Big Week | November 18-25

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Benefit Concert

Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Virtually with Beyond Hunger

Hear Nathaniel Rateliff perform while proceeds provide meals to neighbors in need. Rateliff's range crosses Americana, rock, folk, R&B, pop and soul. Three-time Grammy nominee, Shemekia Copeland opens the event accompanied by Chicago blues legend, Ronnie Baker Brooks. $50, general admission; $100, includes backstage pass; $200, "Friends of the Concert" privileges. Tickets/more: gobeyondhunger.org

 

Little Miss Ann

Monday, Nov. 23, 4 to 5 p.m.,
Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library 

See an award-winning Chicago children's musician as she leads a concert with songs from her five kid's albums that include soulful originals and reinvented classics. Kids clap, jump and sing along to these interactive and empowering performances. Recommended for ages up to 6.

Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

New - Family Book Club

Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 to 4 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library 

Bring your family together with this new offering aimed at kids in elementary school and their households to learn, share and discuss important topics. This month, read Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers, available through the library as a book and an ebook through Hoopla. Share thoughts at a librarian-led book discussion on Nov. 22 or discuss at home as a family using a resource guide. Register/more: oppl.org/calendar

 

An Introduction to
Middle Eastern Music

Thursday, Nov. 19, 3 to 4 p.m.,
Virtually with the Oak Park Public Library 

Hear Wanees Zarour discuss the differences between Middle Eastern and western music, various styles and instruments, and how to listen and enjoy this tradition. Zarour is director of the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, co-director of the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra and leads the maqam/jazz fusion band East Loop. Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

No Shush Salon

Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 to 9 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Library

Hear from writers who are participating in National Novel Writing Month, as they read their works in progress at this open mic. Each person will have 15 minutes to present. Spectators welcome. Register: oppl.org/calendar.

 

Chess Champs

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 4 to 5 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Library 

Attend a chess workshop and take part in an open-play chess club led by Luis Tubens. Have a chess board ready or place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag, print out a board and pieces or draw your own board and pieces. Recommended for ages 5-13. Next date: Dec. 22. Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

Writing Matters: Sue Miller

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.,
Virtually with the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

Join Oak Park author Elizabeth Berg in conversation with Miller whose latest book is Monogamy. Free. Register: nineteenthcentury.org. Signed copies of the book are available at The Book Table, booktable.net, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park.

 

Winter Greens Market

Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
through Dec. 20, Oak Park Conservatory

Shop online or in-person for wreaths, garland, swags and other winter accents. An array of balsam, fir, boxwood, winter berries, magnolia tips, spruce tops and more are available for winter containers and decorating. For those needing help putting a container together, drop it off and it will be arranged for you. More/order: pdop.org/events/winter-greens-market

 

Peter Lenzo Sculptures

Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Terra Incognito

Lenzo's work draws inspiration from face jugs and is on display to view in person by appointment or online. More: terraincognitostudios.com, 246 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. 

 

Let's Go on a Turkey Hunt 

Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Various Parks of the Park District of Oak Park 

Get outside for this family-friendly activity. Download clues, explore parks — from 1 to 23 — and hunt down the pictures of the "escaped turkeys" at each park. Bring completed form(s) to Courageous Bakery and Café, 736 Lake St., Oak Park, and receive a special cupcake and Park District prize, while supplies last. Download clues the morning of the event.

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