If you're looking for some old-school musical theater escapism in the boy-meets-girl, "feel good" fashion … keep on looking. Next to Normal is not for you. This is definitely not a flashy, upbeat Broadway musical. But if you're up for flawless performances, tight direction, and a fast-paced production that tackles a tough contemporary subject, this rock musical about mental illness is a remarkable achievement.
On Saturday, April 12, two student-support groups will sponsor a career fair for students who are considering a future in music or the performing arts. Performing arts professionals, including several OPRF alums who have enjoyed careers in music, theater, and other arts, will be on hand to give back to the institution that helped launch their careers.
To call her a Renaissance woman would be an understatement. She's a painter, a grade school teacher and a board member of a group that champions the rights of marginalized women. Like her art, she's both colorful and elegant. Meet Tye Johnson, someone you should know.
Mann Elementary School is once again in the paper. This time the principal resigned, but it seemed like he was going to get fired. No one really knows what is going on except the superintendent and the board, and they ain't talking. Where is Edward Snowden when we really need him?
With its recent McCutcheon decision, which buttresses their Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has demonstrated its commitment to radical activism. The rationale presented by Roberts in his majority opinion is comical in its absurdity.
Sunday morning past had that "true-Sunday" feel, which I seldom feel anymore. Sunny (befitting Sun-day), more early spring than late winter, strollers out in force in Scoville Park with parents in tow. Residents rediscovering the out-of-doors after a long, hard winter. Kids in T-shirts, shorts and even bare feet with the temp barely topping 50.
Oak Park has a lot of apartment units. The village was built that way back in the 1920s and today some half of all housing units in Oak Park are rentals (or condos). That's got advantages and disadvantages. The apartment stock greatly extends Oak Park's economic diversity as a first stop for future homebuyers and as a destination for others seeking entry for their kids into local schools, or an easy commute to the Medical District.
Another nail in the coffin of our democracy! The McCutcheon v. FEC case was handed down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 2. "The Corrupt 5" of the Supreme Court did their dirty business again, further blowing up any vestige of reasonable campaign finance regulation in our politics.