Articles by Barbara Keer

TRACIE HOTCHNER'S DOG FILM FESTIVAL Preview – Coming to a city near you

TRACIE HOTCHNER'S  DOG FILM FESTIVAL Preview – Coming to a city near you The Dog Film Festival Is Coming To Your City. Read on and find the dates

NORTHWESTERN’S ARTS CIRCLE CELEBRATION Preview – An Amazing Day with something for everyone

NORTHWESTERN’S ARTS CIRCLE CELEBRATION Preview – An Amazing Day with something for everyone On June 4, events mark a daylong celebration of Northwestern’s Arts Circle -- on the southeast portion of the Evanston campus, welcoming patrons, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community to world-class exhibitions and performances

Visiting a Hidden Treasure - An Accessible Design in a Magical Garden

Visiting a Hidden Treasure  - An Accessible Design in a Magical Garden Members of The North Shore Garden Club recently had an opportunity to explore a secret garden

Re-enacting the 1896 Horseless Carriage Exhibition Review - 120 years on

Re-enacting the 1896 Horseless Carriage Exhibition  Review - 120 years on On Monday 29th November 1897, competitors drove from London to Sheen Park in Richmond - this year. On Saturday, we were honoured with a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, an enthusiastic patron of many historic motoring clubs

Lincoln Park Zoo Photography Contest - You Can Be a Winner

Lincoln Park Zoo Photography Contest - You Can Be a Winner As part of its commitment to preserving urban wildlife, Lincoln Park Zoo has launched “Nature in Focus: Photography at Lincoln Park Zoo,” a photo contest that will culminate in a two-month, on-grounds exhibition of the top winners’ submissions

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Review – Powerful and Relevant after Fifty Years

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Review – Powerful and Relevant after Fifty Years My husband and I took advantage of the opportunity to see Lorraine Hansberry’s rarely performed, last play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the Goodman Theatre. It was an unforgettable experience

The Silk Thumb Review - Silk Flowers for all Occasions

The Silk Thumb Review - Silk Flowers for all Occasions I love flowers, real, live, growing flowers. However, I have learned that silk flowers from The Silk Thumb work magic

“Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” Review - Delicious

“Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” Review - Delicious “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” was such an intriguing title, my husband and I were immediately drawn to Writers Theatre to see what this was all about

Mother’s Day Roundup for 2016 - So Many Choices

Mother’s Day Roundup for 2016 - So Many Choices With Mother’s Day upon us on May 8th, it’s the perfect time to think about something unusual, something that Mom can experience and remember. Check out all the possible opportunitiies

Visions Window Coverings Review - Skilled, Efficient and Reasonable

Visions Window Coverings Review - Skilled, Efficient and Reasonable Michael Luna from Visions Window Coverings came to my rescue with the perfect window treatment which he installed quickly, beautifully and reasonably

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Review - Returning to Chicago and Still Going Strong

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Review - Returning to Chicago and Still Going Strong "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" has returned to Chicago. Don't miss it at the Royal George Theatre

Mary Page Marlowe Review – Tracy Letts Triumphs Again

Mary Page Marlowe Review – Tracy Letts Triumphs Again The opening of a new play by Tracy Letts is always a moment of heightened interest my husband and me and "Mary Page Marlowe" currently at Steppenwolf Theatre does not disappoint

Max and Benny’s Deli-Bakery-Restaurant Review – Celebrating Thirty Successful Years

Max and Benny’s Deli-Bakery-Restaurant Review – Celebrating Thirty Successful Years Max and Benny’s, the popular deli named for the owners two sons, opened its doors in 1985. Now, its founders, Lester Schlan and his wife Rhea, are proudly celebrating 30 years of success

A Lawn of Clover - Today’s Approach to an Eco-Smart Lawn

A Lawn of Clover - Today’s Approach to an Eco-Smart Lawn A full or partial clover lawn will not only save money on your water bill, you’ll spend less on lawn care, too. Miniclover is fast and easy to grow, requires much less mowing and fertilization, and less investment in maintenance

Purple Sprout Café Review – Wonderful, Accessible Vegan Food

Purple Sprout Café Review – Wonderful, Accessible Vegan Food In opening Purple Sprout Café, the owners wanted a restaurant that was casual and accessible, where their food would be reasonable in price and where their patrons would become a community that appreciated this healthy approach to food

The Blue Train Review - A Capetown to Johannesburg Dream

The Blue Train Review - A Capetown to Johannesburg Dream We have just crossed South Africa by rail on the Blue Train, a childhood dream of mine. Words that epitomize 1920's travel - adventure, luxury and style come to mind

"Eye in the Sky" Review - Complex and Often Surprising

"Eye in the Sky" Review - Complex and Often Surprising The story of "Eye in the Sky" is complex and often surprising, and the pacing and tension continue to escalate

Field Museum Study - Important Insight into The Evolution of Different Malaria Species

 Field Museum Study - Important Insight into The Evolution of Different Malaria Species A Field Museum study published in "Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution" reveals a new take on the evolution of different malaria species and contributes to the ongoing search for the origins of malaria in humans

Going Green Matters 2016 – Year 10 is the Best Yet!

Going Green Matters 2016 – Year 10 is the Best Yet! Going Green Matters 2016 was a terrific success. The 10th year was the best one yet

Vegetables are Nature’s Original Nutritional Powerhouses – You Can Grow Them

Vegetables are Nature’s Original Nutritional Powerhouses – You Can Grow Them You may have heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses but, in fact, vegetables are and you can grow them

London and Twitter - A Social Media Contest

London and Twitter - A Social Media Contest London Eye is the capital’s most tweeted attraction and London is the most talked about travel destination on Twitter

CornerStone Home Design Review – Careful, Competent, and Creative

CornerStone Home Design Review – Careful, Competent, and Creative It was my lucky day when my friend Kristy accompanied me to Cornerstone Home Design on my search for two precut quartz slabs to be used for bathroom counter tops

Hofsas House Hotel Review – Celebrating Carmel-by-the-Sea, California at 100

Hofsas House Hotel Review – Celebrating Carmel-by-the-Sea, California at 100 Carmel-by-the-Sea is 100 years old and the perfect place to celebrate is Hofsas House Hotel, a place from which to can walk to everything in town, enjoy lovely views, and individually appointed rooms

Rams, A War, and The Club Review - Three Great Foreign Films

Rams, A War, and The Club Review - Three Great Foreign Films I have seen three tremendous films last month, only one of which will be playing by the time you read this..Netflix?

Green Home Solutions of South Bay Review - A Refreshing Experience with Mold

Green Home Solutions of South Bay Review - A Refreshing Experience with Mold If you ever need help in dealing with a mold problem, you will be pleased to know about Eitan Harod at Green Home Solutions of South Bay

Terracotta Warriors Return to Chicago after Thirty Years

Terracotta Warriors Return to Chicago after Thirty Years China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, opening March 4, 2016. This Exhibition Marks Warriors Return to Chicago First Time in 30 Years

China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, opening March 4, 2016

China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, opening March 4, 2016 China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, opening March 4, 2016, marks the warriors return to Chicago for the first time in 30 years

Short Documentaries Review - Awesome Determination

Short Documentaries Review - Awesome Determination Short documentaries often show the talent that it takes to tell a story, develop a character, and resolve the action in 10 or 15 minutes, a challenge to do well. You can see the bundled version of several Academy award nominees

The Peninsula Symphony with Taylor Eigsti Review - Another Great January Concert

The Peninsula Symphony with Taylor Eigsti Review - Another Great January Concert Peninsula Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Mitchell Sardou Klein explains that, “ Each time Taylor works with us to plan and perform an entire evening of symphonic/pianistic jazz it proves to be a fascinating process"

"The Nether" Review – Jump Right In

"The Nether" Review – Jump Right In Come and find out if a virtual world is more seductive than the one you are living in-in the future. See "The Nether" at The San Francisco Playhouse soon

February - A Month of Free Admission to the Field Museum

February - A Month of Free Admission to the Field Museum The Field Museum will once again host “Free February,” which will grant free basic admission to all Illinois residents throughout the month of February - see details

Ten Plus Things to Do for Valentine's Day

Ten Plus Things to Do for Valentine's Day Whether you’re looking to dine at the nation’s most romantic restaurant, attend a spectacular Valentine’s Day performance, or enjoy a one-night-stay at one of Chicago’s most luxurious hotels, find a sweet treat or more, read on

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - Stories That Inspire

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - Stories That Inspire In 2008, the UN General Assembly marked January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II

Nielsen-Massey Products – Helps Healthy Eating “Blossom” in 2016

 Nielsen-Massey Products – Helps Healthy Eating “Blossom” in 2016 Here are some suggestions that may help Splash Magazine Worldwide readers reach goals to "shape-up" this year

Censored Voices Review - An Enormously Powerful Film

Censored Voices Review - An Enormously Powerful Film "Censured Voices" is a powerful and disturbing film about the behavior of men in war

Fifty Nine Films (2015) - Worthwhile Watching

Fifty Nine Films (2015) - Worthwhile Watching Looking for a film to rent? Here is a list that can keep you watching and watching

A Bitter Pill Review - A Melancholy Tale, Yet Easy to Swallow

A Bitter Pill Review - A Melancholy Tale, Yet Easy to Swallow A full and appreciative house witnessed the world premiere of a polemical play from GAYLE DAMIANO WAXENBERG, " A BITTER PILL", part of the Venus/Adonis Festival. See it if you can

Austin, Texas Review – One Day to See and Do

Austin, Texas Review – One Day to See and Do Many people I talk to these days tell me that Austin, Texas is wonderful– from my daughter to my doctor. Intrigued, my husband and I decided to go from an event in Houston to Austin, check it out, and have dinner with long time friends

Help Find This Lost Dog

Help Find This Lost Dog Nik Glaser requested that L.A. Splash Magazine help him to find his service dog. We hope this posting helps to unite Nik and his dog, Kramer

New Year’s - Celebrate the New Year With/In The Best City In The World and Nearby

New Year’s - Celebrate the New Year With/In The Best City In The World and Nearby The New Year, 2016, is rapidly approaching. As we wish one another a good, healthy, happy year, we enjoy sending out the old and bringing in the new. Have a wonderful New Year

"Carol" Review - The Film to Beat This Year

"Carol" Review - The Film to Beat This Year I loved this film and intend to see it again. My guess is that Carol is the film to beat this year

Holiday Suggestions – Many Places and Activities

Holiday Suggestions –  Many Places and Activities   Suggestion of things to do during the holidays-also check the Chicago Splash Magazine Calendar and Gift Guides

CSO Chamber at the AIC Review - Light and Dark in Paintings and in Music

CSO Chamber at the AIC Review - Light and Dark in Paintings and in Music Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful venue for chamber music, and it was the perfect place in which to hear the Oberon Ensemble

Conversation About Chicago Documentaries and Disability Review - An American Disabilities Act at 25 Event

Conversation About Chicago Documentaries and Disability Review - An American Disabilities Act at 25 Event I was curious about a program showing clips of four films to honor the American Disabilities Act (ADA) at 25 held at Access Living

Brooklyn (the movie) Review – An Old Fashioned Classic but Better

Brooklyn (the movie) Review – An Old Fashioned Classic but Better I loved "Brooklyn" and could not help but think about the immigrant experience in America, then and now

The GREEKS: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great Review – A Rare and Historic Opportunity

The GREEKS: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great Review – A Rare and Historic Opportunity The Greeks currently at the Field Museum through April 10, 2016 provides a broad spectrum for visitors

Bella + Sophia Clothing Review - Brands That Give

Bella + Sophia Clothing Review - Brands That Give People tend to think that fashion can’t change the world. Yet, a quote by Anne Klein takes this idea and turns it upside down. See what Bella+Sophia Clothing is poised to do

Happy Thanksgiving to All - Some Recipes to Review

Happy Thanksgiving to All - Some Recipes to Review Open and you will find a variety of recipes to enhance your meal. Wishing one and all an enjoyable Thanksgiving. We at Splash Magazines Worldwide are grateful for you, our readers

"Spotlight" Review - Real, Accurate and Thoughtful

"Spotlight" Review - Real, Accurate and Thoughtful "Spotlight" is a very well done film about the reporting process, powerful and thoughtful

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Orchestra Hall Review – A French Connection

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Orchestra Hall Review – A French Connection The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta performing at Symphony Center in Chicago was an opportunity not to be missed

Chicago commemorates four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death, Preview - Amazing Variety

Chicago commemorates four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death, Preview - Amazing Variety As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Chicago's yearlong international festival in 2016 brings together our city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage

Center for Neighborhood Technology Review - Helping Chicago Communities

Center for Neighborhood Technology Review - Helping Chicago Communities In cooperation with CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) Chicago Splash Magazines will be sharing information on environmental concerns that we believe can be helpful to our readers

Twyla Tharp at the Auditorium Theatre Review – The 50th Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp at the Auditorium Theatre Review – The 50th Anniversary Tour The works presented in the Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary tour taking place at the Auditorium Theatre were not a retrospective of earlier works, but completely new works for her troupe of 13 dancers

Denver, Colorado Review - Great for Everyone

Denver, Colorado Review - Great for Everyone When accompanying my husband on business, I found Denver, Colorado a fascinating place to visit

Wozzeck at Chicago Lyric Opera Review – A New, Extremely Powerful Production

Wozzeck at Chicago Lyric Opera Review – A New, Extremely Powerful Production Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in a new production, opened on Sunday, November 1 with five performances through Saturday, November 21. It was last performed 20 years ago so don't miss it

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Review - Riveting

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Review - Riveting The Black Panthers; Vanguard of the Revolution, is a fascinating film, especially if you were living in the Bay Area during the 1960’s and 70’s

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Cinderella” Review – Great Fun and Brilliantly Done

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Cinderella” Review – Great Fun and Brilliantly Done Lyric Opera of Chicago’s current production of Rossini’s “Cinderella” has it all-fantastic music and voices, staging, scenery, costumes and more

Weather on Wheels App - Now Available for iPhone for a Safer Trip

 Weather on Wheels App - Now Available for iPhone for a Safer Trip Before your next road trip, make sure to download the Weather on Wheels app, now available for iPhone and Android devices

Chicago’s Botanic Garden and Michigan’s Meijer Garden Review – Two in One Day and Much More

Chicago’s Botanic Garden and Michigan’s Meijer Garden Review – Two in One Day and Much More   A stop at two gardens (Frederik Meijer) (Chicago Botanic Garden) in two states (Michigan)(Illinois)in one day yielded fascinating sights

Charlie Chaplin's "Magical Courtyard" Review - A Hidden Treasure

Charlie Chaplin's "Magical Courtyard" Review - A Hidden Treasure Built by Charlie Chaplin, an historic, magical property is available for purchase

"Listen to me Marlon" Review - A Different View of Marlon Brando

"Listen to me Marlon" Review - A Different View of Marlon Brando There is so much packed into Listen to Me Marlon. Brando appeared in at least 39 roles, some icons of American film. Yet you end up concluding that Brando’s life was a constant but largely unsuccessful struggle for the love and approval of his abusive father

Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax at Ravinia Review – The Perfect Pair

Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax at Ravinia Review – The Perfect Pair I had the opportunity of seeing two amazing performers, Itzhak Perlman, violin and Emanuel Ax, Piano at Ravinia at an after Labor Day concert

Grand Rapids, Michigan Review – A Delightful Surprise

Grand Rapids, Michigan Review – A Delightful Surprise Grand Rapids was a great spot for two couples, one from Detroit and the other from Chicago to come together for rest and recreation

National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary – Humana Encourages Using National Parks to Stay Healthy

National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary – Humana Encourages Using National Parks to Stay Healthy Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary by encouraging people to enjoy America’s national parks as a resource to stay healthy and active

Modern Women at The Chicago Dancing Festival Review – Then and Now

Modern Women at The Chicago Dancing Festival Review – Then and Now The Chicago Dancing Festival is a wonderful gift from the city offered to anyone interested in seeing dance and it is free!

Special Blue Man Group Performance - In Conjunction With Autism Speaks

Special Blue Man Group Performance - In Conjunction With Autism Speaks The critically hailed Blue Man Group and world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, have teamed up to announce a collaborative Blue Man Group performance Sunday, October 4 at 4 p.m

KINKY BOOTS REVIEW - Feeling, Living and Loving the Joy

KINKY BOOTS REVIEW - Feeling, Living and Loving the Joy Kinky Boots, the Tony Award Winning Show inspired by the movie of the same name is a fun sweet musical set in Northampton, England, and tells the story of the Price family’s outdated shoe factory hit by hard times and more

Ravinia’s “Flying Dutchman” Review – A Fond Farewell to James Conlon

Ravinia’s “Flying Dutchman” Review – A Fond Farewell to James Conlon My husband and I were very fortunate to be present when James Conlon, , took the podium for the last time in his role as music director of Ravinia Festival, a position he has held since 2005

Lagunitas Brewery Chicago - A Great Tour and more

Lagunitas Brewery Chicago - A Great Tour and more Chicago Splash Magazine journalists share the Chicago scene-plays, music, dance, restaurants and much more, and now we can add our Lagunitas Brewery Chicago experience

The Shedd Aquarium Gardens Review – An Unexpected and Delightful Surprise

The Shedd Aquarium Gardens Review – An Unexpected and Delightful Surprise Recently, I had the unusual opportunity of joining the North Shore Garden Club on a visit to the gardens at the Shedd Aquarium

"The Look of Silence" Review - Depressing but Brilliant and Riveting

"The Look of Silence" Review - Depressing but Brilliant and Riveting About 10 years ago, a young Texas born (1974) Harvard educated filmmaker, Joshua Oppenheimer, went to Indonesia to assist workers at a rubber plantation in their attempts to unionize-The movie, "The Act of Killing" evolved from this

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review - Insightful, Tender and Sweet

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review - Insightful, Tender and Sweet Gomez-Rejon brings unusual imagination to his film, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" from frantic camera movements at first, to short animated sections

Go Green Wilmette Alternative Yard Tour Review – 2015, The Third Year

Go Green Wilmette Alternative Yard Tour Review – 2015, The Third Year Each year I look forward to attending the Alternative Yard Tour sponsored by Go Green Wilmette. The event, in its third year, is unique and is developing a loyal following of gardeners and local residents

Testament of Youth Review - An Epic Film

Testament of Youth Review - An Epic Film I loved this epic film, "Testament of Youth", which is very traditional in its structure yet with great power

"Amy" Review - A Brilliant, Fascinating Look at a Sad Soul

"Amy" Review - A Brilliant, Fascinating Look at a Sad Soul Amy is profoundly moving and a film that I was glad to have seen

"Thank Dance It’s Friday" Preview – An Energetic End to the Work Week

"Thank Dance It’s Friday" Preview – An Energetic End to the Work Week Thank Dance It’s Friday! is designed to engage a wide range of audiences, making use of Pritzker Park’s unique outdoor location in the Loop. These dancers represent a diverse array of styles—from ballet, contemporary and tap, to Bollywood and more

Join the Club Review – Can These Women Change the World?

Join the Club Review – Can These Women Change the World? "Join the Club" at the Skokie Theatre is a great night out, refreshing and fun, but go soon

A Day in Chongqing, China - Off the Beaten Path

A Day in Chongqing, China - Off the Beaten Path I had the opportunity of accompanying my husband to Chingquing and visiting parts of the city and surrounding areas that I missed on my first visit there (two years ago)

Go City Card Review - Saving Money for Travelers

  Go City Card Review - Saving Money for Travelers Go City Card is a multi-attractions access pass, which offers travelers the opportunity to realize significant savings of up to 55% on attractions, museums, tours and more versus buying their tickets individually at the gate

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Adaptive Dance Preview - Teaching Dance to Students with Parkinson’s and Autism

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Adaptive Dance Preview - Teaching Dance to Students with Parkinson’s and Autism Designed for dance educators, group coordinators, community leaders, care partners, allied health professionals, and teachers of yoga, fitness and Pilates, Introduction to Adaptive Dance is a comprehensive overview of techniques, resources, and best practices

“Ride for Hope” Preview – Raising Money for NOCC as an Outside Event

“Ride for Hope” Preview – Raising Money for NOCC as an Outside Event Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Juli Scully, a woman with a mission. She is determined to raise the most money ever for the Illinois Chapter of National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) as an outside event

Mr. Ballpoint Review – A Novel Based on a Strange, True Story

Mr. Ballpoint Review – A Novel Based on a Strange, True Story It may be that because I remember the time described in Gerald Everett Jones’s novel Mr. Ballpoint when ballpoint pens were a status symbol, that I found the story charming and fun, if wacky

Light Opera Works’ ”The Fantasticks” Review – A Fantastic Production

Light Opera Works’ ”The Fantasticks” Review – A Fantastic Production Anyone who has the opportunity to see Light Opera Works production of "The Fantastiks" at Evanston's Cahn Auditorium, is fortunate, indeed. Hurry! It closes on June 14th, 2015

Stick Fly at Windy City Playhouse Review – Outstanding!

Stick Fly at Windy City Playhouse Review – Outstanding! "Stick Fly" was among the best plays I have ever seen, powerful, thoughtful, deep and funny. Who could ask for more?

Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival 2015, Offlines Review - An Evening to Remember

Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival 2015, Offlines Review - An Evening to Remember The Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival 2015, "Offlines" concert held at the Skylight at Heartwood Center in Evanston was an a unique and memorable evening

"About Elly" Review - A Powerful Iranian Film

"About Elly" Review - A Powerful Iranian Film Asghar Farhadi is a very accomplished Iranian director and screenwriter whose last three films have been highly praised, with many awards. His newest release is "About Elly"

SIRE’S CROWN EYEWEAR REVIEW- AMERICA’S PREMIERE WOODEN ECO EYEWEAR

SIRE’S CROWN EYEWEAR REVIEW- AMERICA’S PREMIERE WOODEN ECO EYEWEAR Sire’s Crown produces wonderful eyeglass frames that are custom and one of a kind eco-friendly eyeglass frames, smack in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles

Growing Tomatoes - The More You Know the Better You’ll Grow

Growing Tomatoes - The More You Know the Better You’ll Grow Here are tips for that wonderful summer activity - growing tomatoes

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter's 18th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer - Caring, Sharing, Remembering

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter's 18th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer - Caring, Sharing, Remembering May 2, 2015 was the fourth time that I participated in the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter's Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo Sculpture Show Review - First-Ever and Wonderful

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo Sculpture Show Review - First-Ever and Wonderful I had the delight of seeing Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, and it was a wonderful experience-not to be missed

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg at the Auditorium Theatre Review - Spectacular

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg at the Auditorium Theatre Review - Spectacular I was thrilled that I had that opportunity as they brought their American premiere of “Up & Down” to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Theater Wit’s “Bad Jews” Review – A Good Play

Theater Wit’s “Bad Jews” Review – A Good Play What is a “bad Jew”? Curious, my husband and I went to Theater Wit at 1229 W. Belmont Ave to find out

Cedric Tiberghien Makes Symphony Center Debut Review - Begins Piano Series for Reveries and Passions Festival

Cedric Tiberghien Makes Symphony Center Debut Review - Begins Piano Series for Reveries and Passions Festival My husband and I had the delight of attending the first performance of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “French Reveries and Passions Festival”, which takes place at Symphony Center through May 24th

Chicago Latin Fusion Benefit Review - Lots of Fun

Chicago Latin Fusion Benefit Review - Lots of Fun Sarah Stegner, Co-owner and chef of Prairie Grass in Northbrook provided the space for a fundraiser to benefit the Chicago Latin Fusion dance group on April 24th. My friend, Mary Jo McMillin, chef and caterer on the North Shore, and I learned about this event from different sources but decided to attend it together

ShawChicago's Major Barbara Review – A Rare Treat

ShawChicago's Major Barbara Review – A Rare Treat My husband and I chose to see Major Barbara now playing at the Ruth Page Center through May 18th. It was an amazing experience that I strongly recommend

DIY Beauty Recipe - A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

DIY Beauty Recipe - A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment Looking for a great hair treatment? Look no further than this easy "recipe"

Historic CD 503 Horowitz Piano Concert Review – A Night to Remember

Historic CD 503 Horowitz Piano Concert Review – A Night to Remember Minus Vladimir Horowitz and Moscow, the evening at the Music Institute of Chicago's Nichol's Concert Hall was a reenactment of the famed 1986 Horowitz Recital in Moscow

Sounds So Sweet Review – Superb!

Sounds So Sweet Review – Superb! Black Ensemble Theatre presents “Sounds So Sweet”, written and directed by Rueben Echoles, a wonderful story with terrific songs and a great live band

Fifty Shades of Grey Review - Grey -- Not BLACK AND BLUE!

Fifty Shades of Grey Review - Grey -- Not BLACK AND BLUE! I had not intended to see this R-rated film, but Irv wanted to see American Sniper, and I vastly prefer sex to violence. So, for the first time in our own romantic history, Irv and I parted at the theater entrance

Planting Your Garden - Selecting the Right Plants for Your Gardening Space

Planting Your Garden - Selecting the Right Plants for Your Gardening Space Choosing the right plants for your gardening space – pot or plot – is your best bet for great success

City Style House Tour 2015 Preview - Peek at Contemporary Luxe Living

City Style House Tour 2015 Preview - Peek at Contemporary Luxe Living If you have ever been intrigued with the idea of modernizing an older dwelling, here is the chance to see five luxurious residences

Chicago’s Mother’s Day 2015 – Some Great Ideas

Chicago’s Mother’s Day 2015 – Some Great Ideas Wondering what to do on Mother's Day? Here are some great ideas

Xu Xin, Ph.D., the Diane and Guilford Glazer Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at Nanjing University in China - Remarkable

Xu Xin, Ph.D., the Diane and Guilford Glazer Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at Nanjing University in China - Remarkable A trip to Shanghai lead to my learning about a remarkable man,Xu Xin, Ph.D., the Diane and Guilford Glazer Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at Nanjing University in China, who is visiting in Chicago

El Pasado Nunca se Termina Review – Beautiful and Moving

El Pasado Nunca se Termina Review – Beautiful and Moving In the 90-minute production of "El Pasado Nunca se Termina", at the Civic Opera House, I felt part of a moving immigrant story to which I could relate and learned an encapsulated chunk or Mexican history about which I previously knew very little

Chicago Sinfonietta’s “Primal Instincts” Concert Review – A Perfect Spring Concert

Chicago Sinfonietta’s “Primal Instincts” Concert Review – A Perfect Spring Concert Spring arrived in Naperville on March 21st heralded by crocuses bursting forth, sunshine and the Chicago Sinfonietta’s spring inspired program performed at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College. Again on the 23rd at Symphony Center

Vino Locale Review – A Hidden Treasure in Palo Alto

Vino Locale Review – A Hidden Treasure in Palo Alto At Vino Locale in Palo Alto, California, you will find a lovely Victorian house with an outdoor patio, a garden, choices of small plates, lovely local wine, great music and lots of charm

Fog Harbor Fish House Review – A San Francisco Restaurant You Should Know

Fog Harbor Fish House Review – A San Francisco Restaurant You Should Know Fog Harbor Fish House is Fisherman's Wharf's First 100% Sustainable Seafood Restaurant and the food is great

Growing Strawberries - A wonderful Activity for Children

Growing Strawberries - A wonderful Activity for Children Get kids interested in growing in the garden by starting them off planting their very own strawberries

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Collection Review - Effortless Sophistication in Body Hugging Silhouettes

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Collection Review - Effortless Sophistication in Body Hugging Silhouettes Los Angeles based fashion and bridal designer Monique Lhuillier showcased a truly stunning collection of mid-calf skirts, cigarette pants, structured jackets, cocktail dresses and elegant art deco inspired gowns at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

Georgine Fall 2015 Collection Review - Erté Meets Studio 54

Georgine Fall 2015 Collection Review - Erté Meets Studio 54 As I watched designer Georgine Ratelband debut her Fall 2015 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, I felt immediately transported to 1979 and the VIP basement at Studio 54, where Bianca Jagger sipped champagne while chatting with Halston and Liza, and Warhol reigned supreme

The Blonds Fall 2015 Collection review - A Clockwork Orange meets Femme Fatale

The Blonds Fall 2015 Collection review - A Clockwork Orange meets Femme Fatale The Blonds was my final show of the Fall 2015 NYFW (New York Fashion Week) runway season

"Gett" Review - An Eloquent Plea for Women

"Gett" Review - An Eloquent Plea for Women In the movie "Gett", Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz have created a masterpiece that is an eloquent plea for women

BIBHU MOHAPATRA Fall 2015 Collection Review - An Incredible Fashion Journey

BIBHU MOHAPATRA Fall 2015 Collection Review - An Incredible Fashion Journey I have been a huge personal fan of Bibhu for several years now. A brilliant artist, his consistent use of color and graphic print, impeccable tailoring, intricate bead work, and sensational choice of luxury textiles is utterly on point season after season

Happy 178th Birthday, Chicago - Courtesy of City of Chicago and Chicago History Museum

Happy 178th Birthday, Chicago - Courtesy of City of Chicago and Chicago History Museum The City of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum say "Happy 178th Birthday, Chicago"

Leviathan Review - The Acting Could Not Be Better

Leviathan Review - The Acting Could Not Be Better The movie "Leviathan" boast fine acting and cinematography that is its equal - stunning setting with many scenes simply gorgeous

LOVE SHAWLS Review – Wrapping Women in Luxury while Supporting Women in Crisis

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