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.
Just as migrating monarchs tend to light on milkweed plants to feed and grow, so did roughly 35 or so home gardeners land at Green Home Experts in Oak Park last month to learn about butterfly gardening.
He was an ambitious shopkeeper who parlayed his understanding of women's shopping trends into a fortune, and she was a former teen customer, 20 years his junior, daughter of a real estate tycoon. The scene was 1870 Chicago, the beginning of the "Gilded Age."
Former Oak Parker Geoff Binns-Calvey is used to creating magic in photographs. When a Chicago ad agency is shooting a commercial featuring sizzling hamburgers, for example, food stylists cook the burgers to precisely the right appearance.
A few years ago, the future home of the West Cook YMCA was uncertain. With an ongoing capital campaign to relocate in a new building in Forest Park, questions remained regarding the site, finances and the future of the residential program.
In Oak Park last spring, we had a food truck rally that can only be described as a "disappointing success." This parking lot-based (Pilgrim Church) gathering of food trucks generated a huge turnout of villagers — so much so that some vendors ran out of supplies within the first 30 minutes and many more within the first hour.
I was not fully prepared for the new show enjoying its world premiere at Open Door Repertory Company called "Clara," by McKinley Johnson. I knew it was about Clara Ward (1924-1973), a gifted and hugely successful gospel artist of the mid-20th Century, but I guess I was anticipating either a musical revue or a dramatized history lesson.