Patriotic music can be a personal effort
Updated: May 28, 2012 8:42AM
Here’s Judy’s pick of coming community activities in the Glenview area, spiced with a little commentary.
Yankee Doodle Judy. The community is invited to the following free program hosted by Covenant Village of Northbrook, at 2625 Techny Road. The Field School Singers, directed by Joani Heavey, will present a program of patriotic music at 10 a.m. April 27. To reserve a place, call (847) 412-7016.
I have written the lyrics for my own patriotic song. I love it, although I possibly let my emotions rule towards the end. Here it is: “Yippee for America; hurrah red, white and blue/ I’ll tell you ‘bout these colors, most of which is true/ Red is for our cherry pie, so festive and so yummy/ White is vanilla ice cream that you scarf down to your tummy/ Blue is for the oceans wide, but they’re not within our lands/ So blue is what you’re feelin’ — one to many one-night stands/ What? You say you hate that; well, I didn’t ask you, chum/ What? Blue is for the blue, blue sky — wow! — that is totally dumb.” The end.
Anton would approve. It’s the last chance for local bands to apply to be part of Rock the Green: Battle of the Northbrook Youth Bands. April 30 is the deadline to enter the third annual competition, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 8 at Village Green Park. Applications are available at www.nbparks.org. For more information call (847) 291-2995.
I love the fantastical names of bands — like Foo Fighters, Coldplay. But how about a more literary approach — a band’s name inspired by the great Russian playwright Anton Chekov — the Chekovian Chiclets — yes! My two sisters and I (as in his play, “The Three Sisters”) bounce out chewing gum, waving tambourines and shouting “Dosvedanya!”, which is the Russian word for “Good-by!”, which is immediately followed by our dashing off stage before being stoned.
Channeling Ms. Davis … The film, “Dark Victory” (104 minutes) will be shown at 1 p.m., and again at 7:30 p.m., May 2 at the Northbrook Public Library. The movie stars Bette Davis, George Brent and Humphrey Bogart. Admission is free. For more information call (847) 272-6224.
“Dark Victory’ is a classic — Bette Davis plays a shallow socialite who, after receiving traumatic news, transforms herself into Oh Noble One. Geraldine Fitzgerald plays her goody-two-shoes girlfriend whom I wanted to smack, but Bette steals the show. You. Will. Love. This. Movie. Hey, that’s just how Bette Davis talks and, yes, I’m the president of her fan club — she’s dead, but sends her regards.
Maybe the Y can teach me flag football, ‘cause I’d love to wave our flag whilst sprinting down the field all by myself … what? That isn’t what flag football is and, besides, these sports are for kids? So — compared to a 80-year-old quarterback, I’m a tot! Besides, I’ll carry a sparkler in my teeth and … oh stop yelling at me; if I were you, I’d ask for my autograph, because I’m gonna be a sensation — but sensations don’t give autographs, so don’t bother.
I rest my case. A new series of classes on the Secrets of a Successful Marriage will begin May 1 at Lubavitch Chabad Northbrook, 2095 Landwehr Road. Regardless of marital status, all are invited to attend the six session course, presented by the Jewish Learning Institute and taught by Rabbi Meir Moscowitz. For times, fees and to register, visit www.ChabadNorthbrook.com/JLI or call (847) 564-8770.
There is one rule for a successful marriage that I agree is essential — never go to bed mad … unless he says to you, “Did you know the Smiths are getting divorced?” when you are the one that told him that five minutes ago and he was looking straight at you when you said it, which goes to show he never really pays attention to you and justifies the slamming of the bedroom door to show him how mad you are and, yes, you’re going to bed.