Category: Shari’s Corner

Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

March 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance opens its Season 39 Spring Series this week at the Harris Theatre.  The performances include three works by three different choreographers: Two Works by Nacho Duato, Solo Echo by Crystal Pite and Imprint by Lucas Crandall. Perhaps the best part of the certain-to-be-wonderful performances will be the Balcony Talks. Originally started as […]

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Ready, Set...Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

Ready, Set…Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

March 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elizabeth Rusch wrote a darling book called “Ready, Set…Baby!” which is the perfect gift to give young children to read while they wait for their new baby brother or sister. As you turn the pages, you’ll wonder if Elizabeth could, somehow, read children’s minds. Anna and Oliver find out that their mom is expecting a […]

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Family fun is free in March

Family fun is free in March

March 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Nothing is better than free family activities. This month there are plenty of free activities to keep everyone busy in a budget-friendly way. All the information came from various press releases, so be sure to check websites for the latest details. Joffrey Ballet As part of its Winning Works Choreographic Competition, The Joffrey Academy of […]

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The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

February 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

After an incredibly successful world premiere of their new Chicago-focused version of The Nutcracker, the Joffrey Ballet continues its Chicago premieres with Game Changers. In his program note, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater described Game Changers by writing, “For me, good work, whether abstract or narrative, speaks of the human condition and touches the heart.” Each […]

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The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

January 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

I took our girls to see The Hundred Dresses when it first premiered in Chicago in 2009. They were young, but the show made a strong impression. When I told them today that the Chicago Children’s Theatre brought the show back to the stage, they immediately said they wanted to see it again. The Hundred […]

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Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

January 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

The inaugural Chicago Puppet Festival was such a overwhelming success that organizers have created a larger, longer 2017 festival. Running from January 19 -29, the event features an international line-up for puppet artists with events for children, families and adults. Chicago’s connection with puppets goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. “Many consider […]

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The Joffrey Ballet premieres a truly #Chicago Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet premieres a truly #Chicago Nutcracker

December 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

When the Joffrey Ballet announced that the company was creating a new version of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, anticipation ran high. As guests entered the Auditorium Theatre, you could feel the crowds’ excitement. People talked about the reimagined production as if they were worried about a beloved family member’s health. From the moment the theater lights […]

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Pick your favorite Nutcracker for a memorable #holiday outing

Pick your favorite Nutcracker for a memorable #holiday outing

November 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

How do you like your Nutcracker? Traditional ballet? Whimsical? No dancing at all? This year, the Chicagoland area has a Nutcracker production for everyone. No matter where your family might be or when, there are Nutcrackers galore from Thanksgiving until December 31. The information below came from different press releases. Be sure to visit the […]

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Lady Lucy's Quest offers young girls a role model for life

Lady Lucy’s Quest offers young girls a role model for life

November 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Lady Lucy’s Quest arrived on our doorstep just as I was talking to a local mom about starting a Girl Scout troop. She wanted to show her troop that girls can do anything they set their minds to — in a way that would be fun and engaging. We both talked about how hard it […]

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COLLABORACTION's The Mars Assignment explores depression and its many stigmas

COLLABORACTION’s The Mars Assignment explores depression and its many stigmas

October 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Good theater often opens channels for hard conversations. This month, Collaboraction Theater Company, Chicago’s social issue-driven contemporary theatre, tackles mental illness with The Mars Assignment, a world premiere production about depression and its many stigmas.  The Mars Assignment looks at how different people prepare for every day activities. A young girl presents a school project about […]

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Refrigerator Oatmeal Makes Mornings More Fun

Refrigerator Oatmeal Makes Mornings More Fun

September 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’re not quite two months into the new school year and already our daughters are complaining about breakfast. They haven’t quite transitioned from the summer “eat whatever you want as long as you clean-up after yourself” routine to the “eat something quick so you don’t miss the bus” reality. Their lazy summer mornings are now […]

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Mamma Mia! brings the song and dance to the Paramount stage

Mamma Mia! brings the song and dance to the Paramount stage

September 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Paramount Theatre was recently honored with 14 2015-16 Equity Jeff Award nominations for its Broadway musical series. This was more than Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Committee awarded to any other Chicago theater. As I watched the amazing Mamma Mia! cast perform during opening night, I hoped everyone in the audience appreciated what a treasure the […]

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