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Someone You Should Know: Playwright For The Homeless

At the Athenaeum Theatre, the many facets of homelessness are explored in the play “The Bench Mark.” CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

10/18/2013

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Homeless Advocate Staging Play About His Father’s Struggle

A longtime advocate for the homeless has begun channeling his efforts in a new direction.

WBBM Newsradio–09/03/2013

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Powerful Play Opens At NU’s Louis Theater Next Week

“The Exonerated” follows the stories of six people who were sentenced to death row and eventually absolved and set free.

04/13/2013

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Winter Break Guide To The Botanic Garden

This time of year–winter break after Christmas–most of the parents I know are in search of two things: a way to entertain the troops that does not include TV, and a little warmth. Last year we discovered the wonders of a place that offers both when we ventured to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Since our first trip there, we’ve since become much more acquainted, so here’s a little guide to the garden with kids during the winter.

12/27/2012

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How Your Backyard Can Save Your Summer

Much to my boys’ dismay, we simply cannot spend every minute of daylight each day of summer vacation at the park, the pool or at the beach. There are days we all simply need to relax, and well, the house isn’t self-cleaning and dinner isn’t self-preparing, so even if we table the relaxing idea, there are days (even in the gloriousness of summer vacation) when we simply must be homebound in order to keep alive and partially clean. This is where the backyard comes in…

06/18/2012

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Guide To Costume Creating For Kids

Creative and imaginative play often comes naturally from the ever-learning-and-exploring minds of children, so there’s oftentimes no need to spend a whole lot of money on costumes or accessories. Here’s a simple guide to gathering resources for a costume and scene-setting trunk that will keep your little ones’ play time running wild even if there’s a return to indoor play with Chicago weather featuring characteristic all-day rains that are typical for our Midwestern spring.

04/04/2012

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Top Seven Kid-Friendy Stores On Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue is the place to shop ‘til you drop. From high-end boutiques to funky fashion hotspots, there’s a shop to satisfy everyone. Even kids will find a shop or two that meets their wildest shopping dreams. Here are my top seven picks for fun and kid-friendly shops on the Magnificent Mile.

03/30/2012

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Gorilla Tango Theatre: More Than Just Burlesque (Though That’s Nice Too)

A little neighborhood theatre located in Bucktown, Gorilla Tango creates a feeling of closeness for those who attend shows there. Literally. It only seats about fifty people, but I think this works in its favor, closing that gap of separation you might feel while watching a bigger production, pulling the crowd into everything that happens onstage just a little bit more.

01/18/2012

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Best Chicago Neighborhood Theatres

The dawn of a new year is particularly exciting for local theatre-goers, as it signals the start of new seasons of productions around town. While the Broadway-style shows in the Loop often steal the limelight, there’s never a shortage of top-quality theatre to experience outside of downtown. Neighborhood theatres are too often one of those things that people discover only after having lived in a particular area for a long time…

01/09/2012

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Steppenwolf’s ‘Detroit’ Headed To Broadway

The renowned Steppenwolf Theatre is making another trip to Broadway.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2011