Entering Danza Viva's brightly lit storefront at 46 Lake St., I joined a growing crowd of friends and fans, a diverse audience, which is appropriate for a venue that emphasizes world dance. Gauzy pink and magenta cloth was draped across the track lighting and framed the mirrored walls.
The Oak Park Library Art Gallery is featuring a three person exhibit by a family of artists: mother Dzvinka Stifel and daughters Nina Ulana and Tatiana Weinstein. As a show, it perhaps doesn't quite hold together, because the three bodies of work have so little in common. Ulana is exhibiting abstracts; Weinstein, portraits and Stifel, landscapes. Taken separately, though, each artist has contributed beautiful work.
A dog seldom walks the Earth beyond a decade and a half, and every dog owner knows it. That might explain why we dog owners cling to them, and to each other. Gathering at parks with other dogs and their owners gives us the chance to cherish our best friends, and make some new human ones as well.
There is treasure to be found in Oak Park at 605 Lake St. Since 1983, MOMENTA, Oak Park's premier performing dance troupe, has been presenting high quality dance concerts each spring and fall. Their current spring concert, "New Dances?#34;A Second Generation" is no exception?#34;an evening of fresh, committed dancers presenting powerful works with strength, humor, and talent.
Quincy Hughes is a jack of many trades. She's a nurse, multimedia artist, jewelry maker, mother of five, art teacher. But she's an expertâ€"perhaps the world's foremost expertâ€"in one particular substance.
I have a dear, distant friend I've never met. Her name is Sylvia and she lives in Ottawa, Canada. Mark David, her son, and his beautiful wife Jacquitta, are two of my closest and dearest friends who (I'm happy to say) are never ill at ease when it comes to cooking for a chef.
The Village of River Forest was incorporated on Oct. 24, 1880, which makes this the 125th anniversary year. Milestone birthdays are always a good excuse for a look back, and it turns out there's plenty to see.