It's not easy landing a major talent like Audra McDonald. Just ask Leslie Rodriguez, managing director of the Dominican Performing Arts Center. Every year, Rodriguez sits down with Dominican University President Donna Carroll to put together a "wish list" of possible performers for the annual early-March Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala, which traditionally features A-list performers from the world of music.
It's a common critique of historic homes that Oak Parkers often hear from their friends in far flung suburbs: older homes have great character but are so much smaller than newly constructed homes. A recent listing on the Oak Park market disproves that theory and offers up historical details with plenty of space for a family.
When American Idol runner-up Syesha Mercado found out at Christmastime she was the Secret Santa for her fellow Book of Mormon actor James Vincent Meredith, she bought him a bottle of his favorite liquor, Whiskey Rye, along with a shiny new flask.
There are one-person shows in which a performer impersonates a colorful or historical individual, like Mark Twain, Harry Truman, Emily Dickinson or Clarence Darrow. Then there are solo performances in which an actor presents personal autobiographical storytelling, such as Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale. 16th Street Theater's new production, Empanada for a Dream, written and performed by Juan Francisco Villa, is poignant and passionate example of the latter.
The Frank Long House on Linden Avenue in Oak Park has been beguiling residents and visitors of Oak Park for generations. For the first time in 30 years, this Oak Park gem with the unique undulating roof will be featured on Wright Plus 2013 and open to the public.
Sensing a hunger among parish women for deeper spirituality, Shelby Boblick, pastoral associate at St. Catherine-St.Lucy Parish, organized a women's group which meets on Monday afternoons and evenings, drawing attendees from the West Side and western suburbs.