Big Week March 20-27

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It Takes a Village

Through March 28, Art Gallery, Main Library:

Fiber artist Betty Jane Lau combines discarded fabrics into two-sided quilts, showing "how fabric from many cultures of our global village are interwoven" and how "bits of color lead the eye down many paths." 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Art Deco Chicago, Designing Modern America" 

Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear a panel discussion inspired by the book. The panel includes Robert Bruegmann, UIC professor emeritus and editor of "Art Deco Chicago," along with representatives from Chicago Art Deco Society, OP-RF Museum and others. More: oppl.org/calendar 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

"The Chicago 'L'"

Sunday, March 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Library:

The "L" has been running 24/7 for 126 years. Meet author Greg Borzo and discover how it came to be and changed the region. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Caesar and Patricia Tabet Poetry Reading: Eve Ewing

Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

See the writer, who works in many genres, read poetry from Electric Arches and preview poems from her upcoming collection, 1919. University of Chicago assistant professor Ewing's research focuses on racism, social inequality and urban policy. Free. 7900 Division St., River Forest. 

The Glass Slipper Project: Prom Attire Needed

Donate now, JAYNE Boutique:

Help make prom attainable to all girls. The Glass Slipper Project is a nonprofit that collects prom attire and provides it, free of charge, to high school juniors and seniors who are unable to purchase their own. Donate gently used dresses, shoes, purses and prom-appropriate jewelry to JAYNE Boutique and get 20% off a purchase. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 122 N. Marion St., Oak Park.

Wind Symphony and Kapelle Concerts 

Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., Chapel, Concordia University Chicago:

On Friday, see Concordia's Wind Symphony perform Meridian by Ola Gjeilo, El Bosque Magico by Ferrer Ferran and more. On Saturday, hear Kapelle perform Sing Joyfully by William Byrd, Rest by Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach and local composer Carl Schalk. Free. Questions: 708-209-3060. 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. 

The Run Don't Count: The Life and Times of Frank Chance and His 1908 Chicago Cubs"

Wednesday, March 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Hear stories from the newly published novel by longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter Herb Gould. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Donate Blood

Every Monday, 4 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church: 

There is an ongoing need for blood donations. Help out at Vitalant's Oak Park collection center. 324 N. Oak Park Ave.

Celebrating Holi!

Thursday, March 21, 4 to 5 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library:

Learn about the Hindu Spring Festival, also known as Festival of Colors or Festival of Love. Share stories and create artwork. Ages 5+. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

Ibero-American Film Fest

See films celebrating the diversity of Ibero-American culture. Discussions with sociology/criminology faculty and the films' directors follow. Free.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m., Springer Suite, Dominican University:

Bad Hair, centers on boy's obsession with straightening his hair, which unleashes homophobia in his mother (Venezuela).

Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m., Springer Suite, Dominican University:

On the Rooftop shows friends who start their own business, which leads to personal maturity, but not without great difficulties (Cuba). Questions: ymarquezetxabe@dom.edu. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

1960s TV Memories

Sunday, March 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library:

Join Steve Cooper as he shows rare video clips, tells behind-the-scenes stories, shares original theme songs and takes audience requests to play favorite TV-show tunes on his trumpet! Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Interfaith Artist Panel

Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Springer Suite, Dominican University: 

In conjunction with The Biennial Interfaith Art Exhibition (located in Lewis Hall), see a panel featuring artists whose work is in the exhibit that "according to their own faith traditions, harness art's unique capacity to explore and express profound ideas of love and truth." Artists from Chicago, New York and Maryland are participating. 7900 Division St., River Forest. 

Love Songs: New Beginnings

Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.; Veterans Room, Main Library:

Jazz vocalist Desi Vasquez and pianist Jeremy Kahn swing and sway to tunes including music of Irving Berlin and Chicago composer Victor Young. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Calendar Events

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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