Understanding that many Catholics in the Oak Park-River Forest area felt like their Church had a fortress mentality provides insight into why the Second Vatican Council which convened in Rome 50 years ago tomorrow — Oct. 11, 1962 — was, in Kilikevice's words, "an exhilarating experience."
Watching three men chained to a wall all evening may not sound particularly compelling. But Oak Park Festival Theatre's new production of the 1992 play Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Irish dramatist Frank McGuinness is tightly staged and strongly performed.
Since its founding in 1971, the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park has been dedicated to teaching students across the entire range of physical and mental abilities. During the last six years, their "Every Body Can Dance" workshops have attracted dancers who face intellectual and physical challenges, in addition to able-bodied students.
Each fall, for many years, the Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review publish a special section called Community of Caring. This section is an effort to focus readers' attention on the annual fundraising efforts of the local charities by telling the stories of people who received social services from the agencies.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea but I laughed my head off at the new production of the 1992 comedy Dearly Departed at Circle Theatre. There's not really a true storyline but rather an assortment of hilarious character sketches built around a lot of goofy down-home folks who are gathering for a family funeral.
What could we eat today? Hypothetically … we could have bacon and eggs for breakfast, soup and a sandwich for lunch, and a steak and baked potato for dinner. For dessert there's cake and ice cream, and before we go to bed, we could have a soothing glass of warm milk and cookies.
OK, it wasn't everyone's favorite summer of all time. Instead it was one of the hottest and driest of all time, at least through June and July. But by August, as you can see (above), the grass was green again in Scoville Park — just before they dug it all up. Like we said.