Category: Arts & Culture

Proviso West Grad Reaches for Media Moguldom

Monday, November 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Maurice Robinson in the Chicago radio studio where he produces his weekly show, Alternative Thought. | Alexa Rogals/Wednesday Journal

When Maurice Robinson, a graduate of Proviso West High School, attended his 10-year class reunion a few years ago, he said he was approached by classmates who still remember a blowout fashion show he put on as an 18-year-old entrepreneur and jack-of-all trades. The show was something of a prelude to Robinson’s latest act as the host of his own radio show and aspiring media mogul.

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You Can See an Original Painting By Obama’s Portraitist Right Up the Road

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“Easter Realness #2” by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently selected to paint Barack Obama’s Smithsonian portrait, hangs inside of the Oak Park Public Library. | Courtesy Oak Park Public Library

A government’s purchase of artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in extravagance and waste. Consider the Oak Park Public Library’s 2004 purchase of a painting called “Easter Realness #2,” by the then-relatively unknown African American artist Kehinde Wiley for $16,000, according to a recent Wednesday Journal article.

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Triton Prof’s Film on Girls in STEM Makes TV Premiere

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Risé Sanders Weir, whose film recently premiered on WTTW. | Photos submitted 

When Oak Park filmmaker Risé Sanders Weir started working on a documentary exploring some of the social obstacles keeping young women from going into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at a similar rate to men, it was 2012 — a different world in terms of gender politics.

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Proviso East Student Performs Poetry On Stage Before ‘Hamilton’ Production

Saturday, October 21, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The cast of the popular play, “Hamilton.” | hamiltonbroadway.com 

Anahi Soto, a 16-year-old junior at Proviso East High School, was recently selected to perform onstage at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago, moments before it was overtaken by the cast of the popular musical “Hamilton.”

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Maywood Native John Prine Says His Upbringing Here Played Out in His Songs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Maywood native and famous songwriter John Prine. | Wikipedia

A recent article published in the Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky’s main newspaper, captured Maywood native John Prine talking about how his upbringing in the village influenced his famous songs.

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Proviso Idol Open Auditions Set for Sept. 23 in Melrose Park

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Auditions for Proviso Idol 2017 have been announced. They’ll take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m., at Bulger Park, 1601 Hirsch St. in Melrose Park. More info in the flyer below:

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A Giant Sculpture, Made in Maywood, Fits Well in Grant Park

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews|| Photos: Alexa Rogals/Wednesday Journal

A 15-foot wooden sculpture that was built in Maywood last year by contemporary artist Tashi Norbu has now become part of the fabric of Chicago’s Grant Park.

The sculpture, called “Urban Buddha,” was built from reclaimed Brazilian wood on the grounds of Re-Use Depot, 50 Madison St. in Maywood.

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