News from Oakton: July 17, 2012


Enjoy the Sounds of Summer at Oakton
Enjoy the sounds of summer at two concerts scheduled in July.

  • Jazz Band Concert
    Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m.
    $5 general admission, $3 students and seniors.
    Chill out with some cool tunes by the award-winning Oakton Jazz Band under the direction of Robert Evans.
  • Guitar Concert
    Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m.
    Free admission
    Join Oakton’s Guitar Ensemble for an evening of virtuoso quartets and duets under the direction of Tom Clippert, member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of the Yale University School of Music.

Both concerts will be held at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. For tickets, call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900. 


Renowned Ceramic Artist to Present Two-Day Workshop at Oakton
Award-winning ceramic artist Antoinette Badenhorst will present a free, two-day workshop at Oakton July 23 – 24.   

Badenhorst will demonstrate ceramics techniques and discuss the history and characteristic of porcelain each day from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Room 1100. Artists of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Badenhorst’s ceramics can be found across the country in places such as the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. She also has mounted exhibitions in Portugal and Japan. Born in South Africa, Badenhorst lives in Chicago. 

“Antoinette has more than three decades of pottery experience and is the leading artist in the field of translucent porcelain,” said Lou Pierozzi, adjunct art instructor. “Her ceramics is simultaneously elegant and organic. People can stop by anytime during her visit and check out her amazing work.”


‘Play On’ Features Rising Stars of the Stage
View rising local talent at Play On, the only community college playwright festival in the state, July 24 – 26, at Oakton Community College.

One-act plays are directed, written, and performed by community college students throughout the Land of Lincoln.  The selections of 10-minute plays at the fourth annual festival include:

  • Americana by Irmelin Dahl (Oakton). Cultures collide in this thoughtful play that explores what it means to be American.
  • Deal with the Devil by Jamie Martinez (Oakton). Intrigue and danger are woven into this eloquent criminal drama that investigates ethics and regret.
  • My Mom Is a Superhero by Tracy Loland Knotek (Oakton). This surrealistic, charming play celebrates love and the best kind of loss – weight loss
  • What Did I Get Myself Into by Scott Peter Fergus (Oakton). As a couple enters a new phase in their relationship, they can't help but ask: what did I get myself into? 
  • Larry Broke the Window by Angel Hamilton (Oakton). Filled with fun and dysfunction, this play reminds us of how funny – and frustrating – large families can be.
  • Cellmate by Arif Choudhury (Morton College). Trust, justice, and hope infuse this play about a prisoner desperately trying to find a glimmer of light in a world of darkness.
  • Monologue of a Desperate Child by Ana Elizarraga (College of Lake County). The child in this poignant monologue exposes humanity’s fear and courage, showing us that strength can come from unexpected places.

All seven plays will be performed nightly at 8 p.m., at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Tickets are $10 for general admission – to purchase call 847.635.1900.


Explore a Career in Radiologic Technology
Interested in a career as a radiologic technologist? Then you won’t want to miss a free information session at Oakton on Wednesday, August 1.

This seminar, which showcases the College’s degree and certificate programs in this health career program, is scheduled at 2 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue Road (Room A151). Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment for radiologic technologists is expected to increase by approximately 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Interested in nursing? Then mark your calendar for an upcoming information session at Oakton’s Skokie campus on Thursday, August 2, at 3 p.m. (Room A145/152).

To reserve your place in a session, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Eyewitness: Works by Morris Topchevsky Comes to Oakton
View the work of Chicago artist and social crusader Morris Topchevsky (1899-1947) at an exhibition that runs August 2 – September 21, at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art.

The collection is a true treasure trove – one that almost didn’t come to light. In 2001, Nathan Harpaz, curator of Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, was visiting the Skokie residence of Topchevsky’s late brother Alex Topp, a painter. His widow invited Harpaz to explore Topp’s studio – untouched since he had passed away. Harpaz discovered a gold mine of sorts. High up near the ceiling, he found dozens of paintings by Topp’s brother, Morris.

Topchevsky’s work provides striking examples of his artistic activism. As a young immigrant on the city’s Near West Side, Topchevsky became sensitized to the plight of the poor. Inspired by social reformer Jane Addams, Topchevsky served as a resident art instructor at Addams’ Hull-House settlement and in later years at the Abraham Lincoln Center on Chicago’s South Side. Besides the disenfranchised, his work also featured idyllic images of Mexico’s and New Mexico’s indigenous culture and physical landscape.

Eyewitness: Works by Morris Topchevsky presents this politically radical artist’s diverse survey of work, illuminating his creative responses to varied geographic and sociopolitical environments during the first half of the 20th century.

On opening night attend a public reception with refreshments from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, is currently operating under its summer hours and is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.