Sizzling Summer Dance: A Salute To Frank Sinatra

Thursday, July 14, 7-9 p.m., Cheney Mansion Grounds

Park district dance instructors will be doing some smooth stepping with the music of Sinatra as a soundtrack. Appetizer and two drink tickets will be included. $40-$53, 2200 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Crime & Coffee – Hell’s Princess: The Mystery Of Belle Guinness, Mystery Of Men

Sunday, July 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

This discussion group focuses on a new crime case once a month. Expect multiple points of access to each case, from books, ebooks, and audiobooks to true crime podcasts, documentaries, and more. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Register now at // 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Bear Williams Trio

Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m., Dominican University

This show is part of a series of free summer concerts on the Dominican quad. Bear Williams is the alter ego of Larry Kimpel, a longtime bassist and musical director with Frankie Beverly & Maze. Bear’s own music is described as a cross between Delta blues and “a modern uptake on originals and famous favorites,” with a touch of social commentary. 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Hackensaw Boys with Al Scorch

Thursday, July 14, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

This veteran string band will be joined by Al Scorch, one of Chicago’s finest practitioners of traditional mountain music. $20, 6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.

Words On Wednesday: The Loop

Wednesday, July 20, 1-2 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Tonight’s book discussion focuses on The Loop. This novel by Jeremy Robert Johnson looks at a small Oregon town with a population that turns murderous, as a result of a biotech experiment gone wrong. Register now at // 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Hidden Memory: An American World War II Story

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Professional storyteller Anne Shimojima, a third-generation Japanese American, shares the moving story of her family’s journey from Japan and through the concentration camps of WW2. This presentation includes photos from both her own archives, plus the National Archives, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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