Big Week Nov. 22-29

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Record Store Day

Friday, Nov. 24:

Val's halla Records opens 2 hours early, at 9 a.m., offering limited edition goodies. Live music performed by 11 artists from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Specially priced new vinyl titles and all used products 20 percent off. Closing at 7 p.m. The sale extends over Small Business Saturday, "Something-Or-Other-Sunday" and Cyber Monday. More: 239 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Olde School Records opens an hour early, at 10 a.m., offering exclusive limited edition new releases on vinyl and CD. Closing at 7 p.m. On Small Business Saturday, freebies for first customers who make purchases starting at 11 a.m. and storewide sales all day. More: 708-366-7588. 413 Desplaines, Forest Park.

Classical Blast's "Dark Side of the Yule"

Saturday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Christmas meets classic rock as this Oak Park-based group performs music by Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Moody Blues and Metallica, along with original holiday songs, Christmas classics, medieval carols, an instrumental mash of Despecito and more. Also joining is rocker Cathy Richardson, bluesman Wayne Baker Brooks, industrial punk rocker Chris Connelly (Ministry) and others. Portion of proceeds benefit Caring Arts Foundation. $25; $10, children. Tickets/more: or at the door. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Speed4Sarah Fall Fundraiser and Concert

Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., FitzGerald's Nightclub:

Come for a silent auction, raffle and live music by The Metermen, Nasty Snacks, Local Motive and Handsome Dave and the Ravens. Proceeds benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute and Young Faces of ALS, an online community of young people, including Sarah Coglianese who grew up in Oak Park, committed to raising awareness of the disease. $25. Tickets at the door. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

"A Dickens Carol"

Previews Saturday, Nov. 25, 3 and 8 p.m. Opening Night Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Madison Street Theatre:

Oak Park Festival Theatre premiers a play that re-imagines the story of Scrooge from Charles Dickens' point of view and real-life events. Set in London in 1842, it's a ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge. Through Dec. 24. Ages 10+. $10, previews; $30; $25, seniors; $15, students. Tickets/more: 708-445-4440, 1010 Madison Street, Oak Park.

More Than A Mic

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5 to 7 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Speak your mind at this Spoken Word freestyle open mic, part of the library's More Than a Month series. For teens and adults. Info: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Introduction to Podcasts 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 to 8 p.m., Computer Classroom, Main Library: 

Learn how to subscribe to podcasts and hear about some library favorites to get started. Register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

French Conversation Hour 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 to 8 p.m., Maze Library:

Keep up language skills through talking with other French speakers whether holding a basic conversation or crafting long stories. Info: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Holiday Gift and Art Fair

Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., McDonough Hall, St. Giles:

Browse handcrafted items from 17 locals vendors. A portion of sales donated to Harambee. Also view artist Bob Steed's endangered species sculptures. Free; physically accessible. 1101 Columbian, Oak Park. 

Christmas Tree Lighting 

Friday, Nov. 24, 6 to 7 p.m., Scoville Square: 

Santa arrives in the Hemingway District to light the tree. 137 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Authors on Tap

Monday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Beer Shop:

Join Deborah Shapiro, author of The Sun in Your Eyes, and Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreak: Stories, as they talk about their craft over craft beers. Also sponsored by The Book Table. Questions: 708-386-9800. 1026 North Blvd.

 "The Story of Arthur Truluv" 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 to 9 p.m., Carlton Hotel:

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg discusses her latest book about three people who have lost the person they love most and how they find their way back to happiness. $10, redeemable at the event toward book purchase. Tickets: 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park.

"Holocaust Postal History" 

Monday, Nov. 27, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association:

In his new book, postal historian Justin Gordon explores the Holocaust from the lens of correspondence. The presentation offers insight into the personal, unique journeys of the victims of WWII. $10, suggested donation. Inquire: 708-386-2729, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

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As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.

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