Arts and entertainment calendar for May 24
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:13PM
“Angels in America,” “Part One: Millennium Approaches” and “Part Two: Perestroika,” through June 3 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. Tickets: $45-$65. Call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
“Hairspray,”through June 17 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“When The Rain Stops Falling,” through June 17 at Circle Theatre, 1010 W. Madison St., Oak Park. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and seniors. Call (708) 660-9540 or visit www.circle-theatre.org.
The Avalon Quartet performs the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Each concert will benefit a designated local organization for which free-will donations will be accepted. Suggested minimum donation is $10. For information, call (708) 386-2729 or visit www.19thcenturycharity.org. May 30: “Russian Feast Part 2,” Op. 59, benefiting the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society.
Church of Beethoven “Fourth Sundays” Series, 10:30 a.m. May 27 at the Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park. North Shore Brass will perform works by Bach, Gershwin, Bernstein and others. Church of Beethoven’s “Fourth Sunday” programs feature classical music performances in an intimate and casual setting, as well as poetry by local poets and two minutes of silence. $10; $5 for children. Visit www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com.
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. June 22-23, 8 p.m., and June 24, 2 p.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Lynn. Tickets are $65. A 6 p.m. dinner is available for an additional $19 on Friday and Saturday; noon lunch is available on Sunday for an additional $19.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. May 24, 8 p.m.: Michael Smith & Small Potatoes (roots). $15. May 25, 9 p.m.: Brother Joscephus plus BS Brass Band and Caravan of Thieves (rock). $10. May 25, 9 p.m.: Cannonball in the SideBar (rock). Free. May 26, 9 p.m.: American English (Beatles tribute). $12 in advance; $15 at the door. May 26, 9 p.m.: Uncle Lucius (roots) in the SideBar, $12. May 27, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. May 31, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn, featuring Mars Hill, Morning Shower Scotch and Cropduster (country). $5. May 31, 9 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the SideBar (rock). Free. June 1-2, 9 p.m.: Sonny Landreth CD release show for “Elemental Journey” (blues). $25. June 3, 6 p.m.: Chicagoland Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. June 7, 8 p.m.: Blast! plus Kick the Cat (prog rock). $7. June 8, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks (blues). $15. June 8, 9 p.m.: John Engelmann plus Ingrid & the Unicorns in the SideBar (rock). $10. June 9, 9 p.m.: Kelly Hogan “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” CD release (roots) plus Dean and the Purvs. $15. June 14, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (roots), $15. June 15, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band (rock). $15. June 24, 6 p.m.: FitzGerald’s hosts “The Earl of Old Town’s 80th Birthday.” Live folk concert inside FitzGerald’s Nightclub to be broadcast on closed circuit TV on a 14-foot screen in the Festival Tent. $10. June 29-July 3: FitzGerald’s 32nd annual American Music Festival.
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. June 10, 3 p.m.: Rough Around the Edges Band plays contemporary and traditional music, including alternative and folk songs, as well as original compositions.
Expressions Graphics, 29 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 386-3552. www.expressionsgraphics.org. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 1: “Audrey Brown Retrospective” and “What’s Blooming,” works by Expressions Graphics member artists Jessica Kronika and Carol Friedle. Artist reception with Audrey Brown, 2-4 p.m. May 26.
Forest Park National Bank, 7348 W. Madison St., Forest Park. Exhibits are co-sponsored by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. For more information, call (708) 358-5693 or visit www.OakParkAreaArtsCouncil.org. Through June 30: Works by Janice Elkins, including acrylics, oils, collages, drawings, monoprints and more.
Gallery Pink, 149 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 524-2231. www.gallerypink-elkinsstudio.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through June 27: Sculpture by Karen Gubitz.
Harrison Works, 17 Harrison St., Oak Park. www.harrisonworks.com. (708) 308-4602. Gallery hours are 1-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; noon-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; and 1-10 p.m. the third Friday of each month. Through July 1: Paintings by River Forest artist Gayle L. Yeatman Fisher.
North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. May: An exhibit of architectural woodwork by abstract sculptor Kip Pasta.
Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 1: “Body Language,” works with a figurative theme. The exhibit features paintings, sculpture and drawings from OPAL’s ongoing figure groups.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through May 30: “The Abyss Series: The Diminishing Black Male,” works by Jesse Howard. May 29-June 15: Daily Artist Idea Box, a live art creation event presented during library hours. Artists will use the space as a temporary studio, creating works while visible to the public. The artwork created in the space will then be displayed on its walls. Closing reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. June 16, with all artwork available for purchase, benefiting the Oak Park Public Library Art Fund.
Oak Park Regional Housing Center, 1041 South Boulevard, Oak Park. Through May 31: Oak Park Area Arts Council sponsors an exhibit of photographs by Jim Krysan.
Prairie Title Company, 6821 W. North Ave., Oak Park. Exhibits are presented by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. For information, call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. Through July 12: Works by Roberta Malkin, LuEllen Joy Giera, Donna Caplin and Bryan Northup.
Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside. Through June: “Revealed,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Phil Malhiot. Visit www.malhiot.com.
Auditions & opportunities
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra is seeking middle school and high school musicians for the 2012-13 season. For information or to schedule an audition, visit www.wsyo.org.
The Oak Park Concert Chorale is holding auditions for its 2012-13 season, which will feature performances of compositions ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, as well as works commissioned by the chorale. Seeking singers for all voice parts — sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays in Oak Park. For more information or to schedule an audition, call (847) 420-9200 or visit www.oakparkconcertchorale.org.
Oak Park Area Arts Council seeks artists for mural projects on the railroad retaining walls along the Green Line corridor. Each artist selected to participate in the program receives $500 for materials prior to beginning the project and another $500 upon completion. The murals range in size from about 6 feet-by-8 feet to 6-feet-by-11 feet. Concepts are judged on artistic merit, appropriateness for a public way and originality. Paint is the only medium that may be used and should be of a quality to withstand weather conditions for a reasonable amount of time. Interested artists must submit an application and a rendering of the proposed design. Applications are available online at www.oakparkareaartscouncil.org, as well as in Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Applicants must be 18 years old and up. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 30.
The Oak Park Art League seeks artists to participate in the second annual Carriage House Gallery National Juried Exhibition, to be held Oct. 12-Nov. 16. The exhibit is open to all artists nationwide, working in any visual media, including photography and digital art. Submitted artworks will be juried and judged for Best of Show, first, second and third place. More than $4,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Entry fee is $30, $25 for members, for up to three images. Entry deadline is Aug. 3. Call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com.
Books & poetry
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. May 26, 2 p.m.: Craig Cleve discusses and signs The Green Hornet Street Car Disaster. May 27, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss The Reformation: A History. June 2, 2 p.m.: John McEvoy discusses and signs Photo Finish, the fifth book in the Jack Doyle Race Track Mystery series; and Jack Fredrickson discusses and signs Hunting Sweetie Rose, his third Dek Elstrom Mystery. June 3, 1 p.m.: Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter) meeting. June 9, 2 p.m.: G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago discusses The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton. June 10, 2 p.m.: Dickens Fellowship of Chicago will discuss chapters 28-44 of Great Expectations. June 16, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group discusses The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. June 24, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) discusses The Imperial Cruse by James Bradley. July 7, 11 a.m.: Sisters in Crime meeting. July 14, 2 p.m.: G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago will discuss St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton. July 21, 12:30 p.m.: Bryan Gruley discusses and signs The Skeleton Box, the third book in the Starvation Lake Series. July 21, 2 p.m.: Mystery Discussion Group will discuss The Likeness by Tana French. July 29, 2 p.m.: Clio’s Chroniclers (The History Discussion Group) will discuss Berlin Games (1936) How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters.
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. May 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Book Worms Book Club for senior citizens will discuss The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum. Copies of the book are reserved for the Book Worms Book Club at the Oak Park Public Library main branch. Fee is $1 for Active Adult members; $2 for nonmembers. June 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Book Worms Book Club for senior citizens will discuss The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Copies of the book are reserved for the Book Worms Book Club at the Oak Park Public Library main branch. Fee is $1 for Active Adult members; $2 for nonmembers.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. May 30, 7 p.m.: Poets Michael Czarnecki and Charlie Rossiter introduce In the Spirit of T’ao Ch’ien, a new poetry anthology. June 6, 7:30 p.m.: Graphic Novel Discussion Group discusses Epileptic by David B. June 20, 10 a.m.: Discussion of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre. June 26, 8 p.m.: Gen X Book Discussion Group discusses Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. The group, for young adults in their 20s and 30s, meets at Molly Malone’s, 7652 Madison St., Forest Park. June 27, 7 p.m.: Phat Fiction Book Club discusses Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice at Bar Louie, 1122 Lake St., Oak Park. June 28, 7 p.m.: Young @ Heart Book Discussion Group, for adults who read Young Adult literature, discusses Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork.
Oak Park Public Library, Dole Branch, 255 Augusta, Oak Park. (708) 386-9032. www.oppl.org. June 15, noon: Read & Reflect Book Group discusses Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer by Shannon Brownlee. June 19, noon: Brown Bag Book Group discusses Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees.
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. June 5, noon: The First Detectives: 3 Stories by Poe, a discussion of Edgar Allan Poe stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin. June 21, 7 p.m.: Discussion of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson.
Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. June 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Wright Plus Kid’s Workshop for ages 8-12. Children will create a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired window hanging. Fee is $35 per child. Registration required. Summer art camps available for children ages 5-12 years, 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Tuition is $265 per two-week session; $250 for OPAL members. Camps include June 11-22: Papier Mache Madness; June 25-29: Book & Papermaking; July 9-20: Fabulous Fabrications; July 23-Aug. 3: “I Love Summer,” painting and sculpture; Aug. 6-17: Jewelry Making.
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. Movie Maniacs, a film festival for children age 8 and up. All movies are rated PG. No registration required. June 11, 4 p.m.: “Flipped.” June 18, 4 p.m.: “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.” June 25, 4 p.m.: “Inkheart.” Prairie School Adventures,
a summer camp for youth in grades 2-6, will be held at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. “Art Glass, Nature and Frank Lloyd Wright” meets from 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20. Campers will explore the art glass at Unity Temple and take field trips to other prominent Oak Park landmarks. For their final project, each camper will design an art glass window in translucent Mylar and present it in a group exhibit. Fee is $165 through June 1; $175 June 2-July 16. To register, call (708) 383-8873 or e-mail email@example.com.
S.D. Studios, 224 N. Elmwood, Oak Park, offers the Summer Slime Time Camp, for ages 4-11, from 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 4-21. The theme is Africa, and participants will make African masks using papier mache and mixed media, African animal fetishes, Senufo stylized paintings, hand-crafted beaded keychains and necklaces, book cover illustrations for African fables and folktales, and Maasai self-portraits. Fee is $160 per week or $450 for all three weeks of camp. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Wizard of Oz,” through June 16 at Drury Lane Theatre Theatre for Young Adults, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday (excludes June 6-7, June 13-14). Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered May 26 and June 16 at 11:30 a.m., with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Breakfast buffet package price is $25 for adults; $22 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Wonder Works, A Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, provides a hands-on environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children up to age 10. The 6,400-square-foot museum includes exhibits, educational programming, a retail store and a children’s party room. Memberships are available. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 per person; free for members and children under age 1. For information about field trips, birthday parties and after-hours parties, call (708) 383-4815 or visit www.wonder-works.org.
Halau i Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago, 38 Lake St., Oak Park. www.halauikapono.org. (708) 297-6321. Classes include Beginning Adult Hula I, open to men and women, 7-8 p.m. Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-2 p.m. Sundays; Keiki (Children’s) Hula Class, for 5- to 12-year-olds, 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. June 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Hula workshop, suitable for beginners and intermediate hula dancers wanting to improve technique. $45.
Intuit Dance Studio 2, 7515 W. Madison St., Forest Park. www.intuitdance.org. May 27, 3-4 p.m.: Beginning flamenco class for adults, including basic footwork patterns, arm and hand movements, hand clapping rhythms, and Sevillanas choreography. $15. For information, call (708) 524-0500.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. May 25 and June 22, 8:30 p.m.: Swing dance with music by The Flat Cats Band. Admission is $12; $10 for students, which includes swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and June 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. May 29 and June 5, 12 and 19, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. May 30 and June 6, 13 and 20, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. June 3: Waltz lesson, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20 per person. Ballroom dancing to music by the Weiss Brothers Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 15, 6 p.m.: Father’s Day celebration dinner and show with The Intruders. $25-$45. For tickets, call (312) 446-7795. Reservation deadline is June 10. June 17, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Francesca’s Fiore, 7407 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-3063. www.miafrancesca.com. May 30, 7 p.m.: Unibroue Brewery Beer Dinner, $40 per person, tax and gratuity additional. Advance reservations required.
Fairs & festivals
What’s Blooming on Harrison Street art festival, 6-10 p.m. May 25 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 26 in the Oak Park Arts District, located on Harrison Street between Ridgeland and Austin Avenue. Friday evening features special events at the galleries. On Saturday, a portion of Harrison street will be closed off, allowing artists and vendors to set up their booths. There will also be free live entertainment, special activities, and food vendors from Oak Park and Forest Park. Visit www.oakparkartsdistrict.com.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. (708) 386-4040. www.oakparkarms.com. “Journey Through History … Hollywood Style” film series, hosted by radio announcer Dan Kane. All films are shown at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month and are followed by a discussion. Admission is free. June 8: “Luther,” starring Joseph Fiennes. July 13: “A Man for All Seasons,” starring Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw. Aug. 10: “Elizabeth,” starring Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes. Sept. 14: “Waterloo,” starring Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles. Oct. 12: “Amistad,” starring Anthony Hopkins. Nov. 9: “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne. Dec. 14: “Love Actually,” starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. June 10, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” rated R. June 13, 6:30 p.m.: Independent Spirits Film Series features “Please Give.” In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns. June 15, 1:30 p.m.: Hitchcock Film Series features “Rebecca” (1940). When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. June 17, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” June 22, 1:30 p.m: Hitchcock Film Series features “Saboteur” (1942). A munitions worker, falsely accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend, goes on the run to find the true saboteur. June 24, 1:30 p.m.: Screening of “Drive.” June 29, 1:30 p.m.: Hitchcock Film Series features “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943).
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. May 30, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “The Big Sleep” (1946). June 16, 1 p.m.: Samurai Film Series features “The Twilight Samurai.” June 27, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “Key Largo.”
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents break :: the :: box, a lecture series exploring creative nonconformity across architecture, art and culture, in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. For tickets, call (708) 383-8873 or visit www.utrf.org. June 1, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Screenings of “Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” with documentary filmmaker Michael Miner. $18.
Oak Park Art League’s Plein Air Painting Group meets from 8:30 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of the month to paint or sketch directly from both urban and natural landscapes. This is a free activity and is not instructed; bring your own materials. Open to teens and adults. For information, call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com. June 2: Around Ferrara Pan. June 16: Trailside Nature Museum. July 7: In front of the Lake Theater. July 21: Oak Park Art League garden. Aug. 4: Historic homes surrounding Holmes School Park. Aug. 18: Austin Gardens. Sept. 15: Garfield Park Conservatory grounds. Oct. 6: An OPAL friend’s yard.
Oak Park Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. June 11 and 25 in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. All skill levels are welcome.
CAC (Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago) Single Catholics. (708) 450-8280 or www.caci.org/chicago.html. May 26, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Lone Star Steak House, 9340 Joliet Road, Hodgkins, followed by a movie at the Quarry Theatre or La Grange Theatre. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by May 25. June 2, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Chequers, 100 W. Burlington Ave., La Grange, followed by a movie at the La Grange Theatre. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 1. June 8, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352.
Thunderbird Singles, (847) 266-2706 or www.thunderbirdsingles.com. Events held at the Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave., Elmhurst, unless noted otherwise. May 25, 8 p.m.: Diva Montell Love Fest, $6 before 8:15 p.m.
Tours & outings
The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will host “An Oak Park Afternoon,” a self-guided walking tour of three historic homes, from 1-4 p.m. June 1. Homes on the tour are the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Pleasant Home, and Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion. Tickets are $30, which includes light refreshments, a map to all sites, and suggestions for exterior viewing of other sites along the route. Transportation is not provided, but street parking and bicycle rental are available. Visit www.GoWright.org for tickets and more information.
Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour will be held at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, June 9-Sept. 23. The two-hour tour includes stops at 22 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. The tour begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes; however, if a bike is needed, Greenline Wheels will provide one at no additional cost. Admission is $35; $30 for members. Tickets can be purchased at www.GoWright.org/pedal.
Wright Plus 2012 housewalk, showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in Oak Park, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2. The walk features eight private homes, three designed by Wright, and three public buildings designed by Wright. Guests will enjoy interpretations based on in-depth research of the homes’ history and architecture, including discussions of the original occupants’ lifestyles. Tickets are $100; $85 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members. Along with the housewalk tour, the Preservation Trust also offers the Ultimate Plus Weekend, May 31 to June 3, including a reception at the 1905 Wright-designed lobby of The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago, a Friday Excursion to Wright-designed buildings on Chicago’s North Shore, a private luncheon and lecture and Exclusively Wright Dinner on Saturday, and a behind-the-scenes Tour of Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House on Sunday. For information, visit www.GoWright.org.
Workshops & classes
Bead in Hand, 145 Harrison St., Oak Park. (708) 848-1761. www.beadinhand.com. Advance registration required for all classes. May 25, 6-10 p.m., and May 26, noon-8 p.m.: Drop-In Butterfly Choker Workshop, $5 per choker.
Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. Summer intensive workshops include Pastel Plein Air Workshop with Kathy Hirsh, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-6, $250; and The Essence of Drawing Workshop with Jesse Howard, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7-9, $250.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. June 19 and 26, 10 a.m.: Novel Knitters 101. Learn the basics of knitting, including casting on, binding off, knit stitch, and purl stitch. Sue Jaffee shares simple project ideas for new knitters in this free two-session program. Registration required. Materials list will be provided in advance.
Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch, 845 S. Gunderson Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-4751. www.oppl.org. June 9, 10 a.m.: Rendering Value: Art Program. Artist Susan Anderson Bjornson will demonstrate realistic drawing and instruct participants in representational drawing. Open to adults and teens at all skill levels. June 14, 7 p.m.: Adult Improv Comedy Workshop. All skill levels welcome.
Arts and Crafts Chicago seventh annual show and sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 2 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3 in Geiseman Gym at Concordia University, 7400 Augustana St., River Forest. Featuring more than 40 national dealers offering antique and contemporary furniture, pottery, metalware, lighthing and more from and inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Admission $7. Visit www.artsandcraftschicago.com.
Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. Earth and Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; laser concerts, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; children’s shows, 2 p.m. Sundays; Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $8-$10; $4-$5 for senior citizens 55 and older and children ages 2-12. Through June 3: Earth & Sky Shows include Destination: The Planets and Mars 2012 mini show. (On May 26, the 7:30 p.m. shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch.) Laser concerts include Ray of Light, with music of Ricky Martin, Smashing Pumpkins and Moby, and Pop Rock 3 mini laser show. Children’s shows (best for children from preschool through second grade) include Once in a Blue Moon and There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars mini show. Sunday Sampler includes Stellar Extremes and Pop Rock 2 mini laser show.