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Toni Patisserie & Cafe - Just Because

I was once a cocktail waitress for about 20 minutes.  So, I really understand how difficult it is when one ventures into the restaurant biz.  Meaning, I really believe in stressing the positive aspects over any opening-night jitters which may cloud one’s dining experience. In fact, one of my positive qualities is that I never... Read more »

Emmy Awards Meltdown and More

I am trying to compose myself and delve into a recap of Sunday night’s Emmy Awards telecast.   Let me first get this out of the way — Julie Bowen needs to eat a cheeseburger!   Oh, and while I’m at it, Kirstie Alley is NOT a size 4, 6 or 8!!   As for the actual... Read more »

NEXT TO NORMAL - Kelly's Bravo

NEXT TO NORMAL, a rare and gutsy musical starring TONY Winner Alice Ripley, (who I loved in SIDE SHOW), set up shop for a week in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre. I am still amazed at how brave it was for composer Tom Kitt and writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey to sell this show to... Read more »

Kelly's Show & Tell: Venti-lation vignette

The hypocrisy of the Hollywood community continues to amaze me.  Kobe Bryant can utter a homophobic slur “in the heat of the moment” – and gets a reaction from many that sounds very much like the old “boys will be boys” excuse.  He has been fined, which I am sure his agent has suggested he... Read more »

Ramsey Lewis "Proclamation of Hope"

Ramsey Lewis, Chicago’s own joyous jazzman, will be featured on WTTW-Channel 11 and other PBS television stations tonight. His composition, “Proclamation of Hope,” is an orchestral suite which he performed at Ravinia and the Kennedy Center in Washington. The varied musical motif celebrates many different styles (jazz, gospel, classical) and honors the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial... Read more »

WORKING, A musical

WORKING, a musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, is now in an open-run at the Broadway Playhouse on Chestnut Street. This show is such a well-acted, superbly sung and inventively staged musical, every seat should be filled at almost every performance. Yet, the problem may be the theater itself — Jeepers, when I... Read more »

Star Whackers Musical Interlude

Randy Quaid used to be a really good actor. Now, I just think of him as a crazy guy in Canada with an even crazier wife. He’s really like your strange uncle, who may or may not have benefited from electro convulsive shock therapy. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to... Read more »

Chicago Street Photographer: Finding Vivian Maier

John Maloff, an intrepid real estate agent and author, has brought forth his hidden talents and introduced me to a stern-looking French/Austrian woman named Vivian Maier.  Maier spent her day-to-day life working as a nanny on the North Shore.  I guess there is hope for all of us in the creative closet. Maloof’s purchase of 100,000 negatives and... Read more »

Queue It Up - Still Bill DVD

Still Bill is a lovely portrait of singer/songwriter Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us,”) by documentary filmmakers Alex Vlack and Damani Baker.  This DVD release examines a somewhat reluctant subject and his decision to step away for almost 25 years from, what Withers called, “the fame... Read more »

Sugar Bliss

Teresa Ging has a brand new thing at **Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique.** I know, the cupcake mania seems to be in overdrive. However, I like the simplicity and elegance of this bake shop. Check out the quaint and serene store on Wabash in the Loop and at ****. Teresa has style in spades and beyond... Read more »