You wouldn't think so, judging by how upbeat and energetic she is, but Christine Steyer has a seen a lot of tragedy. Actually, she sings a lot of tragedy. She died of consumption as Mimi in La Boheme and killed herself in Madame Butterfly.
On his way back from Brazil, Pope Francis raised eyebrows, first by giving an interview to the press corps on the plane (very unusual), then by allowing the interview to go on for an hour and 20 minutes while he spoke candidly (extremely unusual for a pope).
Whatever else you think about the Zimmerman verdict - and it has generated quite the lively national conversation — I think most of us can agree on one thing: George Zimmerman is a Grade-A Goof. When you end up shooting an unarmed 17-year-old because you wouldn't heed urgent advice from a police dispatcher to stay in your car, you're, at the very least, a goof.
Did you know there's an official Hemingway rum? Papa's Pilar ("Solera aged and artisan crafted"). Pilar was actually the name of Papa's beloved fishing boat in Cuba, but no doubt rum was a frequent accoutrement. Regardless, Papaficionados can celebrate his birthday this Sunday evening, July 21, at the Hemingway Museum (6-10 p.m.) with an exclusive tasting of Pilar, accompanied by live music by Pennies from Heaven and appetizers and cocktails from Maya del Sol.
In the virtual reality of our court system, George Zimmerman is "not guilty." In the real world, however, he is guilty of many things. Zimmerman is guilty of being an incompetent Neighborhood Watch volunteer. An effective Neighborhood Watch volunteer, if he sees something he considers suspicious, calls the police.
Every Fourth of July, Oak Park's Independence Day Parade embarks from the northwest corner of Longfellow Park and - this year 60 groups strong - and heads north up Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Boulevard. Spectators line the parkways, sitting on curbs, in fold-up chairs, on house steps and tucked away on porches, many of which sport flags and red, white and blue bunting.
Gloria Groom had this idea. "I was working on some paintings and writing about Monet's The Artist's House at Argenteuil where you see his son, John, wearing a dress with a big blue sash in the back. I thought, 'What's this about?' so I wrote a friend in London and she said, 'Oh, that's a sailor's outfit and that was the trend that year. It shows he's a very upper-class little boy. That was the summer Monet actually had some money.'