Posts in category "Entertainment"

Why Call the Midwife is great television

Back when we were all gaga about Downton Abbey, another BBC drama was winning me over. Call the Midwife didn’t get the fanfare of Downton Abbey, but I came to think it was a better show. Make that is a better show — Call the Midwife is still going strong in its sixth season. It’s... Read more »

It's not your hearing — actors mumble

Much of the time the questions Marilyn vos Savant answers in her Parade magazine column are brain teasers — fitting for the person with the highest IQ ever recorded (228). An Ask Marilyn column a few weeks ago, though, appealed to more people than the puzzle lovers. The questioner wondered why the dialogue in movies... Read more »

Exotic Feline Rescue Center is worth a visit

One of the most incomparable places to visit within a few hours of Chicago is hardly known by the public. When I told people I’d be going to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, the only ones who had heard of it were my sister and brother-in-law in suburban Indianapolis. Since the center’s chief source of... Read more »
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The original is always better than a Jane Austen adaptation

A few weeks ago I wrote about choosing to watch Charles Dickens on DVD instead of reading him. For Jane Austen, I prefer the opposite. As I was doing my every-few-years reread of her six novels, plus some critical studies, an observation in A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane... Read more »

Is Hamilton a must see? Is anything?

It’s not news that Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town. But is the musical a must see? Is anything a must see? Browse in a bookstore or on Amazon and you’ll see scores of books with titles like • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die •1,000 Places to See in the United States... Read more »

Explore your city on International Greeter Day Saturday

Saturday is the first International Greeter Day. We Chicago Greeters will be downtown and in five neighborhoods offering free tours to everyone that are usually available only to out-of-towners. We’ll be joining Greeters in 100 places around the world in celebrating International Greeter Day and the Greeter idea, which emphasizes informal interaction between visitors and... Read more »
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To do in Chicago: a list of new-to-me possibilities for fun

Last week I was in a group of Chicago Greeters getting a tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory. Not only have I not spent enough time in the conservatory, I also had no idea there were outdoor gardens behind it. We also went into the “Golden Dome,” the Garfield Park fieldhouse and former administrative center... Read more »

Looking for a period drama to replace Downton Abbey?

It’s a show about a doktah who assists his mates in the forces of law and ordah. But this isn’t one of the many BBC imports on American TV. The Dr. Blake Mysteries is an Australian series. If you like period dramas and/or mysteries, you may want to check out The Dr. Blake Mysteries. I... Read more »