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The Oak Park Library is excited to host Stephanie Shaw as our speaker about the life of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. Stephanie Shaw is a Professor of Instruction in the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches Solo Performance, Directing and Scene Study among other subjects. She received her MFA from Columbia College’s Creative Writing Department and is the published author of two novellas; “Mademoiselle Guignol,” a theatrical romance with blood, is available in the Tattered Souls 2 anthology, by Cutting Block Press, and “Afterbirth” in the anthology Interfictions 2 by Small Beer Press. As a solo performance artist she has performed her original monologues in venues across Chicago and the Midwest, as well as The New York Fringe Festival and The New York Estrogenuis Festival. She is a founding member of the solo performance ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl, and an alumni of The Neo-Futurists, where she wrote, directed and performed regularly for four years in the long running late night hit, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. As an actor she has appeared in numerous Chicago area theatres such as Live Bait, Stage Left, Lifeline, The Body Politic, Oak Park Festival Theatre and The Royal George; as well as writing as a theatre critic for The Chicago Reader. She has directed shows for Live Bait, The Neo-Futurarium, The New York Fringe, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. She is also a former Oak Park resident.
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. It was first published in 1818, and Frankenstein Fall, an Oak Park Public Library event series, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of this pivotal tome.
We're having a PARTY in celebration of the 5 glorious years that The No Shush Salon has been running! We will, of course, still have an Open Mic.
We will have 10 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!
The No Shush Salon is a monthly Open Mic for all creative types
who want to share their works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. We often
begin with a featured performer/reader, or we have a theme. No registration
required; just drop in and share your talents!
Join us and poet, educator, and artist José Olivarez as we recognize former head librarian Ms. Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Books will be available for signing and sale from The Book Table.
Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival, and his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and Hyperallergic, among other places. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, from Haymarket Books is out now.
Olivarez is a master teaching artist and the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago. He teaches and writes curriculum for Young Chicago Authors. He has also led writing workshops and diversity trainings for institutions such as Lincoln Center (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York), The Adirondack Center for Writing (Saranac Lake, NY), Inside Out Literary Arts (Detroit) and many more community organizations and universities. He lives in Chicago.
See the distinctive mosaic work by Jennifer McNulty in her exhibit titled "Influence" which opens today in the Art Gallery.
"Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself,” notes Jennifer McNulty.
“Throughout time, individuals have had an influence on the trajectory of history itself. Struggles for equal rights for women, African Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ, the mentally and physically disabled and animals have been going on for decades, often generations.
“It takes a movement to make change and those movements require a spark by a fearless trail blazer to clear the path for those people and groups who follow them. These influential people in history have faced insurmountable obstacles and have often times resulted in their own lives being sacrificed for the cause they hold so dear. This exhibit pays tribute to those individuals that have influenced art, music, entertainment, science, politics, society, culture, the environment, our world and future.”
Each November 1 and 2, Mexicans celebrate a unique holiday known as “Day of the Dead” (Día de los Muertos). This day commemorates the memory of the love ones who have died. Dia de los Muertos is a religious tradition that blends Christian feast with indigenous Mexican customs.
This tradition brings together the Mexican community by celebrating the reunion of the living and the dead. The tradition includes making ‘altares’ honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with memories of them. This event, "The Dead Are Not Alone," portrays a fragment of this celebration through dances, poems and songs. Come and dance with the Catrina, eat pan de muerto and bring some of your memories of your beloved ones this year!
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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.