Ken Trainor has been working for this newspaper since the last millennium, since copy was pasted on boards using hot wax ... in other words since 1990. Like the newspaper industry, he has changed with the times. The analog auteur is now digitally multidimensional and annoying a much wider audience as a result.
A free-thinking weekly columnist for Wednesday Journal for the past 19 years, he turns into a paragon of objectivity as he edits the Viewpoints section, the LifeLines section, the Obituary section, the Inside Report section and each week attempts to repair, rectify and remediate an avalanche of newspaper copy written too close to deadline.
In his spare time, he is working on a book about his Catholic roots. He also loves riding his 1974 Schwinn LeTour bicycle on the Salt Creek Trail, and attends local theater productions and concerts and as many films at the Lake Theatre as he can squeeze in.
A native of Oak Park, he can frequently be found wandering the streets looking anything but lost as he steeps in the two most aesthetically pleasing and historically rich villages to be found this side (or that side) of the continental divide.
Last week, I treated myself to the modern equivalent of a double feature at the Lake Theatre, Downtown Oak Park's neon centerpiece, 80 years old next year. Two movies in two nights, an end-of-summer indulgence.
We seem to live our lives in threes. Our days are divided into mornings, afternoons and evenings. Our stories have beginnings, middles and ends. Our weekends consist of Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.
If you don't know the late Peter Clark, you may know his music. Well, not necessarily his music, but the music he and his wife, Nancy, brought to the Oak Park Public Library through their folk music series, six concerts a year of impressive quality.
A sure sign that summer is at least on the wane is when the hegemony of summer blockbusters at the Lake Theatre is finally broken, and that happens this Friday with two niche films, Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen and The End of the Tour, billed as "The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.
Thomas Heinz apparently isn't a fan of the Wright-designed homes in Oak Park and River Forest. Despite the fact that some two dozen of Wright's homes can be found in these two communities, the largest concentration in the country, Heinz, who just published the Frank Lloyd Field Guide, was asked by USA Today to name his some of his favorites. He came up with 10, none from Oak Park or River Forest.
The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy group of professional psychologists formed by Oak Park psychologist David Carbonell, won the Chicago Collider Improv/Sketch Comedy Competition hosted by Theater Momentum last month. The group beat out 15 other comedy troupes to win the competition, which took place July 2-31, 2015 at The Globe Pub in Chicago.