Farm Barn – 8/2020 Edgewater – 1133 W Granville Ave Chicago, IL 60660

Sign said: Closed due to C-19.

Not sure if that means permanently or temporarily.

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The High Note 7/2020

Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent–and ego–have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.

Q-tips say: Yes, see it. A good diversion for the weekend, a movie to kick back with, listen to some music and have a good time. Mrs. Q says: I had no idea that Tracee Ellis Ross had such a wonderful voice. You might have seen her in “blackish” the TV sitcom.

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American Tragedy 8/2020

April 20, 1999 Columbine High School was under attack by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, attempts to reconcile how the son she thought she knew, the son she loved could willingly be a school shooter. “If love could have stopped Columbine,” she says, “Columbine would never have happened.” What would real prevention look like? Is it possible? Is America ready?

Q-tips say: Yes, watch it. A movie every parent should watch. Any parent could find themselves in the shoes of Sue Kiebold. The movie demonstrates the struggles kids go through and how parents don’t always see the signs. A real life drama highlighting the need for more focus on mental health…particularly with our kids. An eye-opener that all parents should see. Can be a bit slow at the beginning but is a must see for all.

Mrs. Q says: During these C -19 days one has to wonder if our children need more attention. How will parents work & school their children. What about the “special needs children?” Most parents are not teachers though they may have many degrees but not teaching degrees. Sometimes schools catch different problems – child abuse, hunger, mental issues, & how are some children interacting with other children/people, etc. Parenting is not always an easy job but hopefully we do it with love & kindness .

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Art Institute -Chicago

159 E Monroe St., Chicago, 312-443-3600

Q-tips say: Yes, go and enjoy! So much to see, you probably can’t see it all in one day. The El Greco exhibit is scheduled till Sept. 7, 2020 unless they extend it. Yes, you need to make an appt. & wear masks & do “social distancing.” They have sanitizing machines to use & indoor eating areas are closed. Mrs. Q says: she was thrilled to see the El Greco exhibit & many of the other Museum Highlights like Ancient Roman Art, Indian Southeast Asian Art, Impressionism, International Modern Art.. Afterwards, the Q’s went to Shaw’s Crab house for a bite.

Mrs. Q asks: Do you know what Oxidation Painting is?

Answer: The “Oxidation Paintings” is a series of “paintings” done by coating canvases with wet copper paint and afterwards urinating on them, urine which oxidizes and changes color. In most cases, the urine does not belong to Warhol, but to his friends. Warhol once said: “It’s a parody of Jackson Pollock”, alluding to Pollock’s legendary emission into Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace.

Special exhibit: El Greco – This major exhibition charts the career of the artist known simply as El Greco. Over 57 works from across the world trace not only the development of his distinctive style but also the astounding ambition that drove him to relentlessly pursue success.

Paris exhibition to cast El Greco in new light | The Art Newspaper
The Assumption of the Virgin
El Greco, Adoration of the Shepherds (video) | Khan Academy
The Adoration of the Shepherds. You can spot
an El Greco painting across the room due to his
use of elongated figures. 

ANCIENT ART | Roman sculpture, Roman art, Ancient art
Ancient Roman Art Exhibit
Meditation, Relaxation, Calm, Peace
Asian Art Exhibit
Best Impressionist Painters From Claude Monet to Edgar Degas
Some of the best artwork from Monet, Degas, Renoir.
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Love on the Spectrum 8/2020

Love on the Spectrum follows seven singles, who have different levels Autistic tendencies, as they take their first steps into the world of dating. As well as help from their families, experts provide the love-seekers with practical skills to help them navigate what can be a confusing experience for anyone, giving them the confidence to begin their journey on the road to finding love.

Autism – These are some of the characteristics of ASD:

  • problems with social interaction with others. …
  • unusual interest in objects.
  • need for sameness.
  • great variation in abilities.
  • under or over reaction to one or more of the five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, or hearing.
  • repeated actions or body movements.

Q-tips say: We did enjoy the 5 episodes. It becomes clear that people on the autism spectrum deal with many of the same problems that people without autism deal with everyday, especially when it comes to dating. Though autism can make dating a little more difficult, the series shows that autism doesn’t automatically mean people on the spectrum are incapable of expressing emotions or feeling love. Reality dating shows are a dime a dozen, but few of them feel as genuine and eye-opening as Love on the Spectrum. By following a group of Australian singles on the autism spectrum as they try to find love, we get a glimpse into the lives of those who have constantly been portrayed as a challenge to overcome or a disability that only comes with woes.

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Museum of Science & Industry 7/2020 –

5700 S Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637, (773) 684-1414,

Yes, you need to make a reservation for a specific time. You must wear your mask the entire time you are visiting. They have sanitizing hand machines/& many employees wearing masks & constantly cleaning. We drove & parked in their lot. Must practice “social distancing.”

Q-tips say: Glad we went. Hardly anyone there but many of the interactive exhibit are closed. Therefore that means you enjoy the exhibits with your eyes instead of your hands. But the model train exhibit is working. Yes, that means the little ones who want to touch everything to see how it works, cannot do that at the present time.

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Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago
Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. Mirror maze
Mirror Maze – so much fun.
Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. Model of Seattle
Model train exhibit – is still working.
Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. United plane.
Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. Train
Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. Science of storms tornado exhibit
Science of storms tornado exhibit

Body Parts. Yes, yours!

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Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. The human body

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Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. Intestines
Your Intestines

How life begins exhibit.

Photo of Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL, United States. A Piece of the Moon
A piece of the moon.

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Good bye for now Museum of Science & Industry.
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The Weight of Gold

2020 Gold Medal - 1.75" Academic Award Medallion - Shining Achievement Medal by Jones School Supply

7/2020 – The Weight of Gold is an HBO Sports documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. The film comes during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the 2020 Tokyo Games — the first such postponement in Olympic history — and greatly exacerbated mental health issues.

In a typical year, more than 3.6 billion people around the world tune in to watch the Olympic Games. What most of these viewers don’t know is that just like one in five Americans, many of these Olympic athletes similarly face serious mental health challenges and struggle to find the necessary support and resources. In THE WEIGHT OF GOLD, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time, shares his account of his struggle, along with other high-profile Olympic athletes including Jeremy Bloom, Lolo Jones, Gracie Gold, Bode Miller, Shaun White, Sasha Cohen, David Boudia, Katie Uhlaender, and, posthumously, Steven Holcomb and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson as shared by his mother, Linda Peterson.

Q-tips say: Yes, see it. Mrs. Q says: Being a winning Olympic athlete is not all Gold & Glimmer. The athletes are candid, personal and, in some cases, in considerable pain as they talk about their struggles. Weight of Gold remains essential viewing.

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The Babushkas of Chernobyl

7/2020 – For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.” Stylish and stubborn, these fascinating women have survived, and even thrived, on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They are the last survivors of a community who refused to leave their ancestral homes after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. But the babushkas aren’t the only risk-takers: scientists, bureaucrats and even young men and women called “Stalkers” (who break in illegally to pursue their video game-inspired fantasies) explore the dystopian Zone and seek out its radioactive grandmas.

Q-tips say: Yes, see it. Enjoyed the old Ukraine village gals who said screw it to wherever the Soviets sent them after the nuclear plant meltdown and returned to live out their lives, mostly by themselves but with support from one another, in the contaminated zone they’d always called home.

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Lincoln Park Zoo 7/2020

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2001 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614, – (312) 742-2000

Yes, 1. You need to make a reservation for a specific time so they have control of the # of people in the zoo.

2. Masks must be worn by all two legged visiting people but not necessary for the animals behind the animal cages/exhibits. And must practice “social distancing.” There are hand sanitizer stations for public use & well marked walkways.

3. Arrive 5 mins. before your specified scheduled time. Found parking on the street. The train/the bldgs./petting zoo/all rides were closed. You can see the animals outside while enjoying the weather. Bathrooms are available.

Yes, we did enjoy our visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Photo of Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, IL, United States. Flamingos
Photo of Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, IL, United States
Photo of Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, IL, United States. Polar bear
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Photo of Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, IL, United States

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Radioactive – Madame Marie Curie 7/2020

Banish the dull images of test tubes and musty lecture halls when considering Radioactive (available on Amazon Prime starting July 24th). The biopic traces the career trajectory of Madame Marie Curie (a magnificent Rosamund Pike), the Polish immigrant born Maria Salomea Skłodowska who became  the first person — and the only woman — to win two Nobel prizes. She shared the first in 1903, for discovering radium and polonium (named after her native country), with her French husband and fellow physicist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley). And the historical drama would be a dutiful thing, indeed, if it merely ticked off a list of Marie’s accomplishments, including being the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

The movie whizzes around from present to future to show the major benefits of isolating radioactive isotopes to treat cancer. Such experiments came with risks: Marie died of exposure to radiation in 1934 at age 66.

Q-tips say: Good movie only if they would have just stuck to the scientific facts & her accomplishments. However, the movie finds time to show the destructive force of radium in the bombs that fell on Hiroshima in 1945 and the lives lost due to the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Marie could never have known of these events, and some have faulted the filmmaker for dragging them into her story and breaking the narrative flow.

Q-tips say: Shameful to bring in the destructive issues into the movie.

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