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The No Shush Salon Presents: The Outtaspace Ensemble

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
The OuttaSpace Ensemble, will be our featured performer. They practices improv weekly at OuttaSpace in Berwyn.  A core group of 6 players (sometimes more), hones "acting without scripts" in various long form improv formats.  With the understanding that improv doesn't have to be funny to entertain, the players focus on connecting with the audience through audience input and character development to tell a darn good story!

After their performance, we will have an open mic: 10 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. Can't make it? Follow noshushsalon.blogspot.com and like The No Shush Salon on Facebook.
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Art Exhibit Closing: "Lore" by Artist Jackie Lakely

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
This is the final day to see the exhibition titled Lore by artist Jackie Rueckert Lakely. This series of paintings is based on a combination of Scottish, Norwegian, and German folklore heritage. She was inspired by storytelling and symbols, and how they enrich our understanding of the world around us. Lore, passed down from endless generations, brings the mysteries of the world to life in our imaginations. The exhibit leaves the gallery on April 28.
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Pop-Up Floral Art Exhibit

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

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. 

 

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Celebrating Seniors: Film Screening with Doug Deuchler: "Driving Miss Daisy"

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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.


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Friends' Folk Music Concert: Diana Jones

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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, My Remembrance of You—for which she was nominated for a Folk Alliance Award for best emerging artist — she soon began touring with fellow folk musicians Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier. 

She later released the albums Better Times Will Come (2009) and High Atmosphere (2011).

This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library >

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Adult Improv Workshop

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...
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Art Exhibit Opening: 100 Skulls & the Abstract Grid by Robert Baker

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery

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.

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Interfaith Dialogue Series

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join religious leaders to explore the big questions across faith traditions. This month, speakers representing Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Jewish perspectives will address the different spiritual practices associated with their faiths.

Featured speakers include:

Mark your calendar for the other events in this series:
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Italian Conversation Hour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Parliamo Oak Park! Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Italian speakers. All levels are welcome!
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A VERY SPECIAL Spanish Conversation Hour - Conversación en Español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Offsite
¡Hola Oak Park! 

May 5th we will be have a VERY SPECIAL Spanish Conversation Hour as we will be going to District 97's 38th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages DayThe festival will be inside the Julian Middle School - 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. Be sure to visit the Oak Park Public Library's booth to check-in, meet with other Spanish Conversation Hour folks, and check out items from our Multicultural Collection in one of the classrooms.

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome! 

(This is not a class -- just practice for current Spanish speakers.)

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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. If you wish to bring something yummy to share, that's great but not required. We do HIGHLY recommend you bring your words, and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
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Film screening: Hijabs Plural: Reclaiming 16 Koranic Verses Through A Muslim Feminist Lens

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join Silk Road Rising’s Founding Artistic Director, Jamil Khoury, an award winning playwright, filmmaker, and essayist, in a viewing and discussion of the short animated film The Four Hijabs, co-written by Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury.

In the film, audiences are afforded an entertaining and accessible platform with which to engage complex ideas surrounding the hijab. Sixteen Koranic verses are identified as corresponding to four distinct, yet overlapping hijabs: (1) the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women); (2) the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces); (3) the ethical hijab (the behavioral practices expected of all Muslims); and (4) the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits inquiry and the acquisition of knowledge).
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Understanding the World of Islam: Community Voices

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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. 

Join us on the first evening of Ramadan to hear from local voices, discuss traditions, cultures, and more. Then stay to join panel participants and your neighbors as we all break the fast together with food and drink.

Before the event, share your questions for the community-member panel by Tuesday, May 15 in an email to communications@oppl.org.


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.


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Artist Reception: 100 Skulls & the Abstract Grid by Robert Baker

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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.

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Special Collections: Frank Lloyd Wright Open House

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Special Collections
See rare Frank Lloyd Wright items—including Wasmuth Portfolio prints, original correspondence, photographs, and other Wright-related ephemera. Visit Special Collections any time between 2:30 and 4:30 pm May 18 and 19 to view these treasures.
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"Sing, Illinois" Concert with Michel Teolis Singers

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
"Sing Illinois" celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial by featuring music of native Illinoisans or those with Illinois connections.   Composers include Ned Rorem, Norman Luboff, Leo Sowerby, Florence Price, William Ferris, Shirley Whitecotton of Wheaton, as well as John LaMontaine and Lora Aborn of Oak Park and others.
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Special Collections: Frank Lloyd Wright Open House

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Special Collections
See rare Frank Lloyd Wright items—including Wasmuth Portfolio prints, original correspondence, photographs, and other Wright-related ephemera. Visit Special Collections any time between 2:30 and 4:30 pm May 18 and 19 to view these treasures.
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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. If you wish to bring something yummy to share, that's great but not required. We do HIGHLY recommend you bring your words, and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
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Pleasant Home Lecture" Restoring the Stained Glass Windows in Pleasant Home"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join Rick Purro of Drehobl Art Glass in Chicago to learn about "Restoring the Stained Glass Windows in Pleasant Home.
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Art Exhibit Closing: 100 Skulls & The Abstract Grid by Robert Baker

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
This is the final day to see the exhibit by River Forest artist Robert Baker. Baker created this body of art work 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. The exhibit leaves the library gallery on May 31.
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French Conversation Hour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson--just practice for current French speakers.
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The No Shush Salon Presents: Open Mic!

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

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!

Can't make it? Follow us through our blog: noshushsalon.blogspot.com and like us on Facebook: No Shush Salon

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Spanish Conversation Hour - Conversación en Español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
¡Hola Oak Park! 

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome! 

This is not a class -- just practice for current Spanish speakers. 
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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. If you wish to bring something yummy to share, that's great but not required. We do HIGHLY recommend you bring your words, and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
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Film Screening: "Witness" with Harrison Ford

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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.

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