Articles by Barbara Keer

Goodbye to Philip Hodge, "The Opera Nut", Splash Magazine's Opera Reviewer

Goodbye to Philip Hodge, "The Opera Nut", Splash Magazine's Opera Reviewer Splash Magazines has lost a contributor extraordinaire, our very own "Opera Nut". For the past five years, Philip Hodge has contributed wonderful reviews of opera and theater all around San Francisco

The Love for Three Oranges "Panto" Review - Outrageously Funny

The Love for Three Oranges "Panto" Review - Outrageously Funny Magic emanated from the small Piccolo Theatre stage as this Italian fairy tale, by Carlo Gozzi took shape as an outrageously funny, charming, sometimes bawdy, and very engaging panto, "The Love of Three Oranges"

Lyric Opera’s “Il Trovatore” Review – A Grand Production

Lyric Opera’s “Il Trovatore” Review – A Grand Production I had the opportunity of seeing the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Il Trovatore", thereby enjoying some of the most beautiful music in all of opera and the dramatic story it tells

National Center for the Performing Arts of Beijing Review – An Afternoon to Remember

National Center for the Performing Arts of Beijing Review – An Afternoon to Remember My husband and I had the good fortune of being a part of the audience at Symphony Center when the orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts of Beijing began its North American tour here, in Chicago

Library of Congress Review – Beautiful and Full of Surprises

Library of Congress Review – Beautiful and Full of Surprises Recently, when in Washington, I had the opportunity to join a tour of the Library of Congress and found it beautiful outside and in, and filled with wonderful surprises

In Conversation With Abra Liberman-Garrett – Co-Creator of “Maccabee on the Mantel

In Conversation With Abra Liberman-Garrett – Co-Creator of  “Maccabee on the Mantel While visiting in Chicagoland, Abra Liberman-Garrett, co-author of “Maccabee on the Mantel” has been reading from her book to pre-school children in various settings

Soles4Souls Event – Fighting Poverty With Shoes

Soles4Souls Event – Fighting Poverty With Shoes Soles4Souls collect shoes you no longer want - they are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty

"The Grand Duke" Review – The Savoyaires at Fifty

"The Grand Duke" Review – The Savoyaires at Fifty Chicagoland residents and visitors have had the opportunity to enjoy wonderful Gilbert & Sullivan productions offered by The Savoyaires for fifty years. They are currently presenting "The Grand Duke", Gilbert & Sullivan's last operetta

“RACE: Are We So Different?“ Review - Seeing Race Differently

“RACE: Are We So Different?“ Review - Seeing Race Differently “RACE: Are We So Different?" can be seen at The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie until January 25th, 2015. It is co-presented by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Illinois Holocaust Museum& Education Center and promises to be very well attended

Ronna Wineberg Interview - A First Novel, On Bittersweet Place

Ronna Wineberg Interview - A First Novel, On Bittersweet Place I was pleased to note that Ronna Wineberg’s novel, "On Bittersweet Place", is currently available in bookstores

Chicago turns pink in October Preview - Promoting Early Detection for Breast Cancer

Chicago turns pink in October Preview - Promoting Early Detection for Breast Cancer   This October, Chicago’s skyline and buildings will be colored by pink lights, banners and flags in collaboration with the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of breast self-exams

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

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