Blackout Poetry

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4-5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

Blackout poetry is a mix of art and poetry created by getting any form of printed words and blacking out the unwanted text to make a poem. Designed for ages 11-13. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.

Bird Painting Workshop: Black-capped Chickadee

Trailside Museum of Natural History, Friday, Jan. 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Sketch and paint a black-capped chickadee. For beginners and experienced artists. Ages 13 & up, $5. Materials provided. 708-366-6530,, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 

Henry Fogel Presents: Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon

Monday, Jan. 25, 7-8:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Susan Nigro has the distinction of taking the contrabassoon all over the United States, as well as to areas such as Salzburg, Montevideo and Rome. She is one of the few practitioners of that instrument to make a career of playing solo recitals, a sure sign that she is in full command of her abilities. Nigro will perform a selection of pieces accompanied by piano. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Guess The Lyrics – Movie/Show Challenge

Friday, Jan. 20, 4-5 p.m., Forest Park Public Library

Test or show off your knowledge of lyrics or lines from family-friendly movies. Ages 8-13. 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park.

Organized Crime In Chicago During Prohibition

Monday, Jan. 23, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Author and historian John Binder discusses organized crime in Chicago during prohibition, with special emphasis on the bootlegging gangs, particularly Al Capone. Free, although $15 donations from non-members are appreciated. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Louisiana Al

Thursday, Jan. 19, 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald’s

If a person is named Louisiana Al, he’s either a pool shooter or a blues singer. Since FitzGerald’s, at the moment, does not possess a pool table, you can assume that Louisiana Al is a blues singer and you’d be correct. Hailing from Simmesport, Al currently resides in the Chicago area, and musically he’s on the soulful end of the blues scale. $15, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn.

Mystery Discussion Group

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m., Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

This week, the book under discussion will be Neighborhood Watch by Kevin Patrick Kenealy. 7419 Madison St., Forest Park.