Big Week: Feb 5-11

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40th Anniversary Concert:
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot
Louisiana Band

Friday, Feb. 7, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's: 

C.J. Chenier, Grammy-nominated musician and recording artist, is a Creole, born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music. He delivers soulful vocals and accordion-driven Zydeco and Blues. $15, advance: $20, at door. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Winter Exploration Day 

Saturday, Feb. 8, Noon to 3 p.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion:

Learn to navigate using new-found orienteering skills, make a craft using natural materials, track animals and learn photography skills. Free. Chicago Ave. west of Thatcher, River Forest. 

Chicago Arabic
Music Ensemble

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library: 

Explore the songs, instruments, styles and people who create the sounds of the Arabic world and learn the shared musical history of East and West. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Thrive Speaker Series: Trauma

Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Hear from two leading experts in the field of domestic violence and learn how gender-based violence affects everyone and how we can help prevent it. In collaboration with Sarah's Inn. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.


Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 to 11 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

If you're grieving the loss of someone, find comfort and support at this group that meets weekly. More: 708-366-6900, 7300 Division, River Forest.

Season of Hope

Through Feb. 7, Oak Park Township, Oak Park Police Station,
Oak Park Library, Beye Elementary: 

Help those in need throughout the community with donations of gently used or new coats, gloves, boots, and other winter gear. OP Township: 105 and 130 S. Oak Park Ave.; OP Police: 123 Madison; OP Library: 834 Lake St.; Beye: 230 N. Cuyler Ave., Oak Park.

Music to Warm Your Heart and Soul

Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 to 9:30 p.m.,
Ernest Hemingway's Birthplace Museum:

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel will showcase his new album, Django L'Impressionniste, which features meditative solo works by Django Reinhardt influenced by Ravel and Debussy, and is the first modern recorded collection of these compositions. CDs will be available for sale and signing. All ages. $40. Tickets/more: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 

Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Compound Yellow:

See the Irving Artists Trio - violinist Joanna Nerius, violist Willie McLellan and cellist Alexa Muhly – performing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Dohnányi. $10 or what you can. RSVP:; Note: Stairs are used to reach performance space. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Hear international concert organist, choral conductor and lecturer Gail Archer perform works by Ukrainian and Russian composers. Free. 7300 Division St., River Forest. 

Monday, Feb. 10, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Jonathan Beyer (baritone), Amanda Crider (soprano) and Michelle McGovern (flautist) will perform love-themed music from "Opera, Jazz and Musical Theater." $15, suggestion donation. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

At this Henry Fogel Presents Evenings of Great Music and Conversation concert, violinist Heather Wittels and pianist Andrew Rosenblum present a diverse program from the classical, romantic and modern eras. The audience is invited to engage with the performers and Fogel following the concert. $30; $25, members; $10, students. Tickets: or at door. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Grief Journaling Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Maze Library:

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Sessions begin with prompts followed by time to journal. At the end, there is time to share (optional). Resources for grief, where to get help, writing and more is provided. All welcome. First Thursday and fourth Sunday each month through May 24. Come when you like. Registration encouraged: 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Community Listening Sessions

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., and Monday,
Feb. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Scoville Room, Main Library:

The Oak Park Library seeks input on choosing an anti-racism training partner. Reesheda Graham Washington, community leader, is facilitating sessions to take in community feedback. Childcare available. More/register: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Valentine's Market

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Oak Park Conservatory: 

Shop for blooming plants and flowers such as orchids, anthuriums, sweetheart hoyas, succulent heart gardens, fresh cut bouquets and more while sipping hot cocoa and coffee and sampling chocolates. Children can visit the chocolate exploration station. 615 Garfield, Oak Park.

Symphony of OP-RF Fundraiser:
Paint Your Pet

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 to 5:30 p.m., One Lake Brewing:

Be guided through completing a portrait of your pet, based on a photo sent in and sketched onto a canvas before the event. No experience necessary. Ages 12+; under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Register/send photo by Feb. 6. $45 includes all supplies and a prize-drawing ticket. Food and beverages may be purchased before and during the event. Tickets: 1 Lake St., Oak Park.  


Saturday, Feb. 8, Veterans Room, Main Library:

View Oscar-nominated films while enjoying popcorn and having a chance at raffle prizes. 9:30 a.m., Honeyland | 11:15 a.m., Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) | 2:15 p.m., Parasite (R) More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 

Affordable Housing - the H.A.R.D. Study

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m.,
 Nineteenth Century Club:

Join Kelly Keliman, chair of the H.A.R.D. Study, a three-year project by the Cook County League of Women Voters, which asked "What can Cook County government do to promote affordable housing for families with children while reducing segregation?" Learn about the findings and discuss the implications. Questions: Free. Hosted by League of Women Voters of OP/RF. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Local Art

Reception Friday, Feb. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.,
Oak Park Art League: 

At Domestic Moments, view art exploring tensions, work and leisure of suburban life. Through Feb. 28. More: 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park.

Reception Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m.,
Art Gallery, Main Library:

View work by the Oak Park Photography Club, on exhibit through Feb. 28. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"What Truth Sounds Like"

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Lund Auditorium,
Dominican University:

Public intellectual and political commentator Michael Eric Dyson will discuss his book, What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. $10. Tickets/more: 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

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