City Alive with Dreams

This past weekend, I attended my first poetry slam at the Green Mill. I’d only been there in the past for music, basically for only the amazing Alan Gersik and his Swing Time Band, and I tried the Paper Machete, a live literary variety show. (Not really my cup of tea sadly. I much prefer […]

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Chicago Home Theatre Festival

Last night, I attended an event of the Chicago Home Theatre Festival. This was a new festival for me. It’s an international movement that started in Berkeley and spread across the US, Canada, and Mexico. It’s tag line is “Home is where the art is.” The idea is to move art from institutional spaces and […]

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Write Club and More

Last night, I went to the Write Club at the Hideout. I’ve mentioned the Write Club several months ago but for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it is a live literary event that is described as Fight Club for writing. Ian Belknap is the irascible, swearing host who brilliantly moves the show […]

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Starved Rock State Park

This weekend, we also trekked out to Starved Rock State Park near Ottawa, IL. It’s about a 1 hour and forty minute drive from Chicago. It was wonderful. In my late 20s, I discovered that I really like hiking. As a city girl, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to hike when I was […]

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Review: Henry V

This weekend, we went to see Henry V at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. My boyfriend was extremely excited since he’s a tremendous Anglophile and he’d never seen it before. As some of you know, I’m very partial to Shakespeare and particularly like the histories. Richard II is my favorite Shakespeare play. (Spoilers below of plot […]

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Review: Lula del Ray

Last night, I went to see Manual Cinema’s Lula del Ray at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. I was so enchanted and intrigued by Manual Cinema’s shadow puppet show at the Studs Terkel Festival that I decided to check Manual Cinema’s upcoming shows. And I’m glad I did. They are doing at least […]

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Hearst Ranch

Last night I attended an amazing lecture on the “Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy” at the Richard Driehaus Museum given by Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s historian. She gave a detailed history of the Hearst family, the father George and his son William Randolph Hearst, the giant parcel of land that would become the ranch, […]

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Review: White Snake

I went to see the Chinese fable White Snake at the Goodman Theatre. I really enjoyed it. The play was full of music and delight. I would recommend seeing it. The story is about a White Snake who was searching for Enlightenment. She studied for thousands of years and developed magical powers. One restless evening, […]

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Part 4: Studs Terkel Festival

I’ve been spending the past few days talking about the Studs Terkel festival at the University of Chicago. This is the fourth and final post about the festival. After the wondrous Ira Glass, there was the “Let’s Get Working – The Concert”, a joint collaboration with the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and the Hideout. […]

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Part 3: Studs Terkel Festival

I’ve been talking about the magnificent Studs Terkel festival that took place from May 9th to May 10th. The festival spent a lot of time honoring the great work of Studs Terkel and the many people who knew him and/or influenced by him. One thing that the festival organizers wanted to do was to create […]

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