Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., FitzGerald’s
Ex-bus driver Toronzo Cannon is as close as you can get to a superstar in the blues world. Not only is he a commanding singer and a powerhouse guitarist, but he’s also an insightful songwriter. You’re getting the entire package here. Just back from a tour abroad. Part of WDCB’s Bluesday Tuesday and hosted by DJ Tom Marker. $10 in advance, $15 day of show, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.
Billy Elton: Celebrating The Music Of Billy Joel & Elton John
Saturday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., Madison Street Theater
Led by Reid Spears on the piano and lead vocals, this octet celebrates the catalogs of two of the most influential singer-pianists of the 70s and 80s, Billy Joel and Elton John. With diverse influences that covered a lot of ground, plus a ton of well-known hit records. $25 at the door, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.
Latinx Author Book Cafe: ‘Illegally Yours: A Memoir’
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6-7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
On the second Tuesday of each month, works written by Latinx authors will be discussed. In January, we’ll discuss Illegally Yours: A Memoir, a funny and poignant memoir about how as a teenager, TV writer Rafael Agustin accidentally discovered he was undocumented and how that revelation turned everything he thought he knew about himself and his family upside down. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.
The Monday Enrichment Series Presents: Our Great Lakes & Clean Water
Monday, Jan. 9, 1:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
Joel Brammeier, of the Alliance For The Great Lakes, will provide an overview of the Lakes and the risks they face from pollution, climate change and other invasions. Free, but a voluntary $15 from non-members is appreciated, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Illinois Libraries Present: ‘Inciting Joy:’ A Conversation With Ross Gay
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7-8 p.m., virtually through Illinois Libraries Present
Award-winning poet Ross Gay discusses his most recent collection of essays, Inciting Joy. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among 200+ public libraries – including Oak Park Public Library – offering high-quality events for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets. Register now at bit.ly/Rossgay.
Crash Team Racing Competition
Monday, Jan. 9, 4-5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library
Get ready to do battle in Team Racing Nitro, via Nintendo. Recommended for kids ages 11-13. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.
Draw Your Favorite Video Game Character
Saturday, Jan. 7, 3-4 p.m., Forest Park Public Library
We will be watching videos on how to draw some of our favorite video game characters. Designed for ages 11-13. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.