• City Stories

    The King & I & Me

    A year after moving to Chicago, there are still shows on Broadway I wish I’d seen while I had the chance. Though I resolved my major miss in never getting to Hamilton, I still regret not seeing Fun Home (though I did see Hugh Jackman in a play at that same theater just before it took over), and everything I’ve heard about Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The King & I has me wishing I’d been able to make it to that, too. In fairness, I don’t think it opened until after I’d moved away, but still. One of my new goals with theater is to just go – I’d…

  • City Stories

    Spring into Chicago

    According to the calendar, Spring 2016 officially began on March 20. It never got warmer than 45* that day; the low was 33* (just one degree above freezing!). With few exceptions, the weather has stayed much the same in Chicago as the season rolls on. Early in April, one weekend saw an entire day of snow, sun, clouds, rain, snow and sun again, switching back and forth every 20 minutes or so. Don’t take my word for it: the internet made sure to capture it. And yet, signs of life have peeked through the chill here and there, a day with no clouds or temps blissfully above 60*. And in this…

  • City Stories,  Travel Tales

    A Date with NYC: Post-script

    A year after moving away, I got myself back to New York for a weekend and anticipation was high, to say the least. I am happy to report that the trip not only lived up to expectations, it surprised and delighted in ways I never could have guessed, making it all the more memorable. I flew out after work on Wednesday and made my way to my room in Park Slope, a tiny second-floor spot in a brownstone owned by a lovely woman who’d lived there for 35-plus years. She welcomed me warmly at nearly midnight, and I settled in quickly, buzzing with good energy being back in the city…

  • City Stories

    History is Happening

    In 1996, I was a freshman in high school. A freshman in a new high school in a new town in a new house. That year I discovered RENT with the rest of the world and nothing was ever the same again. I’ve loved musicals since I was small, when my mom took me to see CATS when I was seven. Six? Either way, I was tiny and my little brain was impressionable and I fell in love with this art form unlike anything else, the American musical. (Yes, CATS is by a British guy, but it set Broadway records, mmmkay?). While my friends were listening to Green Day and…

  • City Stories

    A Date with NYC

    In just over a week, I head off for a long weekend in NYC. Returning just about a year after I moved away, it’s the first time I’ll be back to the Big Apple since then (with the exception of a whirlwind 24 hour trip for a film event late last summer). I’ve stayed away until now for several reasons, not the least of which was because I really needed to make a clean break from the place in order to fully appreciate my new digs in Chicago. Budget was also a consideration – not much time for weekend getaways when I’m busy furnishing an apartment and what not. And…

  • City Stories

    Dinner and a show – for one

    January was a slow month for me. Blame it on the weather, coupled with some soul-searching I’d rather not get into here (yet). Regardless, I couldn’t quite find the motivation to get out and about even as the days started getting longer, if only by minutes. So as a new month rolled around, I started actually clicking on the emails I signed up for ages ago with all the goings on around Chicago, and started sorting out what kinds of adventures I could send myself on in the new year. Within a week, I had purchased two tickets to two different local theater productions that both came well reviewed. (Brief…