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Art exhibits have always been immersive in one way or another. Although visitors were never allowed to touch Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” at The Museum of Modern Art, seeing the colors, textures and brushstrokes of the painting were always enough to transport them to the artist’s as… Read more

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A new season of Karina Longworth’s incredible Hollywood history podcast “You Must Remember This” dropped Tuesday, and this one may prove to be the most groundbreaking season yet. If you’re not already familiar with “You Must Remember This,” it’s a spellbinding oral history throughout the fir… Read more

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If (like me) you love to travel and plan every journey around visiting great restaurants, you’re probably pretty bummed these days. Arriving right on time to offer us a delicious fantasy trip is Bill Buford’s new memoir, “Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Loo… Read more

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The film and TV world was hit hard last weekend. On Saturday, it was announced that beloved comic actor Fred Willard had passed away at the age of 86 from natural causes. Then, almost immediately after that news broke came word that indie filmmaker and prolific TV director Lynn Shelton had d… Read more

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Simple enough idea: A well-intended theater project in the Chicago suburbs responds to the current pandemic by doing fundraiser readings of plays in YouTube livestreams, with viewers invited to donate. Any money raised goes in part to Mount Sinai Hospital on Chicago’s West Side. Read more

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Mail-order seed companies report they are running out of seed – vegetable seeds, primarily. Seems like we’re all wanting to take a step toward self-sufficiency this spring when there are so many other aspects of life beyond our control. Read more

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I am living under the flight path of major construction. A Swainson’s hawk is plucking cottonwood branches from one neighbor’s tree and taking them over my house to another neighbor’s tree to build a nest. Read more

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Moms already have it hard enough. They play the role of maid, chauffeur, chef, dogwalker, personal assistant and more, and lately many of them have had to add homeschool teacher to that list. The least you can do is remember that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, and do a little something spec… Read more