If you are celebrating a birthday on Saturday or Sunday, that makes you an Aquarius. According to a blog dedicated to horoscopes, the Aquarius is progressive, original, and independent but runs away from emotional expression. I bring this up because my father’s birthday is Saturday and he lives in Florida. It hasn’t occurred to me until just now how far he traveled to get away from my attempts to connect with him. As an experiment, I’m going to FaceTime him to wish him a happy birthday but get really, really deep to see how he reacts.
But that’s neither here nor there. You are reading this to find out what’s going on Around Oak Park this weekend. Well, you’re in luck because that’s the name of this website. Side note- I just checked my horoscope and it says that one of my weaknesses is taking too long to get to the point. These Zodiac guys might be onto something.
Third Friday Gallery Walk in the Arts District
The Oak Park Arts District galleries are open for special events from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy dinner in the district and stroll the galleries taking in the artwork of the owners and their guest artists. Many of the businesses keep late hours so the good times are bound to keep going past close. Participating galleries include Black Moon Gallery, Whatever Comes to Mind Studio, Expressions Graphics, Art Gecko, Dancing Krow Studio, Gallery PINK, and Buzz Cafe. The Arts District is located on Harrison Street between Highland Avenue and S. Humphrey Avenue.
“The Therapy Players” at Open Door Theater
Have you ever seen a group of professional psychotherapists do improv together? Because this is the perfect weekend to make it happen. “The Therapy Players” are a comedy improv team comprised of licensed therapists who have been together since 2013 and won the 2015 Chicago Collider Improv Competition. The show is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Park. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.
Sunday at Obsessed Kitchen and Bar – Watch the NFL Playoffs
I’ll tell you one thing about my Dad- if he was living here I’d probably take him to Obsessed Kitchen and Bar to hang out on a slow Sunday. They make excellent Bloody Mary’s, have a nice beer selection, and I’m quite fond of their sliders. It’s the perfect environment for two grown men to spend time together with zero need to connect on an emotional level because the NFL Conference Championship games take place at 2:05 and 5:40 p.m. Obsessed is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. It’s located at 800 S. Oak Park Avenue.
Take a Trip to Wonder Works
Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Avenue, is a 6,400 square foot place of fun and creative play for kids birth to age eight. The museum helps kids, as well as their parents and caregivers, to unleash their imaginations through art, performance, design, building, and more. In the age of technology, a visit to Wonder Works can be a healthy change of pace for the family. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guests can visit for $7 per person.
Yin Yoga Workshop at Nature Yoga Sanctuary
Tania Hughes is hosting a yoga workshop with a yin and yang focus on Sunday from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. at Nature Yoga Sanctuary, 146 Harrison Street. Hughes is a practicing massage and craniosacral therapist who brings more than a decade of bodywork background to her yoga classroom. Join for an afternoon of deep therapeutic and spiritual practice. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on Sunday. To purchase now, visit natureyoga.com.
None of these five suggestions sound appealing? Click or tap here for 10 more, and if you don’t see anything there, then I don’t think I can help you but maybe one of the Therapy Players can open you up to more ideas… So go see that improv show.