Friday, March 21, 2014

Houston, I Think We Have a Ballet (This Weekend in Chicago!)

Houston Ballet's Aladdin at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
The Houston Ballet is coming to Chicago this weekend, March 22 and 23, with their production of Aladdin at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway.

This will be the fist time the Houston Ballet will present a show at the Auditorium Theatre. Additionally, it will be my first time seeing the ballet version of what is now "a Disney Classic." I received an invitation to attend the show and will be joined by my husband, but its an ideal ballet for families, too.

Before Disney did it's thing Aladdin was best know as one of the stories of the Arabian Nights. It's the tale of a young boy tricked into retrieving a magic lamp from a hidden cave. He soon realizes that the lamp is the home of a magical genie, and it grants the boy riches beyond his imagination. The now-wealthy boy falls in love with the emperor's daughter, but then is exposed by the emperor's assistant. Calamity and magic carpet rides ensue.

I look forward to seeing a classic tale retold in a non-Disney, not to mention ballet, form. I don't think I've seen a dance performance featuring dancers over the age of 10 in as many years.

The show is this Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00. Tickets $32 -$92 are available online at ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-982-ARTS.

Click to read a full schedule of the Auditorium Theatre's performances. (Hey, I just realized Amy Schumer will be there Friday March 28. She's really funny. Off to check my calendar...)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Three Future Food Trends

Yes, I'm calling these three food trends, but because I'm so far ahead of my time, I don't expect them to be thangs for another 3-5 years. Still, I want to get these down so Future Kim will be able to gloat, "I called it back in 2014!" Of course if all goes according to plan, Future Kim's children will be off at college in five years and left with an agreeable dog (and without eye-rolling teens around) she may no longer feel the need to prove that she sometimes Gets. Things. Right.

Three Food Trends that are Going To Make It Big

1. Probiotics
Some might argue that this is already a thing, but I think Americans are only at the beginning of our love affair with probiotics. As science reveals more about microbes and the importance the little bugs in our gut (and on our skin, etc.), this category will explode.

2. Kefir for Dogs
Yes, kefir is a probiotic food, but no, I'm not cheating. People can and do give their dogs yogurt and kefir, but according to Google no one is marketing a kefir (or yogurt) just for dogs yet. This could be big, but perhaps not for the first one to market. It makes the most sense as an offshoot of the brand(s) that already have refrigerated products in the pet store. I suspect these cool sections will grow in size and number over time.

3. Actual Bugs
The thought of eating creepy crawly critters may give the average American jitters, but within 20 years, we'll join the rest of the world* and incorporate insect proteins into our diet (people with shellfish allergies beware). Compared to our typical sources of animal protein- chickens, cows, and pigs- insects are easy to farm and are less damaging to the earth. Now, I think we're more than 20 years away from sitting down to eat a big old bowl of earthworms, but people will warm to flours and other forms that make the insects less obvious, ahem. Chocolate chirp ice cream and bugelach for dessert, anyone?

*Just one of the fun facts I've learned as this year's Entomology coach for Science Olympiad.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Counting Down the Days Until Skokie's Spring Greening: April 6, 2014

Skokie's Spring Greening is one of those things I heard about through a well-timed Facebook update. DH and stopped over with a few of our difficult-to-recycle items and bid them adieu in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. This green event provides area residents with a chance to safely dispose of  tires, batteries, electronic waste, and more. We been piling up those items since last May ready for this year's event on April 6. Alas, I just read they won't take old paint, so now I need to figure out what to do with that...

The Spring Greening also features a Green Fair highlighting civic groups, a high school "trashy fashion show" and local utilities. As I recall we also picked up a few seedlings for our garden from The Talking Farm, though it's hard to imagine a garden growing any time soon--and I'm not sure how we're going to keep our veggie-loving dog out of it when we do.

Whether you've got old batteries in the basement or an old prom dress in the back closet, there's no better place to recycle them than Skokie's Spring Greening.

The Spring Greening will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2104 from 10 - 2 at Niles North High School in Skokie.