Big Week | Aug 26-Sept. 6

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Art Installation: Drops Form

View the newest art created for Compound Yellow by Alberto Aguilar, viewable from the exterior, a cloud form holding 54 suspended drops, hand painted in a graphic style. Aguilar is a Chicago artist who has exhibited at the Art Institute, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and other museums and galleries across North America.   


Be a Part of  "The TOGETHER Tablecloth Quilt"  

Drop off Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 to 6 p.m.

Artist Shonna Pryor is collecting square or rectangular family tablecloths to add to public art quilts she is making " … in addressing the human crisis of social divide, we can only learn, grow and heal if we all accept a place setting at the table ... TOGETHER." Donors - include an index card with family name and statement/story/provenance, ideas and values of this project and also sign family name on the face of the tablecloth. More: Drop off at Compound Yellow, 125 N. Harvey Ave., Oak Park, at the blue table by X Gallery off Lake St. or front porch off Harvey Ave.


Contribute to Interwoven; Be a Part of Nomadicube 

Saturdays through Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nomadicube is a participatory and collaborative project inside an open-framed 10-foot-by-10-foot pink cube structure, located outside, created and facilitated by artist-in-residence Marianne Bernstein. The community is invited to contribute clothing, sheets and other personal items that fiber artist Julia Blake is weaving together onto the cube. Also, join Blake as she works onsite outdoors at Compound Yellow. Performances and workshops are also planned for inside Nomadicube. Free. 244 Lake St., Oak Park.

Police Operations,
Practices and Racism

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Zoom with Pilgrim Congregational Church

Guest presenter André L. Watkins shares his knowledge on policing and addresses concerns about police operations, practices and racism. Watkins served the Houston Police Department for 30 years as a senior patrol officer, undercover narcotics agent, D.A.R.E. instructor, and as an academy cadet trainer and Defensive Tactics instructor. Brought by the Sacred Conversations on Race committee's Be Bold! White Privilege and Standing with Others Group. Register: 


Therapy Players

Saturday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.,
Virtually with Open Door Theater

The Therapy Players have made audiences laugh at Open Door for 20 shows. View an all-new show safely from home. To view and participate in the show via the chat, create an account and go to: Free; donations to Open Door appreciated to keep the doors open for the future:

Tech & Data: Balancing Digital Advancement and Privacy 

Monday, Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m.,
Zoom with the Nineteenth Century Club

Attend a Mind Boggle discussion with Anne Tan who will cover how data is increasingly being used to better our lives and how it can also be used negatively without our knowledge. Learn methods to understand data transparency and features to adjust privacy settings. Free. Register:


West Cook's Wild Ones
Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Order through Friday, Sept. 4.
Pickup Saturday, Sept. 19.

Create a welcoming environment for wildlife with natives that are drought resistant, absorb storm water and carbon, and can provide shade for your home. Brought in collaboration with Green Community Connections, Interfaith Green Network, the Conservation@Home Program%u200B of the Forest Preserves of Cook County %u200Band University of Illinois Extension. Order: Pickup at Euclid Avenue Methodist Church parking lot, 405 Euclid, Oak Park. 

No Shush Salon 

Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30 to 9 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Library

Chicago writer, musician, editor and performance artist Michael Allen Rose kicks off this month's open mic. Listen to performances by local creative types and share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. Each person has 15 minutes to present. Spectators welcome. Register:



Wright Virtual Visit Phase 2

Thursdays, Noon, Facebook Live 

While travel and tours are not always an option due to COVID-19, you can virtually visit Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites. In Phase 2 of this program, two Frank Lloyd Wright sites go live, comparing how a similar theme is expressed. This week, see Hollyhock House (Los Angeles, CA) and Monona Terrace (Madison, WI). Also see previous visits, like the Aug 20 side-by-side of Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) and Unity Temple (Oak Park). To view/more: 

Music by the Numbers

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Virtually 

See it before it's over! Enjoy music from members of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. This week, an octet plays Beethoven and on Sept. 2, a nonet plays Grieg. $5 per concert, OP residents; $50, OP residents for the series, which includes all nine concerts available through Sept 9. $8/$67 non-residents. Register: 708-725-2720,

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