My new poem, “Mountain Beauty” (<– here) was just published on elephant journal, a wonderful online forum I love. May it be of benefit. Women, how do you feel, embrace, or define beauty as you age? Men-folk, what about you? Please post your answers on elephant journal. Thanks, salamat!
‘Tis the season of giving. My friends and I in the Oak Park Arts District are organizing a Donation Drive for the Philippines through December 30th. Please consider donating canned goods, tee shirts, first aid kits, blankets, or toiletries to the families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Drop boxes are located on and around Harrison […]
Young authors drop in, play with writing prompts and story games. Light refreshments. This Saturday, November 16th. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ages: 7-15. $10.00 At 321B Harrison in the Oak Park Arts District. Join the Holiday Lights fun.
Last year, my students came up with their own spells and potions and even performed them at the end. The power of imagination is wonderfully fun. Have an enchanted Halloween! Two October workshops this year. Twice the fun & more dates. Wand-waving & Magical Writing: Spells Workshop (10/19 morning or 10/20 afternoon) and Eye of […]
Worked for many years at Flying Fish Folk Records. We had a record distributor who would show up in an old pickup and load up the milk crates with LPs. He was always talking about Val’s Halla in Oak Park. When I finally moved here, 15 years later, there it was — still […]
It started out innocently enough… Beach Boys 8-track tapes and 45s from Ben Franklins, but it wasn’t long before I wanted to concentrate on the great format of 331/3 rpm records. Ben Franklins had it’s charms, but not the focus of a real, independent record store. My Freshman year of High School was […]
I don’t have any long history with Val, but I am happy to add my admiration and congratulations, too! Just a few months ago, actually, I was in there asking her about some particular dance rhythm. How can some novice like me today understand the popular dance rhythms of the early rock-n-roll era… She told […]
Val’s Halla is the spiritual home for this unrepentant vinyl junkie. Personal highlights from the last year include finding old favorites by the Del Fuegos, Kinks and Thomas Dolby, which were subsequently signed by the artists. The covers are framed and hanging on my wall, while the discs spin on my turntable. Val and Shane have […]
Let’s show Val Camilletti how much her family’s business has meant to our community of music aficionados. Did you hang out at Val’s after school? Launch your band from the Val’s halla stage? What awesome music were you introduced to? Did it change your life? Please be specific. Send me a paragraph of your memories […]
Getting a late start today – it was good to sleep in a little. So many distractions. The sun is out and the fall earth smells good. The cafe is noisy and filled with crying kids. My dog needs walking. I’m buzzing with static. LOL. This is just how it is sometimes. Some days for […]