Articles by Amy Munice

Pamela Gaard “Painting and Proverbs” Exhibition Review – Transcending History of Genocide, Religious and Language Barriers

Pamela Gaard “Painting and Proverbs” Exhibition Review – Transcending History of Genocide, Religious and Language Barriers Pamela Gaard's portraiture of Somalis and explorations of Somali proverbs are helping to break down barriers between a marginalized community and mainstream Minnesotans

Arts Alliance Illinois Luncheon Report - Empowering Illinois’ Creative Energy-Past, Present and Future

Arts Alliance Illinois Luncheon Report - Empowering Illinois’ Creative Energy-Past, Present and Future Art Alliance Illinois's Voices of a Creative State Luncheon Adds Almost a Quarter of Million Dollars to Coffers Supporting Illinois' Arts and Especially Arts Education

Dance Spa Review— An Injection of Joy on Even the Stormiest Day

Dance Spa Review— An Injection of Joy on Even the Stormiest Day Dance Spa's Zumba classes are one of the best ways to get your health and fitness on track with pure joy

“Ganesh Versus the Third Reich” MCA Performance Review—Outsider Art On Stage Stirs Thought and Some Squirms

“Ganesh Versus the Third Reich” MCA Performance Review—Outsider Art On Stage Stirs Thought and Some Squirms Ganesh and the Third Reich tells the story of the Hindu Gods reclaiming the swastika. But how the tale is told makes us contemplate who has rights to tell a tale

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Rodin Review—Capturing the Tortured Process of Creativity

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Rodin Review—Capturing the Tortured Process of Creativity Muse and artist alike are bound by artistic genius bordering on madness -- a story told so well by psyche-oriented Boris Eifman in his ballet "Rodin" recently performed in Auditorium Theatre

Yves Dharamraj and Riko Higuma at Dame Myra Hess Concert Review - Rich Sensibilities Brought to a Thoughtfully Chosen Repertoire

Yves Dharamraj and Riko Higuma at Dame Myra Hess Concert Review - Rich Sensibilities Brought to a Thoughtfully  Chosen Repertoire Yves Dharamraj (Cello) and Riko Higuma (Piano) returned to perform the WFMT-simulcast Dame Myra Hess Concert on May 15, delighting the audience with work from 16th, 19th and 20th Century musicians with a flair suggestive of their love of new music

Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series Review – Watch How Theatrical Sausage is Made—It’s Fun and Educational

Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series Review – Watch How Theatrical Sausage is Made—It’s Fun and Educational It's easy and fun to plug into the Chicago theater scene by watching award-winning playwrights develop their voice and a body of work at the Chicago Dramatist's Saturday Series--- play readings where you learn a lot and get entertained to boot

Beyond the Score Review - We are Transported Through an 1888 Russian Window Looking to the East

Beyond the Score Review - We are Transported Through an 1888 Russian Window Looking to the East Enchanted as never before by Rimsky-Korsokoff's Scheherezade

Paige in Full Review—the REAL Audience is M.I.A.

Paige in Full Review—the REAL Audience is M.I.A. The Humanities Festival includes a "not-so-fairy-tale" real-life hip-hop dance autobiography in its season of fairy tale explorations. "Paige in Full" gave a high energy performance but the right audience was M.I.A.

May Day in Minneapolis Review - Give or Take a Week or So

May Day in Minneapolis Review - Give or Take a Week or So The best way to experience spring in the USA is to go to a place like the Twin Cities where the winters are long and spring is so welcomed. Their unsurpassed May Day parade is a Rite of Spring that should go on EVERYONE's calendar

Dame Myra Hess May Day Concert Review - A Rare Lyrebird Duet Treat

Dame Myra Hess May Day Concert Review - A Rare Lyrebird Duet Treat Lyrebird, a rare bird harp/flute duet treated the audience at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series In Chicago Cultural Center

Museum of Contemporary Art Performance Review - More Noble Accents from Eighth Blackbird

Museum of Contemporary Art Performance Review - More Noble Accents from Eighth Blackbird Making a Chicago home for eighth blackbird performances is high on the list of the MCA’s achievements

Arya Bhavan Review - Vegan, Organic and Above All DELICIOUS—Even to Carnivores

Arya Bhavan Review - Vegan, Organic and Above All DELICIOUS—Even to Carnivores Arya Bhavan on is the first and only 100% vegan Indian restaurant on Devon Avenue serving delicious vegan options that even carnivores will crave

Gangnam Symphony Ensemble Concert Review - Consummate Professional Musicians from Seoul Delight Chicagoans’ Ears

Gangnam Symphony Ensemble Concert Review - Consummate Professional Musicians from Seoul Delight Chicagoans’ Ears Chicago's Classical Monday series presented chamber ensembles from the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra--- a rare delight for all Chicagoans and a moment of pride for the Korean-Americans of our city

“I Can Get It For You Wholesale” Concert Reading Review---Making a Strong Lyrical Case for a Full-Scale Production

“I Can Get It For You Wholesale” Concert Reading Review---Making a Strong Lyrical Case for a Full-Scale Production "I Can Get it For You Wholesale" -- lyrics that will make you smile from ear-to-ear make a strong case for Lost Note Theater Company to find a full-scale production for a re-make of this musical that launched Barbra Streisand's career

Roka Akor Summer Menu Review - A Place for the Perfect Date Night to Start or Continue

Roka Akor Summer Menu Review - A Place for the Perfect Date Night to Start or Continue A visit to trendy River North's Roka Akor's patio was great for people-watching in style while enjoying 13 spring cocktails and designer bar food for all palates

Marriott Theatre’s “South Pacific” Review—Don’t Miss It!

Marriott Theatre’s “South Pacific” Review—Don’t Miss It! From the first note of Marriott Theatre's "South Pacific" you will know you are in for one very enchanted evening

Goodman’s “Happiest Song Plays Last” Review—Perfect for All Longing for More Latin Flavor on Chicago’s Stages

Goodman’s “Happiest Song Plays Last” Review—Perfect for All Longing for More Latin Flavor on Chicago’s Stages "The Happiest Song Plays Last" fills the void for those longing for more genuine Latino voices on Chicago's stages

The Feminist Show at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Review - Experience the Vulnerability of Being Clothed

The Feminist Show at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Review - Experience the Vulnerability of Being Clothed The Feminist Show at MCA--the tribe of Divas and their energies is what carries the show

“HAIR, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” Review - Let the Sun Shine In

“HAIR, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” Review - Let the Sun Shine In What Wilmette’s Actors Training Center Repertory Company teaches us most is that the value of teaching via art is priceless

Classical Mondays Chicago Opera Theater Review – Bringing Poulenc to Life

Classical Mondays Chicago Opera Theater Review – Bringing Poulenc to Life we met eight young artists on their trajectory of operatic brilliance in beautiful Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center

"Catch Me if You Can" Review - You'll be Thoroughly Entertained

"Catch Me if You Can" Review - You'll be Thoroughly Entertained We are so charmed by the singing, dancing a la Busby Berkeley in “Catch Me if You Can” that it is only later that we might ponder if the very subject matter of the story doesn’t quite lend itself to a musical comedy format

In a Garden Review--Another Perfectly Crafted Red Orchid Gem

In a Garden Review--Another Perfectly Crafted Red Orchid Gem The soul restoration of a fragrant lemon grove lets the characters “In a Garden” speak wistfully of their common humanity. The tragedy that so little is truly shared is what will keep you mulling upon this exquisite Red Orchid production.

Sneak Preview -The Inimitable “Pope of Trash” Returns to Harris Theater for one Night Only

Sneak Preview -The Inimitable “Pope of Trash” Returns to Harris Theater for one Night Only Mark your calendar for a special night when John Waters' “This Filthy World” comes to the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance on May 21, 2013

Drury Lane’s Oliver Review - Middle Schoolers' easy-to-digest Dickens Treat

 Drury Lane’s Oliver Review - Middle Schoolers' easy-to-digest  Dickens Treat If you want to inspire children to enjoy theater for their lifetime you can do no better than enthralling them with top notch performance by chronological peers in Drury Lane's "Oliver"

Ann James Interview - A Renaissance Woman—also known as the force bringing Shakespeare to Chicago’s schools…

Ann James Interview - A Renaissance Woman—also known as the force bringing Shakespeare to Chicago’s schools… ..graduating from Smith College and thinking ahead to her Yale Divinity degree, it’s unlikely her thoughts went to the day when she would spellbind audiences wearing a combination Fredericks of Hollywood teaser with prosthetic hook arms...

Review: Sideshow Theater’s “Maria/Stuart” - Laughing All the Way Until…

Review:  Sideshow Theater’s “Maria/Stuart” - Laughing All the Way Until… Comic tragedy is a difficult genre to master---Sideshow Theatre's "Maria/Stuart" has done just that

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, April 3, 2013 Review —Benjamin Lash on Cello and Matthew Hagle on Piano

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, April 3, 2013 Review —Benjamin Lash on Cello and Matthew Hagle on Piano Taking the chill off an unseasonably cold April noon today at the Cultural Center’s stunning Preston Bradley Hall proved yet another one of Chicago’s memorable music moments--- Benjamin Lash on Cello and Matthew Hagle on Piano

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