Correction: To purchase tickets to The Voices of Hope Community Chorus’s ‘Love Will Keep us Together’ performance, visit https://voicesofhopecc.com/.
Come help us honor our Veterans
Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m., Nineteenth Century building
All veterans, their families and friends, and all area residents are invited to attend Oak Park’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on the first floor of the Nineteenth Century building. Oak Park Village President Scaman and Illinois Senate President Harmon will make introductory remarks. Officers from the Oak Park Police Honor Guard will post the Colors. The History Singers, John and Kathryn Atwood, will lead us in patriotic singing, including the Medley of Service Songs. Taps will play as wreaths are laid. Army Chaplain Kirstin Hedlund will offer prayers and remind us of the burdens borne by the family members of our servicemen and women. Brian Flora’s remarks will remember the service and sacrifices of the 1.8 million veterans of the Korean conflict (1950-53), often referred to as “America’s Forgotten War.” More broadly, the ceremony will recognize and pay tribute to all of our veterans, especially those who have lost their lives in service to country. Please join us and help honor our veterans. 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park
Friday Nov.10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Nov.11, 7 p.m.; Sun, Nov.12, 3 p.m., Dominican University, Lund Auditorium
Down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shine a media spotlight on a small town as they rally behind a brave girl who wants to go to prom with her girlfriend. The PROM was nominated for six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards (winner — Outstanding Musical). Tickets $18:https://dom.universitytickets.com.7900 W. Division St., River Forest.
Gangster History of Oak Park & River Forest, Adult
Sunday, Nov. 12 2-3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library
River Forest author John J. Binder, who researches the history of organized crime, returns to the library for a presentation on the criminal past of the Oak Park/River Forest area. In partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Discussion on Intellectual Freedom, Book Bans & Censorship
Saturday, Nov.11, 1-2 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Main Library & virtually
This year’s Barbara Ballinger lecture is a panel discussion focusing on intellectual freedom, censorship, and book bans. Presenters include Emily Knock, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; John Chrastka, a founder and executive director of EveryLibrary; Kelly Jensen, an editor at Book Riot; and Dr. Lucy Santos Green, director of the School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park
Miles Andrew Sutton
Sunday, Nov.12, 3 p.m., Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
This Chicago-based musician has a resume that includes vocal coaching, piano teaching, and accompanying choirs. He can usually be found as the music director, pianist and organist at Euclid, but this special performance captures him playing solo piano. 405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park
Trans & Non-Binary 101 & Allyship Workshop
Wednesday, Nov.15, 6-7:15 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Main Library
This special event will shed light on trans and gender non-binary identities. This presentation will do a deep dive into language, the various identities that fall under trans and gender non-binary, and being an ally. This is a safe and affirming space to learn. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Love Will Keep Us Together
Friday, Nov.10, 7:30 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church
The Voices Of Hope Community Chorus, 60 voices strong, will exclusively sing songs dealing with that crazy topic called“love.”Pop, jazz and Broadway songs will be represented. $25 at voicesofhopecc.com, $30 at the door. 460 Lake St., Oak Park.
The Women Of Natural History
Wednesday, Nov.8, 12 p.m., Cheney Mansion
This presentation by Kim White focuses on pioneering women in the field of botany, entomology, ornithology and paleontology. 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park.
Wednesdays-Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Pleasant Home
Oak Park Festival Theater has mounted a strong, energetic production of Beth Hyland’s Seagulls, an indie-rock musical adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1895 Russian play. The plot now focuses on four college students who are about to compete in a battle of the bands. Love, of course, overlaps. The production is performed at the 1897 Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park. Performances of run through Nov. 19.
Considering Matthew Shepard: A Choral Suite for Choir, Orchestra, Soloists
The Unity Temple Choir presents “Considering Matthew Shepard, A Choral Suite for Choir,” with professional soloists and chamber orchestra on Sunday, November 12 at 4 p.m.at Unity Temple in Oak Park. This work has had a major impact around the world, telling the powerful story of the life and death of Matthew Shepard and the healing power of love and compassion, through music. Regardless of race, gender, orientation, or religion, audiences have experienced a profound catharsis. Sunday, November 12|4pm $30/15 students. Go to unitytemple.org to purchase tickets.