Articles by Barbara Keer

Chicago International Film Festival Preview - Fifty Years and the Promise of More Great Films

Chicago International Film Festival Preview - Fifty Years and the Promise of More Great Films In its 50th year the Chicago International Film Festival is going strong as those who attended the kick-off learned. See what delights await you

The Second City Training Center Preview - National Mental Health Awareness Week Events

The Second City Training Center Preview - National Mental Health Awareness Week Events The Second City Training Center is proud to celebrate the fun of community during National Mental Health Awareness Week with several activities taking place at Second City’s headquarters in Piper's Alley (1616 N Wells St, Chicago), October 5-11, 2014

27Live Review – Great Food and Much More

27Live Review – Great Food and Much More I have passed 27Live frequently and wondered about what inside. Recently, I had the chance to find out and was surprised to learn about it many and varied offerings

Isaac’s Eye Review – Theater at Its Best

Isaac’s Eye Review – Theater at Its Best In its Midwest premiere at Writer’s Theatre, Isaac’s Eye, by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director, Michael Halberstam, is definitely theatre at its best

Ravinia Preview – More Ravinia in Fall, Winter and Spring

Ravinia Preview – More Ravinia in Fall, Winter and Spring If you love Ravinia in summer, see what awaits you during the rest of the year

London, England Review – A Very Popular Holiday Destination

London, England Review – A Very Popular Holiday Destination My husband and I had lovely weather and two great days to absorb the sights, sounds, and tastes of the great city of London, England

Ernesto Quintero Interview - A Caregivers' Story

Ernesto Quintero Interview - A Caregivers' Story Filmmaker, Ernesto Quintero has traveled the world with his camera, producing films, and creating social change by telling stories of substance & beauty. He was recently in Chicago to share a film about his brother, "The Sacred Journey"

“The Cheeses of Europe” Review – A Chicago Splash Magazine Journalist’s Event

“The Cheeses of Europe” Review – A Chicago Splash Magazine Journalist’s Event The journalists who contribute to Chicago Splash Magazine gathered recently to enjoy an unusual and very special opportunity when “Make it Magnifique”, the new campaign of the “The Cheeses of Europe” offered a night of cheese sampling. The cheese was accompanied by wine from another source

Footprints Tours, 2-Hour FREE Walking Tour, Cambridge Review – Seeing Cambridge, England Differently

Footprints Tours, 2-Hour FREE Walking Tour, Cambridge Review – Seeing Cambridge, England Differently Though I have been to Cambridge, England many times, I have never participated in a formal guided tour, but this time I connected with the Footprints Tours, 2-HOUR Free walking tour

Light Opera Works “Fiddler on the Roof” Review – A Fabulous Fifty-Year Celebration

Light Opera Works “Fiddler on the Roof” Review – A Fabulous Fifty-Year Celebration I have seen other productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" which I enjoyed very much, but there was something special about this Light Opera Works performance at Cahn Auditorium that beats them all

The May Fair Hotel London Review – Location, Elegance and Service

The May Fair Hotel London Review – Location, Elegance and Service A two-day stay in London is short so the location of Radisson’s May Fair Hotel was very important to us

Pajama Game at Shaftesbury Theatre Review – See It While You Can

Pajama Game at Shaftesbury Theatre Review – See It While You Can On a very short visit to London my husband and I had the good fortune of seeing Pajama Game currently playing the Shaftesbury Theatre for a limited season closing on September 13, 2014

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical Review – A Great Escape

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical Review – A Great Escape One of the joys of our visits to London over the years has been the opportunity to see a London performance. This time we had the chance to see "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" at the Savoy

The Story of The Marvelettes Review – Glitzy And Poignant

The Story of The Marvelettes Review – Glitzy And Poignant The World Premiere of "The Story of The Marvelettes" Written by Reginald Williams and directed by Rueben D. Echoles at the The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center is a “must see” production

Boyhood Review – An Extraordinary Film

Boyhood Review – An Extraordinary Film Boyhood is an extraordinary film made in an extraordinary way by an extraordinary director. Linklater shows us a family over a period of 12 years by shooting 3 to 4 days of footage annually over those 12 consecutive years with the same actors

Much Ado About Nothing Review – Summer Magic in a Chicago Park

Much Ado About Nothing Review – Summer Magic in a Chicago Park On a perfect summer evening my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the opening night of Shakespeare in the Park at Schreiber Park with the Midsommer Flight production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing"

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge Review – Dim Sums Celebrate 10 Years

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge Review – Dim Sums Celebrate 10 Years I have had many occasions to enjoy Koi during the ten years it has been in Evanston. Koi now has extended weekend hours and fantastic Dim Sum and some great specials

One Flea Spare Review – An Insightful, Powerful Look into the Great Plague of London

One Flea Spare Review –  An Insightful, Powerful Look into the Great Plague of London Naomi Wallace is concerned with society’s underdogs and this play juxtaposes the haves and have-nots in a unique way in "One Flea Spare", now playing at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park

Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 Preview - A Chicago Treat

Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 Preview - A Chicago Treat Established in 2007, the Chicago Dancing Festival was founded to elevate awareness of dance in Chicago, to increase accessibility to the art form and to provide inspiration for local artists. The offerings for 2014 are fantastic

Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” Review – Prolific and Impactful Images

Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” Review –  Prolific and Impactful Images When I received information about the June 19th opening of Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”, I was very interested in seeing it and I was well rewarded

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Review - Fascinating

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Review - Fascinating Regardless of your political slant, anyone interested in the recent history of the United States will be fascinated by Nicholas Wrathall's documentary on Gore Vidal, "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia"

"A Prairie Home Companion" at Ravinia Review – An Evening to Remember

"A Prairie Home Companion" at Ravinia Review – An Evening to Remember My husband and I love listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio but enjoy it even more when the performance is live at the Ravinia Festival

Bird Feeding Tips - Five Faux Pas to Avoid

Bird Feeding Tips - Five Faux Pas to Avoid Five faux pas to avoid when bird feeding

The Idiot’s Guide to The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook Review – Gluten Free, Vegetarian but Much More

The Idiot’s Guide to The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook Review – Gluten Free, Vegetarian but Much More As someone who is both a vegetarian and gluten-free,I was very curious when I was sent information about an “Idiot’s Guides as easy as it gets! - The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook” and wanted to try some recipes

The Passions of Emma Goldman Review – Now in Skokie

The Passions of Emma Goldman Review – Now in Skokie The chance to see Roslyn Alexander in “The Passions of Emma Goldman” which she wrote and performed, and explore the Skokie Theater performance space was an irresistible draw for me

Celebrating Father’s Day in Chicagoland – Restaurant and Other Suggestions

Celebrating Father’s Day in Chicagoland – Restaurant and Other Suggestions Are you wondering what to do for Father's Day, June 15th? Here are a few suggestions

Viktor Ullmann’s “The Emperor of Atlantis” and Carl Orff’s “The Clever One” Review – Not To Be Missed

Viktor Ullmann’s “The Emperor of Atlantis” and Carl Orff’s “The Clever One” Review – Not To Be Missed There are only three more chances to see Chicago Opera Theatre’s current production, a double bill of two one act operas, which you won’t want to miss- "The Emperor of Atlantis" and "The Clever One"

Make Music Chicago Preview – A Free Musical Celebration Across Chicago

Make Music Chicago Preview – A Free Musical Celebration Across Chicago Make Music Chicago, a completely free musical celebration across Chicago, returns for its fourth annual event on the first day of summer and longest day of the year, Saturday, June 21

Charles Ives Take Me Home Review – Surprising and Thought Provoking

Charles Ives Take Me Home Review – Surprising and Thought Provoking The juxtaposition of sports, basketball and music, the violin, seemed in opposition but in fact there were many parallels presented in "Charles Ives Take Me Home" at the Strawdog Theatre

Ida (movie) Review - A masterpiece

Ida (movie) Review - A masterpiece Pawlikowski's latest film, Ida, is no less than a masterpiece

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