Of all those who made a living off the Cold War (nuclear arms dealers, the Republican Party), possibly the person most adversely affected was spy novelist John Le Carré, whose gritty exercises in geopolitical existentialism held a legion of fans in thrall for decades.
Oak Parker Maura Woznica finished college and decided to take a year off. Not unusual for a recent graduate, but Woznica's plans are anything but typical. She's going to Kenya and Bolivia to work in community clinics in small villages, helping serve people in desperate need of health education, AIDS prevention information and care.
Linda Hillman sets a lovely table. Usually it's for family or guests in her Oak Park home, but these days she's moved the table?#34;literally?#34;to Terra Incognito Studios & Gallery for the exhibit she curated, "Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Staging Great Meals with Pottery."
With close-cropped hair, slim glasses, a black T-shirt and jeans, Laurie Beasley looks agelessly artsy, though the proprietor of Oak Park's Ridge Art willingly divulges her age. She's 60. Could turning a passion into a profession have youthful benefits?
The Dominican University Performing Arts Center is currently exhibiting the painting of artist and jazz singer Roberta Miles. She explains her process in her artist's statement: "I combine ground metal, in its base form, with pigment in an attempt to create a life affirming, multi-layered, ethereal dream."
Looking over the columns I've contributed to Wednesday Journal over the past years, I was surprised at the scant attention I've given to one of my favorite foods: that ever so delectable and versatile category of shellfish known as shrimp. This (unintentional) neglect became even more surprising when I stumbled upon the little known fact that shrimp stands second only to tuna as America's favorite seafood.
A 72-year-old play by Noel Coward might seem an odd choice for Circle Theatre, that live-wire troupe known for its hip, cutting edge productions. After all, aren't Coward's comedies light and bubbly, like champagne?