Bobbi Meier, “Sunday Dinners (girly-girl),” 2022. Pantyhose, fishnet stockings, fiberfill, thrifted needlepoint, various accoutrement, on stretched canvas, 13.5-by-13.5 inches

RAC unveils two new shows

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., unveils two new exhibitions this week.

Chicago artist Bobbi Meier’s show “Imperfect Rituals” will be on display at RAC from Jan. 8 through Feb. 18. An opening reception is at RAC on Jan. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Meier’s abstract sculptures, drawings and installations, through the provocative use of materials, express life’s frustrations, joys and fears. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Another exhibition, “Mujer Quetzalcoatl” featuring the work of Alex Velazquez Brightbill, will be on display through March 30 in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road in Riverside. An opening reception will be held Jan. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the township hall.

Alex Velazquez Brightbill, “Dream of Quetzalcoatl,” 2022. Mixed media shadow box with syringes, 16-by-20 inches

Works in the show utilize traditions and symbols from Velazquez Brightbill’s heritage and illustrate her journey from infertility to motherhood through in vitro fertilization. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RAC will host a private happy hour following the Jan. 8 receptions at Quincy Street Distillery.


Inciting Joy: A Conversation with Ross Gay

Kick off the New Year with a conversation about joy with essayist and poet Ross Gay courtesy of the Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., in concert with Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries.

Held in Meeting Room 1 on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., Gay will discuss his most recent collection of essays “Inciting Joy,” which explore the joy we incite when we turn our attention to what brings us together and what we love.

To register for the program, call 708-485- 6917, ext. 130 or visit brookfield.evanced.info/signup.


What’s in the cards for 2023?

Will you have a good year or not? North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., may have some answers for you if you attend their New Year’s Tarot Card Reading event on Jan. 7 from noon to 3 p.m.

See what’s in store for 2023 and find out how to do your own tarot card readings. A free tarot card deck will be given to every attendee.


Library Mini-Golf

Going a little stir crazy from all the crazy weather? Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, invites the entire family to enjoy a round of Library Mini-Golf all day on Jan. 6, 7, and 8 in the library’s lower level.

No need to register, just drop-in and play.

And more

  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., presents After School Art Escape (child with adult) on Jan. 5 at 4 p.m., Lego Club on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m., Movies in the Teen Spot (grades 6-12) on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m., Stretching and Meditation on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Story Safari (child with adult) on Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and Preschool Yoga & Storytime on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Register for programs online.
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., presents Chair Zumba on Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m., Open Board Gaming – BYOG in the Maker Studio on Jan. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m., Chair Yoga (virtual) on Jan. 9 at 11 a.m., Start the New Year with Meditation with Umesh Bhatia on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Genealogy Club: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. and a Film Discussion Series screening of the Taiwanese film “Pushing Hands” at 6:30 p.m. Call 708-485-6917 or visit online to register for programs.
  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Read to the Dogs with PAWsitive Therapy Troupe for kids in grades 1-5 on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.; First Saturday Storytime (all ages) on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.; Mini-Movers Storytime (up to age 3 with caregiver) on Jan. 9 at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m.; and Knitting, Crochet and Needlework Group on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. To register for programs, visit online.
  •  The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo the second Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games start at 2 p.m. with cash payouts.