Articles by Barbara Keer

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

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