What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share.We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is Bubby's Brunch Cookbook by Ron Silver, and our recipe choice is Green Eggs and Ham. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.

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May Artist: Robert K. Elder: "Rockers, Writers & Filmmakers"

Before Robert K. Elder became an author and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, he cut his teeth as arts photographer in the 1990s. Slinging a Pentax K1000 camera with a broken light meter, Elder found himself photographing artists such as U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine and Sarah McLachlan. The young photographer's odyssey led him to take portraits of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel and filmmaker Oliver Stone, who had just published his first novel.

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Writing Workshop with Gary Johnson

Explore the writer's process using the acclaimed Story Workshop Method with associate professor and former OPPL trustee Gary Johnson, who has been teaching writing at Columbia College Chicago since 1979. Three hour workshop. High school juniors and above. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, script forms. Contact Gary Johnson at gjohnson@colum.edu or 312-369-7537.

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Artist Reception: Robert K. Elder with "Rockers, Writers & Filmmakers"

Before Robert K. Elder became an author and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, he cut his teeth as arts photographer in the 1990s. Slinging a Pentax K1000 camera with a broken light meter, Elder found himself photographing artists such as U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine and Sarah McLachlan. The young photographer's odyssey led him to take portraits of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel and filmmaker Oliver Stone, who had just published his first novel.

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Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Join panelists Ytasha L. Womack and Bill Campbell for an introduction and celebration of black culture in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Weird Science Summer School Edition

Weird Science: A Science Fair For Adults is back! Wishing to create a baking soda volcano, or potato clock? Get that middle school redemption you always wanted by participating in "Weird Science," our adult science fair. Space is limited for scientists so register your experiment starting May 10. All science lovers 21+ welcome as spectators.

This event is 21+ with cash bar.

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Author Thomas Dyja: The Third Coast

Hear author Thomas Dyja share stories from "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream," named on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013. While it seems today as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago.

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Beach Blankets and Books

There’s something for everyone in this big and lively storytime, full of favorites. Best for ages 2-6

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Beach Blankets and Books

There’s something for everyone in this big and lively storytime, full of favorites. Best for ages 2-6

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Architecture & Nature Photography Workshop

Let’s look at the details in Oak Park’s Pleasant Home (217 Home Ave.) and the surrounding gardens, with local photographer Anne Evans. Come to have fun and explore the property with your digital camera - getting close up, looking at your subject from different angles and finding points of interest in your compositions. Be prepared to take lots of photos during this hour-long session. For kids entering grades 6-8.

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