Big Week Aug. 10-16

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Fifth Annual Sculpture Walk 

 Twelve sculptures/art installations can be viewed in Mills Park, which surrounds Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home Ave. Self-guided walking tours through Sept. 5. Information and a map available at

Thespian therapists

The Therapy Players, billed as "Chicago's Premier All-Psychologist Improv Troupe," returns to Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., this Saturday, Aug. 13 (and also Saturday, Aug. 27) for "laughs even your insurance company can't deny." The troupe was founded as a way to actualize the old adage that laughter is the best therapy. The therapy session starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 708-386-5510 (voice mail) or visit

Chambers music

Since she was a child, Annika Chambers from Houston, Texas wanted to become a singer, but enlisting in the Army and attaining a degree in radio and TV broadcasting took her on a slight detour. Since completing her 7½-year stint with the U.S. Army, she has played the Houston blues music scene, working with many of the well-known talents in the area. In the fall of 2012, along with The House Rules Band, she entered the International Blues Competition and they made enough of an impression that two of the judges helped produce her first CD. 

Annika Chambers performs at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets ($10) are available at the club and TicketWeb 

For more information on Annika Chambers, go to 

For more information on FitzGerald's, go to or call 708-788-2118.

Battle of the sexes

No, not Hillary vs. The Donald. But this one is just as confusing.

"'Tis true there is taming, but of whom, and by whom? Two impossible outsiders wrestle their way into a hitherto un-hoped-for love match and the happiest (if oddest) ever-afters in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, a problematic comedy that has confounded artists, critics, and audiences for centuries. As our participation in the year-long celebration of Shakespeare 400, we bring you his most famous and furious battle of the sexes. Whether you think men are from Mars or Verona, and women from Venus or Padua, this breezy, bawdy, bittersweet, wondrous wooing will set your brains and hearts reeling. There's a mighty sting in this tale."

Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew can be seen Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. in Austin Gardens (except for the final week when they replace Sunday with Wednesday). You have until Aug. 27 to see it. For more, visit

Literate songwriter

Pierce Pettis is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose music has been covered by the likes of Joan Baez, Garth Brooks and Susan Ashton. According to the publication Sing Out!, "Pettis doesn't write mere songs, he writes literature. ... End to end the songwriting is brilliant." He will perform a solo concert on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at Cornerstone Anglican Church, 171 N. Cuyler Ave. in Oak Park. Tickets are $15, available through Eventbrite until Aug. 13 (go to or at the door.

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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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