Articles by Patricia Simms

Last of My Species Review - Redmoon's Spectacle '09

Last of My Species Review - Redmoon's Spectacle '09 Part pop concert, part theatrical event with wild dance against a backdrop of weird contraptions and weirder orchestra, Species takes us into a world all its own

Jersey Boys Review - Broadway Really Has Come to Chicago

Jersey Boys Review - Broadway Really Has Come to Chicago The record-breaking hit JERSEY BOYS is celebrating its second smash year in Chicago

Trattoria Isabella Review - A Chicago Restaurant You Should Know

Trattoria Isabella Review - A Chicago Restaurant You Should Know The romantic setting, the floor-to-ceiling windows and Frank Sinatra's sensational voice crooning in the background got us off to a great start

Ravinia Review – NIGHT AND DAY A Cole Porter Evening

Ravinia Review – NIGHT AND DAY A Cole Porter Evening The de-lovely concert certainly was not “Just one of Those Things.” When my husband suggests we go to Ravinia again, I’ll say, “Let’s Do It”

GODS OF THE ANDES Review - a great read for mere mortals

GODS OF THE ANDES Review - a great read for mere mortals Zimmerman's characters are so real, his ear for dialogue so pitch-perfect, his gift for storytelling studded with gentle humor is so captivating, he involves the reader at every turn

Pane Caldo Review – a feast for the all the senses

Pane Caldo Review – a feast for the all the senses Translated literally, pane caldo means warm bread. Now take that image of warmth, the staff of life and the comforting, nurturing emotions all that stirs in you and you’ll have a sense of the ambiance of Pane Caldo

Vista Print Yard Sign Review – Sales Success for Us and 25 Percent Savings For You

Vista Print Yard Sign Review – Sales Success for Us and 25 Percent Savings For You By just reading this article, you can profit from our courtyard sale! Go to www.VistaPrint.com, order any of the many gorgeous products, mention chicago-splash.com and you’ll receive a 25% discount on your order!

Brasserie Jo Review – C’est si bon

Brasserie Jo Review – C’est si bon We boarded the CTA, walked a short distance on a beautiful night and Voilá! arrived in Paris ala Brasserie JO

Arabian Nights Review - Your Story or Your Life

Arabian Nights Review - Your Story or Your Life Scheherezade's life literally depended on the power of her stories and she came through with one mesmerizing tale after another, saving her life and affirming ours

Blues Legends Review – Six Generations of Mississippi Blues

Blues Legends Review – Six Generations of Mississippi Blues The greatest way to CURE the blues is to experience the blues! I’m here to tell you there is no finer way to do that than to sing, dance, wave, jump and jive with the genuine Mississippi article.

Graduate Showcase Review - DePaul Theater School, a class act for 80 years

Graduate Showcase Review - DePaul Theater School, a class act for 80 years       New York. Chicago. Los Angeles. The casting directors, agents, producers, managers, directors and other theater artists came out to see the graduates of this seminal school of dramatic arts

Crosby, Stills and Nash Review - boomers bring ‘em back

Crosby, Stills and Nash Review - boomers bring ‘em back There we were. Crosby, Stills, Nash and the “Forever Young.” There is nothing even close to the sheer joy of the live experience of the band of your youth

Mayor Morton Award Review - A lifetime of community service recognized

Mayor Morton Award Review - A lifetime of community service recognized After two "retirements" now, the question is not what she will do next, but can we keep up with her

Windy City Rhythms Goes Global Review – WOW

Windy City Rhythms Goes Global Review – WOW Our evening was full of surprises! And what surprises! We—and by that I do mean the entire audience—were captivated by what we saw and heard and felt—the beat

Blues on the North Shore Review - Brought back by popular demand

Blues on the North Shore Review - Brought back by popular demand On June 12, 2009, the blues fun begins and ends at SPACE in Evanston, the north shore showcase of the best of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen

Love Person Review - the languages of love

Love Person Review - the languages of love Two couples, three cultures and four relationships - gay and straight - blossom, break, sustain, repair and flourish in this contemporary romantic tale about the “language” of love

Balanced Kitchen Review - A Chicago Caterer You Should Know

Balanced Kitchen Review - A Chicago Caterer You Should Know The Balanced Kitchen laid before us a such a lavish palette of delicious, healthy treats our delighted palates didn’t even notice it was good-for-you food

Twelfth Night Review – Chicago's Love Splash

Twelfth Night Review – Chicago's Love Splash Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier concludes its 2008/09 season with a flood of madcap comedy told in Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare’s tale of disorder, mistaken identity and revelry

Lyric Opera Season Review – A New Subscriber Shares Shining Memories

Lyric Opera Season Review – A New Subscriber Shares Shining Memories The beauty of the Lyric Opera reaches so many touch (sight,sound, memory, comfort,emotion, luxury) points it creates a perfectly lyrical operatic experience

Lakeside Singers Review – Celebrating 10 Years of Feel Good Concerts

Lakeside Singers Review – Celebrating 10 Years of Feel Good Concerts Incubated by the Music Institute of Chicago, for ten years now, the Lakeside Singers have been bridging the worlds of classical and popular choral music by presenting a wide range of musical styles at the highest artistic level

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Review – A Tour de Force Performance of American Masterpieces

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Review – A Tour de Force Performance of American Masterpieces The Chicago Jazz Orchestra did it all. Right there, in a more than sold out Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, we were mesmerized, surprised, amused and astonished by spectacularly fine music

Class Dismissed Review – The Way We Were?

Class Dismissed Review – The Way We Were? Class Dismissed is a mellow, good-natured play about a rich suburban kid, a hippie wannabe, who doesn’t want his friends to know he has dough

The Day of Knowledge Review - A Lesson in Compassion

The Day of Knowledge Review - A Lesson in Compassion Forty days after a senseless attack on their school and children, families struggle with their loss

Edvard Munch Review - The Art Institute Seeks the Artist Behind "The Scream"

Edvard Munch Review - The Art Institute Seeks the Artist Behind "The Scream" The current exhibition of Edvard Munch’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago is a “don’t miss” event — especially if "The Scream" is the only work you know

Lyric Opera Backstage Tour Review - Pay attention to the men and women behind the curtain

Lyric Opera Backstage Tour Review - Pay attention to the men and women behind the curtain Our backstage tour of Lyric’s incredible, vast, magnificent realm couldn’t possibly have been more enjoyable

Desire Under the Elms Review - Lust on the Rocks

Desire Under the Elms Review - Lust on the Rocks The Theatrical Triumvirate--Denehy, Falls and O'Neill--a powerful force together again in DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS

Macbeth Review--Barbara Gaines' Chilling Vision at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Macbeth Review--Barbara Gaines' Chilling Vision at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, has created an updated vision of Shakespeare's monumental tragedy, Macbeth.

The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance Review—Another creative leap with towering promise

The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance Review—Another creative leap with towering promise Whether you're looking for a stunning workout or ballerina training, or everything in between, The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance is a great choice.

Lakeside Singers Review--Holiday Music from Renaissance to Rock

Lakeside Singers Review--Holiday Music from Renaissance to Rock A holiday concert with something for every musical taste!

Porgy & Bess and Lulu Review - A Weekend Of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Porgy & Bess and Lulu Review - A Weekend Of Lyric Opera of Chicago We loved our Lyric Opera experience and found Porgy & Bess and Lulu more alike than we expected. See if you agree!

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