‘Respect The Mic’ Author Reading

Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Main Library Veterans Room & virtually on YouTube

This unique event celebrates 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Spoken Word Club. Peter Kahn will be presenting featured readers from the newly released Respect the Mic anthology. The array of readers features Vann Harris, Noelle Berry, Nicholas Berry, Patrick Chrisp, Charity Strong, Marlena Wadley, Eliana Gerace, Zaire Brooks, Micah Daniels, Jesus Govea, Peera Serumaga, and Dawson Pickens, all reading pieces featured in the anthology.  There is a limit of 80 people for the in-person event. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

The Tent Of Abraham:  Women In Our Traditions

Wednesday, March 16, 1-3 p.m., Dominican University (Springer Suites)

For three consecutive Wednesdays, the essential roles of women in Jewish, Muslim and Christian sacred texts will be discussed. $50, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

One Earth Film Festival

Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 13

One Earth Film Festival presents a special two-week online film festival on the environment. This ongoing series features films that pinpoint the problems, followed by post-film discussions that identify the solutions. For tickets, film and program information, visit oneearthfilmfest.org.

Everyday Activists

Sunday, March 13, 2-3:30 p.m. (activist panel),  3:30- 4:30 p.m. (reception),
Chicago Public Library (Austin Branch)

This photo exhibit and panel discusses just what the name says – activism. The exhibit itself runs through March 31. 5615 W. Race Ave., Chicago.

TechGirlz Workshop: Solving Genetic Mysteries With Online Tools & Family Histories

Wednesday, March 16, 6-8 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library

This workshop is a study in genealogy. Students will learn about creating a family tree and examining the gene pool through free technologies. Learn how to use online tools to create a family tree (Progeny), learn how to search a set of medical symptoms to find the genetic cause (OMIM), and search the human genome for genetic changes that can cause medical symptoms (Human Genome Browser). Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

All Gershwin

Monday, March 14, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club

This presentation features local performers celebrating the works of noted composer George Gershwin. The talents of Kimberly Jones, Bill McMurry, Christian Ketter, Patricia Goyette-Giull and Paul Dykstra will be featured.

Tips for Online Applications

Thursday, March 10, 2-3 p.m., virtually through Oak Park Public Library

This online presentation teaches potential job applicants how to work with, and get around, the electronic screening process used by employers. Learn what to watch out for and how to answer questions, as well as tips and techniques for optimizing your resume for an Applicant Tracking System. Presented by Christopher Loverix, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Workforce & Community Initiative. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

WDCB’s Jazz Thaw series in Oak Park


Saturday, March 12, 3-6 p.m. Little Gem Café

This trio is led by violinist Ethan Adelsman, who has played with the wide-ranging likes of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the Western Piedmont Symphony. With the band Sohn, he turns his attention to the jazz realm. The band also includes Graham Nelson, who proves that the harmonica is good for other genres besides the blues, and guitarist Mason Jiller. 189 N. Marion St., Oak Park.

Michele Thomas

Saturday, March 12, 5-8 p.m.,
Tre Sorelle Ristorante

This jazz vocalist has gone far beyond reinterpreting the Great American Songbook, working with a more personal style that incorporates her own compositions, in the improvisatory spirit that jazz is known for. 1111 Lake St., Oak Park.

Andy Brown

Saturday, March 12, 1-3 p.m., Lea French Café

Andy Brown is a very adept jazz guitarist who plays every Wednesday at Andy’s Jazz Club (no relation!) as part of a quartet, bi-weekly at Winter’s Jazz Club with a trio, every Thursday at the Green Mill as a solo, and for this show, he’ll be half of a duo. 106 N. Marion St., Oak Park.

Andy Pratt

Saturday, March 12, 5-8 p.m.,
Kalamata Kitchen

Not to be confused with the 1970s rock musician of the same name. However, this Andy Pratt is a local jazz guitarist who has so many diverse styles that he could be confused for himself. From the ethereal to the earthbound, Pratt covers plenty of ground. 105 N. Marion St., Oak Park.

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