Yikes! How did I get here, surrounded by anti-Whiteco diatribes, anti-smoking screeds, anti-anti-smoking rebuttals, and anti-Milstein manifestos? Impending economic disaster! Surreptitious subsidies! Machivellian Milsteinian malevolence! Second-hand innuendo!
It's hard to believe on a dreary February day, but the end of the school year is just around the corner. But have no fear. WEDNESDAY JOURNAL has once again compiled a list of local activities to keep the kids happyâ€"and supervisedâ€"through the summer. The information listed below is not conclusive, as many camps are still finalizing details. Please call the locations with any questions or up-to-date information.
There's a well-worn cliche in sports fiction: an upstart team of scrappy players with big hearts wins the big game against a bigger, richer favorite. It's a story playing out for real with a group of Oak Park and River Forest High School kids, but their sport of choice isn't a sport at all.
Much of my inspiration for this column comes from the foods I'm currently preparing in my own home kitchen. Quirky as it may sound, much of what I prepare at home is more often than not dictated by the weather. And then there are other idiosyncrasies.
On a gloomy, dripping Sunday redolent of English weather, the Handel Week Festival 2005 offered a timeless message with their performance of Judas Maccabaeus at Grace Episcopal Church. It was the final event of the three-concert series, which ran here from Feb. 5 to Feb. 13.
The etchings of Scott Kieffer, currently on exhibit at Expressions Graphics, are beautifully detailed. The etching process creates a grainy black and white image similar to newsprint, which serves to accentuate the artist's interest in texture. He's particularly fond of rendering trees, often in wintertime, when he can really capture the texture of the bark and the crooked, tangled lines of tree branches.
The Aviator gets my vote for Best Picture Oscar. Of course, I don't have a vote, but if I did, I'd cast it for Scorsese's film?#34;even though I enjoyed Sideways more and found Million Dollar Baby more emotionally satisfying.
I'll say up front that it's a challenge to discuss the new show at Open Door Repertory Company with readers who haven't seen it. The plot involves a couple of major surprises that shouldn't be revealed for the play to have its full effect. Bee-Luther-Hatchee, by Thomas Gibbons, is a fascinating mystery that peels away, layer by layer, raising many provocative questions.