Big Week Nov. 14-21

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Fridays at Hemingway's: Evening of Illusion

Friday, Nov. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace:

See Jeanette Andrews, a contemporary magician and artist who "uses sensory anomalies and scientific oddities to bridge everyday life to a special, heightened world." $20; member discounts available. Tickets/more: 339 N.
 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

International Jewish Film Day

Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oak Park Temple:

Watch full-length movies, shorts and documentaries presented by David Chack of DePaul and prize-winning producer, director, writer and curator/past president of Alliance for Jewish Theatre. Films include Mr. Kaplan, West Bank Story, Moses on the Mesa, Dough and more. $25, includes films, food and afternoon wine. Info: Questions: 914-525-1220.
1235 N. Harlem Ave., Oak Park.

Inky Black & White

Friday, Nov. 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Expressions Graphics:

Catch it before it's over - a showing of fine-art prints in black and white by studio members. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park. 

Free Readers Ensemble: "Rose"

Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Set in 1969, Rose Kennedy struggles with overcoming family tragedies and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children. Free; donations accepted. More: 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Classical Guitar

Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater:

Hear Marcus Dunleavy perform guitar masterpieces from Latin America and Spain with works by Barrios, Brouwer, Albeniz, Tarrega, Piazzolla, Lecuona, Villa Lobos and more at a Church of Beethoven event. $10; $5, students. Tickets/more: 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park.

Autumn Splendor

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:         

Spend an evening with Claudia Schmidt, folk singer and storyteller who entertains with her four-octave voice, 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. $28. Tickets:, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.

"The Little Mermaid"

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Theater, Trinity High School: 

The Fine and Performing Arts Department presents a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney animated film. Trinity's Ariel "is a little bolder than the traditional Disney version and takes control of her future." $10; $5, children/students. Tickets/more: 7574 W. Division, River Forest. 

"Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction"

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Meet Oak Park author Alec Nevala-Lee and hear about his newly released cultural biography. Books available for sale and signing. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Help Plan North Avenue's Future

Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Redeemer Church:

2,100 people took surveys to help plan the revitalization of North Ave. from Austin to Harlem. Learn about survey results, provide feedback and help plan at a public visioning workshop. The meeting is part of North Avenue Revitalization Plan development. More: RSVP: ccambray@cmap.illinois.gov6740 W. North Ave.

River Forest Candidate Supporter 101 Program

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 to 8:45 p.m., River Forest Library: 

Come to an information event featuring reps from local village boards, a presentation about the balloting process and a review for campaign volunteers. Consider filling these seats for the April 2, 2019, election: 

  • River Forest Park Board (2) 
  • River Forest Public Library (2) 
  • School District 90 (4)
  • School District 200, OPRF (3)
  • Village of River Forest (3) 

Brought by River Forest Civic Association, formerly RF Service Club. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Wine & Botany 

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

Dig into the botany of grape plants, learn how wine is made from grape to glass and sip through a tasting of several varieties. 21 . $15, residents; $23, non-residents. Register: 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. 

Golden Gala - The Historical Society of OP-RF's 50th

Friday, Nov. 16, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Carleton Hotel: 

Enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres while celebrating 50. Proceeds fund the Oak Park River Forest Museum. Presentation honoring "exceptional residents" Harriet Hausman and Doug Deuchler at 7:30 p.m. $100; $90, members. Tickets/more: 708-848-6755, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park.

"Vice: Raised in the System"

Monday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

View a documentary episode that examines the juvenile justice system and investigates community solutions resulting in drops in crime and incarceration. After, a panel discussion includes Illinois State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Brought by Oak Park Progressive Women. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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