Rising cost of prescription drugs

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will sponsor a program on the rising price of prescription drugs on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

The discussion will be led by Dr. Thomas Gochenour of Rush University Medical Center, who will discuss the evolution of the prescription marketplace since 1972 and reference events and legislation that have led prices of some medications to skyrocket. 

Register by emailing amartonffy@aol.com by Feb. 6. Free and open to the public. Email league@lagrangearealwv.org for more info.

Black History Month at the Library

The Forest Park Public Library has teamed up the Historical Society of Forest Park, the Illinois Juneteenth Committee and Forest Park Against Racism to honor Black History Month. Join us for one or more of these great events. 

Bringing Black History to Life with Storytellers
Baba Tony & Kucha Brownlee

Baba Tony and Kucha Brownlee

Friday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.

Baba Tony and Kucha Brownlee are back to present Bringing Black History to Life for the Forest Park community. This performance is a general selection of diverse stories that introduce folktales, call and response, dialect and poetry accompanied by African drumming, shekere playing, and enhanced by audience participation which includes singing and playing instruments. The stories will delight and uplift viewers. All programs are age and grade appropriate. View the virtual event on the Library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/forestparkreads. A Facebook account is not required to view. 

Learn more about the series and other resources at fppl.org/blackhistorymonth.

Black is a Rainbow Color: Author Visit with Angela Joy

Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.

This is a virtual event. You must sign up to join the Zoom Room, or catch us on Facebook. We’re honored to welcome Angela Joy, author of Black is a Rainbow Color, to kick off Black History Month. Among other honors, the book received recognition by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature as the Best Book of 2020  a Washington Post Best Book of 2020, and it was also named as the Best Book of 2020 by the Washington Post and the New York Public Library. Designed for kids ages 8 and younger and their families. Learn more about the series and other resources at fppl.org/blackhistorymonth.

Lurrie Bell

Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m., FitzGerald’s

Singer/guitarist Lurrie Bell has slowly worked his way to the top of the blues hierarchy, with a style that is just as adaptable to acoustic rural blues as it is to electric urban blues. All local blues fans owe it to themselves to see him just once, but why stop there? $15, 6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.

The Women of Lockerbie

Feb. 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 20, 27 at 2 p.m., Concordia University

The Artists of Concordia Theater presents The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevort. Produced by Concordia University Chicago. Admission is free. Bergmann Theater located at the Krentz Center, 7400 August Street in River Forest. This 75-minute poetic drama centers around a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Directed by Brian Fruits. For more information email Andrew.Pederson@cuchicago.edu.

Ian Maksin

Sunday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Good Shepherd Unitarian Church

Playing a cello through pedals while singing in 30 different languages is quite a feat. Add that he has managed to gig constantly during this pandemic, and it’s clear that Ian Maksin is quite a force to be reckoned with. His own music is based on the native folk music of the languages he speaks. $15 general, $10 students/kids. 611 Randolph St., Oak Park.

Lawrence Peters Outfit

Sunday, Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

Lawrence Peters has distinguished himself as a jack-of-all-trades on the Chicago music scene. First and foremost, he is that rare breed in all musical genres – a singing drummer. Beyond that, he has played in a variety of different bands across different genres, but his own project is brooding traditional country that he does quite well. 6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.

Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., presented online by Siena Center, Dominican University

Austin Channing Brown is a bestselling author, public speaker, and producer. Her work centers the Black experience in America and engages a diverse audience in the work of racial justice. Join us for a lecture on her bestselling book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin creates content that centers the experiences of Black women, dismantling the foundations of white supremacy, while interweaving a way forward for all who will listen.