Big Week: Nov. 13 - 20

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Chicago Debut: Guitarist Samir Belkacemi

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 to 9 p.m.,
Nineteenth Century Club:

Join Henry Fogel for an evening of Great Music and Conversation with a classical guitarist influenced by a variety of world music. $30; $25, members; $10, students. Tickets:, or at the door. Combined pass with Unity Temple Chamber Music Series: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.


Back Room Stories

Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamburger Mary's:

Enjoy top-tier tellers at this monthly event. Featured tellers include Steve Glickman, OPALGA member in 1997 when the Village of Oak Park Board passed an ordinance creating a village-wide domestic partnership registry, the passage of which did not come without rancor and debate; native Oak Parker Alana Murphy, who works with migrant and refugee populations in Jordan, Morocco, the Philippines, Ecuador, China, and the U.S.; Beth Horner; Onyi Okoroafor, and hosts. $10. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


When Home Won't Let You Stay 

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:      

James A. Bowey, with live music and community narrators, leads a discussion considering the experiences of refugees and our responses to the needs of displaced people around the world. Held in conjunction with Bowey's art installation.

Through Dec.  2, Idea Box, Main Library: 

When Home Won't Let You Stay, is a multimedia art experience with photography by Bowey, about refugees in America and provides perspective on the often hidden lives and experiences of refugees in our communities. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

A Moveable Read: Hemingway in the 21st Century

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Maze Library:

This month, examine Hemingway's memoir, A Movable Feast, which captured Paris in the 1920s. Consider the difference between ex-patriation and emigration; what art arises out of periods of socio-economic crisis; and whether Hemingway's insights into social equity, egotism and constructs of identity prove insightful to current periods. Brought by The Ernest Hemingway Foundation. Free. More: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.


Museum Gala 

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., Carleton Hotel:

Celebrate the Historical Society at the second annual gala and honor Heart of Our Villages Awardees Sherlynn Reid and Chatka Ruggiero. Proceeds fund operating costs and future exhibits at the museum. $125, includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. $125. Tickets/more:, 708-848-6755. 1110 Pleasant, Oak Park.


Free Readers Ensemble: "A Doll's House, Part 2"

Sunday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: 

See the Lucas Hnath play that picks up where Ibsen's 1879 groundbreaking masterwork left off, when a wife and mother leaves her life behind. Now, she's back. Freewill donations accepted. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, 



Illusion with Jeanette Andrews

Friday, Nov. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Hemingway Birthplace:

At Friday @ Hemingway's, be entertained with a contemporary magician who specializes in interactive sensory illusions. $15. Tickets: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.


Boogie Woogie Kid

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library:  

Matthew Ball (Boogie Woogie Kid) performs a family-friendly program of New Orleans Boogie-Blues-Swing and song favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s. All ages. See why he has "The Fastest Fingers in the Mid-West." Free. 735 Lathrop Ave.


From Heaven Above
to Earth I Come

Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church,
and Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

The Oak Park Concert Chorale presents its Christmas concert, highlighting music about kings and stars. Music of local composers is featured, including Paul Bouman, music director emeritus of Grace Lutheran Church & School, who this year turned 100. Advance: $18; $10, seniors/students 13+. At door: $20; $12, seniors/students 13 ; free, under 12. Tickets: 708-848-2130, St. Paul: 1025 Lake St., Melrose Park. St. John: 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park.


"9 to 5, The Musical"

Friday, Nov. 15; Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.;
and Sunday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

Dominican University's production isbased on the 1980s hit comedy movie. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, it explores an unlikely friendship between three female coworkers bent on revenge against their chauvinistic boss. $18; $5, students. Tickets/more: 708-488-5000,


Vocal and Lute Music

Sunday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

At this Church of Beethoven concert, hear soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and Joel Spears, playing lute, perform English Lute Song, theater music and Italian vocal pieces from the early Baroque period. $15; $10, students/kids. Tickets:

902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

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