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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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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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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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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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Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

January 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There are mixed opinions about whether or not children should be off school on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some people believe children should be in school learning about his important work, while others think it’s important to mark the holiday with a day off to do good works. In the Chicago area most schools […]

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It's time to make your family-friendly New Year's Eve plans

It’s time to make your family-friendly New Year’s Eve plans

December 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Across the Chicagoland area there are family-friendly events to help your family mark the end of 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016. Here are some to consider when planning your family’s celebration. Brookfield Zoo ends its annual Holiday Magic event with a Zoo Year’s celebration. As if more than 1 million LED twinkling lights, […]

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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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