Archive for July 2017

An American in Paris at the Oriental Theatre ’S Wonderful

An American in Paris at the Oriental Theatre ’S Wonderful
Sometimes I worry when an award-winning Broadway blockbuster like An American in Paris* goes on tour. Will the touring cast measure up? Will the sets be less than magical? Will the costumes be tired? No worries with this An American in Paris that opened Wednesday night at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a... Read more »

Gauguin Artist as Alchemist at the AIC: If you think you know Gauguin think again

Gauguin Artist as Alchemist at the AIC: If you think you know Gauguin think again
“It’s precisely an endless kind of art that I’m interested in, rich in all sorts of techniques, suitable for translating all the emotions of nature and humanity.” —Paul Gauguin, 1903 If when you think of Paul Gaugiun, you think of paintings of bare-breasted native women in idyllic Tahitian settings (like the painting above) you wouldn’t... Read more »

Go Green: Earth friendly ideas from local gardens

Maps were available for the self-guided tour. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Does your garden need a facelift? If you are tired of cutting the grass, using pesticides and raking leaves, there are alternatives. Yesterday “Go Green Wilmette” presented what has become their annual (since 2013) Go Green ‘Alternative Yard’ tour–part of a year round effort that offers educational  seminars, film showings, book discussions, and gatherings and... Read more »
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The Chicago Cubs lining up a week of hot events and food offerings

The Chicago Cubs lining up a week of hot events and food offerings
The Chicago Cubs have been on a roll since the All-Star break. Today they return to Wrigley Field, with a chance to get back into first place in their division. The upcoming week with the Cubs hosting their division rival the St. Louis Cardinals July 21-23 and the first two games of the Crosstown Cup... Read more »

HIR at Steppenwolf: asks what pronoun are you?

HIR at Steppenwolf: asks what pronoun are you?
Ze, she, he, him, her, hir, his, hers, hirs Family isn’t quite what it used to be according to Mac Taylor’s (judy–not a name but a gender pronoun) explosive Chicago premiere of Hir now on stage at Steppenwolf Theatre. After recently seeing Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness at the Goodman Theatre–a story about family life in... Read more »

Inferno Fest: hot times coming to Highwood

Inferno Fest: hot times coming to Highwood
If you like it hot then head to Highwood this Wednesday, July 12 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue) for Inferno Fest. Inferno Fest, one of a string of summer fests that take place in Highwood, will be turning up the fire with the hottest of hot spicy foods and... Read more »
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Ah Wilderness! Eugene O'Neill's rare comic take on family life at the Goodman Theatre

Ah Wilderness! Eugene O'Neill's rare comic take on family life at the Goodman Theatre
 I love the Fourth of July.      For me, it’s right up there with Thanksgiving. There’s no pretense, no gift giving, no blue state/red state rhetoric. We are all one– celebrating the red and blue of our flag (not of our politics). It is not surprising that Eugene O’Neill, used Independence Day as the... Read more »

71 Taste of Chicago foods that taste great without blowing your diet

71 Taste of Chicago foods that taste great without blowing your diet
Healthy choices are not what most of us want or think when we head to Taste of Chicago (kicking off this Wednesday). But maybe it’s time to take another look at healthy choices–especially if they don’t look like health food. Humana Healthier Choices that have been offered at Taste for the past 10 years have... Read more »