AMERICAN GIRL LIVE Brings Diversity and Fun to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Many years ago, I remember taking my two nieces, Kiara and Katina (both now 30 years of age) to the American Girl store and the only doll that looked like them was Addy a young black girl who lived in 1894.   Now the dolls are very diverse, and the story is modernized. American Girl Live... Read more »

Jordan Peele has done it again with film US

Therefore, thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Jeremiah 11:11 This is one of those films that you need to see and process for yourself, so I am not going... Read more »

A Conversation with Breanna Marie Bell – Lead Actress in the National Touring Company of A BRONX TALE

Breanna, for my readers who may not have a clue about A Bronx Tale, would you give us a synopsis of what the play is about? Breanna Marie:  Yeah, the story is based in the Bronx in like the 1960s, 1950s.  It’s about a young man, Italian boy; he’s in high school.  Basically, maneuvering between... Read more »
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CAPTAIN MARVEL KICKS BUTT!

In the name of full disclosure, I have never read a Captain Marvel comic.  I went into the screening of this movie without any idea of what to expect.  However, I walked out knowing what costume I’m wearing at the next Halloween party. Those of you who already know the story just skip ahead.  Those... Read more »

My Day at the home + housewares show – IT’S SMART!!!

I love the trade shows that come to Chicago.  There are so many new and interesting things to see, things to taste, and I always triple my daily steps. Recently the international home + housewares show “IT’S SMART” was at McCormick Place, as member of the media I was able to go and see all... Read more »

Tyler Perry’s Final Madea Movie, HALLALUYAR!

A Madea Family Funeral is the eleventh and final installment of the Madea series, may it rest in peace. Madea and her host of family and friends attend an anniversary party which turns into turmoil, a hot mess, and a funeral.  It’s the standard Madea formula with Tyler Perry playing four or five characters (which... Read more »
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"DEAR EVAN HANSEN", Is An Emotional Awakening

I was invited to the opening night performance of the first national touring production of Dear Evan Hansen.  Even though the Broadway production won the 2017 Best Musical Tony Award, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to see and I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what I... Read more »

Michelle Obama’s BECOMING

Recently I bought Michelle Obama’s book BECOMING and settled down in my chair with my Chai Tea Latte, warm throw on my legs, and prepared to read about Michelle’s life from childhood to White House to now and be entertained.  I was not prepared to be totally engrossed and integrated into her story.  Michelle writes... Read more »

Bonnie’s Eye on the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

How many times have you sat and dreamed of taking a plane to sites unknown, or imagined yourself on a luxury cruise to anywhere? Sometimes the process of figuring everything out can be a process. Recently the Chicago Travel and Adventure show came to the Donald E. Stephenson Center in Rosemont and it is one... Read more »
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A FESTIVE TIME AT THE FIFTH THIRD BANK WINTER WONDERFEST

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 »