Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Robert Alaniz, director of the award-winning comedy “D.I.N.K.S,” talks with Patch about his new film “You Don’t Say,” a movie about a woman who is forced to be honest with everyone.
Frankfort resident Robert Alaniz doesn’t consider himself funny. Yet when the filmmaker won awards for his first foray into comedy called "D.I.N.K.S," a film about a married couple without children and the social criticism they face, he decided to pursue the style further. The result is “You Don’t Say,” a film that takes a social commentary swipe on honesty, or the lack thereof, in modern times. The story focuses on Bobby, a corporate climber placed in charge of a large company merger, who suddenly finds herself only able to say exactly what she thinks to people around her, in a very politically correct environment. Alaniz filmed scenes for the movie in several places throughout the south suburbs and Chicago, including Blissful Banana Café…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
This weekend, and every first weekend of the month for the rest of the year, all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for free admission to Chicago's top museums.
Good news for all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders. Your respective financial institutions would like to add some culture to your life. That’s why they’re offering free admission to various Chicago museums to cardholders every first full weekend of the month throughout the rest of the year. They’re kicking it off this weekend, March 2 and March 3 in honor of National Women’s History Month. Just show your bankcard and an ID to the museum admission desk for free access. The deal applies to cardholders, exclusively. Anyone without a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card will have to pay. The following museums are participating:
Saturday, February 9, 2013
House of Music in Orland Hills is throwing a 5th anniversary showcase of several bands they’ve assembled out of their music students, one of which just auditioned for America’s Got Talent.
House of Music has spent the last five years teaching kids and teens to play music. Along the way, they have also taught students the arguably more difficult path to play as members in a band. Video: How To Teach Rock N’ Roll at House of Music On Sunday, the school will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a student showcase at Sullivan’s in Midlothian. Among the talent performing will be Sugar Rush, the all-girl quartet fresh off their audition for “America’s Got Talent.” Watch: Sugar Rush Performs “Get You Back” at the Bridge Teen Center Join the students and supporters for a day of great music. Event: House of Music’s Fifth Anniversary Student Showcase When: noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Where: Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Eatery, 4660, W…
Friday, February 1, 2013
New children/teen performance group Spotlight Youth Theater features its first production in Orland Park, opening Friday, Feb. 1st at 7 p.m.
High Point student Alanna Buechele stands onstage at Carl Sandburg High School, wearing a wide brimmed hat and swinging a purse for the role of Lily St. Regis from Annie. "This has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. You have to practice your character, how to walk and talk," Buechele said. Joining Buechel is another first time thespian, Kennedy Carrera from Oak Forest. The home-schooled teen takes the character of Miss Hannigan and makes it her own. "I enjoy getting into character onstage, becoming mean and nasty then coming off the stage and helping the other children." Carrera said. Chloe Harris from Midlothian portrays Mrs. Pugh. The first time onstage has opened up a whole new world for her. "Annie has been such a blessing," …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The legendary bluesman and Orland Park resident was recently recognized for his immense, and continued, influence and contribution to American music throughout his lifetime. Catch the broadcast Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Update The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, which include acknowledgement of bluesman Buddy Guy, will be broadcast 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 on CBS. Original Post Buddy Guy didn’t have running water or electricity while growing up in rural Louisiana. The 76-year-old first played a guitar around age 14. He used to try making guitar strings out of screen wire, but the flimsy strands would break when he pressed his fingers on them. “But I had to figure it out for myself, man,” Guy said, in an Aol interview, about his desire to play blues. “The first thing I ever figured out was John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boogie Chillen.’ Wore the needle out on it. Took a straw and put in my teeth and put it down on the record. It would skip but I could still hear that …
Friday, December 21, 2012
A step-by-step guide on how to make your own elegant additions to the Christmas tree, and avoid expensive manufactured ornaments.
This past holiday season, I set out to look for new decorations for my Christmas tree. My living room was newly decorated with items from Thailand, accented with warm blues, greens, and browns. I hoped to find ornaments that would compliment the color additions to my home. Unfortunately, most of the holiday decorations were bright green, red, and white, and none of them matched my decor. I eventually discovered a glass ornament stand on the upper-level of the mall filled with a spectrum of swirling tones in warm rich colors. I selected a few that I loved the most and checked the price tags - $35 each! Disappointed but not defeated, I sought out a less expensive way to decorate my tree and still keep a sophisticated look. Using a little bit…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Before the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, there was 'An Unexpected Journey.' Find area showtimes and ticket information for "The Hobbit", which premieres at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14.
Before Frodo and Samwise traveled to Mount Doom to destroy the one ring to rule them all, there was Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected journey. This year, director Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew that brought J.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy to life, returns to Middle Earth to bring, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' to the big screen in the first part of a new trilogy centering on Bilbo Baggins, a group of dwarves, their trip to The Lonely Mountain and their quest to retrieve the dwarves' treasure from the fire-breathing dragon, Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journal, official trailer Screenings for, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at theaters across the nation. Check out …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The all-female teen rockers trained by the Orland Hills' House of Music are making their debut at the Hub in New Lenox 7 p.m. Saturday. See them on their way to fame.
Sugar Rush will be performing for the first time at the Hub in New Lenox at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Check them out before they end up on 'The Voice' or 'American Idol,' and impress people by saying you knew them when. WATCH: Sugar Rush performed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" in our video feature about House of Music. The Hub is located at 1303 S. Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox. Sign up for Orland Park Patch breaking news alerts. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for New Lenox Patch breaking news alerts. Like New Lenox Patch on Facebook.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A tweet from the show's official account tells viewers to stop by Best Buy in Orland Park at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving. But why is still a mystery.
The message appeared on Twitter at around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, sent from @TheEllenShow, the official account for Ellen DeGeneres' talk show: If you're around Tinley Park, Orland Park or Oak Lawn in IL, you wanna follow my tweets for a really cool#BlackFriday event! Fifteen minutes later, the post had been retweeted by hundreds of fans of DeGeneres and her show (as well as people just interested in local celebrity sightings). Some simply repeated the message, others expressed their excitement that The Ellen Show had mentioned their hometown. A few people, however, asked the big question: What does it mean? Is The Ellen Show really coming to Tinley Park, Orland Park or Oak Lawn? If so, where will it be broadcasting from? Will Ellen …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week—and you might be surprised by who the most vocal challengers of books are. Also, displays will be held at the Orland Park Public Library and Half Price Books.
The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children—and adults. Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of Sept. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is. The Orland Park Public Library will be holding a display of several banned books held by the library in the front lobby throughout the week. Library Director Mary Weimar will be chained to a part of the display, wearing a prison uniform, on Monday. "This is a good time to remind …