“Wolves at Play” by Mari Eastman

New group show at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., invites you to its newest exhibition, “The Kitchen Sink,” a group show curated by Salim Moore, which runs from Feb. 21 through April 3 in the Freeark Gallery.

The exhibition features the work of artists Bimbola Akinbola, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mari Eastman, Cassidy Early, Zehra Khan, Kelly Neibert and Sophie Treppendahl. The show’s title, according to Moore, “connotes something that consists of a hodgepodge, of a variety elements or ingredients. … Following in this same spirit of making do and getting by, we invited a group of artists to present those works that are representative of the kitchen sinks of their own studios.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public, but appointments are required. Masks and social distancing required. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Email info@riversideartscenter.com to schedule an appointment.

Mary Shelley’s monster brought to life

Megan Wells as Mary Shelley

Storyteller/actress Megan Wells brings to life the true story of the archetypal tale of a “dark and stormy night” during “Mary Shelley: Love and ‘Frankenstein’” a Zoom program presented by Brookfield Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

The world’s first science fiction novel, “Frankenstein,” was written by Shelley, who was just 19 at the time. The story of how she came to write such a novel reveals the painful struggle of a brilliant and rebellious mind.

Registration required by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by visiting the library’s online calendar.

Tighten up your financial future

Learn about types of investments and their respective risks and rewards, how to research an investment or financial professional, how to prepare financially for diminished capacity and identify the red flags of investment fraud during “Investment Fraud Prevention,” a Zoom presentation from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought to you by the North Riverside Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit visit the library’s online calendar for adult Zoom meeting access info.

The secret to Aaron Sorkin’s success

Aaron Sorkin (Dominick Dusseault/Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Brookfield Public Library invites you to learn how the works of prolific screenwriter, producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin have influenced modern American culture during “The Aaron Sorkin Touch,” a special Zoom presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

From “A Few Good Men” to “The Social Network” and from “The West Wing” to “The Newsroom,” Sorkin has created some of the most memorable movies and talked about television shows of the past two decades. What is the secret of his success? Barry Bradford presents a collection of film and television clips as well as his insights to explain it.

Registration required by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by visiting the library’s online calendar.

Curbside Cupid at Riverside Library

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, will aim to capture your heart during a special Curbside Cupid drive-by event on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to pull up to the curb outside the library and pick up a bag of treats during this no-contact event marking Valentine’s Day.

And more

  • Lyons Township High School invites the community to enjoy an  exhibit of student artwork online. The virtual exhibit features pieces of art in various mediums and from all levels, including drawings, paintings, photographs, jewelry, textiles, video and sculpture.
  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents “Invisible Visible,” a collaboration between artist Colleen Plumb and writer Katherine Kassouf Cummings in the FlexSpace Gallery through Feb. 22. The gallery is open by appointment. Visit riverside arts center’s website for more information.
  • Chicago Zoological Society’s animal care staff presents “Bringing to Zoo to You” Facebook Live chats each weekday at 11 a.m. through February. If you can’t tune in at 11 a.m., you can watch the videos later on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., offers a number of virtual programs through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Programs include Game Night Wednesdays on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

There’s also Writers Group Online Meeting via Zoom on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and DIY Décor Tuesdays on Facebook Live (facebook.com/NRPL2400) and YouTube (youtube.com and type in “North Riverside Library” in search field) on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP to bodenl@northriversidelibrary.org or visit the library’s online calendar for adult Zoom meeting access info.

  • Brookfield Public Library offers virtual classes and programs for patrons of all ages throughout the week. Most youth activities will be presented live on  the library’s Facebook page. For adults, there’s Chair Yoga via Zoom on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. and Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol Series: Tips to Prevent Medicare Fraud via Zoom on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.; and Lunch and Learn: Customer Gold with business consultant Julia Kreier via Zoom on Feb. 19 at noon. Visit the library’s online calendar to register for Zoom programs.
  • Riverside Public Library presents Melting Pot Recipe Club: Meatless Mondays on Zoom on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Family Game Night (need mobile device) on Zoom on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. To obtain Zoom access info, visit the library’s online calendar.