Circle Theatre is known for resurrecting musicals that flopped on Broadway. It's been thrilling to witness director Kevin Bellie and company stretch themselves, mounting shows we'd never get a chance to see otherwise.
Oak Parker Stephen Kelley is a preservation architect and structural engineer, so inspecting a building is standard operating procedure for him. That's why, last week, he was planning to take a look at the Tribune Tower's exteriorâ€"by rappelling down the facade, holding disaster at bay with two ropes.
It all started during a night out after a Village Players Theatre play rehearsal last summer, when four female actors realized they shared the same gripe. They all wanted to play meatier women characters.
You may think Ernest Hemingway's Birthplace, restored and operated by the Hemingway Foundation, is a finished project, but actually it's a work in progress. Photos of three paintings done by Hemingway's maternal grandmother, Caroline Hancock Hall?#34;enlarged to their original dimensions and framed by Paul Hamer of Frame Warehouse?#34;have just been added to the home's collection.
It's taken awhile, but it seems that spring has finally sprung. And as I sit here writing this column, I can assert that it's a picture perfect day: sunny, blue skied and crystal clear, with just a hint of breeze and certainly unlike any other day I've been able to recall for some time. I'm struck by an awesome, invigorating feeling of hope and promise, as I look forward to the days ahead. Much is new.
A luncheon honoring volunteers at West Suburban Medical Center was held on April 13 at Oak Park Country Club. Each year the board of trustees celebrates the dedicated men and women who contribute so much time and effort to the hospital.
Go ahead, admit it. At times we've all looked down our noses at Berwyn, our neighbor to the south. Often fixed in our collective consciousness as a strictly blue collar zone of bungalows, babushkas and burritos, Berwyn is frequently perceived as a tough-edged town resistant to change.
Memorial Day weekend seems an apt time for an "Inner Disarmament Training" workshop, but Sensei Robert Joshin Althouse didn't really plan it that way. Instead, his three-day lesson in nonviolent communication coincides with the first anniversary of the Zen Community of Oak Park.
Circle Theatre subscribers might be alarmed at the announcement of the retirement of the theater's mainstay co-artistic director, Greg Kolack. But Kolack is not retiring from Circle so much as he's stepping away from the grind.