Articles by Barbara Keer

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movie of the same name is a fun sweet musical set in Northampton, England, and tells the story of the Price family’s outdated shoe factory hit by hard times and more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

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