Carpe Weekend: Out with the new, in with the old
By Jason Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2012 3:58PM
AACT UP!! - Arts Alive! Children's Theater will bring historical figures such as John Adams to life during a performance of "Night at the Wax Museum" on May 18. | AP file photo
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:10AM
The world marches on, and inevitably technologies that once were state-of-the-art get reduced to the role of mere novelties.
Plays once were the one and only way folks could see a fictitious scenario played out in the real world, but now we have television and movies to do that for us in the comfort of our own homes.
Trains used to be the best way to get across miles of open country in a relatively short time, but now, airplanes do it much better and aren’t inhibited by the world’s vast oceans.
And it wasn’t that long ago that music lovers looking for their favorite band’s current album had only the vinyl record as an option.
Now, of course, you could fit an entire record store’s worth of music into a device the size of a pack of chewing gum.
But just because something has been downgraded from cutting-edge doesn’t mean it’s lost the magic it once had.
There’s nothing quite like the intimacy of a live play, the clickity-clack of a train speeding westward on steel rails, or the crisp crackle of a needle finding and catching the grooves on a vinyl record.
As long as we continue to love these things, they’ll never really go away, no matter what new inventions come along.
AACT UP!! — Arts Alive! Children’s Theater will perform the plays “Night at the Wax Museum” at 6 p.m. and “Anon(ymous)” at 8:30 p.m. May 18 at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave.
In the comedy “Night at the Wax Museum,” historical figures such as Cleopatra, John Adams, Blackbeard and Lizzie Borden come to life in a wax museum one night.
In “Anon(ymous),” a young refugee who is separated from his mother journeys through the United States in an adaptation of Homer’s “Odyssey.”
Tickets for each show are $6 and are available at the door or in advance at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center. The shows feature actors from ages 7 to 17.
Information: (708) 342-4200, tinleyparkdistrict.org.
Raiders of the lost vinyl
Channel your inner Indiana Jones and go on an archeological adventure for priceless music artifacts during the Alsip Record Collectors Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Alsip, 5000 W. 127th St., Alsip.
The show will feature thousands of albums and 45s for sale.
Whether you’re into rock, jazz, blues, country or metal, you’re bound to find something worthwhile by perusing the show’s 40 vendor tables.
The cost is $3 for general admission and free for ages 12 and younger.
Information: (773) 585-6254.
You’ve got rail
Check out Homewood Railroad Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Homewood Municipal Center, 2020 Chestnut Road.
The free train show will feature historical societies, antiques, memorabilia, model train layouts and railroad-related vendors.
Canadian National Railway will have several pieces of prototype equipment on display along Harwood Avenue adjacent to the municipal complex.
CNR also will provide rides for children on its safety train, Little Obie.
Information: Dan Gunderson, (708) 957-7944 or email@example.com.