Big Week Jan. 16-23

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Dominican University:

See a mix of African, modern, ballet and hip-hop that explores social and humanitarian issues reflecting aspects of African American culture and history. $35 and up. Tickets/Info: 708-488-5000, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.


Sunday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater: 

Bandoneón player Ben Bogart and pianist/composer Winnie Cheung share their passion for tango music at this Church of Beethoven concert. $10; $5, students. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

The Free Readers Ensemble: Visiting Mr. Green

Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

A retired dry cleaner wanders into traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by a young corporate executive, who is then given community service to help the older man. How the two come together and get to know each other is the subject of this play. Free. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Live Jazz: Freedom

Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's monthly nondenominational jazz program with opportunity for reflection and meditation is recognizing MLK Day this month. Doors open at 7:10 for appetizers and conversation. Free. More: 820 Ontario St., Oak Park.

Paintings of Daily Observations

Reception Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall, Concordia University Chicago:

See representations of still life, figure and landscape by Chicagoan Robert J. Johnson. Artist talk at 3 p.m. Exhibit through Feb. 23. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions/more:, 708-209-3013. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. 

"Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Forty percent of all food in the U.S. is wasted yearly. This movie shows chefs making the most of food. Discussion and food demonstration by Sugar Beet Food Co-op follows. Brought by Interfaith Green Network with others. Register/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Lady Vadula Spellbound: Music and Mystery

Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 to 6 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Six performers, through music, dance and theater, tell a powerful musical story of love, tragedy and revenge. Light meal follows. $50; $40, members. Winterfest reservations:, 708-386-2729. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.  

MLK Legacy Lecture: Natalie Moore  

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Performing Arts Center, Dominican University:

See the WBEZ reporter's talk on "Examining Segregation 50 Years after the Fair Housing Act." Panel discussion follows with reps from the OP-RF Museum, the OP Regional Housing Center and a labor organizer/activist who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Brought in partnership with OP's "Fair Housing at 50" Steering Committee. Free. Questions: 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

Authors on Tap

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Meet Bryan Gruley, author of the Starvation Lake trilogy of novels, who also shared in the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the staff of the Wall Street Journal for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He will be joined by middle-school and adult author Keir Graff. In partnership with The Book Table. 1026 North Blvd., Oak Park.

"The Greatest Escape"

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear how Lou Macaluso's visit to Berlin inspired him to write a historical novel based on a real-life escape by an 81-year-old and his elderly card-playing friends. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Winter European Farmers Market

Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Room, Sugar Beet Food Co-op:

This monthly market includes producers, growers and makers. In January, stock up on bread and pastries, teas, honey, pickles, soup, salmon and more. Next market, Feb. 16. 442 S. Grove Ave., Oak Park, enter just north of store entrance.


Tuesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lagunitas Chicago:

Honduran Educational Development Assistance Corp (HEDAC) is hosting Migration - Leave or Stay? Providing alternatives to Honduran Children. $20, includes food, raffle ticket; discounts for 2 to 3 friends. Tickets/more: 2607 W. 17th St., Chicago.

Health and Wellness

Thursday, Jan. 17, Noon to 1 p.m., Suite 2000, Rush Medical Office Building:

Decoding Dementia: Recent Advances in Research and Diagnosis. Free. Register: 708-660-4636, to register. 610 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 4 to 5 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library: 

Intuitive Eating: How to Maintain a Healthy Body Weight. Register/more: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Monday, Jan. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church:

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) program for parents/caregivers of children/adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Register: 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest.

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