Big Week | Jan. 13 - 20

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Free Stream of "Rastus and Hattie"

Through January 31, Virtually with 16th Street Theater

In this radio play, accompanied by original illustrations, Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic robots walk into a christening celebration. These automatons, based on Westinghouse's 1930 brown-skinned robots, and a glitch in the time-space continuum place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. Register: 16thstreettheater.org

 

Wright in the Neighborhood

Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 to 11:15 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., central Oak Park

Take an outdoor guided walking tour led by an expert and explore the neighborhood around Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio where the architect pioneered the Prairie style. Buildings on the tour include the Home and Studio, Nathan Moore, Arthur Heurtley and Laura Gale houses, and more. Limited to eight guests. Occurs regardless of weather. $25; $20 FLW Trust members. Tickets/more: flwright.org/tours/wright-in-the-neighborhood

 

Henry Fogel Presents: Anastasiya Squires

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Hear the flutist, a native of Ukraine, who received her instrument at the age of eight as a winner of her first international competition in Wroclaw, Poland. She has played this flute around the world. $15, requested donation. Register: nineteenthcentury.org

 

A Confluence of Muses: Abraham Lincoln's Life as Shakespearean Drama

Monday, Jan. 18, 1:30 p.m., Zoom through the Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

In this lecture-performance, Oak Parker Kevin Bry, an attorney and professional actor, delves into Abraham Lincoln's love of Shakespeare and examines the president's life through a Shakespearean lens. This program features dramatic monologues and period music. $15, suggested donation; free, members. Register: nineteenthcentury.org

 

Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Jacqueline Saper recounts her experiences living in pre-revolutionary Imperial Iran and post-revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran. She explains Iran's culture, people and government, including the restrictive policies imposed by the ruling clerics and the resulting backlash led by Iran's millennials. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/miniskirt-hijab-girl-revolutionary-iran

 

Talking Statues of Chicago: Part 2

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Beth Sair returns to breathe new life into the city's public art collection. Each statue tells a compelling story, written by Chicagoans, voiced by Chicago actors and co-produced by Chicago theaters. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/talking-statues-chicago-part-2

 

Sally Rand: The Woman Who Crashed the 1933 Chicago World's Fair

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 3 to 4 p.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Meet author William Hazelgrove as he discusses his latest book, Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol. Rand appeared in more than 30 films and was later arrested multiple times in one day for indecency. She was also immortalized in cartoons and popular culture and lives on as a symbol of the Century of Progress. Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

Shake, Rattle & Read

Wednesdays, Jan. 13 through 27, and Saturdays, Jan. 16 and 30, 10 a.m., Zoom with the Oak Park Library

Join librarians for a session filled with books, songs, movement and more. Best for kids up to age 5. Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

Community Trivia and Take-Out Night

Sunday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Madison Street Theater is joining with the TakeOut 25 community drive for an evening of local food and fun. Order from a favorite restaurant, or try something new, then sign on for a family trivia game. The free trivia game will be played in an online conference room. You may want two devices (computer and a phone or tablet), or work form two tabs on a browser. Register: http://bit.ly/3ovVQzY

 

Memory Café

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Zoom with the River Forest Public Library

Join for conversation and enjoyable activities at this welcoming place for individuals living with memory changes along with their families and friends. Sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Townships, with support from the River Forest and Oak Park Public Libraries. Register: riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/memory-cafe-10

 

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m., Zoom with Weiss/West Suburban Medical Center

Educator and Civil Rights activist, Peggy Griffin, takes a journey through the life of a man committed to non-violent solutions to problems applicable from yesterday through today. The program includes songs, discussions and a candle-lighting ceremony. Participants may light a candle and share brief comments on "What does Dr. King's legacy means to me?" Register: 844-776-9733.

 

Community Trivia and Take-Out Night

Sunday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.

Madison Street Theater is joining with the TakeOut 25 community drive for an evening of local food and fun. Order from a favorite restaurant, or try something new, then sign on for a family trivia game. The free trivia game will be played in an online conference room. You may want two devices (computer and a phone or tablet), or work form two tabs on a browser. Register: http://bit.ly/3ovVQzY

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