Bryan Northup/Earth Day Art Event
Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.
Bryan Northup is a Chicago-based artist who uses single-use plastic as an art medium. The artist will be working throughout the day on Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. on in his backyard, with a day-long demonstration. He will be using techniques that originated in his art practice, creating a themed installation and demonstrating for whoever wants to stop by and watch or join in creating. Spring Studio Sale runs both days, including finished art and sculpture, stained glass, tableware, art objects, plants and seeds available to purchase. On Saturday, a lineup of plant and garden-related workshops is offered. Find more information and sign up for a spot at www.bryannorthup.com/workshops. 400 N. Humphrey, Oak Park.
Earth Day Upcycle Crafts for Kids & Families
Friday, April 22, 3:30-5 p.m., Main Library Storytime Room
Turn trash into treasure and keep items, especially plastics, out of the landfills by upcycling them. Make colorful jewelry from plastic bags, fun planters from plastic bottles, cool desk organizers from cardboard tubes, and nature-inspired refrigerator magnets from bottle caps. Bring your own items or use ours. For kids ages 7-12 and families. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Tea & Tour
Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m., Pleasant Home
This historic landmark ushers in the spring season with a special spring high tea. In addition to a tour of the grounds, there will be traditional tea service, savories and sweets, and raffles. Please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number in your party and your preference of tour pre- or post-tea. Pre-tea tours will begin at 1 p.m.; you may arrive as early as 12:45 p.m. $50 admission, $40 for members. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.
Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Here’s a musician on the local country scene who hasn’t been heard from in some time. Al Scorch made a splash some time back with a traditional sound pitched somewhere between bluegrass and old-timey mountain music (and yes, there is a difference). 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Ramadan Around the World
Through April 30, Main Library Idea Box
Throughout the month of Ramadan, view a beautiful collection of what brings together Muslims from different parts of the world on display in the Idea Box windows. Presented in collaboration with Dima Ali, community member and founder of Being Different. Learn more at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
The Monday Enrichment Series Presents: Contemporary Art In Ukraine
Monday, April 25, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
Situated on the eastern end of Europe, art in Ukraine often escapes attention in the United States. This is especially so for contemporary art, its robust landscape quickly changing in response to regular political unrest, economic challenges, and social issues. This presentation will showcase themes and issues in the work of the nation’s leading artists, such as Volodymyr Budnikov, Vlada Ralko, Nikita Kadan, Andriy Sahaidakovsky, among others. For more information visit: www.nineteenthcentury.org. $15 suggested donation, members free. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Friday, April 22, 9 p.m., FitzGerald’s
If you like the “blues-rock” sounds of Joe Bonamassa or Gary Clark Jr., then Ivan Singh is right in that vein, sailing through familiar standards like “Rock Me Baby” and “Hoochie Coochie Man.” 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Engaging for Affordable Housing in Oak Park
Sunday, April 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m., First United Church, Centennial Hall
As skyrocketing housing costs make it more difficult than ever for low-income families to secure stable housing, Oak Park community leaders are working to create a sustainable model for affordable housing. Two adult education panels will explore the scope of the opportunity, obstacles to change, and the dimensions of local initiatives, including a current proposal for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Panelists: Tammie Grossman (Oak Park Customer Services); Ed Solan (formerly Oak Park Residence Corporation); Richard Wheelock (Legal Assistance Foundation).