More Than A Mic: Open Mic Night
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Singers, dancers, poets, rappers, and other creatives are invited to bring it once a month, where they will receive support from peers. All ages welcome. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
The Journey of the Universe
Monday, Oct. 24, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
The film The Journey of the Universe reviews the development of life on Earth and the place of mankind in the community of life. Bridget Sperduto, M.Ed., executive director of The Well Spirituality Center, will be our guide. Voluntary suggested donation from non-members: $15. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Scott Ligon’s All Star Freakout
Friday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Scott Ligon has a rep for being one of the true MVPs of the Chicago music scene, having played with the Flat Five, NRBQ and many others. For this show, he lets it all hang out with a gang of unexpected guests and an unpredictable set list. $15 general admission, $20 day of show. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
C21 Women’s Ensemble
Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Columbus Park Refectory
An Oak Park-based group dedicated to the music of empowerment, presents “Women in Constellation” a feminist choral experience affirming the energy that connects women worldwide. Pre-concert discussion, 2 p.m. Concert at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit c21womensensemble.com. Jackson Boulevard between Austin and Central.
The Cook County Forest Preserve Referendum: What’s at Stake?
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m.
If you are concerned about climate change, protecting fresh air, drinkable water, native habitat and mitigating flooding, sign up now to hear Laura Davis of the Cook County League of Women Voters on the Forest Preserve Referendum and what’s at stake. Then please spread the word. Register to Zoom with the the League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest, www.oprf.org/events
Chicago Choral Artists
Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church
Chicago Choral Artists, under the direction of Michael D. Costello, presents music celebrating our connection to nature and the earth. Joining Chicago Choral Artists for these concerts will be Pro Musica Youth Chorus, flautist Al Jewer, and percussionists associated with Chicago Sinfonietta. The program will feature Bob Chilcott’s “Circlesong,” based on 12 poems from indigenous North American traditions. Additional works include Sheena Phillips'”Circle Of Life,” Judith Cloud’s “Mesa Songs,” and J. Aaron McDermid’s “From Light To Light,” based on original texts by Susan Palo Cherwien. Tickets available in advance, through Chicago Choral Artists, or at the door: Adult $45, Senior $40, Student $25. 7300 W. Division, River Forest.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Former Chicagoan Jake LaBotz got his start singing acoustic blues in Windy City clubs and on street corners. Since moving out to the West Coast ca. 1995, he has evolved a personal style that lyrically incorporates the characters he met growing up and along the way. Musically, while he has held on to the blues influence he grew up with, his sound also reflects a mild country influence as well. Great singing, excellent storytelling. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Author Visit: Laura Kat Young
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Author Laura Kat Young will discuss her debut novel, The Butcher, a suspenseful small-town horror novel of oppression, heartbreak and buried anguish. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.