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Friday, Feb 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14

BRAVO’s The Music Man

The first of four evening performances of the musical staged by 92 students and more than 20 parent volunteers. $6-$8. To reserve seats, call 524-5621 or e-mail cwatkins@op97.org. Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth, Oak Park.


 Friday, Feb. 13

Musical Shabbat

Rabbi Mirelman, Cantor Figa join Stuart Rosenberg and his ensemble for Har Zion Live: new and traditional music to bring in the Sabbath. West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem, River Forest. www.wsthz.org, 366-9000


Friday, Feb. 13

Unlucky in Love

The art opening that reminds you the eve of Valentine’s Day this year is Friday the 13th. The Nerve Gallery, 43 Harrison, in Oak Parks Arts District.



Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14

Preview of Amadeus

Early chance – at a savings – to catch the show that opens on Sunday, a Tony winner for best play. $15. www.village-players.org, 866-764-1010. Village Players Performing Arts Center. 1010 Madison, Oak Park.


Saturday, Feb. 14

Geek’s guide to Wright

A tour that examines items uncovered during restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. $16 -$18, www.gowright.org.

951 Chicago Ave.
, 848-1976


5, and Saturday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s night for families

There will be live jazz and three seatings for dinner at Buzz Café, every one of them with a kids’ menu featuring mini heart-shaped pizzas. $10, kids; $25, adults. To reserve a table at Buzz, call 660-0894. In the Oak Park Arts District at 905 S. Lombard. www.thebuzzcafe.com.


Saturday, Feb. 14

Oscar Day at the library

An all-day film festival of this year’s nominees for Academy Awards. Catch one show or make a day of it. Free.  Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake. www.oppl.org, 383-8200.


Sunday, Feb. 15

Book release party with Jim Gill

A Soup Opera is the latest picture book and CD set by the popular Oak Park author and musician. Silliness for all ages. Free, but do call 452-3420 to reserve a spot. Veterans Room, second floor, main branch of Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake. www.oppl.org


Sunday, Feb. 15

Rovigo Trio recital

Violinist Chris Nemeth, cellist David Machavarani and pianist Keti Badrize perform. Wine will be served before and after. Free. HouseRed, 7403 W.

Madison St., Forest Park
. 771-7733.