The Gun Rights vs. Regulation Group — for want of a better name — met for the second time on March 7 at Dole Library, and participants got into a heated discussion. Not about guns but about organizational issues. So far, we're challenged on that front. Not surprising, I suppose. We're amateurs, trying to find our way.
Francis. Francisco. Frank. Oh my. What have we here? Someone different. Do we dare get our hopes up? For a long time, I thought I couldn't respect any pope unless the Curia was actively planning his demise. Then Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, the new elected pontiff, announced he was taking the name Francis, and my heart momentarily leapt.
It must be a left-brain, right-brain thing," says Roger Finnell, by way of explaining the long-running connection between the Fenwick Math Department and the Blackfriars Guild (the school's theater department).
At 7:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. (in the auditorium upstairs from the Hemingway Museum), the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) will present 8, a staged reading of the play by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk), based on the transcripts of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, challenging California's Proposition 8, which rescinded the legality of same-sex marriage in that state.
It's not easy landing a major talent like Audra McDonald. Just ask Leslie Rodriguez, managing director of the Dominican Performing Arts Center. Every year, Rodriguez sits down with Dominican University President Donna Carroll to put together a "wish list" of possible performers for the annual early-March Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala, which traditionally features A-list performers from the world of music.
Of all the traditions in your average American community, none is more poignant than the high school musical — which partly explains the popularity of Glee (and is the only possible explanation for the popularity of Miley Cyrus). Boundless energy and enthusiasm channeled into an art form designed to give full-throated expression to all our dreams and longing.
If you haven't been following our back-and-forth over the last six months or so, this is the ad hoc citizens advisory committee that Dave Schweig, a longtime gun rights advocate in Oak Park, has been calling for ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned our village's handgun ban in June of 2010.
I have a vision for Oak Park: capping the Eisenhower Expressway — but only between East and Oak Park avenues, the narrowest section of the Ike. Then I envision a Tarzan theme park built on top of the cap. Not likely, I suppose.