Category: Shari’s Corner

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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Star Passage is a good first book in a new teen series

Star Passage is a good first book in a new teen series

August 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

It seems like many families are trying to squeeze in one more summer trip before school starts. Whenever we spend more than a couple of hours in the car, we have our girls bring multiple things to keep them busy. Recently we were invited to review a new book entitled Star Passage:  The Relic.  Our […]

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Bri-Ko is a wonderful foundation for the Inoffensive Theatre Series

Bri-Ko is a wonderful foundation for the Inoffensive Theatre Series

July 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

When the invitation arrived to visit Stage 773 for the Inoffensive Theatre Series, I was intrigued. Our girls are too old for most children’s theater productions, but not really ready for grown-up shows yet. The Inoffensive Theatre Series is described as “smart, imaginative, G-rated shows.” Still, it was hard to describe Bri-Ko, the show we […]

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Raising a Reader offers tips to help your children make reading part of #summer break

Raising a Reader offers tips to help your children make reading part of #summer break

July 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

Every summer parents fret about how to keep their children reading.  Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and guidance for families to implement home-based literacy routines, sent several tips for parents to make reading a part of the summer break. “Summer reading should be all about the parent-child experience,” said Gabrielle […]

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The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

May 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sir Frederick Aston used the original Brothers Grimm story to create a three-act ballet which is a masterpiece of humor, magic and surprising twists. The result is the Joffrey Ballet’s new production,”Cinderella,” a haunting and mature story that captivates the audience from the moment the curtain lifts. The humor started the minute the ugly step-sisters […]

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The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

May 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

There was a moment during The King & I’s first act when the King’s children arrive on stage when I couldn’t stop staring at Prince Chulalongkorn. I knew I’d seen him before, but it took a few minutes before I realized it was Matthew Uzarraga. My first thought was “he looks so much older than […]

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Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

April 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Magician David Kovac stars in “Fooling Buddha,” a coming-of-age story that mixes several unlikely elements to create a story everyone who grew up in the Midwest will understand. Before we saw the show, I was skeptical that Kovac could pull together middle-class Milwaukee, magic and Buddhism into one entertaining evening. It wasn’t long before Kovac’s […]

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Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

January 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just when we’re in the dull, dark winter doldrums, the Drury Lane Theatre brings a bright, colorful, joyful story to stage. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of an Elvis-like performer, with bad-boy tendencies, who is drafted into the Army. Before Conrad Birdie leaves for his two-year enlistment, his management team cooks up one final […]

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The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

January 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

The item showed up on Facebook feeds before we saw it on the news. It said that Illinois driver’s licenses and state IDs were no longer federally compliant for airline travel. This meant that TSA could require additional security measures before allowing Illinois residents to board an airplane. The measures could range from additional identification to a […]

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Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

December 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some holiday events are so beloved that they start as an idea and stay long enough to become a multi-generational tradition. Such is the legacy of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. This year the Joffrey Ballet ends its 28 year run of Robert Joffrey’s original choreography. What made Robert Joffrey’s version of The Nutcracker so unique […]

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A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

December 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

A Christmas Story –– The Musical was planned with families in mind is the start times. The Wednesday and Thursday shows start at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday shows start at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It seems like a small detail, but start times are important. An 8:00 p.m. start time is too late for […]

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