Big Week April 3 - 10

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Recovery Slam

Friday, April 5, 6 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Celebrate recovery through music, comedy and inspiration while enjoying cocktails and small plates in a club-like setting. Brought by National Alliance on Mental Illness Metro Suburban. $80. Tickets: bidpal.net/nami. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

America Sings!

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, and Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church:

Listen to Heritage Chorale perform choral music written or arranged by American composers, including Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, Joseph Jennings, Moses Hogan, Leonard Bernstein and Robert Ray, whose Gospel Mass is the featured work. $21.50; $16.50, seniors; $11.50, college students; free, students through high school. Tickets/more: heritagechorale.com. Grace Episcopal: 924 Lake St., Oak Park. St. John: 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park.

Avanti Guitar Trio

Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m., Open Door Theater:   

Take a musical journey from the Baroque fugue to Spanish fandango, Bach to Beatles and more. $20. Tickets: opendoortheater.net, 708-386-5510. 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park. 

The Long Term: Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project

Opening Saturday April 6, 5 to 8 p.m.,Compound Yellow:

This traveling exhibition is prompting discussions about life and long-term sentencing, with the voices of incarcerated artists and writers at the center. See a hand-drawn animation and works on paper by imprisoned artists, videos of those impacted by long-term sentencing, art prints and more. More: facebook.com/events/2180894575507920. Through May 10. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

"Breaking Boundaries" Student Fashion Show

Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University:

See more than 90 pieces, designed by 30 students, including business wear, little black dresses, designs for the musical The Color Purple and "reinvigorated" medical uniforms. $15; $10, students. Tickets/more: events.dom.edu/2019-spring-fashion-show. 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Blood Drive

Monday, April 8, 4 to 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church:

Help those in need and receive a Chicago Blackhawks hat on April 8. Recurring the second and third Mondays each month. Next date: April 15. Schedule/more: 877-258-4825, vitalant.org. 324 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

"The Tale" Showing and Panel Discussion

Sunday, April 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Attend a screening of HBO's film to gain a better understanding about sexual predators who target children, their tactics and settings where this may occur. Adults only. Free. Brought by Parents Against Child Sex Abuse (P.A.X.A.). Register/more: eventbrite.com/e/paxa-presents-hbos-the-tale-film-screening-tickets-54353484736. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago – Celebrating 100 Years of Civic Engagement

Monday, April 8, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club:

Learn about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's prestigious training program for young professionals, its history and hear a performance by four Civic Orchestra members. $15, requested donation. More: nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. 

Jubilate

Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:

Hear the Oak Park Concert Chorale explore themes of peace, serenity and joy with works by composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski, chorale member Barbara Brotman and a collaboration between poet Jill Peláez Baumgaertner and local composer Carl Schalk. $18, advance; $20, at door; $10 advance seniors/students 13 ; $12, at door. Tickets/more: eventbrite.com/e/jubilate-tickets-56454025510. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Pharlis James Trio

Saturday, April 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Groove to jazz with baritone balladeer Pharlis James, pianist Bobby Schiff and bassist Scott Mason as they play songs of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Bobby Darin and more. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

River Forest Sustainability: Village in a Garden

Wednesday, April 10, 1 p.m., Cheney Mansion:

River Forest President and Oak Park and River Forest Garden Club member Cathy Adduci will speak to the group. Noon social time followed by a brief business meeting. All welcome. More: gcoprf.org. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Stephane Wrembel on Guitar

Thursday, April 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Ernest Hemingway Birthplace: 

Relax at a House Concert as you listen to a French musician who has made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Tickets/more: hemingwaybirthplace.com/programs-events. 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Nearby Nature Series

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Austin Gardens:

Explore emerging spring while on a walk through Oak Park's forest with Laura Derks from Flybird Experiences. All ages. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 167 Forest Ave.

Spiritus Jazz Program

Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church:

Hear new sacred works, improvisations inspired by sacred texts, works based on original poetry along with traditional jazz. $10, requested donation. 820 Ontario 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.
Email calendar@wjinc.com.

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