Odd Fellows by David Alvarado

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30-8 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

David Alvarado is a visual artist, illustrator, and creative designer whose work has spanned from commercial art and editorial illustration to, recently, fine art. Tiptoeing between humorous, awkward, and strange, his work is inspired by a blend of commercial design from the past, cartoons from his youth, and the dreamlike state that occurs just before deep sleep. An exhibit of his work runs through Feb. 5. This is a special reception honoring his work. Learn more at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

FitzGerald’s Viewing Party: The Blues Brothers

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, more R&B legends than you can shake a stick at, a few good car crashes, Chicago scenery ca. 1979, Carrie Fisher proving she was more than Princess Leia, and tons of quotable quotes. This movie is as good as it gets! 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

You, Me, We: Co-Ed Mentoring Program

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

You, Me, We is a mentoring program that meets bi-monthly on Tuesdays, until May 30. A Greater Good Foundation (AGGF) will provide a comprehensive Restorative Social Emotional program that will help students in grades 6-12 gain self-awareness and build healthy relationships/community. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

The Slink Moss Explosion/Joel Paterson Trio

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

Slink Moss, the famed rockabilly phantom returns, sounding like a much spookier version of Chris Isaak. Also on the bill: guitarist supreme Joel Paterson. $20, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

One-on-One Small Business Consulting

Friday, Jan. 27, 1-4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library

Special event for anyone considering starting a business. Chettha Saetia, business owner, business advisor, and director of The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), will answer any questions. Schedule a half-hour appointment at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Barbara Ballinger Memorial Concert

Barbara Ballinger, 1990, shelving, or unshelving, Ernie. | CREDIT: Historical Society OPRF

Friday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m., First United Church, 848 Lake St., Oak Park

A concert honoring the life of Barbara Ballinger will take place at a memorial concert featuring strings and organ, performing pieces by Barber and Dvorak as well as spoken word readings chosen by Barbara before her passing. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of First United Church of Oak Park and is open to the public.

Barbara Ballinger served 32 years at the Oak Park Public Library, including 24 years as the head librarian. She was instrumental in the development of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Archives and a longtime friend of the foundation. Barbara had a profound impact on the community she served and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick

Monday, Jan. 30, 1:15-2:15 pm, Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization 

Historical interpreter Ellie Carlson and biographer Andrea Friederici Ross will bring back the fierce, feisty spirit of Edith Rockefeller McCormick, who was responsible in some way for the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago opera, James Joyce’s Ulysses, a cure for scarlet fever, and the popularity of Jungian psychoanalysis. Carlson will personally channel Ms. McCormick for a discussion with Ross. Free, but with a suggested donation of $15 for non-members. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

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