Second Floor - Veterans Room

"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Richard Thieme will present "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which is a scholarly historical study in a field which sees a lot of dubious speculation. As a CHOICE review says, it's "an exception." The subject has been marginalized over the years but the history of the subject has not and,can not be, inasmuch as the government responded continuously to the challenge, and that's what Richard and others document in a fascinating account.

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Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Films of Elia Kazan: "On the Waterfront"

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"On the Waterfront" features Marlon Brando as an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. The film won Best Picture of 1954 and Kazan won Best Director.

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Films of Elia Kazan: "A Streetcar Named Desire."

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

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Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr, Neal Lester

Like no other word in the English language, the Nword spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

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Art and Poetry of the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument

This local treasure's historic significance and international importance have made it the iconic symbol of freedom of speech, the heritage of radical thought, and the struggle for justice in labor history. Learn the background story of this beautiful and enduring National Historic Landmark, and its influence on arts and letters. Presented by Bleue Benton and Mark Rogovin

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Short Play by Doug Deuchler: "Hush-Hush, Yourself"

See a short play written by local author/film historian Doug Deuchler and directed by Daina Giesler, a well-known director and member of the Jeff Committee. "Hush-Hush, Yourself" focuses on the conflicts between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in the mid-1960s. The show played this summer at Western Springs Theatre and was mounted again as part of a marathon festival of short plays at the Marry-Archie Theatre at 735 W. Sheridan in Chicago.

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4th Annual Pie Off!

Pie Off! is a baking contest open to bakers of all skill levels on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Main Library. Bakers and their pies should arrive by 1 pm for judging. Doors open to the public at 2:30 pm for a tasting of the entries while slices last. Judges will rate each pie on taste, appearance, and creativity, and prizes will be awarded for Best Taste, Best Appearance, and Best Overall. Registration for bakers starts Monday, August 25.

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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. No library card required.

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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. No library card required.

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