/historian Clarence Goodman celebrates the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North during the pre-Civil Rights era. Register at fppl.org/blackhistorymonth

Winifred Haun & Dancers Banks Performance Project

In what is certainly a unique concept, the Winifred Haun dance troupe will perform choreography inspired by, and performed in, various spaces in Unity Temple. Just like a guided tour, guests will move from room to room. An opening set will be performed by the Banks Performance Project. $20-39, 875 Lake St., Oak Park

Saturday, Feb. 26, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m., Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Teen Book Club

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-3 p.m. 

The Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) hosts a discussion of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This West African-inspired fantasy conjures a world of magic and danger. All teens are welcome. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 

The Not-So-Golden Lives Of Gilded Wives

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

This virtual in-depth discussion addresses the state of American women during the 1870s and 1880s, typically known as the “Gilded Age.” Sedation, mourning, and other topics will be touched on during this hard-hitting, unflinching look at a time now past.
Register at fppl.org

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