In walks the client on two good legs ready for his massage. As a dog missing the other two legs, his life depends on it. And the sweet 8-year-old pit bull named Fifty seems to know it as he hops over to Denise Theobald and lies down, exposing the overworked legs that carry the strain of his muscular, energetic body.
Did you know there's an official Hemingway rum? Papa's Pilar ("Solera aged and artisan crafted"). Pilar was actually the name of Papa's beloved fishing boat in Cuba, but no doubt rum was a frequent accoutrement. Regardless, Papaficionados can celebrate his birthday this Sunday evening, July 21, at the Hemingway Museum (6-10 p.m.) with an exclusive tasting of Pilar, accompanied by live music by Pennies from Heaven and appetizers and cocktails from Maya del Sol.
Passersby and even puzzled shoppers at a nearby Jewel sometimes wander over to a little park on Lake Street in River Forest to inspect a group of participants playing an uncommon game and having an uncommonly good time doing it.
Every Fourth of July, Oak Park's Independence Day Parade embarks from the northwest corner of Longfellow Park and - this year 60 groups strong - and heads north up Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Boulevard. Spectators line the parkways, sitting on curbs, in fold-up chairs, on house steps and tucked away on porches, many of which sport flags and red, white and blue bunting.
Gloria Groom had this idea. "I was working on some paintings and writing about Monet's The Artist's House at Argenteuil where you see his son, John, wearing a dress with a big blue sash in the back. I thought, 'What's this about?' so I wrote a friend in London and she said, 'Oh, that's a sailor's outfit and that was the trend that year. It shows he's a very upper-class little boy. That was the summer Monet actually had some money.'
For years, 544 Forest Ave. gave off a certain vibe. It was a vibe not uncommon in a town such as Oak Park where historic homes line the streets. From the sidewalk, the home's frame and distinguishable details hinted at a grand past, but the years had not been kind to the home.
BRAVO! is an acronym for the Band, Repertoire, Art, Vocal, and Orchestra. The fine arts department at Brooks provides learning opportunities in the arts all year long — workshops, concerts, assemblies, and musicals. "Bravo" is the summer musical theater program. The popular summer camp program provides rigorous, intense experience for the students, ranging from improvisational acting, costuming and theatrical make-up to script development, scenic design and dance.
Gloria Groom, the Mary and David Winton Green Curator of 19th Century Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute, whose new exhibit, "Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity," which was a hit in both Paris and New York, and seems bound to make a big, well, impression in Chicago this summer, is a longtime Oak Park resident. She will be speaking about the exhibition at the Oak Park Public Library in the Veterans Room on July 10 at 7 p.m.