Monday, May 20, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize winning author will give a reading tonight and will conduct a master class with Lake Forest Academy students on Tuesday.
Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize winning author for the novel "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," will give a public reading on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Cressey Center for the Arts at Lake Forest Academy. Immediately following the reading, Díaz will conduct a question and answer session as well as a book signing. "Adolescents always like novels that refuse to patronize adolescents," said Jon Freeman, the former Chair of the English Department, English Instructor and Assistant Dean of Students at Lake Forest Academy. He was describing the appeal of Diaz's novel, "Oscar Wao," which focuses on an overweight, nerdy boy struggling to find his place. "Is Oscar Wao an American archetype?" Freeman said. "My gosh, absolutely." Díaz, who was …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Lisa Genova's book is number one on the Lake Forest Book Store Bestsellers for the week.
Lake Forest Book Store Bestsellers 1. Love Anthony Lisa Genova 2. Penance Dan O'Shea 3 Still Alice Lisa Genova 4 Left Neglected Lisa Genova 5 Nigellissima Nigella Lawson 6 It's All Good Gwyneth Paltrow 7 Dearie Bob Spitz 8 Me Before You Jojo Moyes 9 House of Special Purpose John Boyne 10 Art Forger Barbara Shapiro 11 Where'd You Go Bernadette Maria Semple 12 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Charles Whellan 13 Hit David Baldacci 14 Silence of Bonaventure Arrow Rita Leganski 15 Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Art Center in Highland Park raised more than $100,000 at its 2013 Spring Gala on May 2.
The Art Center in Highland Park raised more than $100,000 at its 2013 Spring Gala on May 2. More than 400 people attended to show their support for The Art Center. All proceeds will benefit TAC and support its mission of ensuring access to the arts for individuals of all ages and cultural interests. The event included performances by Speed Canvas Painter Elliott From, Professional Body Painter Allison Halver, Magician Bill Cook, Marcus Rezak Jazz Trio, HPHS Drumline Garbage Can Band, Silent Auction, and Raffle. See photos from the event above.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Highland Park remembers the Tom Cruise classic "Risky Business," which was filmed nearly 30 years ago in and around the community.
A host of movies have been filmed in Highland Park, most notably John Hughes' "Home Alone," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Sixteen Candles," but the Tom Cruise classic "Risky Business" is perhaps the most memorable for the community. The iconic teen film, written and directed by Highland Park High School alumni Paul Brickman, celebrates its 30th anniversary in August. In a nostalgic story published in the Chicago Tribune, Highland Park residents remember what it was like to see their favorite locations like the now-closed Shelton's Ravinia Grill and Highland Park Theatre on the big screen. Read the full story at www.chicagotribune.com.
Skokie Patch goes one on one with 'Invasion of Skokie' playwright and Highland Park native Steven Peterson.
Enjoy a sneak peek from ShPIeL's upcoming North Shore premiere of The Invasion of Skokie , an original play by Steven Peterson, at the Mayer Kaplan JCC on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include insights from the playwright, performers, artistic directors of ShPIeL; and Todd Whitman, director of the recent documentary film, "Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered." The play opens at the Mayer Kaplan JCC May 22. The Invasion of Skokie tells the story of a struggling Jewish shopkeeper, Morry Kaplan, who is faced with a "double invasion" of his home during the days of the attempted 1978 neo-Nazi march on Skokie. While plotting to "borrow" a rifle for self-defense, the likeable but misguided Morry is faced with the dilemma of how to come to …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Jeff Cohen spent more than 30 years traveling the country to take photos of celebrities and models for Hugh Hefner. Now, the North Shore native is taking intimate, black and white portraits in Highland Park.
In 1967, Jeff Cohen went on his first photo shoot for his new boss: Hugh Hefner. "I was 22 and I had a job at Playboy," the 68-year-old said. "I became an instant celebrity." In 1974, he photographed Clint Eastwood at his studio in California, after the two ate sandwiches together, drank a few beers and compared shoes. "There was a knock on the door, and there was Clint," he said. "We both had bought the same pair of sneakers." Soon after, Cohen did a shoot with Cindy Crawford, who showed up to his place without the now-typical celebrity entourage of publicists and assistants. "She came by herself. They never do that anymore." Last Saturday, Cohen took photos of a father, his four children and their black Labrador. The dog sat on a black…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The College of Lake County in Grayslake presents a visual showcase of art, dance and music at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday.
For 15 years, the College of Lake County’s "Fear No Art" production has showcased a variety of arts, including dance, music and visual art, by CLC students and faculty and community members. This year, the event will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., in Grayslake. More than 50 students are involved in the production, which is directed by Valerie Alpert of the CLC dance faculty. Fear No Art will feature the creativity of CLC’s vibrant performing arts community. The dance portion of the program will include exciting original choreography by CLC students and faculty, in modern, hip hop and Bollywood/ballet…
Are you hoping to catch a movie this weekend? Check times here.
If you're looking for a night out this weekend, the movie theater is always a good option. Check out the Moviefone tool above to find local times of showings. Area movie theaters: Highland Park Theatre at 445 Central Ave., Highland Park AMC Northbrook Court 14 at 1525 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 20 & IMAX at 300 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire Showplace Eight at 555 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills Golden Age Cinemas at 708 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville Find more area theaters here. What movie are you planning to see this weekend?
Highland Park is offering another summer of live music at Port Clinton Square, beginning June 6 with a new folk band and going till August.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce the line-up for Highland Park’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights in Port Clinton Square. Concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Square, located on Central Avenue between First and Second Streets. These family-oriented performances highlight the diversity of Highland Park musical arts. Some seating will be provided. The following concerts are scheduled for the 2013 season: June 6 Check With Lucy (up-tempo new folk) June 13 Maxwell Street Klezmer Band (Jewish folk) June 20 Robbie Gold (acoustic alternative) June 27 Local Favorite (classic and country rock) July 11 Los Perros Cubanos (1940s Cuban) July 18 Great Divide (…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
See who's performing this summer at the North Shore's biggest music festival. Tickets go on sale at 5 a.m. Thursday, April 25.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday for all shows at Ravinia in Highland Park this summer. From classical to pop to '90s rock, this season is overflowing with the acts you expected to see again at Ravinia and ones you never saw coming. Below is a list of the bands playing at Ravinia Festival during the 2013 season. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 25 on the Ravinia Festival website. June Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.—Bennett Gordon Hall $10 BGH Series Ruth Page Festival of Dance Concert Dance, Inc. Tickets: $10/No Lawn Sales/Park opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.—Pavilion Judy Collins and Don McLean Tickets: $55-$45/Lawn $22**/Park opens at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.—Bennett Gordon Hall $10 BGH Series …