Opening night of Oak Park Festival Theatre's Amadeus was threatened by impending predicted showers but the rain held off until literally the last lines of dialogue were being delivered. Talk about a show-biz miracle! This classy, riveting production was savored by a large, receptive audience; not one person left early despite the ominous distant rumblings of thunder.
The second Sacred Spaces House of Worship Walk, co-sponsored by the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations and the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest, offers tours of seven churches, temples and chapels in north Oak Park and River Forest on Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.
One parent had an easier time than others; she has seen the dress her daughter was wearing at four other OPRF graduations. In fact, Mary (Pigoni) Herner wore the dress herself in 1980. Her sisters, Nancy and Peggy, wore it in 1976 and 1977, respectively. Mary's daughter, Maranda, wore the dress in 2007, and last Sunday, Eleanor (Elle), Class of 2013, became the fifth female to don the flowing gauze creation with delicate lace and ribbon trim.
In Oak Park, Frank Lloyd Wright is known for a lot of things. Not only is he the father of the Prairie Style of Architecture, but his personal exploits have added intrigue to his narrative. Personal life and foibles aside, Wright houses are not typically thought of as family-friendly. Architecture aficionados often treat Wright homes as lived-in museum pieces. Lovers of modern, open-concept homes, meanwhile, think Wright's style means small rooms, low ceilings and dark interiors, ill-suited to the way families live today. One Oak Park family says both stereotypes are wrong, insisting their Wright home is perfect for their family of four.
The Alphawood Foundation has announced the lead gift of $10 million for the restoration of the 1908 Unity Temple, rated by ZAGAT as "one of the coolest churches in America." This is big! The grant is intended to be seed money to support the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in fundraising for $22-25 million to restore our stunning "Jewel Box" on Lake Street.
In the film Win Win, a high school wrestling coach, during a reflective moment, asks his star wrestler, a bona fide prodigy, "What's it like to be that good at something?" Most of the people in the audience for the OPRF High School Orchestra's Senior Farewell Concert, May 15, probably wondered the same thing as Scott Daniel, one of three winners of the 2012-13 OPRF Concerto Competition, launched into Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major.
When I was a young guy and my family members didn't want me to know what they were discussing, they would talk in their special code, which was German. All adult family members spoke the language, even though they had been born in the United States and spoke perfect Midwestern English.
Last year, as Daniel Roush and Laura Scholl of Chicago began looking for a new home in which to raise their young family, Oak Park made the short list for all the usual reasons — location, transportation, schools and quality of life. So in May 2012, in the first suburb west of Chicago, Roush, a Chicago-based architect, found a priced-right, distressed property he could redo on a budget and comfortably live in for years to come,
Until seventh grade, it was all about sports for John Clay III. Basketball, to be precise (he's 6-3). Maybe because of the demands of sports, he was looking for an easy course to fill out his schedule, so he took choir. A few of the girls told him he had a nice voice. OK. And his best friend, Da'Boris Bradley was "a theater geek." Being a seventh-grader, of course, Clay teased him about it.
Setting up the compost table during Earth Fest at the Oak Park Public Works Department building last month was Don Nekrosius, 65. He is there with a cadre of University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and composters who are sharing how the right proportion of "the browns" (carbon) and "the greens" (nitrogen), plus water and oxygen, can heat up a compost pile to create the nutrient-rich humus that home gardeners love.