This Weekend Around Oak Park

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The nicest thing about the Super Bowl is that you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the event. Over the years, the NFL’s most important game has become a spectacle with over-the-top commercials and halftime performances. Remember Janet Jackson in 2004 or when the internet erupted over Left Shark last year? Believe it or not, Left Shark is still relevant.

Any reason to come together with friends, family and neighbors is fine by us; so how do you plan on spending Super Bowl weekend? We have a few ideas.

Super Bowl Sunday
There are three ways most people celebrate America’s unofficial holiday: host a party, go to a party, or go to a bar. For all of those looking to congregate at a local watering hole, we released an article earlier in the week titled “Where to watch Super Bowl 50” highlighting the top spots in Oak Park and Forest Park. Wherever you end up, enjoy the game and commercials!

“More Than a Month” video screening at Oak Park Public Library
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., will have a screening of “More Than a Month” on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. This 2012 film explores African diaspora and its imprint on the contemporary black experience across cultures and continents. African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman raises one question in this documentary, “Should Black History Month be ended?”

Open Mic Night at Dominican University
Storytellers 12 and older are invited to Dominican University in River Forest for Open Mic Night on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Illinois Storytelling Inc. is sponsoring the event and stresses that this is not for students of DU only; it is open to the entire community. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Art Exhibit – “Between a Rock and a Soft Place”
Oak Park Art League presents an exhibit by Art League artists from Jan. 15-Feb. 23 at West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., lower level in Oak Park. This exhibit can be viewed at any point over the weekend before the hospital closes its main entrance at 8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Ice
Ridgeland Common Ice Arena, 415 Lake St., is hosting Friday Night Ice from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for junior high students (grades 6-8). There will be music, food, giveaways, and more. The price is $10 (or $5 with a pass) and skate rentals are an additional $3.

Saturday Fun Run
There will be two “Best Foot Forward” Saturday morning fun runs: 6 miles at 7:30 a.m., or 3 miles at 8 a.m. The group will meet at Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St in River Forest. These fun runs are open to runners of all ages, experience, and ability level.

Get involved with the annual Predict the Oscars contest
Customers can complete by picking up, completing and depositing their completed ballots in the lobby of Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, until Saturday, Feb. 27. The Grand Prize Winner will receive free movies for two for an entire year at any Classic Cinemas location along with a gift card valued at $200. For more information, visit classiccinemas.com.

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