A now yearly holiday tradition is to take my great nephew Jay and family to the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.  We first went last year when he was a young lad of five and he had a ball running from one end of the fest to the other, climbing on slides... Read more »

Sequence Ch!cago Brings Hometown House DJ Ron Trent to Navy Pier

When I received the call that Chicago DJ Ron Trent, will be performing at Navy Pier for Sequence Ch!cago, I was excited.  Being a “House Head” I knew that this event was going to be amazing and I couldn’t wait to speak with him. Sequence Ch!cago is a free dynamic performance series that features local... Read more »


Ralph Breaks the Internet is the follow-up to the 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph which was a major success at the box office. Going into the screening of the film I thought I would get more of the first film.  I got my popcorn and soda and set back ready to chuckle in parts and decide when... Read more »
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A Conversation with Brandon Whitmore from Hello Dolly!

You may not know but my undergraduate degree is in Theatre from Illinois State University.  I have performed in all forms of theater. I’ve starred in a few professional shows but in musicals I was always an ensemble player.  I think that is why I pay more attention to them when I review a show. ... Read more »


The Comedy Musical TOOTSIE is headed to Broadway and I’m here to say it is a hit. When I saw that TOOTSIE was being made in to a musical I took a deep breath, let out a sigh, and thought, “Okay another remake from a movie that won’t capture the spirit of the original form.” ... Read more »

The NRA Show Is Food, Vendors and Fun

I know what some of you are thinking, “Bonnie went to a NRA show? I didn’t know she was into fire power.” I’m not; the only fire power I’m into is in an oven or on a grill. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) show is one trade show I look forward to attending every year. ... Read more »

A Conversation with Pretty Woman’s Kingsley Leggs

Roy Oberison introduced us to the song of Pretty Woman back in 1965. In 1990, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere starred in the movie by the same name.  A film that I watch every time it comes on television, it’s so romantic.  I never thought it would come to the stage but it has.  I... Read more »

Chicago’s Navy Pier Offers Free Public Programming

Navy Pier is not only a Chicago icon but one of my favorite places to visit and take family and friends.  I didn’t realize the great free programming the Pier offered until I had a conversation with my good friend Michelle Boone who is the Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier. Bonnie:   Michelle... Read more »


I have been sitting at my desk trying to figure out how to write this review.  As a film critic I am supposed to be objective and somewhat aloof in writing a review.  As a Black American female I am so emotionally wound up I can’t sit still. Forget it, BAF wins out.  The film... Read more »

Bonnie’s Eye on Films of 2017

2017 was a great year for films in all genres. Some were really great and some; well let’s just say they should have used the money in a better way.  Here are 4 of my favorites and 4 of the ones I thought what were the worst in films this year. I would love to... Read more »