The bright colors and swirly figures in the North Boulevard viaduct murals shout, "Children were here." Children are here, living across the street at Hephzibah Children's Association, and for the last three summers they've been brightening up the neighborhood by painting murals on the train embankment walls.
Painted and broken tiles, mirror shards, clay and teenagers hard at work are likely sights if you wander in the direction of Terra Incognito, 246 Chicago Ave., for the next few days. Despite the July heat, 10 high school and college students, one assistant and two master artists are spending a part of the summer creating a mosaic, a mural that glimpses Oak Park through the eyes of teenagers.
Adding the production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons to the Oak Park Festival Theatre summer season on Mondays and Tuesdays was an inspired move. It's a perfect play for their outdoor venue. Miller's timeless work, given a powerful, tightly focused production with intense, believable performances, is still jolting after six decades.
It's no mystery why almost 70 mystery lovers packed Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park on a hot summer evening last week. Sara Paretsky was stopping in to promote Fire Sale, the 12th and latest book in her V. I. Warshawski series.
It's taken awhile, but it seems we've finally discovered our mussels. And no, that's not a misprint, folks. I'm certainly not about to write an article about biceps, no matter how interesting that subject might be to some readers. I'm talking about shellfish, and in particular, those shiny, blue-black mollusks that thrive in such huge quantities all along our Atlantic coast. If you haven't tried them yet, it's time for some adventure.
School's out for summer, so camp is in. A necessity for working parents, or just a way to get kids away from video games and out the door, camps of every variety now are in session across Oak Park and River Forest.