Our Town turned on its head." That's how director Paul Noble describes The Laramie Project, a docudrama about the murder of Matthew Shepard now in the midst of its two-weekend run at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Christmas is not that important. There's a jarring sentence. Try it on for size. Go to a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and say it out loud: "Christmas is not that important." Say it several times?#34;until the anxiety attack subsides.
Forty years ago in 1959, Oak Park and River Forest were in the midst of a banner holiday season. The stores in the popular Lake-Harlem "shopping hub" were jammed with shoppers. Before the opening of Oak Brook, Yorktown, Winston Park, and other shopping centers, Oak Park reigned supreme as a regional shopping destination.
The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest is raising funds by selling original art notecards. The artwork was inspired by members of the symphony, as captured in photos taken by the conductor's wife. The artists are Leslye Madden of River Forest and Jane Ferris, a mural painter and cellist with the symphony.
t's easy to miss things. We all have places to go, people to see, promises to keep, such a lot of living to do, which means it's easy to pass over the rich panoply of detail surrounding us. Since someone obviously went to a lot of trouble to put it there, it seems a shame to ignore it completely.
Ascension Catholic Church has released its second CD, Let Us Be Merry, featuring 20 Advent and Christmas hymns from the 16th through the 20th century. The 66-voice Ascension Choir and the 33-voice Ascension Schola are under the direction of Music & Liturgy Director David J. Anderson. Proceeds from the sale of the CD, available from the parish office for $17, benefit the Ascension Organ Fund. For more information, call 848-2703 of see www.ascensionchurch.com.
In today's age of 100-channel cable and satellite television, HDTV and DVD, it may be difficult to imagine a time when home entertainment consisted primarily of a half-dozen local and network television channels, with much of its product generated at the local level.