FitzGerald’s Soul Night
Thursday, Feb. 24, 8-11 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Some of the finest contemporary talents pay tribute to the heart and soul of rhythm & blues. Tammi Savoy, Cameron Webb and Elisa Latrice pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the songs and the styles of Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and others. They’ll be backed by a band of all stars that has played behind the legendary likes of J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound and the late great Syl Johnson. $10, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.
Winter Dog Days Dog Walk
Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m., Trailside Museum, River Forest
Join a naturalist as you and your best friend go on a casual nature walk along Trailside’s scenic trails. Dogs must be leashed. All visitors over 2 must wear a mask indoors at all times. Free. Unvaccinated visitors should also wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Registration required: Call 708-366-6530 or visit email@example.com. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave.
Abercrombie Paintings Auction
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m., 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will begin its Modern Design + Post-War & Contemporary Art auction with two oil paintings by Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie, each estimated at $30,000-50,000. In addition to the Abercrombie works available, the sale features well over 300 lots with art and design from important figures who have had a significant impact on their respective fields. Those who wish to preview in person or virtually should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Clients are required to wear masks on the premises regardless of vaccination status. Bidders may also participate by phone (708-383-5234) or leave absentee bids (email@example.com). The catalog is posted online at toomeyco.com and early registration is recommended.
Bringing Black History to Life
Friday, Feb. 25, 1-2 p.m., Forest Park Public Library (virtual)
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. 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. This event is part of the Black History Month event series sponsored by the Historical Society of Forest Park, the Illinois Juneteenth Committee, Forest Park Against Racism, and the Forest Park Public Library. Learn more about the series and other resources at fppl.org/blackhistorymonth.
The Not-So-Golden Lives Of Gilden Wives
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-7:30 pm, Forest Park Public Library
This virtual in-depth discussion addresses the state of American women during the 1870s and 1880s, typically known as the “Gilded Age.” Sedation, mourning, and other topics will be touched on during this hard-hitting, unflinching look at a time now past. Register at fppl.org
Emancipation To Inauguration Chicago’s Black Experience
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-3 p.m. Forest Park Public Library
This virtual performance by musician/actor/historian Clarence Goodman celebrates the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North during the pre-Civil Rights era. Register at fppl.org/blackhistorymonth
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths, Forest Park
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore’s History Discussion Group will discuss Empires of the Sea: Seige of Malta, Battle of Lepanto & the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley. 7419 W. Madison St.
School Of Rock: Staff Show
Saturday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., FitzGerald’s
You’ve seen the kids, now hear the instructors at the School of Rock special staff show. They may have taught the kids everything they know, but there’s still a wealth of knowledge the students haven’t accessed yet. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund. $25, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Friday, Feb. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Park District Administration Building
There’s still time to register for the 2022 Royal Ball. Learn more or register at https://bit.ly/RoyalBall2022. Residents $40/couple, Non-residents $50/couple, $20/extra member. Proof of vaccination required to attend. 7501 Harrison St., Forest Park.