Bear Williams Trio

Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m., Dominican University

This show is part of a series of free summer concerts on the Dominican quad. Bear Williams is the alter ego of Larry Kimpel, a longtime bassist and musical director with Frankie Beverly & Maze. Bear’s own music is described as a cross between Delta blues and “a modern uptake on originals and famous favorites,” with a touch of social commentary. 7900 W. Division, River Forest.

Bilingual Storytime

Monday, July 18, 10:30-11 a.m., Forest Park Public Library

These storytimes will be accentuated with music and movement. Ages 5 and under. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.

Community Photo Walk

Monday, July 18, 7-8 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

Photographer Alexis Ellers will lead a tour around the neighborhood, giving camera tips and tricks while focusing the lens on Forest Park. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.

Hackensaw Boys with Al Scorch

Thursday, July 14, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

This veteran string band will be joined by Al Scorch, one of Chicago’s finest practitioners of traditional mountain music. $20, 6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.

Joel Paterson & Friends

Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s

One of Chicago’s top guitarists works his blend of blues, jazz, rockabilly and country into a seamless whole. Watch those fingers go!  6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn.

Plant-Forward Cooking

Tuesday, July 19, 6-7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library (online)

This online chat tells you how to incorporate plants into a basic meal. Vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains and other ingredients will be discussed. Register now at //