Heights native exhibits artworks at Moraine Valley ‘Vestiges’ show

  • Written by Kari Nelson

JS pic 1In the print “This Could Really Happen,” Justin Santora explores the conflict between nature and manmade structures, a theme that is common to his work. Submitted photo.

Artwork by Palos Heights native Justin Santora will be on JS pic 2Justin Santora is well known for his prints promoting musical acts, from well-known rockers like Phish (right) to local bands struggling to make a name for themselves. Submitted photo.display from Monday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, March 8, at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
The “Vestiges” exhibit will include about two dozen prints, according to Santora, a 2002 graduate of Stagg High School who later graduated Northeastern Illinois University.
A reception for the exhibit is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Santora will speak at 3 p.m.
Santora’s work “represents a universal struggle: the want to stay young, avoiding the conventions of adulthood with the desire for control over one’s life. It seems in our world these two ideas are often at odds with one another. His work uses themes of construction and disassembly to relate to his pursuit for security and his desire for autonomy.”

‘Echo’ will appeal to kids but not much to adults

  • Written by Jackie Santora

By Tony Pinto

 “Earth to Echo” is a like “E.T.” meets “Goonies” meets “The Blair Witch Project.” It takes certain parts of each movie and combines them to make this film.
  It’s about three friends who live in a Nevada subdivision that is about to be torn down so the state can build a nice new freeway. You get the awkwardly smart kid who probably has OCD played by Reece C. Harting, the emo kid played by Teo Halm, and the kid who wants to be popular who you’ll hear about later. The three friends all have their own personalities that don’t really match, but somehow they’re best friends.
  The premise is they want to have one more good night together before they all move their separate ways. They choose to follow this mysterious map that just kind of appears on their electronic devices.
  Somehow that leads them to an alien and then they decide to help it get home. You could be told more but that would just ruin the childlike wonder the film tries to bring or you could just watch “E.T.” and that will pretty much ruin this movie, too.
  The way it’s shot is reminiscent of “The Blair Witch Project.” The one character Tuck, played by Brian “Astro” Bradley, is the filmmaker and ringleader of the bunch who films everything. For the most part, one of the characters is supposedly filming at all times. There are spots whether by design or accident when they are all on screen together and you wonder who’s filming.
  The film being shot that way is a big aspect of the movie. It might turn some people off and it leads to some spots where you don’t really see what’s going on.
  We’re supposed to believe that a year after this happened they all got together, took the footage they shot of their final night and edited it to make this movie.
  It’s a family friendly movie that’s meant to appeal to kids, and it does that. It’s under 90 minutes which is a big selling point for the movie because if it was any longer it would just be unnecessary time.
  All you really need to know is that it’s an uninspiring film. It’s poorly shot. It has so much wrong with it but it can get away with most of it because it’s a kids’ movie.
  You need to take the movie at what it is. It wants to be the next “E.T.” but it’s not. If you compare it to “E.T.” you will be disappointed, but if you look at it by itself you’ll see a decent kid’s movie.
  The whole movie is an homage to “E.T.” - with the evil government that can’t be trusted, the constant use of phones and the girl Emma, played by Ella Wahlestedt, who joins the friends halfway through their adventure.
  As long as kids like it, first-time feature filmmaker Dave Green might have a hit on his hands. With a budget much lower than other recent releases, the sky’s the limit on “Earth to Echo.”

  Tony Pinto’s grade: B for kids and D for adults

broaden your horizons

  • Written by Jackie Santora

This week

Family pottery
wind chimes

  A pottery class for families will be hosted at the Log Cabin Center for the Arts on Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Log Cabin Art Center is at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  Instructor Heather Young invites families with children of any age to make terra cotta wind chimes with impressions of leaves and flowers. After being fired in the kiln, the terra cotta clay will look "flower pot orange." The pieces will be ready for pickup a week after the class.
The class fee is $8 per person and includes all supplies and the firing. Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.


  The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, will offer a papercraft workshop on Tuesday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  Ann Fowler will teach students to make greeting cards with a theme of summer water fun such as sand castles, swimming, and boats. The workshop cost of $18 plus a $6 materials fee.
  Registration is required. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

Children’s Farm
preschool registration

  Few fall openings remain for young children who love animals and nature at the Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool at Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
  The preschool is a lively hands-on opportunity for children, ages 3-5, to become creative learners through experiences with the natural world of the woods, fields, farm, and animals that lie directly outside their classroom door. Preschool director Kristin Hale says the adventure-packed program includes creek-walks, hayrides, hikes in the woods, animal care, pony rides, and nature-themed crafts, plus a basic academic curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.
  The preschool is located in the Anderson Activity Center, in separate classrooms for 3-year-old children and for four to five year old children. Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered, either two or three days per week.
  Parents interested in further information should contact preschool director Kristin Hale at 361-8933 or visit

The Bridge Teen
Center programs

• Dream Boards with TRU Teen Magazine — 2 to 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday), The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will team up with TRU Teen Magazine to host a program to help students discover their purpose in life.
• The Essentials of Manhood - 3:30 to 5 p.m. today, program teaches guys how to be a gentleman.
• Charcoal Portraits with Art-A-La-Carte — 4:30 to 6 p.m. today, the Bridge teams with Art-A-La-Carte to hold a program to teach students how to use charcoal as an art medium.
• Game Night with Ruckuss — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 18, Friday Night Live event with a game night, live music from Ruckuss (rock) and food from Noodles & Company.
• Gabe Burdulis — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 19, High School Saturday event with live music from Gabe Burdulis and free food from Meijer.
• BTS: T-Shirt Screen Printing with Midwest Promotional Group — 1:15 to 4:45 p.m. July 22, will teach students how their favorite tees are made.
• Windy City Skyline — 4:30 to 6 p.m. July 22, learn watercolor painting techniques, and then design a printed outline of Chicago’s skyline.
• Culinary: Mystery Dish — 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 23, The Bridge will team up with the Harvest Room to show students how to cook some really delicious dishes.
• Martial Arts with Victory Martial Arts — 4:45 to 6 p.m. July 23, participants will learn how to protect themselves with martial arts. Each week will include short lessons on topics like integrity, perseverance, and confidence.
• Acoustic Guitar — 5 to 6 p.m. July 23, program to teaches students the basic. Guitar.
• BTS: Chicagoland Speedway — 2 to 5 p.m. July 24, trip to the Chicagoland Speedway to get up close and personal with the local race track.
• Soul Café: Turn Your Lows Into Highs — 3 to 5 p.m. July 24, discussion for students to help them face the challenges in their lives.
These free events are for teens in 7th through 12th grade. (532-0500;

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