Tag: "Shari Schmidt"

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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The Chicago Dancing Festival puts the audience in the performance with Planet Chicago

The Chicago Dancing Festival puts the audience in the performance with Planet Chicago

August 24, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival continues its tradition of breaking new ground with Planet Chicago. This event features all Chicago dance ensembles in an iconic Chicago destination. Unlike a traditional dance performance where the dancers are on the stage and the audience is in the seats, Planet Chicago mixes the dancers and audience members in a […]

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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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Chicago Dancing Festival free tickets available starting July 19

Chicago Dancing Festival free tickets available starting July 19

July 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

The Chicago Dancing Festival — the nation’s largest dance festival — is truly a Chicago treasure. This year, for the Chicago Dancing Festival’s 10th Anniversary, renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, have put together an event that brings together Chicago favorites with original works. As always, Chicago Dancing Festival tickets […]

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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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Museums for All offers discounted admission for low income families

Museums for All offers discounted admission for low income families

July 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

This summer, The Field Museum, Museum of Contemporary of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago have joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services established to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. […]

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Expert Tips to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Expert Tips to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

July 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

This summer everyone is talking about how to prevent mosquitoes from spreading the Zika virus. Just when Chicago Moms started researching ways to prevent mosquito borne illnesses, Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of earthkind®, sent a press release with all the information informed parents need to keep their families safer this summer. Here are […]

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#Summer memories are waiting to be made

#Summer memories are waiting to be made

June 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

At some point every summer I wonder what our girls will say when their friends ask about their summer. What will be the one thing they talk about when they head back to school? There are so many fun activities happening in the city and suburbs that any one of these will give your kids […]

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Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

June 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago White Sox have a fun filled weekend planned for your family and friends as part of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL WEEKEND.  This “league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate youth participation in baseball and softball. The new initiative, which will make kids a starring […]

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Summer is a great time to focus on your child's soft skills

Summer is a great time to focus on your child’s soft skills

May 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

A great new book showed up in my mailbox recently. Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College and Beyond by Cary J. Green, PhD is a easy-to-read book which helps students understand why some of their most important skills cannot be measured on a standardized test. The book is a […]

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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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