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.
Annie C. Higgins, a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, was the speaker at the annual meeting and brunch of the Oak Park Council on International Affairs on May 7 at the Carleton Hotel. The Council has been raising money to support Peace Corps library and school projects around the world for more than 40 years.
Dominic Vignola would like to know what's wrong with painting exactly what you see. "Anyone can make up something. The public prizes imagination over 'copying,' but it's not easy to paint what's there," he says. "No one has a problem with nonfiction writing."
"I've conducted since I was 15?#34;I can't stop now," says former Oak Park and current River Forest resident Harriet Ziegenhals. Ziegenhals founded the Community Renewal Chorus and its affiliate youth choir, All God's Children, directing them for over 20 years before retiring in 1993.
Artists Galen Garapolo and Rick Smith share an interest in how shapes and forms relate to each other. But where Smith's work is conceptual, Garapolo's deals on a more subtle, emotional plane. Both are currently on exhibit at Morava Studios.
This year's Passover holiday ended almost a month ago and, much like the thrifty shopper who stocks up on wrapping paper the day after Christmas, this thrifty cook headed to Jewel and came home with a year's supply of matzah.
On a crisp Friday afternoon in Oak Park, under a billowing satin sky inside Wonder Works Children's Museum, a small panic is mounting. It seems a rogue cucumber has temporarily shut down operation of the produce moverâ€"a 15-foot conveyor belt system that's integral to the organization's new Farm to Market exhibitâ€"and the eyes of at least 20 kids are fixed on the machine's creator, Joe Fiacchino, as he kneels down for a look-see.