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I Li Hsiao, a Chinese-American florist and Oak Park resident, will present a pop-up floral display with other local florists from the area in the Art Gallery of the Oak Park Public Library on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional florists include Kelly Marek, Johanna Strouse and Kola Xochiipilli.
These floral designers will present flowers in a fresh and different way. See how flowers and art are fused. Think out of the box and enjoy the beauty of flowers used with other mediums.
Join film historian Doug Deuchler to screen and discuss the 1989 film, "Driving Miss Daisy" starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.
In 1948, Mrs. Daisy Werthan, or Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy), a 72-year-old wealthy, white, Jewish, widowed, retired school teacher, lives alone in Atlanta, Georgia except for a black housemaid named Idella When Miss Daisy drives her 1946 Chrysler Windsor into her neighbor's yard, her 40-year-old son Boolie (Dan Aykroyd) buys her a 1949 Hudson Commodore and hires Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), a black chauffeur. Miss Daisy at first refuses to let anyone else drive her, but gradually gives in.
As Miss Daisy and Hoke spend time together, she gains appreciation for his many skills. After Idella dies in 1962, rather than hire a new maid, Miss Daisy decides to care for her own house and have Hoke do the cooking and the driving.
The film explores racism against black people, which affects Hoke at that time. The film also touches on anti-Semitism in the South. After her synagogue is bombed, Miss Daisy realizes that she too is a victim of prejudice.
American singer-songwriter Diana Jones grew up in New York and began listening to country, rock and folk music as a teenager.
By the mid-1990s, she wrote and released two albums of her own. In 2006, Jones released her debut folk-rock album,
This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library >
This exhibit by River Forest artist Robert Baker presents a body of work created by the artist over a period of six years following a tragic car accident. This work begins with a series of one hundred 3”x 3“ brightly colored skulls that Robert painted in honor of his own. After the skulls were painted, Robert became physically able to move on to a larger canvas. He began a series of abstract grids, painted in his own technique giving many of the pieces a textile appearance.
- Sheikh Ahmed Arafat (the Muslim voice), Imam, Mosque Foundation;
- Rev. Gyoshin Laurel Ross (the Buddhist voice), Ancient Dragon Zen Center;
- Dr. Harry Parker (the Christian voice), First Baptist Church of Oak Park;
- Swami Ishatmananda (the Hindu voice), Monk of the Ramakrishna Mission, President of the Vivekananda Vendata Society of Chicago; and
- Rabbi Adir Glick (the Jewish voice), West Suburban Temple Har Zion.
Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.
In the finale of this academic lecture series, a guided panel discussion will feature local residents.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors. CMES draws on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Meet River Forest artist Robert Baker at a reception which is free and open to the public. Baker presents a body of work he created over a period of six years following a tragic car accident. This work begins with a series of one hundred 3”x 3“ brightly colored skulls that Robert painted in honor of his own. After the skulls were painted, Robert became physically able to move on to a larger canvas. He began a series of abstract grids, painted in his own technique giving many of the pieces a textile appearance.
This month is all about Rockin' the Open Mic (er, podium)! We look forward to celebrating your yet-to-be-published stories, experimental music, recently choreographed dances, trial comedy, and so much more.
We have 15 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!
The No Shush Salon is a monthly Open Mic for all creative types who want to share their works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. We often begin with a featured performer/reader, or we have a theme. No registration required; just drop in and share your talents!
Join Doug Deuchler for the first of six films in this summer series titled "Spotlight on Chicago Actors." The series begins on Monday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. Since the earliest days of the motion picture industry, many talented and popular movie actors came from Chicago. In this series, we celebrate eight different film performers from the Windy City who made an impact on Hollywood.
See "Witness," a 1985 film featuring Harrison Ford who portrays a copy who goes into hiding in Amish country. 112 minutes.