Monday, January 21, 2013
Unity Temple, located at 875 Lake St., has been a United States National Historic Landmark since 1971.
When lightning struck and destroyed the original Unity Church building in 1905 in Oak Park, the nephew of Universalist preacher and social reformer Jenkin Lloyd Jones stepped up to the plate to help the church rebuild. His name was Frank Lloyd Wright. Unity Temple, located at 875 Lake St., is home to the local Unitarian Universalist congregation. The building was was constructed between 1906 and 1908, and has been a United States National Historic Landmark since 1971. Self-guided and group tours of Unity Temple, sponsored by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, are available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The Sugar Beet Cooperative will throw a first anniversary party from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park. The fest will feature a Winter's Eve Market filled with food and goods to buy. Tickets are $20.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Jared Diamond, author of 'Guns, Germs and Steel,' will present at Unity Temple in Oak Park in January.
Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel, will be speaking at Unity Tempe, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. as part of the Sharing Stories series of author discussions. Diamond will be sharing stories from his latest work, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? Following the presentation and discussion, a reception and book signing will be held at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., with the author. Tickets to the presentation are $21.50, but include $10 off the purchase prize of Diamond's book on sale at the event. Door open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. Jared Diamond is a scientist and author of books on popular …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Midwinter's Tales: Miracles and Mirth event on Saturday, Dec. 8 to support Walk-In Ministry and the Oak Park Festival Theatre.
Take in the warmth of the season tonight at Midwinter's Tales: Miracles and Mirth, the sixth co-benefit for the Oak Park River Forest Walk-In Ministry and the Oak Park Festival Theater. The program will be at 7 p.m. At Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. General admission is $20 for adults, $15 for folks 60 years of age and up and $15 for students. This year's presentation is a celebration with words and music of the marvels and merriment of the season and features entirely new family-friendly material. Selections are drawn from authors such as Lemony Snicket, Daniel Pinkwater, Paul Rudnick, Mike Royko, Frank McCourt, and Maya Angelou read by Festival Theatre favorites Jack Hickey and Kevin Theis, Walk-In MInistry volunteers and others. …
Friday, October 26, 2012
A memorial service for Illinois Army National Guard Soldier, Spc. Lee Stewart Atkins, 24, of River Forest, will be held Oct. 27 at Unity Temple in Oak Park.
A memorial service for Illinois Army National Guard Soldier, Spc. Lee Stewart Atkins, 24, of River Forest will be held this weekend in Oak Park. Atkins took his own life Oct. 19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was a combat veteran and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The service will be held at Unity Temple in Oak Park at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. In an obituary published by the Chicago Sun-Times, the family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions can be made in honor of Lee Atkins to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Mark Z. Danielewski, author of the grown up ghost story, 'The Fifty Year Sword,' appears for a live reading of the book at Unity Temple in Oak Park tonight. Patch caught up with him beforehand. Here's what he had to say.
Is that headline true? It is, actually. At least, that's what author Mark Z. Danielewski told us he's currently working on. However, with authors like Danielewski, it can be hard to say for sure. After all, the man is a writer of 'experimental' fiction (House of Leaves, Only Revolutions), so we can bet it will be about a little more than just that. I mean, come on, there's 27 volumes to fill. The celebrated author appears at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, tonight at 7 p.m. for a very special reading of his ghost story for grown ups, The Fifty Year Sword. Danielewski will also be accompanied by pianist Chris O'Riley—host of NPR's From the Top—who composed and will play music along with Danielewski's reading of the book. Hosted by …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Oak Park's Chris Ware, the author and artist behind the new book 'Building Stories' comes to Unity Temple on Oct. 4. Patch sat down with Ware to discuss the new book, its inspiration and what he's working on next.
Oak Park-based graphic novelist Chris Ware isn't they type to let function dictate form. So, it would make sense that Ware's latest work isn't a singular work of fiction in the traditional sense. The author and artist, known for taking the road less traveled, instead presents Building Stories as a sort of box set featuring books, pamphlets, posters and more that the reader will need to put together in a similar way that they would recall memories from their own life—scattered, non-linear and of one's own making. Tonight, Ware will hold a discussion of Building Stories at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. in Oak Park, hosted by Writers at Wright. In anticipation of the discussion of the book, Patch talked with Ware about the new work, inspiration…
Monday, October 1, 2012
A classic, the close of a season and much more.
Who can resist Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable? The Oak Park Public Library is launching a series of films honoring Colbert's long career by presenting "It Happened One Night." The 1934 film features Colbert as a runaway heiress who meets up with Gable, a wise-cracking reporter on the hunt for a good news story. Director Frank Capra’s charming romantic comedy won Oscars in all major categories, including best actress and best actor; it was the first film to do so. Oak Park film historian Doug Deuchler will introduce the film and conduct a discussion following each screening. The movie will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the main branch, 834 Lake St. It is free. William Kent Krueger will lead a discussion of his new book "Trickster's …
Friday, August 24, 2012
A look at some can't-miss events around town, brought to you by The Book Table, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Midwest Media and Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.
Behind some of the area's most anticipated and successful lectures and appearances is The Book Table, the "fiercely independent" bookstore owned by Jason Smith and Rachel Weaver. With help from groups like the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Midwest Media and Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, the store has facilitated a number of intriguing appearances around town. Already, the fall of 2012 is shaping up to be a great season for local literature fans. Here's a look at what's coming up: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7pm Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street Tickets $10.00 Co-sponsored by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation Tavi Gevinson will discuss Rookie Yearbook One, a collection of "articles, interviews, photo editorials, and …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Legendary member of the E Street Band will stop at Oak Park's Unity Temple for a chat with fans.
When the extravaganza known as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rolls into Chicago next month for a pair of sold-out shows at Wrigley Field, one longtime band member will make a detour to Oak Park. Max Weinberg, "Mighty Max" to E Street fans, will pay a visit to Unity Temple on Thursday, Sept. 6 as part of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation's "Break the Box" series, which aims to "explore innovative thinking and creative nonconformity." Organizers say Weinberg will "share personal memories from his storied career with the E Street Band, the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Max Weinberg Big Band. "Best of all, he'll talk about his 'lifelong fascination and amazement' with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture…