Woody Allen would like to be Ingmar Bergman, but he's really Buster Keaton. He's a tragedian, trapped in a comic's sensibility. No doubt he feels the situation is tragic, but every time he says that, audiences laugh.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest started off their concert last Sunday not as the program indicated, but con brio just the same. Con brio means "with spirit," and the trombone quartet showed theirs in the opening piece by appearing in shorts and short-sleeved polos.
Frank Pinc has been looking through the lens of a camera for 40 years. Along with Josh Hawkins, Pinc takes the photos that appear on these pagesâ€"and in all WEDNESDAY JOURNAL publicationsâ€"each week.
On March 31, the Oak Park and River Forest Children's Chorus presented Latin Jazz Cafe 2005 in the ballroom at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community. The afternoon began with Latin jazz dance lessons with Luis Perez, accompanied by a Latin jazz band, Havana.
The Rev. Donald B. Register, a resident of Oak Park for 33 years and pastor of the Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church in Chicago, retired March 31 after 42 years as a minister. With his wife E. Dolores Register, he was feted with a gala reception at the church on March 20.
Since 1991, Dominican University has been one of the few suburban outposts for The Chicago Latino Film Festival. This month, Dominican will screen two festival films: A Silent Love (Amor callado) on April 12, and An Everyday Story (Una historia comun) on April 19.
When Ben Wood opens the door of his parents' Oak Park home, he seems completely at ease. But after I sit and talk with him a while, I notice he's a bit restless. "Fidgety," he calls it. Perhaps it's because he's not settled hereâ€"Oak Park is just a rest stop in a long and unfinished adventure.