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 oppl.org/calendar. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.