Arts and entertainment calendar for June 7
Updated: June 5, 2012 8:51PM
“Almost an Evening,” through July 8 at Circle Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. The dark comic trio of plays explores the theme of hell — both here and hereafter — featuring the worst clerical error in eternity; an unlikely steam room encounter; and a heated debate between God and, well ... God. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 14, 21 and 28. Tickets: $24-$28; $26 for students and senior citizens. Call (708) 660-9540 or visit www.circle-theatre.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.
“Inherit the Wind,” presented by Oak Park Festival Theatre June 14-July 16 outdoors in Austin Gardens park, located in the 100 block of North Forest Avenue, Oak Park. Inspired by the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, the play presents a classic courtroom clash between two lawyers who argue the case of a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sundays, with an additional performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Tickets: $25; $20 students and senior citizens; $15 for previews, June 14-15. Call (708) 445-4440 or visit www. oakparkfestival.com.
“Love Thy Neighbor ... Till it Hurts,” July 5-14 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. The fully staged solo piece that takes place in Rogers Park examines what it means to be a good neighbor in a community where everyone has differing views. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. $18 general admission. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704.
“The Merchant of Venice” will be presented by First Folio Theatre July 11-Aug. 19 as part of its Shakespeare-under-the-Stars series on the outdoor main stage at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring lawn seating, attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, or rent one for $2 each at the concession stand. Concessions as well as pre-ordered box suppers from La Cuisine (prepaid 48 hours in advance) are also available. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $26-$36, with discounts for students and seniors. First Folio will also present a fully staged reading of “Shylock and His Daughter,” by Maurice Schwartz, at 8:15 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2, 9 and 16. Originally written for the Yiddish theater and translated into English, the play tells the same story as “The Merchant of Venice,” but from Shylock’s perspective. Tickets are $10. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“The 39 Steps,” July 5-Aug. 26 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The 39 Steps” is a fast-paced comedy thriller that introduced the “man on the run” genre to Hollywood. 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.
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. 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, 8:30 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 9, 9 p.m.: Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army, in the SideBar (rock). $10. June 10, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 youth. June 13, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. June 14, 8 p.m.: Exposure featuring Trevor Parker, Will Phalen and The Blue Lincolns, in the SideBar. $5. June 14, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (roots), $15. June 15, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band plus Leslie Hunt (rock). $15. June 17, 6 p.m.: Deep Blue Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Pete Ellman Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. June 20, 8 p.m.: Tish Hinojosa in the SideBar. $15. June 21, 8:30 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the Club. No cover. June 22, 9 p.m.: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Roy Kay Trio, Nate Gibson & the Hi-Fly Rangers (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: The Bellfuries with The Honeybees (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: Old Californio in the SideBar (roots). No cover. 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 28, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Smith & McMann, For Pilots and Jen Sygit, $5. June 29-July 3: FitzGerald’s 32nd annual American Music Festival.
Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 484-9794. www.friendlytap.net. June 9, 2 p.m.: Friendly Folk Festival, featuring local talent, including Amazing Mike, Ian Leith, Ryan Anderson, Robin and Jenny Bieneman, Mark Anderson and The Farmers Market Folk Group. Acts will play every half-hour, with proceeds going to the bands. Tickets are $15.
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.
Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport, Chicago. (773) 525-2508. www.schubas.com. July 20, 9 p.m.: Singer-songwriter Xoe Wise. $10.
Summer Concerts in Scoville Park, 5:30-7 p.m. Sundays in Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake St., Oak Park. Free admission. June 10: Guitarra Azul performs rhumba, flamenco and Latin jazz. June 17: Spoken For. June 24: Banjo Buddies play Dixieland jazz. July 1: Classical Blast combines rock music with classical instruments. July 8: Piano Man plays music of Elton John and Billy Joel. July 22: Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm (country rock). July 29: One Foot in the Groove, an eight-piece horn-driven rock band. Aug. 5: Midwest Dueling Pianos. Aug. 12: Tropixplosion, a Caribbean show band that features steel drums, percussion and vocals. For more information , visit www.oakparkparks.com.
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.
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. June 8-July 6: “Epicurious,” featuring artwork with the theme of food, dining and cooking. Opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. June 8.
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 386-4700. Hours are 2-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through June: Watercolors by Marlene Martorelli.
Oak Park Public Library, Main Library, 834 Lake St. (708) 383-8200. www.oppl.org. Through June 15: “RAW: A Live Exhibition of the Daily Artist,” 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 Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Exhibits are presented by the Oak Park Area Arts Council. Call (708) 386-9853 or visit www.opal-art.com for information. Through June: Works by Jeanette Durand, including 15 framed textile collages and a painting.
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.
Seeking artists and crafters for a summer bazaar, to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Victory Centre of River Woods, a supportive living community located at 1800 Riverwoods Drive, Melrose Park. Fee is $25. Registration deadline is July 13. Call (708) 547-5800.
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.
Artists and craftsartists are invited to jury to participate in the 38th annual Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show, to be presented by the American Society of Artists Aug. 17-19 in Scoville Park, Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, Oak Park. Submit four images representative of work to be exhibited, one of the display set-up, first/last name, physical address, daytime telephone number, and resume/show listing to www.americansocietyofartists.org. For information, call (847) 991-4748.
Crafters sought for the Oak Park Women’s Exchange 38th annual Holiday Art & Craft Show, to be held Nov. 4 at Oak Park River Forest High School. For an application, visit www.opwe.org or call (708) 848-4693.
A Summer Garden Soiree, a fundraiser for 16th Street Theater, will be held from 2-5 p.m. June 23 at the Arthur J. Dunham Home, 3131 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn. The event features a performance of “Stories of Love, Faith & the Unknown,” live music, and refreshments. $40 per person; $75 per couple. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704, ext. 107.
Books & poetry
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243. www.centuriesandsleuths.com. 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. 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. 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 21, 7 p.m.: Discussion of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson.
Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, presents the Wednesday Morning Movie Series June 13-Aug. 8, featuring family-friendly films for $1 admission. Show time is 10 a.m.; doors open at 9 a.m. for appearances by costumed characters, games and other activities. For information, visit www.classiccinemas.com. June 13: “Kung Fu Panda 2,” rated PG. June 20: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” rated PG. June 27: “Puss In Boots,” rated PG. July 11: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” rated G. July 18: “Arthur Christmas,” rated PG. July 25: “The Smurfs,” rated PG. Aug. 1: “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh,” rated G. Aug. 8: Surprise movie, PG rating.
Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 386-9853. www.opal-art.com. 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 $175. To register, call (708) 383-8873 or e-mail email@example.com.
“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. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered 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.
Chicago Dance Chapter of USA Dance, the national organization representing amateur ballroom dancers. Lesson begins at 7:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:15-11 p.m. Admission: $8 members; $10 nonmembers; $6 for students with ID. Dance music for all swing, Latin and ballroom dances. Partners not required - singles welcome. Beginning dancers encouraged. For information, call (847) 577-9014 or visit www.usadancechicago.org. June 9: “Foxy Momma,” featuring a fox trot lesson, at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park.
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.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. June 12, 19 and 26 and July 3, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. June 13, 20 and 27, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. 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. 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. June 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 29, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. July 1, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. July 6, 7-11 p.m.: Country and Western Dance, $8. July 7, 8 pm.: Tejano Dance with Boni Maurico and Linda Escobar. $20 per person until 9 p.m.; afterwards $25 per person. For more information, visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. July 8: Cha cha lesson, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Francesca’s Fiore, 7407 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-3063. www.miafrancesca.com. June 27, 7 p.m.: Two Brothers Brewing Company beer dinner, a five-course dinner with beer pairings. $52 per person.
Fairs & festivals
Forest Park Summer Fest, 5-11 p.m. June 8 and noon-10 p.m. June 9 on Madison Street in downtown Forest Park. The festival features live music, a beer garden, two dining areas, antique market, local merchant sidewalk sale, children’s activities and stage, pony rides, a giant slide and more. Free admission. For information, visit www.summerfestfp.com.
Picnic in the Park, 2-7 p.m. July 15 at Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake St., Oak Park. The evening features live music and entertainment, giant slide, obstacle course, trackless train rides, Baggo tournament, root beer garden, free photo booth, and more. For more information, visit www.oakparkparks.com/100th.
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. June 16, 1 p.m.: Samurai Film Series features “The Twilight Samurai.” June 27, 1:30 p.m.: Bogie! Film Series features “Key Largo.”
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 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. June 8, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352. June 16, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Cocula, 5452 S. La Grange Road, Countryside. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 15. June 17, 12:30 p.m.: Oak Brook Classic Car Show, Oak Brook Shopping Center, 22nd Street and Route 83, followed by dinner at The Cheesecake Factory in the Oak Brook mall. Reservations to (708) 947-2198. June 30, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Matton’s Restaurant, 9 E. 31 St., La Grange Park. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 29. July 3, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Rocky’s Pizza/Restaurant, 10421 Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 2. July 7, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Tonys Restaurant, 9414 Ogden Ave., Brookfield. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 6.
Tours & outings
The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest will host a garden walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 1, starting at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. $15 in advance; $18 day of event. Call (708) 386-4700.
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.
Restoration in Progress Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House, led by preservation architect T. Gunny Harboe, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. Designed for the owner of Chicago’s prominent Bach Brick Company, the Bach House (1915) showcases Wright’s transition into post-Prairie School design. A Chicago Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, its compact structure has been described as “semi-cubist.” Admission is $75; $65 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members. Tickets are available at www.gowright.org/bach.
Workshops & classes
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.
Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. (708) 583-3100. www.triton.edu/cernan. June 23: Super Saturday, featuring “Dinosaurs in Space” and “The Friendly Stars” mini show at 7 p.m.; Monthly Skywatch at 8 p.m.; and “Legends of Rock” laser show, a 60-minute-plus laser show featuring music from a variety of classic rock artists, at 9:30 p.m. Monthly Skywatch presents the latest discoveries in astronomy, space science and Earth science; and if weather permits, the opportunity to observe the moon, planets and other wonders of the sky through telescopes set up on the lawn outside the building. Admission for the 7 or 8 p.m. show is $8; $4 for children ages 2-12 and senior citizens. Admission for the 9:30 p.m. laser show is $10; $5 for children and senior citizens. Special rates to attend multiple shows are available, with prices for all three shows at $18, $9 for children and senior citizens; or two shows for $12, $6 for children and senior citizens.