Tag: "Shari Schmidt"

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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Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

May 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

When marketing guru Peter Shankman’s “occasional, non-annoying” email arrived in my inbox promoting his ADHD as Your Superpower webinar, I immediately forwarded the email to several friends. What intrigued me about the webinar was Peter’s take on ADHD. He called it a secret superpower, not a disability. Unlike most people who talk about ADHD in […]

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Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

April 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

This year Earth Day is Friday, April 22. This is “the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action,” according to the Earth Day website. No matter where you live, there are opportunities to celebrate with family fun and volunteer opportunities. Sometimes, volunteering can be […]

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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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The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

April 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

Day after day after day people talk about the mess we call Illinois. Unfortunately most people feel such despair that they can’t imagine a way out of the mess. Of all the ideas being tossed around, the Better Government Association is championing one worth considering: the Independent Map Amendment. The Independent Map Amendment is an […]

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Illinois public universities need your help

Illinois public universities need your help

April 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

Reboot Illinois recently ran a story called Budget crisis “on the verge of dismantling” Illinois higher education system. In the story, author Mark Fitton reported on the March 10 Illinois State Senate appropriations committee on higher education funding meeting. It paints a dark picture of of a system in crisis without any hope for a […]

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West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

March 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

There is a moment in every well-known musical that determines whether or not the audience buys into the director’s interpretation of a beloved production. For me, when I see West Side Story, it’s the song Maria. There’s an anticipation that grows when you know the song is about to start. When Will Skrip started singing […]

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#Chicago's diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

#Chicago’s diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

March 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings its Spring Series to the Harris Theatre March 17 – 20 with a world premiere by Lucas Crandall. This “e-scale ensemble work choreographed for the entire company takes cues from Crandall’s interest in the movement mechanics of stampede behavior.” The company brings I am Mister B, the company’s homage to George […]

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Hairspray the right story at the right time

Hairspray the right story at the right time

February 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

At a time when race relations are making headlines for all the wrong reasons, it was strange to sit at the Paramount Theatre watching Hairspray — The Broadway Musical. The larger-than-life story about a plus-sized teen who sets out to be part of an afternoon dance show and ends up changing race relations in her […]

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Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

February 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

When I saw the news reports outlining the ongoing Flint water crisis, I wondered if the Crestwood families who went through their own deadly water poisoning are having flashbacks. If you don’t remember the story, Crestwood is a small, Southwest suburb near Crestwood and Route 83.  For years the Chicago suburb was known for giving […]

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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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