Rally in Downtown Chicago. The photo is taken behind approximately ten rows of protesters with signs gathering around Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Behind him is an orange inflatable rat with a sign reading "RATS!!! No Contract from the Reader"

Month 2: Crime and Peace

Cultural Event: Old-Time Radio and Chamber Music (Pictured: Radio Players West with trombonists Reed Capshaw, Adam Moen, and Mark Fry) On October 4th, Chamber Music on the Fox presented “Crime Classics” in Elgin, Illinois. They teamed up with local actors from Radio Players West for a wonderful performance of two radio dramas with music by Bernard Herrmann. (The same composer from seven Alfred Hitchcock films, including Psycho.) The titles were “Death of a Picture Hanger” and ““Coyle and Richardson – Why They Hung in a Spanking Breeze”. They were performed exactly as you’d imagine old-time radio, complete … Continue Reading

Month 1: Gyros and Hot Dogs

Cultural Event: The National Hellenic Museum It’s fitting that the National Hellenic (Greek) Museum sits in Chicago, one of the historical epicenters for Greek American life. I loved this museum. There were photographs from the first few modern Olympic Games starting in 1896, Greek Orthodox Art, and examples of traditional Greek textiles. There was also a significant part of the museum dedicated to the geodynamics of Greece from ancient times until the present. As an avid fan of Richard Strauss’s opera “Ariadne auf Naxos”, I particularly got a kick out of the images … Continue Reading

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