Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Seeing "Life Itself" for the second time, at the Art Theater Co-op last week, I teared up several times. I'm sure others did too. And when Chaz Ebert speaks about her husband's last days I could have heard the proverbial pin drop. My mother, who is facing her own challenges, found "Life Itself" inspirational and Chaz intelligent and sincere . It will be shown various times this week at the Art and July 28-Aug. 1 at the Virginia.

A tip of my summer hat to director Timothy O'Neal and actors Coy Wentworth, Max Tomaszewski and Lincoln Machula for their energetic, focused and convincing acting in Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" at the Station. Not to mention their physicality. Did they have a professional fight/movement choreographer help? Whatever, the performances were among the best I've seen over the years on a local stage. The play closed Saturday.

Heard one of my fave bands Monday night at The Iron Post: Dorothy Martirano's Almost A, with Doro on violin, Ricardo Flores on percussion, George Turner on a Django-style guitar and Chris Beyt on guitar. They played Gypsy jazz, a few jazz tunes, Astor Piazzolla and other tango music. Turner, a Western Illinois University guitar prof, did a classical tune as well. I love them all and really dig Flores' Latin-flavored beats.

Topics (4):Film, Music, People, Theater

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