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Book Review: President Me - Not So Far-Fetched Now

Book Review: President Me - Not So Far-Fetched Now Here’s my book review of President Me: The America That’s in My Head by Adam Carolla

Deeply Rooted's "Aspects of Love" Review - An Inspired Performance That Left Me Crying and Laughing at the Same Time

Deeply Rooted's "Aspects of Love" Review - An Inspired Performance That Left Me Crying and Laughing at the Same Time Reviewing the amazing emotional rollercoaster that is "Aspects of Love" performance from Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Hint: it is better than deep-dish pizza

Book Review: Griftopia - Why the Banks Failed Us

Book Review: Griftopia - Why the Banks Failed Us Here’s my book review of Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi

The Odd Couple Review – Polar Opposites Continue to Provide Big Laughs

The Odd Couple Review – Polar Opposites Continue to Provide Big Laughs Grab some laughs with Felix and Oscar in Neil Simon's quintessential buddy comedy, The Odd Couple, at the lovely Delray Beach Playhouse

Book Review - Blackwell – Hell Has A New Master - A Gothic Novel That Keeps You Reading

Book Review - Blackwell – Hell Has A New Master - A Gothic Novel That Keeps You Reading Entertainment buzz has already begun around this new paranormal series from Vesuvian Books

Book Review: A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn - Of Old Manuscripts, Cash, and Blood

Book Review: A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn - Of Old Manuscripts, Cash, and Blood Here’s my book review of A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn, a Rabbi Ben mystery by Marvin J. Wolf

Local Spotlight: In Conversation with Chicago Artists Ellen Hanson & Caroline Liu

Local Spotlight: In Conversation with Chicago Artists Ellen Hanson & Caroline Liu Late last month, I first learned of Trace Elements an upcoming exhibition at Miishkooki Art Space, a new art gallery and studio that opened in Skokie last summer featuring the artwork of Ellen Hanson and Caroline Liu. Last week, I finally had the...

Bandstand Diaries Review – A Presentation at Max and Benny’s

Bandstand Diaries Review – A Presentation at Max and Benny’s I had the delight of hearing Sharon Sultan Cutler tell the story of her newly launched self-published book, “Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years”

Women and Children First Bookstore Review – A Tale of Two Authors

Women and Children First Bookstore Review – A Tale of Two Authors A recent presentation by two authors from the East Coast, New Jersey and New York was the strong motivation that finally propelled me to visit the Women and Children First Bookstore

Book Review - Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas Coloring Book)- What Do You Really Know About Christmas?

Book Review - Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas Coloring Book)- What Do You Really Know About Christmas? Do you really know about Christmas history - probably not

18 and Life on Skid Row - Book Signing with Sebastian Bach

18 and Life on Skid Row - Book Signing with Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach recently released his memoir, 18 AND LIFE ON SKID ROW, and he’ll be appearing at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on Monday, December 13th at 5 p.m. and at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on December 17th at 9 p.m

Architect Christopher Mercier Review-(fer) Studio Unveils Mural in Rogers Park in Inglewood

Architect Christopher Mercier Review-(fer) Studio Unveils Mural in Rogers Park in Inglewood (fer) studio's principal Christopher L. Mercier, is also an active artist within the Inglewood community. His Rogers Park Mural "Pathways to Success" from the summer of 2015, recently had a new edition titled "Wiggle Walls"

Art Basel Miami Beach Review - A Visual and Evocative Feast

Art Basel Miami Beach Review - A Visual and Evocative Feast Art Basel Miami Beach is an extraordinary global art fair representing renowned artists and those poised to join their ranks

"Searching for John Hughes" - In Conversation with Jason Diamond

"Searching for John Hughes" - In Conversation with Jason Diamond Not long ago, I stumbled upon what has to be one of this fall’s best — and most engaging — reads, Jason Diamond’s memoir Searching for John Hughes (out on November 29th from HarperCollins/William Morrow). Earlier this month, I had the...

"CONNECT" Hyde Park Art Festival Preview - A weekend of Art and Performance in Hyde Park

"CONNECT" Hyde Park Art Festival Preview - A weekend of Art and Performance in Hyde Park The CONNECT Hyde Park Art Festival will run from November 18-20, 2016 at multiple sites and feature a plethora of visual, decorative, wearable and graphic arts plus film, music and much more

Dr. Seuss Museum Project Preview - Picks Up Steam

Dr. Seuss Museum Project Preview - Picks Up Steam Progress Continuing on Museum Honoring Dr. Seuss in Springfield, MA First Museum to Honor Theodor Geisel is Slated to Open in 2017

NCIBA's "Discovery Show" Has Record Attendance, Outstanding Previews

NCIBA's "Discovery Show" Has Record Attendance, Outstanding Previews Two-Day industry event gathers indie book sellers and treats to author "sneak peeks."

"Making Mainbocher" Review- An Exhibit of the First American Couturier at The Chicago History Museum

"Making Mainbocher" Review- An Exhibit of the First American Couturier at The Chicago History Museum The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, just opened a beautiful and comprehensive one-of-a-kind exhibit dedicated to the life, work and legacy of Chicago-born Main Rousseau Bocher, the First American Couturier

In Conversation with John Maloof of Miishkooki Art Space

 In Conversation with John Maloof of Miishkooki Art Space Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Chicago native John Maloof regarding his new gallery and studio, Miishkooki Art Space, which opened in Skokie late this summer, just east of the community’s downtown core. Read on to see what...

Artist Charlie Patton Preview - Still Painting after All These Years!

Artist Charlie Patton Preview - Still Painting after All These Years! Upper West Restaurant presents “Visceral” Intuitive Abstraction, a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Charlie Patton. Come meet the artist at the opening reception on Sunday October 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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