Meet Oak Park author Jeremy Falcon and hear about his new novel, "The Book of Wisdom." In the story, Jacob ben Honi is a scribe, the guardian of a sacred melody, who battles to save an ancient secret from the Roman legion as they descend to destroy Jerusalem in 68 CE.
As one of Chicago's premier song stylists, Jamie O'Reilly is known for the lilting cry in her voice and powerful interpretations of ballads and songs for the stage. A rich, aural tradition of singing that Jamie learned from her Aunt Dorothy and her mother contributes to her signature vocal style. Jamie's musical tastes and material range from period songs, grand waltzes, and parlor songs of the 1890s to chamber music, Irish ballads, and Andalusian folk songs.
Join Oak Parker Matt Pakulski, owner of FPE Records, for an informative discussion of independent record label management and the artists on his roster.
Hear newly written material from Oak Park Writers Group authors.
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for "Artists on Film," a six-week series that concludes today.
This week's film is "The Agony and the Ecstasy," directed by Sir Carol Reed. Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) clash over the painting of the murals for the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century. (1965, 138 minutes)
Meet Bonnie Jo Campbell,the National Book Award finalist and author of "Once Upon a River," who will share stories from her dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. The strong but flawed women of "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters" love and betray one another; their richly fraught relationships can act as anchors, lifelines, or deadly poison. These working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into, or out of, trouble.
Join author Joe Ziemba for a humorous look at the wacky early days of professional football, focusing on the NFL's oldest franchise, the Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals. Relive the rowdy, formative years of football through audience interaction, rare archival photos, and surprising insight into local historical figures such as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, George Halas, and Al Capone.
Joe Ziemba is the award-winning author of the book "When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL."
Residents are invited to this public forum with Village President Anan Abu-Taleb for discussions about current issues facing the Village.
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for "Artists on Film," a six-week series that continues through November 11.
This week's film is "Lust for Life," directed by Vincente Minnelli. Kirk Douglas gives an outstanding performance as the intense, imaginative Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, plagued by mental problems and a lack of acceptance. (1956, 122 minutes)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan in December 1941, all Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were forced from their homes and into relocation camps in remote areas of the country. Among the more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated, over two-thirds were American-born, and many were children.
Historian and librarian Sarah Okner, a descendant of internees, shares photos and details of daily life in an internment camp, and the profound effects it had on those living there.