Although I didn’t travel anywhere (travel is only one aspect of My business) during this quarter, I’ve been engaged in other activities associated with This…I…Do…For…Me! Here’s what I’ve been up to:
I had the pleasure of attending three theatrical productions — “Gotta Dance”, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, and “Satchmo at The Waldorf.” Each production was exciting, well written and executed. Each taught me something different.
“Gotta Dance” entertains and reminds us that dreams can still manifest in our Golden Years, and unrecognized or undeveloped talent can still find an outlet for expression.
“Beautiful” reminds us that the soundtrack of our life would not be complete without musical classics like “You’ve Got a Friend”, “It’s Too Late”, “I Feel the Earth Move” and the iconic “Natural Woman.” Carole King has truly made her mark on our collective consciousness and the American songbook.
Along with 13 clients of This…I…Do…For…Me! (TIDFM), I saw “Satchmo at The Waldorf”. This production informs us about another layer of jazz genius Louis Armstrong. He is portrayed by the phenomenal actor Barry Shabaka Henley, who shows us that this great musician was not one dimensional. I left the theater blown away by Henley’s portrayal of an Armstrong who was often misunderstood (he was perceived by many as an Uncle Tom) despite his genius.
In February, I attended the opening of an exhibit at The DuSable Museum of African American History entitled “The Masterworks Collections (Series I)”, which featured venerable African American artists Henry Ossawa Tanner, Archibald Motley, Jr., William A. Harper and William Edourd Scott. I was mesmerized by these artists’ works, and I was honored to finally see some of the works created by artistic masters that I’ve heard about all of my life.
In February, I revisited two of my favorite Southside restaurants and a coffee lounge that I had not patronized since its opening.
Chant Restaurant — I never tire of this Hyde Park gem. Its menu is a fusion of Asian and American classics, and Chant brings you the best of Poutine with Short Ribs, Blackened Red Fish, delectable Gumbo, and other dishes too numerous to name. It’s affordable and has some of the best and most unique Martinis. You MUST try the Triple G Martini!
La Petit Folie — Another Hyde Park diamond, this French Bistro never disappoints. The Prefixe Menu offers a great Alsatian Onion Tart, outstanding Salmon with Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry, Steak Au Poivre with Herbed Butter and what would a bistro be without classic fare like Chicken with Roasted Vegetables? Additionally, their desserts are most impressive — don’t leave without trying the Apple Tart or the Dark Chocolate Mousse. When we exited, I and my TIDFM clients felt as if we had been to the South of France.
Robust Coffee Lounge — Located in Chicago’s Woodlawn community, this haven serves a diverse offering of specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks (I had The Carmel Crunch) and smoothies, along with salads and sandwiches. The combination of its rustic and industrial environment makes it the perfect place for a business meeting or for getting some work done on your laptop.
Excitingly, I reached some new vistas with This…I…Do…For…Me! I announced TIDFM’s first overseas trip — Sydney, Australia scheduled for November 2017!! Eight slots were offered, and to date only two slots are available. See ya down under, mates!
I really had fun interviewing expat Carolyn Davenport Moncel for this blog. I admire how she, along with her family, have created a beautiful life in Lausanne, Switzerland. Additionally, I hired a food and restaurant writer/reviewer — Eleni Murphy. Happily, I hired a Washington, D.C. journalist Yvonne Hawkins, who will cover the cultural scene in the DMV! We’re growing by leaps and bounds, and more importantly, I’m having fun!