Articles by Barbara Keer

China National Tea Museum Review – Everything You Want to Know About Tea

China National Tea Museum Review – Everything You Want to Know About Tea The China National Tea Museum, which opened in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in 1991, is beautifully located with compelling displays on all aspects of tea

Nanjing, China Review – History and Beauty

Nanjing, China Review – History and Beauty My opportunity to visit Nanjing, China, a place I have always wanted to see, came about when my husband was invited to present a lecture at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Wuzhen, China Review – Living History

Wuzhen, China Review – Living History During an extended return visit to Hangzhou where my husband was working with colleagues at Zhejiang University, we had the opportunity to visit one of China’s six most famous water towns, Wuzhen and we were charmed by it

Shaoxing, China Review – Culture, Rice Wine and Canals Delight Visitors

Shaoxing, China Review – Culture, Rice Wine and Canals Delight Visitors My husband and I were escorted on a visit to Shaoxing, an ancient and cultural city 51.73 km or 32.14 south east of Hangzhou, China where we visited the Orchid Pavilion, ate at The XianHeng Restaurant and explored the compound where writer Lu Xun and his family lived

Longjing Village Review - A Fascinating, Mystical, Unique Tea Experience

Longjing Village Review  - A Fascinating, Mystical, Unique Tea Experience My husband and I found our visit to Longjing Village and Dragon Well fascinating and memorable

City Winery Chicago Klezmer Brunch Review – A Chicago Experience You Should Try

City Winery Chicago Klezmer Brunch Review – A Chicago Experience You Should Try City Winery Chicago opened with great fanfare on August 15th with 1,000 guests that included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but our group came to celebrate an anniversary and enjoy the first Klezmer Brunch

Second Language Review - Time to Take a Second Look

Second Language Review - Time to Take a Second Look Ronna Wineberg explains that "My stories are inspired by the world around me, often by a phrase or an image or a piece of conversation" as reflected in her short story collection, "Second Language"

No Commitments Review – A Love Story During the Time of the Viet Nam War

No Commitments Review – A Love Story During the Time of the Viet Nam War No Commitments by Val Sharp, a love story that takes place during the Viet Nam War, is filled with unexpected twists and turns

A Fantastical Garden Find – Southfield, Michigan’s Hidden Treasure

A Fantastical Garden Find – Southfield, Michigan’s Hidden Treasure Jeffrey Weinstein is an art teacher and artist in Southfield, Michigan who has a fantastical, whimsical garden - a hidden treasure

A Steady Rain Review – Powerful and Intense

A Steady Rain Review – Powerful and Intense If my good friend who is a regular at Chicago Dramatists had not insisted that I see "A Steady Rain", now playing at Chicago Dramatists, I would have missed an amazing theatrical experience

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Preview

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Preview "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour" will perform at the United Center July 20 and 21, 2012 ONLY

“Crowns” Review – Ten Years of Inspiration

“Crowns” Review – Ten Years of Inspiration Tthe 10th year celebration of "Crowns", by Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate and “triple threat” Playwright/Director/Actor Regina Taylor women’ hats take on a role that is powerful and all embracing

“No Fortunate Son” Review – A Compelling Story Set in the Sixties

“No Fortunate Son” Review – A Compelling Story Set in the Sixties It isn’t often that I find a book I can’t put down and feel a loss when I finish because the characters have become my friends. "No Fortunate Son" is that kind of book

Art and Architecture Against Gravity Review - A Sight to Behold at Museum of Contemporary Art

Art and Architecture Against Gravity Review - A Sight to Behold at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is known for its architectural splendor. Its skyscrapers are a site to behold in the exhibition "Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity" at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Extreme Mammals Review – They Don’t Look Like Mammals

Extreme Mammals Review – They Don’t Look Like Mammals Currently at the Field Museum, "Extreme Mammals" examines the ancestry and evolution of a vast array of species, living and extinct, and gives a fascinating look into the mammals we know today

Frank Rich and Martha Lavey In Conversation Review - A Unique Perspective

Frank Rich and Martha Lavey In Conversation Review - A Unique Perspective At Steppenwolf Theatre, the onstage discussion between Frank Rich, Writer-at-Large at New York Magazine and former New York Times columnist, and Martha Lavey, Artistic Director and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre offered a unique perspective on culture and world events

North Wales Review – An Exploration, A Wish Fulfilled - Part II

North Wales Review – An Exploration, A Wish Fulfilled - Part II Our exploration of North Wales continued as Rob headed for the mainland of Wales from Beaumaris on Angelsey via the lovely Menai Bridge to Conwy Castle and the city within its walls

Context Travel Jewish London Walk Review – A Fascinating Perspective

Context Travel Jewish London Walk Review – A Fascinating Perspective On this visit to London, my husband and I saw parts of London we had never seen before when we participated in a Context Travel Tour, “Jewish London Walk”

John Oliver Review – Just for Laughs Chicago Keeps Chicago in Good Humor

John Oliver Review – Just for Laughs Chicago Keeps Chicago in Good Humor My husband is a fan so, with the "Just for Laughs Festival" presenting John Oliver live, how could we resist seeing him? I was one night only at the Vic Theatre

The Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Review – Serene in a Sea of Frenetic Activity

The Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Review – Serene in a Sea of Frenetic Activity My husband and I experienced the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai as elegant, gracious and efficient, a travelers’ treat

Cardiff, Wales Review - A special time in 2012

Cardiff, Wales Review - A special time in 2012 My husband and I were in Cardiff for his work but had the chance to greet the Olympic Flame, revisit places we had seen before and find new places

Bristol, England Review – Brunel’s Brilliance and Much More to Amaze

Bristol, England Review – Brunel’s Brilliance and Much More to Amaze Bristol, England is a great place to visit

Welsh National Opera’s La boheme Review – A New Production

Welsh National Opera’s La boheme Review – A New Production My husband and I just happened to be in Cardiff at the right time to see the Welsh National Opera's performance of La bohème

Westin Southfield Detroit Review – Classic Elegance and Complete Comfort

Westin Southfield Detroit Review – Classic Elegance and Complete Comfort Revitalize, refresh and indulge at The Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel

Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles Century City Review- A Beautiful Hotel Perfectly Located

Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles Century City Review- A Beautiful Hotel Perfectly Located The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City is perfectly located and offers wonderful amenities

Allied Arts Guild Review - A Gem Too Well Hidden

Allied Arts Guild Review - A Gem Too Well Hidden At the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park one can experience beautiful surroundings and much more

Pier 39 Review – A Great Place to Visit

Pier 39 Review – A Great Place to Visit PIER 39 in San Francisco was a great place to take my grandsons on a day when their parents were away-it's a great place anytime

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Review - An Art Institute of Chicago Blockbuster

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Review - An Art Institute of Chicago Blockbuster "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective", currently at the Art Institute of Chicago, offers 160 works that represent the full range of his work

Frank Rich and Martha Lavey In Conversation Review - A Unique Perspective

Frank Rich and Martha Lavey In Conversation Review - A Unique Perspective At Steppenwolf Theatre, the onstage discussion between Frank Rich, Writer-at-Large at New York Magazine and former New York Times columnist, and Martha Lavey, Artistic Director and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre offered a unique perspective on culture and world events

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Review – Capturing the City’s Imagination

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Review – Capturing the City’s Imagination Stepping into the lobby of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, there was an uplifting fantastical feeling

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