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Steven's Concert Reviews: My love letter to Judy Collins (at Ravinia, 8/18/16)

Steven's Concert Reviews: My love letter to Judy Collins (at Ravinia, 8/18/16)
“Stop worrying where you’re going—move on
. If you can know where you’re going, you’ve gone
. Just keep moving on.” Letters, years ago, used to be stream-of-consciousness celebrations of human life. Friends could speak of neighbors, lovers could sing their praises with stunning prose, and complete strangers could somehow connect in the most surreal, precious way... Read more »

"She's (still) like BUTTAH!": A review of Barbra Streisand at The United Center (8/9/16)

"She's (still) like BUTTAH!": A review of Barbra Streisand at The United Center (8/9/16)
“People, People who need people, Are the luckiest people in the world!” I was among the luckiest people in the world tonight at The United Center, the land of Bulls and Hawks, to see Barbra Streisand perform live for the second time in my life. The first time I saw her, in 2012, was as... Read more »

Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)

Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)
I get home late in in the day, the August sun just starting to set. My 20-year-old body hits the bed in a pile of fatigue and unfathomable happiness. Suddenly, my mood changes as I remember the events of the best summer weekend of my life. I start to weep bitter tears, like a man... Read more »
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Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)

Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)
There truly very few memoirs that I can say that I “wished were longer.” Substandard memoirs, especially by celebrities, fall into one of two warring camps: the ones that are catty, overly-gossipy, and sermonic, and the ones that are dull as dishwater, with the personality of the woman at church that falls asleep during mass... Read more »

Harambe the Gorilla, unattentive parents, and the death of common sense

Harambe the Gorilla, unattentive parents, and the death of common sense
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may not have heard about the news story that has set the rational faction of the community ablaze with consternation. At the Cincinnati Zoo, a week ago, a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe was shot to death when a three-year-old boy fell into the... Read more »

The Elusive Star: The Appeal of the Classic Movie Actress

The Elusive Star: The Appeal of the Classic Movie Actress
Bette Davis could melt a man with her eyes alone. Tallulah Bankhead drew men in like a moth to flame. Gloria Swanson was said to be so beautiful that a Maharajah traveled thousands of miles to cut a lock of her hair. These actresses all possessed very different styles of acting, but they all embodied... Read more »
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The Roller Coaster of Life: Keep Your Hands and Legs Inside!

The Roller Coaster of Life: Keep Your Hands and Legs Inside!
From time to time, I’m struck by the ups and downs of the average life. Ecstatic happiness is followed by crippling defeat and sadness. People mix together, some positive some negative, and every one of the has an effect on the people around them. Their tunes mix like music around me, and I hear the... Read more »

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing
“Open a new window, Open a new door, Travel a new highway, That’s never been tried before…” Those are the opening lines of “Open a New Window,” a song from Jerry Herman’s iconic musical Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The musical chronicles the adventures of Mame Dennis, a socialite and trend-follower, and her... Read more »

The Façade Over The Substance: An Educated Rant

The Façade Over The Substance: An Educated Rant
An issue has been gestating in my mind for quite some time: When did we become a culture where the facade mattered more than the substance? Now, I almost hear you shout in protest, “That statement is too vague!” To that I urge patience, my dear readers. An example: Have you ever been to a... Read more »
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