Big Week Aug. 3-9

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August has arrived and summer is heading into its home stretch, but there's still plenty to do. Here are some highly selective highlights for your week ahead:

Silent movies on the porch

The Pleasant Home Foundation's August tradition continues each Friday night, Aug. 5-26 at 8:15 p.m., on the expansive porch of Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave. The films are accompanied by live music from pianist Tom Holmes. This Friday's film night features several shorts by Georges Melies and three shorts by Charlie Chaplin. Kids like these comic pieces as much as the old-timers, and you'll be amazed how many chairs can fit on that porch. Subsequent weeks feature Harold Lloyd (Aug. 12), Charlie Chaplin (Aug. 19) and Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton (Aug. 26). Suggested donation is $10. Info: 

As the world churns

If you're really in nostalgia, you can continue your throwback weekend at Pleasant Home on Sunday, Aug. 7, with a free Ice Cream Social, featuring "turn-of-the-century games, crafts, chores and butter churning," along with free tours of Pleasant Home, stories from historical books, and the ever-popular face-painting. Entertainment will be provided by the Oak Park Blue Grass Band. Info: Call 708-383-2654 or visit 

Free concert in Scoville Park

The Park District of Oak Park has been offering free concerts all summer, and this one was inadvisably billed, "Special Back-to-School Free Concert," which just sounds deflating, but the Aug. 7 event features the winner of the park district's recent Battle of the Bands competition, Explain Like I'm 5. Interesting name. The concert, sponsored by Magic Tree Bookstore, takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in
Scoville Park, Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. Info: 


The theme for the 2016 Oak Park International Film Festival is "Social Justice Cinema." There must be a local connection (cast, crew, subject, location to Chicago's western suburbs or Austin). Please submit a DVD, film description, contact info, and a two-sentence bio to: Oak Park International Film Festival, PO Box 1294, Oak Park, IL 60304 by Thursday, Aug. 4. The one-day festival will be held during "Oaktoberfest," Saturday, September 17 at the Oak Park Public Library, 838 Lake Street, Veterans Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

17th International Clown Week at Showmen's Rest

Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1 till 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 W. Cermak Road in Forest Park (east of Desplaines, western end of the cemetery). Free for all ages. "A loving and festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well-known final resting place for circus artists." Event includes speakers, circus arts performances, kids' activities and entertainment, snacks and drinks, "and many, many, many clowns." Bring lawn chairs and blankets "and a youthful attitude." For more, visit

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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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