Archive for the ‘Interviews & Profiles’ Category

An American in Paris:
 A Profile of Photographer Jeanne Hilary

Jeanne Hilary

PARIS 1995 — Before she served supper one night earlier this year, photographer Jeanne Hilary constructed the table on which it would be served: a sawhorse and plywood affair, covered with a cotton dropcloth that descended all the way to the floor. In the center she placed a precarious platform made of an iron pipe [...]

My Interview with Musician, Teacher Rudy Render 1929-2014

Earlier this year, as a friend of his family, I had the opportunity to meet musician and teacher Rudy Render, who died September 11, 2014, in West Hollywood, California, at the age of 85. I wanted to meet the man whose career in show business included a stint as musical director for film legend Debbie [...]

Polish Film Festival Begins with a Masterful Wałęsa Biopic


The formal opening of the 25th Polish Film Festival in America at the Muvico theater in Rosemont, Illinois, November 9, played to a packed house. Dignitaries, filmmakers, and sponsors from Chicagoland’s Polish community and from Poland lent an air of glamour to opening night, as movie fans eagerly awaited the screening of legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s Wałęsa. Man of [...]

Recommended Reading: Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby’s Quiet Hero is one of the best books I’ve read all year. Not because it is some great literary achievement, nor because it makes some profound philosophical point , but because it is a personal and eminently readable account of the experiences of one man—her father—as he endured the horrors of World War [...]

Backstage with Basia

“It’s changed over the years,” said Basia Trzetrzelewska when I asked her what she had observed about public perception of Poland during her 30 years of travel as an international singing sensation who tried her wings in Chicago in the early 1980s. ”I remember the interviews at the beginning; people would talk to me like somebody [...]