#TBT: Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and country legend Dolly Parton turned 70 on January 19. For this Throwback Thursday, let's celebrate with a look back at her career. A prolific musician with 46 Grammy nominations and 25 No. 1 hits on Billboard's country charts, Dolly Parton is adored by her legion of fans for her pure voice and simple melodies […]

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Local Heroines: Pioneering Chicago Women

Women today enjoy universal suffrage, the right to hold public office, and equal opportunities in education and employment. From our 21st century perspective it's easy to forget that this wasn't always the case. You may not know the names of the local women at the forefront of these struggles, but they had a prominent role in fighting for […]

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Women and Work: Having It All Post-Lean In

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Can women have it all? Work and family? Professional fulfillment and domestic bliss? It's an age-old question, but now new contributors are adding to the conversation. Here are some titles to broaden your horizons this Women's History Month. There is, of course, Lean in, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's bestseller about women realizing their true potential through self-confidence and dreaming big. […]

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Perfect Your Pix: Digital Photography Books

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Frustrated with the flat light and inaccurate color from the automatic setting on your digital camera? Want to learn how to use some of the manual features and get creative control of the images you create? Or maybe (like me a few years ago) you've reluctantly switched from an analog to a digital camera. Here are some books that can help […]

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Horror Films for the Jaded

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Every fall at the first whiff of mulled cider I get excited about the prospect of the season's new crop of horror movies. “Prepare to be scared!” states the promotional poster of one. “Simply terrifying!” intones the voiceover on the trailer of another. However, as horror film aficionados well know, it is the rare film that lives up […]

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Happy 200th, Giuseppe Verdi

October 10, 2013 marked the 200th birthday of Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra celebrated the occasion with a performance of Verdi's Requiem at Orchestra Hall, conducted by Music Director Riccardo Muti (who is a Verdi specialist) with soloists Tatiana Serjan, soprano; Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; and Ildar Abdrazakov, bass. Missed the concert? You are in luck, as the webcast and […]

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