Articles by Barbara Keer

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

Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Review – Lots of New Product

 Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Review – Lots of New Product The Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, held in the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Il. was a chance to find out who is doing what locally as well as sampling new products that are available nation-wide

Jack Lemmon Returns Review - Beautiful, Complex and Poignant

Jack Lemmon Returns Review - Beautiful, Complex and Poignant "Jack Lemmon Returns" is now playing at The Royal George Theatre. I loved the show

Identities Review - Concluding The Chicago Sinfonietta 's 25th Season

 Identities Review - Concluding The Chicago Sinfonietta 's 25th Season The Chicago Sinfonietta concluded its 25th season on Mother’s Day in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville with a program entitled, “Identities” to be repeated on Monday, May 12th at Orchestra Hall

NOCC Run/Walk 2014 Review – An inspiring Experience

NOCC Run/Walk 2014 Review – An inspiring Experience On May 3rd 2014, I joined thousands of National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter run/walk participants for a 5K walk at US Cellular Field. This was my third walk

Joffrey’s Romeo and Juliet Review – Shakespeare Would Have Been Proud

Joffrey’s Romeo and Juliet Review – Shakespeare Would Have Been Proud I believe that William Shakespeare would have been thrilled along with the rest of the audience had he been able to witness this fabulous Joffrey Ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show Review - Go See It

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show Review - Go See It The hit Chicago premiere of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show will be closing this Sunday-Don't miss it

Sound of Music Review – The Lyric Opera of Chicago Production is Brilliant

Sound of Music Review – The Lyric Opera of Chicago Production is Brilliant How could my husband and I resist the opportunity to see the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s last work, The Sound of Music, now 55 years old? Fortunately we couldn’t, nor should you

Ravinia Preview - Summer Means Ravinia

Ravinia Preview - Summer Means Ravinia Thoughts of summer are often accompanied by thoughts of Ravinia. Read on to see what is available this year

Autism Awareness Month - Hoops4Autism 2nd Annual Event

Autism Awareness Month - Hoops4Autism 2nd Annual Event It is Autism Awareness month and Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) hosted their very successful 2nd Annual Hoops4Autism event

Mother's Day is May 11th - So Many Things to Do with Mom

Mother's Day is May 11th - So Many Things to Do with Mom Here are some great ideas about what you can plan for Mother's Day on May 11th

The Chicago Dancing Festival Preview – Featuring Top Dance Companies from Across the Nation

The Chicago Dancing Festival Preview – Featuring Top Dance Companies from Across the Nation The Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) is coming..... in August

Finding Vivian Maier Review - Don't Miss it on the Big Screen

 Finding Vivian Maier Review - Don't Miss it on the Big Screen Don't miss "Finding Vivian Maier", a very fine film and especially don't miss it on the big screen

Baton Rouge Review – Great for History, Architecture, and Food

Baton Rouge Review – Great for History, Architecture, and Food When my husband received an invitation to present a talk at LSU, I was delighted to join him and explore Baton Rouge

William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebrations – Chicago Says “Happy Birthday”

William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebrations – Chicago Says “Happy Birthday”   Chicago is offering activities of may kinds in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

The Great God Pan Review – Provacative

The Great God Pan Review – Provacative The Next Theatre production of Amy Herzog's "The Great God Pan" boasts superb acting, unique, effective staging, and a topic that you will want to discuss when you leave

Celebrate Easter and More - Some Great Restaurant Suggestions

Celebrate Easter and More - Some Great Restaurant Suggestions Here are a few suggestions for restaurants where you can celebrate the upcoming holidays- Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. ENJOY

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