Lorde in Oak Park

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was in Oak Park Monday. According to sources at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the pop star was visiting local celebrity Tavi Gevinson.

Lorde will be performing at Aragon Ballroom Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 24th, 2014 9:32 PM

"Deserve more credit" How come there are the CMA,grammys,Oscar.for art ,.music and only Nobel for science?.A weld is expressive if you choose to listem to it. New hospital is designed,built,staffed w/artists, mechanical and otherwise who can cut and heal the body and the only art is the music and fashion at the grand openning.The cutting and healing of the human body is expressive, if you choose to listen.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 24th, 2014 7:35 PM

Balance is fine, but I was responding to your judgment that those in the sciences "deserve more credit." And though I value a good bead on a weld as much as the next guy, it's not art. It's craft. It's not expressive; it's mechanical excellence, which is worthy, but different.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 24th, 2014 2:43 PM

@Dave: I want to balance both. I want the kids who perform in the science field to get their recognition. Art is in the eye of the beholder. I am a fan of Thomas Hart Benton. A man applying mechanical knowledge,perfect geometric metals cuts and perfect welds while standing on a milk crate working above his head is a sculptor, every bit an artist as a singer or fashion expert. Plus we get to enjoy the silence.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 24th, 2014 11:39 AM

Don't see how you can put arts and sciences in the balance and say that one is more important than the other, Brian. Certainly strange to give the nod to "science" because you saved some money on your car repair.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 24th, 2014 9:07 AM

Fashion and music are important to a limited degree. Kids who master chemistry, biology, math, language kids who master the industrial/mechanical arts, masonry,carpentry, welding.and auto mechanics are the kids who deserve more credit. I had exhaust system problems on my van. A national chain exhaust service wanted $1150 to fix it. My automotive artist,Rick, fixed the problem w/ a $19 part. Rick wore Sears work clothes.the backround music was the tac welder and I enjoyed the performance great

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 12:50 PM

Does anyone know if Lorde made a stop at the Main Library? I SWEAR I saw her right before 3 pm with a group of teen girls (who looked like mini mavens and may have included Tavi). If anyone works at Main or knew what else she did that day, please let me know! I tried to play it cool. Even though I am wayyyy older than she is, I am very impressed with her perspective at so young an age.

Mom of Teens  

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 12:50 AM

OP too, do you think twerking and cursing are acceptable? I'm trying to raise my boys to respect girls.

OP too  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 9:04 PM

Ah, only a matter of time before we heard how great these girls are because they aren't "twerking, cursing...." I have listened to the Royals song which was fine but I didn't buy it. Her performance at the Grammy's was consistently critiqued as "odd" and I would agree. I know nothing about her personally, whether she is a "good" person or not.

Mom of Teens from Oak Park  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 4:36 PM

I think it's encouraging that there are girls like Tavi and Lorde who are making their mark in the entertainment world without having to resort to twerking, cursing, strutting around half naked, etc. Good for them and pop culture in general.

Music Lover from Oak Park  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 2:48 PM

Lorde's song, "Royals", was award the Song of the Year Award at the Grammy's this year! She is HUGE! And, the lyrics of this song stress that you don't have to be rich, famous and blue-blooded to have a nice life. Also, Tavi is more than "locally famous". She is a huge influence in the fashion world in New York and the nation! We have such talent around us!


Posted: March 22nd, 2014 1:53 PM

@ OPRF parent. You do look stupid for not taking the time to either find out who the person is? Or why people might be interested? Also, for asking who cares? Its actually kind of neat that Lorde came to Oak Park. If you listened to her music you would be shocked she is so young and talented. Maybe not your taste? But try looking into things before making stupid remarks. Or put your head back in the sand and act puzzled......

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 1:44 PM

@David, If Tavi weren't mentioned, these folks wouldn't be responding this way. I expect such snarkiness from some teenagers, but grown adults? Wow.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 12:26 PM

OPRF, you are so right. The aggressive insularity of some Oak Parkers is depressing. A cool thing happens, and everyone goes "huh. Who cares?" Lends credence to Hemingway quote (never documented, but still) about broad lawns/narrow minds.

OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 7:41 AM

We look stupid for not getting excited about this? If you have ever been to OPRF, you have to beg to get into that building. Nice that Tavi and her "celeb" buddies don't have to follow the rules. Wonder if having a parent who is a board member helps?


Posted: March 21st, 2014 5:29 PM

@ A different OPRF parent and OPRF parent. Try google? You might learn something and not look so stupid!! Good luck at parenting!! Cheers!

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: March 21st, 2014 5:22 PM

Young people care. Her music is very popular with the 20-something and younger crowd. She is a recent two-time Grammy winner.

A different OPRF parent  

Posted: March 21st, 2014 3:05 PM

Who cares?

OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 21st, 2014 1:45 PM


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