Master Copy Nights: Jean Michel Basquiat  Pez Dispenser

Friday, Dec. 23, 6-8 p.m., Dole Center Studio 

This Friday night club, geared toward art students, focuses on one image by a famous artist. Students don’t just “copy” the “master,” but they also learn tricks and techniques to create their very own version. $22-$27, 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Anti-hate rally & Unity Storytime

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Scoville Park 

Oak Park and neighboring communities will come together Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Scoville Park for an anti-hate rally and unity event. At the same time, the library will hold an all-ages discussion and storytime celebrating love, kindness, and community. All ages welcome. Register now at 800 Lake St., Oak Park.

Outta Space Winter Holiday Open House & Music Party

Friday, Dec. 23, 6 p.m., Outta Space

This annual holiday hootenanny is hosted by the One Night Stand Band, with Maggie Dahlberg, Tommy Rivera, Tommy Valenzano, plus a few special guests and “regional all stars” dropping by. 6840 32nd St., Berwyn.

Expo ‘76 Big Xmas Bash

Friday, Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

Expo ‘76 is one of the better, more intelligent cover bands in the Chicago area. If they decide to throw a special holiday show, you know it will be a special event. Especially with an “ugly Christmas sweater” contest. Can’t lose! $20 advance, $25 day of show. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Longest Night Service

Grace Lutheran Church, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., in River Forest

This evening (Dec. 21), Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St. in River Forest will hold a Longest Night Service that will begin at 7 p.m.

“We have this service,” explained Troy Medlin, associate pastor at Grace, “as a way of acknowledging that the holiday season is often difficult for many people. Whether folks are living with illness, grief, a recent loss, or a family that is fractured or does not accept them, the holidays can be a time of deep pain and loneliness, not joy and merriment. 

“We believe that in the darkness we find God dwelling there with us and leading us into a future where it all belongs. Many folks find this to be a peaceful place to pray, sing, lament, and hope together with others.” 


Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

An evening of Latin jazz designed to warm you up and keep the cold snap away. 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Winter Secrets Hike 

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m., Trailside Museum of Natural History

Winter can appear barren of wildlife, but much is happening above, within, and beneath snow. Join us for a walk to see what’s happening. Family program. 708-366-6530, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

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