This Weekend Around Oak Park

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I have been identifying with way too many headlines from The Onion recently. A couple examples…

Headline- “Man Puts Glass of Water on Bedside Table in Case He Needs to Make Huge Mess in Middle of Night.” I’m sure there’s plenty of you out there (myself included) who keep a glass of water on the nightstand. I happen to knock mine over a fair amount, one of those times being Tuesday morning.

Headline- “Customer Who Declined Initial Offer of Assistance from Floor Salesman Comes Crawling Back.” When I went shopping for a Halloween costume last weekend, I thought I could wander around and figure it out. I had to come crawling back.

I’m always entertained by stories from The Onion but at the same time, they are a fabricated news source known for making a mockery of the mediocrity. I don’t want to be average and neither do you. So what do we do?

Let’s do something different this weekend. I have a few ideas.

Opening weekend for “Stuart Little” (the musical)
The Open Door Repertory Company presents opening weekend for “Stuart Little” (the musical). The performance is based on E.B. White’s classic tale of an underdog mouse born into a New York family. The adaption and lyrics are written by Joseph Robinette, music by Ronna Frank, and directed by Jeff Predmore. Shows are Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. The Open Door Theater is located at 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.

Mental Health Movie at Lake Theatre
Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., will show a free screening of “Walking Man” at 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to discuss the topic of mental health awareness and the content of the film. There will be a panel of mental health advocates, experts, and more.

Pancake Breakfast & Bazaar
First United Methodist Church is hosting a pancake breakfast and bazaar from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. All people are welcome. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children (under age of 5 get in free). The church is located at 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Proceeds will support various local and international missions.

BRAVO! Presents Beauty & the Beast
Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School will be the scene for the final performances of Beauty & the Beast. Shows are Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

The Little Gem Café celebrates its first year
The European eatery located at 189 N. Marion Street is inviting all new and returning customers to celebrate one year of business by coming in for lunch or dinner this weekend. The Little Gem is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Out of 41 Yelp reviews, the business holds a 4 star rating. Most reviewers commented that the food was enjoyable and spoke highly of a waiter named Kyle.


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